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The Importance of Living: Lin Yutang meets the Dude

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Transcendence and The Big Lebowski

 

An essay I've recently published in Reality Sandwich, "An Esoteric Take on The Big Lebowski," has been very well received. There are a few works out there, be they novels, movies or even pieces of music, that manage to make the esoteric, exoteric. Such works rarely surface, though, because the shallow machinery of the publishing, movie and music industry is mostly allergic to them. As I was re-reading Lin Yutang's masterwork, The Importance of Living, I found so many passages that seem custom-made for the Dude that I thought it might be fun to explore the points of departure and arrival of both works, in tandem. To do that, I need to start from the not-so-distant premises that prompted Lin Yutang himself, back in 1937, to write his book.

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Tesco shareholders attack bosses over staff's 'slave wages'

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Bosses at the firm, which posted a record annual loss of £6.4billion last year, have faced fierce criticism over the supermarket’s decline at an annual meeting of its small shareholders.

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The women whom science forgot - BBC News

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A quick web search for the world's most famous scientists lists, among others, Galileo, Einstein, Newton, Darwin, Stephen Hawking and Alexander Fleming.
One of the few women to receive a mention is Marie Curie, a physicist and chemist who basically discovered radiation and helped apply it in the field of X-rays.
She won two Nobel Prizes, in physics and chemistry. Yet even so, she was turned down for membership of the prestigious French Academie des Sciences in 1911, the very year she went on to win her second Nobel Prize.
The Nobel laureate Sir Tim Hunt was heavily criticised for his disparaging remarks about women in science last week, which for some raised the issue of where women stood in the scientific community.
The larger truth is that women have made big and important discoveries in science - think of Dorothy Hodgkin, the brilliant crystallographer who mapped the structure of penicillin and went on to be awarded a Nobel Prize in 1964.
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How Corporations Dump Their Toxic Sludge in Areas Filled With Poor People

How Corporations Dump Their Toxic Sludge in Areas Filled With Poor People | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The following is an excerpt fromOut of Sight: The Long and Disturbing Story of Corporations Outsourcing Catastropheby Erik Loomis (The New Press, 2015):

The new environmental laws of the 1970s proved immediately effective. Between 1972 and 1978, presence of sulfur dioxide in the environment fell 17 percent, carbon monoxide by 35 percent, and lead by 26 percent.15 Americans lauded a future of jobs and health, prosperity and beautiful nature. Unions such as the United Steelworkers of America, who represented many Donora workers, the United Auto Workers, and the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers made alliances with environmentalists and promoted the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and other core legislation that protected all Americans, whether members of the working class or wealthy, from the emissions and pollutants of industry. Environmentalists for Full Employment formed in 1975 to “publicize the fact that it is possible simultaneously to create jobs, conserve energy and natural resources and protect the environment.” When Ronald Reagan became president and cut OSHA and EPA funding, the AFL-CIO and Sierra Club created the OSHA/Environmental Network to organize resistance between the two movements. Environmentalists and a Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees local representing tannery workers in Fulton County, New York, overcame past differences and worked together on both the workplace environment of the tannery and tannery-created water pollution. By the late 1990s, workers reporting environmental violations and environmentalists helped the union develop plans to improve working conditions in the plants.

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The Disturbing Science of Incarceration in the U.S.

The Disturbing Science of Incarceration in the U.S. | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Nearly one in 100 U.S. adults is in prison or jail, often as a result of questionable or biased convictions and subject to living (and dying) under conditions that research reveals as extremely inhumane
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(In)dependent Contractor Misclassification

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Numerous state-level studies show that between 10 and 20 percent of employers misclassify at least one worker as an independent contractor. Independent contractor (IC) misclassification occurs when a worker who should be considered a direct employee of a business—and receive a W-2 form to file with tax returns—is treated as a self-employed, “independent” contractor, and receives a 1099-MISC (miscellaneous income) form instead. The overall numbers have likely increased in recent years as workers in such traditional industries as construction, trucking, and stagecraft have been joined by a growing cadre of “on-demand workers,” who often get their assignments via the Internet (Weber and Silverman 2015). Independent contractors working in the on-demand economy include technical workers, house cleaners, drivers, and scores of others—some of whom are misclassified employees. All independent contractors, in old or new industries, are ineligible for benefits such as the minimum wage, overtime pay, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation.
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The Koch brothers just took a huge step toward a GOP civil war

The Koch brothers just took a huge step toward a GOP civil war | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The libertarian billionaires have exerted influence on the GOP for years. But now they're actively taking the reins

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Tesco admits 'probable' breaches of groceries code in its treatment of suppliers

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Tesco has admitted there have been “probable” breaches of the groceries supply code of practice (GSCOP) in its dealings with suppliers


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The children taken from home for a social experiment - BBC News

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In the 1950s, a group of Inuit children were taken from their families in Greenland to be re-educated as model Danish citizens. More than 60 years later, they want the Danish government to apologise for an experiment that did enormous damage.
"It was a lovely summery day, when two grand Danish gentlemen showed up at our house," says Helene Thiesen. It was 1951 and she lived with her family in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland.
"They had an interpreter with them and my older sister and I thought: What are they doing here? We were very curious. We were told to go outside while mum spoke to them.
"They asked my mum if she would be willing to send me to Denmark. I would learn to speak Danish and get a good education - they said it was a great chance for me.
"My mum said, 'No,' to them twice. But they kept pushing her and said we think you should send Helene to Denmark, it's only for six months. And she'll get the chance of a bright future - so we think you should let her go."
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SOCIAL EXPERIMENT NOW THATS REAL WRONG!

