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How Communism Works"

How Communism Works"
In a perfect world, everyone would have food and shelter, and a true utopian society would be devoid of sexism, racism and other forms of oppression. But for most of the world's population, this perfect society just isn't possible. Communism is one proposed solution to these problems. Most people know what communism is at its most basic level. Simply put, communism is the idea that everyone in a given society receives equal shares of the benefits derived from labor. According to the philosopher Frederick Engels' "Principles of Communism," the plan for ultimate financial and social equality is built on the principle that the system should spread around the world until all countries are on board [source: Engels]. Who are communists, and why do non-communist cultures consider them radical?

5 UFO Sightings That Even Non-Crazy People Find Creepy The Washington D.C. UFO Incident Between July 13 and 29, 1952, a series of UFO sightings were reported over Washington D.C. Witnesses would include an Air Force pilot, people on the ground and, in case you're the type to never trusts the testimony of fallible human beings, we have readings from two separate radar stations. The Unsettling Evidence: The first substantiated report came on July 19, when air traffic controller Edward Nugent, of Washington National Airport... or "Ted" to his friends. ... noticed seven unidentifiable objects on his radar. Even more interesting is that almost the exact same thing happened on July 26, only a week later. "Should I kill this?" That was enough to attract the attention of President Harry Truman. The Official Explanation: "Problem solved." - Project Blue Book We find that it's a lot easier to cover things up when you ignore the eyewitnesses. It didn't matter. It worked like a charm! The Valentich Disappearance OK, so there were a few thousand after that.

The Hedonistic Imperative - Abstract This manifesto outlines a strategy to eradicate suffering in all sentient life. The abolitionist project is ambitious, implausible, but technically feasible. It is defended here on ethical utilitarian grounds. Why does suffering exist? Contemporary images of opiate-addled junkies, and the lever-pressing frenzies of intra-cranially self-stimulating rats, are deceptive. Two hundred years ago, before the development of potent synthetic pain-killers or surgical anaesthetics, the notion that "physical" pain could be banished from most people's lives would have seemed no less bizarre.

Rachel Maddow: Obama Has Accomplished 85% of First Term Agenda in 2 Years - StumbleUpon On her MSNBC program last night Rachel Maddow highlighted an often overlooked fact concerning the presidency of Barack Obama. Maddow said, “By my estimation it is halftime, right, in the first term and with this vote tomorrow they will have gone 85% of the distance they said they wanted to go in the first term of the president.” Here is the video of the segment from MSNBC: Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Maddow hailed the passage of START as victory for Obama, “If this treaty gets ratified tomorrow, it will be political malpractice to not call it an unqualified victory for this president and for this presidency. She highlight the ways that this is a win for Obama, “Getting this treaty ratified is a huge victory for President Obama and something that Republicans said they would deny him. Later Rachel Maddow delivered the kicker, “There are big things this administration said that it wanted to do that it hasn’t done yet. - Wars of the Roses The Socratic Method The Socratic Method:Teaching by Asking Instead of by Tellingby Rick Garlikov The following is a transcript of a teaching experiment, using the Socratic method, with a regular third grade class in a suburban elementary school. I present my perspective and views on the session, and on the Socratic method as a teaching tool, following the transcript. The class was conducted on a Friday afternoon beginning at 1:30, late in May, with about two weeks left in the school year. This time was purposely chosen as one of the most difficult times to entice and hold these children's concentration about a somewhat complex intellectual matter. The experiment was to see whether I could teach these students binary arithmetic (arithmetic using only two numbers, 0 and 1) only by asking them questions. I had one prior relationship with this class. "But what I am really here for today is to try an experiment with you. 1) "How many is this?" 2) "Who can write that on the board?" 4) Another way? 5) Another way?

Libya is not Iraq: Three Victories in Tripoli As is often noted, we all have a tendency to fight the previous war. Just as the 'quagmire' of Vietnam led to reluctance to intervene in Bosnia (at the cost of hundreds of thousands of lives), so too the successes of Kosovo led to the peremptory and ill planned interventionism of Iraq. But Libya is not Iraq. As jubilant crowds fill Green Square, the fall of Tripoli to the rebels is a victory on many counts A Victory for the Libyan People The revolutions in the Mashriq and Maghreb were not inspired by sleeper cells or CIA plotting. Back in March, one of the figures who inspired me to believe in the Libyan people's struggle, and to support the Nato led intervention, was a young brilliant man, Mohammed Nabbous. The Voices from the StreetOne of those I've been listening to is the brave young journalist from Benghazi, Mohammed Nabbous, an important figure in the February 17th Revolution, who ran his own website Libya Alhurra. Mo's memory has been vindicated tonight. 1.

Facebook: April 14th 1865 Have you ever wondered what Abe Lincoln’s Facebook posts would have been like, if he used Facebook? No? Me neither, but now I know! What seems like a really silly thought is actually very funny after all. Wylo at Cool Material has somehow uncovered the Facebook history archives, and displayed them for our enjoyment. The concerns of a mouse… A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. “What food might this contain?” The mouse wondered. He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed this warning : “There is a mousetrap in the house! The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, “Mr. The mouse turned to the pig and told him, “There is a mousetrap in the house! The pig sympathized, but said, “I am so very sorry, Mr. The mouse turned to the cow and said, “There is a mousetrap in the house! The cow said, “Wow, Mr. So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap. … Alone That very night a sound was heard throughout the house – the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it. It was a venomous snake whose tail was caught in the trap. The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital.

