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The real reason employees have no loyalty to corporations.

World Cup 2018: The moral clarity of Pussy Riot’s protest.

Contrary to the title of Trump’s first book, The Art of the Deal, former NBC president explains how bad Donald Trump is at negotiating deals.

An artist has been accused of plagiarizing Japanese artists and using others’ work without credit.

Bitcoin is not a good way to get started with investing.

Study finds that Trump voters are driven by fear of losing status, not economic anxiety.

Lucky the translucent lobster may be one in a 100 million.

Here’s why no one should ever own an Amazon Echo or any other voice assistant product.

How movie stars conquered the “gig economy.”

The delights of parsing The Beatles’ most nonsensical song, “I am the Walrus.”

Celebration, Florida: Six bizarre realities of life in a town owned by Disney.

How for-profit prisons have become the biggest lobby no one is talking about.

The Brady Bunch house is for sale.

The Hitler family is alive and well—but they are determined to end the bloodline.

This woman had the perfect response when ICE agents boarded her bus.

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Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart, Katherine Johnson and other historic women are being made into Barbie dolls.

We are isolating ourselves online and it’s making us politically dumb.

How a democracy dies.

One man’s story about the time that his father fought the CIA’s secret war in Laos.

10 things to know about artist Suzanne Valadon.

The religious right isn’t doing much for religion.

A white mother went to Alabama to fight for civil rights. The Klan killed her for it.

Palestinians stand up to Israel. Will the world follow suit?

Botcheck.me is a browser plugin that predicts whether a Twitter user is a bot.

1984 quotes that are horrifyingly relevant today.

Why it’s time to cut ties with the digital oligarchs and rewire the web by ordinary people instead of corporations.

Why this brown woman is breaking up with the Democratic Party.

You can reuse old resistors as jewelry charms.

The Koch brothers are the cities’ new obstacles to building broadband.

Why the lost kingdom of Patagonia is a live issue for Chile’s Mapuche people.

A conservative estimate on how many animals have died for the sake of Damian Hirst’s art.

E.T. stars in an adorable new picture book and he’s never looked cuter.

What both sides are missing about Net Neutrality.

19 YouTube comments you’ll see on every music video.

10+ translation fails that will have you rolling on the floor laughing.

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Free Tutorials

While there are lots of great software out there (including both proprietary and open source), sadly there are a lack of manuals that can explain how to use the software that are written in a clear concise manner that doesn’t assume that you are already an expert. This article on Opensource.com has some tips on how to write a software manual that’s easy to follow for the end user which can easily be applied to other types of situations (like writing instructions on how to knit a sweater, for example).

A tool wrap, house slippers, and other things you can make from a pair of worn-out blue jeans.

Browse other free tutorials previously mentioned in this blog (along with pictures) right here.

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This has got to be the coolest use of 3D printed technology yet. Mat Collishaw and Sebastian Burton collaborated together to create a 3D printed zoetrope that does an animated reproduction of Peter Paul Reubens’ Baroque painting Massacre of the Innocents with very impressive results.

Here are some gorgeous Edwardian Era photographs of two girls that were actually shot in color between 1910-1914.

8 Ways Privatization Has Failed America

America’s elites are leaving it to die: TPP, Baltimore, Amtrak & the deteriorating fabric of a nation

Back in 2004 the spouse of an employee at the video game maker Electronic Arts wrote a blog post about what it’s like to be in a relationship with someone who works for a company that constantly demands its employees to work 12 hour days, six days a week. That post hit such a raw nerve with people that it quickly went viral for a while. Sadly it seems like not much has changed in the video game industry since that blog post first went live, according to this article titled The Horrible World Of Video Game Crunch.

As you may have heard, the federal government and the White House just can’t agree on a budget so the whole fiscal policy of the United States went into sequestration as of last Friday, March 1 with no end in sight (or at least in the near future). With the U,S. economy on the verge of following Greece, Spain, and Portugal into a total economic collapse, I think that it’s time for me to get around to posting some art I originally did late last year.

Back on December 19 the group Rebuild the Dream created this online event called Artstrike which invited artists to submit work that reflected on the themes of stopping further cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security and demand that the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes that the non-wealthy pay percentage-wise. The submitted art was posted on Tumblr.

