In quale societa’ viviamo, dove i cittadini non si organizzano spontaneamente e in larghissimo numero per sovvertire questo stato di cose, ingiustizie evidenti e violenze gratuite? Quale livello di ulteriore abbrutimento dovremo osservare perchè cio’ avvenga? A cosa sono serviti due o tre millenni di storia?

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There’s just some rawness about the subway that I can’t get anywhere else

“I have to compete with the fact that people jut don’t care down there”Shakerleg

(via The Girlfriend Experience)

20090619 0018 Friday # reported by ep # Filed under:

“In the 21st century, we will all be minorities.” Ronald Takaki interview (March 09)

That’s a long interview with Ronald Takaki conducted on (March 1st 2009).

I just learned about Ronald Takaki via my wife. He taught the first African-American history class in 1967 when he was 28, and defined the US as a multicultural nation. Thanks to him UC Berkeley now has a American Cultures Requirement, which if I understand correctly is now necessary for graduation on all courses at UC Berkeley. That’s impressive.

These kinds of studies should be requirements at all universities worldwide.

E.g. Italy is a nation of Italians and little is taught toward other cultures. It’s very fertile ground for the Berlusconi’s and other fascisms.

“In the 21st century, we will all be minorities.”

20090529 2337 Friday # reported by ep # Filed under:

Neanche capaci di scrivere in un inglese non sgrammaticato (Imageshack obscured in Italy)

Censura Italiana su internet

That’s the image you see if you access Imageshack using an Italian DNS.

E’ ora di passare a OpenDNS ragazzi.

(via umanesimo)

20090219 1455 Thursday # reported by ep # Filed under:

And they call this “The Land of Freedom” ?

An essential clip, but from minute 3:43 it gets truly sensational.

Maybe what strikes the most is that after such an absurd and illegitimate disallowance he calmly begins his argument with:

“Gentlemen, I think you’re being subjected to an unlawful order”

And continues:

“The authority of the state of Massachusetts should not be misused for a political exclusion of a presidential candidate who has a ticket to watch the debate on remote television and has a official invitation from FOX news. [...]

This is the strangest situation I’ve ever seen.

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20081213 0425 Saturday # reported by ep # Filed under:

Start sending the message

A month ago the FSF has released the GNU Free Document License version 1.3, that allows certain wikis such as Wikipedia to be relicensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (v3.0).

This change would now permit interoperability among Free Culture projects, just as the dominance of the GNU GPL enables interoperability among Free Software projects. [...]

Richard Stallman deserves enormous credit for enabling this change to occur. [...] Wikipedia was made possible by the architecture of freedom the FDL enabled. One could well understand a lesser man finding any number of excuses for blocking the change.

But here’s what Richard said in 2002 in a different context:

“If we don’t want to live in a jungle, we must change our attitudes. We must start sending the message that a good citizen is one who cooperates when appropriate….”

Add “good citizen” to the list of praise for this founder of contemporary freedom.

Full article at

20081201 1951 Monday # reported by ep # Filed under:

Such nice, motivated, interesting people at Startup School reception

What a great event last night at YC. I talked to a lot of cool people, shook hands with robots, drank beer, really a lot of fun. It is so nice to see so many guys (and 6 or 7 girls) with a desire to create new stuff, never saw anything like this. That’s how progress should be, in the hands of young people that do stuff because they truly love it.

20080419 0550 Saturday # reported by ep # Filed under:

Free Lakota!

Bold and logical move from the Lakota Native Americans (often called Sioux), who decided that enough is enough. Fuck Washington and the US. Independence is better, and by reading the hard facts below, it’s hard to think otherwise. I wish California did the same.

WASHINGTON, DC – December 20 – Lakota Sioux Indian representatives declared sovereign nation status today in Washington D.C. [...]

Parts of North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana have been illegally homesteaded for years despite knowledge of Lakota as predecessor sovereign [historic owner]. Lakota representatives say if the United States does not enter into immediate diplomatic negotiations, liens will be filed on real estate transactions in the five state region, clouding title over literally thousands of square miles of land and property.

Education, energy and justice now take top priority in emerging Lakota. “Cultural immersion education is crucial as a next step to protect our language, culture and sovereignty,” said Means. “Energy independence using solar, wind, geothermal, and sugar beets enables Lakota to protect our freedom and provide electricity and heating to our people.”

The Lakota reservations are among the most impoverished areas in North America, a shameful legacy of broken treaties and apartheid policies. Lakota has the highest death rate in the United States and Lakota men have the lowest life expectancy of any nation on earth, excluding AIDS, at approximately 44 years. Lakota infant mortality rate is five times the United States average and teen suicide rates 150% more than national average. 97% of Lakota people live below the poverty line and unemployment hovers near 85%.

“After 150 years of colonial enforcement, when you back people into a corner there is only one alternative,” emphasized Duane Martin Sr. “The only alternative is to bring freedom into its existence by taking it back to the love of freedom, to our lifeway.”

source: commondreams

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