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To Honor Aaron Swartz, Let Knowledge Go Free

To Honor Aaron Swartz, Let Knowledge Go Free | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Bringing knowledge to the public--not restricting it--should be the central mission of academia.
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This is an exellent article about the main cause of Arron's activism. He worked to make recorded collective human knowledge, information  and thought as available as possible to all humanity. He believed from a very early age this sharing would eventually bring out the best thinking, action and innovations in people and make the world a better place. The article describes some basic barriers to availability of access to that knowledge.

 

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"He stood for the open sharing of knowledge for all. Among the questions he left us is this: Is this what academia stands for? Do the academy's actions actually support this stance?

The academy's goal is, supposedly, to pursue knowledge and advance science in order to affect the larger world. The first peer-reviewed journal, Philosophical Transactions, published in 1665, came from the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge. Hundreds of year later, our academic systems put limits on who in the world can read and use that knowledge.

Aaron Swartz opposed those limits to his core."

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Creating Resilient Community, Through Design And Advocacy - Your Olive Branch

Creating Resilient Community, Through Design And Advocacy - Your Olive Branch | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Creating Resilient Community, Through Design And Advocacy
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We believe that a community is strong and resilient when the people of that place are informed and effectively engaged in local decision-making.

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Economist Debates: Offshoring & outsourcing

Economist Debates: Offshoring & outsourcing | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Do multinational corporations have a duty to maintain a strong presence in their home countries? (Our debate on offshoring and outsourcing has reached its conclusion.
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KARACHI, Pakistan... | Facebook

KARACHI, Pakistan... | Facebook | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
API News wrote: KARACHI, Pakistan — Pakistan has... Join Facebook to connect with API News and others you may know. (KARACHI, Pakistan — Pakistan has agreed to let China take operational control of a strategic deep water port on...
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Texas Senate education chairman files bill to revise high school graduation law

Texas Senate education chairman files bill to revise high school graduation law | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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Economy Added 157,000 Jobs In January, Unemployment To 7.9 Percent

Economy Added 157,000 Jobs In January, Unemployment To 7.9 Percent | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
According to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economy added 157,000 jobs in January, with the unemployment rate ticking up slightly to 7.9 percent. Economists expected an increase of 170,000 jobs.
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Corporate power: exposing the global 1% | Reflections on a Revolution ROAR

Corporate power: exposing the global 1% | Reflections on a Revolution ROAR | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
In these infographics, the Transnational Institute offers a visual insight into who dominates our planet at a time of economic and ecological crisis.
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Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education

Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
An international journal of complexity and education

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Excerpt: "Complicity is an open access (free to all readers), peer-reviewed journal that publishes original articles on all aspects of education that are informed by the idea of complexity (in its technical, applied, philosophical, theoretical, or narrative manifestations). The journal strives to serve as a forum for both theoretical and practical contributions and to facilitate the exchange of diverse ideas and points of view related to complexity in education."
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Excerpt: "Complicity is an open access (free to all readers), peer-reviewed journal that publishes original articles on all aspects of education that are informed by the idea of complexity (in its technical, applied, philosophical, theoretical, or narrative manifestations). The journal strives to serve as a forum for both theoretical and practical contributions and to facilitate the exchange of diverse ideas and points of view related to complexity in education."
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 31, 2013 7:16 PM

I am familiar with some of the writing and thinking of one of the founding editors, Brent Davis. He remains on the advisory board. It is peer reviewed and, in today's educational environment, complexity theory needs to be fully considered.

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Michael Stafford: Why I gave up on being a Republican

Michael Stafford: Why I gave up on being a Republican | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

LISTEN to Michael Stafford's first radio interview since publishing the piece below.

 

by MICHAEL STAFFORD, Cagle Post

 

I'm a life-long Republican. My political affiliation has been woven intrinsically into the very fabric of my being.

 

My first political act was passionately lobbying my fourth-grade classmates to vote for Reagan over Walter Mondale in a mock election in 1984. As an adult, I continued to be a rock-solid Republican- I helped run my law school's chapter of the Federalist Society and its Republican club. And after the election of President Obama in 2008, I served as an officer in my state Republican Party. For the next two years, I devoted substantial amounts of my time, my talent, and my treasure to supporting local candidates running for office and to building the Party organization.

 

Today, however, I am a registered Republican no longer.

 

I came to the decision to leave the GOP not with a heavy heart, but with a broken one.

 

As a local GOP official after President Obama's election, I had a front-row seat as it became infected by a dangerous and virulent form of political rabies.

 

In the grip of this contagion, the Republican Party has come unhinged. Its fevered hallucinations involve threats from imaginary communists and socialists who, seemingly, lurk around every corner. Climate change- a reality recognized by every single significant scientific body and academy in the world- is a liberal conspiracy conjured up by Al Gore and other leftists who want to destroy America. Large numbers of Republicans- the notorious birthers- believe that the President was not born in the United States. Even worse, few figures in the GOP have the courage to confront them.

 

Republican economic policies are also indefensible. The GOP constantly claims its opponents are engaged in "class warfare," but this is an exercise in projection. In Republican proposals, the wealthy win, and the rest of us lose- one only has to look at Rep. Paul Ryan's budget to see that.

 

As Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein have written, "the Republican Party, has become an insurgent outlier—ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence, and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition." Its reckless behavior helps drive the political dysfunction crippling our nation.

 

In the end, it offers a dystopian vision of our future- a harsher, crueler and more merciless America starkly divided between the riders, and the ridden.

