Daily Archives: January 15, 2013

Aaron Swartz – a Fighter Against the Privatization of Knowledge


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Published on Jan 15, 2013

Two colleagues and friends of Aaron Swartz talk about his activism and vision of technology in the service of a more democratic and just society

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BBC News – African elephant poaching threatens wildlife future

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21018429
14 January 2013 Last updated at 21:49 ET

By Gabriel Gatehouse BBC News, Kenya/Nigeria

The BBC’s Gabriel Gatehouse reports from the scene in Kenya

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Three elephant corpses lay piled on top of one another under the scorching Kenyan sun.

In their terror, the elephants must have sought safety in numbers – in vain: a thick trail of blackened blood traced their final moments.

In December, nine elephants were killed outside the Tsavo National Park, in south-eastern Kenya. This month, a family of 12 was gunned down in the same area.

In both cases, the elephants’ faces had been hacked off to remove the tusks. The rest was left to the maggots and the flies. …(more).

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George Monbiot – Bang Goes the Theory

http://www.monbiot.com/2013/01/14/bang-goes-the-theory/

Bang Goes the Theory

January 14, 2013

How neoliberalism trashed your life, but made the super-rich even richer.
By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 15th January 2013

How they must bleed for us. In 2012, the world’s 100 richest people became $241 billion richer(1). They are now worth $1.9 trillion: just a little less than the GDP of the United Kingdom.

This is not the result of chance. The rise in the fortunes of the super-rich is the direct result of policies. Here are a few: the reduction of tax rates and tax enforcement; governments’ refusal to recoup a decent share of revenues from minerals and land; the privatisation of public assets and the creation of a toll-booth economy; wage liberalisation and the destruction of collective bargaining.

The policies which made the global monarchs so rich are the policies squeezing everyone else. This is not what the theory predicted. Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman and their disciples – in a thousand business schools, the IMF, the World Bank, the OECD and just about every modern government – have argued that the less governments tax the rich, defend workers and redistribute wealth, the more prosperous everyone will be. Any attempt to reduce inequality would damage the efficiency of the market, impeding the rising tide that lifts all boats(2). The apostles have conducted a 30-year global experiment and the results are now in. Total failure. ….(more).

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Improved technology, high energy prices, and concerns about climate change are creating favorable markets for transforming energy systems around the world. Worldwatch’s Climate & Energy program identifies key components of energy and transportation systems that aim to de-carbonize the global economy, boost energy efficiency, spur innovation and job creation, address resource scarcity, and reduce local environmental pollution.

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Worldwatch Interviews Sean Porter, Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy

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1/14/13: Aaron Swartz, A Spark In Life And Death

http://youtu.be/wcOj8Zh_ZE4?t=48m47s

Aaron-Swartz

1/14/13: Aaron Swartz, A Spark In Life And Death

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