Rolling Jubilee Makes Student Loans Disappear


boingboing-46531_297288527050595_1862553266_n‘Since November 2012, Rolling Jubilee has purchased and eradicated about $15 million worth of debt arising from unpaid medical bills. Today, the group announced that it has erased $3.9 million in private student loans, including Courtney Brown’s and those of almost 3,000 other students of the for-profit Everest College.

‘Rolling Jubilee is a project of a group of economic activists called Strike Debt, which formed out of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The group timed today’s announcement for the third anniversary of that protest. The word “jubilee” refers to a time decreed in the Bible, every 49th year, when all debts were ritually forgiven, and slaves and prisoners freed…’
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Don’t stalk your spouse. Stalk your problematic domestic helper
Smartphones Are Used To Stalk, Control Domestic Abuse Victims
‘…We found a trend: 85 percent of the shelters we surveyed say they’re working directly with victims whose abusers tracked them using GPS. Seventy-five percent say they’re working with victims whose abusers eavesdropped on their conversation remotely — using hidden mobile apps. And nearly half the shelters we surveyed have a policy against using Facebook on premises, because they are concerned a stalker can pinpoint location.

‘Counselors in St. Paul, Minn., had to call the police when an abuser banged on the safe house doors; he had tracked down his wife using GPS. In Dallas, a woman inside a group therapy session thought her phone was off, but it turns out it was feeding data to her abuser. In Jamaica Plain, Mass., counselors had to help one victim debug her shoes after finding a GPS tracker embedded in them. A few shelters say abusers gave iPhones to their children as a gift, during the parents’ separation, in order to track down the mom…’
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British Man an Activist for the Philippines [Video]
‘Pinoy at heart’ British man reacts to Aegis’ anti-PH advert. Bravo Mr. Conlan

‘Malcolm Conlan, a British national married to a Filipina, who is known to have been actively defending Filipinos against bashers from all over the world, have expressed his opinion on the controversial Aegis Malaysia’s video which is now getting a lot of buzz online due to its direct attack on the Philippines as it cites reasons why the country is not a good place to invest in and promotes Malaysia as the perfect place for global investors instead.

‘On Sept. 20, Malcolm shared the viral video on his personal Facebook account and posted the following:…’
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First Filipina Charged with Online Libel in Facebook


kickerdaily-inset-cybercrime-law-270x249‘A WOMAN who allegedly maligned a single mother in a social networking site was the first person to be charged before the Cebu City Regional Trial Court for violating Republic Act (RA) 10175, or Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

‘Atara (real name withheld) was indicted by the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office after it found probable cause that she committed libel in relation to RA 10175.

‘Bail was set at P10,000 for Atara (real name withheld), who posted libelous messages against Vangie in her Facebook account. The accused also called Vangie names like “cheap.”

‘In her complaint, Vangie said that Atara sent her messages through cellular phone criticizing her for allegedly hurting a man on Sept. 16, 2013…’
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Legal papers to be served via Facebook
Social-media users, beware — that next Facebook “poke” could be from a process server.

‘In a groundbreaking court ruling, a Staten Island man got permission to use Facebook to serve his ex-wife legal notice that he doesn’t want to pay any more child support.

‘A Family Court official ruled that Noel Biscocho could use Facebook to serve Anna Maria Antigua because other, more traditional methods to slap her with papers have not worked.

‘Staten Island Support Magistrate Gregory Gliedman noted in his Sept. 12 order that it was the first of its kind in New York, and also the first in the United States that didn’t involve an attempt to serve someone overseas…’
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Experience People Movement to Combat Digital Addictions
‘…Rehab was once associated solely with alcohol and narcotics. As reliance on our mobile devices and tablets continue to develop, digital detoxes are increasingly necessary and popular. Detoxes allow people to turn-off at retreats and workshops, and a new initiative aims to make that disconnected lifestyle intuitive.

‘Experience People, a movement around digital enlightenment, encourages people to ditch their devices and find value in the physical world around them. Over the course of twelve weeks in 20 cities around the United States, entrepreneur Brian Hiss and filmmaker Rob Loud are on a journey to raise awareness for digital addiction and help establish a new relationship with technology in moderation. Hiss believes that people must continue to develop meaningful relationships, and only use technology as an aid to the experience…’
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Bono should have kept his mouth shut about Apple’s new digital music format
‘Apple is working with U2 to develop a new music format that is designed to tackle piracy by making digital downloads of albums and songs a more attractive proposition, according to TIME magazine.

