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SOPA ‘On Hold’ in Face of Massive Public Opposition
Both PIPA and SOPA had been expected to have some Congressional action next week, and the PIPA procedural vote for Tuesday has been postponed indefinitely in the face of a number of Senators, including several PIPA co-sponsors, announcing their opposition.
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"It’s important to try to see the world from Tehran’s perspective. What the Iranians see is a concerted, undeclared war being waged against them by a coalition of the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and some European states. The fact that all of these countries are not necessarily always coordinating their actions is doubtless lost on the Iranian leadership. They are under cyber attack like the Stuxnet virus. Someone is killing their nuclear scientists in the streets of Tehran and blowing up their missile facilities. The United States and Europeans have ratcheted up their contacts with the Iranian opposition. The Iranians believe that foreign elements are also making contact with dissident groups like the Kurds, the Baluch, and the Arabs in Khuzestan. The United States has ratcheted up its efforts to broadcast into Iran to undermine the regime’s control over information. Washington is building up the military capabilities of states in the Gulf Cooperation Council. The Saudis are funding proxies to fight against Iran’s proxies from Bahrain to Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen. And the Americans and Europeans are waging economic warfare in the form of increasingly crippling sanctions."
— Kenneth Pollack, “Are we sliding toward war with Iran?”, Jan. 18, 2012

(Source: tnr.com)

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China's war against Harry Potter -- Stephen Walt | FP

LMAO ‘creativity by fiat’

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"So Much Fun. So Irrelevant." by Thomas Friedman | NYT
The best of these ecosystems will be cities and towns that combine a university, an educated populace, a dynamic business community and the fastest broadband connections on earth. These will be the job factories of the future. The countries that thrive will be those that build more of these towns that make possible “high-performance knowledge exchange and generation,” explains Blair Levin, who runs the Aspen Institute’s Gig.U project, a consortium of 37 university communities working to promote private investment in next-generation ecosystems.

Historians have noted that economic clusters always required access to abundant strategic inputs for success, says Levin. In the 1800s, it was access to abundant flowing water and raw materials. In the 1900s, it was access to abundant electricity and transportation. In the 2000s, he said, “it will be access to abundant bandwidth and abundant human intellectual capital,” — places like Silicon Valley, Austin, Boulder, Cambridge and Ann Arbor.
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At M.A. Ideal School, Teenage Teachers, Hopeful Parents
The method of teaching in these private schools is much the same as elsewhere in India, where rote learning dominates. But the teachers, though younger teenagers]and far less educated [rickshaw drivers] than their government school colleagues, are far more accountable in educating the children.

Most importantly — they show up.
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Margaret Paul, Ph.D.: How to Set Goals Without Caring About the Outcome

Attaching your happiness to outcomes is what causes distress. As soon as you attach your happiness, worth and wellbeing to something — to connection with someone, to money, things, approval, success, and so on — you then want control over getting what you want. And it is your controlling behavior that causes your distress. Not only does the attachment itself cause anxiety because you might ruminate on getting what you want, but all the things you do to attempt to control the outcome keeps you from being present to your experience of life in the moment.

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2 years ago
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A remaining realm of American excellence - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com

It is difficult to articulate exactly why, but there is something very significant about a nation that so continuously finds purpose and joy in the corpses its government produces, while finding it in so little else. […] Among other things, this constant fixation on alleged threats produces the mindset that once the government decrees someone to be a Bad Guy, then anything and everything done to them (or ostensibly done to stop them) is not merely justified but is cause for celebration. That was the mentality that justified renditions, Guantanamo, vast illegal domestic surveillance, aggressive war against Iraq, and the worldwide torture regime: unless you support the Terrorists and Saddam, how could you oppose any of that?

That character-degradation is produced at least as much by conditioning the citizenry to stand and cheer, to beat its chest, to feel righteous and proud, each time the government produces a new dead Bad Guy. Even at its most necessary and justified, the act of ending a human life with state violence should be a somber and lamentable affair. There’s something bloodthirsty about reacting ecstatically. To react that way when guilt is unproven (Awlaki), or when the person is unknown (most drone victims), or is killed by acts of pure barbarism (Gadaffi) is the mind of a savage. But it’s now been more than a decade since 9/11, and this has been the prevailing mentality in America continuously since then (to say nothing about the lengthy, brutal wars fought before that). What happens to a citizenry and a nation that so frequently erupts into celebratory dances over the latest dead body its government displays?

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2 years ago
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Libya's new leader declares an Islamic state | FP Passport


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US & Afghan Soldiers Allegedly Forced Civilians Onto Mine-Filled Roads -- News from Antiwar.com

According to Faizal Mahmud, the deputy head of Panjwai’s council of elders, the villagers claimed the soldiers arbitrarily detained them, lined them up, and forced them to walk in front of the soldiers for over a mile, through roads believed to be packed with explosives by the Taliban.

The story was corroborated by many other villagers contacted by phone by National Public Radio. ”They brought in people from all the villages on the sides of the main paved road. The Taliban had told us not to go through this way because there were a lot of mines. All of the road to the next village was mined. But the soldiers told us to keep walking in front of them,” a villager named Hamidullah told NPR.

“They kept telling us to show the mines. We said we didn’t know where the Taliban planted mines. Then they told us to move forward to the next village, on the way if anything happens, you are responsible for the consequences. We kept praying, oh, God, save us,” another participant named Ahmad told NPR.

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2 years ago
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Occupy Wall Street: Leaderless, consensus-based participatory democracy and its discontents | The Economist

Because the participatory democracy of OWS is an ideological endeavour, it can avoid the hard problem of liberal society: the ineradicable diversity of moral belief and the impossibility of consensus. Consensus-based communes composed of individuals who opt in specifically because they already agree with the commune’s founding values can work precisely because the people who would make consensus impossible—people with very different opinions and values—stay away. But not only does the OWS experiment skirt the problem of pluralism through self-selection, the ideological homogeneity of self-selection may make deliberation tend toward extremism, as Cass Sunstein’s important work on deliberation and group polarisation shows. He writes: “When like-minded people are participating in ‘iterated polarization games’—when they meet regularly, without sustained exposure to competing views—extreme movements are all the more likely.”

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Europe and America: Common currencies as naked puts | The Economist

For me, this raised the question of why one would not consider the fiscal problems of any American state or municipality to be similarly a problem of sovereign debt caused by the imprudent decision to use the US dollar rather than issuing a local currency. The pension obligations of the California state government might be easier to meet if they were denominated in calis, rather than US dollars: disproportionate real-estate decline and economic slowdown in California would lead to a fall in the value of the cali, exports to the US would thus earn more calis and generate more calis in taxes, and the state government’s problems would look somewhat less stark.

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2 years ago
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Israel-Palestine: On claims of Palestinian anti-Semitism | The Economist

What Mr Abbas is objecting to here is Israeli insistence that the Palestinian Authority recognise its character as a Jewish state as part of any peace agreement. He’s not saying the Palestinians will not recognise Israel. He’s not even saying they won’t recognise its right to exist. He’s saying the Palestinians refuse to be singled out, as Egypt and Jordan were not when they signed peace deals with Israel, and forced to approve the religious Jewish character of the state. Israel never demanded this recognition during peace negotiations in the 1990s or early 2000s. They’re not part of the Clinton administration-mediated Taba agreements or the Bush administration-brokered “road map” for peace. The Israelis first introduced the demand in 2007.

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2 years ago
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Robert Naiman: Why Tax the Rich to Pay for More War?

If we’re going to use the money to kill, imprison, and otherwise oppress people in other countries who have done us no wrong, I would just as soon let Warren Buffett keep his money. Maybe he will donate some of it to a good cause. But even if he uses it to buy caviar, that would be better than continuing the war in Afghanistan, which is, on a routine basis, violating the basic human rights of the Afghan people, in addition to killing and maiming Americans for no good reason.

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Students’ Knowledge of Civil Rights History Has Deteriorated, Study Finds - NYTimes.com

“Generally speaking, the farther away from the South — and the smaller the African-American population — the less attention paid to the civil rights movement,” the report says.

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Let’s Get Out of the Middle East – and the UN by Rep. Ron Paul -- Antiwar.com

Unfortunately, the debate is dominated by those who either support the Israeli side in the conflict, or those who support the Palestinian desire for statehood. We rarely seem to hear the view of those who support the U.S. side and U.S. interests. I am on that side. I believe that we can no longer police the world. We can no longer bribe the Israelis and Palestinians to continue an endless “peace process” that goes nowhere. It is not in our interest to hector the Palestinians or the Israelis, or to “export” democracy to the region but reject it when people vote the “wrong” way.