Archive for May, 2012

May 31, 2012

Bill Maher Criticizes Mitt Romney’s Charitable Donations To Mormon Church (VIDEO) http://ping.fm/Y1ebF

May 30, 2012

John Minto

Published in NZ Herald – 30 May 2012

Education Minister Hekia Parata’s comment that she was once in a class of 43 students will resonate with older New Zealanders. Large classes were the norm in the 1950’s and 60’s and I have a class photo showing 57 alongside me at primary school in South Dunedin.

Today class sizes are closer to 30 than 50 and many will think the Minister’s proposals to use an increase in class size as a way to fund improving the quality of teachers is no bad thing.

But classrooms have changed dramatically in the intervening generations. In the past most teaching was done as “chalk and talk” from the front of the room and kids assessed with exams twice a year. But teachers today are expected to see their students as individuals with individual needs, learning styles and challenges and adapt their teaching accordingly. They…

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May 30, 2012

Christine Lagarde, scourge of tax evaders, pays no tax | Business | guardian.co.uk http://ping.fm/hQVYe

May 28, 2012

Kasama

Banned Thought has gathered an archive of the Maoist international journal A World To Win (that appeared from 1985-2006).

There are a number of substantive articles there with lasting value. Kasama will be publishing some of them over a period of time — to make them available more widely and to stimulate discussion over key political controversies.

As always, posting pieces here does not necessarily imply  agreement with their arguments and verdicts.

This essay was first published in 1999.

By F.G.

I. AN OVERVIEW OF THIS ARTICLE

OUR STAND

In April 1975, two weeks before the fall of Saigon in Vietnam, an army of ragged, thin and very young peasant men and women defeated the US-backed government in neighbouring Cambodia. In January 1979, some 44 months later, this new regime was swept from power and scattered by invading Vietnamese soldiers.

The briefness of this period is part of what…

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May 28, 2012

unitenews

Protests erupted during John Key’s post-Budget address.

By Matt McCarten

By cleverly calling it the “zero” Budget, Finance Minister Bill English wanted quiet yawning acceptance from us. He succeeded.

He got great back-up on Friday morning television from Prime Minister John Key, whose smooth delivery about the Government being prudent and careful with the nation’s accounts in these unpredictable times – just like “mums and dads” are doing with their household budgets – was masterful. You could almost see the heads nodding sagely in the nation’s kitchens.

Labour’s David Shearer saying the Budget didn’t address challenges we face, such as support for exporters, would have gone over the heads of most viewers and his demand that Key should support raising the retirement age wouldn’t endear him to even his own supporters.

Other party leaders were left sidelined, muttering that it hurt poor New Zealanders and had no job growth plan.

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May 24, 2012

TechCrunch

Late last year, Yahoo filed for a trademark on the phrase “Yahoo Axis.” The filing raised more questions than answers at the time, but after six months Yahoo has finally spilled the proverbial beans — Axis is both a new search-oriented add-on for your web browser, and a new browser app for iOS.

Before I talk about what it’s like to actually use Axis, let’s first discuss why the hell they’re doing this in the first place. TechCrunch spoke to Yahoo’s Director of Product Management Ethan Batraski, and he told us his his job has been to figure out what search looks like over the next few years. Yahoo Axis was one of his answers.

“No one’s innovated on ‘How do I get rid of the search results page altogether'”, Batraski said. “That is what we want to do.”

That’s exactly what they did. Once you download, install, and log…

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May 24, 2012

May 24, 2012

Gigaom

A number of German Internet users have received letters from a local law office in recent weeks, threatening them with copyright infringement lawsuits for allegedly distributing the science fiction movie Iron Sky via file sharing networks. There was only one way not to get sued, the letter informed them: Sign a cease-and-desist notice and pay € 800 (about $1012).

These kinds of costly cease-and-desist campaings against file sharers aren’t uncommon in Germany; hundreds of thousands of Internet users have been targeted by music labels, porn studios and others with similar demands in recent years, netting rights holders millions. Unusual about this case is that Iron Sky is a crowdsourced and crowd-financed movie, produced by people who made names for themselves with Creative Commons-licensed content that could be freely downloaded and reshared.

Iron Sky is a science fiction comedy, depicting a world in which the Nazis fled to the moon at…

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May 24, 2012

Beyond Highbrow - Robert Lindsay

Conquistador writes:

New York was like any other major city destroyed by diversity. Blacks and to a lesser extent Hispanics were becoming the dominant force in the city enabled by all the liberal bigwigs in the Democratic machine who embraced the Kumbayaa leftist rainbow dogma. NYC even elected a black mayor (not a widely known fact).

However crime was astronomical, bums littered the streets, prostitutes and sex shops dominated downtown. Watch films depicting NY from the 1970′s to early 1990′s. It was a hell hole.

Things were so bad that finally a tough on crime, no nonsense, anti-welfare, mayor was elected. The guy was accused of being a tyrant by minority groups but he made the streets safe, he was accused of hating the poor but he enabled the first waves of gentrification, he was accused of being a prude but he made NYC tourist friendly again. Rudy saved NYC…

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May 24, 2012

NORTHLAND NEW ZEALAND CHEMTRAILS WATCH

This is an Infowars.com interview with Charlotte Thompson Iserbyt served as the head of policy at the Department of Education during the first administration of US President, Ronald Reagan. While working there she discovered a long term strategic plan by the tax exempt foundations to transform America from a nation of rugged individualists and problem solvers to a country of servile, brainwashed minions who simply regurgitate whatever they are told.

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