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Edward Snowden running for TIME’s Person of the Year
Matt Damon reads from Howard Zinn’s speech “The Problem is Civil Obedience” (November 1970)
In August, Science published a landmark study concluding that poverty, itself, hurts our ability to make decisions about school, finances, and life, imposing a mental burden similar to losing 13 IQ points.
Sometimes, science doesn’t stick without a proper anecdote, and “Why I Make Terrible Decisions,” a comment published on Gawker's Kinja platform by a person in poverty, is a devastating illustration of the Science study.
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Nowadays neuroscience seems to be the main north of human development. If something is not validated by neuroscience, if there’s no brain pattern to back up whatever your saying, your argument is invalid, no matter the dialectic road you’ve adventured through.
Neuroscience has become a religion, only the initiated understand it, the vast majority of mortals just follow through.
Neuroscience has become the death of thought, we’ve become machines guided by neuro-impulses only, it doesn’t even matter what these impulses are there for and what actions they are going to materialize. The scientists are going to interprate them for us, just like those reading the stars, prophets shouting words of order, the new amendments.
Well, if neuroscience is needed to understand the logic of poverty inside the capital, here it is.
Sight&Sound - The Greatest Films Poll
"Once a decade Sight & Sound asks critics to select the Greatest Films of All Time. (…) Famously, Citizen Kane topped the poll every decade from 1962 to 2002…"
Voters included Coppola, Abel Ferrara, Tsai Ming-Liang, Miguel Gomes, Hong Sang-Soo, Apichatpong and many others.
See the top 250 lists here.
Here’s the response of George Washington University professor Susan Sell to five questions about the intellectual property chapter of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, which the Obama administration has been negotiating with trading partners behind closed doors. A draft of the chapter was leaked to WikiLeaks two days ago.
"From this text it appears that the U.S. administration is negotiating for intellectual property provisions that it knows it could not achieve through an open democratic process. For example, it includes provisions similar to those of the failed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), and the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that the European Parliament ultimately rejected.
Other U.S. proposals would create exclusive new rights over clinical trial data, so that generic firms would be prohibited from using those results to prove efficacy and bioequivalence. The United States also proposes patents for medical procedures. Overall, these provisions would reduce generic competition, reduce access to medicines, and raise drug prices. This seems ironic in light of Obama’s professed domestic commitment to affordable health care.”
Read the full article here.
"The acts of civil disobedience and direct action that I am being sentenced for today are in line with the principles of community and equality that have guided my life. (…)
Could I have achieved the same goals through legal means? I have tried everything from voting petitions to peaceful protest and have found that those in power do not want the truth to be exposed. When we speak truth to power we are ignored at best and brutally suppressed at worst. We are confronting a power structure that does not respect its own system of checks and balances, never mind the rights of it’s own citizens or the international community.”
Read the full statement here.
David Graeber interviewed by Charlie Rose (2006)
Homeless mother who sent six-year-old son to better school in the wrong town jailed for five years
A mother who pleaded guilty to fraudulently enrolling her six-year-old son in the wrong school district has been sentenced to five years in prison. Tonya McDowell sent her son to an elementary school in Norwalk, Connecticut, instead of her home city of Bridgeport.
The 34-year-old, who was homeless when she was charged with felony larceny last year, said she wanted the best education possible for the boy.
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Democracy, they say…