Archive for November 2008

Human capital contracts

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What do you think about human capital contracts where investors pay the costs of college in return for a percentage of the students’ future income over a certain amount of time?

I don’t know if I could handle that idea of someone getting paid dividends by me.  But it IS intriguing.


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November 30, 2008 at 6:44 pm

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Exhibit Focuses on Propaganda Art

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Interesting Article on Art and China’s Revolution Exhibit in the WeeklyStandard.

Taken from the exhibit’s website: “Art and China’s Revolution reflects upon one of the most tumultuous and catastrophic periods in recent Chinese history⎯the three decades following the establishment of the Peoples Republic of China in 1949. During this time, the government led by Mao Zedong sought to modernize China across all aspects of society, a process that included suppressing or destroying much of traditional culture. The government also sought to create a new visual culture to communicate its goals and ideology to the Chinese people.

Artists were encouraged to create art that reflected the revolutionary spirit of the time, in Mao’s words, to create art for the people. The impact of this directive on artists and art making was enormous. Oil painting in a socialist realist style replaced ink paintingwhich had been one of the most revered art forms in China for over one thousand yearsas the preferred painting style. Revolutionary heroes, such as workers, soldiers, and peasants replaced traditional subjects such as landscapes, birds, and flowers.”

Artists who forsook Mao and continued to work in the tradition of ink paintings where persecuted and subjected to physical and mental torture. The exhibit also features their work as well as a collection of the more impersonal, mass-produced Mao memorabilia items such as tea pots, cigarette packs, and buttons.

Another interesting exhibit: Rethinking Cultural Revolution Culture – Picturing Power: Art and Propaganda in the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966-1976)

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November 30, 2008 at 3:00 am

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“The Shopocalypse is Coming…Who Will be Saved?”

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Heard of the documentary  What Would Jesus Buy released this past year?

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November 29, 2008 at 6:44 pm

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Black Friday

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I felt sick and sad reading this.  It’s an article from the NY Times about the death of a Wal-Mart employee.  He was trampled by crowds that broke down the door before the store opened Friday morning.  Sometimes I think the cliche advice “act natural” is the worst thing we can do.  Sometimes what comes most natural is for us to act like beasts, rather than men and women.

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November 29, 2008 at 3:49 pm

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Venezuelan Election Results and Commentary

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Written by annnee

November 29, 2008 at 2:16 am

Georgian Diplomat’s Controversial Testiomony on War

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From Democracy Now’s Nov 26th headlines:

A former Georgian diplomat has publicly testified that the United States gave Georgia the green light earlier this year to start a war against Russia in the breakaway region of Abkhazia. The diplomat [Erosi Kitsmarishvili] told a parliamentary hearing in Georgia that Georgian authorities were responsible for starting the conflict. For months U.S. and Georgian officials have blamed Russia for starting the hostilities.

Bellow is video of Russia Today’s report on Kitsmarishvili’s testimony.

For more information see AP report by Matt Siegel.

Written by Aaron Nee

November 28, 2008 at 3:46 am

Thanksgiving Without the History, please?

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There is much mud and glory in the history of any nation, but when it comes to the history of Thanksgiving in America it is pretty muddy.  Mark Athony Rolo writes an article in The Progressive that is rarely told on Thanksgiving, but one that we should remember.  In our rememberance, we should start to consider how we can better redeem this holiday in light of the history.

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November 27, 2008 at 5:00 am

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