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Posted on Nov 8, 2011

The search term “Occupy” is now banned in China; online anonymity is becoming a thing of the past; and a new app called Bully Button protects children but it might just be another Big Brother act. These discoveries and more below.

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‘Occupy’ Now a Banned Search Term in China
A good rule of thumb for life is that if the Chinese government is against it, you’re probably doing something right.

China’s elite have new international outlook
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The Darker Side of Apple: The Human Cost of Your iProducts
With the passing of Steve Jobs last month, there have been countless tributes to the man who created the company that changed the world. But [...] there is a slighter darker side to Apple, which rarely makes headlines.

Anarchism Now: Occupy Wall Street Revives an Ideology
From Zuccotti Park to the streets of Oakland, the Occupiers have been careful to define their ideology as broadly and vaguely as possible.

‘Digital Natives’ Aren’t Necessarily Digital Learners
In recent years, professors have heard much about the virtues and promise of new technologies, painted as the saviors of an irrelevant higher-education system that has grown out of touch with today’s learners.

The real you: Say goodbye to online anonymity
Online anonymity may be a luxury we can no longer afford—and it’s disappearing fast anyway. Are we ready to bare all on the Internet?

Mental problems gave early humans an edge
Did an autistic inventor start a Stone Age technological revolution? Were the first spiritual leaders bipolar? A daring new theory makes the case.

The Rising Age Gap in Economic Well-Being
Households headed by older adults have made dramatic gains relative to those headed by younger adults in their economic well-being over the past quarter of a century, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of a wide array of government data.

The Bully Button: New Tool Is Either World’s Greatest Anti-Bully Weapon or Terrifying Fascist Plot
If you and I were together on the middle-school playground and you could poke me in the gut while calling me a stupid cripple and nobody would see us except seven passive cowards and three of your suck-up toadies, would you? Sure you would.

Bit by Bit, Work Exchange Site Aims to Get Jobs Done
Philip Rosedale tried to change the nature of play with Second Life, a virtual world of colorful online avatars that got a lot of attention a few years ago. Now he wants to change the nature of work.

U.S. Drone Kills 16-Year-Old Pakistani Boy Days After He Attends Anti-Drone Organizing Meeting
A group of Pakistanis met in Islamabad late last month to discuss the impact of U.S. drone strikes in their communities.

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By Forrest Greene, November 10, 2011 at 10:23 am Link to this comment
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Anarchism is “...a voluntary association of free individuals based on principles of mutual aid.” I don’t recall for certain the original source. Peter Kropotkin, probably.

“Aw, judge, what use are your laws? Good people don’t need them, and bad people don’t obey them.” Eamon Hennessey, paraphrased. Spoken, I believe, at one of his many sentencings.

The problem seems to be genuinely bad people keep motivating neutral-to-good people toward badness as a means of defending themselves. Meanwhile, genuinely good people become fewer & weaker.

Anarchism, sadly, is the most hopelessly optimistic, naive, otherworldly political system ever conceived. Human nature is far from being anywhere near ready for it.

Perhaps conscious change & positive evolution are possible. Hope so! It will take longer than an election cycle, & it will take an understanding of the relation between freedom & responsibility as regards anarchism deeper than simply knowing the A goes inside a circle rather than a square.

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By EmileZ, November 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm Link to this comment

RE: Anarchism Now

In a rather brief interview with “High Times” on July 29th, 2011, which can be read here:

http://www.chomsky.info/interviews/20110729.htm

Noam Chomsky defined anarcho-syndicalism as “a commitment to overcome the illegitimate use of power, including state power, but also any other kind of power, like corporate power or patriarchal families or whatever it may be”.

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