"Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: ‘You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.’"

Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook (via uhhleeese)

I think what I love most about this quote is that it recalls so many voices of educators throughout my lifetime that have, in one way or another, told me exactly this message. I was always taught to think for myself and to think critically, that our system is broken, but that doesn’t mean that we, as individuals have to be. 

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motherjones:

Birth control is a lot more expensive than an aspirin between your legs. Click through to find out how much you’ll spend in a lifetime.

relevant.

motherjones:

Birth control is a lot more expensive than an aspirin between your legs. Click through to find out how much you’ll spend in a lifetime.

relevant.

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Robert Reich breaks down Citizens United and it’s effect on US politics and economy…and gives inspiration for change and helping promote people power. 

please do watch. 

Of the 32 states that receive more (in federal spending) than they contribute (in federal taxes) 27 of them (84%) are republican. 

Of the 32 states that receive more (in federal spending) than they contribute (in federal taxes) 27 of them (84%) are republican. 

"It’s really the best you can do in life, is learn. You can’t really do anything right. You can just learn."

Louie CK

I wholeheartedly agree with this.

(via eoporto)

yes. 

yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. 

(Source: reddit.com, via bailey)

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Violence escalates in Syria; Palestinians reconcile; Libyans battle on.

lifeisliterallylimited:

Syria: Violence against the protesters escalated this week with reports of widespread enforced disappearances on Sunday, followed by the deployment of tanks and heavy armour onto the streets of Deraa and other towns on Monday. By Tuesday rights groups had reported even more deaths and arrests as troops were sent in to put down protests in Deraa, Douma and Baniyas.

Palestinian movements: Fatah, the Palestinian political organisation, reached an agreement with its rival Hamas on forming an interim government and fixing a date for a general election… Israel did not respond positively.. Nabil Abu Rdaineh, a top Abbas aide, said the reconciliation did not concern Israel: “Netanyahu must choose between a just peace with the united Palestinian people … and settlements”

Libya:  fighting continued through the week as heavy shelling prevented ships from docking in Misurata to deliver humanitarian supplies and evacuate the wounded. By Thursday the rebels had managed to push Gaddafi’s forces from the sea port, but thebattle for control of Misurata’s airport continued.

Americas:

  • Guantanamo files’ reveal details of interrogations of “high-risk” detainees, but suggest many innocents were also rounded up.
  • US president calls media interest in birthplace debate a “sideshow” issue after White House releases “long-form” birth certificate.

(via abcsoupdot)

Disturbingly ordinary, S21 was a primary school turned prison camp during the Khmer Rouge take over of the mid-late 1970’s. The first trials against perpetrators are just now underway in a UN designated court.

Toul Sleng Genocide Museum

Disturbingly ordinary, S21 was a primary school turned prison camp during the Khmer Rouge take over of the mid-late 1970’s. The first trials against perpetrators are just now underway in a UN designated court.

Toul Sleng Genocide Museum

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RELEVANT

If you live in the US, or are curious about health care reform in the US, watch this video.

It gives a great overview to a lot of pretty complicated stuff that went down re: health care reform.

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The Brothers Koch: Rich, Political And Playing To Win

Jane Mayer, a staff writer at The New Yorker, profiles the brothers and their political connections in the Aug. 30 issue of the magazine. Her article “Covert Operations" describes how the brothers’ political interests "dovetail with [their] corporate interests."