Soapbox Saturday: Now here’s my kind of celebrity/addict turned traitor-to-the-one-percent. An entertainer touring Russel Brand calls for a revolution against greed and pop culture, helps morning pundits self-demonstrate their daft and shallow pablum as in this video, and brings humor to his sadly well-informed economic critique when asked to edit an issue of the New Statesman.… Read the rest
Geoff introduced me to Tim Minchin, the Australian comedian’s delightful address to graduates and notes “I looked Minchin up on Wikipedia and near the end of the article found this. Wonderful!”
In his beat poem Storm, which centres on Minchin having an argument with a “hippie” who believes in various New Age alternatives in lieu of actual medicine, he states: “Science adjusts its views based on what’s observed.
Trickling down the pipe from our local County Clerk of the Circuit Court of Pinellas County Ken Burk is this lovely petition for the permanence of paper. Your pad may be nice for some things, but for some things you might still want to fall back on old, faithful dried out tree pulp. … Read the rest
It seems McDonald’s accidentally served up a Minimum Wage “McManifesto” in the form of a financial advice website for employees. “Every dollar makes a difference,” McDonald’s lectures its struggling and often impoverished workers. The new employee website, co-created with Visa, helpfully suggests that people who work for this Fortune 500 corporation begin the financial planning process by taking a second job.… Read the rest
Do you feel overwhelmed by the troubles in this world? Read this Call to Apocalypse by Robert Jensen, who says that like “Bidder 70″ Tim DeChristopher, we must turn frustration into creative solutions. But first we must face the truth.
Some stories we have told ourselves—claims by white people, men, or U.S.
The Center for Responsive Politics keeps an eye out for bad eggs in Congress, and who keeps them rotten with cash. Now they have a new tool to help citizens and voters keep an eye on that basket.
For years, our researchers have analyzed and crunched numbers looking for outliers — instances where a politician relies to an unusual degree on one group of donors, for instance, or contributors from one geographic area dominate a candidate’s fundraising.
Now here is a guy who is making a statement and helping the homeless at the same time! Together, says Greg Karber, we can remake the snooty A&F brand … by donating their clothing to the needy. Watch this video wherein he collects AF apparel and gives it away on Skid Row. … Read the rest
Big media seems to always whitewash the sins of recent leaders upon their death, as of Margaret Thatcher on April 8. Even this story about how the BBC refused to play the #1 top selling iTunes song as they did every single week because it demonstrated insensitivity to the “illiberal” politician. … Read the rest
Grandma called to tell me she killed a spider, because she knows I would have put it outside. I am that kind of live and let live kind of guy. So I am no fan of guns. But as this video on 3D printing shows, there is really no way to keep people away from weapons.… Read the rest
Reader Geoff write in, on the effort to curb gun violence.
As you may know, the Obama people have continued their effective online website which helped him win re-election. Now its focus is organizing public opinion to counterbalance the power of the big money lobbyists and special interests who dominate Washington politics.
Mind what you write when you have pissed off the federal government, because according to this article in the Huffington Post, you can go to prison for your words!
The federal government on Thursday jailed Earth Liberation Front activist Daniel McGowan in response to an article he wrote for The Huffington Post, his wife Jenny Synan said.
With controversy swirling over gun-sale background checks, limiting the size of weapon magazines and retaining Second Amendment rights, the problem of making homemade guns with 3-D printers has become a matter of public concern.
Laws mean little if a determined criminal or a hobbyist teen wants to make plastic guns or extra-high capacity magazines, says Hod Lipson, Cornell University professor of engineering and a pioneer in 3-D printing.… Read the rest
Andrea Brower is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Auckland who says Margaret Thatcher is dead wrong about the locked-in nature of the current neo-capitalist system. Instead, Bower says
imagine the innovative possibilities of a world where all people had access to everything they needed to live, to think, and to contribute to the common good.
Never one to pull punches, linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky remains as vigorous as ever at the age of 84.
His popularity – or notoriety as some would say – endures because he is still criticising politicians, business leaders and other powerful figures for not acting in the public’s best interest.
Today we appreciate the artistic license and wit of Kahlil Bendib, cartoonist. Here are two recent cartoons, and there are plenty more at his web site.
Wikipedia: Bendib now distributes his political cartoons independently to alternative media outlets outside of the corporate mainstream media.
Newswise — COLUMBUS, Ohio – A recent study examined people’s bodily responses while watching presidential campaign ads – and discovered another way that people avoid political information that challenges their beliefs.
In the last days of the 2008 campaign, researchers had people watch a variety of actual ads for Republican presidential candidate John McCain and his Democratic rival Barack Obama while the viewers’ heart rates, skin conductance and activation of facial muscles were monitored.… Read the rest
Two days ago, Australian blogger Nik Cubrilovic wrote a blog post heavy in technical language that amounted to one important thing: Facebook is watching, recording and tracking you as you browse the internet … when you are logged out.
Ummm, what?… Read the rest
Reading through my son’s summary of a top-selling book, my brain began to hurt, my eyes fogged over and my attention span came to a screeching hault.
Charlie’s interpretation was a jumble of words, complex phases and disjointed thinking which had to come from the author. … Read the rest
Between you and me, I have never forgiven Napoleon’s soldiers for the destruction they did in Egypt to the Sphinx’s noses! Robin Tauck, owner of Tauck Tours (a tour company who as been in business a long and successful time) recently reported on attending the 33rd annual World Heritage Center.… Read the rest