I created these two pieces using ink and colored pencil. They were created quickly because I didn’t get word about Artstrike until just a few days before the submission deadline. But they express how I felt about the current political situation. The first piece, The Haves and the Have-Nots, show a wealthy Wall Streeter with his trophy wife (complete with blond hair, fake breasts, high heels, and a Tiffany shopping bag) nonchalantly walking past a veteran and senior citizen who are begging on the streets because of budget cuts.

The Haves and the Have-Nots

The second piece, Corporate Robbers, was done shortly after Hostess went out of business and revelations came out about how the top executives of that company raided employee pensions and gave themselves huge bonuses while they ran an 80-year-old company into the ground. I used photos of some of these executives in my piece.

Corporate Robbers

I tried to channel Thomas Nast on both these piece as much as possible. If I have had more time, I’m sure I could’ve made the art look better but, otherwise, I was basically pleased with what I did.

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Over the weekend I’ve gotten a few e-mails from various mailing lists that I’m on talking about a series of nationwide demonstrations to take place on Tax Day, Monday, April 18. This e-mail from Michael Moore urged people to take a stand against the outrageous actions that the corporations have been doing (such as getting away with payin little or no taxes even though they are multi-billion dollar corporations). I got a similar e-mail from MoveOn.org urging me to go to a demonstration that’s closest to my home as well as another one from U.S. Uncut.

Even though I’m currently preparing for an upcoming show on May 1, I decided to take some time off and go to the one that was meeting up in Lafayette Square (located near the White House). With my recent diagnosis of potential back problems and the orthopedic specialist telling me that I really need to exercise for 30-60 minutes at least 3 times a week, I figured that I have an incentive to kick-start my personal exercise program.

I’ll admit that I decided to go at almost the last minute and I expected the demonstration to be focused on corporations not paying taxes and the general issue of corporate personhood. I was kind of surprised when I arrived and I found that many of the demonstrators were focusing more on the environment and pollution by the corporations. I decided to stick around since I figured that things like last year’s BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is part of the same continuum that has been having an adverse impact on the United States since the second Bush Administration and the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruiling.

I didn’t know about this until later but this march was part of a weekend convention called Powershift 2011, which explains why I saw so many college-aged twentysomethings at this event.

I didn’t see anyone I recognized so I decided to just pull out my Flip camera and just start shooting. Someone gave me a free green colored hardhat so I was able to wear it and blend in with the crowd. I was also given a map and information about this protest march, which was helpful. I kept on shooting with my camera as the protestors marched to the nearby U.S. Chamber of Commerce and did a rally where the demonstrators used giant-sized puppets that were really impressive looking to see in person. Afterwards the demonstrators walked up H Street, N.W., tuned on New York Avenue, N.W., and walked to BP’s lobbying office.We did some more rallying there then walked back on New York Avenue, N.W. then turned on 13th Street, N.W. until we arrived at GenOn’s main offices. After doing another quick rally outside that building, we turned on F Street, N.W., made our way to 15th Street, N.W., then took New York Avenue, N.W. back to Lafayette Square.

After another brief rally where the giant puppets were displayed outside the White House, the protestors decided to march further down H Street., N.W. At this point I was tired and hungry so I decided to take a break at the Cosi on H Street. While I was waiting in line, I had a guy in front of me asking about my plastic green hardhat. I explained the protest march and he told me that he thought it was pretty cool. He was pretty nice about it.

I had brought my laptop with me so I was making some initial postings on Facebook and Twitter about this event while I was eating my lunch. I dawdled much longer than I expected so I had to figure out where everyone went.

I started to hear music from far away so I walked down 17th Street until I hit the Mall and I found a rave under the Washington Monument. There wasn’t as big a crowd at the rave as at the earlier march. I didn’t stick around long because I was exhausted and there was no place to sit other than the ground, which was totally saturated from last weekend’s violent storms. So I hiked over to the Federal Triangle Metro stop and headed hone.

I spent the bulk of last night editing the raw footage into something usable that I could upload on to YouTube. Since the local media like The Washington Post didn’t even mention this event despite the large turnout, you’ll have to see this video to see what happened since you won’t get it from the mainstream media. Without further ado, here’s the video.

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