‘U2 frontman Bono told TIME that he was optimistic the new digital music format will prove so ‘irresistibly exciting’ that it will lure them away from the all-too-easy illegal downloading that the music industry often bemoans…’
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The Push Cart High School Philippines Growing Successful


gmanetwork-3989964630_1e9eefa60fThere are very few things that makes me proud being a Filipino. One of them is our world-class teachers.
‘Efren Penaflorida started this Kariton School in 2009 and won the Hero of the Year award by CNN for it.
‘As a child, Penaflorida chose education over gang life in Cavite City and vowed to create a way for other children to make the same choice. He was occasionally bullied and beaten by street gangs, which prompted him to decide to come to the aid of street children and rescue them from poverty and neglect through education.

‘The pushcart classroom is now complete with teaching aids, blackboards and even folding tables and chairs to allow children to sit and read materials provided in a mini-library – a far cry from the humble effort of loading the books and school supplies in large plastic bags…’

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‘Kariton’ school adds new learning center

Filipino receives third recognition in New York for unconventional and excellent teaching
‘Queens math teacher Ramil Buenaventura achieved his American dream by emigrating from the Philippines a decade ago. Now he draws on that experience to help students achieve their dreams.

‘For his inspiring life story and energetic, creative approach to teaching, which has changed the lives of his students, the seventh- and eighth-grade teacher at Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights is nominated for a Hometown Heroes in Education award.

‘But the path to the classroom wasn’t an easy one for Buenaventura, 44, who grew up in Manila and went on to earn a master’s degree in education before teaching for 13 years in the Philippine capital.

“’It was hard to support my family there,” said Buenaventura, one of 169 Filipino teachers recruited to New York in 2003 and 2004 under then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s push to recruit international teaching talent…’
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Turkey’s ‘School of Nature’
Learning from nature is more important. We need it for survival
‘Located in the high reaches of Eski Orhanlı, an abandoned mountain village close to the town of Seferihisar, Doğa Okulu, or School of Nature, is not a regular school. There is no fixed teaching staff, nor is there a curriculum. At Doğa Okulu everyone is nature’s student, re-engaging with the primeval knowledge inherent to natural living by imitating nature itself: experimenting, experiencing and evolving collectively without rigid schedules.

‘An hour from the Aegean coast in the province of Izmir, Eski Orhanlı looks out over a fertile valley. The climate and soil provide a home to free-growing olive trees and grape vines, as well as the region’s trademark oaks. The village was inhabited for thousands of years before it was vacated in the 1980s, as Eski Orhanlı’s locals decided to constitute a new village in the valley, with better transport access to the fields where they work…’
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Will this movie become a viral racial issue?


Dear White People Review

en.wikipedia-index‘…Dear White People doesn’t aim to condemn the fools who believe racism in America has ended, but rather open a vast discussion of how the subject of race—and merely identity—in our country has evolved. Bookended by a news-making frat party with a whites-in-blackface theme, and propelled by a narrative concerning Sam’s assault against the school’s “randomization of housing” (the only all-black residence hall, Parker/Armstrong, is on the verge of being diversified), the movie feels monumentally topical. It arrives in the wake of Miley Cyrus coming under attack for appropriating twerking and grills, and Spike Lee netting headlines for a stubborn rant against gentrification, claiming, in so many words, that he’d rather not have his childhood neighborhoods multi-colored. Are the Mileys of the world disrespecting a culture and community by robbing their trends for personal gain, or honoring them by expressing an unyielding desire to emulate those trends? Do people like Lee have a perfectly viable distaste for the “white overhaul” of things like historically black locales, or do they counter-productively stand in the way of intermixed racial progress? These are the sort of double-edged, open-to-interpretation questions Simien seems zealously driven to ask, and best of all, he never presumes to have the answers to any of them…’
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10 Rational Fears Black People Should Have Regarding “Dear White People”
‘A witty and whip-smart satire about being a black face in a (mostly) white place, the movie centers on biracial campus DJ and resident advisor Samantha and her fellow African-American students at the prestigious Winchester University…’
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So The Scots are Really Not Rebellious
As Scotland Rejects Independence, Cameron Promises More Autonomy

‘The final count of the referendum was 2,001,926 “no” votes (55.3 percent) to 1,617,989 for “yes” (44.7 percent). More than 85 percent of eligible voters turned out.

“‘We have chosen unity over division,” Alistair Darling, head of the anti-independence campaign, said in Glasgow, one of the few areas of Scotland where the majority cast yes votes. “Today is a momentous day for Scotland and the United Kingdom as a whole.”

‘Meanwhile, Alex Salmond, the impassioned leader of the “yes” campaign, struck an upbeat tone amid defeat. To cheering supporters, he pronounced: “This has been a triumph for the democratic process and for participation in politics.”…’
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Why Cops Want Your Mobile Phone Data


medium.com-1 rdvq8FzSFlQpG2zq9O-HHALondon’s Future Crime Hot Spots Predicted Using Mobile Phone Data

‘Here’s how it works. The current systems rely on data such as crime statistics and local demographics. The problem with these statistics is that they are difficult and expensive to gather and not regularly updated.

