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SZCZ.org: My 25th Veganniversary
Yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of adhering to a vegan diet. I've written a blog post to mark the occasion:
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I had the good fortune to meet Jocelyn Bell in 2000; she is awesome and gave an awesome talk. What she did is simp…
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12 days ago
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Some of my Chicago Independent Television videos about Rahm Emanuel are getting a burst of attention in the midst o…
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15 days ago
The Socialist Network: Are today’s young, Bernie-inspired leftist intellectuals really just New Deal liberals?
The term “capitalism”—like “socialism”—can’t be reduced to any simple fixed meaning. At its core, it refers merely to an economy based on market exchanges aimed at private profit. But a response like Liz Bruenig’s illustrates just how degraded the meaning of the word has become.

Here, again, liberals may want to turn their gaze inward. The conservative movement has faced little resistance to its successful rebranding of American capitalism as synonymous with a laissez-faire, dog-eat-dog form of competition, in which maximizing the ability of the rich to accumulate ever more wealth is seen as the only unmitigated economic good. This vision depends on propping up the myth of a market that’s as “free” from regulation as possible. It’s a myth because, in fact, there can be no such thing as a modern market in the absence of regulation of one sort or another, and many forms of commerce, like intellectual property, owe their very existence to government.

Yet modern liberals have overwhelmingly ceded the terrain. Rather than making the affirmative case for using government to structure and spur equitable markets, liberals tend to fall into the binary of a free market versus regulation. Instead of presenting a vision of how to use government to make markets work in the public interest, the message has too often been, “Capitalism is fine, we just need more regulations to patch up the failures.” Democrats, in other words, start with something that the left hates, and then add something that everyone hates.

Ultimately, the New Brandeis folks and the socialists may have more in common than they realize. They’re both rooted in the sense, largely ignored by mainstream liberalism, that it simply shouldn’t be possible for anyone to gain as much wealth and power as the richest corporations and individuals wield today. Call this feeling socialism, call it progressivism, call it liberalism; whatever you call it, it’s where anyone who wants to harness the energy behind the rebirth of American socialism needs to start.
capitalism  socialism  market  markets  economy  economics  left  rightwing  liberal  politics  usa  democrats  republicans 
5 weeks ago
Ethical OS
A guide to anticipating the future impact of today's technology, or: how not to regret the things you will build
ethics  tech  technology  computers  internet  future  philosophy 
5 weeks ago
Finding Meaning in a Galaxy without Aliens
[I]t looks increasingly possible that humans may indeed be alone, or that we might have some mind-bogglingly gigantic region of the cosmos to ourselves. As this idea slowly seeps into our consciousness, it’s going to have deep cultural consequences. The mental habits of two centuries will lead us to strenuously resist this new picture of the galaxy, especially since, from ancient myths to postmodern sci-fi, humanity has almost always understood itself in relation to a nonhuman or superhuman Other.

If the revelation that humans are probably alone in our universe stands, and as that revelation sinks into our collective psyche, it could effect a second, weirder Copernican revolution in culture. To begin with, it’s really hard to square humanity’s status as perhaps the only intelligent species in all of time and space with the idea that we are insignificant. To the contrary, the everyday breath of the least of us contains meaning in so concentrated a form that a cup’s worth of it could be doled out to a dozen star systems, transforming the arid matter into a garden of significance.

There’s been a lot of talk in literary and philosophical circles of a new “post-secular” age. And some writers, like Marilynne Robinson in her stunning novel Gilead, have discovered old religious skins for the new wine of our time. But in truth, human culture never left the non-secular world behind. The 20th-century fantasies of alien intelligence were just a modern version of religious literature. Religion, after all, conceived of a relation between two intelligences—one human, one not. Books from Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous With Rama to the Strugatsky brothers’ Roadside Picnic to basically all of the late Philip K. Dick recast the ancient story of humanity’s contact with an unknowable god in the terms of alien intelligence. If humankind begins to see intelligence as one thing—just us—then religion’s service to secular literature may finally be at an end.
space  science  universe  religion  life  philosophy  meaning 
5 weeks ago
The Secret to Living to 103
My grandmother, Toyono Higa, who turned 103 this month, is often asked about the secret to her longevity. “Honey, sweet potato and a good attitude,” she replies. She puts honey in her coffee (never sugar), and sweet potatoes have long been a staple of her diet. It can’t hurt that her parents were born in Okinawa, Japan, famed for its long-lived residents.

