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Ph.D program vs. Time-Life bookcaterina

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:09:44 PDT

…I attended a political theory Ph.D. program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Something happened there. One day I was reading a Time-Life book about the painter Goya. I forget who the king was at the time, but he was one of the few enlightened kings of Spain. In the capital, there was a […](image)


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TOI from this week (i.e. Things of Interest)caterina

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:57:25 PDT

• At the Near Future Summit, one of the most astonishing presentations was by Osman Kibar, the founder and CEO of Samumed, a biotech firm, valued at $12 Billion, which proposes to reverse aging, restore eyesight, fix Alzheimer’s…the list goes on. It boggled the mind. My kneejerk reaction is that if it sounds too good […](image)


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Anti-Psychiatry and Community Carecaterina

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 23:16:33 PST

One thing that visitors from other countries–-we see a lot of Finns in our house––notice is that there are a lot of homeless people on our streets here in San Francisco, and that many of them are clearly mentally ill. I was reading this article on Mute (whose tagline is the intriguing “WE GLADLY FEAST […](image)


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Tyranny does not begin with violencetrump-silicon-valley-meeting-getty-640x480caterina

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 21:01:10 PST

Tyranny does not begin with violence; it begins with the first gesture of collaboration. Its most enduring crime is drawing decent men and women into its siege of truth. –Evan Osnos, When Tyranny Takes Hold(image)


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Trump voters aren’t voting policy, they’re voting identitycaterina

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:03:31 PST

We’ve been reading so many words about who the Trump voter is and why they vote the way they do. So many explanations. But this is the first article that made sense to me, and it tells how people are voting more for who they “identify” with, who they feel represents them, and people like them […](image)


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Remember the Story of Guillermo Rodriguezcaterina18375364-mmmain

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 08:01:25 PST

On Aug. 19, 2015, shortly after midnight, the brothers Stephen and Scott Leader assaulted Guillermo Rodriguez. Rodriguez had been sleeping near a train station in Boston. The Leader brothers beat him with a metal pipe, breaking his nose and bruising his ribs, and called him a “wetback.” They urinated on him. “All these illegals need […](image)


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Ignorance ≠ KnowledgecaterinaPortrait Of Isaac Asimov

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 12:15:30 PST

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” – Isaac Asimov The […](image)


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Notes from Wendell Berry's Home Economicscaterina

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 08:25:09 PST

Wendell Berry is a great writer on community, the local, and how to organize a life. These  notes are from his collection of essays Home Economics. I also recommend What are people for?. To call the unknown by its right name, “mystery”, is to suggest that we had better respect the possibility of a larger, unseen […](image)


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Act Now, Electoral Collegecaterina

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 11:51:52 PST

Stopping demagogues and unqualified candidates is why the Electoral College was created. Time to reread The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton. Jon Zieger paraphrases and explains: The intention of the electoral college is to protect us from interference in our elections by foreign powers and from unqualified candidates who rise up quickly based on “little arts in […](image)


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