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11 March 2014 @ 09:10 am
A big pile of crap.  
8 Reasons Young Americans Don't Fight Back: How the US Crushed Youth Resistance [Films for Action]
  1. Student-Loan Debt.
  2. Psychopathologizing and Medicating Noncompliance.
  3. Schools That Educate for Compliance and Not for Democracy.
  4. “No Child Left Behind” and “Race to the Top.”
  5. Shaming Young People Who Take Education—But Not Their Schooling—Seriously.
  6. The Normalization of Surveillance.
  7. Television.
  8. Fundamentalist Religion and Fundamentalist Consumerism.
The biggest thing, in my opinion, is that young Americans tend to believe the propaganda -- they believe the American system can work for them. This is touched on in the above (3, 7, 8), but not explicitly.

Oakland emails give another glimpse into the Google-Military-Surveillance Complex
Main item on the agenda that night: The “Domain Awareness Center” (DAC) — a federally funded project that, if built as planned, would link up real time audio and video feeds from thousands of sensors across the city — including CCTV cameras in public schools and public housing projects, as well as Oakland Police Department mobile license plate scanners — into one high-tech control hub, where analysts could pipe the data through face recognition software, surveil the city by location and enrich its intelligence with data coming in from local, state and federal government and law enforcement agencies.

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The anger wasn’t just the standard objection to surveillance — or at least it was, but it had been intensified by a set of documents, obtained through a public records request by privacy activists, that showed city officials were more interested in using DAC’s surveillance capabilities to monitor political protests rather than fighting crime. The evidence was abundant and overwhelming: in email after email, Oakland officials had discussed the DAC usefulness for keeping tabs on activists, monitoring non-violent political protests and minimize port disruption due to union/labor strikes.
Big problem with Iditarod: Plenty of mushers, sleds, but little snow [LA Times]

Mars One Way: Meet The People Who Want To Go To Mars And Never Come Back [Digg]

Global Warming Slows Antarctica's Coldest Currents [Scientific American] Incomplete study, but interesting.

Chipotle Warns It Might Stop Serving Guacamole If Climate Change Gets Worse [Think Progress] Maybe now we will get some action on climate change. Ha ha ha.

The FBI Announces Gangs Have Infiltrated Every Branch Of The Military [Business Insider]

Drought leaves dark cloud over California ranchers, growers [LA Times]

Teachers Offered Personal Loans to Buy School Supplies [Sociological Images]