Just got off the phone with a reporter from the...
…really hope he got the story right. I guess we’ll find out soon enough :/
!!! suicidewatch: The Clash “I’m Not Down”
This is crony capitalism.
WHEN PEOPLE ASK YOU WHAT’S WRONG WITH AMERICA, REFER THEM TO THIS CHART: ldsgeek: Crony capitalism - a capitalist economy in which success in business depends on close relationships between business people and government officials.
A great piece on the late Christopher Hitchens... →
When it comes to the way money shapes American justice, nothing competes with...– Glenn Greenwald. With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful. (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2011), pp. 254-255. (via 08-23-47)
If the figure of the Muslim is today being used to represent the most potent...– Sunera Thobani. Exalted Subjects: Studies in the Making of Race and Nation in Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007), p. 246-247. (via 08-23-47)
It’s not inevitable that Greece will default if they come forward with...– Joseph Stiglitz ‘Austerity not the way to go for Europe’ (via: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15110053 ) Joseph Stiglitz is a recipient of a Nobel Prize in Economics and a former chief economist at the World Bank.
Trying to finish these last couple papers so I can...
Americans, like human beings everywhere, believe many things that are obviously...– Kurt Vonnegut, “Slaughterhouse-Five” (via cultureofresistance)
Occupy Berkeley, largest OWS camp left nationwide,...
Rachelle Grimmer, a 38 year old mother of two in... →
nickdouglas: See, this economy would get back on track if people just applied themselves.
With this withdrawal, the Americans are leaving behind a destroyed country....– - Mariam Khazim, a Shiite whose father was killed when a mortar shell struck his home in Sadr City. US formally ends Iraq war with little fanfare (via anarchyagogo)
A first-year hedge fund associate explains why... →
think-progress: Excerpt: If you aren’t in the .1%, you have no access to the derivatives markets, you have no access to the special deals that hedge funds and other wealthy investors get, and you have no access to the resources, information, strategic services, tax exemptions, and capital that the top .1% is getting. … I’m a first-year analyst on wall street, and based on what I see day in...
Amnesty International is calling for the arrest of... →
pushinghoopswithsticks: The human rights group issued a statement Thursday calling for the governments of Ethiopia, Tanzania or Zambia to take the former president into custody. According to Amnesty, the 43rd president is complicit in torture conducted by the United States during his administration and should be held pending an international investigation. “International law requires that there...
El Salvador girl denied US visa to save sister's... →
pushinghoopswithsticks: Yarelis Bonilla, five, of Elizabeth in New Jersey, has lymphocytic leukaemia and her best hope is a bone-marrow transplant from a perfect match donor. Her seven-year-old sister, Gisselle, would fit the bill but she lives in El Salvador and has twice been denied a visa by the US embassy. America let the Shah of Iran, who had over 20,000 people killed, seek...
A few years ago, someone from the Feminist Majority Foundation called the Muslim...– -An Identity Reduced to a Burka - Muslim Women’s League (via pushinghoopswithsticks)
Are You Ready for McCarthy 2.0? →
pushinghoopswithsticks: Provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) bill, currently being considered in the US Senate, would authorize the military to unilaterally abduct and imprison any person anywhere in the world without charge or trial—including US citizens within the United States. This means that the US military can unilaterally cause any person to “disappear,”...
But when programmers are mostly dudes, the lady-stuff just gets… ignored. So...– Jill Filipovic, Feministe (In news surprising no one) TP blogger Alyssa Rosenberg says Siri may not be sexist, but Silicon Valley is (via pushinghoopswithsticks)
If solving inequality were as simple as wanting it badly enough, I’d like to...– If I Were A Middle Aged White Man by Louis Peitzman. A friend JUST wrote this and I [strong emphasis] love it, If the attempt were to write a piece about how technology can help students bridge the inequality gap, that’s short-sighted but it’s arguably worthy of discussion. A piece about what...
When it comes to his own retirement account, however, the country’s...– From the Daily Kos (via politicalprof)
Politicalprof: Republican Presidential... →
politicalprof: So it turns out that most of the Republican presidential candidates this year utterly loathe the notion of Constitutional democracy. They—and apparently their supporters—prefer presidential dictatorship. Think about it. The heart of the theory of the Constitution is the system of checks and…
Last year, the N.Y.P.D. recorded more than 600,000 stops; 84 percent of those...– Young, Black and Frisked by the N.Y.P.D. - NYTimes.com (via pushinghoopswithsticks)
What Is College For? →
pushinghoopswithsticks: “First of all, they are not simply for the education of students. This is an essential function, but the raison d’être of a college is to nourish a world of intellectual culture; that is, a world of ideas, dedicated to what we can know scientifically, understand humanistically, or express artistically. In our society, this world is mainly populated by members of college...
Two quotes on North Korea. →
pushinghoopswithsticks: From WaPo’s obituary of dead dictator Kim Jong Il: The leader, reputed to have had a taste for cigars, cognac and gourmet cuisine, was believed to have had diabetes and heart disease. From PBS’s report last week on famine in North Korea: About 60 percent of North Korea’s 24.5 million people rely on government food rations, which consist mostly of dried corn and...
Apparently a civilization known for the corruption... →
pushinghoopswithsticks: In The Size of the Economy and the Distribution of Income in the Roman Empire, a careful paper published in the Journal of Roman Studies in 2009, Walter Scheidel and Steven Friesen estimate the size and distribution of the Roman economy at its demographic peak around the middle of the 2nd century c.e. We conclude that in the Roman Empire as a whole, a ‘middling’...