Category: What the Hell is Going On in the World?

What the Hell is Going On in the World? LINKS 01/17/18

What the Hell is Going On in the World? LINKS 01/17/18

BUREAUCRACY Lucy Steigerwald on the bureaucratic protocols that recently sent Hawaii into a state of panic: Famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, 86, is best known for the Pentagon Papers leak. However, at the time, he also snatched thousands of documents on nuclear policy, because everything he had learned about it during his career as a civilian …

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What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 01/14/18

What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 01/14/18

  AESTHETICS Photomontages that trace light through overgrown countrysides and abandoned interiors.   BIRDS Australia’s pyro-birds: …firehawk raptors congregate in hundreds along burning fire fronts, where they will fly into active fires to pick up smouldering sticks, transporting them up to a kilometre (0.6 miles) away to regions the flames have not yet scorched. “The …

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What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 01/11/18

What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 01/11/18

AESTHETICS The vintage beauty of Soviet control rooms:   ART Total Disquiet by @eevientan – our first show for 2018 opening February 2 #smallwallproject #newcontemporary #juxtapoz #hifructose #beautifulbizarre A post shared by Outré Gallery Martin McIntosh (@outregallery) on Jan 8, 2018 at 2:50am PST   CHINA On China’s “social credit” system: This article wasn’t meant …

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What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 01/10/18

What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 01/10/18

CITIES London may now be more dangerous than New York City: While both London and New York have populations of around 8 million, figures suggest you are almost six times more likely to be burgled in the British capital than in the US city, and one and a half times more likely to fall victim …

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What the Hell is Going On in the World? LINKS 01/04/18

What the Hell is Going On in the World? LINKS 01/04/18

  ACADEMIA Portland State University professor Bruce Gilley discusses how many academics and scholars reacted to his paper “The Case for Colonialism”: …it was the intellectual vacuity of the mobs that surprised, and discouraged. The colonial encounter was huge, epochal, varied and complex. To reduce it to a bumper sticker is worse than wrong, it is …

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What the Hell is Going On in the World? LINKS 12/27/17

What the Hell is Going On in the World? LINKS 12/27/17

#CAVETWITTER —What is #CaveTwitter? Plato begins to weep as he shackles himself to the wall, praying to the shadows. You walk on by, each step algorithmically ticcing in time with the nothingness suffocating you; the Cave loves you, kinda. A group of pagans greet you. They’ve stopped already, pure deceleration to the point of minus-death. …

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What the Hell is Going On in the World? LINKS 12/15/17

What the Hell is Going On in the World? LINKS 12/15/17

CRYPTOCURRENCY —Some tips on investing in Bitcoin over at Quantitative Research and Trading Invest no more than 10% to 20% of your net worth. Losing this will hurt, but not kill you. Yes, you probably won’t become a Bitcoin billionaire, but neither will you end up in the poor house. Do not, under any circumstances, …

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What the Hell is Going On in the World? LINKS 11/27/17

What the Hell is Going On in the World? LINKS 11/27/17

ADDICTION —Ben Beaumont-Thomas on how the prescription drug epidemic is manifesting itself in hip-hop music: Rap has always told its drug stories in more than just its lyrics. Snoop conjured the sensuality of his own buzz through his very vocal cadence and languorous G-funk backing, as well as his words. In Houston’s “chopped and screwed” scene, …

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What the Hell is Going On in the World? LINKS 11/15/17

What the Hell is Going On in the World? LINKS 11/15/17

IDEOLOGICAL FRACTURES in AMERICA —Justin Murphy on whether America has become more conservative or more liberal: If there is one substantial ideological shift in American public opinion in the post-war period, it is the dramatic and near-universal increase in social liberalism since the 1950s. There has not been a general shift to the left or …

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WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD? LINKS 11/01/17

WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD? LINKS 11/01/17

Artificial Intelligence Former Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski has reportedly founded a church whose aim is to “develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence and through understanding and worship of the Godhead contribute to the betterment of society”: “Not much is known about the organization, other than that it appears to espouse …

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What the Hell is Going On In the World? LINKS 10/15/17

What the Hell is Going On In the World? LINKS 10/15/17

  EMPIRE Michael Krieger on empire-destroying wars that seem likely: ….be a better person. Try to help people who need it. Spread ideas of decentralization and promote a worldwide movement away from centralized authoritarian structures wherever and whenever possible. The future is what we make of it, and the future can be very bright. To …

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What the Hell is Going On In the World? LINKS 10/01/17

What the Hell is Going On In the World? LINKS 10/01/17

Jordan Greenhall on understanding crisis: “A crisis is a threshold between an old system and a new system. From the point of view of the old system, the crisis is death. This is why the old system always struggles like hell to stave off the crisis. I don’t want to be uncharitable here. Systems are …

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