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Wisconsin Unemployment Bill Would Let State Into Unemployed People's Bank Accounts

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Republicans want the state government to access some unemployed people's private bank accounts with the same power it uses to keep tabs on deadbeat dads.<p>A bill scheduled for state committee hearings next week would crack down on people who are delinquent in paying debts to …

Get Apocalyptic: Why Radical is the New Normal

Feeling anxious about life in a broken-down society on a stressed-out planet? That’s hardly surprising: Life as we know it is almost over. While the …

A Second Life for Some of Baltimore's Vacant Properties

How The American Tax Code Helps The Rich The Most

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which is tasked with analyzing the economic and budgetary effects of government policy, just issued a new …

How Two Plant Geeks Grew a Permaculture Oasis in an Ordinary Backyard

Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates are not your average backyard gardeners. They call themselves plant geeks, and they’re not kidding.<p>Toensmeier …

Gardening

Under Threat of Municipal Bankruptcy, the Detroit Institute of Arts Readies for a Fight

New Materialism, Fragility, and Activism, William E.Connolly

Keynote talk by William E. Connolly at the 3rd Annual Radical Democracy Conference on March 16, 2013 at The New School in New York. Talk on “The New …

Find What You Love: 5 Electrifying Commencement Speeches

A recurring theme in commencement addresses is to embrace failure. The reason for this, I suppose, is that most graduates headed out into the world …

Foucault, Biopolitics, and Governmentality – e-book

<i>Foucault, Biopolitics, and Governmentality</i>, an open-access e-book edited by Sven-Olov Wallenstein and Jakob Nilsson, with essays by Thomas Lemke, …

Offshore Tax Havens Democratized on “Art Hack” Website

This morning, journalist Laura Flanders posted an interview with the artist and hacker Paolo Cirio, whose work is especially appropriate on tax …

After Neoliberalism? The Kilburn Manifesto

Stuart Hall, Doreen Massey and Michael Rustin launch the Kilburn Manifesto. Stuart Hall explains the purpose in <i>The Guardian</i>; and the first chapter …

Art: (Re)constructing Spaces of Resistance

Art has an inherent history of being revolutionary and revolutions have a history of being artistic. Despite the variations in their end goals, both …

Voting Rights Make Comeback With 195 Bills To Expand Ballot Access

A new report from the Brennan Center for Justice details the voting rights landscape in the beginning of 2013, painting a much rosier picture for …

Global Ponzi Scheme: We’re Taking $7.3 Trillion A Year In Natural Capital From Our Children Without Paying For It

Last week, David Roberts over at Grist flagged a report carried out by the environmental consultant group Trucost, at the behest of The Economics of …

Amid ‘Obama Flight Delays’ And Deal Making, Sequestration’s Impact On The Poor Goes Ignored

If your flight is delayed in the coming weeks, Republicans want to make sure you blame President Obama, despite having claimed that these cuts would …

Expensive Cities Are Even Worse for the Poor Than You Think

The Massive Digital Library of the Future Just Opened Its 'Doors'

After two and a half years of development, the Digital Public Library of America finally flipped the switch on and opened its website at DP.LA. …

Louise Amoore, The Politics of Possibility

My friend and Durham colleague Louise Amoore’s forthcoming book, <i>The Politics of Possibility: Risk and Security Beyond Probability</i>, now has a page up …

A Hilarious Woman Photoshopped Herself Taking Pictures with Her Cell Phone Camera into Old Photographs

The awesome photographer Flora Borsi, who once showed how Photoshop would look like in real life, is up to her awesomely hilarious tricks again. This …

Lessons From Boston

I've been listening to the obsessive coverage of Boston on NPR this morning. And beyond the simultaneously necessary and platitudinous reminders that …

The Psychology of a Citywide Lockdown

A Prison Cell-Sized Room Designed by the Inmates Who Live in Them

If necessity is the mother of invention, prison cells must be veritable hotbeds of creativity—and not just for making wine in toilets or tattoo guns …

The Recession Halted Urban Job Sprawl