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Executive Director of NY Tech Meetup (NYTM) Jessica Lawrence is the Executive Director of NY Tech Meetup (NYTM), the largest Meetup in the world and a non-profit organization supporting New York’s growing technology community.

Executive Director of NY Tech Meetup (NYTM)

NYTM’s goal is to build a sustainable and diverse technology industry that drives economic growth, leads innovation, and creates positive, high-impact change. What I Learned From Breaking the Law. The Raines family in Michigan, August 1969 (Photo courtesy of 1971) Editor’s Note: This lecture, given to the Society of Christian Ethics on January 10, 2015, is reprinted with the permission of the author.

What I Learned From Breaking the Law

I have been asked to develop a set of reflections on the moral lessons I learned from breaking the law. Here is part of that story. Richard Nixon and the Oobie-Doobie Girl. Richard Nixon and the Oobie-Doobie Girl On January 28, 1972, the White House gave a dinner in honor of the founders of Reader's Digest.

Richard Nixon and the Oobie-Doobie Girl

The rest is -- or isn't -- history, depending on your point of view The Washington Post Magazine, Sunday, July 27, 1997, p. Einstein belief in god childish. Why I Am Not A Christian, by Bertrand Russell. Introductory note: Russell delivered this lecture on March 6, 1927 to the National Secular Society, South London Branch, at Battersea Town Hall.

Why I Am Not A Christian, by Bertrand Russell

Published in pamphlet form in that same year, the essay subsequently achieved new fame with Paul Edwards' edition of Russell's book, Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays ... (1957). As your Chairman has told you, the subject about which I am going to speak to you tonight is "Why I Am Not a Christian. " Perhaps it would be as well, first of all, to try to make out what one means by the word Christian. It is used these days in a very loose sense by a great many people. Some people mean no more by it than a person who attempts to live a good life. Quote by David Foster Wallace: “The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person ...” Reality Denial: Steven Pinker’s Apologetics for Western-Imperial Violence. By Edward S.

Reality Denial: Steven Pinker’s Apologetics for Western-Imperial Violence

Herman and David Peterson Whereas in Pinker’s view there has been a “Long Peace” since the end of the Second World War,[7] in the real world there has been a series of long and devastating U.S. wars: in the Koreas (1950-1953), Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia (1954-1975), Iraq (1990-), Afghanistan (2001- or, arguably, 1979-), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (1996-), with the heavy direct involvement of U.S. clients from Rwanda (Paul Kagame) and Uganda (Yoweri Museveni) in large-scale Congo killings; and Israel’s outbursts in Lebanon (1982 and 2006), to name a few.

There were also very deadly wars in Iran, invaded by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq (1980-1988), with Western encouragement and support. And with the stimulus-excuse of 9/11, the U.S. political and “defense” establishment was able to declare a global “War on Terror,” open-ended and still ongoing, to assure that the “Long Peace” would not be interrupted by a conflict that met the Pinkerian standards for a real war. On Liberty: Edward Snowden and top writers on what freedom means to them. Shami Chakrabarti Writers have always been a big part of Liberty.

On Liberty: Edward Snowden and top writers on what freedom means to them

Since our very beginnings, as the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL) in 1934, they've played a key role in our battle to protect civil liberties and promote human rights in Britain. Letter To Old Slave Master, Jourdon Anderson. It's business that really rules us now. It's the reason for the collapse of democratic choice.

It's business that really rules us now

It's the source of our growing disillusionment with politics. It's the great unmentionable. Corporate power. Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed. Well I’m in the working world again.

Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed

I’ve found myself a well-paying gig in the engineering industry, and life finally feels like it’s returning to normal after my nine months of traveling. Because I had been living quite a different lifestyle while I was away, this sudden transition to 9-to-5 existence has exposed something about it that I overlooked before. Wall Street Owns The Country. Surveillaince, and the construction of a terror state. Statement by Julian Assange after One Year in Ecuadorian Embassy. (on 2013-06-22) It has now been a year since I entered this embassy and sought refuge from persecution.

