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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Activist Post: Is Social Media Leading us to a Hyper Revolution?

Activist Post: Is Social Media Leading us to a Hyper Revolution? | real utopias | Scoop.it
It is a fact that the entire world desperately needs a revolution. The global managers know this, and have stated that they are frightened of the widespread political awakening.
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Occupy Wall Street not talking with NYPD about first-anniversary protests - Daily Caller

Occupy Wall Street not talking with NYPD about first-anniversary protests - Daily Caller | real utopias | Scoop.it
Unlike its counterpart in Tampa, Occupy Wall Street is not on speaking terms with the New York Police Department about its upcoming anniversary-marking protest.

 

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"Your Honor, I appear for ... the Whanganui River" A river gets legal standing ... | The Northern Myth

"Your Honor, I appear for ... the Whanganui River" A river gets legal standing ... | The Northern Myth | real utopias | Scoop.it
The recognition of the personhood of the Whanganui River represents a landmark moment in law, perhaps no less than the dissent of Justice Douglas in Sierra Club v Morton and the arguments put forward by Christopher Stone, Steven Wise and other...
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"Your Honor, I appear for ... the Whanganui River" A river gets legal standing ... | The Northern Myth

"Your Honor, I appear for ... the Whanganui River" A river gets legal standing ... | The Northern Myth | real utopias | Scoop.it

A tribunal in New Zealand has recognised – perhaps for the first time in legal history – that a river has personality sufficient to allow it to be heard in a court of law.

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Word Clouds: Climate Keywords in DNC vs. RNC

Word Clouds: Climate Keywords in DNC vs. RNC | real utopias | Scoop.it

We at the Climate Desk plugged a few climate change keywords into word clouds for a side-by-side comparison of how frequently they appear in the two platforms. If a word appears in one and not the other, it's because it isn't used in the latter. For a reference on the sizes, "oil" appears ten times in the GOP platform; "climate change" appears twenty times in the Democratic platform:

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After the Revolution: Fostering Egypt's Social Entrepreneurs ...

After the Revolution: Fostering Egypt's Social Entrepreneurs ... | real utopias | Scoop.it

Calls for change swept in by the Arab Spring neither happened overnight, nor did they take place in a vacuum. As well as political, triggers for change are also economic and social. At Ashoka’s Arab World based in Egypt (including 64 Fellows in seven Middle-East and North African (MENA) countries with a combined population over seven million people) we’ve seen a 30 percent increase in the number of aspiring social innovators coming to us with new ideas for how to make positive and systemic social impact.

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America the Possible: Breaking the Chains of Consumerism - Care2 ...

America the Possible: Breaking the Chains of Consumerism - Care2 ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
The path to a new political economy leads straight away from consumerism and commercialism to a very different world in which getting and spending, material possessions, and overall consumption have a decidedly ...
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The Guardian on Participatory Budgeting

The Guardian on Participatory Budgeting | real utopias | Scoop.it

The effects have been overwhelmingly positive. Within seven years, the percentage of locals with access to sewers doubled from 46 to 95. The rate of roadbuilding, particularly in the favelas, rose five-fold. Tax evasion fell, as people saw what their money was being spent on.

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SOCIAL MEDIA REVOLUTION 2012 | Incredibilii

SOCIAL MEDIA REVOLUTION 2012 | Incredibilii | real utopias | Scoop.it
The impact of the Social Media Networking Understood clearly and it's impact on our lives.2012 updated version. It's time to take a closer look at Social Media Networking by understanding and unlocking it's potential.
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“One year after Occupy Wall Street: DEBT, CRISES and GLOBAL REVOLUTION” a talk of DAVID GRAEBER with TASOS SAGRIS from Void Network

“One year after Occupy Wall Street: DEBT, CRISES and GLOBAL REVOLUTION” a talk of DAVID GRAEBER with TASOS SAGRIS from Void Network | real utopias | Scoop.it

Commemorating one year from Occupy Wall street movement and the movement of open public assemblies in thousands of squares, parks and streets all over the world, the anarchist anthropologist David Graeber speaks about the past and the future of exploitation and global revoltwith the poet and writer from Greece Tasos Sagris from Void Network (co-editor of the book “We Are an Image from the Future / The Greek Revolt of Dec. 2008”, AKPress).

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The white working class — Crooked Timber

The white working class — Crooked Timber | real utopias | Scoop.it

As the pie chart below illustrates, the biggest group in the Republican voting base, and the group with which they do best is that of middle/high income whites without college degrees (the percentage after the group name gives the Republican share of the vote for that group). There’s nothing surprising in this, since all three variables are correlated with Republican voting. It’s the practice of calling this group “working class” that causes the confusion.

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What Apple's new iPhone really means to the economy: Paul Krugman - National Post

What Apple's new iPhone really means to the economy: Paul Krugman - National Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

”The key point is that the optimism about the iPhone’s effects has nothing (or at any rate not much) to do with the presumed quality of the phone, and the ways in which it might make us happier or more productive. Instead, the immediate gains would come from the way the new phone would get people to junk their old phones and replace them.

