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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Aging Brain Facts - Do You Get Smarter as You Age - Oprah.com

Aging Brain Facts - Do You Get Smarter as You Age - Oprah.com | real utopias | Scoop.it
Researchers have recently made some surprising discoveries about what's really happening in our heads as we age. Here, we present ten ways you get smarter as you go.
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Noam Chomsky: The Militarization of Science and Space

Sarah Johnstone from the Social Justice Cooperative provides welcoming remarks.

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Occupy protesters denounce Putin's election - San Francisco Chronicle

Occupy protesters denounce Putin's election - San Francisco Chronicle | real utopias | Scoop.it
Nearly 200 activists are camping out in central Moscow to protest the election of Vladimir Putin and the arrest of two opposition leaders.

 

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ZCommunications | Plutonomy and the Precariat by Noam Chomsky | ZNet Article

ZCommunications | Plutonomy and the Precariat by Noam Chomsky | ZNet Article | real utopias | Scoop.it
The Occupy movement has been an extremely exciting development. Unprecedented, in fact. There’s never been anything like it that I can think of. If the bonds and associations it has established can be sustained through a long, dark period ahead -- because victory won’t come quickly -- it could prove a significant moment in American history.
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Austerity, Safety Nets, and Spending

Austerity, Safety Nets, and Spending | real utopias | Scoop.it
The latest in the attempt to make excuses for the abject failure of austerity is the claim that European countries didn’t really practice austerity after all. This is mainly coming from the usual suspects – the people who, for example, used Census hiring to claim that Obama was presiding over a vast expansion of government employment. (What will it take for pundits to realize that if Veronique de Rugy, for example, cites a number you can pretty much assume that it’s wrong?) But I have to say that the responses I’ve seen have been surprisingly weak – some people who should know better are conceding the point that maybe there haven’t been big spending cuts. Yes, there have.
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Radical Academics and Academic Radicalism | The Occupied Times

Radical Academics and Academic Radicalism | The Occupied Times | real utopias | Scoop.it
Harvey makes good points: the proletariat of the Left may not look like the proletariat in Marx’ time, but that does not mean they are all outsourced to China. Indeed, they are still here; they are the ones that make society go around. Transport, maintenance, logistics. As Harvey puts it, they are the ones on public transport at 6am in the morning (even earlier in London), going in to work before the rest of the city wakes up, working for minimum wages and remaining structurally invisible. He is perfectly right that they are also producing value, and that mobilizing them to strike has been extremely effective in the past.
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Spain's 'indignants' to protest for anniversary of movement

Spain's 'indignants' to protest for anniversary of movement | real utopias | Scoop.it
Spain's "indignants" will protest Saturday to mark the one year anniversary of their protests movement against skyrocketing unemployment, government spending, and economic inequality.
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[Infographic] The Facts About Voter Suppression

[Infographic] The Facts About Voter Suppression | real utopias | Scoop.it

Please help us get the word out about voter suppression. Share these important facts with your friends, and urge them to take action, too.

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Facebook Rolls Out File-Sharing for All Groups [EXCLUSIVE] | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch

Facebook Rolls Out File-Sharing for All Groups [EXCLUSIVE] | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | real utopias | Scoop.it
Could Facebook be the next DropBox? The social media site announced Thursday that Groups will have the ability to share files.
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On Elections in Europe - People's Democracy

THE results of the recent elections in France and Greece should come as no surprise. The intense global capitalist economic crisis has imposed severe hardships on the people. Last few years had seen widespread protests against the manner in which global capitalism and international finance capital was seeking ways out of the crisis. Every effort they made in this direction had laid their seeds for a fresh crisis which had graver consequences on people’s livelihood. The latest efforts to overcome the crisis by imposing 'austerity measures’ has worsened the situation. These results are the natural angry reaction of the people whose livelihood status is gravely eroding.
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Occupy Keeps Up the Momentum With an Anti-Austerity Week of Actions in NYC | | AlterNet

Occupy Keeps Up the Momentum With an Anti-Austerity Week of Actions in NYC | | AlterNet | real utopias | Scoop.it
If you've been waiting for the right event to get plugged into Occupy, your options are plentiful this week. Don't wait any longer. Rise up!
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The 'GlobalMay manifesto' of the Occupy movement

The 'GlobalMay manifesto' of the Occupy movement | real utopias | Scoop.it
We are living in a world controlled by forces incapable of giving freedom and dignity to the world's population. A world where we are told "there is no alternative" to the loss of rights gained through the long, hard struggles of our ancestors, and where success is defined in opposition to the most fundamental values of humanity, such as solidarity and mutual support. Moreover, anything that does not promote competitiveness, selfishness and greed is seen as dysfunctional.
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Our Guns and Butter Economy - Truthdig

Our Guns and Butter Economy - Truthdig | real utopias | Scoop.it
With the economy still struggling and the debates over how to fix the problem more intense than ever, one word still evokes bipartisan consensus: exports. “I want us to sell stuff,” said President Barack Obama, summing up the bipartisan sentiment.
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Media Making as Participatory Democracy: Port Huron to OWS | Media | AlterNet

Media Making as Participatory Democracy: Port Huron to OWS | Media | AlterNet | real utopias | Scoop.it
One of the most important characteristics of the Occupy movement is the expanding universe of media makers --citizen journalists, livestreamers, artists and others.
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Occupy: Rebirth of American Radicalism

Occupy: Rebirth of American Radicalism | real utopias | Scoop.it
From the beginning of Occupy Wall Street (OWS) on Saturday September 17, 2011, the corporate media, the progressive community, and the socialist left speculated about Occupy’s demise. Occupy was on its last legs before it was even born. They focused on allegedly serious difficulties: first the lack of demands, ideology, or agreed-upon political strategy, then Occupy was too middle class, white, straight, and male to gain traction with workers, women, LGBTs, and people of color who make up most of the 99%, and now they point to Occupy’s eviction from the encampments.
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Paul Krugman: Corrosive Effects Of High Unemployment Will Cast ...

Paul Krugman: Corrosive Effects Of High Unemployment Will Cast ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
A few days ago, I read an authoritative-sounding paper in The American Economic Review, one of the leading journals in the field, arguing at length that the nation’s high unemployment rate had deep structural roots and wasn’t amenable to any quick solution. The author’s diagnosis was that the U.S. economy just wasn’t flexible enough to cope with rapid technological change. The paper was especially critical of programs like unemployment insurance, which it argued actually hurt workers because they reduced the incentive to adjust.
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Musings of a Radical: David Harvey's LSE Lecture

Musings of a Radical: David Harvey's LSE Lecture | real utopias | Scoop.it

The preeminent Marxist geographer, David Harvey, has also taken up position as one of the best-regarded, and most widely listened to, contemporary socialist economists. At a time when most of academic Marxism remains concerned primarily with philosophy (Zizek) or history (Hobsbawm), Harvey’s outline of a socialist analysis of the present crisis has been of great use to many people in clearly understanding the base of current society.

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VIDEO: From Occupy Wall St to Occupy New York | Green Left Weekly

Beginning on May 10th and culminating on May 15th in a mass convergence at Times Square, NYC organizations and individuals from all across the city will join together in action around the many issues we face: from cuts in social services, to an austerity agenda that redistributes your tax revenue into private hands, to the financial institutions (that we bailed out) that continue to make record profits at our expense.
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Slavoj Zizek - The Reality of the Virtual 

Slavoj Zizek - The Reality of the Virtual  | real utopias | Scoop.it
Slavoj Zizek - The Reality of the Virtual (Slavoj Zizek - The Reality of the Virtual http://t.co/8ZaHp1lg...)...
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Tomgram: Noam Chomsky, A Rebellious World or a New Dark Age? | TomDispatch

Tomgram: Noam Chomsky, A Rebellious World or a New Dark Age? | TomDispatch | real utopias | Scoop.it
If you had followed May Day protests in New York City in the mainstream media, you might hardly have noticed that they happened at all. The stories were generally tucked away, minimalist, focused on a few arrests, and spoke of “hundreds” of protesters in the streets, or maybe, if a reporter was feeling especially generous, a vague “thousands.” I did my own rough count on the largest of the Occupy protests that day. It left Union Square in the evening heading for the Wall Street area.
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Mental Health Movement Calls on NATO protesters to Occupy Clinics, Begins Logan Square Occupation | OccupyWallSt.org

Mental Health Movement Calls on NATO protesters to Occupy Clinics, Begins Logan Square Occupation | OccupyWallSt.org | real utopias | Scoop.it
To all our family from the global 99%, To all those who believe that healthcare is a human right, To all those coming to protest NATO and its wars for profit around the globe, To all those who have struggled with mental illness personally or with loved ones, To all those who have been denied healthcare, To all those who have waited all day in emergency rooms, To all those public servants facing layoffs or cuts to salary and pension, To all those who are sick and tired of being sick and tired, To all those who believe that another world is possible beyond this madness.
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Michel Bauwens keynote on Open Source culture

Video from the Open Source conference + hacklab "Move Fast and Break Things" on the 22. of september 2011 at IT-University in Copenhagen. Denne video er udgi...
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The euro crisis: There are all too many alternatives - Silobreaker

The euro crisis: There are all too many alternatives - Silobreaker | real utopias | Scoop.it
ALEXIS TSIPRAS, a left-wing upstart who first won a parliamentary seat less than three years ago, could be the man who takes Greece out of the euro. His Syriza (Left Coalition) party, which unites a handful of fractious radical groups, massively increased its vote in the general election on May 6th, mostly at the expense of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (Pasok). It has gone from the fringes of politics to being the second-largest party in the Greek parliament.
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Euro crisis weakens EU in foreign relations : Beyondbrussels.com

One of the new findings, and probably the most remarkable in this context, is that the European Union isn’t helping to solve the world’s problems so much – Europe, itself, has now become a problem.
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Why I LOVE Noam Chomsky: Thinkers Make You Think | Loco in ...

Why I LOVE Noam Chomsky: Thinkers Make You Think | Loco in ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
Latin America has long had a tradition of liberal jurisprudence and rebellion against imposed authority. The New Deal drew from that tradition. Latin Americans may yet again inspire progress in human rights in the United States.
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation