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The revolution will be tweeted - science-in-society - 06 February 2012 - New Scientist - 0 views

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    Economic meltdown, pro-democracy revolts, protest camps - it's kicking off everywhere. But was all this catalysed by new social media and technologies as many claimed? Paul Mason, a BBC correspondent who witnessed much of the unrest at first-hand, tells Liz Else that it's a lot subtler than that

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What does it mean to be an 'anarchist'? | David Goodway | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk - 0 views

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    Too often associated with mayhem on the streets, for centuries anarchists have actually sought a more ordered society
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SACSIS.org.za » News » The World » Why Iceland Should Be in the News, But Is Not - 0 views

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    Icelanders have quietly carried out a revolution by toppling a weak government, drafting a new constitution and seeking to jail those responsible for the country's economic debacle.
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In Spain's Tahrir Square: A Revolution Struggles to Be Born - 0 views

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    'Spain is justly proud of Paella, a distinctive dish that mixes diverse vegetables or seafood into a tasty fusion of delectability. They have now created a political version in the form of Tahrir Square type encampment in Madrid's Puerta del Sol where a diverse mix of activists - old, young, male, f
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American Democracy Beyond Casino Capitalism and the Torture State | Truthout - 0 views

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    With all due respect to Charles Dickens, it appears to be the worst of times for public and higher education in America, if not democracy itself; public schools are increasingly viewed as a business and are prized above all for customer satisfaction and efficiency, while largely judged through the narrow lens of empirical accountability measures. When not functioning as an adjunct of corporate value or a potentially lucrative for-profit investment, public schools are reduced to containment centers, holding institutions designed to largely punish young people marginalized by race and class.
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Actually, "the Rich" Don't "Create Jobs," We Do | Truthout - 0 views

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    You hear it again and again, varia­tion after varia­tion on a core mes­sage: if you tax rich peo­ple it kills jobs. You hear about "job-killing tax hikes," or that "tax­ing the rich hurts jobs," "taxes kill jobs," "taxes take money out of the economy, "if you tax the rich they won't be able to pro­vide jobs." ... on and on it goes. So do we rea­l­ly de­pend on "the rich" to "create" jobs? Or do jobs get created when they fill a need?
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The Threats of Business and the Business of Threats | Truthout - 0 views

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    More and more, we hear that nothing can be done to tax major corporations because of the threat of how they would respond. Likewise, we cannot stop their price gouging or even the government subsidies and tax loopholes they enjoy. For example, as the oil majors reap stunning profits from high oil and gas prices, we are told it is impossible to tax their windfall profits or stop the billions they get in government subsidies and tax loopholes. There appears to be no way for the government to secure lower energy prices or seriously impose and enforce environmental protection laws. Likewise, despite high and fast rising drug and medicine prices, we are told that it is impossible to raise taxes on pharmaceutical companies or have the government secure lower pharmaceutical prices. And so on.
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my comment on, "Enjoy the next 3 months (Judgment Day may be coming)" | Thinkahol's Blog - 0 views

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    I suppose it shouldn't be surprising that people assume that there is no difference between the way they experience the world and the world as it exists.

    I'm surprised people are willing to assume that metaphysical claims (i.e. claims outside of the purview of human testability/experience) are absolutely true.

    It seems that the only honest position one can have on "God" (in quotes to emphasize the lack of consensus on its definition) is to hold that "God" or "The Kingdom of Heaven" or "enlightenment" seem to be possible states of human consciousness; as such they may have individual normative value and seem to me to be generally socially desirable.
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Organized religion 'will be driven toward extinction' in 9 countries, experts predict -... - 0 views

  • the Netherlands, for example, will go from about 40% unaffiliated today to more than 70% by 2050, they expect.
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    Organized religion will all but vanish eventually from nine Western-style democracies, a team of mathematicians predict in a new paper based on census data stretching back 100 years.
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Insurance and rights: Can same-sex bathrooms be far behind? | The Economist - 0 views

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    ON TUESDAY the European Court for Human Rights  ruled that insurers in the EU can no longer charge different premiums for men and women.
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How Can the Richest 1 Percent Be Winning This Brutal Class War Against 99% of Us? | Eco... - 0 views

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    How has a tiny fraction of the population arranged for their narrowest economic interests to dominate those of the vast majority?
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Scientists say dolphins should be treated as 'non-human persons' - Times Online - 0 views

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    Dolphins have been declared the world's second most intelligent creatures after humans, with scientists suggesting they are so bright that they should be treated as "non-human persons".

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Warren Buffett: I 'Should Be Paying A Lot More In Taxes' - 0 views

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    WASHINGTON -- Billionaire Warren Buffett rebutted claims that the Obama administration is unjustly hurting business orders with high taxes by saying that in fact, the wealthy have never had it so good.
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