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"One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back. So the old bamboozles tend to persist as the new ones rise."

Carl Sagan (via mohandasgandhi)

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laliberty:

VIDEO: Cop (in Australia?) drags boy down the street by the arm. Crowd steps in and prevents the cop from continuing.

Man tells cop: “He’s a child. “You’re not allowed to touch anyone.”

Cop responds: "I can do whatever I want."

This one seems to have a happy ending, though…

zombie-prince:

young-based-lord:

Ukrainian protester lights cigarette with molotov  

If this is not the most badass picture then idk what is

zombie-prince:

young-based-lord:

Ukrainian protester lights cigarette with molotov  

If this is not the most badass picture then idk what is

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"The effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs."

Middlemarch (1871) - George Eliot

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"Get ready for most of business to move to this model. Get ready for the Reputation Economy. Get ready for the vacuum created by families not having a safety net. And get ready for the solution, which will be Basic Income and universal insurance models."

The Poisonous Underside of the Sharing Economy (via azspot)

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Confuse Students to Help Them Learn

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"A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what’s going on."

― William S. Burroughs (via psych-quotes)

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rtamerica:

Ferguson cops beat innocent man, then charged him with bleeding on their uniforms
The officer-involved shooting death of teenager Michael Brown this week and the subsequent protests across the United States have rekindled interest in another case of alleged excessive force blamed on the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department.
Nearly four years to the day before Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson opened fire and killed Brown, 18, a complaint filed in federal court accused the same law enforcement agency of violating the civil rights of a man who says he was badly beaten after being wrongly arrested, then later charged with “destruction of property” for bleeding on the uniforms of the cops alleged to have injured him.

rtamerica:

Ferguson cops beat innocent man, then charged him with bleeding on their uniforms

The officer-involved shooting death of teenager Michael Brown this week and the subsequent protests across the United States have rekindled interest in another case of alleged excessive force blamed on the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department.

Nearly four years to the day before Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson opened fire and killed Brown, 18, a complaint filed in federal court accused the same law enforcement agency of violating the civil rights of a man who says he was badly beaten after being wrongly arrested, then later charged with “destruction of property” for bleeding on the uniforms of the cops alleged to have injured him.

"Give a man access to drones, tanks, and body armor, and he’ll reasonably think that his job isn’t simply to maintain peace, but to eradicate danger. Instead of protecting and serving, police are searching and destroying."

Greg Howard (via hipsterlibertarian)

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koercion:

A Washington Post reporter.

In America.

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theworldofchinese:

Ambulance Staff Assaulted In ShanghaiIn Western countries, being a medical doctor is a respected, well-paid, and peaceful living. Not so in China, where the MD actually makes up for a pretty risky profession. But, in China, as TWOC discussed in our recent issue, you never know when an angry mob of friends and relatives could assault you.
On Wednesday, an angry mob assaulted an ambulance team in Shanghai. The staff was allegedly guilty of arriving “very late” to collect a man affected by alcohol poisoning. The Shanghai Daily reports that the friends and neighbors of the team first asked the medical staff to produce reasons of their delay, and then, receiving no answer, proceeded to attack them with fists and iron bars. The gang’s primary target was the paramedic, a 26-year-old man.
The police have not released any information regarding the attackers, and did not disclose how late the ambulance was.
Continue reading here…

theworldofchinese:

Ambulance Staff Assaulted In Shanghai

In Western countries, being a medical doctor is a respected, well-paid, and peaceful living. Not so in China, where the MD actually makes up for a pretty risky profession. But, in China, as TWOC discussed in our recent issue, you never know when an angry mob of friends and relatives could assault you.

On Wednesday, an angry mob assaulted an ambulance team in Shanghai. The staff was allegedly guilty of arriving “very late” to collect a man affected by alcohol poisoning. The Shanghai Daily reports that the friends and neighbors of the team first asked the medical staff to produce reasons of their delay, and then, receiving no answer, proceeded to attack them with fists and iron bars. The gang’s primary target was the paramedic, a 26-year-old man.

The police have not released any information regarding the attackers, and did not disclose how late the ambulance was.

Continue reading here…

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rtamerica:

Secret programs to stay secret: Court sides with NSA in surveillance lawsuit
A federal judge in California sided mostly with the United States government this week in a decision handed down concerning classified documents pertaining to the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance programs.
Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, a justice in the US District Court for the district of Northern California, said on Monday that the Department of Justice does not have to disclose two sets of documents among the three requested in a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a California-based digital rights group.

rtamerica:

Secret programs to stay secret: Court sides with NSA in surveillance lawsuit

A federal judge in California sided mostly with the United States government this week in a decision handed down concerning classified documents pertaining to the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance programs.

Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, a justice in the US District Court for the district of Northern California, said on Monday that the Department of Justice does not have to disclose two sets of documents among the three requested in a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a California-based digital rights group.

thartist72:

“In 2002, having spent more than three years in one residence for the first time in my life, I got called for jury duty. I show up on time, ready to serve. When we get to the voir dire, the lawyer says to me, “I see you’re an astrophysicist. What’s that?” I answer, “Astrophysics is the laws of physics, applied to the universe—the Big Bang, black holes, that sort of thing.” Then he asks, “What do you teach at Princeton?” and I say, “I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street. A few years later, jury duty again. The judge states that the defendant is charged with possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine. It was found on his body, he was arrested, and he is now on trial. This time, after the Q&A is over, the judge asks us whether there are any questions we’d like to ask the court, and I say, “Yes, Your Honor. Why did you say he was in possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine? That equals 1.7 grams. The ‘thousand’ cancels with the ‘milli-’ and you get 1.7 grams, which is less than the weight of a dime.” Again I’m out on the street.”

thartist72:

“In 2002, having spent more than three years in one residence for the first time in my life, I got called for jury duty. I show up on time, ready to serve. When we get to the voir dire, the lawyer says to me, “I see you’re an astrophysicist. What’s that?” I answer, “Astrophysics is the laws of physics, applied to the universe—the Big Bang, black holes, that sort of thing.” Then he asks, “What do you teach at Princeton?” and I say, “I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street.

A few years later, jury duty again. The judge states that the defendant is charged with possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine. It was found on his body, he was arrested, and he is now on trial. This time, after the Q&A is over, the judge asks us whether there are any questions we’d like to ask the court, and I say, “Yes, Your Honor. Why did you say he was in possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine? That equals 1.7 grams. The ‘thousand’ cancels with the ‘milli-’ and you get 1.7 grams, which is less than the weight of a dime.” Again I’m out on the street.”

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