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✌ How capital captured politics | Slavoj Žižek

✌ How capital captured politics | Slavoj Žižek:

Slavoj Žižek: WikiLeaks has shown us that western democracies are now ruled by market forces that debase the very notion of freedom

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✌ Why has the idea of hell survived so long?

✌ Why has the idea of hell survived so long?:

In December 2013, a hoax began circulating on the internet claiming that Pope Francis had called a Third Vatican Council that, among other things, purged a literal hell from Catholic doctrine. ‘This doctrine is incompatible with the infinite love of God,’ Francis purportedly said. ‘God seeks not to condemn but only to embrace… Hell is…

✌ San Francisco’s (In)Visible Class War

✌ San Francisco’s (In)Visible Class War:

In 2003, I was living in San Francisco and working at a startup when I overheard a colleague of mine — a self-identified libertarian — spout off about “the homeless problem.” I don’t remember exactly what he said, but I’m sure it fit into a well-trodden frame about no-good lazy leeches. I marched right over to him and asked…

✌ BLDGBLOG: City of Buried Machines

✌ BLDGBLOG: City of Buried Machines

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✌ Amazing Structure: A Conversation With Ursula Franklin

✌ Amazing Structure: A Conversation With Ursula Franklin:

Citizen, scientist, feminist

✌ In Japan, train station allotments let commuters garden on the move

✌ In Japan, train station allotments let commuters garden on the move:

The Soradofarm scheme is placing allotments on top of train stations, to allow commuters to more seamlessly fit growing their own vegetables into their busy lifestyles.

✌ How to create selective holes in graphene – MIT News Office

✌ How to create selective holes in graphene – MIT News Office:

New technique developed at MIT produces highly selective filter materials, could lead to more efficient desalination.

✌ Silicon Valley’s circus of innovation – Venkatesh Rao – Aeon

✌ Silicon Valley’s circus of innovation – Venkatesh Rao – Aeon:

Like the world fairs of old, Silicon Valley runs on booms, busts, and showboating impresarios – and that’s a good thing

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