How employed are we?

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Austerity never ends: Economists say wages are too high

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Portland Olde School

SW Alder Street between SW Broadway and SW 6th Avenue looking southeast, 1923. View this image in Efiles by clicking here.

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An anthropologist announces the death of liberalism

Fabius Maximus website

Summary: Here anthropologist Maximilian Forte announces the death of liberalism. Hillary’s defeat, despite its massive financing and support by America’s major institutions, was a sign. The ineffective street festivals of Occupy Wall Street and the Women’s March are signs. The lack of meaningful response to the revelations about NSA surveillance is a sign, as was the ineffective widespread perjuries and murders by police. It has died of exhaustion, ground down by the implacable opposition and fantastic resources of the 1% — and our indifference. But every political philosophy is a phoenix. It will rise again, eventually.

R.I.P. liberalism By Tutu at The Day.

The Dying Days of Liberalism” — Part one of three.

By Maximilian C. Forte from Zero Anthropology, 18 January 2017.
Reposted with his generous permission.

How Orthodoxy, Professionalism, and Unresponsive Politics
Finally Doomed a 19th-century Project.

What a sight to behold. These are the dying days, counting…

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To Hell with Neoliberal Environmentalism

Permanent Settlement

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I was poised to write a piece on the linkage between present-day veneration of duplicitous political elites and the crisis of national identity when I found the following op-ed in the Guardian:

How to make a profit from defeating climate change

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Huldufólk: The Inhabitants of Iceland’s Faërian Realm

Right up my alley

Becca Segall Tarnas

In the North Atlantic there is an island, and it is said that upon this island live two nations: the human nation of Iceland, and a second nation, one that is mysterious and veiled. This is the realm of the Huldufólk, Iceland’s “hidden people.”

This presentation, given at Esalen Institute in the autumn of 2016, offers a glimpse into the world of the Huldufólk and the dynamic landscape in which they live.

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SW 6th Avenue, 1967 — Vintage Portland

SW 6th Avenue near Sherman Street looking south, 1967. View this image in Efiles by clicking here.

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Do Americans Live In A False Reality Created By Orchestrated Events?

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A Skeleton Key of Unknown Strength

Dan Kaminsky's Blog

TL;DR:  The glibc DNS bug (CVE-2015-7547) is unusually bad.  Even Shellshock and Heartbleed tended to affect things we knew were on the network and knew we had to defend.  This affects a universally used library (glibc) at a universally used protocol (DNS).  Generic tools that we didn’t even know had network surface (sudo) are thus exposed, as is software written in programming languages designed explicitly to be safe. Who can exploit this vulnerability? We know unambiguously that an attacker directly on our networks can take over many systems running Linux.  What we are unsure of is whether an attacker anywhere on the Internet is similarly empowered, given only the trivial capacity to cause our systems to look up addresses inside their malicious domains.

We’ve investigated the DNS lookup path, which requires the glibc exploit to survive traversing one of the millions of DNS caches dotted across the Internet. …

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Dances with wargs

Cosmetic Lotro

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December has started which to me is the beginning of the Winter season and lots of wintery outfits! I am really looking forward to this month which is always special as we approach Yule tide. One of the things to look forward to is the Yule Festival that will start at the end of December. This festival is now available for testing on Bullroarer. The way it is going to be set up this year worries me greatly. There will be some very large “end” rewards like War-steed cosmetics and a special Yule portrait for your character, however these bigger rewards, including the regular festival horse, will be gated behind new deeds. The top tier of these deeds will require 200 daily quests completed. The fact that these quests are dailies, means that if you miss a few days, or  even a whole week, (because you spend time with…

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