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The Future of Working from Home

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 24/05/2022 - 2:00am in


interview, work

Source image: Valery Medvedev / Design: DF/Public Seminar. The stubborn persistence of remote work will increasingly be on the...

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Towards Constructive Politics

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 23/05/2022 - 10:00pm in

It just isn’t true that the only problem that confronts people who are trying to learn the truth about their social system is that they haven’t talked to enough people who have less money than them, or a more marginalized racial or gender identity. That’s among the problems, but the problem is much deeper and has many more dimensions....

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When Disasters Are Good For Museums

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 18/05/2022 - 4:00am in


history, interview

Photo credit: Wellcome Collection / Creative Commons Samuel J. Redman is an Associate Professor of History and Director of the...

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Nation’s Real Estate Agents Tell Tenants To Hand Over Their Super Or Else

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 17/05/2022 - 8:19am in

The Australian Real-estate Sales Executive (Arse) has spoken out in favour of Prime Minister (for now) Scott Morrison’s plan to allow people to use their superannuation to buy houses.

”What a great a way to help our members gain more commissions,” said a Spokesperson for ARSE. ”The last couple of years have been great for our industry but you know, some of our Sydney agents are doing it tough.”

”I heard of one poor agent who was only able to afford a normal toilet in their house renovation instead of a gold plated one, can you imagine?”

When asked what measures they felt the Government could take to fix the housing affordability affordability problem, the ARSE said: ”What problem, houses are very affordable, heck I’ve got five.”

”But, you know maybe the Government does need to do more. Like allowing people to sell their organs to raise money for a deposit.”

”That would be a win win, as young people would get a house and our treasured boomers would have a ready supply of kidneys and livers should they need it.”

Mark Williamson


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Singing America’s Racial History

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 07/05/2022 - 4:41am in

Image credit: Kinney Tobacco Company/Wikimedia Commons. May 7, 2022, is the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby, nicknamed “The Greatest Two...

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Fire from the Mountain: In Search of Omar Cabezas

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/05/2022 - 2:40am in

When I was in college in Dayton, Ohio in the late 1980s, radical students such as myself became quickly acquainted with the book Fire from the Mountain by Omar Cabezas. This book was in fact a bible of sorts for young people excited about the story of rag-tag guerillas in Central America fighting at impossible odds against U.S.-backed dictatorships and death squads. In the case of Nicaragua, the Sandinista guerillas actually triumphed in 1979, ousting the infamous dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza – a regime the U.S. Marines had helped install by force in 1934. David had slain Goliath, and Omar Cabezas, a leading Sandinista fighter, told the exhilarating story in a manner that was entertaining, relatable, and often humorous.

By the time I came across Fire from the Mountain, first published in 1982, the Sandinistas were fighting again – this time against Somoza’s former National Guardsmen, whom the CIA had organized into a counter-revolutionary terrorist group known as the Contras. Meanwhile, guerillas in both El Salvador and Guatemala were facing off with brutal death squads that the U.S. was backing to keep those countries’ right-wing dictatorships in place. Cabezas’s book was just as relevant as the day it was written, and my friends and I loved it. Bored with college and my buttoned-up life, I dreamed of being a guerilla like Omar Cabezas.

While I never really pursued this dream, I did take a month off from college in 1987 to go to Ocotal, Nicaragua to do reforestation work with the Nicaragua Network. That experience was enough to get me hooked on the high of revolution and in particular the Sandinista Revolution. I was not alone. Thousands of North Americans and Europeans flocked to Nicaragua in the 1980s to support the Revolution against Reagan’s brutal Contra War, and to live vicariously through the Nicaraguans who were living a romantic life of struggle we could only dream of.

But with the change of decades from the 1980s to the 1990s, many of those whose lives were changed by their experiences in Nicaragua quickly forgot what they had learned. By 1990, the guerillas in El Salvador and Guatemala, weary from years of struggle, put down their arms in exchange for peace accords that brought little change to these terribly inequitable societies. In Nicaragua, voters were coerced by the U.S. government’s explicit threats of more war and economic sanctions into reluctantly voting the Sandinistas out of office.

