A History of Pussy Riot: Watch the Band’s Early Performances/Protests Against the Putin Regime

≡ Category: Current Affairs, Music, Politics |1 Comment

Recently attacked by Cossacks in Sochi and by black-clad men with green antiseptic in Moldova, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina have, since their December release from a two-year prison sentence, remained the very public faces of the punk band/agit-prop collective known as Pussy Riot.

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New Google-Powered Site Tracks Global Deforestation in ‘Near-Real-Time’

≡ Category: Current Affairs, Environment, Google, Maps |Leave a Comment

In September we told you about trillions of satellite images of Earth, generated by the Landsat, that are now available to the public.
Now we can share an interactive tool that is using some of those Landsat images to stop illegal deforestation.

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Why is Ukraine in Crisis?: A Quick Primer For Those Too Embarrassed to Ask

≡ Category: Current Affairs |6 Comments

Why have Ukrainians been protesting since November? It’s a question you might feel strange asking in February. But not to worry, The Washington Post has put together a helpful video that explains the crisis in two minutes (above), along with a related primer: 9 questions about Ukraine you were too embarrassed to ask.

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Noam Chomsky on Commemorating the JFK Assassination: It “Would Impress Kim Il-Sung”

≡ Category: Current Affairs, History |2 Comments

In recent decades, historians have tried to offer a balanced assessment of JFK’s life and legacy, offering clear-eyed accounts of his handling of foreign and domestic policy, and raising questions about his infidelities and health problems, all the while chipping away at the Camelot myth.

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Two Viral Videos Push Against Stereotypical Messages Girls Get From the Media (Mildly NSFW)

≡ Category: Comedy, Creativity, Current Affairs, Television |5 Comments

The first of two videos circulating on the internet, “Girls Who Read” by UK poet and “Rogue Teacher” Mark Grist (above) hits back at the lad culture that objectifies women according to certain “bits” named above in some mildly NSFW language.

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Slavoj Žižek & Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova Exchange An Extraordinary Series of Letters

≡ Category: Current Affairs, Music, Philosophy, Politics |2 Comments

Missing for almost a month, imprisoned Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been reported by her husband as recovering in a Siberian hospital from issues related to her hunger strike.

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Žižek Blames the US Government Shutdown on Ayn Rand’s Acolytes Who Caused the 2008 Collapse

≡ Category: Current Affairs, Philosophy |41 Comments

The government shutdown and the raising of the debt ceiling — such things are not usually grist for our cultural mill. But all of that changes when a cultural theorist pins the blame for Washington’s dysfunction on the acolytes of a pseudo-philosopher.

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The Hunger Strikes at Guantánamo Bay Prison Revealed in Poignant Animated Video

≡ Category: Animation, Current Affairs |5 Comments

In late September, the US military declared the hunger strikes at Guantánamo Bay over. “At its peak,” writes Charlie Savage in The New York Times, “106 of the 166 prisoners … were listed as participants” in the strike.

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Jurassic Park Tells You Everything You Need to Know About the Dangers of Global Capitalism

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Forget putting a bird on it. Put on a dinosaur on it for a surefire hit in our market-driven economy. Director Stephen Spielberg certainly didn’t skimp on the “terrible lizards” when adapting Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park for the screen, and things turned out pretty well for him.

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Henry Rollins: Education is the Cure to “Disaster Capitalism”

≡ Category: Current Affairs, Education, Politics |3 Comments

We’ve already featured former Black Flag frontman and current spoken-word artist Henry Rollins explaining why, to his mind, only education can restore democracy. He also believes it can cure something he calls “disaster capitalism,” and you can hear more from him about it in the Big Think video above.

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