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Data Mining Exposes Embarrassing Problems for Massive Open Online Courses | MIT Technology Review

Data Mining Exposes Embarrassing Problems for Massive Open Online Courses | MIT Technology Review | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Not only does student participation decline dramatically throughout the new generation of Web-based courses, but the involvement of teachers in online discussions makes it worse.
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▶ George Lakoff on Embodied Cognition and Language - YouTube

Speaker: George Lakoff, Cognitive Science and Linguistics Professor at UC Berkeley Lecture: Cascade Theory: Embodied Cognition and Language from a Neural Per...
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Center for a Stateless Society » Support C4SS with Kevin Carson’s “The Free Market as Full Communism”

Center for a Stateless Society » Support C4SS with Kevin Carson’s “The Free Market as Full Communism” | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

C4SS has teamed up with the Distro of the Libertarian Left. The Distro produces and distribute zines and booklets on anarchism, market anarchist theory, counter-economics, and other movements for liberation. For every copy of Kevin Carson’s “The Free Market as Full Communism: Two Essays on Mutual Ownership & Post-Scarcity Market Anarchism“ that you purchase through the Distro, C4SS will receive a percentage. Support C4SS with Kevin Carson’s “The Free Market as Full Communism: Two Essays on Mutual Ownership & Post-Scarcity Market Anarchism“.

 
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Apple, Google and Facebook are latter-day Scrooges - Financial Times

Apple, Google and Facebook are latter-day Scrooges - Financial Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

ll across the world companies have in recent years been hoarding cash, nowhere more so than in the US. For at least a decade and a half, cash has progressively increased its share of the American corporate balance sheet, to the point where US quoted companies have turned into the Scrooges of the global economy. According to research by Juan Sánchez and Emircan Yurdagul of the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis, their cash hoard had reached almost $5tn by the end of 2011.

 
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Insurgent Anarchism: an idea whose time has come (Part I) | ROAR Magazine

Insurgent Anarchism: an idea whose time has come (Part I) | ROAR Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
From Occupy to Wikileaks, the anarchist spirit of leaderless resistance, decentralized decision-making and autonomous self-governance, is on the rise everywhere.
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Ken Feltman's curator insight, December 30, 2013 9:21 AM

Is this a by-product of social media?

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▶ Noam Chomsky on Adam Smith & Invisible Hand - americanfeud.org - YouTube

http://www.americanfeud.org/ Copyright 2008 An extra scene from the 2008 documentary: American Feud: A History of Conservatives and Liberals. The 90 minute D...
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Airbnb’s Voyage Into Asia (Startup Asia Preview)

Airbnb’s Voyage Into Asia (Startup Asia Preview) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Ole Ruch’s on the right. via flickr.com Airbnb is one of my favorite startups out of the Silicon Valley because I think it’s one of the leaders in collaborative consumption and is disrupting the foundations of many economies across the world.
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An ode to a crowded planet and the sharing economy in 2013 @ Weeder

As the world’s cities get ever more crowded, the web sharing economy emerged into the mainstream this year. Next stop, booming cities in developing nations.

  
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Oligarchs, Demagogues, and Mass Revolts against Democracy - Dissident Voice

Oligarchs, Demagogues, and Mass Revolts against Democracy - Dissident Voice | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In ancient Rome, especially during the late Republic, oligarchs resorted to mob violence to block, intimidate, assassinate or drive from power the dominant faction in the Senate. While neither the ruling or opposing factions represented the interests of the plebeians, wage workers, small farmers or slaves, the use of the ‘mob’ against the elected Senate, the principle of representative government and the republican form of government laid the groundwork for the rise of authoritarian “Caesars” (military rulers) and the transformation of the Roman republic into an imperial state.

 
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Key Zeitgeist and Anthropology Trends 2014: What If The Unexpected Happens? - The Market Oracle

Based on the ATCA 5000 poll of key distinguished members in more than 150 countries around the world -- carried out by the mi2g Intelligence Unit in London -- we present to you the uncensored collective consciousness in regard to what are perceived to be the key trends for 2014 under the categories of Opposites, Opportunities, Autonomy, Climate Chaos, New Financial Paradigms and Cultural Metamorphosis.  We trust this will start an enduring Socratic dialogue leading to concrete executive decisions amongst our distinguished members and the global community of world leaders, business decision makers and ordinary citizens to build a more equitable world in 2014 and beyond.


 
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P2P Society as an Autopoietic System - P2P Foundation

P2P Society as an Autopoietic System - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"I started my research investigating about the relationship between Complex Adaptive Systems and social dynamics, following an evolutionary approach. My main axiom is that social systems evolve from centralized networks with homogeneous agents to distributed networks with hight levels of heterogeneity. Following adaptation and selection processes, through an incrementation of differentiation and connectivity, the groups of human agents define more complex and resilient societies. As a point of equilibrium, "P2P societies" will emerge, ending with the perturbations of "informations societies" and making possible a real autopoietic mankind. Nowadays, societies are passing through a transition state, in the middle of a confrontation among centralization defenders and promoters of distributed systems, but at the end distributed systems will be the most "optimal" from an evolutionary point of view. So current projects in this direction will lead to an acceleration of that evolutionary processes."

