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Indivisible Guide
A practical guide For resisting the Trump agenda

Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen.
activism  politics 
january 2017 by anglepoised
Obama Reckons with a Trump Presidency - The New Yorker
“The prescription that some offer, which is stop trade, reduce global integration, I don’t think is going to work,” he went on. “If that’s not going to work, then we’re going to have to redesign the social compact in some fairly fundamental ways over the next twenty years. And I know how to build a bridge to that new social compact. It begins with all the things we’ve talked about in the past—early-childhood education, continuous learning, job training, a basic social safety net, expanding the earned-income tax credit, investments in infrastructure—which, by definition, aren’t shipped overseas. All of those things accelerate growth, give you more of a runway. But at some point, when the problem is not just Uber but driverless Uber, when radiologists are losing their jobs to A.I., then we’re going to have to figure out how do we maintain a cohesive society and a cohesive democracy in which productivity and wealth generation are not automatically linked to how many hours you put in, where the links between production and distribution are broken, in some sense. Because I can sit in my office, do a bunch of stuff, send it out over the Internet, and suddenly I just made a couple of million bucks, and the person who’s looking after my kid while I’m doing that has no leverage to get paid more than ten bucks an hour.”
us  politics  economics  trump  obama  automation 
november 2016 by anglepoised
Is It Just Me, Or Is the World Going Crazy?
In the attention economy, people are rewarded for extremism. They are rewarded for indulging their worst biases and stoking other people’s worst fears. They are rewarded for portraying the world as a place that is burning to the ground, whether it’s because of gay marriage, or police violence, or Islamic terrorism, or low interest rates. The internet has generated a platform where apocalyptic beliefs are celebrated and spread, and moderation and reason is something that becomes too arduous and boring to stand.
politics  internet  society 
july 2016 by anglepoised
Our Comrade The Electron - Webstock Conference Talk
I'm not saying we can't have the fun next-generation Internet, where everyone wears stupid goggles and has profound conversations with their refrigerator. I'm just saying we can't slap it together like we've been doing so far and expect everything to work itself out.

The good news is, it's a design problem! You're all designers here - we can make it fun! We can build an Internet that's distributed, resilient, irritating to governments everywhere, and free in the best sense of the word, like we dreamed of in the 90's. But it will take effort and determination. It will mean scrapping permanent mass surveillance as a business model, which is going to hurt. It will mean pushing laws through a sclerotic legal system. There will have to be some nagging.
internet  technology  politics  music 
march 2014 by anglepoised
The Early Days of a Better Nation: Use of Calculators
However friendly he was to the radical left, Iain had little interest in relating the long-range possibility of utopia to radical politics in the here and now. As he saw it, what mattered was to keep the utopian possibility open by continuing technological progress, especially space development, and in the meantime to support whatever policies and politics in the real world were rational and humane.
politics  kenmacleod  iainbanks 
february 2014 by anglepoised
These storms could be a catalyst for just the kind of major works Britain needs | The Guardian
The idea that a private sector obliged to provide yearly dividends to shareholders and yearly bonuses to employees would be likely to provide infrastructural improvements that would be of benefit to future generations was always absurd. Infrastructural investment, almost by definition, is undertaken to provide profit for others, who can prosper from it, and pay taxes for their prosperity, taxes that can be reinvested in providing healthy, well-educated citizens who can in turn maintain, improve and exploit that infrastructure.
politics  society  economics  infrastructure  floods 
february 2014 by anglepoised
George Lakoff: 'Conservatives don't follow the polls, they want to change them … Liberals do everything wrong'
This is what he believes it would take to refashion the progressive mindset: the abandonment of argument by evidence in favour of argument by moral cause; the unswerving and unembarrassed articulation of what those morals are; the acceptance that there is no "middle" or third way, no such thing as a moderate (people can hold divergent views, conservative on some things, progressive on others – but they are not moderates, they are "biconceptual"); and the understanding that conservatives are not evil, unintelligent, cynical or grasping. Rather, they act according to the moral case as they see it. If they happen to get rich, and make their friends rich in the process, that is just the unbidden consequence of wealth being the natural reward of the righteous, in their moral universe.
politics 
february 2014 by anglepoised
David Simon: 'There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show'
The idea that the market will solve such things as environmental concerns, as our racial divides, as our class distinctions, our problems with educating and incorporating one generation of workers into the economy after the other when that economy is changing; the idea that the market is going to heed all of the human concerns and still maximise profit is juvenile. It's a juvenile notion and it's still being argued in my country passionately and we're going down the tubes. And it terrifies me because I'm astonished at how comfortable we are in absolving ourselves of what is basically a moral choice. Are we all in this together or are we all not?
america  capitalism  economics  politics 
december 2013 by anglepoised
Scotland is going it alone – regardless of the referendum
The more influential ministers in the coalition ache above all to radically challenge the role of the state, to achieve the reverse of the 1945 Labour government. Remarkably, given that they rule in a hung parliament, they have found the space to pursue their radical ambitions. Few in England voted for a revolutionary overhaul of the NHS, the near privatisation of universities, a further decline in the power of local government, a framework for education that paves the way for a return to selection and the introduction of profit-making schools, but that is what they are getting. In their fervent disdain for the state as a mediating agency, ministers focus with special energetic intensity on areas over which they happen to have no powers in Scotland.

As a result Scotland becomes more markedly different than ever. In Scotland the NHS is spared the haphazard revolution in England. The education secretary, Michael Gove, is powerless to impose his resolute will on schools in Scotland and the same applies to his other more evangelical colleagues moving England rightwards. Without doing very much Scotland becomes more different because of what is happening in England. The limited powers handed over to the Scottish parliament are precisely the ones that partly protect it from the ideological mission of the Westminster government.
uk  scotland  devolution  independence  politics  nhs  education 
august 2013 by anglepoised
Iain Banks: the final interview | Books | The Guardian
"I can understand that people want to feel special and important and so on, but that self-obsession seems a bit pathetic somehow. Not being able to accept that you're just this collection of cells, intelligent to whatever degree, capable of feeling emotion to whatever degree, for a limited amount of time and so on, on this tiny little rock orbiting this not particularly important sun in one of just 400m galaxies, and whatever other levels of reality there might be via something like brane-theory [of multiple dimensions] … really, it's not about you. It's what religion does with this drive for acknowledgement of self-importance that really gets up my nose. 'Yeah, yeah, your individual consciousness is so important to the universe that it must be preserved at all costs' – oh, please. Do try to get a grip of something other than your self-obsession. How Californian. The idea that at all costs, no matter what, it always has to be all about you. Well, I think not."
iainbanks  iainmbanks  fiction  guardian  religion  politics  scotland  society 
june 2013 by anglepoised
Those who benefited from Thatcherism must admit that others suffered | Deborah Orr
Thatcherism left Britain politically, economically and regionally divided, a state that was meant to be proud that it stood for something in the world again, even as Thatcherism warned that the state was the enemy of freedom and not to be relied upon. No one could bring in change of the shape, speed and size that Thatcher did, and not expect any flaws or problems to emerge. To say that she's responsible for the country's recent triumphs, but not for any of its woes, defies all logic.
uk  politics  society  thatcher 
april 2013 by anglepoised
Invaders from Mars - Charlie's Diary
"The rot set in back in the 19th century, when the US legal system began recognizing corporations as de facto people. [...] We are now living in a global state that has been structured for the benefit of non-human entities with non-human goals."
business  politics  corporations  economics  via:kevan 
february 2013 by anglepoised
David Simon | Barack Obama And The Death Of Normal
America is different now, more so with every election cycle. Ronald Reagan won his mandate in an America in which 89 percent of the voters were white. That number is down to 72 percent and falling. Fifty thousand new Latino citizens achieve the voting age every month. America will soon belong to the men and women — white and black and Latino and Asian, Christian and Jew and Muslim and atheist, gay and straight — who can comfortably walk into a room and accept with real comfort the sensation that they are in a world of certain difference, that there are no real majorities, only pluralities and coalitions.
politics  us  davidsimon 
november 2012 by anglepoised
The Tory nightmare: don't say you weren't warned | Ian Martin | Comment is free | The Guardian
"The reason this government's moving so quickly to divide the NHS into privatised contractual fiefdoms for its mates, and to divert education budgets into "free" schools for its mates' children, is because it can. Resistance has been atomised. Working-class rage, once articulated by powerful unions representing people doing proper jobs, has dissipated." Developers: unionise!
nhs  uk  politics 
march 2012 by anglepoised
Republicans: we don't need no regulation
"Taking this tack has allowed the renaissance right to do a very remarkable thing: to pretend to be an enemy of big business, on the grounds that big business is insufficiently capitalist."
politics  us  republicans  economics  regulation  capitalism 
january 2012 by anglepoised
Civil disorder and looting hits Britain: We have been here before | The Economist
"For all its wit, "Hooligan"—written at a time of really horrible racial tension in Britain—had a serious purpose: to urge readers in 1982 to avoid moral panic and a rush to historically-illiterate judgement. Its lessons hold just as true today."
via:blech  morality  politics  economist 
august 2011 by anglepoised
Colbert vs. Kyl and spread of 'misinformation' - CNN.com
"Jon Kyl developed his own line of hair care products just so he could test them on bunnies."
lies  misinformation  politics  colbert 
april 2011 by anglepoised
Colbert vs. Kyl and spread of 'misinformation' - CNN.com
"Jon Kyl developed his own line of hair care products just so he could test them on bunnies."
lies  misinformation  politics  colbert 
april 2011 by anglepoised
Scripting News: WikiLeaks on the run
"Politicians should be aware that these are the stakes. They either get used operating in the open, where the people they're governing are in on everything they do, or they go totalitarian, around the globe, now."
dns  politics  wikileaks  internet  government  technology 
december 2010 by anglepoised
WikiLeaks: Unpluggable | The Economist
"In the longer term the odds are stacked against secrecy, particularly in countries that practise openness in other areas. One reason is that though individual jurisdictions often prevent a specific libel, privacy breach or copyright infringement, a story with a global reach will get out somewhere. Short of imposing Chinese-style firewalls and censorship, free countries cannot consistently stop their citizens finding out what their enemies tell them, including tales of the shadowy, sordid or sensational deeds done in their names."
theeconomist  wikileaks  secrecy  politics  censorship 
december 2010 by anglepoised
WikiLeaks: Unpluggable | The Economist
"In the longer term the odds are stacked against secrecy, particularly in countries that practise openness in other areas. One reason is that though individual jurisdictions often prevent a specific libel, privacy breach or copyright infringement, a story with a global reach will get out somewhere. Short of imposing Chinese-style firewalls and censorship, free countries cannot consistently stop their citizens finding out what their enemies tell them, including tales of the shadowy, sordid or sensational deeds done in their names."
theeconomist  wikileaks  secrecy  politics  censorship 
december 2010 by anglepoised
afeeld » Cultivated Play: Farmville
This is brilliant. But argh, Farmville. "The secret to Farmville’s popularity is neither gameplay nor aesthetics. Farmville is popular because in entangles users in a web of social obligations. When users log into Facebook, they are reminded that their neighbors have sent them gifts, posted bonuses on their walls, and helped with each others’ farms. In turn, they are obligated to return the courtesies. As the French sociologist Marcel Mauss tells us, gifts are never free: they bind the giver and receiver in a loop of reciprocity. It is rude to refuse a gift, and ruder still to not return the kindness."
culture  democracy  economics  facebook  farmville  gaming  games  politics  social  ethics 
march 2010 by anglepoised
Computers offer a faster way to cure humanity's ills | Technology | guardian.co.uk
"Although these stories are reports about medical research, they are really about computing – in the sense that neither would have been possible without the application of serious computer power to masses of data. In that way they reflect a new – but so far unacknowledged – reality; that in many important fields leading-edge scientific research cannot be done without access to vast computational and data-handling facilities, with sophisticated software for analysing huge data-sets."
data  science  politics  guardian  visualisation  analysis  fourthparadigm  datamining  top 
december 2009 by anglepoised
Charlie's Diary: Merciless
"There is a cancer in the collective American soul — a mercy deficit that has in recent years grown as alarmingly as the budget deficit. Nor is it as simple as a left/right thing: no political party has a monopoly on merciless behaviour. Rather, a creeping draconian absolutism has cast its penumbra across the entire arena of public discourse, tainting every debate, poisoning and hardening attitudes across the board."
charliestross  culture  america  politics  healthcare  mercy  crime  punishment 
august 2009 by anglepoised
Four crowdsourcing lessons from the Guardian’s (spectacular) expenses-scandal experiment » Nieman Journalism Lab
"Journalism has been crowdsourced before, but it’s the scale of the Guardian’s project — 170,000 documents reviewed in the first 80 hours, thanks to a visitor participation rate of 56 percent — that’s breathtaking." Brilliant.
guardian  django  python  politics  media  crowdsourcing  simonwillison  journalism  ec2  amazon  uk 
june 2009 by anglepoised
The Straight Choice | The election leaflet project
"Election leaflets are one of the main weapons in the fight for votes in the UK. They are targeted, effective and sometimes very bitter. We need your help to photograph and map them so we can keep an eye on what the parties are up to, and try to keep them honest."
politics  elections  leaflets 
may 2009 by anglepoised
EU Profiler
"Discover your position in the political landscape for the 2009 European Parliament Elections"
tools  eu  elections  politics  democracy 
may 2009 by anglepoised
Wrong Tomorrow - time vs. pundits
"What does this site do? It keeps track of predictions of the future by public figures."
trends  future  predictions  technology  politics 
april 2009 by anglepoised
Charlie Brooker: To politicians, we're little more than meaningless blobs on a monitor | Comment is free | The Guardian
"Straw and co blocked the release of the minutes, claiming that to actually let us know what was going on would set a dangerous precedent that would harm good government. Ministers wouldn't speak frankly at cabinet meetings if they felt their discussions would be subjected to the sort of scrutiny that, say, our every waking move is."
uk  guardian  charliebrooker  britain  liberty  politics 
march 2009 by anglepoised
Orwell Diaries
"To mark the 70th anniversary of the [Orwell] diaries, each diary entry will be published on this blog exactly seventy years after it was written."
georgeorwell  politics  english  culture  weblogs  history  literature  top 
july 2008 by anglepoised
Vote Match
"Designed to help Londoners decide how to vote in the London elections on 1 May". My results were exactly as expected.
london  politics  uk  top 
april 2008 by anglepoised
With friends like these ...
"Facebook has 59 million users [but] you won't catch Tom Hodgkinson volunteering his personal information - not now that he knows the politics of the people behind the social networking site"
facebook  privacy  politics  technology  guardian  web 
january 2008 by anglepoised
wrapping up 2007 (28 December 2007, Interconnected)
"As Borges wrote reviews of non-existent books, I have notes for essays I'll never write. Here I've collected what's been on my mind the last couple of months."
thinking  mattwebb  microformats  trends  inspiration  philosophy  politics  science  economics  development  social 
december 2007 by anglepoised
OpenID for all Estonians at Not So Relevant
"Estonia started issuing electronic Identity Cards (eID) in 2002 to its citizens. Those eID’s will be OpenID’s soon!" OpenID, wooh!
openid  estonia  identity  web  politics  privacy 
may 2007 by anglepoised
Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Jonathan Freedland: Al Gore on his mission to save the planet
"Al Gore was the nearly man of US politics, the wooden Clinton sidekick who never made it to the top job. But now he's back with a mission to save the planet - and this time he's passionate. "
guardian  politics  environment  climate 
may 2006 by anglepoised
Wired News: What If They Gave a War...?
"I'll tell you where they are. They're at home, tuning in to root for the next "American idol." They're plugged into their iPods, utterly self-involved and disconnected from what lies just outside their doors. They're spending 25 hours a week playing vide
wired  society  politics  technology  activism 
may 2006 by anglepoised
Wired News: The Eternal Value of Privacy
The most common retort against privacy advocates -- by those in favor of ID checks, cameras, databases, data mining and other wholesale surveillance measures -- is this line: "If you aren't doing anything wrong, what do you have to hide?"
article  ethics  politics  privacy  liberty  security 
may 2006 by anglepoised
The Ecologist
Environmental affairs magazine. "Each month we examine the connection between a wide range of subjects[...] food, war, politics, pharmaceuticals, farming, toxic chemicals, corporate fraud, mass media ."
ecology  environment  magazine  news  politics  activism  ethical 
january 2006 by anglepoised
Responsible Shopper: What Does Your Shopping Support?
"Discover the good, the bad and the ugly behind the products you buy everyday—from clothing to shoes to toothpaste. Investigate hundreds of companies on a range of issues, including: Sweatshops, Pollution, Ethics, Discrimination and more."
shopping  activism  environment  consumer  reference  politics  directory  social  sustainable  ethical 
january 2006 by anglepoised
Open Letter
" I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster." Genius.
art  education  evolution  fun  humour  logic  politics  science  religion  creationism 
june 2005 by anglepoised
Rough Guide to a Better World
"The essential guide to how the world can be a better place for everyone. Poverty in the developing world is well known, but less publicised are the efforts of those who combat hunger, disease and illiteracy. This guide shows how you can get involved."
charity  politics  rough  guide  illiteracy  poverty  top 
june 2005 by anglepoised
Designing the Future - Newsweek Technology - MSNBC.com
"NEWSWEEK talks to a leading ecological architect whose goal is nothing less than eliminating waste and pollution."
design  environment  ecology  future  sustainable  politics 
may 2005 by anglepoised

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