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IOPS TIMES #4 +++  "The Truth shall make Ye Fear; more or less."  +++   WAR_AND_PIECES #Neo-Nazis and the Far Right Are On the March in Ukraine Five years after the Maidan uprising, anti-Semitism and fascist-inflected ultranationalism are rampant. Five years ago, Ukraine's Maidan uprising ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, to the cheers and support of the West. Politicians and analysts in the United States and Europe not only celebrated the uprising as a triumph of democracy, but…

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The Trauma Floor

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The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America +++ Content warning: This article contains discussion of serious mental health issues and racism. +++ The panic attacks started after Chloe watched a man die. She spent the past three and a half weeks in training, trying to harden herself against the daily onslaught of disturbing posts: the hate speech, the violent attacks, the graphic pornography. In a few more days, she will become a full-time Facebook content moderator, or what the company she…

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Big Daddy White Geezer Hegemonic Power Grid

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Trump's Brilliant Strategy to Dismember U.S. Dollar Hegemony :: The end of America's unchallenged global economic dominance has arrived sooner than expected, thanks to the very same Neocons who gave the world the Iraq, Syria and the dirty wars in Latin America. Just as the Vietnam War drove the United States off gold by 1971, its sponsorship and funding of violent regime change wars against Venezuela and Syria – and threatening other countries with sanctions if they do not join this crusade…

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Romanes eunt domus

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Karl Marx's grave vandalised with political slogans :: A memorial to Karl Marx at the cemetery in north London where the 19th century political philosopher is buried has been defaced for the second time in less than a fortnight - this time with red paint. Earlier this month, the monument in Highgate Cemetery, which is among British structures listed as being of exceptional historical interest, was damaged with a hammer. Pictures posted on Twitter by the cemetery on Saturday showed the marble gravestone…

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An Open Letter to the People of the United States

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"Disinformation by Omission": Not a single Western mainstream media has published, quoted or commented on President Nicolas Maduro's Open Letter to the People of the United States.   *   If I know anything, it is about people, such as you, I am a man of the people. I was born and raised in a poor neighborhood of Caracas. I forged myself in the heat of popular and union struggles in a Venezuela submerged in exclusion and inequality. I am not a tycoon, I am a worker of reason and heart,…

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Are Bosses Dictators?

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In 2011, the Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania, published an exposé about the working conditions at a local Amazon warehouse. That summer, temperatures inside the warehouse had risen above a hundred degrees; managers, citing concerns about theft, had refused to open the doors for ventilation, instead stationing ambulances outside so that employees could be hospitalized if they collapsed. Job applicants, desperate for work, lined up to replace the fallen. Stories like this are surprisingly…

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Creating a Sustainable Food Future by 2050

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IOPS | Agricultural Development Economics Division | Economic and Social Development Department How to Feed the World 2050 | High-Level Expert Forum Global agriculture towards 2050 The Challenge Agriculture in the 21st century faces multiple challenges: it has to produce more food and fibre to feed a growing population with a smaller rural labour force, more feedstocks for a potentially huge bioenergy market, contribute to overall development in the many agriculture-dependent developing countries,…

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Meaningful Living and Learning in a Digital World

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IOPS | You are invited! | To engage in our discussion which explores one of the most important issues of our era. | How to live and learn with technology in ways that add authentic value to our lives and to the world. | As we embrace the conveniences of emerging technologies in the classroom and beyond, we will explore ways to employ them with a people-centered approach that includes #balance, #compassion, #healthy #living, #mindfulness and #relationships. This discussion/exploration is inspired…

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The Secret Is to Begin

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IOPS | Getting Started | Because these ideas are so ordinary, they can only be of use to people who are extraordinary. Fortunately, you fit the bill. | When you resolve to take your destiny into your own hands, it's hard to know where to start. Ceding responsibility to others is easy: you vote for a political party, you donate to a nonprofit group, you pay taxes to a government, you enlist in an army, you enroll in a school, you work for a corporation, you convert to a religion. Practically our…

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