Monthly Archives: October 2013

Can’t Survive on the Taxpayer Dime: Fast Food Workers Strike Back


Lou Reed Playlist

Web Reading List #12 [10-24-2013]

Age of Internet Empires: One Map With Each Country’s Favorite Website
What Does Media Consolidation Look Like?
Against TED
Michael Sandel: Why we shouldn’t trust markets with our civic life [example of TED talk that doesn’t make you cringe]
TED talks are lying to you
Eye on ALEC
Yelp Joins With Advocacy Group ALEC to Fight SLAPP Lawsuits [I don’t agree with all of the conclusions in this article, but since there has been almost no reporting, I’m including the link]
ALEC crushes democracy [petition]

Who Is Destroying Public Education and the Lives of Chilldren?

Diane Ravitch's blog

I received this letter from a teacher. She speaks fearlessly and is not afraid to publish her name. She must have tenure. In many states, she would be fired instantly for writing what she believes to be true. We live in a time of lies and distractions. Listen to the experts, those who work with children every day. Our poilcymakers–few of whom have ever worked in a school–don’t trust teachers, don’t listen to teachers. They are ruining the lives of children and calling themselves “reformers.” They are clueless and shameless. Listen to the teachers. Listen to the principals. Listen to those who work with children every day.

Dear Ms. Ravitch,

I wrote this early this morning. I write letters each night because I am unwilling to watch public education be decimated without speaking up on behalf of my present and future students, as well as my four school-age children. I…

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Some great Lou Reed photographs

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Democracy Now! Great interviews with Glenn Greenwald & Yves Smith


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i love that after thousands of years

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