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"Most people are caring and will exert great effort to rescue individual victims whose needy plight comes to their attention. These same good people, however, often become numbly indifferent to the plight of individuals who are "one of many" in a much greater problem. Why does this occur? The answer to this question will help us answer a related question that is the topic of this paper: Why, over the past century, have good people repeatedly ignored mass murder and genocide?"

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"What implications does Small's paper hold for charitable organizations? "It's all about putting together a simple, emotionally compelling message," Small says. "The best way to do that is in the form of a picture or a story, something that purely engages the emotional system. The mistake that many charities make is trying to appeal both to emotion and to reason. They assume this would be more effective than appealing to only one or the other, but it isn’t."

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"in order to appear reasonable within neoliberal economic circles, scientists have been dramatically soft-peddling the implications of their research. By August 2013, Anderson was willing to be even more blunt, writing that the boat had sailed on gradual change. “Perhaps at the time of the 1992 Earth Summit, or even at the turn of the millennium, 2°C levels of mitigation could have been achieved through significant evolutionary changes within the political and economic hegemony. But climate change is a cumulative issue! Now, in 2013, we in high-emitting (post-)industrial nations face a very different prospect. Our ongoing and collective carbon profligacy has squandered any opportunity for the ‘evolutionary change’ afforded by our earlier (and larger) 2°C carbon budget. Today, after two decades of bluff and lies, the remaining 2°C budget demands revolutionary change to the political and economic hegemony”"

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Despite the enormity of the tragedy, the design of these interactive infographics remind me that today, when we say "infographic," what we are imagining is marketing posters. (The information is often so simplified that visualising it actually makes it *more* complicated.)

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"American inequality began its upswing 30 years ago, along with tax decreases for the rich and the easing of regulations on the financial sector. That’s no coincidence. It has worsened as we have under-invested in our infrastructure, education and health care systems, and social safety nets. Rising inequality reinforces itself by corroding our political system and our democratic governance." "Excessive financialization — which helps explain Britain’s dubious status as the second-most-unequal country, after the United States, among the world’s most advanced economies — also helps explain the soaring inequality."

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When the Guardian offered John Lanchester access to the GCHQ files, the journalist and novelist was initially unconvinced. But what the papers told him was alarming: that Britain is sliding towards an entirely new kind of surveillance society. Snowden's revelations are not just interesting or important but vital, because the state is about to get powers that no state has ever had, and we need to have a public debate about those powers and what their limits are to be.

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"Consider the following hypothetical example: A young woman calls her gynecologist; then immediately calls her mother; then a man who, during the past few months, she had repeatedly spoken to on the telephone after 11pm; followed by a call to a family planning center that also offers abortions. A likely storyline emerges that would not be as evident by examining the record of a single telephone call."

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"Herein lies the great success of Canadian multicularism; a society which integrates newcomers not by force but through generosity, benevolence, and sincerity to its values and principles. Given such a national character it is unsurprising why Canadian immigrants of all backgrounds tend to become "Canadian" so enthusiastically - and it is for this reason that Canada has become an exemplar of social cohesion in an increasingly globalised world."

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"By now, it is a well known fact that the share of income for the top 1 percent has increased steadily since the early 1980s. In the US, this trend resisted the massive economic shock of 2008-2009 and returned with a vengeance: between 2009 and 2011 the top 1 percent has accrued 121 percent of the total income gains compared to a decline of 0.4 percent for the rest. The rich are getting richer when the rest are getting poorer. The relevant policy question is: what comes first, the concentration of income or the decline in the tax rates?"

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Errol Morris asks, How did we forget the mass killings in Indonesia? And what might they have taught us about Vietnam? Historical background of the documentary ACT OF KILLING, executive produced by Errol Morris and Werner Herzog.

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