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Occupy Wall Street: Do the 99 Percent have Borders? - Opposing Views

Occupy Wall Street: Do the 99 Percent have Borders? - Opposing Views | real utopias | Scoop.it

“The world is not worthy of words,” wrote the Mexican poet Javier Sicilia last spring after his son, Juanelo, was murdered by asphyxiation as yet another victim of the raging drug war. “They have been suffocated from the inside / just as they suffocated you,” Sicilia concluded. Then he put down his pen and abandoned poetry. Words themselves were too dirty, too controlled, too suppressed for him to continue writing any longer.

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If A Corporations Are People, Then Why Not A River?

If A Corporations Are People, Then Why Not A River? | real utopias | Scoop.it

In 1982, filmmaker Godfrey Reggio released a film called KOYAANISQATSI. The title is the Hopi word for ‘life out of balance,” and it deals with the relationship between man and nature. From Reggio’s perspective, “There seems to be no ability to see beyond, to see that we have encased ourselves in an artificial environment that has remarkably replaced the original, nature itself. We do not live with nature any longer; we live above it, off of it, as it were.”

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Slavoj Žižek: A “Radical” Apologist for Imperialism « Anti-Imperialism ...

Slavoj Žižek: A “Radical” Apologist for Imperialism « Anti-Imperialism ... | real utopias | Scoop.it

The Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek has a reputation for lashing out against the “postmodern” and “social democratic” Left, rightly pointing out that this hodgepodge are advocates of capitalism with a human face and not of genuine revolutionary change. A closer look at the political positions taken by Žižek, however, would show that he is no different from the quarters that have been at the receiving end of his attacks.

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Will ethical investment become mainstream? « Alternative Outlook

Will ethical investment become mainstream? « Alternative Outlook | real utopias | Scoop.it

Figures from the Investment Management Association show that between April and June this year, investors withdrew nearly £2 million from green funds. This means a total of £17 million has come out since November 2011 and raises questions about whether investors are becoming more nervous about going green and moving their money into more mainstream investments whose sole purpose is to make a profit.

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Consumerism « Environment Technology

Consumerism « Environment Technology | real utopias | Scoop.it

“Amidst of an active propaganda machinery, controlled by the world’s largest corporations constantly reassuring that consumerism is the path to happiness, governmental restraint of market excess is the cause our distress, and economic globalization is both a historical inevitability and a boon to the human species, a consumer is a shopper who is sore about……”- – David Edward

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Cuba: Discussion on Democracy and Institutions - Havana Times.org

Cuba: Discussion on Democracy and Institutions - Havana Times.org | real utopias | Scoop.it
The discussions included topics that until recently were taboo in Cuba, such as the multiparty system, democracy, citizens' participation in decision making, the unconstitutionality of some governmental actions, and political change.
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Editor Kate Khatib Reflects on We Are Many, our new Occupy book ...

Editor Kate Khatib Reflects on We Are Many, our new Occupy book ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
We Are Many is a multiplicity. It doesn’t seek to present a single party line, doesn’t pretend to have solved all of the problems, or resolved all of the conflicts. It presents multiple perspectives on the same question, sometimes contradictory ones, sometimes just different ones. It’s a hodge podge of ideas, perspectives, tactics, contexts, and ideologies. Just like the movement it seeks to reflect. For me, reading this book from cover to cover is sort of like the feeling I have attending a General Assembly: confusing, chaotic, overwhelming, fascinating, frustrating, exhilarating, and very, very real.
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Chris Hedges: Dems Owe Chicago Public Teachers Support for "Most Important Labor Action in Decades"

Chris Hedges: Dems Owe Chicago Public Teachers Support for "Most Important Labor Action in Decades" | real utopias | Scoop.it
As the Chicago public school teachers’ strike enters its second day, we’re joined by the journalist and author Chris Hedges. "The teachers’ strike in Chicago is arguably one of the most important labor actions in probably decades," Hedges says.
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Cities By the People, Cities For the People | On the Commons

Cities By the People, Cities For the People | On the Commons | real utopias | Scoop.it

Introduction by Neal Gorenflo, Publisher of Shareable.net. Reprinted from Shareable, a lively website chronicling the emerging culture of sharing around the world.

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The Century Of The Self-Full Length Documentary

The Century Of The Self-Full Length Documentary | real utopias | Scoop.it
RT @bentrem: @brainpicker Wonderful doco on psychiatry and marketing: "Century of the Self" > http://t.co/FCXDeBe4 < #Consumerism...
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Wealthiest Americans have 288 times net worth of typical family

Wealthiest Americans have 288 times net worth of typical family | real utopias | Scoop.it
The net worth of the top 1% has ballooned in recent decades, up from 125 times the wealth of the median household in 1962. More than one in five families have zero or negative net worth.
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The Death and Life of Occupy: Occupy Wall Street redefines itself - Beyond Chron

The Death and Life of Occupy: Occupy Wall Street redefines itself - Beyond Chron | real utopias | Scoop.it
Occupy Wall Street is dead, at least as far as the chattering classes are concerned. But for Mahoma López, a deli worker at the Hot & Crusty bagel cafe on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, it’s very much alive.
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation