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Why Darren Wilson wasn't charged for killing Michael Brown

by JBB last modified Nov 25, 2014 08:53 AM
By Jenee Desmond-Harris and Dara Lind | Source: Vox | Wilson was a police officer. And the law is relatively easy on police officers who kill people in the line of duty.

The link address is: http://www.vox.com/2014/11/24/7175967/darren-wilson-charges-michael-brown-ferguson

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“Burn This Shit Down”: Mayhem and Protests Engulf Ferguson

by JBB last modified Nov 25, 2014 08:49 AM
by Juan Thompson | The Intercept | Tonight, utter chaos unfolded in Ferguson, Mo. after St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced that charges would not be filed against officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

The link address is: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/11/25/ferguson-mayhem/

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Has the End Finally Come for Iraq’s Christians?

by JBB last modified Nov 24, 2014 11:08 AM
After 2,000 years, a Community Will Try Anything – including Pretending to Convert to Islam – to Avoid Losing Everything | by Patrick Cockburn | CounterPunch

The link address is: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/24/has-the-end-finally-come-for-iraqs-christians/

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WTF? Canada votes against UN resolution condemning glorification of Nazism!

by JBB last modified Nov 24, 2014 11:04 AM
David J. Climenhaga | Rabble.ca | Canadians deserve to know: Is the government of Canada against the glorification of Nazism, or not?

The link address is: http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/djclimenhaga/2014/11/wtf-canada-votes-against-un-resolution-condemning-glorification-

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Climate Crisis, the Deindustrialization Imperative and the Jobs vs. Environment Dilemma

by JBB last modified Nov 24, 2014 10:59 AM
by Richard Smith | Truthout

The link address is: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/27226

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Left Strategies for the 21st Century

by JBB last modified Nov 24, 2014 10:56 AM
Learning from the failures of Communism and Social Democracy (video) | Leo Panitch was invited by the Slovenian Inštitut za delavske študije (Institute for Labour Studies) to give a lecture on left strategies.

The link address is: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls240.php

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The Spectre of Social Counter-Revolution

by JBB last modified Nov 24, 2014 10:54 AM
by Prabhat Patnaik | MR Zine | The capitalism developing in societies like India not only does not destroy the old social structure and thereby obliterate caste consciousness and caste contradictions, but it actually has a tendency to strengthen them to the detriment of the socially oppressed. And with the advent of neo-liberalism which unleashes once again the "spontaneous tendencies" of capitalism the social counter-revolution gathers momentum.

The link address is: http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2014/patnaik211114.html

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Finance and the jelly bean problem | Tim Harford

by Graham H. Cox last modified Nov 22, 2014 11:16 AM
"The issue here is what we might call the “jelly bean problem”, after a cartoon by nerd hero Randall Munroe. The cartoon shows scientists testing whether jelly beans cause acne, applying a commonly used statistical test. The test is to assume that jelly beans don’t cause acne, then rethink that assumption if the observed correlation between jelly beans and acne has less than a 5 per cent probability of occurring by chance. The scientists test purple, brown, pink, blue, teal, salmon, red, turquoise, magenta, yellow, grey, tan, cyan, green, mauve, beige, lilac, black, peach and orange jelly beans. It turns out that the green ones are correlated with acne! This is, of course, no way to perform a statistical analysis. If 20 statistical patterns are analysed and there’s no genuine causal relationship in any of them, we’d still expect one of them to look strikingly correlated. (How strikingly? Well, about 19-1 against.)"

The link address is: http://timharford.com/2014/11/finance-and-the-jelly-bean-problem/

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