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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Noam Chomsky (May, 2013) "Dirty Wars" with Scahill and Goodman

Noam Chomsky, Jeremy Scahill, and Amy Goodman discuss the book "Dirty Wars" (Full Speech and Discussion)

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The Dominance Of 'Western' Management Theories In South-East Asian ... - Eurasia Review

The Dominance Of 'Western' Management Theories In South-East Asian ... - Eurasia Review | real utopias | Scoop.it

After the Second World War many South-East Asian nations had to work hard for independence from their colonial masters. After more than 50 years of self government in some cases, many of these nations have developed relative urban affluence where consumerism and enterprise dominates life. Career development and upward mobility often requires a diploma, degree, and post graduate qualifications. However, a colonial hangover and psychological dependence still lingers on. All these awards, especially within the business, entrepreneurship, and management disciplines are heavily based upon “Western” theories and ideas, embedding the occidental mindset within the South-East Asian “psych”.

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Urge NYT Public Editor to Investigate Biased Reporting on Venezuela & Honduras - Venezuelanalysis.com

Urge NYT Public Editor to Investigate Biased Reporting on Venezuela & Honduras - Venezuelanalysis.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

The following petition, signed by over a dozen experts on Latin America and Media including Noam Chomsky and Greg Grandin, was sent today to Margaret Sullivan, Public Editor for The New York Times. Join the campaign below

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THE COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE: Plastic-Eating Fungi Found in the Amazon May Solve World’s Waste Problem

THE COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE: Plastic-Eating Fungi Found in the Amazon May Solve World’s Waste Problem | real utopias | Scoop.it
The Collective Intelligence, resource for News, Facts, Oddities, Science and Technology.
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Lee Jia Jia's curator insight, December 7, 2014 2:32 AM

Two isolates from the genus of Pestalotiopsis are able to degrade polyester polyurethane due to the presence of serine hydrolase. This is might a good idea for us to use fungi to degrade plastic. 

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Shareable: Communities Self-insure for Cooperative Healthcare

Shareable: Communities Self-insure for Cooperative Healthcare | real utopias | Scoop.it

Obamacare is changing the game of private health insurance, but private health insurers are still in it to make profit. And while they are in the game, they will do their best to rig the game in their favor. Ask anyone who has had a significant health problem. So why do we continue to give control over health care and our money away to companies that don't have our interests at heart in a matter that is literally life and death?

 
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Listen, Anarchists!

The reason the anarchist position is important is to understand the limitations of state power. Communism can not be imposed from the top down, it must be built from the bottom up. This is very important to understand. The state is the servant of the ruling class, because the ruling class has the wealth to relentlessly push the state towards their own interests. Trying to give control of the State to an underclass is like trying to make a rock fly by throwing it into air and berating it to stay up there. An underclass, by definition, has less wealth than the ruling class, and therefore can never retain state power! Even in the extremely rare case it manages to seize it, no matter how well it manages what wealth it has, it will, inevitably, eventually, fall to the unceasing attack of the global ruling class, and it will inevitably be distorted and degraded beyond recognition by the fight for its life during the time that it does remain in power.

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Conversations with History - Amory Lovins

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Amory Lovins for a discussion of Natural Capitalism ( http://www.natcap.org/ ;). Lovins explains the origins and mission of Rocky Mountain Institute (http://www.rmi.org/ ;) and analyzes the opportunities and benefits of using the profit motive to redesign the relationship between the environment and capitalism. Drawing on his thirty year career as an innovator/consultant/scientist,he analyzes the mechanisms by which ideas can impact business practice and government policy with the goal of sustaining the environment.
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Creative Placemaking and the Politics of Belonging and Dis-belonging - World Policy Institute (blog)

Creative Placemaking and the Politics of Belonging and Dis-belonging - World Policy Institute (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it

Ella Fitzgerald’s “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered” is one of my favorite songs. In her warm and radiant version, you feel each word in pure tones. Ella sings about love—a blind love and the escape from that bewitchment. This is the song that plays in my head when I think about the practices of “Creative Placemaking,” which as an arts manager and policymaker, I define as those cultural activities that shape the physical and social characteristics of a place. I embrace Creative Placemaking in a variety of methods—from city planning to art practices with a goal of advancing humanity. But I am bothered by what I consider a significant blind spot—a blind love of sorts—in the Creative Placemaking discourse and practices. There is a lack of awareness about the politics of belonging and dis-belonging that operate in civil society, and is manifested in racism, classism, sexism, and any other kind of discrimination.