 
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▶ Kahsatstenhsera: Indigenous Resistance to Tar Sands Pipelines - YouTube

Kahsatstenhsera gah-sad-sdanh-se-ra is a Kanienkeha:ka (Mohawk) word that means Strength in Unity. This short documentary details contemporary Indigenous resistance to tar sands pipeline expansion, in particular the Line 9 and Energy East pipelines, which threaten the health of our territories in the northeast of Turtle Island. It includes the voices and perspectives of Dene, Wolastiqiyik, Mi'kmaq, Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Wet'suwet'en land defenders. 

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Co-operative place making and the capturing of land value for the 21st century

Co-operative place making and the capturing of land value for the 21st century | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

By converting land into commonwealth – capturing escalating land values for everyone’s benefit – it is possible to make housing more affordable and to finance all sorts of infrastructure and services that make communities more stable, attractive and thriving.

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George Lakoff "The Brain and Its Politics" - YouTube

George Lakoff is the co-founder of the Rockridge Institute, a think tank for progressive politics and public policies. His talk surveys basic findings about ...
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Ken Feltman's curator insight, December 30, 2013 9:26 AM

Whether you agree or disagree with George Lakoff, you need to know what he's thinking because of his wide influence.

Eli Levine's curator insight, February 19, 2014 10:27 PM

And now, the rebuttal from the Left.

 

May it be the final rebuttal to the Right's senseless, callous, cruel, bigoted, small-minded and small-hearted sense of "self" and the world.

 

Satan's people, in other words, regardless of their displayed piety and false morality.

 

I doubt it will be though, unfortunately.

 

It'll take more trial and error to undo the dogmatic, conservative influence on the minds of others, all the while, the left will be making mistakes along the way.

 

A sad state of affairs for humanity.  But, that's how our brains work, in the flesh.

 

Deaf, blind and stupid.

 

Think about it.

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Inside TAO: Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Inside TAO: Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The NSA's TAO hacking unit is considered to be the intelligence agency's top secret weapon.
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Power-Curve Society: The Future of Innovation, Opportunity and Social Equity in the Emerging Networked Economy

Power-Curve Society: The Future of Innovation, Opportunity and Social Equity in the Emerging Networked Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This report examines how technological innovation is restructuring productivity and the social and economic impact resulting from these changes.
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Restructuring the economy with empathy as its center

Restructuring the economy with empathy as its center | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Democracy is lost unless we re-structure our economies, and re-structuring our economies requires a new operating system based on different values. That’s what empathy provides, not in its “thin” form as a vague appreciation of peoples’ feelings, but in its “thick” form that commits everyone to foster the wellbeing of others, and do no harm.

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Good news/bad news: a manifesto for independent media | ROAR Magazine

Good news/bad news: a manifesto for independent media | ROAR Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The bad news is that the 1% and the mainstream media have caught us in their web of ideological control. The good news is that there’s still a way out.
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Like Legos? You'll Love LittleBits

Like Legos? You'll Love LittleBits | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Ayah Bdeir is "putting the power of electronics in everyone’s hands." (RT @fvonbriel: Open hardware: Like Legos?
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Neal Gorenflo: Who is the Real Sharing Economy Sell Out? Maybe the Media - Shareable

Neal Gorenflo: Who is the Real Sharing Economy Sell Out? Maybe the Media - Shareable | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Yesterday Matthew Yglesias of Slate posted, “ There Is No ‘Sharing Economy.’ ” Well, he’s a little late to the party beating that dead horse.
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Time for an Ethical Revolution on Social Media By Reno Omokri - The Herald

Time for an Ethical Revolution on Social Media By Reno Omokri - The Herald | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Social Media and the technologies that drive it were intended to be a force for social good that expanded the individual’s reach beyond his physical proximity.
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Why the Internet is, by Definition, Ungovernable - Techzone360

Why the Internet is, by Definition, Ungovernable - Techzone360 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

To the Internet community, it could be the end of the world as we know it, or it could be much ado about nothing.  International organizations such as the UN’s International Telecommunications Union have been debating “internet governance.” Some individuals, and some governments, are under the impression that the Internet is run by the United States government, and that it is too important to be left to one country’s control.  The 2013 Snowden revelations about mass surveillance by the NSA did little to allay that distrust of the United States, though there is no real connection.  Thus there is considerable interest, especially outside of the US, in creating a new international governance structure for the Internet, one not under American control.

 
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Op-Ed: The year of the collective – Anonymous in 2013 (Includes interview) - DigitalJournal.com

Op-Ed: The year of the collective – Anonymous in 2013 (Includes interview) - DigitalJournal.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Over the past year, the collective that began as an “Internet hate machine” in the 1990s has reached a level of maturity that makes it an actor on the international stage. The collective successfully staged operations in almost every nation on Earth.

 




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Academics Who Defend Wall St. Reap Reward

Academics Who Defend Wall St. Reap Reward | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Wall Street paid academic experts — and gave money to their universities — whose research supported the financial community’s views on commodity trading.
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Essay of the Day: Economy of Contribution in the Digital Commons

Essay of the Day: Economy of Contribution in the Digital Commons | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“I have recently published an article where I try to explain why the difficulties in building the digital commons are not due to the exploitation of free labour (an argument which has has come to dominate the debate). Instead these difficulties are due to the fact that volunteering is hard when everyone is struggling to get by financially. Those areas of the digital commons that grow nicely (software commons, knowledge commons etc) are often produced by paid labour disguised as free labour.”

 
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