‘By contrast, mobile phone operators can collect data about the owners such as their gender, age and so on and then monitor the location of the phones in real time. It’s not hard to imagine that this kind of data might significantly improve the accuracy of crime prediction models.

‘That’s exactly what Bogomolov and co set out to show. These guys used a dataset about mobile phone users in the centre of London, which they obtained from Telefonica, a European mobile phone company which owns the O2 service in the UK…’
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How the physical world is being consumed by software services
‘…With the progress of time, and the advances in technology which that brought, we saw a shift – a device wasn’t just a machine any more, or rather a machine was sometimes more than one device. Often prompted by the Open-Source-brew-it-yourself movement there was a change from dedication of all the resources of a device to a single function to excess capability of a device being used to achieve another function.

‘What that meant was that rather than necessarily buying a router AND a firewall, both tasks could be achieved by purchasing a single device and running virtual versions of those devices…’
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College students learning COBOL make more money
When I studied IBM’s RPGII, COBOL was its rival
‘…Just by chance, Prof. Kappelman saw my ITworld blog titled COBOL will Outlive Us All and contacted me to tell me about a joint venture that UNT has with IBM and how his graduates get high-paying jobs with major US corporations that have COBOL based applications running within their data centers.

‘He said that many years ago they took COBOL out of the department’s Business Computer Information Systems (BCIS) curriculum because it was thought of as an outdated technology. Then, a few years ago they added it back in as two one semester electives at the suggestion of their advisory committee. As you may expect, this class teaches the full cast of characters needed to be a successful COBOL programmer including the IBM mainframe operating system, Job Control Language (JCL) and, of course the COBOL programming language…’
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Graphophobia: The Writer’s Phobia


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writing.inside.tru-skullandquill.php_I was in a group discussion when someone gave me a bit of a shock. She said ‘…At some point I even had panic attack just putting words on paper…” That’s when I got the idea of ‘Writer’s Phobia’. This discussion is still in progress and so far, there were four testimonies about their graphophobia. Here they are:

“I had deep scars about writing for years because of school (I would get a A for content and style and then my mark would drop to passing grade because of grammar and spelling, no matter how hard I worked, I just couldn’t get those right). At some point I even had panic attack just putting words on paper…”

“I, too, have scars from the ONE creative writing class I took in college for my degree. The professor not only hated everything I wrote, but used my writing week after week as…

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A Great Way to Throw $30M Away


thestar.com-30mil$30 Million Reward Offered in Hunt for Culprits Behind MH17 Attack

‘A mysterious $30 million reward has been offered for evidence identifying those behind the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine. Fraud investigation company Wifka said in a statement that it had been hired to look into the July 17 attack which brought down the Boeing 777, killing 298 people. The private investigators said clients requesting anonymity had offered the reward. Wifka vowed not to identify any whistle-blowers and offered to give informants new identities. The reward for “information and evidence” was being held in Switzerland, according to the firm’s statement. The investigators said they wanted to establish facts including who shot down the plane, who gave the order, who covered it up and what happened to the weapon used…’
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Philly Hate Crime Suspects Tracked Down by Anonymous Twitter Hero
‘…This next part is astonishing, in the best of ways. A Twitter user named Greg Bennett posted a photo of a group posing at a restaurant who look an awful lot like some of the suspects in the video:

‘Bennett tweeted that he’d gotten the photo from “a friend of a friend of a friend,” but didn’t know where it was taken. That’s where another Twitter user stepped in: FanSince09, a diehard Eagles fan who apparently lives in South Jersey. Fan retweeted the photo; almost immediately, he got a torrent of responses from people telling him the restaurant was La Viola, an Italian place in Center City. He tweeted that he ID’d most of the people in the photo by checking their Facebook check-ins:

‘Then, he called the cops. They are, as you might imagine, pretty goddamn excited. Philadelphia police officer Joe Murray sent a series of tweets indicating that Fan had cracked the case:…’
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U2 Is a Punchline
Nico Lang: It joins the ranks of Nickelback as a band ‘no one likes’
People who think Bono should get over himself, shouldn’t get over themselves. Bono is a fake activist and he should be detested for that

‘…That shift particularly affected the public perception of Bono. As the Guardian notes, the singer often comes off as “holier than thou” to his detractors, “rich beyond his wildest dreams and hanging out with princes, presidents and preachers [but one who] nonetheless won’t shut up about poor people.” For some, he’s less the musical poet who wrote “One” than a celebrity blowhard who wants to browbeat them into caring, like Susan Sarandon or Sean Penn. There’s a general mistrust around celebrity activism, and when you throw in Bono’s penchant for religious imagery, it reeks of Kanye West…’
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