No issue rises above the moral, political and financial emergency of war and militarism.

The code red alarms are ringing and flashing throughout the world as the bombs fall, the refugees seek asylum, and the body count increases, but liberals are forever prepared to grant Sanders immunity from his complicity in the creation of instability and misery under the red, white, and blue banner.

Sanders has already stated that, if elected, he would continue President Obama’s drone killing program.

He has an incestual relationship with defense contractors in Vermont, and he is an unblinking and unwavering supporter of Israel’s worst assaults on Palestinian people.

Contrary to his rhetorical opposition to wars, he consistently voted to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan throughout the Bush and Obama years.


» 13 Women Rocking the Tech World Women 2.0

Courtesy of Women 2.0:

Alice Taylor1. Alice Taylor: CEO & Founder, MakieLab


L.A. Tech Summit Shark Tank winner and queen of the Maker movement, Alice Taylor is pioneering a new approach to toys and children’s creativity. After five years of producing and overseeing digital content at the BBC, and another four years as Commissioning Editor at Channel 4, she quit her job and founded the first 3D printing doll company, MakieLab.

The MakieLab Toymaker platform allows customers to design and customize their own dolls — called Makies — then prints and ships the unique creations all over the world. After completing the Disney Accelerator program, Alice signed a three-year licensing contract with Disney, Pixar and Marvel for Makie outfits and accessories.

Crystal Rose2. Crystal Rose: CMO & Founder, Sensay


Technologist and entrepreneur based in Los Angeles, Crystal Rose has founded a digital interactive agency and two technology startups to date. Fellow Shark Tank speaker (and runner-up), Crystal’s latest startup venture is Sensay, a mobile messaging service that is revolutionizing helpful chatrooms by connecting advice-seekers and advice-givers via text. Crystal is also the founder and producer of LA Startup Week.

Sumaya Kazi3. Sumaya Kazi: CEO & Founder,


Years of social media experience, including a position as one of the first social media managers to lead social strategy at a Fortune 500 company, brought Sumaya to her current role as founder and CEO of, a social intelligence company that connects users to “the people you don’t know, but should.” The three-year-old company has propelled Sumaya be recognized as one of BusinessWeek’s “Best Young Entrepreneurs,” CNN’s “Young Person Who Rocks,” Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “Women of Influence” and UTNE Reader Magazine’s “50 Visionaries Changing Your World.”

Ann E. Greenberg4. Ann Greenberg: CEO/Founder/Inventor/Architect: Gracenote, Sceneplay, Fanpulse, The Hugging Company, CDDB, and more…

LinkedIn | @AnnGreenberg

A self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur and inventor, Ann Greenberg has founded a dozen companies, most recently Sceneplay, a platform that automates collaborative storytelling, and Fanpulse, a social platform for super fans. Ann co-founded Gracenote, the leading entertainment data and technology provider across music, video and sports acquired first by Sony and then by Tribune.

Her impressive career has spanned several successful ventures and she now shares her success as a mentor to Korea’s first accelerator, SparkLabs, and is an advisor to entertainment technology companies (including mine).

Raina Kumra5. Raina Kumra Gardiner: CMO & Co-founder, Mavin


As co-founder and CMO of Mavin, a mobile startup focused on affordable Internet access, Raina leads marketing strategy as the company grows in emerging markets. The company’s first product Gigato is the first sponsored data platform in India that benefits both developers and end users. As if her role with Mavin wasn’t enough, Raina is also the CEO of Juggernaut, an agency focused on digital, design and disruption through behavioral and brand strategy.

Anna Kohanski Mason6. Anna Kohanski Mason: Co-founder, BurnThis


Anna is the co-founder of BurnThis. A former Wall Street bond trader, she transitioned into the startup world in 2013 to transform her passion for fitness into a cutting-edge technology driven business. The app, marketed as “Pinstagram for fitness,” allows users to post and share “fitspiration” photos, creating a community of support and motivation called the “BurnThis FitFam.” The product was voted one of Apple’s top health and fitness tracking apps on the App Store.

Ingrid Sanders7. Ingrid Sanders: CEO, popexpert


As founder and CEO of popexpert, Ingrid is credited with the creation of an online platform that allows anyone to learn from experts through live video sessions and original on demand classes in a variety of topics designed to help you live a happier, healthier more productive life. The site works with thousands of experts and has paying customers in more than 90 countries. In March this year, they announced the acquisition of the Online Marketing Institute, leader in digital marketing training, and continue to grow with the launch of the Mindful Institute.

Danielle Weisberg8. Danielle Weisberg: Co-founder, theSkimm


She’s the youngest on the list and co-founder of theSkimm, the fastest growing email newsletter on the market. Before Danielle and her best friend Carly Zakin launched theSkimm, the two were producers and former interns at NBC News. In addition to accruing a massive subscriber list, the company raised $7.9 million in 2014, and the two founders were named on Forbes 2015 “30 Under 30” in the media category. (Editor’s Note: Check out theSkimm Raises $6M to Make it Easier to Be Smarter.)

