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Secularizing the Tech Debate. Secularizing the Tech Debate Jaron Lanier (ALA/Flickr Commons) Who Owns the Future? By Jaron Lanier Simon & Schuster, 2013, 396 pp. To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism by Evgeny Morozov Public Affairs, 2013, 415 pp. According to two recent books, many people today believe in the Internet the way that the denizens of the Age of Faith believed in God, or that many on the left once believed in Marxism: as the exclusive source of universal personal and political salvation and the basic organizing principle of history. The celebrated cause of “Internet freedom,” Lanier and Morozov tell us, is about the freedom of data, not people, and strengthens the hand of a small elite positioned to profit from that data. The similarities between Morozov and Lanier end there.

Morozov describes “the Internet” as a “socially constructed concept” whose “various parts” must “be studied in their own right.” Geoff Shullenberger is a teacher and writer based in Monterey, California. Author and columnist Henry A Giroux says American democracy is in decay. 01/07/14 Robert Lorei Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday) | Tags: Henry A Giroux, Truthout.org Henry A Giroux Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Henry A Giroux, columnist for Truthout.org and author who says the state of U.S. today has turned into an authoritarian one.

Henry Giroux articles: Beyond Savage Politics and Dystopian Nightmares America’s Descent Into Madness The Violence of Organized Forgetting. An amazing map of the Koch brothers massive political network. On Monday, we took you inside one of the biggest political operations in the country – a sprawling network of politically active nonprofit groups backed by the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch and other conservative donors. Working with Robert Maguire, a researcher at the Center for Responsive Politics who tracks nonprofits, we calculated that a coalition of 17 groups raised at least $407 million in the 2012 election cycle. Much of that was spent on get-out-the-vote efforts and ads attacking President Obama and congressional Democrats. Tracing the flow of money required pouring through hundreds of pages of tax returns and mapping out the connections between the groups. Much of the money was transferred to LLC subsidiaries, known as disregarded entities, that are wholly owned by the recipient groups.

The network also gave millions of dollars to other outside groups allied with the GOP. Below is the source graphic, by Robert Maguire of the Center for Responsive Politics. How Uncle Sam's Cash Is Funneled Into Abusive Sweatshops. The world was shocked last April when over 1,100 workers were killed in a building collapse in a Bangladesh garment factory. Warnings had been issued the day before about cracks in the walls of the Rana Plaza building in Savar, but the workers were forced to enter the building on the morning of the collapse anyway.

Illegal floors had been added to the structure, and the permitting process that had somehow allowed the modifications was redolent of shady political influence. Even now, over eight months later, the families of survivors and the hundreds of wounded workers have yet to receive full and just compensation for their losses. The Rana Plaza collapse obliterated all previous records for deadly garment industry disasters, including New York’s Triangle Factory blaze in 1911, which claimed 146 lives; the Tazreen factory fire in Bangladesh in November 2012, which killed 112 workers; and the Ali Enterprises fire in Pakistan from September 2012, which killed 298 workers. Planet likely to warm by 4C by 2100, scientists warn | Environment. The role clouds play in climate change has been something of a mystery – until now. Photograph: Frank Rumpenhorst/ Frank Rumpenhorst/dpa/Corbis Temperature rises resulting from unchecked climate change will be at the severe end of those projected, according to a new scientific study.

The scientist leading the research said that unless emissions of greenhouse gases were cut, the planet would heat up by a minimum of 4C by 2100, twice the level the world's governments deem dangerous. The research indicates that fewer clouds form as the planet warms, meaning less sunlight is reflected back into space, driving temperatures up further still. The way clouds affect global warming has been the biggest mystery surrounding future climate change.

"4C would likely be catastrophic rather than simply dangerous," Sherwood told the Guardian. "Climate sceptics like to criticise climate models for getting things wrong, and we are the first to admit they are not perfect," said Sherwood. A Conversation with Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola. Revolt.axismaps. Major Social Transformation Is a Lot Closer Than You May Realize -- How Do We Finish the Job? December 30, 2013 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. The current social movement that exploded onto the national scene with the 2011 Occupy Movement is following the path of successful movements so far. The social change movement in 2014 is poised to begin an exciting era of broadening and deepening the growing consensus for social and economic justice. This week, our article for the end of 2013 focuses on where we are, i.e. at what stage of the progression of social movements do we find ourselves; and broadly outlines the next steps.

