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

≡ Category: Comedy, Current Affairs, Economics, Film, Philosophy |Leave a Comment

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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Pussy Riot Releases First Video in a Year, Taking on Russian Oil Profits and Other High-Profile Targets

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

Russian punk performance art collective Pussy Riot will not be deterred. Despite two of their members still languishing in prison labor camps for a musical protest in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the band continues to rail against its country’s corruption and abuses.

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Amanda Palmer’s Tips for Being an Artist in the Rough-and-Tumble Digital Age

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Amanda Palmer is an artist who totally gets the power of the Internet.

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