Ikea Isn’t Only Furnishing Your Bedroom, It’s Watching You There

ristina Chew Care2 http://www.care2.com/causes/ikea-isnt-only-furnishing-your-bedroom-its-watching-you-there.html   Ikea is not only furnishing people’s bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens. The company’s French unit has also beenconducting surveillance of employees andeven customers who complained about items that were not delivered. It’s not just that Ikea has a record of what color of couch or size bookshelves that...

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The Psychological Dark Side of Gmail

Yasha Levine PandoDaily http://pando.com/ “We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking about.” “Your digital identity will live forever… because there’s no delete button.” —Eric Schmidt Some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley recently announced that they had gotten...

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Real Change Is Closer Than You Think

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers www.popularresistance.org http://www.popularresistance.org/popular-resistance-newsletter-real-change-is-closer-than-you-think/ Successful people-powered movements follow a similar arc of development. The best description comes from Bill Moyer’s The Movement Action Plan: A Strategic Framework Describing The Eight Stages of Successful Social Movements. Moyer expanded this 1987 article into, Doing Democracy, a book published in 2001, a year...

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10 Good Things about the Year 2013

Medea Benjamin Codepink.org http://codepink.org/blog/2013/12/10-good-things-about-the-year-2013/ It would be easy to make a list of 10 bad things—wars, government shut-down, drone attacks, lack of progress on immigrant rights, lousy health-care reform.  But it’s also been a year of extraordinary activism: whistleblowers, DREAMers, Walmart workers, peacemakers, gay rights advocates, garment workers. As the...

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The Future Needs Us

Rebecca Solnit TomDispatch.com http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175788/tomgram%3A_rebecca_solnit%2C_the_future_needs_us/ The Arc of Justice and the Long Run: Hope, History, and Unpredictability North American cicada nymphs live underground for 17 years before they emerge as adults. Many seeds stay dormant far longer than that before some disturbance makes them germinate. Some trees bear fruit long after...

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Not God’s Work: Apocalyptic Humanity

Tom Engelhardt TomDispatch.com http://tomdispatch.com/ Since a nuclear weapon went off over Hiroshima, we have been living with visions of global catastrophe, apocalyptic end times, and extinction that were once the sole property of religion. Since August 6, 1945, it has been possible for us to imagine how human beings, not...

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Death With Dignity vs. Death for Profit?

The Daily Take The Thom Hartmann Program http://www.truth-out.org/author/itemlist/user/48233 It’s time for death with dignity in America. Just ask Scott Adams. Adams, the creator of the popular Dilbert cartoon, recently posted an open letter on his website, discussing the prolonged agony that his father was going through during his last days this...

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Shielding a Flickering Flame

Chris Hedges TruthDig.com http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/shielding_a_flickering_flame_20131124 With the folly of the human race—and perhaps its unconscious lust for self-annihilation—on display at the U.N. Climate Talks in Warsaw, it is easy to succumb to despair. The world’s elite, it is painfully clear, will do little to halt the accelerating destruction of the ecosystem...

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