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‘PBS NewsHour’: ‘Money on the Mind’

A UC Berkeley study published earlier in 2013 showed links between wealth and selfish, anti-social behavior. The damning results are worth repeating. Compared with their poorer counterparts, wealthier participants consistently took more candy from children, cheated at games for petty cash prizes, lied during negotiations, stole at work and endorsed unethical behavior.

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Back to $chool

It was the greatest education system the world had ever seen, accessible and affordable, a door with a welcome mat into the ivory tower, an invitation to a better life. Then California politicians bled it dry.

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Researchers Swipe Personal Data With ‘Brain Spyware’

Researchers were able to glean sensitive personal information such as PIN numbers and credit card data from the brainwaves of people wearing headsets that allow users to control computer applications with their minds.

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Reagan and Hoover, Sittin’ in a Tree

“Subversives” shows how the two men and their allies sabotaged the careers of law-abiding citizens, defended reckless police violence and exploited an appalling double standard in the political use of FBI intelligence.

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New Climate Study Changes Some Minds

Global warming is happening and “humans are almost entirely the cause.” That’s the conclusion reached by a team of researchers at UC Berkeley, led by professor Richard Muller, who now considers himself a “converted skeptic” on the issue.

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Oh, the Cruelty of the Rich

Research confirms what the poor have always known about their relationship with the wealthy: They’re more likely to get a scavenged sandwich from a tramp than a nickel from a man in pinstripes. Wealth, at least in America today, reduces compassion and fosters selfishness, studies show.

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New Bill Would Put Taxpayer-Funded Science Behind Pay Walls

Right now, if you want to read the published results of the biomedical research that your own tax dollars paid for, all you have to do is visit the digital archive of the National Institutes of Health. But a new bill in Congress wants to change that.

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A Poet’s-Eye View of Occupy Berkeley

When he caught wind of conflict between students and police on campus, former poet laureate and UC Berkeley professor Robert Hass rushed to the scene on Nov. 9, only to witness local riot police beating students—and eventually his wife and him, too—with billy clubs. (more)

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OWS: The Start of Something Big

The Occupy Wall Street movement isn’t just some lefty rejoinder to the tea party, even though the two political phenomena have been subject to comparison over the last two months, but at least one prominent tea partyer joins a host of scholars and analysts in suggesting that OWS is about far more than ... (more)

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‘Colbert Report’: Occupy Wall Street Decamped

Thank goodness New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg deeply understands the meaning of free speech and what it does and doesn’t look like, or else his forced decampment of Occupy Wall Street’s Zuccotti Park HQ would look like a completely overstated and egregious abuse of political power.  (more)

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A Night of Hope in Berkeley

It wasn’t quite Berkeley in 1964, but it wanted to be, and that might be the ultimate significance of the thousands-strong gathering Tuesday night in Sproul Plaza on the Cal campus.

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Raw Video: Berkeley Police Clash With Students

This disturbing video shows riot-ready police facing off with students protesting on Wednesday at UC Berkeley. The students were reportedly attempting to set up camp on school grounds, which initially didn’t go over well ... (more)

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A Question of Trust

A recent study from the University of California, Berkeley, reports that people who are more easily embarrassed may also be more trustworthy.

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Free Speech Movement Advocate Dies

A veteran reformer of higher education, an unparalleled Chaucer scholar and an early advocate of the 1960s free speech movement, Charles Muscatine has passed away at the age of 89 in Oakland, Calif.

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Scientists Uncover New Risk Associated With Thirdhand Smoke

If anyone needs another reason to stop smoking, here it is: Researchers are turning their attention to the effects of “thirdhand smoke,” the layer of icky residue that lingers on clothes and in living spaces after cigarettes and other tobacco delivery devices are snubbed out. ... (continued)

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Torture’s Best Friend: An Interview With John Yoo

The New York Times picks the brain of John Yoo, who compares George W. Bush to Abraham Lincoln and says “It was my job” to write the memos that sought to legalize torture. Yoo now teaches at the University of California at Berkeley, of which he says: “I remind myself of West Berlin ... surrounded by East Germany during the Cold War.” (continued)

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‘A Bomb in Every Issue’

A new book on Ramparts Magazine, “A Bomb in Every Issue,” marks the significant contribution of the alternative San Francisco-based publication that gave a viable and legitimate voice to 1960s radicalism. Check out the NYT’s review of it here.

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The Power of Invisibility, Brought to You by the U.S. Military

The infiltration of American universities by the military is nothing new, but this is: Scientists at UC Berkeley are zeroing in on a way to render people and inanimate objects—which could include weapons and combat vehicles—invisible.

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Stopping the War Machine: Military Recruiters Must Be Confronted

As a former United States Marine Corps sergeant who was shot and paralyzed from my mid-chest down during my second tour of duty in Vietnam on Jan. 20, 1968, I am sending my complete support and admiration to all those now involved in the courageous struggle to stop military recruitment in Berkeley and across the country.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Torture’s Poet Laureate

A recently declassified memo shines the spotlight once again on John “Take Them to the Point of Death” Yoo, a UC Berkeley law professor and once deputy legal counsel in the Justice Department.

Posted on Apr 2, 2008 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Marines Need Not Apply in Berkeley

When the Marines decided to set up a recruiting office in Berkeley, they didn’t realize what they were up against. Or maybe they did. Either way, “Daily Show” correspondent (and former Marine) Rob Riggle confronts his deep-seated hippie rage to get the story.

Posted on Mar 25, 2008 READ MORE


A Study in the Rhetoric of George W. Bush

In his commencement speech to the class of 2007 at UC Berkeley’s Department of Rhetoric, author Mark Danner gives the new graduates a crash course in Bushian rhetoric (not quite on par with Aristotle’s celebrated canon) and dubs Bush the “first Rhetoric-Major President.”  (Note:  Article courtesy of Tom Engelhardt at TomDispatch.com.)

Posted on Jun 1, 2007 READ MORE


Hedges Debates Hitchens

Those Truthdig readers who are following the Chris Hedges vs. Sam Harris exchanges on our site may be interested to read that Hedges subsequently faced off with atheist author and provocateur Christopher Hitchens for a debate in Berkeley about religion and politics. Also, check out this funny and insightful interview with Hitchens.

Posted on Jun 1, 2007 READ MORE


Berkeley Voters to Weigh Bush Impeachment

The City Council of the left-leaning Calif. municipality voted to put the question to citizens on the Nov. 7 ballot. It’s symbolic, of course, because only Congress can impeach.

  • And although some cities, like San Francisco and Oakland, have passed pro-impeachment resolutions, Berkeley will be the first city to directly ask its voters to decide.
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    Posted on Jun 29, 2006 READ MORE


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