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Sam Harris Made Himself Look Like an Idiot in a Email Exchange with Chomsky and Has Shared It with the World

May 2, 2015 in Blogs

By AlterNet Staff, AlterNet

Why would he make this public?

The popular atheist and torture-supporter Sam Harris recently tried to “engineer a public conversation” with radical linguist Noam Chomsky “about the ethics of war, terrorism, state surveillance, and related topics.” Harris shared the exchanged publicly, chalking it up as an “unpleasant and fruitless encounter.” 

Readers might disagree.

 

April 26, 2015


From: Sam Harris

To: Noam Chomsky


Noam —

I reached out to you indirectly through Lawrence Krauss and Johann Hari and was planning to leave it at that, but a reader has now sent me a copy of an email exchange in which you were quite dismissive of the prospect of having a “debate” with me. So I just wanted to clarify that, although I think we might disagree substantially about a few things, I am far more interested in exploring these disagreements, and clarifying any misunderstandings, than in having a conventional debate. 



If you’d rather not have a public conversation with me, that’s fine. I can only say that we have many, many readers in common who would like to see us attempt to find some common ground. The fact that you have called me “a religious fanatic” who “worships the religion of the state” makes me think that there are a few misconceptions I could clear up. And many readers insist that I am similarly off-the-mark where your views are concerned.

In any case, my offer stands, if you change your mind.



Best,


Sam

 

April 26, 2015


From: Noam Chomsky

To: Sam Harris

Perhaps I have some misconceptions about you.  Most of what I’ve read of yours is material that has been sent to me about my alleged views, which is completely false.  I don’t see any point in a public debate about misreadings.  If there are things you’d like to explore privately, fine.  But with sources.

 

April 26, 2015


From: Sam Harris

To: Noam Chomsky 

Noam —

Thanks for getting back.

Before engaging on this topic, I’d like to encourage you to approach this exchange as though we were planning to publish it. As edifying as it might be to have you correct my misreading of you in private—it would be far better if …read more

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#Talkpay Surges as Twitter Users Fight Inequality by Revealing Own Pay

May 2, 2015 in Blogs

By Susie Cagle, The Guardian

This new hashtag is a May Day hit.

It took years for Lauren Voswinkel to find out that she was being underpaid. A software developer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Voswinkel said it took three job switches and increasingly confident negotiations before landing at her current position and $122,000 annual salary.

“I just found myself thinking, how long have I been underpaid? How could I have prevented this? What was I missing?” said Voswinkel. “And I realized it was mostly because of a lack of conversation around pay.”

This May Day, the international day of workers, Voswinkel mounted a small protest against this taboo by encouraging people to post their job titles and salary information to Twitter with the hashtag #talkpay. Her manifesto for the project appeared earlier in the week, at Model View Culture.

“There are so many fears that speaking up at this point is a radical act,” said Voswinkel.

In a labor market as hot and homogenous as that of Silicon Valley, where some of the biggest companies colluded to suppress wages and most of the top-paid talent is white and male, #talkpay was predictably popular. Throughout the day, the hashtag held its own near the top of the US trending leaderboard, and dozens of Twitter users both inside and beyond the tech industry openly shared their past and present wage information. 

But #talkpay did not just play host to frank salary confessionals. Instead, Voswinkel sparked a more complex conversation about responsibility, equity, and strategy.

After decades of waning organized labor power and wage stagnation, issues of worker rights and discriminatory pay inequity have moved to the forefront of an ongoing national conversation about wealth inequality in America.

While websites such as Glassdoor collect anonymous salary information from current and former employees, #talkpay provided a unique platform to put that information to use, as workers compared their pay in real time and with their real identities attached to it. One contacted Voswinkel to let her know he was making more than she …read more

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Bill Maher on Baltimore: The Police Are like the Catholic Church

May 2, 2015 in Blogs

By AlterNet Staff, AlterNet

The comedian took aim at the group's history of cover-ups.

Last night Bill Maher compared cops to the Catholic Church because of their consistent cover-ups and the belief that they’re “infallible.”

Guests D.L. Hughley and Dan Senor clashed over the racial dynamic of the riots, with Senor pointing to Baltimore’s leadership and Hughley making a wider point about the entire country.

 

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Massive March in New York Demanding Justice for Freddie Gray and Other Victims of Police Violence

May 2, 2015 in Blogs

By Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

Some in the crowd had their own stories about their own brutal encounters with the police.

More than 1, 500 protesters marched through the streets of New York City Friday evening after six Baltimore officers involved in Freddie Gray’s arrest were charged in his death earlier in the day. “May Day for Freddie Gray! May Day for Freddie Gray!” chanted throughout the three-hour long march from Union Square to Foley Square.

