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The House I Live In
- Brad Pitt: America’s war on drugs is a charade, and a failure (guardian.co.uk)
Illustration by Mr. Fish
If, as Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote, “the degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons” then we are a nation of barbarians. Our vast network of federal and state prisons, with some 2.3 million inmates, rivals the gulags of totalitarian states. Once you disappear behind prison walls you become prey. Rape. Torture. Beatings. Prolonged isolation. Sensory deprivation. Racial profiling. Chain gangs. Forced labor. Rancid food. Children imprisoned as adults. Prisoners forced to take medications to induce lethargy. Inadequate heating and ventilation. Poor health care. Draconian sentences for nonviolent crimes. Endemic violence.
- Is Antonin Scalia the Vilest Person in Washington? (alternet.org)
- Rachel Maddow: Antonin Scalia ‘a troll’ (politico.com)
- Income Inequality Goes Viral (billmoyers.com)
- This Viral Video Will Change How You Think About Wealth Distribution in the U.S. (fastcoexist.com)
- How wealth inequality crowds out America’s success (timpanogos.wordpress.com)
- Wealth inequality in America infinitely worse than you think it is (coolrevolution.net)
Hanauer, one of the first nonfamily investors in Amazon.com, shared this argument as part of a talk he gave at the TED University conference. Now, the organizers of TED — a movement aimed at bringing attention to “ideas worth spreading” — is refusing to share Hanauer’s talk on the internet, calling it too “political,” according to the National Journal.
Chris Anderson, the curator of TED, wrote in a post on his website responding to the allegations that the organization is inundated with requests to post talks on its homepage and only features those that are “truly special.” Anderson also claimed that once Hanauer found out the site would’t be posting his talk, he hired a public relations firm to promote the talk to progressive organizations like MoveOn.org. Anderson also released a video of Hanauer’s talk, providing a link to it in his post.
This post is dedicated to our true unsung heroines and heros, Librarians.