Debra Sterling9. Debbie Stirling: CEO & Co-founder: GoldieBlox


One of the leading voices in the movement to encourage girls to be interested in engineering and technology, Stirling is an engineer, spokesperson and CEO and co-Founder of toy manufacturer GoldieBlox. The three-year-old company creates innovative and fun toys for girls, designed to develop confidence in problem-solving and early interest in engineering. Debbie holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Product Design from Stanford University.

Nicole Shariat Farb10. Nicole Shariat Farb: Founder, Darby Smart


Nicole did what most people dream about but never actually do: Leave her leadership role at a Fortune 100 company to follow her dream of monetizing her passion. In 2013, the former head of emerging private companies in investment banking at Goldman Sachs founded Darby Smart, an online craft marketplace. Two years later, the gross merchandise volume has increased by 296 percent and more than 2,500 designers and bloggers have joined.

Kara Nortman11. Kara Nortman: Founder & Board Director, Seedling


Kara co-founded Seedling alongside Soleil Moon Frye and recently partnered with Phoebe Hayman. Seedling is a lifestyle product company in 2007. With her guidance, the company now sells its toys, gifts, activity kits and party supplies in more than 20 countries. Kara is also the company’s chairman and a partner at Upfront Ventures.

Luan Cox12. Luan Cox: CEO & Founder, Crowdnetic


Leveraging her background in financial technology and experience as General Manager of Interactive Data Managed Solutions, Luan founded Crowdnetic in 2011. Her company, a leading provider of market data solutions and funding portal platform technology to the private equity and crowdfunded securities industry, was one of 10 companies selected to participate in the Springboard Enterprises Accelerator class of 2013-Media Tech.

Joanna Newman McFarland13. Joanna McFarland: CEO & Co-founder: HopSkipDrive


Joanna McFarland was a mother of two looking for a way to make shuttling her kids around easier. That’s why, after 15 years in product and general management, she co-founded a company to solve that problem.HopSkipDrive arranges rides for kids with drivers who have significant childcare experience, thereby lessening the load on parents’ plates while attending to safety concerns. The company now has more than 2,000 users, 100 drivers and plans to expand nationally.

Source: » 13 Women Rocking the Tech World Women 2.0

The Sun in Warsaw

Speaking of neomodernism, here’s a place you’re more likely to see it day-to-day: architecture.

A temporary installation, set to stay in place until the floors are occupied, was made to “brighten up the lives of people during this depressing winter time, when the days are short and you miss the sun.” It was intentionally lit on Blue Monday, thought to be the most depressing day of the year.

warsaw artificial sunlight installation

The 42-story Q22 tower is a neomodern office building developed by Polish firm Echo Investment and designed by APA Kuryłowicz & Associates with collaboration from Buro Happold Polska.


After Postmodernism

Found free previews online for a philosophical book arguing for a fresh NEO-modern approach to the humanities.

Here are a couple of teasers pulled from the introduction to get you excited (along with my commentary!):

Closer to our own time postmodern philosophers have expanded the hermeneutic view that understanding is interpretation, and they defined “interpretation” in a way that extends beyond human phenomena… to include all natural phenomena as studied by the natural sciences.  They argue that understanding the world is the same as interpreting the world, and interpreting the world is the same as constructing the meaning of a language, which draws on another interpretation to understand the meaning of first interpretation, and so on. The consequence is that the humanities are “seeking to interpret” the world. There are no objective criteria by which we can tell whether or not we are seeking in vain, whether or not our interpretative attempts have been successful. [emphasis added by me]
Because if the world is nothing but interpretations what could help us to establish one interpretation to be better than another?  Indeed, postmodern philosophers are correct in their insistence that both natural sciences and the human sciences provide interpretation but apart from that they are wrong in thinking that understanding is interpretation all the way down. If one takes a look at the research practices of various humanistic disciplines and compares them to those of the natural sciences, these practices do not seem so different after all. Also natural scientists and social scientists who wish to understand their objects of study are involved in interpretation, but just as natural and social scientists likewise provide explanation, so too do the humanistic scholars. [emphasis added by me] The purpose of this book is to give a philosophical account of the humanities which focuses on the similarity of these practices. What I suggest is this: the commonly perceived divorce between the natural sciences and humanistic sciences rests on faulty theories about scientific methodology and the nature of explanation and interpretation which have been defended by earlier schools of philosophy. The analysis of interpretation presented by the postmodernist schools has exacerbated this situation with its mistaken doctrine that everything is interpreted in both natural science and the human sciences. [emphasis added by me]
…acceptance of this pragmatic-rhetorical view of explanation and interpretation requires naturalizing epistemology, which in turn requires viewing human cognitive capacities as natural adaptations selected by evolution. [emphasis added by me] Moreover, the acceptance of this pragmatic-rhetorical view of explanation and interpretation presupposes abandoning the ideals of metaphysical truth and certainty and universality that characterized ‘modernism’ and accepting in their place a pragmatic view of human knowledge. Finally, I hold that these pragmatizing and naturalizing moves do not imply the excessive relativism defended by postmodernism; instead this is a new philosophical perspective which I have named “neomodernism” and which offers a reasonable defence of scientific objectivity that goes between the extremes of a narrow empiricism and the inevitable scepticism fostered by postmodernist relativism. [emphasis added by me]
…having intentions is as much a natural fact about human beings as physiological facts about their bodies. ‘Intention’ is no less natural than ‘atom’, ‘star’, or ‘electromagnetic field’. Intention is a feature of higher animals’ behaviour, which is a result of biological evolution and by ‘intention’ we can understand other people’s motives and behaviour. One of the arguments for such a claim is that everything we can say from a ‘subjective’ first person perspective can be reformulated from an ‘objective’ third person perspective in terms of intentions.  [emphasis added by me]
…art works and texts can be considered forms of communication in which the artist or the author wants us to experience and understand something about the object produced, about the world in which it is produced, and about human existence. [This perspective was first introduced by Ayn Rand in 1969 in her nonfiction book The Romantic Manifesto, a brilliant redefinition of art and its meaning.]
…[the aim of this book] is to make the humanistic sciences interesting for philosophers of science and philosophy of science attractive for humanistic scholars by arguing in favour of a methodological unity of all sciences including the ‘humanistic sciences’. Reaching this goal requires, I think, that it can be demonstrated that a pragmatic stance on explanation and interpretation is not only possible but is necessary if the humanistic sciences should not be totally isolated from the fact that human beings are biological creatures just as much as they are cultural and social agents. [emphasis added by me.  A long overdue integration of ‘hard’ sciences and social sciences!  Although it is common sense that humans are physical, biological creatures and exist within the natural universe not above or outside it, many social theories place humans on some non-natural level of existence with non-natural rules of socialization and personal development.]

