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OVERVIEW. Oded Na’aman: The Checkpoint. University - 2012 Baccalaureate Remarks. Posted June 3, 2012; 04:17 p.m. by Staff "Don't Eat Fortune's Cookie" Michael Lewis June 3, 2012 — As Prepared (NOTE: The video of Lewis' speech as delivered is available on the Princeton YouTube channel.)

University - 2012 Baccalaureate Remarks

Thank you. President Tilghman. Two Cheers for Double Standards. 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

Getting Smart on Aid. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL - 50 years.


Taxes. Welcome to the Brave New World of Persuasion Profiling. Statistics. Families. A special report on feeding the world: The 9 billion-people question.

Can't we do both? Prioritizing organic farming at the local level doesn't necessarily have to compete with investments in large scale farming. Some initiatives are double wins: Investment in watershed management and reducing water waste among large-scale farmers(which i turn allows small farmers to also access water)/// Encouraging reuse of waste/composting - especially when leading to hyper-local farming in cities and suburbs to reduce pressure on farms to provide all food to cities, increasing nutrition and local varieties - this can happen in the developed and developing world/// Also finding ways of connecting rural farmers to markets, providing opportunities in rural areas, because having unused farmland won't necessarily be taken over by big, super-efficient farming. It could get taken over by desert or lie fallow/// Need to stop talking about big vs. little - how do we first invest in win-win situations that everyone can agree will be beneficial?? BOTH! – maia.alina

A revolution against neoliberalism? Ahmed Ezz, one of several NDP officials arrested since Egypt's revolution began [EPA] Editor's note July 2, 2013: This article was published shortly after the collapse of the Mubarak regime, however it raises crucial issues that still resonate with the current situation in Egypt.

A revolution against neoliberalism?

Opinion > Image > The bright side of wrong.


City schools' revved-up summer program gets results - February 01, 2011|By Erica L.

City schools' revved-up summer program gets results -

Green, The Baltimore Sun Until last summer, Baltimore City students probably didn't think that Michael Phelps and African step dancers would have much to do with their learning. THE DANCER AND THE TERRORIST. When Peru’s most wanted man was captured in 1992, a young ballerina went to jail too, for harbouring him at her studio.


The story was turned into a novel and film, “The Dancer Upstairs”. The Hazards of Nerd Supremacy: The Case of WikiLeaks - Jaron Lanier - Technology. The degree of sympathy in tech circles for both Wikileaks and Anonymous has surprised me.

The Hazards of Nerd Supremacy: The Case of WikiLeaks - Jaron Lanier - Technology

The most common take seems to be that the world needs cyber-pranksters to keep old-school centers of power, like governments and big companies, in check. Cyber-activists are perceived to be the underdogs, flawed and annoying, perhaps, but standing up to overbearing power. It doesn't seem so to me. LRB · Slavoj Žižek · Good Manners in the Age of WikiLeaks. In one of the diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks Putin and Medvedev are compared to Batman and Robin.

LRB · Slavoj Žižek · Good Manners in the Age of WikiLeaks

It’s a useful analogy: isn’t Julian Assange, WikiLeaks’s organiser, a real-life counterpart to the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight? In the film, the district attorney, Harvey Dent, an obsessive vigilante who is corrupted and himself commits murders, is killed by Batman. Batman and his friend police commissioner Gordon realise that the city’s morale would suffer if Dent’s murders were made public, so plot to preserve his image by holding Batman responsible for the killings.


San Francisco Passes First Open Data Law. One year ago, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order directing the city’s departments to make their data public.

San Francisco Passes First Open Data Law

Yesterday, the city’s board of supervisors turned that order into law. As far as we could establish, this is the first time any city in the U.S. has implemented an open data law. But given that other jurisdictions often follow San Francisco’s lead in this space, it’s likely not the last. The law is brief. It simply says city’s departments and agencies “shall make reasonable efforts” to publish any data under their control -- provided that doing so does not violate other laws, particularly those related to privacy. Open data, Newsom believes, makes city government more transparent and increases accountability.

Simple steps to happier politics. It’s easy to be discouraged by our polarized political environment.

Simple steps to happier politics

A new study suggests there may be an easy way out. Right before the 2008 presidential election, prospective voters were asked to complete an online survey. Diseased thinking: dissolving questions about disease. Related to: Disguised Queries, Words as Hidden Inferences, Dissolving the Question, Eight Short Studies on Excuses.

Diseased thinking: dissolving questions about disease

Be Good. April 2008 (This essay is derived from a talk at the 2008 Startup School.) Anxiety and Social Networks.

Talking about Capitalism

The Acceleration of Addictiveness. July 2010.