100 Best (Free) Science Documentaries Online | Online Universities - StumbleUpon No matter how much you know, there is always something new to learn about science. While your college courses may cover the basics, you can get a more in-depth look at a wide variety of topics from Internet resources such as these great documentaries. These selections will help you explore everything from the inner reaches of the human mind to the outer areas of our universe and just about everything else in between. Better yet, they’re all free to watch online so you can learn more without spending a dime. Health and Medicine These documentaries cover topics like health care, diseases, nutrition, nursing, and more so you can get great insights into health and medicine. Super Size Me: In this movie, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock attempts to subsist on only a diet of McDonald’s for a full month. Drugs Learn how drugs impact the brain and the variety of legal restrictions imposed upon them from these documentaries. Genetics Evolution and Biological History Physics The Quantum Revolution: Dr. Geology

The Truth About Christmas [NSFCWCC] (Not Safe For Christians Who Celebrate Christmas) | FREEdom Of Speech It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The wonderful holiday season where we all come together and deck the shit out of our halls and jingle all the way. Because if you’re gonna’ jingle why half ass it? You jingle all the way damn it! But most importantly, Christmas is the celebration to mark the birth of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I don’t know why the truth angers people so much, especially when it comes to religious beliefs and customs but I explained what I am about to explain to you to a few “Christians” last year and it was not well received. Let’s start with the easy stuff. Contrary to what you may think, Christmas wasn’t even a widespread holiday celebrated in colonial America. The truth is, Christmas and all of its glorious paganism date back thousands of years, even predating the birth of JC himself. One of the best examples of this is the Christmas tree. How come no preacher or pastor ever mentions this verse, let alone anywhere near Christmas time? They don’t mix.

Time Travel and Modern Physics First published Thu Feb 17, 2000; substantive revision Wed Dec 23, 2009 Time travel has been a staple of science fiction. With the advent of general relativity it has been entertained by serious physicists. But, especially in the philosophy literature, there have been arguments that time travel is inherently paradoxical. The most famous paradox is the grandfather paradox: you travel back in time and kill your grandfather, thereby preventing your own existence. To avoid inconsistency some circumstance will have to occur which makes you fail in this attempt to kill your grandfather. 1. You are very depressed. 2. The standard worry about time travel is that it allows one to go back and kill one's younger self and thereby create paradox. Well, one worry is the question as to why such schemes always fail. 3. Imagine the following set-up. However, it does not take much thought to realize that there is no paradox here. Let us now be more general and allow color photography. Figure 1 Figure 2 4.

100-Year-Old Color Photos of Pre-Revolution Russia Have you ever wondered what Russia looked like shortly before the revolution, but aren’t satisfied with black and white photos? Well then, you owe Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii a debt of thanks. While color film was still years away from development, the chemist-turned-photojournalist developed his own solution to capture the vivid colors of his native home. His amazing photographs, taken from 1909 to 1912 show what Russian life was like for everyone from peasants to noblemen before the country turned to communism. Don’t miss the rest of the great images seen over at Flavorwire . Table of contents (With last update date) Cover Foreword (August 13, 2009) Part 1. Preface to part 1 (April 12, 2000) Chapter 1. 1.1. 1.6. 1.7. Chapter 2. 2.1. 2.2. 2.3. 2.4. 2.5. 2.6. Chapter 3. 3.1. 3.2. 3.3. 3.4. Chapter 4. 4.1. 4.2. 4.3. 4.4. Chapter 5. 5.1. 5.2. 5.3. 5.4. 5.5. 5.6. 5.7. 5.8. 5.9. 5.10. 5.11. 5.12. 5.13. 5.14. 5.15. 5.16. Chapter 6. 6.1. 6.2. 6.3. 6.4. 6.5. 6.6. 6.7. 6.8. 6.9. 6.10. 6.12. Part 2. Preface to part 2 (October 17, 2010) Chapter 7. 7.1. 7.2. 7.3. 7.4. 7.5. 7.6. 7.7. 7.9. 7.10. Chapter 8. 8.1. 8.2. Chapter 9. 9.1. 9.2. 9.3. 9.4. 9.6. Chapter 10. 10.1. 10.2. 10.3. 10.4. Chapter 11. 11.1. 11.2. 11.3. 11.4. 11.5. 11.6. 11.7.The victim/victimizer polar pair 11.8. 11.9. 11.10. Chapter 12. 12.1. 12.2. 12.3. 12.5. 12.6. 12.7. Chapter 13. 13.1. 13.2. 13.3. 13.4. 13.5. 13.6. 13.7. 13.8. 13.9. 13.10. 13.11. 13.12. 13.13. Chapter 14. 14.1. 14.2. 14.3. 14.4. 14.5. 14.6. 14.7. 14.8. Chapter 15. Chapter 16. 16.3. 16.4. 16.5. Part 3. Preface to part 3 (November 18, 2009) Chapter 17. 17.1.