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Geekouts Links Late May 2014

by geekout Friday, May. 23, 2014 at 5:30 AM

Latest few months worth of links.

It's been a few months, but it's time to make massive blogs about stuff worth reading.

Using Charter Schools to Destroy Traditional Public Schools in Chicago

A mayor who wanted to privatize his school system would realize it couldn't be done in one swoop. There'd be too much opposition from parents and union teachers. A better plan would be to add charters slowly, and let them nibble off students from the traditional schools. Many of the regular schools would wither away, until closing them seemed only prudent.

The creeping transition to a charter school system has been going on for more than a decade now in Chicago. It's happening despite a lack of evidence that charters generally improve education.

Fake “Feminists” of Femen Participated in the Odessa Massacre

More about Femen - and if you had any doubts about their dubious politics, now you'll know they're on the fascist side.

Bike Talk Podcast

What Cesar Chavez Missed

David Bacon critiques the film. Many have criticized it, but this one is the broadest I've read so far, and it gives you a good idea of what compromises were made to create the film.

28 Million Diabetics Need to Wake the Fuck Up

A great read, but as always with vegan sermons, take with a grain of salt.

When heroin use hit the suburbs, everything changed

Note that this isn't just a suburban problem, since the suburbs are moving into the city. But the point is that racism in drug enforcement become racism in drug treatment; white addiction is treated as a health problem, while black and brown addiction are criminalized. Yellow addiction is almost entirely ignored - as it is by this story.

Throwing Muses

If you remember this band, they are putting up some free songs on the internet. If you miss the 90s, 4AD, and that whole low-fi alternative sound...

Why the Modern World Is Way More Sexist Than We Realize

What was messed up was that I paid more attention because men were talking.

Fred Ho has passed on.

John Johnson has passed on.

Save the World, Work Less

In Crowded Households, Stress is a Killer

It also affects overall wellbeing.

The Landlord's Game

A predecessor to Monopoly.

Wall Street's Predatory Equity Rental Scheme

Insight into how the large scale rental market works, even with rent control.

Basic Income talking heads video

Acronym TV, a Youtube video show.

The Economic Truth About the ‘Model Minority’

As a recent report by the Center for American Progress lays out, the “model minority” view masks real economic pain and hardship for large parts of the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community.

Of more than 14 different AAPI ethnic groups included in the study, all but three had poverty rates nearly equal to or higher than whites. Only three of the ethnic groups had per capita incomes higher than whites, underscoring that while AAPI individuals on average may earn more, these earnings have to spread over larger families who are in need.

Two articles about German rentals

Why do Germans rent way more than owning houses?Most Germans don’t buy their homes, they rent. Here’s whyIn World's Best-Run Economy, House Prices Keep Falling -- Because That's What House Prices Are Supposed To Do

Tales from a Former Undercover Narc

Reveals how screwed up the war on drugs is.

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