But I think it’s her attitude, including her ability to laugh at herself, that has helped her achieve centenarian status.
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6 weeks ago
Untitled (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Azck1jY79cA)
This is an informative, inspiring video that's well worth your time:
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6 weeks ago
THE 20-YEAR-OLD ENTREPRENEUR IS A LIE
DATA FROM THE CENSUS BUREAU AND THE IRS SHOW THE AVERAGE AGE OF SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS FOUNDERS IS 42.
business  startup  starups  age  aging  success  failure  statistics  usa  government  research 
6 weeks ago
What are Capitalists Thinking?
I have mixed feelings about this socialism boomlet. It has yet to prove itself politically viable in general elections outside a handful of areas, and by 2021 we could wake up and see that it’s been a disaster for Democrats.

But I understand completely why it’s happening. Given what’s been going on in this country, it couldn’t not have happened. And if you’re a capitalist, you’d better try to understand it, too — and do something to address the very legitimate grievances that propelled it.
socialism  capitalism  elections  usa  markets  corporate  corporation  corporations  activism  protest  democrats  republican  republicans 
6 weeks ago
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What does it mean when I watch this video and my first thought is, "Buy some ties and buy some belts. Heck, I'll b…
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6 weeks ago
Three Children, Two Abortions
What a woman chooses to do with her body should not be up for debate in 2018.
women  woman  gender  sex  life  children  health  healthcare 
6 weeks ago
The Ghana Quiz Show Bigger Than The World Cup
The quiz is open to senior high schools and has been running on national television since 1994. It has a cult following among students, parents and especially old students of the schools who appear to be even more passionate than the current ones.

This is an enterprise that was started with the stated aim of promoting science and mathematics in our society and if one were to judge simply from the popularity of the programme, you would be tempted to say that the mission of the originators has been accomplished.
trivia  science  quiz  television  tv  media  education  africa  mathematics  learning  school 
7 weeks ago
Szkoda...
Szkoda, że poczuć jedność z rodakami możemy głównie podczas protestów. Na co dzień nie uśmiechamy się do siebie na ulicy, bywamy chamscy i wyjątkowo obojetni na innych. Czy musimy mieć nóż na gardle by zachowywać się po ludzku? #Poland
poland  polska  twitter  people  protest  activism 
7 weeks ago
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"...too much of my career has been devoted to addressing legacy code. Increasingly I find myself referring to a pas…
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I long thought July 22 as my second birthday:

* Alex Trebek’s birthday
* The day the Prodigy trivia game GUTS lau…
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8 weeks ago
Work less, get more: New Zealand firm's four-day week an 'unmitigated success' | World news | The Guardian
Reduced hours for same pay increased successful work-life balance management, cutting stress levels and boosting commitment
productivity  work  news  history  labor  success  life  job  inspiration  idea 
8 weeks ago
How the psychology of the England football team could change your life | Football | The Guardian
“I’d like to turn this unhealthy preoccupation with success on its head and put it on the record that I think failure is really useful. For without failure we cannot progress longer, higher or faster. It’s a funny paradox – our successes are achieved through trying, and trying most often ends in failure. Every day in our general lives and our sporting lives we will win some and lose some; it’s just part of the way life should be. It could be missing out on a promotion, being pipped at the line in a running race or bombing out in an exam – it doesn’t matter – the important lesson is to learn from our failures, reassess, rethink, move forward (sometimes in a different direction) and keep those dreams and goals alive.”

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Five top tips for success

• Don’t fear failure. “Part of what it takes to be courageous is overcoming the constant battle between the desire for what we want and the fear of failure. Most of us don’t expose ourselves because we are fearful,” writes Grange.

• Reframe emotions: you’re not “nervous”, you’re “excited”; a penalty shootout/job interview/important speech is not something to dread, it’s an “opportunity”.

• Positive thinking is unhelpful if you’re simply fantasising about achieving an Oscar/the World Cup/a fuller social life. Instead, focus – positively – on the steps that could get you to your goal.