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Supreme Court Supports Monsanto in Seed-Replication Case - New York Times

Supreme Court Supports Monsanto in Seed-Replication Case - New York Times | real utopias | Scoop.it

 

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Monday that farmers could not use Monsanto’s patented genetically altered soybeans to create new seeds without paying the company a fee.

 
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mconti38's curator insight, May 16, 2013 11:14 AM

A recent supreme court ruling will now force farmers to pay a fee to use alterations of Monsanto's pantented soybeans. How could patent infringements affect the agricultural industry? 

chjell54's comment, May 22, 2013 6:23 PM
I do not know how to feel about this but I think that this is going to lead with problems in the agricultural business. I think that this will result in the production of more GMO's and this will greatly affect our nations health.
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Latin America's Radical Left in Power: Complexities and Challenges in the ... - Venezuelanalysis.com

Latin America's Radical Left in Power: Complexities and Challenges in the ... - Venezuelanalysis.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

The democratic, peaceful road to socialism, which has been pursued by the governments of Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador and serves as an inspiration for much of the Latin American left, hardly represents a new approach. Social democratic movements worldwide grouped in the Socialist International were the foremost advocates of socialism by pacific means throughout the second half of the twentieth century. Nevertheless, while the three Latin American nations have been subject to intense political conflict and class and political polarization, the social democrats favored moderate policies designed to avoid discord and achieve broad consensuses. In this sense, the three leftist regimes in Latin America resemble Communist experiences in the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, China and Cuba characterized by head-on confrontations with the opponents of far-reaching change as well as with institutions representing the old order. In contrast to Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador, however, the official discourse of the Communist Parties in power discarded the possibility of the peaceful democratic transition to socialism in accordance with orthodox Marxist thinking on the inevitability of class warfare (Regalado, 2007: 232). (1)

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Big Data Needs a Big Theory to Go with It: Scientific American

Big Data Needs a Big Theory to Go with It: Scientific American | real utopias | Scoop.it
Just as the industrial age produced the laws of thermodynamics, we need universal laws of complexity to solve our seemingly intractable problems (RT @IBMbigdata: Thoughts? Does #bigdata need a big theory?
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Marcelo Errera's curator insight, May 17, 2013 5:15 PM

Testing, 1, 2, 3

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Europe Needs A Change Of Course - Social Europe Journal - Social Europe Journal

Europe Needs A Change Of Course - Social Europe Journal - Social Europe Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

Europe is in deep crisis and people are losing more and more trust. According to the EU-Eurobarometer, distrust runs at 53% in Italy, 56% in France, 59% in Germany, 69% in the UK and 72% in Spain. As the EU has lost the support of two thirds of its citizens, TheGuardian recently asked: “does it matter?“ Does this social and political crisis matter to the political elites in Europe?

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Matthew Carrigg's curator insight, February 13, 2015 12:11 AM

The European Union has fallen under social fire due to the European higher powers getting higher stakes in the economy. Over 75% of EU citizens are frustrated that countries like Great Britain, Spain, France and Germany "get all the glory" of the EU. Which leads Europe to create a Marshall plan specifically designed for each country and help them grow as a whole not individuals.

