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Disgruntled French workers threaten to set fire to factory

A group of workers in the northeastern French town Beine-Nauroy have threatened to set fire to the factory where they were employed, unhappy with the severance package they received after the automotive supplier they worked for went under. A group of 58 workers have occupied the now defunct factory Bosal-le-Rapide demanding that the parent company, Bosal, pay them 40,000 euros ($54,944) each in addition to the 8,000 euro ($10,988) severance package they have already been offered.

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Noam Chomsky: Ecology, Ethics, Anarchism

Anarchist Opinion

There can be little doubt about the centrality and severity of the environmental crisis in the present day. Driven by the mindless "grow-or-die" imperative of capitalism, humanity's destruction of the biosphere has reached and even surpassed various critical thresholds, whether in terms of carbon emissions, biodiversity loss, ocean acidification, freshwater depletion, or chemical pollution. Extreme weather events can be seen pummeling the globe, from the Philippines - devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in November of last year - to California, which is presently suffering from the worst drought in centuries. As Nafeez Ahmed has shown, a recently published study funded in part by NASA warns of impending civilizational collapse without radical changes to address social inequality and overconsumption.

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Chomsky Envisions Vegetarian Future

Health

Noam Chomsky, the renowned socialist intellectual, believes that human society will eventually transition to vegetarianism due to concern for animals. Chomsky’s academic influence is hard to overstate. According to the Chicago Tribune, in 1993 he was “the most often cited living author. Among intellectual luminaries of all eras, Chomsky placed eighth, just behind Plato and Sigmund Freud.”

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The New Face of the Radical Right? Enter the National Anarchists

Anti-Racist Action

In 2009, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Political Research Associates agreed that Anarchist Nationalism “could become the new face of the radical right” in the USA. Attempting to mix subcultural anarchist mores with a cross-cutting class analysis that hinges on racial separatism and ancestral traditions, such as tribalism, Anarchist Nationalism demonstrate a worrying tendency of reactionaries to co-opt radical language in attempts to gain control over large popular fronts.

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Noam Chomsky: Nuclear Weapons Won’t Keep Us Safe

Anarchist Opinion

It's hard to contest the conclusion of the last commander of the Strategic Air Command, Gen. Lee Butler, that humanity has so far survived the nuclear age 'by some combination of skill, luck and divine intervention, and I suspect the latter in greatest proportion.'

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Ukrainian, Swedish and Polish syndicalists held a conference in Kyiv

Anarchist Movement

An international conference “Class struggle and opposition the right-wing radicalism” was held in Kyiv on 12-13 April. The event, which was organized by the Kyiv branch of the Autonomous Workers’ Union, was attended by the secretary general and a representative of the international department of the Central Organisation of Workers of Sweden (SAC), as well as representatives of the National Commission of the Polish syndicate “Working Initiative” (Inicjatywa Pracownicza).

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Britain: Who’s Stealing From Who?

Anarchist Opinion

BBC Points West tonight ran with a story tonight on the growing number of cases of shoplifting in the south west. They tried to paint a scare story by revealing ‘shocking’ figures about the rise of shoplifting in the region. Footage of several young boys, one as young as eight, being threatened by the Police and security staff were shown to try and display the ‘moral depravity’ of stealing from businesses.

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The People's Platform review – an 'invaluable primer' for understanding the networked world

Lib Tech

For the first 20 years of the evolution of the internet — from the start of the "internetworking" project in 1973 to the launch of the first major web browser in 1993 – cyberspace (the virtual world behind the screen, as William Gibson put it) and "meatspace" (John Perry Barlow's term for the material world) were, effectively, parallel universes. Cyberspace was the preserve of a privileged elite – the computer scientists, engineers and graduate students who collaboratively designed and had access to it. And the inhabitants of meatspace were, for the most part, blissfully unaware of its existence.