Statement by Julian Assange after One Year in Ecuadorian Embassy

As a result of that decision, I have been able to work in relative safety from a US espionage investigation. But today, Edward Snowden’s ordeal is just beginning. Two dangerous runaway processes have taken root in the last decade, with fatal consequences for democracy. Government secrecy has been expanding on a terrific scale. Simultaneously, human privacy has been secretly eradicated. A few weeks ago, Edward Snowden blew the whistle on an ongoing program - involving the Obama administration, the intelligence community and the internet services giants - to spy on everyone in the world.

As if by clockwork, he has been charged with espionage by the Obama administration. The US government is spying on each and every one of us, but it is Edward Snowden who is charged with espionage for tipping us off. Edward Snowden is the eighth leaker to be charged with espionage under this president. Assange Statement on the First Day of Manning Trial. (on 2013-06-04) Statement by Julian Assange As I type these lines, on June 3, 2013, Private First Class Bradley Edward Manning is being tried in a sequestered room at Fort Meade, Maryland, for the alleged crime of telling the truth.

Assange Statement on the First Day of Manning Trial

The court martial of the most prominent political prisoner in modern US history has now, finally, begun. It has been three years. Bradley Manning, then 22 years old, was arrested in Baghdad on May 26, 2010. "For me, I stopped keeping track," he told the court last November. Whiteness and the 99% This piece was written by Joel Olson, a member of BtR-Arizona, as a contribution to ongoing debates about the occupations taking place in the U.S. A printable PDF of this piece is available for download here, and a readable PDF is available here. Whiteness and the 99% By Joel Olson Occupy Wall Street and the hundreds of occupations it has sparked nationwide are among the most inspiring events in the U.S. in the 21st century.

The occupations have brought together people to talk, occupy, and organize in new and exciting ways. Peoples Temple - Sermon in Redwood Valley (late 1973) An Interview with Computing Pioneer Alan Kay. Born in 1940, computer scientist Alan Curtis Kay is one of a handful of visionaries most responsible for the concepts which have propelled personal computing forward over the past thirty years — and surely the most quotable one.

He’s the man who said that “The best way to predict the future is to invent it” and that “Technology is anything that wasn’t around when you were born” and that “If you don’t fail at least 90 percent of the time, you’re not aiming high enough.” And when I first saw Microsoft’s Surface tablet last June, a Kay maxim helped me understand it: “People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.” Viewpoints Research Institute Above all, however, Kay is known for the Dynabook — his decades-old vision of a portable suite of hardware, software, programming tools and services which would add up to the ultimate creative environment for kids of all ages.

–Harry McCracken. Quote of the day: Walter Kaufmann # 2. Is this the condition that I feared seneca. Why Don’t I Criticize Israel? AUDIO TRANSCRIPT [Note: This is a verbatim transcript of a spoken podcast. However, I have added notes like this one to clarify controversial points. Religion, Reason and the source of ethical authority – Opinion – ABC Religion & Ethics. Many people believe, with Dostoyevsky's Ivan Karamazov, that if ethical precepts were not grounded in God's commands, then anything would be permitted.

From Plato on, however, the philosophical tradition has frequently questioned the idea of a religious foundation for ethics. Despite this, philosophers have yearned for a different source of absolute ethical authority, substituting the dictates of reason for any divine imperative, seeking, with Kant, the "moral law within. " Over a century ago, Darwin outlined a different way of thinking about ethics, and we are now able to articulate more fully the hints he offered. Ethics emerges as a human phenomenon, permanently unfinished. To adopt this perspective provides a different perspective on many questions that now confront us. Burma-Shave. 1940s Burma-Shave tube and box Burma-Shave was an American brand of brush-less shaving cream, famous for its advertising gimmick of posting humorous rhyming poems on small sequential highway roadside signs.

History[edit] Soldier's inhumane imprisonment. Pfc. Bradley Manning, the 23-year-old Army intelligence analyst suspected of providing documents to WikiLeaks, can't reasonably complain that the military has him in custody.