A Bumtown ChristmasSome friends of mine made this great Christmas special with their puppets. I highly recommend that you watch it in order to get into the holiday spirit.

A Bumtown Christmas

Some friends of mine made this great Christmas special with their puppets. I highly recommend that you watch it in order to get into the holiday spirit.

Pacelines for group riding

David Rakoff performing on stage at the most recent This American Life live event.

A fairly accurate explanation of what it’s like being a freelancer, that even wage earners can understand.



Ever wonder how to sell $100,000 worth of drugs in a week? We learned the secrets of the biggest drug dealer in NYC - a man who will deliver any substance you want, 24/7. He told us everything - from where he gets his drugs to how his crew operates. Come with us as we take a rare look into the dangerous life of a NYC drug delivery-man.

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What WikiLeaks Means for the News

In April 2010, WikiLeaks released a video showing U.S. soldiers killing Iraqi civilians and two Reuters journalists from a helicopter. In a fragmented news world, what significance did this have as a media event? 

Gabriella Coleman, Assistant Professor and Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University, discusses what WikiLeaks means in a contemporary news environment. 


This Will Not Appear on TED: Nick Hanauer on Income Inequality

Last week TED, the smarty conference series for the well-healed set, faced accusations of censorship when it came out that they were not going to publish Nick Hanauer’s recent talk on income inequality.

The reason given for its omission by Chris Anderson, TED’s curator, was twofold: the talk was too political for an election year despite the fact that the words “Democrats” and “Republicans” are used only once, and in the same breath and the same vein; and that the organization only posts one video a day from a pool of 250 TED Talks and another ten thousand TEDx Talks (the conference’s licensed third-party conferences from around the world).

However Anderson tried to spin it, you can’t really say the talk was censored. Hanauer, a very wealthy, serial entrepreneur, did appear, did talk and the video — as seen above — is available online. It’s just not featured at TED.com.

In light of that, Salon’s Alex Pareene has an interesting critique of TED as currently constructed. At it’s most blunt:

At this point TED is a massive, money-soaked orgy of self-congratulatory futurism, with multiple events worldwide, awards and grants to TED-certified high achievers, and a list of speakers that would cost a fortune if they didn’t agree to do it for free out of public-spiritedness.

I don’t agree that TED is as worthless as Alex makes it sound, but his article has important ideas about what constitutes partisanship today, and how political and economic consensus is created by ruling classes today. Well worth the read. — Michael

Basically, this is my grade twelve economics major paper in five minutes, but more polemical and ten times better. Shame on TED for censoring this.


The price of gold has risen five-fold in little more than a decadeour video explainer illustrates why. But what does this mean for the future of money?

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