• Treat your employees/children/customers as individuals rather than a homogenous group. Different approaches will work for different people.

• Kindness, listening and empathy will take you further than barking orders. Use praise to motivate people.
psychology  england  sport  sports  soccer  football  success  failure  winning  tip  tips  list  lists  advice 
9 weeks ago
Ghanaian boys use cassavas to generate electricity - BBC News
Ghanaian brothers James and Kwesi Ansah have come up with a novel way to use waste generated from cassavas.

They use the root vegetables to create electricity that can power radios and mobile phones in their village in eastern Ghana.
electricity  energy  africa  inspiration  inspiring  environment  food 
9 weeks ago
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By the way, I've been calling it the FIFA _Men's_ World Cup, because it is. The FIFA Women's World Cup is next yea…
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9 weeks ago
The Administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel Keeps Monitoring Protesters — ProPublica
Chicago police and City Hall tracked anti-Trump demonstrators — and now state legislators want to let them use drones.
chicago  activism  protest  police  surveillance 
9 weeks ago
The Seeds of Media Self-Sabotage | Crooked Media
We would be better off as a political culture and a country if conservative media mirrored liberal media in its relative commitment to empiricism and fair-mindedness. But while we can’t control the way Trump’s enablers conduct themselves, we should recognize that they pocket unearned credibility when we collapse the moral distinction between partisan hypocrisy and concerted propaganda, treating their illiberal commitments as “classic politics.”
media  philosophy  culture  politics  usa  liberal  conservative  logic  evidence  thinking  psychology 
9 weeks ago
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I have an idea. For more than a decade, I was involved in a grassroots media activis…
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10 weeks ago
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"If Kavanaugh is confirmed...will we be living in a very different world? ... The answer depends more on us than it…
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10 weeks ago
First Album, First Side, First Song | MetaFilter
NPR compiles a Spotify playlist of their 150 favorite First Album, First Side, First Song tracks across history.
music  song  songs  list  lists  reference  npr 
10 weeks ago
Public buckets by grayhatwarfare
How to search for public buckets and their contents on AWS's S3 service.
aws  search  security  code  amazon  privacy 
10 weeks ago
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A seven-note riff written by a songwriter born in my home state has been introducing every match this year in the w…
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10 weeks ago
BASIC Engine
The BASIC Engine is a very low-cost single-board home computer with advanced 2D color graphics and sound capabilities, roughly comparable to late-1980s or early-1990s computers and video game consoles. It can be built at home without special skills or tools and using readily available components for under 10 Euros in parts, or mass-produced for even less.
basic  computer  computers  raspberrypi  electronics  electronic  software  code  programming  diy 
11 weeks ago
The trouble with charitable billionaires | News | The Guardian
The statistics are alarming, with the world’s 10 biggest corporations having revenues that exceed the total combined revenues of the 180 least wealthy nations. Corporate social responsibility is not making any real difference. The report states: “When corporations increasingly work for the rich, the benefits of economic growth are denied to those who need them most. In pursuit of delivering high returns to those at the top, corporations are driven to squeeze their workers and producers ever harder – and to avoid paying taxes which would benefit everyone, and the poorest people in particular.”

Neither the philanthropy of the super-rich nor socially directed corporate programmes have any real effect on combating this trend, in the same way that Zuckerberg’s handout of $3m will have a negligible effect on the San Francisco housing crisis. Instead, vast fortunes in the hands of the few, whether earned through inheritance, commerce or crime, continue to grow at the expense of the poor.

In the end, it is capitalism that is at the heart of philanthrocapitalism, and the corporation that is at the heart of corporate social responsibility, with even well-meaning endeavours serving to justify a system that is rigged in favour of the rich.
capitalism  economics  money  economy  market  markets  wealth  parecon 
11 weeks ago
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RT : So much cheaper to just treat black folks like actual humans. I guess I'm asking for too much. SMH....
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11 weeks ago
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This! With actions like this, seemingly small, but continuing across time, and steadily (or dramaticall…
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12 weeks ago
gigasquid/clojure-mxnet: Clojure Package for MXNET
A Clojure packages to the MXNet deep learning library, chosen by AWS as its official library.
ai  deeplearning  code  software  clojure  programming  amazon  aws  machinelearning 
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