At least one man was  arrested near Union Square after he  jumped a barricade. “I’ll be back,” the man said as officers walked him off in handcuffs and hundreds of onlookers cheered him on. Several bottles were thrown at officers outside the barricades moments later, with one bursting near them after hitting the ground. Outside of that, there were no major conflicts between officers and protesters.

Wednesday night’s march, however, was much more intense. More than 140 people were arrested after thousands of people gathered at Union Square then broke off into small groups and marched through several neighborhoods. Some of the protesters taken into custody were seen being thrown to the ground and handled aggressively.

City Councilman Jumaane Williams said he wanted to show up at Friday’s protest because he was troubled by reports of police officers being overly aggressive with protesters Wednesday night.

“It very much disturbed me and made me concerned that there might have been too much of an aggressive tone,” Williams, who represents several neighborhoods in central Brooklyn, told AlterNet. “The balance has to be struck but if protesters are going to take over the streets and block the bridges and tunnels, which I believe is a legitimate form of non-violent protest, there’s going to be arrest in exchange for that. So I think we have to find that balance and understand that’s going to happen. The police are going to do there job, but it should be done without aggression and in a non-violent way.”

Walking outside of the tightly barricaded throng of protesters marching in support of Freddie Gray was a man who says that he too was …read more

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'May Day for Freddie Gray': Protesters in NYC Again Show Solidarity with Baltimore

May 2, 2015 in Blogs

By Kali Holloway, AlterNet

Meet some of the labor and anti-police brutality activists who took to the city's streets last night.

Labor and anti-police brutality activists merged efforts in New York City on Friday, rallying under the united banner, “May Day for Freddie Gray.” Although media estimates placed the crowd size at around 1,000, the mass seemed to swell to far greater numbers as demonstrators moved through the streets. Hours after the announcement that criminal charges would be filed against the officers involved in Freddie Gray’s arrest, transport and death, AlterNet spoke with some of the protesters to learn why they had taken to the streets. 

Fritz: I’m here to be a part of history. I’m here to try to make a difference. And I’m here because I’ve had enough. I’m tired of watching this shit on the news, reading about it in the paper. I’m tired of just being a bystander. If you’re a New Yorker—not even a New Yorker—if you’re a human being that believes in equality and justice for everybody, it doesn’t matter what color you are [or] where you’re from: fair is fair. And if you believe in that, in all honesty, you should be here. Because this is ridiculous. A little while ago, it seemed like every month [someone was killed by the police]. Now it seems like every two weeks. And enough is enough. 

Deni: Actually, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I march in the Bay Area constantly as part of protesting racist police violence. I’m a retired school teacher. We would teach kids in the school about justice and then this goes on on the streets. And it’s got to stop. It’s interesting: [the charges against the cops] would never have happened if people weren’t out on the streets. So people have to put the pressure on. The system is not going to change without the pressure being put on. Whether this is going to amount to anything, we’ll see. But it’s certainly …read more

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Hillary Clinton: Champion of Wall Street

May 2, 2015 in Blogs

By Political Zach Foster

Originally published in April 2015 by
A month ago the Washington Post disclosed a juicy tidbit of information: the Algerian government made a contribution of half a million dollars to the Clinton Foundation. This just happened to be at the exact time the Algerian government was lobbying Hillary Clinton during her tenure as Secretary of State.

Other than the eyebrows it raises at first, this might not seem so scandalous if it weren’t for the fact that Americans get punished for the same thing. In 2011 and 2012, multiple American companies were charged and heavily penalized under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The corruption they were penalized for was making donations to foreign charities.

The Obama administration acted on the assumption that charitable donations abroad were meant to influence civil servants to take a more favorable stand towards the American businesses. Therefore, American businesses get charges and heavy fines levied against them, but it’s alright when the beneficiary of foreign corrupt practices is a sitting member of the Cabinet. And this isn’t the first foreign charitable gift the Clinton Foundation received during Hillary’s Cabinet tenure.

“The U.A.E. gave us money,” Bill Clinton said to the Miami Herald. “Do we agree with everything they do? No, but they help us fight ISIS.” It looks like the former President would have us believe foreign corrupt practices are okay if foreign governments are helping America prolong the Iraq War…

One thing is crystal clear: when vying for Hillary Clinton’s loyalty, money talks.

Her top political contributors have historically included, and still include, big Wall Street firms like Citigroup Inc., Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, and Time Warner. These numbers don’t include any foreign or domestic groups that donated to the Clinton Foundation to sway the Secretary of State.

As a Senator, in her statement on the 2008 bailouts, she noted “the prevailing dynamic of corporate America, where the sole priority was the dividend, the inflated bonus and the quarterly earnings report…” She clearly had words to say about “corporate America,” yet one can’t …read more

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