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December 2013

Political Horizons: Technology led to political gridlock

BY MARK BALLARD The Advocate [email protected] December 27, 2013 One thing I love about Christmas is the release of all the new books. This year, perhaps because of the current dysfunction in politics, many of the recently released selections have a fatalist feel. “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided […]

An explosion in slow motion: How 2013 blew apart our notions of privacy

by David Meyer DEC. 19, 2013 – 12:42 AM PST gigacom The world of technology looks a whole lot different at the end of 2013 than it did at the start. Here’s to the year that changed everything by demonstrating the extent and power of state — and commercial — surveillance. 2013 was an extraordinary […]

Inequality for Dummies – NYTimes.com

By BILL KELLER Published: December 22, 2013 NYTimes Inequality is in. The president, you have probably heard, has declared income inequality to be “the defining challenge of our time.” (Except he didn’t quite, but we’ll get to that.) Politicians, pundits and activists on the left have seized on the president’s words, along with the rising […]

Why 2014 is a critical year for the politics of climate change

By Liz Gallagher rtcc.org Last updated on 23 December 2013, 10:59 am High level summits in New York and Lima expected to deliver roadmap towards global deal in 2015 2014 will be an intense year for the politics of climate change. The formal processes of the UNFCCC (UN climate body) will mosey on to plot […]

The campaign to fight action on climate change is backed by $1 billion a year in covert donations

MONDAY, DEC 23, 2013 10:51 AM EST LINDSAY ABRAMS Salon A secretive network of conservative billionaires is pouring money into the “climate change counter movement” Climate deniers may be a minority, but they’re organized — and they have a massive donor base backing them up. That’s the conclusion reached by a report published Friday in […]

CHART OF THE DAY: Here’s One Thing That’s Actually Getting Much Worse In America

SAM RO DEC. 24, 2013, 11:36 AM Business Insider 2013 was about slow but accelerating economic growth in America as consumers brushed off tax hikes, sequestration, a government shutdown, and broad fiscal brinksmanship. Home prices continued to rebound and spending rose as unemployment rates dropped and people borrowed more. In fact the consumer is so […]

The most unequal place in America

By John D. Sutter, CNN updated 5:42 PM EDT, Wed October 30, 2013 Editor’s note: John D. Sutter is a columnist for CNN Opinion and head of CNN’s Change the List project. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+. E-mail him at [email protected] Lake Providence, Louisiana (CNN) — Delores Gilmore used to have a dream. […]

Bubonic plague outbreak kills 32 in Madagascar

Associated Press in Antananarivo, Madagascar theguardian.com, Friday 20 December 2013 07.15 EST Eighty-four suspected cases of disease reported in five districts in past month Bubonic plague, which wiped out a third of Europe’s population in the Middle Ages, has reared its ugly head in the African island state of Madagascar where 32 people have died […]

Deconstructing PISA: Implications for Education Reform and Fighting Poverty

Elaine Weiss and Dr. Thomas W. Payzant Posted: 12/17/2013 11:04 pm Huffington Post Every three years, American policymakers eagerly anticipate the release of scores for the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). While any single test, no matter how strong, can explain only a limited amount about our education system, PISA provides some unique insights, […]

Rumors Of Privacy’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

By Fatemeh Khatibloo 12/19/2013 @ 1:06PM |Forbes As 2013 comes to a close, it’s clear to me that much of the rhetoric about privacy’s death was not only premature but downright wrong. Just in this past week, there have been several events that point to how very alive and critically important the topic of privacy […]