Check out more previews and PURCHASE THE E-BOOK at

Urgent: Donate to support homeless animals

Urgent call for help from a blogger I follow:

Twelve years ago, Sandra Guilarducci and her husband, Francisco, started the NGO Associação MaxMello de Amparo à Vida Animal (MaxMello Association for the Support of Animal Life) in Ibiuna (a small city in Sao Paulo state, Brazil), to rescue, treat, house, and place stray and abandoned dogs in loving homes. Animal dumping is a tremendous problem in Brazil, and MaxMello today is home to over 350 dogs and 32 cats sheltered in two properties’s separated by 200 kilometres; a drive Sandra undertakes every single day. Sandra and Francisco never once imagined taking care of so many, but over the years their shelter has become a convenient dumping ground with boxes of puppies simply left on the road, together with the old, the sick, and the unwanted. These are not people who can say, “No,” so every four-legged case left on the road, or rescued by Sandra and Francisco in and around Ibiuna, gets a home and all medical assistance they require.

FoodToday, MaxMello burns through 5 tonnes of food every month, and a small army of vets help with reduced fees. But it all adds up. It has added up, and over this past weekend, Sandra was forced to admit that she and Francisco (weighed down with over 30,000 reis debt, about $10,000 US, to vets and pet food suppliers) had reached the point beyond which they simply could no longer afford to keep the shelter open. Sandra put out an urgent call to other NGO’s, saying she will keep the sick, the crippled, and the old (the one’s that stand little to no chance of adoption) but new shelter-homes would have to be found for the hundreds of other rescues under their care. With every NGO we know of here in Sao Paulo being already full, this is, in all honesty, an impossible situation. These are good people, and they (and their keep) are in genuine need of a hand.

Please, help keep MaxMello open. This urgent and immediate appeal has so far raised R$4,500 since the weekend, which is truly fantastic, but we are still a long, long way from giving Sandra and Francisco the breathing room they need to keep this shelter open.

Source: The MaxMello Association for the Support of Animal Life needs an urgent hand

Supreme Court supported forced sterilization

From Medium:

On the morning of October 19, 1927, the Commonwealth of Virginia sterilized Carrie Buck. Dr. John Bell — whose name would forever be linked with Carrie’s in the Supreme Court case Buck v. Bell — cut her open and removed a section from each of her Fallopian tubes. In his notes, Dr. Bell noted that “this was the first case operated on under the sterilization law.”…

Even for those familiar with the general facts of Buck v. Bell, Carrie’s story is worse than they realize. We now know that she was unknowingly a part of a plot to validate Virginia’s forced sterilization law, passed in 1924 to rid society of “idiocy, imbecility, feeble-mindedness or epilepsy.” Even Carrie’s lawyer was a part of the plot, offering essentially no defense to the groundless claim that she was congenitally stupid. The simple — but far from stupid — girl from Charlottesville found herself at the center of what amounted to a conspiracy against her own reproductive future.

Source: The United States Once Sterilized Tens of Thousands — Here’s How the Supreme Court Allowed It — Medium

“War on Drugs” and Bank Regs

From Cato:

Even the most dedicated opponent of drug prohibition might not guess that this policy harms economic development. Yet claims in a recent WSJ story, combined with research on the relation between banking and development, suggests just such an impact. The reason is that drug prohibition fosters anti-money laundering laws; which then discourage U.S. banks from doing business in Mexico; which then impedes Mexican banking; which then negatively impacts development.

Source: Does Drug Prohibition Inhibit Economic Development? | Cato @ Liberty

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