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Massive FIFA Investigation Begs the Question: Why Not Wall Street?

Massive FIFA Investigation Begs the Question: Why Not Wall Street? | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Just imagine what Michael Lewis must think of the FIFA scandal. Although Michael Lewis is a prolific non-fiction author who has written about the misdeeds and abuses of Wall Street for a quarter of a century, he has never seen the highest law enforcement officials in the land throw the book at Wall Street as they did last week at the world soccer organization known as FIFA.

Lewis first burst on the scene 25 years ago when he published Liar's Poker. Liar's Poker described the world of bond trading and the development of mortgage-backed securities at Salomon Brothers where Lewis worked.

Salomon Brothers was the gorilla on Wall Street back then, before collapsing in ignominy in the wake of its failed effort to rig the Treasury auction. But mortgage-backed securities lived on, and ultimately morphed into the complex securities that brought the world financial system to its knees in 2008.
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Lawmaker Assails Foreign Donations to Think Tanks

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Prominent Washington think tanks that routinely provide Congress with policy advice should refrain from taking foreign government donations, particularly from nations like Qatar that have been associated with financing extremist groups, a senior House lawmaker wrote this week in a letter to the president of the Brookings Institution.

The letter from Representative Frank R. Wolf, Republican of Virginia, was in response to an article on Sunday in The New York Times that examined the relationship between think tanks and foreign governments that have donated tens of millions of dollars in recent years to the nonprofit groups, often with an explicit goal of influencing American foreign policy.

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PayPal penalised for 'deceptive' practices - BBC News

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A government watchdog denounced the company for adding new members to a credit-card-like scheme without making them aware of the fact.
It also said PayPal had mishandled bill disputes, among other offences.
The eBay-owned company has offered to settle the case, without admitting wrongdoing.
A judge needs to approve the agreement for it to become legally binding.
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Our ‘impartial’ broadcasters have become mouthpieces of the elite | George Monbiot

Our ‘impartial’ broadcasters have become mouthpieces of the elite | George Monbiot | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
While the way in which the media handle the stories that are covered is bad enough, the absence of coverage is even worse. If an issue does not divide the main political parties, it vanishes from view, though the parties now disagree on hardly anything. Another study reveals a near total collapse of environmental coverage on ITV and BBC news: it declined from 2.5% (ITV) and 1.6% (BBC) of total airtime in 2007 to, respectively, 0.2% and 0.3% in 2014. There were as many news stories on these outlets about Madeleine McCann in 2014 – seven years after her disappearance – as there were about all environmental issues put together.

Those entrusted to challenge power are the loyalists of power.

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Native Children Are Facing A 'National Emergency.' Now Congress Is Pushing To Address It.

Native Children Are Facing A 'National Emergency.' Now Congress Is Pushing To Address It. | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Robert Looks Twice grew up in a trailer with his grandmother, uncle and eight cousins on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Looks Twice, along with two other young Native people from Pine Ridge, was a subject of Diane Sawyer's "Children of the Plains," a special that first aired on ABC in 2011.

For many Americans, "Children of the Plains" was a startling glimpse into the poverty and despair affecting the lives of Native Americans. Five cousins share a single bedroom with a collapsing ceiling. People carry the scars of generations of alcoholism and addiction. They spend their days broken and weeping in the quivering grass of the hills where their ancestors -- Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull -- captured Custer's American flag at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876; where the 7th cavalry massacred the Lakota and poured their bodies into a mass grave at Wounded Knee in 1890. This is what happened to the first peoples of this land. This is the lot left to their children.

Now, from impoverished reservations in the West, to Congress and the White House in the East, there is a growing bipartisan movement to document and address the lack of resources and opportunities in Native communities.
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We've lost our moral compass

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A new study on Wall Street points to deeply-ingrained governance issues that undermine the pursuit of truly sustainable business.

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​Tories bankrolled by hedge funds in offshore tax havens, new analysis shows

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Conservative Party candidates are bankrolled by hedge fund donations siphoned to Westminster from lucrative tax havens including the Cayman Islands, new analysis suggests.

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Greenpeace Helping Expose Illegal, Unethical Fishing off West Africa

Greenpeace Helping Expose Illegal, Unethical Fishing off West Africa | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Foreign vessels have been plundering the waters of West Africa for decades to stock the fish markets of Europe and Asia. Industrial fishing is depriving West African people of a vital source of protein and pushing thousands of locals into poverty and despair.