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Fast Food CEOs Make 1,000 Times More Than Their Typical Workers

Capitalism

David Novak, the CEO of YUM! Brands, which owns Taco Bell and KFC, took home more than $22 million last year after exercising stock options, according to proxy statements. The average full-time fast-food worker, by comparison, would have made about $19,000 on the year.

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Meaningful Activities Protect the Brain From Depression

Mental Health

A new study of adolescents found that those who derive joy from selfless deeds were less likely to be depressed over time.

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Five Things to Know About How Corporations Block Access to Everything From Miracle Drugs to Science Research

Capitalism

Should a company be able to patent a breast cancer gene? What about a species of soybean? How about a tool for basic scientific research? Or even a patent for acquiring patents (see: Halliburton)? Intellectual property rights are supposed to help inventors bring good things to life, but there’s increasing concern that they may be keeping us from getting the things we need.

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How Humans Evolved to Cope with City Crowds

Science

For over a hundred thousand years, humans evolved in small, roving bands of a few dozen people. But then, about ten thousand years ago, we started living in cities that were far bigger than any tribe or band. Our minds had to change to cope with the population overload.

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Dark Matter May Play Role in Extinctions

Science

The path our Solar System takes through the Galaxy may get bumpy at times, and this could affect the number of comets buzzing around Earth. Scientists have uncovered possible evidence of this galactic bumpiness in an apparent periodic fluctuation in the rate of large crater-forming impacts—the kind that likely killed off the dinosaurs. The frequency of impact fluctuations closely matches the rate at which the Sun passes through the plane of the galactic disk. However, it hasn’t been clear what element in the disk could be influencing comet trajectories. Two theoretical physicists have put forward a hypothesis that inserts dark matter as the missing piece between Solar System motion and possibly life-threatening comet impacts. In a paper published in Physical Review Letters [1], Lisa Randall and Matthew Reece from Harvard University suggest that some of the mysterious invisible matter, which makes up 85% of all matter in the Universe, could exist in a thin disk that disturbs the path of certain comets so that they are more likely to collide with our planet.

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BP: Four Years On, No Restoration in Sight

Capitalism

Joe Yerkes is a Florida fisherman who joined BP's Vessels of Opportunity (VOO) oil cleanup program because he was put out of work by BP's 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. Following the 2010 explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, which killed 11, a sea-floor oil gusher flowed for 87 days until it was capped nearly three months later.

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Ian MacKaye on Minor Threat, Fugazi and the power of Punk Rock

Culture

Today is Ian MacKaye's birthday. Best known as the frontman of Minor Threat and Fugazi and as the co-founder of Washington DC's influential Dischord record label, the 52-year-old musician has an iconic reputation within the punk rock world, his name a by-word for uncompromised integrity, independent thought and principled self-determination.

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Cop elbowed in eye by Occupy protester repeatedly mentioned wrong eye in testimony

Occupy Wall Street

A cop who was elbowed in the eye by an Occupy Wall Street activist in 2012 repeatedly cited the wrong eye when testifying in front of a Manhattan grand jury, it was revealed Friday. On cross-examination, defense attorney Martin Stolar read from minutes that revealed the cop, Grantley Bovell, previously said multiple times under oath that the wrong eye was injured. Bovell could not answer why he spoke about an injury to his right eye, rather than his left.

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Boat Squatters Face Eviction: Gentrification Spills into the Water

Housing

One learns to boat squat by randomly running into a person who happened to be boat squatting who was kind enough to let me stay on his boat for about 6 months until I got my own boat. So basically we would just go from dock to public dock to public dock, or guest docks and city marinas. We’d stay there for a week or two then move to the next dock, going back and forth, developing relationships with the people there.

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Support Oklahoma

We are collecting information about how people can support independent relief efforts supporting the people in Oklahoma affected by the May 20, 2013 tornado.

*OpOK Relief
*Rainbow Rapid Response Disaster Relief for Oklahoma
*Food Not Bombs - Norman, OK
*Occupy Disaster Relief
*Mutual Aid Official Contacts
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*Occupy Norman
*Central Oklahoma Black/Red Alliance (COBRA)

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