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Jobs? We don’t need no stickin’ jobs!

This: Are jobs obsolete?

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The world today

Together The Economist’s article on automation and rapidly increasing technologically-created productivity and a NY Times piece on being in the middle of a paradigm shift in power and influence form the best, most complete summary of the world today that … Continue reading

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“Humanitarian to a Nation”

Saudi Aramco World : Humanitarian to a Nation For more than half a century, Abdul Sattar Edhi, now 76 years old, has been living proof that a determined individual can mobilize others to alleviate misery and, in so doing, knit … Continue reading

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Sick

“More then 1 in 100 American adults is in prison, report finds” – International Herald Tribune For the first time in history, more than one in 100 American adults is behind bars, according to a new report.Nationwide, the prison population … Continue reading

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Why work when you can hibernate?

Check out this very interesting article in the IHT titled “Why work when you can hibernate?”. The author’s late effort to tie his historical observations to contemporary French politics are somewhat silly but the historical observations, that in much of … Continue reading

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“I’m Yugoslavian!”

I think the break-up of Yugoslavia was traumatic on a level that most of us on the outside just don’t understand. While the direct warfare and killing was horrible, I get the sense that there was also weighty psychic trauma, … Continue reading

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Death Penalty Focus

Death Penalty Focus is a group I’ve been following for a while on their email list and I really admire their work. Mostly (completely?) based in California, they work to end the death penalty. They sponsor lectures, protests, letter writing … Continue reading

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Law Shmaw!

Last night I watched Larry Lessig’s corruption lecture and I just finished Tim Wu’s interesting piece on how laws stop being enforced. The latter directly ties into the first as my immediate response from Wu’s piece was to wonder why … Continue reading

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