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David Graeber on the practicality of protest

David Graeber on the practicality of protest | real utopias | Scoop.it

Economic anthropologist David Graeber was one of the early participants in Occupy Wall Street.  He wrote an interesting article in the current issue of The Baffler in which he argued that the power of the political and economic elite is based on their ability to convince the rest of us that there is no alternative to the status quo.  He said that is why they have such fear of dissent and protes

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Workers defy Greek government’s threats to ‘conscript’ striking teachers

Workers defy Greek government’s threats to ‘conscript’ striking teachers | real utopias | Scoop.it
Thousands of high school teachers in Greece could face arrest if they strike during exams from Friday of this week.
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Keiser Report: Virgin Bitcoin vs Old Hag Pound (E443, ft. Frankie Boyle)

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the currency of an independent Scotland. Max argues that bitcoin will force the banking system to reinvent itself or die, for what can be more of an invisible hand but a cryptologically guarded, invisible currency. In the second half, Max talks to Glaswegian comedian, Frankie Boyle, about Scottish independence, Boris Johnson, the mainstream media, being semi-banned from the BBC and about George Osborne's Help to Buy housing scheme being like eating toilet tissue while trapped in a loveless marriage caused by negative equity.
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Former Attorney General Ramsey Clark Decries Government’s "Big Brother" Seizure of AP Phone Records

Former Attorney General Ramsey Clark Decries Government’s "Big Brother" Seizure of AP Phone Records | real utopias | Scoop.it
The Associated Press says the U.S. Department of Justice has secretly obtained a trove of journalists’ phone records in what its chief executive called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion." The Obama administration seized records for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, for general AP office numbers in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Hartford, Connecticut, and for the main number for the AP in the House of Representatives press gallery. More than 100 reporters work in the offices.
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Integrating, Designing and Planning the City of the future - Complexcity

As cities emerge as a complex object for interdisciplinary studies, it is of the highest importance to adopt a systemic and global approach in order to bring new knowledge in this field. ComplexCity as a research program aims at building new ways of representing cities in order to assist their design, management and realization. In order to master the growing complexity of cities and to consider in the same spot heterogeneous ways of thinking of city, we need intellectual tools and models. However, while many models are potentially relevant and available from many scientific fields, data that may feed these models lack most of the time.

 
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As some Michigan schools remain closed, many more face budget woes — MSNBC

As some Michigan schools remain closed, many more face budget woes — MSNBC | real utopias | Scoop.it
The school district of Pontiac, Mich. barely avoided failing to make payroll this week. Meanwhile, Buena Vista public schools remain closed, despite calls for the governor to provide emergency financial assistance.
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Event: Sadhguru and Paul Hawken: Innovations in Conscious Capitalism

Event: Sadhguru and Paul Hawken: Innovations in Conscious Capitalism | real utopias | Scoop.it

A guru and an ex-hippie businessman come to The Commonwealth Club for an unconventional discussion around new paradigms in business. Their innovative and transformative concepts offer pathways to discover what business with a higher purpose could look like. Come with an open mind – you’ll laugh, you’ll be surprised, and you’ll leave empowered and inspired

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The Votes Are In: A Look At Participatory Budgeting In Chicago - Progress Illinois

The Votes Are In: A Look At Participatory Budgeting In Chicago - Progress Illinois | real utopias | Scoop.it

More than 2,600 residents in four Chicago wards voted for community projects that will be funded by “menu money” last weekend as part of the participatory budgeting process. We take a closer look at the process and projects that were chosen.

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Lisa Gansky: The future of business is the "mesh" | Video on TED.com

Lisa Gansky, author of "The Mesh," talks about a future of business that's about sharing all kinds of stuff, either via smart and tech-enabled rental or, more boldly, peer-to-peer.
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Why small-scale alternatives are not enough - Green Left Weekly

Why small-scale alternatives are not enough - Green Left Weekly | real utopias | Scoop.it

Against a backdrop of global climate disasters, financial panics, and inequality, localism — the creation of small-scale local systems of production and distribution — seems to make sense.

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$2 trillion underground economy aids recovery

$2 trillion underground economy aids recovery | real utopias | Scoop.it

The shadow economy is a system composed of those who can't find a full-time or regular job. Workers turn to anything that pays them under the table, with no income reported and no taxes paid — especially with an uneven job picture.

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Mexican Worker-Run Tire Factory a Success

Mexican Worker-Run Tire Factory a Success | real utopias | Scoop.it
Union wins years long struggle against vulture capitalists and now helms one of Mexico's most successful tire factories
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation