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» Eduardo Galeano, ¡Presente! Zinn Education Project
The great writer, historian, activist, and critic, Eduardo Galeano, passed away on April 13, 2015.
history  writing  books  modern 
april 2015 by oripsolob
Flathead: The peculiar genius of Thomas L. Friedman.
Things are true because you say they are. The only thing that matters is how sure you sound when you say it. In politics, this allows America to invade a castrated Iraq in self-defense. In the intellectual world, Friedman is now probing the outer limits of this trick’s potential, and it’s absolutely perfect, a stroke of genius, that he’s choosing to argue that the world is flat. The only thing that would have been better would be if he had chosen to argue that the moon was made of cheese.

And that’s basically what he’s doing here. The internet is speeding up business communications, and global labor markets are more fluid than ever. Therefore, the moon is made of cheese. That is the rhetorical gist of The World is Flat. It’s brilliant. Only an America-hater could fail to appreciate it.
humor  economics  history  modern  books 
march 2012 by oripsolob
PHOTOGRAPHY | Occupy Wall Street
by Giovanni Savino, including the Delacroix-inspired shot
history  modern  photos 
january 2012 by oripsolob
Not So Fast
A group of academics at the University of Southern Denmark argues that we are emerging from the other side of what they call ‘the Gutenberg parenthesis.’ Before Gutenberg, knowledge was passed mouth-to-mouth, scribe-to-scribe, changing along the way with little sense of authorship. Inside the parenthesis, with the press, knowledge became linear, permanent, more a product than a process, with clear ownership.

More than five centuries later, they say we are emerging from the other side of the parenthesis. Now knowledge is again passed along, remixed as it goes, with less sense of ownership: It’s process over product. In his upcoming book Too Big to Know, David Weinberger sketches a vision of knowledge that is too big for libraries, institutions, or our heads. ‘Knowledge is now the property of the network,’ he writes. ‘The smartest person in the room is the room itself.’
modern  shallows  web  books 
january 2012 by oripsolob
The Umbrella Man - by Errol Morris
The true significance of the Umbrella Man, based on evidence from the HSCA. References Neville Chamberlain and appeasement.
WWII  modern  JFK  video  history 
january 2012 by oripsolob
Massive Protests in Moscow
Tens of thousands turn out to demonstrate against alleged election fraud. Check out #4: "Vsia Vlast' Sovetam!" ("All Power to the Soviets!")
modern  photos 
december 2011 by oripsolob
РосАгит: Плакаты
RosAgit: the group responsible for many of the poster designs behind the December 2011 protests against the United Russia party elections and Putin.
design  modern 
december 2011 by oripsolob
Occupy the Kremlin: Russia's Election Lets Loose Public Rage
In the biggest expression of public anger at Vladimir Putin, thousands gather in a Moscow square, suddenly venting in public what they have been spewing in the blogosphere...
modern  history 
december 2011 by oripsolob
The accidental universe: Science's crisis of faith
Includes the string theory, the multiverse and dark energy
science  modern 
december 2011 by oripsolob
20 Years Since The Fall of the Soviet Union
Twenty years ago, on December 25, 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as president of the Soviet Union, declaring the office extinct and dissolving the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), a massive communist empire that had existed since 1922.
photos  history  modern 
december 2011 by oripsolob
We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident
Jefferson also drew from works that he did not have at his side in Philadelphia. He was familiar with the writings of seventeenth-century English writers, including John Milton, Algernon Sidney, and above all John Locke, who set forth a doctrine of natural rights in his Second Treatise on Government. He may also have drawn from Scottish philosophers, especially Francis Hutcheson.
history  writing  AIS  modern 
december 2011 by oripsolob
The European Vision of America (12/1975)
The New Golden Land: The European Vision of America from the Discoveries to the Present Time, by Hugh Honour. New York: Pantheon Books, 1975.
history  modern  books 
november 2011 by oripsolob
On the Media's The End of Braille?
Fewer than 10 percent of the 1.3 million legally blind Americans now read Braille, down from around half in the 1950s. Reporter Rachel Aviv wrote about the dying language earlier this year in The New York Times Magazine.
1984  writing  ais  modern  technology 
may 2010 by oripsolob
"Soldiers of the Great War" - interactive map of Operation Barbarossa
history  war  wwii  modern 
april 2010 by oripsolob
Jesse Schell at DICE 2010: "Design Outside the Box" Video
Last ten minutes or so are most useful for education and for the idea of how societies change when surveilled
design  video  education  1984  technology  modern  sociology 
april 2010 by oripsolob
See, Think, Wonder (VoiceThread)
Make your contribution by clicking HERE. ...
imperialism  modern 
april 2010 by oripsolob
Causes of the New Imperialism
Download now or preview on posterous Causes of New Imperialism.pdf (1883 KB) Looking at these 9 documents as a whole, can we tease out 4-5 major causes ...
imperialism  modern 
april 2010 by oripsolob
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