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Philosophy of Mathematics: Three half-hour introductory discussions for laypeeps.

Three Documentaries on Gregor Mendel

Actually, two documentaries and one hour-long drama about his life. Who knew someone made a narrative film about Mendel?

The thing is, if you cross either of the documentaries with the narrative film, you'll get a generation of all narrative films. Let them self-hybridize, and you'll get a 3:1 ration of narrative to documentary films. One of the films is wrinkled, too, but I can never remember which.

Rick Steves' The Story of Fascism

A crisis of the imagination | Aaron Meets Rutger Bregman

The World Today With Tariq Ali - Adolph Reed, Jr on Black Politics in the USA (Dec 2018)

Reed's one of the sharpest people out there. Completely allergic to bullshit.

More good stuff here--from 2016:

Read this, from June 2018: "Antiracism: a neoliberal alternative to a left." Brilliant.

Venezuela and Socialism - mailbag with Paul Jay

Extremely intelligent commentary on this idiotic meme that will unfortunately only be seen by maybe ten thousand people, at most. Sad.

FAIR: Bloomberg’s Armsmaker-Funded Columnist Wants You to Know: Military Spending Is Woke

If you're shocked, you're, well, a fool. Sorry, but you're being lied to and spun literally all the time by people who think you're a fucking easily-led fool. Don't prove them right. Do your homework. Check your sources.

You: "Nah. I'd rather shop online."

A taste:

One passage in particular displays a rather goofy notion of what “progressive” means (emphasis added): "The progressive critique misses the fact that military spending already serves progressive ends. Yes, defense spending benefits the executives who run major defense contractors, just as infrastructure spending benefits the executives of companies that build highways and airports and schools. But the Pentagon budget also serves as a huge jobs program and source of economic security for the middle class. This includes the roughly 2 million people who serve either on active duty or in the reserves and 730,000 civilian employees. The vast majority of them qualify as middle class and enjoy pr…

Billions From Deutsche Bank: Despite Trump’s Bankruptcies, Defaults, and Financial Malfeasance

Murtaza Hussain, New Zealand Suspect’s Actions Are Logical Conclusion of Calling Immigrants “Invaders”

The beginning:

BRENTON TARRANT, WHO stands accused of killing 50 adults and children at two mosques in New Zealand last week, wants us to know what inspired his actions. Before livestreaming his massacre of Muslim worshipers, he composed a lengthy document that proudly advocates the murder of innocent people in the name of racial purity. The manifesto is predictably disturbing. It is the work of a nihilist who sees a world so bleak and hopeless that it could be improved through acts of mass murder. There is one word in the 74-page document, however, that stood out to me: “invader.” Tarrant’s words are both lucid and chillingly familiar. His references to immigrants as invaders find echoes in the language used by the president of the United States and far-right leaders across Europe. And that is why it would be a mistake to dismiss them as the incoherent ravings of a madman. His manifesto is difficult to read. I felt compelled to analyze his words at length, however, because as a nonwhite…

Inside The Sunrise Movement: How Climate Activists Put The Green New Deal On The Map (NBC News)

Here are the real Adults in the Room: the kids.

Jair Bolsonaro’s Close Family Ties to Paramilitary Gangs Draw Scrutiny Ahead of White House Visit

Greenwald wrote this in the I'm sure vain hope that his mostly vain and mostly ignorant fellow journalists would cover this asshole with the proper context.

All of this mounting evidence — most of which has been unearthed just in the 10 weeks since Bolsonaro’s January 1 inauguration — paints a deeply disturbing and dangerous picture. Brazil — the world’s fifth-largest country, with massive oil reserves and the world’s most critical environmental region in the Amazon that the current government wants to sell off to the highest industrial bidders — is in the hands of a family with multiple, close, and growing connections to the country’s most murderous, criminal, and sociopathic death squads and paramilitary forces. As Bolsonaro meets Trump at the White House tomorrow, that meeting should be understood first and foremost within this context. Bolsonaro has quickly elevated himself to the top echelon of the world’s most thuggish, violent, and dangerous leaders. And given the stakes rais…

The Attack on Ilhan Omar and Pelosi’s Unconditional Support for Israel

Bygone Days: A Documentary on Early-Twentieth-Century Life in Rural Ireland

Happy St. Patty's Day!

Dig it below:

Best of Old Hollywood Drinking Stories & Buddies (O'Toole, Harris, Caine...)

In honor of St. Patty's Day!

Anand Giridharadas: College Bribery Scandal Highlights How America is Rigged for Wealthy & Powerful

A taste:

ANANDGIRIDHARADAS:Yes. So, there are two things here your viewers really need to understand, because this is why this matters to all of us. First of all, at a more general level, this case is not a one-off, in the fact that the mechanism by which rich people were exerting wealth, influence and rigging things was charity. If you look at the Koch brothers, many others, the mechanism by which a lot of this stuff is done, and the kind of conquest of power is done, is through charity and philanthropy. So it’s very notable, but also very telling, rather than exceptional, that the mechanism here was charity.
But to your tax deduction point, which is so important, there’s several layers of the tax deduction. First of all, the rich people donated to this fake charity— AMYGOODMAN: Key Worldwide Foundation. ANANDGIRIDHARADAS: —to feed the bribe. That would eventually be reinvented as a bribe. So, that’s tax reduction number one. Now you’ve donated to this fake charity. You can—let’s say you …