- student: hey government can I have some money to go to university
- uk government: sure here you go. you'll have to pay it back but only when you're earning £21,000+ a year, and if you don't pay it off after 30 years we'll just write it off, don't worry about it man
- scottish government: nah man just go to uni we ain't gonna charge you
- us government: no. you gotta pay it yourself. upfront. your parents have to save up from the moment you're born. good luck, fucker.
Cambodia competes for its first Oscar this Sunday with director Rithy Panh’s “The Missing Picture.” With help from an unconventional set of actors, the film tells the story of the four years Panh spent in labor camps during the Khmer Rouge regime.
In his powerful and imaginative documentary, nominated for best foreign language film, Panh, the country’s best-known filmmaker, enlisted about 700 clay figurines to re-create scenes from this dark period of Cambodian history, 1975 to 1979.
He first embarked on a traditional documentary but ran into a problem: There weren’t enough images of what he wanted to explore, the people and places in that time. “Most of the images in Cambodia were destroyed by the Khmer Rouge,” said Panh, speaking Thursday by phone after arriving in Los Angeles.
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A great piece by my friend spencerchumbley at VICE News.
Toxic Waste in the Windy City
Last fall, black dust began to blow through residential neighborhoods on the southeast side of Chicago. Only it wasn’t really dust; it was a fine black residue that clung to everything it touched, including noses and throats. Residents eventually learned that it was an oil byproduct called petroleum coke — petcoke for short — and it was being stored in massive uncovered piles at facilities owned by the Koch brothers. VICE News’s Danny Gold traveled to Chicago to see what happens when clouds of toxic oil dust blow through the Windy City.
Because every day is a good day to listen to Hans Rosling talk numbers. In this short video, Rosling uses Lego bricks to explain population growth and the gaps in wealth and carbon footprint.
1. Define the problem and solution space.
2. Break the problem down.
3. Make the problem personal.
4. Seek the perspectives of outsiders.
5. Diverge before you converge.
6. Create “idea resumes.”
7. Create a plan to learn.
Every year, Reporters Without Borders ranks 180 countries in order of how well they safeguard press freedom. This year, the United States suffered a precipitous drop.
The latest Press Freedom Index ranked the U.S. 46th.
That puts us around the same place as UC Santa Barbara in the U.S. News and World Report college rankings. If we were on the PGA tour we’d be Jonas Blixt of Sweden.
If we were on American Idol we’d have been sent home already.
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It’s been more damaging than the right-wing denialism in terms of how much ground we’ve lost. Because it has steered us in directions that have yielded very poor results.
I think if we look at the track record of Kyoto, of the UN Clean Development Mechanism, the European Union’s emissions trading scheme – we now have close to a decade that we can measure these schemes against, and it’s disastrous.
Not only are emissions up, but you have no end of scams to point to, which gives fodder to the right. The right took on cap-and-trade by saying it’s going to bankrupt us, it’s handouts to corporations, and, by the way, it’s not going to work. And they were right on all counts. Not in the bankrupting part, but they were right that this was a massive corporate giveaway, and they were right that it wasn’t going to bring us anywhere near what scientists were saying we needed to do lower emissions.
So I think it’s a really important question why the green groups have been so unwilling to follow science to its logical conclusions.
Sober commentary from Naomi Klein.
Nine Steps from Idea to Story Finding, Structuring, Investigating, Writing and
Presenting Original Stories, by Luuk Sengers and Mark Lee Hunter.