And then, the unthinkable happened. The Soviet Union, without a shot being fired, fell. On Christmas day, l991, the crimson flag with the golden hammer and sickle was brought down from the Kremlin for the last time, never to be raised again. The age of Revolution was over, or so many of us thought.

Meanwhile, my cohort graduated from college, and, for the most part, went about our humdrum lives working for the man, raising families, and forgetting about the glories of armed insurrection. Thousands of copies of Fire from the Mountain were put away, gathering dust on bookshelves or ending up in the bargain section of used bookstores.

Having been raised a devout Roman Catholic, I am hard-wired to be a true believer. For me, therefore, it was not easy to put away my loyalty to Nicaragua and the Sandinistas. I continued to travel to Nicaragua and hope for a Sandinista return. And – after 16 long years in which one corrupt, neo-liberal government after another took office in Nicaragua, bleeding the country by a thousand cuts – the Sandinistas, and their leader Daniel Ortega were voted back into office. The Revolution had risen again!

omar cabezas

Omar Cabezas, pictured right, is shown in an FSLN uniform circa the 1980s

However, by this time, many in the U.S. didn’t care anymore. To the extent people still paid any attention at all to Nicaragua, they simply couldn’t get excited about the boring things to which the Sandinistas — now down from the mountains without the fatigues and AK-47s that had made our collective hearts pound — now turned their attention. Instead of fighting dictators or counterrevolutionaries, the Sandinistas just built roads and hospitals and bridges; electrified a country left half in the dark by their predecessors; reinstated the free education and health care they had instituted in the 1980s but the neo-liberal governments had destroyed. In other words, they just made the lives of average Nicaraguans much better, and much happier. Yawn.

To the extent Nicaraguans are now interviewed, even on programs like DemocracyNow!, they are always people critical of the Sandinista government. Many times, they are disgruntled Sandinistas, like Dora Maria Telles, who now make a career bad-mouthing their former comrades like Daniel Ortega.

For years, I wondered about Omar Cabezas, the Sandinista guerilla who turned us on to the dream of revolution in the first place. Where was he now? Did he still support the Sandinistas and Daniel? Why aren’t the media talking to people like him?

Upon every trip to Nicaragua, I inquired about Cabezas and asked whether I could meet him. For whatever reason, no one was able to help me. Then, in the fall of 2021, my query finally received a positive response. While at a late dinner with some comrades, I again inquired about Omar Cabezas, fully expecting a non-committal answer at best. But no. Quickly, a young Nicaraguan named Sergio spoke up and said that he knows Cabezas and that he could arrange for me to meet him. The very next day, I was off in the bed of a pick-up truck (just like the ones we rode around in the Nicaragua of the 1980s) to see him with Ben Rubinstein and a small MintPress News video crew.

Daniel Kovalik teaches International Human Rights at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and is the author of “The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela: How the US is Orchestrating a Coup for Oil.”

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The Promise and Perils of Life in Outer Space

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 20/04/2022 - 7:03am in


interview, nasa

I got really obsessed with these paintings from a NASA project that was about designing giant, free-floating, spinning cities to orbit Earth. I decided to take them seriously as real proposals that were in the lineage of architecture and urban design. What I found was that far from being this bizarre utopian future...

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Does Time Pass or, Do We Pass the Time?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 13/04/2022 - 10:00pm in



Lisa Hsiao Chen’s Activities of Daily Living examines the interconnections between work and life, loneliness and kinship, and the projects that occupy our time. Moving between present-day and 1980s New York City, with detours to Silicon Valley and the Venice Biennale, this is a vivid, and tender examination of the timeless issues faced by us all. ...

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Dismantling Truths About Emerging Adulthood

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 12/04/2022 - 10:00pm in

We need a really radical re-imagining of, not just how we think about young adulthood, but how we move through our lives and where we find value. I would want people to know that this myth of young adulthood is not your individual burden. Doing the best you can within that has a lot of value....

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AI Remains Unchecked: A Conversation With Patrick K. Lin

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 24/03/2022 - 5:00am in

The diversity of faces used to train an algorithm can influence the kinds of photos and faces that an algorithm is most adept at examining. If the set of face images is skewed towards a certain race, the algorithm may be better at identifying members of that group as compared to individuals of other groups....

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