"In a rare scene of disorder, Hong Kong authorities cleared out hundreds of protesters who blocked part of the city’s financial district early Wednesday, a high-profile reflection of rising anxiety over Beijing’s tightening grip on the little enclave of incomplete democracy at the southeastern edge of Communist China."

"A third group of economists challenges the Keynesian presumption that leisure is preferable to labor. Work may not set us free, but it lends meaning to our days, and without it we’d be lost. In the view of Edward Phelps, of Columbia University, a career provides “most, if not all, of the attainable self-realization in modern societies.” Richard Freeman, of Harvard, is, if possible, more emphatic. “Hard work is the only way forward,” he writes. “There is so much to learn and produce and improve that we should not spend more than a dribble of time living as if we were in Eden. Grandchildren, keep trucking.”"

"Citizens the world over are rallying around the sharing economy as a solution to the pressing challenges they face. Cities, which are perfectly positioned to enact big changes on a human scale, have the potential to lead this movement."

"Ginsburg opens with a bang, immediately describing the decision as one that will have sweeping consequences:
In a decision of startling breadth, the Court holds that commercial enterprises, including corporations, along with partnerships and sole proprietorships, can opt out of any law (saving only tax laws) they judge incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs.”

"Earlier, Fr. Dan Cansino, executive secretary of the CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Health Care, expressed concern about the possible adverse effects of the proposed legislation such as leading users to greater substance abuse despite the limitations provided for in the bill."

""I’m not happy about the result. I was categorized at bracket C last year. Now, I’ve been placed at bracket B even though we had a difficult time paying for my tuition when I was still in C." said Carl Paolo Hernandez, an incoming junior taking up Choral Conducting in UP Diliman. "

"Twenty-five years after Tiananmen Square and the Berlin Wall’s fall, liberal democracy still has no real competitors"

"Okay, you can’t really "teach" entrepreneurship. It’s an experience, not so much a content-area like history. As Sir Richard Branson put it in a recent interview about implementing enterprise culture at schools, "The best way of learning about anything is doing." That said, teachers all around the world are finding ways to bring entrepreneurship into their instruction. Why? Because in a world with fewer jobs and the increasing ability to make a living off of your passion, it just makes sense. "

"While I was watching Ivory Tower, a documentary about the state of college in America that appears in select theaters this month (the movie also airs on CNN this fall), it occurred to me that of the many problems with higher education these days, not the least concerns the way we talk about it. "Efficiency," "art-history majors," "kids who graduate with $100,000 in debt," "the college bubble," the whole rhetoric of crisis and collapse: The public discourse is dominated by sound bites, one-liners, hearsay, horror stories, and a very great deal of misinformation."

"In choosing the National Artists of the Philippines, the Philippine government decided that the nominee Nora Aunor was not deserving of such an honor. That she was not good enough to be a national emblem. That her real life trials and tribulations will taint the image of a great Filipino artist. Decisions were made in closed quarters; and when the doors opened, she was excluded, diminished, harkening back to the first chapter of Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere, where the Franciscan Padre Damaso vilified the "indios" with sweeping stereotypes about their moral character. With all its problems, the Philippine government had the hubris to take the same hypocritical stance and dismiss a great artist based on "moral judgment." "

"For centuries, the term ‘communication’ referred equally to the movement of people and goods and to the movement of information. The second meaning gradually displaced the first. As early as 1849, Ruskin was complaining in The Seven Lamps of Architecture that the railway ‘is in all its relations a matter of earnest business, to be got through as soon as possible. It transmutes a man from a traveller into a living parcel.’ Don’t ask the occupant of a carriage to admire the view: ‘You might as well ask the wind. Carry him safely, dismiss him soon: he will thank you for nothing else.’ By the end of the century, a further refinement was in prospect. It would be much better, from the system’s point of view, and possibly even from the passenger’s, if the ‘living parcel’ were to be transmuted into a living message, a bundle of data: easy to sort, easy to store, easy to deliver. The steady expansion of electronic media since the beginning of the 21st century has hugely enhanced the capacity of transport networks to communicate in both senses of the term. Airlines and governments signal us warily from departure to arrival by means of passenger tracking and e-borders technology. Corporations sell us connectivity. In 2012, the Czech car manufacturer Skoda marketed its latest model, the Citigo, as a ‘communication tool’ replete with apps. It seemed pretty much beside the point that the ultimate purpose of this social medium posing as a vehicle was to transport you physically to a place where you could ‘meet your friends in real life’. But the elevator outdoes them all, train, plane and automobile. There’s a touchscreen smoothness to the way its living messages send themselves."

"perhaps the title is a bit too harsh, but that is the intention. on the surface, there seems to be no reason not to go to the places listed here, as they are beautiful regardless of what i have to say, and they deserve to be visited and be seen. but lately, these 6 destinations, at least in my view, are experiencing increases in tourist visits after getting featured in lists of must-see beaches and mountains. as a conscientious traveler, i often decide not to go to certain places because i feel they might be reaching a breaking point, and by encouraging more and more people to go there, it is my opinion that the unmitigated surge in tourism being experienced by these places is anything but sound and sustainable. "

"Based on the study, which was done in March, the majority of Filipinos regularly drink alcohol. Fifty-eight percent said they drank alcoholic beverages, consuming six bottles or glasses of alcohol per week."

"In his new book Liberalism: The Life of an Idea, the writer and journalist Edmund Fawcett makes the rather startling claim that “liberty is the wrong place to begin” when telling the story of liberalism. This will no doubt strike some readers as eccentric, especially if they’re political philosophers working self-consciously in the “liberal” tradition and are used to deriving conclusions about the legitimate activity of the state from a set of assumptions about liberty, consent and individual rights. But Fawcett’s book is not a work of political philosophy. And for him, liberalism is not a set of timeless principles susceptible of rational justification but a “modern practice of politics” with a distinctive history. It’s this history that is the focus of his book."

"Together, increasingly accessible manufacturing and innovation skills could allow the localization of tech startup culture and the creation of technology micro-economies, initially at a city level but perhaps eventually at a suburban scale. These micro-economies would be driven by local youth, based around ideas and products tailored for the local community, which would not have to satisfy the scalability requirements of Silicon Valley venture capitalists. In short, cottage industry for technology - cottage industry 2.0. "