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[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited from my delicious]


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Thomas Piketty on the rise of Bernie Sanders: the US enters a new political era – “The Vermont senator’s success so far demonstrates the end of the politico-ideological cycle opened by the victory of Ronald Reagan at the 1980 elections”

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Creep – Beatbox Guitar Loop Pedal – Radiohead – Creep beatboxed

Capitalism will eat democracy — unless we speak up – “Have you wondered why politicians aren’t what they used to be, why governments seem unable to solve real problems? Economist Yanis Varoufakis, the former Minister of Finance for Greece, says that it’s because you can be in politics today but not be in power — because real power now belongs to those who control the economy.”

The World’s Cutest “Preschool” – “The International Animal Rescue organization recently opened an orangutan “pre-school” in Borneo where orphaned baby orangutans learn to climb, socialize and live among their peers without the threat of poaching or habitat destruction.”


Upgrade Your iPhone Passcode to Defeat the FBI’s Backdoor Strategy – “11-digit passcodes will take up to 253 years, and on average 127 years, to crack”

Kanye West Declares War on The Pirate Bay – “Kanye West is reportedly outraged that his new album is being shared on the site and is now threatening legal action. Whether that will have any effect is doubtful though, as the TPB crew is not impressed.”

Killer Mike: Free speech — unless it’s rap? – “rap is often denied that respect, particularly in the criminal justice system, where amateur rappers, almost always young men of color who lack the name recognition (and bank accounts) of their professional counterparts, are routinely prosecuted for their music, either because people believe that rap should be read literally or because they just don’t like it.”

Leo’s Red Carpet Rampage – Leo must win that oscar.

Apple Slams Order to Hack a Killer’s iPhone, Inflaming Encryption Debate – “Apple CEO Tim Cook’s open letter defying a court order to hack into an iPhone — and asking for an open discussion about data privacy — has dramatized and widened the debate over encryption as never before.”

Chris Johnstone’s Burnout Tips all in one place! – “No. 1: See enthusiasm as a resource. No. 2: Redefine a good life. No. 3: Broaden your definition of activism No. 4. Follow your inner compass No. 5: See success with new eyes and savour it.”

The dark side of big data – “First things first, what is big data about? Control. While data analysts looked into a murky pond waiting to observe a fish every now and then, big data promises clear water and a thorough understanding of ongoing processes – what are all the fish doing?”

Why Work As We Know It May Be Immoral – “we need to stop associating all forms of labor — even those that may be harmful to other people and the environment — with unquestionable virtue, and belittling those who reject that system.”

Maybe you should just be single – “Buried under the avalanche of hearts and flowers is an uncomfortable fact: romantic partnership is, and always has been, an economic arrangement. The economics may have changed in recent decades, as many women have gained more financial independence, but it’s still about the money. It’s about who does the domestic labour, the emotional labour, the work of healing the walking wounded of late capitalism. It’s about organising people into isolated, efficient, self-reproducing units and making them feel bad when it either fails to happen or fails to bring them happiness.”

How to Stop a Wound From Bleeding – “All of this to say that when attempting to answer the question “how then do we stop a wound that overflows with the blood of our living labor?” – we are on our own, as the history of American workerism is ultimately the history of failure.”

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