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There's Nothing Heroic About Stealing Water from the Commons

There's Nothing Heroic About Stealing Water from the Commons | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
It’s not every day that someone who steals water from the commons for private use on his large estate gains folk hero status in the sustainability movement.

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The obscure legal system that lets corporations sue countries | Claire Provost and Matt Kennard

The obscure legal system that lets corporations sue countries | Claire Provost and Matt Kennard | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The number of suits filed against countries at the ICSID is now around 500 – and that figure is growing at an average rate of one case a week. The sums awarded in damages are so vast that investment funds have taken notice: corporations’ claims against states are now seen as assets that can be invested in or used as leverage to secure multimillion-dollar loans. Increasingly, companies are using the threat of a lawsuit at the ICSID to exert pressure on governments not to challenge investors’ actions.

“I had absolutely no idea this was coming,” Parada said. Sitting in a glass-walled meeting room in his offices, at the law firm Foley Hoag, he paused, searching for the right word to describe what has happened in his field. “Rogue,” he decided, finally. “I think the investor-state arbitration system was created with good intentions, but in practice it has gone completely rogue.”

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We bailed you out, and now you want what!?!

We bailed you out, and now you want what!?! | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Wall Street figures are suing the government because they didn’t like their bailouts. And they just might win.

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They really are the party of stupid: The real story behind Scott Walker’s war on higher education

They really are the party of stupid: The real story behind Scott Walker’s war on higher education | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
At the turn of the last century, the “Wisconsin Experiment” led the nation as a way to develop government policies that would promote the greatest good for the most people. Gov. Robert La Follette brought together government officials, university professors and business leaders to hash out intelligent state policies.

Today there is another Wisconsin Experiment underway. This one, though, is designed to tear apart that broad civic vision and replace it with an oligarchy.

On its face, today’s Wisconsin story appears to be about budgets and entitlement. Citing the need to save money, the Joint Finance Committee of the Wisconsin Legislature at the end of May voted 12-4 to cut $250 million from the university’s budget and eliminate tenure from state law, enabling the governor-appointed Board of Regents to fire professors whenever they declared it time to “redirect” a program. Opponents are focusing on the end of tenure, but there is a larger story here about money, politics and ownership of the national government.

Significantly, Walker has referred to the measure as “Act 10 for higher education.” Act 10 was the 2011 Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill, passed by the Republican Legislature at Walker’s urging. It was the measure that created such furor in early 2011, as tens of thousands of protesters converged on the Wisconsin Capitol, Democratic senators fled to Illinois to stop a vote on the bill, and Republicans finally found a loophole in the quorum rules that enabled them to pass the measure without their Democratic colleagues.

At stake in this bitter fight was the nature of American government. Should workers have the right to bargain as a unit, joining together as a political bloc to influence both their contracts and government policies? Or should they be forced to compete for national power as individuals equal to the wealthiest men in America?
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3 easy ways to tell if a viral photo is bogus

3 easy ways to tell if a viral photo is bogus | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it

"Many people posting it wrote that the photo was taken during the recent Nepal earthquakes, and that it depicts 'a brother protecting his sister.' Pretty heartwarming, right? It’s the exact sort of thing your aunt would share on Facebook. A perfectly clear, resonant message about survival and empathy and inequality, all that good stuff.  There’s only one problem: That picture is fake."


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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, May 27, 10:43 AM

course resource, life resource :)

Eden Eaves's curator insight, May 27, 1:05 PM

This picture supposedly taken in Nepal of a brother protecting his younger sister due to recent earthquakes is, in fact, false. These kinds of photos portraying helpless people in foreign countries are often created to increase Instagram likes and retweets on twitter. Some times are real photos of someone or something going through tragedy, but often they are not.    

Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, June 2, 9:21 AM

This is a GREAT Tip for checking out all those sad stories you see on Facebook and Twitter.  Once again Thank You Google!!

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Does the new science of animal emotion change our ethical responsibilities towards animals? — We must improve the lives of animals. by Barbara King — Aeon Ideas

Does the new science of animal emotion change our ethical responsibilities towards animals? — We must improve the lives of animals. by Barbara King  — Aeon Ideas | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Yes.

Individuals in a wide variety of species ranging from elephants, dolphins and whales to farmed animals like cows and pigs and companion animals like dogs, cats, and horses, may feel love for their relatives and friends. We scientists in the past often resorted to academic jargon (“animals experience a social bond with kin and others with whom they spend a majority of their time”). Now many of us call it what it is: a deep loving connection between two animals such that when the two are forced apart through death (or some other separation), the survivor may feel profound grief, visible to observers in new patterns of social withdrawal and/or disrupted life routines.
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Five global banks to pay $5.7 billion in fines over rate rigging

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A woman walks past a Citibank logo displayed outside the Citibank Plaza in Hong Kong July 28, 2014.

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#Banksters Caught Red Handed Rigging World Markets #corruption #politicians

As financial “markets” waited today on baited breath for the latest minutes from the Federal Reserve to get signals about whether interest rates would rise, we ...

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