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TO LIVE OR KNOT

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TO LIVE OR NOT TO LIVE... Have you ever noticed how many excuses we all find to not act in defense of the planet? Sure, we all have errands to run and e-mails to answer and we all need down time and the problems are so big and [INSERT YOUR BEST EXCUSE HERE]. But lately I’ve been encountering a particularly frustrating excuse that a lot of people seem to be giving for not acting: they say it’s too late, that various tipping points have been reached in terms of runaway global warming,…

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CCC_APITAL_ISM

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So You Think Capitalism Is Evil +++Going behind the curtain +++ Everywhere I go, I'm within earshot of someone ranting about capitalism. How it's to blame for all the issues in the world — and in the angry person's life. Inevitably, others will join in and before I realize it I'm in the middle of a Capitalism-Fucked-The-World-Up support group. If you give the same reason for every issue — global warming? capitalism; the financial crisis? capitalism; my divorce? capitalism — that…

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A Washington family's nightmare year

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My husband and I poured everything we had into nurturing an empathetic child. Then, at age 13, he became infatuated with the alt-right. ✂What Happened After My 13-Year-Old Son Joined the Alt-Right @ www.washingtonian.com [1] When my son Sam,* who was then 14, asked me to take him to the Mother of All Rallies on the Mall in September 2017, I said no. The pro-Trump event was billed as a demonstration to preserve "traditional American culture," and white supremacists were expected to show up in force.…

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Why and How Capitalism Needs to Be Reformed (I)

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by Raymond Dalio +++ Dalio is an American billionaire investor, hedge fund manager, and philanthropist*. Dalio is the founder of investment firm Bridgewater Associates, one of the world's largest hedge funds. Bloomberg ranked him as the world's 79th wealthiest person in January 2019. +++ Summary I was fortunate enough to be raised in a middle-class family by parents who took good care of me, to go to good public schools, and to come into a job market that offered me equal opportunity. I was…

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Why and How Capitalism Needs to Be Reformed (II)

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Dalio's Diagnosis of Why Capitalism Is Now Not Working Well for the Majority of People +++ I believe that reality works like a machine with cause/effect relationships that produce outcomes, and that when the outcomes fall short of the goals one needs to diagnose why the machine is working inadequately and then reform it. I also believe that most everything happens over and over again through history, and by observing and thinking through these patterns one can better understand how reality works…

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SYSTEMS | EDUCATION

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What students know that experts don't: School is all about signaling, not skill-building +++ Parents, teachers, politicians and researchers tirelessly warn today's youths about the unforgiving job market that awaits them. If they want to succeed in tomorrow's economy, they can't just coast through school. They have to soak up precious knowledge like a sponge. But even as adulthood approaches, students rarely heed this advice. Most treat high school and college like a game, not an opportunity to…

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FRONT | LAWN

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✈  I. Z. Nessuno-Raskolnikov: "It's sproing!" [here] "We're so excited we wet our plants." | "We're extremely passionate about nurturing a healthy vibrant lawn." -Please do not stomp* here.

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NEWS | OLD

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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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