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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Why US firms are turning to Mexico, leaving China behind

Why US firms are turning to Mexico, leaving China behind | real utopias | Scoop.it
As President Obama visits Mexico, the BBC's Alastair Leithead finds US firms moving factories over the border to Tijuana, rather than basing production in China.
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We're halfway toward artificially intelligent robotic bees

We're halfway toward artificially intelligent robotic bees | real utopias | Scoop.it
Harvard researchers have created a working prototype of a robotic bee, although the next steps of making it wireless and giving it a powerful brain could prove challenging.
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Tragic hero: Laurie Taylor interviews Terry Eagleton | Rationalist Association

Tragic hero: Laurie Taylor interviews Terry Eagleton | Rationalist Association | real utopias | Scoop.it

Reading the first sentence of Terry Eagleton's review of The God Delusion in the October 2006 edition of the London Review of Books was not unlike watching a gunfighter kicking over a table of cards in an otherwise well-ordered saloon. "Imagine," fired Eagleton, "someone holding forth on biology whose only knowledge of the subject is the Book of British Birds and you have a rough idea of what it feels like to read Richard Dawkins on theology."

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[Review] | The Revolutionary, by Terry Eagleton | Harper's Magazine

[Review] | The Revolutionary, by Terry Eagleton | Harper's Magazine | real utopias | Scoop.it

Not many of Karl Marx’s ideas were original. The concept of communism was known to the ancient world, while the notion of revolution is probably as old as politics itself. There are those who believe that Marx invented social class, but he himself was not of this party. Perhaps it was the idea of class struggle that he should have patented; but this, too, had long been familiar stuff to harassed mine owners and revolting peasants, if not always to political theorists. His vision of history as a succession of modes of production was a commonplace of the Enlightenment, and much of his thought was anticipated by Hegel.

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Giving women in Malawi financial freedom through village savings | ReliefWeb

Giving women in Malawi financial freedom through village savings | ReliefWeb | real utopias | Scoop.it
Giving women in Malawi financial freedom through village savings ... http://t.co/D5s2bJMlFy
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Learn to read between the lines - New Straits Times

Learn to read between the lines - New Straits Times | real utopias | Scoop.it
The recent victory by Nicolas Maduro over Henrique Capriles in the Venezuelan elections and what happened afterwards should make us wary of how the Western press analyses a candidate's win.

 

 

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Who Will Lead the US Working Class? - Monthly Review

Who Will Lead the US Working Class? - Monthly Review | real utopias | Scoop.it

The U.S. labor movement is in disarray, with declining union density and fewer members each year. There have been positive signs of movement revival, such as the revolt of public sector workers in Wisconsin in 2011 and the Chicago school teachers’ strike in 2012. But overall, the future of the labor movement does not appear very bright. In what follows, we examine the state of organized labor through the lens of the recent history of two unions, as seen by a rank-and-file worker and an itinerant union organizer. We ask what kind of people might lead the U.S. working class.

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The social media revolution - Xtra - Xtra.ca

The social media revolution - Xtra - Xtra.ca | real utopias | Scoop.it

As Toronto prepares to host WorldPride in 2014, Xtra takes a closer look at what makes a gay village. In the third of a five-part series, Kaj Hasselriis follows his iPhone to find how social media is expanding the traditional borders of Toronto’s gaybourhood.

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Occupy Democracy: Loomio attempts to re-invent group decision-making… as a ... - PandoDaily (blog)

Occupy Democracy: Loomio attempts to re-invent group decision-making… as a ... - PandoDaily (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it

Eighteen months ago, Richard Bartlett was camped out with a group of demonstrators in a public square in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, as part of the “Occupy” movement that swept the globe. Bartlett, an engineer turned artist turned activist, was engrossed in what he says was his first experience of genuine democracy. Like their peers at Occupy Wall Street, and at other Occupy camps around the world, the Wellington demonstrators would make group decisions through an inclusive process in which anyone who wanted a say got one. The group would then vote on which proposals to adopt.

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Work More Efficiently by Identifying Your Uniqu...

Work More Efficiently by Identifying Your Uniqu... | real utopias | Scoop.it
There is nothing more frustrating than listening to people haggle over different definitions of what constitutes "work." Catty conversations about who's working harder, who's working smarter, or who's not working at all are more about judging...
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Ethical Fashion: Is The Tragedy In Bangladesh A Final Straw? : NPR

Ethical Fashion: Is The Tragedy In Bangladesh A Final Straw? : NPR | real utopias | Scoop.it
Since a garment factory collapsed last month in Dhaka, killing more than 400 people, ethical fashion has been in the spotlight.
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Hero Of The American Left, Professor Noam Chomsky Denounces Obama Administration

Hero Of The American Left, Professor Noam Chomsky Denounces Obama Administration | real utopias | Scoop.it

Notable left-wing polemicist Professor Noam Chomsky has made a career of writing and speaking out against government abuses of civil liberties in the United States and abroad. In the 2008 Presidential election, the professor endorsed Barack Obama but contended that the youthful Presidential candidate would have little positive or negative impact on civil liberty.

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Noam Chomsky on Postmodernism

Noam Chomsky on Postmodernism | real utopias | Scoop.it

“I’ve returned from travel-speaking, where I spend most of my life, and found a collection of messages extending the discussion about “theory” and “philosophy,” a debate that I find rather curious. A few reactions — though I concede, from the start, that I may simply not understand what is going on.

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Noam Chomsky Slams Obama Civil Liberties Record

Noam  Chomsky Slams Obama Civil Liberties Record | real utopias | Scoop.it
Noam Chomsky is not a cheerleader for the Obama administration in what he describes as its surprising attack on civil liberties and the development of a surveillance state.
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Anonymous - May Day

Anonymous - May Day (RT @edwardmba: RT @CIApressoffice: Dont forget #MayDay tommorow! Time to protest, occupy& revolt!
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Behavior of seabirds during migration revealed - Science Daily - Science Daily (press release)

Behavior of seabirds during migration revealed - Science Daily - Science Daily (press release) | real utopias | Scoop.it

Apr. 30, 2013 — The behaviour of seabirds during migration -- including patterns of foraging, rest and flight -- has been revealed in new detail using novel computational analyses and tracking technologies.

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HOW OXFORD STYLE DEBATES WORK - The Economist

HOW OXFORD STYLE DEBATES WORK - The Economist | real utopias | Scoop.it

Commercially available autonomous vehicles carrying passengers on public streets and highways will appear by 2030 if not sooner because the ramp from what is happening today to autonomy is not at all stee

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Occupy May Day - National Review Online (blog)

Occupy May Day - National Review Online (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it

‘Around the world, people have taken to the streets,” the speaker shouts to the crowd gathered in Manhattan’s Union Square. “There are 90,000 people protesting in Moscow!” I think to myself that, if they’re anything like this crowd, they’ll feel right at home marching through Red Square.

 
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Alexis Goldstein, Occupy Wall Street Activist, Debates Rep. Jim Himes Over ... - Huffington Post

Alexis Goldstein, Occupy Wall Street Activist, Debates Rep. Jim Himes Over ... - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

Prominent Occupy Wall Street activist Alexis Goldstein engaged Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) on Twitter on Wednesday over the legislator's sponsorship of a bill to deregulate derivatives and provide taxpayer backing for the complex financial products.

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Occupy: The Movie director Corey Ogilvie says protesters had significant effect - Straight.com

Occupy: The Movie director Corey Ogilvie says protesters had significant effect - Straight.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

Occupy The Movie, which opens the DOXA Documentary Film Festival on Friday (May 3) at the Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton Street), contextualizes the Occupy movement and features interviews with left-wing intellectuals Noam Chomsky and Cornel West, journalist Chris Hedges, and many others.

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Occupy Wall Street, Immigration Rights Activists Carry Messages To City Hall

Occupy Wall Street, Immigration Rights Activists Carry Messages To City Hall | real utopias | Scoop.it
Occupy Wall Street demonstrators, labor activists, students and supporters of immigrants' rights gathered in Union Square and marched to City Hall Wednesday to call for improved pay for low-paid workers, cheaper education and improved immigration laws. NY1's Polly Kreisman filed the following report.

 


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Cheap Fed money isn't helping the economy

Cheap Fed money isn't helping the economy | real utopias | Scoop.it

Trickle-down economics is the first cousin of austerity economics. Austerity is nuts when so many millions are out of work. And as we’ve learned before, trickle-down is a fraud. Nothing ever trickles down. 

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Mike Norman Economics: Lynn Stuart Parramore — 'A Kaleidoscopic Sense of Possibility': Interview with David Graeber on Democracy in America

Mike Norman Economics: Lynn Stuart Parramore — 'A Kaleidoscopic Sense of Possibility': Interview with David Graeber on Democracy in America | real utopias | Scoop.it
David Graeber talks about his new book, The Democracy Project: A History, a Crisis, a Movement, and shows how America was not founded as a democracy, but as an anti-democracy.

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Nice day for a revolution: Why May Day should be a date to stand up and change the system

Nice day for a revolution: Why May Day should be a date to stand up and change the system | real utopias | Scoop.it
May Day is the occasion we celebrate the grand achievements of the workers of the world in making our world a far, far better place to live in. There is, unfortunately, not too much to celebrate these days.
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The Rise of Oceanic Activism Through Film - Triple Pundit

The Rise of Oceanic Activism Through Film - Triple Pundit | real utopias | Scoop.it

In the Oscar winning 2009 documentary film, The Cove, millions of people around the world were made aware of several major dilemmas facing the Earth’s oceans. In the same year, these messages were reinforced by another documentary, The End of the Line. The most pertinent issues highlighted were the industrial pollution of the seas, the potential collapse of ecosystems due to overfishing, the resulting consequences of this collapse, and the need for individuals to take action in order to safeguard the planet. The need to take action immediately is a brutal realisation, but reality it most certainly is. Recent scientific estimates predict, at current fishing rates, the complete collapse of fish populations by 2048.

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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation