The more enlightened man will become, the less he will employ compulsion and coercion. The really civilized man will divest himself of all fear and authority. He will rise from the dust and stand erect: he will bow to no tsar either in heaven or on earth. He will become fully human when he will scorn to rule and refuse to be ruled. He will be truly free only when there shall be no more masters.
mitchwagner:

Obama has been terrible for the middle class.▼ Reshared Post From Sharon Machlis ▼Striking data visualization of how the American middle class has been faring in the past couple of decades (hint: The 21st century has not been kind so far). From the NY Times Upshot http://nyti.ms/1wAVQQW

mitchwagner:

Obama has been terrible for the middle class.

▼ Reshared Post From Sharon Machlis ▼

Striking data visualization of how the American middle class has been faring in the past couple of decades (hint: The 21st century has not been kind so far). From the NY Times Upshot http://nyti.ms/1wAVQQW

US Forestry Service wages war on photography in national parks

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The new, stupid ban on “professional” photography violates the First Amendment, the Service admits that there’s no actual need for it, and it will undermine the visibility of the national parks at a time when they are under unprecedented threat from developers, the energy sector, and mining.

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ProBono 1 from Surya Mattu on Vimeo.

brucesterling:

Pro-Bono

Reblogged from BruceS

To everyone who’s all excited about “ello”, you’d be wise to be extremely suspicious of anyone hocking the ideology of freedom and neutrality.

No middle-class person would ever be hounded for being a day late,” said Robert Swearingen, a lawyer with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, in St. Louis. “But for poor people, there is a debt collector right there in the car with them.

Build your own working tabletop V8 engine

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The Haynes Build Your Own V8 Engine ($65.62) sounds fantastic — the lengthy selection of positive reviews confirm the manufacturer’s claim that a “talented 10 year old” could assemble it, and it can be disassembled and reassembled, which makes it great for classrooms, camps and studios. (via Red Ferret)

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We don’t simply believe or do not believe.

I know very well it’s a fake but, nonetheless, I let myself be … affected. Illusion persists.

Something…in the illusion [is] more real than in the reality behind it.
— Slavoj Žižek (via alterities)
Reblogged from Image Object Text
Working- and lower-middle-class citizens should not have to fund through their taxes and the lottery arts organisations that deny opportunities to their children. One of the most admirable men I know is Martin Bright, who threw in a career in journalism to found the Creative Society, which gives working-class teenagers the same opportunities in the arts that their middle- and upper-class contemporaries receive. Diversity creates uniformity, he says, because it ignores class. As a result, projects for women or the ethnic minorities are colonised by the middle class.

Cognitive blind-spots of Silicon Valley successes [2013]

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Here’s the slide deck [PDF] from a Michael Dearing presentation called “The Five Cognitive Distortions of People Who Get Stuff Done.” As Kottke points out, a lot of context is missing, but what’s there is fascinating — an enumeration of the blind spots of “people who get extraordinary stuff done in Silicon Valley,” based on interviews with 4,515 founders from 2,481 companies.

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