Successful people-powered movements follow a similar arc of development. Moyer’s work is heartening for social justice activists because it shows how movements grow, recede and change their functions at different stages. This Historic Moment Using the Movement Action Plan as a guide, we see that we are closer to success than one might think. Stage 4 is the “Social Movement Take-Off.” NAFTA-at-20.pdf. Charts: The Worst Long-Term Unemployment Crisis Since the Depression. Officially, the Great Recession of 2007 ended in June 2009.

Yet the economic downturn remains in full effect for millions of Americans, particularly the nearly 40 percent of the unemployed who have been looking for work for six months or more. In less than a week, emergency federal unemployment benefits for 1.3 million of these jobless Americans are set to run out. Proponents of ending the benefits argue that the economy is expanding and that the benefits prevent people from finding work. "You get out of a recession by encouraging employment not encouraging unemployment," according to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who opposes extending benefits. Currently, nearly 11 million Americans are unemployed. However, there currently are more than 4 million Americans who have been unemployed for six months or longer. Overall, the long-term unemployed (those with out a job for six months or longer) make up nearly 40 percent of all the jobless.

NSA Hacking Tactics Revealed By Der Spiegel. LONDON (AP) — A German magazine lifted the lid on the operations of the National Security Agency's hacking unit Sunday, reporting that American spies intercept computer deliveries, exploit hardware vulnerabilities, and even hijack Microsoft's internal reporting system to spy on their targets. Der Spiegel's revelations relate to a division of the NSA known as Tailored Access Operations, or TAO, which is painted as an elite team of hackers specializing in stealing data from the toughest of targets. Citing internal NSA documents, the magazine said Sunday that TAO's mission was "Getting the ungettable," and quoted an unnamed intelligence official as saying that TAO had gathered "some of the most significant intelligence our country has ever seen. " The NSA doesn't just rely on James Bond-style spy gear, the magazine said.

Some of the attacks described by Der Spiegel exploit weaknesses in the architecture of the Internet to deliver malicious software to specific computers. Also on HuffPost: Fela Kuti Live in Berlin - Berliner Jazztage 1978. Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau trailer. Winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013. 2013: Wildlife Photographer of the Year Winners of the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition were just announced where more than 43,000 images from 96 countries were whittled down to just eighteen. Now in its 49th year, the competition showcases the very best in nature photography and is led by two UK institutions, the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. The overall grand prize went to photographer Greg du Toit from South Africa who took the magnificent, almost painterly photo (above), he calls Essence of Elephants. The photographer had been shooting African elephants since he first picked up a camera and it was his goal to "to create an image that captures their special energy and the state of consciousness that I sense when I’m with them.

" Shot from ground-level at a waterhole in Botswana’s Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Greg captured the "gentle giants in an almost ghostly way. " 2013: Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year - Grand Title Winner. In-Flight Movie! Aurora Flight Nov 2013. Profiting from the Poor: Outsourcing Social Services Puts Most Vulnerable at Risk. -- by Nick Surgey and Katie Lorenze Child sleeping on suitcase (Source: Shutterstock) In a story most in the media missed, protestors gathered under the dome at the Mississippi state capitol earlier this year to oppose a bill that would allow the state Department of Human Services (DHS) to privatize everything from child protective services to nutrition programs for the elderly.

The bill, HB 1009, which later passed, started out as a way to allow the Mississippi DHS to hire private contractors to collect child support payments -- something which Mississippi had flirted with in the past, with less than impressive results. From 1995-2000, a wealthy but little known firm called Maximus, Inc. had been hired to collect overdue child support payments in Mississippi and, according to a joint legislative committee report, on average, had higher costs but collected less in payments than the state did during the same five-year period. "Outsourcing aid for people can't work. New faculty positions versus new PhDs. : The missing piece to changing the university culture : Nature Biotechnology.

Can you be too leftwing? | Richard Seymour. At the risk of making myself immediately unpopular, I don't think being too leftwing is likely to be a problem with many Guardian or Comment is free readers. You may think you're far out because you reuse shopping bags, but we'll see how you react to the expropriation of your property. How can one be "too leftwing"? Relative to what? There is a tradition of vituperation towards those to one's left, about which one has to take great care: think of the Stalinist trope about "left deviations" from the path of scientific socialism. A better way to approach this is to apply an immanent standard. At a superficial level, this is a question of culture. However, the problem goes deeper than that. Part of the answer is simply that the left is weaker than it has been for some time. However, that takes us only so far.

Neoliberalism emerged in the context of a profound civilisational shift linked to the internationalisation of capitalism and the emergence of new, decentralised production methods. ‘No conception of privacy’: Snowden to deliver alternative TV Christmas message. Frantz Fanon - The Wretched of the Earth. Winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013. Garment workers held boss captive until he paid promised bonus. Minimun-wage workers in a garment factory in Bangladesh finally extracted a long-promised bonus from their boss after holding him captive in the factory for over 18 hours. The factory boss — who was unharmed — had held back payment of worker bonuses for the Eid al-Adha holiday. Unions are celebrating the success of the bold worker action as a “positive development” in the context of a long fought labor dispute. Reuters reported: The [workers] forced their way into the office of owner Delwar Hossain and locked him in when he said no money was available. Police, relatives of the owners and the factory owners’ group, the BGMEA, launched talks with the protesters and a police official said Hossain was released after bonuses were paid to 900 workers late on Sunday.

“I see it as a positive movement as the workers were not violent and were able to realize their demand peacefully,” said Amirul Haque Amin, president of the National Garment Workers’ Federation trade union. David Byrne: 'The internet will suck all creative content out of the world' Awhile ago Thom Yorke and the rest of Radiohead got some attention when they pulled their recent record from Spotify. A number of other artists have also been in the news, publicly complaining about streaming music services (Black Keys, Aimee Mann and David Lowery of Camper van Beethoven and Cracker). Bob Dylan, Metallica and Pink Floyd were longtime Spotify holdouts – until recently. I've pulled as much of my catalogue from Spotify as I can. AC/DC, Garth Brooks and Led Zeppelin have never agreed to be on these services in the first place. So, what's the deal? There are a number of ways to stream music online: Pandora is like a radio station that plays stuff you like but doesn't take requests; YouTube plays individual songs that folks and corporations have uploaded and Spotify is a music library that plays whatever you want (if they have it), whenever you want it.

Artists often find this discovery argument seductive, but only up to a point. Are these services evil? There Is No Nobel Prize in Economics. October 12, 2012 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. It’s Nobel Prize season again. News reports are coming out each day sharing the name of the illustrious winner of the various categories — Science, Literature, etc. The five real Nobel Prizes—physics, chemistry, literature, peace, and medicine/physiology—were set up in the will left by the dynamite magnate when he died in 1895. Sweden’s Central Bank quietly snuck it in with all the other Nobel Prizes to give free-market economics for the 1% credibility. “The Economics Prize has nestled itself in and is awarded as if it were a Nobel Prize. Members of the Nobel family are among the harshest, most persistent critics of the economics prize, and members of the family have repeatedly called for the prize to be abolished or renamed.

Scientists never had much respect for the new economic Nobel prize. To answer that question we have to go back to Sweden in the 1960s. De origine actibusque aequationis | Laurie Anderson's Farewell to Lou Reed. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot's prison letters to Slavoj Žižek. 2 January 2013 Dear Nadezhda, I hope you have been able to organise your life in prison around small rituals that make it tolerable, and that you have time to read. Here are my thoughts on your predicament. John Jay Chapman, an American political essayist, wrote this about radicals in 1900: "They are really always saying the same thing. But what is this truth? [Žižek then explores what he sees as a global trend towards limiting democracy.] But the crisis provided proof that it is these experts who don't know what they are doing, rather than the people. No wonder, then, that Pussy Riot make us all uneasy – you know very well what you don't know, and you don't pretend to have any quick or easy answers, but you are telling us that those in power don't know either.

Comradely greetings, Slavoj 23 February 2013 Dear Slavoj, Once, in the autumn of 2012, when I was still in the pre-trial prison in Moscow with other Pussy Riot activists, I visited you. Nadia 4 April 2013 Slavoj 16 April 2013 10 June 2013. A Letter From Bill Moyers | BillBoard. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: Infographics Details. Think your plastic is being recycled? Think again. Editorial: Hanford cleanup’s toxic legacy continues - Spokesman.com - Oct. 11. Pipeline Safety Tracker - ProPublica. Watch the video on Israeli racism The New York Times didn't want you to see. What If We Thought of ObamaCare as a New Model for Future Government Programs?

Author calls for fight to prevent extinction of the college prof. 15 Works of Dystopian Fiction Everyone Should Read. The Weekly Ansible, 50 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Works Every Socialist Should Read (by China Mieville) The Joe Rogan Experience with Graham Hancock. Greenwald wants to return to US, but not yet - Blog. An Arab & A Jew On: 'Goliath' Carlyle Jumps Into Niche Space. Some People Call this Asphalt Snowboarding, Back in the Day We called it Bombing Hills. Map Monsters. Animated Tower (HESAV s'anime!) Tow-in session of January 28th in Nazare, Portugal. / 28.01.2013.

iPad Art - Morgan Freeman Finger Painting. Insanely lifelike Morgan Freeman portrait painted on an iPad | Crave - CNET. Was Matt Groening's Homer Simpson inspired by a mid-1900's Swedish cartoon? Gunfighter Nation. An Intimate Lecture w/ ?uestlove - Red Bull Music Academy 2013. Download 24 Lord Buckley Studs Terkel mp3 - Lizten.us. Orson Welles - Interview (1974) Blogs - Adam Curtis - WHAT THE FLUCK! Spitalfields nippers: rare photographs of London street kids in 1901 – in pictures | Art and design. 365 days: Images of the year. Ideas At The House | Sydney Opera House. A Brand new politics: Russell Brand interview with Mehdi Hasan.

Russell Brand Daniel Pinchbeck - Graham Hancock. Russell Brand and Boris Johnson appear on Question Time June 2013. Full Length - Mind Shift: Enlightening Our Global Culture w/ Russell Brand & Eve Ensler. Russell Brand on revolution: “We no longer have the luxury of tradition” Can Socialists Win Elections in the U.S.? How'd Seattle Do It? Yemeni Civil Engineer, Who Had Two Family Members Killed by Drone, to Address Congress Members. Jailed by Israel for his cartoons, Mohammad Saba’aneh speaks out. Imploding the Myth of Israel - Columns - Chris Hedges. Earning the Ticket: An Interview with Tarcilo Caldera, Oakland Port Trucker and POTA activist | Hyphenated-Republic. Why You Should Never Have Taken That Prestigious Internship. In many states, the recovery is making the income gap worse. Switzerland’s Proposal to Pay People for Being Alive. Garment workers held boss captive until he paid promised bonus. Growth is being driven by consumer credit and household debt, despite the need for exports and manufacturing.

The men who set themselves on fire - Opinion. How a Bill Becomes Law - Updated | Ted Rall's Rallblog. Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer Discuss American Fascism. Michelle Alexander, author of "The New Jim Crow" - 2013 George E. Kent Lecture. Scorned or Celebrated, ‘Breadwinner Moms’ Are Misrepresented. The persecution of Barrett Brown - and how to fight it | Glenn Greenwald. Revealed: Qatar's World Cup 'slaves' | Global development. A Record Number of Americans Can’t Afford Their Rent. Slaves of the Internet, Unite! Click farms are the new sweatshops.

Are Economic Royalists Leading the US Over a Precipice? Encore: America's Gilded Capital. Bill Moyers and Chris Hedges on Capitalism’s ‘Sacrifice Zones’ The Gates Foundation's Hypocritical Investments. S.H.A.M.E. Project › Shame the Hacks who Abuse Media Ethics... Facebook and Microsoft help fund rightwing lobby network, report finds | World news. Jamie Dimon loses money, keeps job. Erik Prince Frontier Resource Group. Behind Every Great Fortune There Is a Crime. “The Heart of Everything That Is”: The Sioux’s brilliant, unsung leader.

The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge. UK man tries to retrieve $7.5 million in bitcoins from dump | Cutting Edge. There's a £60m Bitcoin heist going down right now, and you can watch in real-time.