 

From the moment the Tea Party emerged on the scene, I had a premonition that I would eventually have to leave the GOP. [MORE]


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The Afghan girl sold to be a child bride

The Afghan girl sold to be a child bride | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The BBC's Bilal Sarwary reports on the case of Naghma, a six-year-old girl in a Kabul refugee camp whose father has sold her as a child bride to settle a debt.
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Undernews: Growing local democracy as well as lettuce


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Sounds like a great garden!

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Excellent article, IMO

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The Education of Corporate America - Huffington Post

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The Education of Corporate America
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The leadership in America's colleges and universities spends a great deal of time making the case for the kind of education that reflects the people, programs and facilities already in place.
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In the Israeli Desert, a Modest Effort to Build an Environment for Peace - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)

In the Israeli Desert, a Modest Effort to Build an Environment for Peace - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) In the Israeli Desert, a Modest Effort to Build an Environment for Peace Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) "It's the way we do business, but the business we're in is the environment." By...
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Help Preserve the Legacy of Aaron Swartz

Help Preserve the Legacy of Aaron Swartz | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
On January 11, 2013, facing decades in prison on trumped up charges, my partner, Aaron Swartz, made the tragic choice to take his own life. He was only 26.
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Veterans Suicide Rate Rises

Veterans Suicide Rate Rises | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Estimated 22 vets kill themselves every day. (Veterans Suicide Rate Rises http://t.co/9WMHv3Wh #cheatsheet)
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This Week On The Space Show - Space Fellowship

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His dissertation focuses on the the effects of Web 2.0 social media on political participation, engagement and turnout.
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Schools and for-profit managers don't mix, skeptics say

Schools and for-profit managers don't mix, skeptics say | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
JACKSON, Miss. -- When state officials here tried last year to recruit a for-profit company to manage schools in rural Tate County, the community outcry was swift.
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Excerpts: "One 2012 study from the National Education Policy Center found that nonprofit school operators outperformed for-profits on at least one measure: 48 percent of schools operated by for-profits met minimal expectations for academic growth, compared with 56 percent of those managed by nonprofits. But even Miron, a co-author of the study, said the growth targets (officially known as making “adequate yearly progress”) are a “crude” basis for comparison since they capture only part of a school’s relative success or failure."

 

"Concerns haven’t gone away, and two charter-school bills are circulating. One would allow for-profits; the other would ban them. For-profit education providers K-12 Inc., Connections Education and E2020 spent $250,000 on Mississippi lobbyists in 2011 and 2012, with more spending expected this year. That doesn’t include money from numerous advocacy groups (such as the Black Alliance for Educational Options and the Mississippi Center for Public Policy) that have a track record of promoting school choice, including vouchers and charters"

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Voting Rights 2013: Augustine Carter

by Annabel Park, Story of America

Augustine Carter, an 85-year-old voter in Richmond, Virginia, tells her story of the trouble she went through to vote in 2012. Born in 1928, she never had a birth certificate and she never got a driver's license because she decided years ago that driving wasn't for her. Her baptism certificate was sufficient for all identification purposes until the 2012 election. She had to go through a Kafka-esque bureaucracy including being told by someone at the Motor Vehicle Administration that she couldn't prove that she was not a terrorist. [MORE]


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UPDATE: NLRB goes easy on UFCW in Wal-Mart case | WashingtonExaminer.com

UPDATE: NLRB goes easy on UFCW in Wal-Mart case | WashingtonExaminer.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The National Labor Relations Board went easy on the United Food and Commercial Workers union today in a case in which the retailer Wal-Mart claimed the union was illegally picketing them.
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Bernie Sanders Calls Out Social Security Haters

Bernie Sanders Calls Out Social Security Haters | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Seventy-three years ago to the day, Ida May Fuller of Ludlow, Vt., was issued the first Social Security check.
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Jobless claims point to slow healing in labor market

Jobless claims point to slow healing in labor market | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

by JASON LANGE (Reuters)

 

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits last week stayed in a range consistent with job growth and incomes rose in December by the most in eight years, mildly positive signs for a still-fragile economy.

 

The data suggests points to some underlying momentum in the economy despite a surprise contraction in gross domestic product during the fourth quarter, which largely came from temporary factors.

 

Last week, initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 38,000 to 368,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

 

The increase follows a week where new claims were at their lowest in five years and still points to an economy where employers are adding jobs, albeit at a lackluster pace.

 

"It's still consistent with modest employment growth," said Sam Bullard, an economist at Wells Fargo Securities in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Economists polled by Reuters had expected claims to increase to 350,000. MORE

 

 

 


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This is why we... | Facebook

This is why we... | Facebook | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Occupy Wall St. wrote: This is why we #occupywallstreet. This... Join Facebook to connect with Occupy Wall St. and others you may know. (This is why we #occupywallstreet. This is why we are here. Find a local group and organize for the Spring:...
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Makers, Takers, Fakers

Makers, Takers, Fakers | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Class warfare comes out into the open.(RT @rcooley123: Makers, Takers, Fakers - NYTimes - http://t.co/YPKByrKy | Class warfare waged by the wealthy (supported by the GOP) vs the rest.)...
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The Great Reset: Recession, technology kill midpay jobs - Dallas Morning News

The Great Reset: Recession, technology kill midpay jobs - Dallas Morning News | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Dallas Morning News The Great Reset: Recession, technology kill midpay jobs Dallas Morning News “The jobs that are going away aren't coming back,” said Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist at the Center for Digital Business at the...
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Lee Jackson's comment, January 29, 2013 11:07 AM
Jobs that aren't coming back are just getting warmed up. so, is this Earthly experience intended to be for machines or for humans? If you rally for the home team then just know we need jobs to feed our very existence. Machines don't.