Tag: United States

LINKS 05-02-18

ADVERSARIAL COLLABORATIONS Scott Alexander has put out a call for “adversarial collaborations”: An adversarial collaboration is an effort by two people with opposing opinions on a topic to collaborate on a summary of the evidence. Just as we hope that a trial with both prosecutor and defense will give the jury a balanced view of

LINKS April 12, 2018

FEAR At Social Matter — > The Disenchanted Forest: How We Lost Our Fear Of The Woods: For millennia, people have found in the Wilderness not just God, but demons, demigods, monsters, spirits both benign and malicious, and the human acolytes, hunters, and tamers of these various beings and creatures. Europe in particular is full

L I N K S 04.07.18

BIOMIMICRY Underwater GPS Inspired by Shrimp Eyes: A few years ago, U.S. and Australian researchers developed a special camera inspired by the eyes of mantis shrimp that can see the polarization patterns of light waves, which resemble those in a rope being waved up and down. That means the bio-inspired camera can detect how light

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CENSORSHIP PayPal blocks sale of World Socialist Web Site pamphlet: With the arrest of Catalonian President Carles Puigdemont this week and the cutting off of Internet access and visitation rights for whistleblower Julian Assange by the Ecuadorian Embassy in the UK, moves towards the criminalization and banning of political opposition are accelerating. Now, not content

Saturday LINKS 03-24-18

CALIFORNIA Bay Area Residents Who Live in Vans Not to Travel, but to Contend with Housing Costs: The threat of a “knock on the door” looms constantly for those who live in their vehicles, and it can inspire paranoia. A recent discussion in a Facebook group devoted to local RV lifers quickly became split between

What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 02/24/18

AMERICA “U.S. secretly created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to stir unrest and undermine government: USAid started ZunZuneo, a social network built on texts, in hope it could be used to organize ‘smart mobs’ to trigger Cuban spring”: According to documents obtained by the Associated Press and multiple interviews with people involved in the project, the plan was

What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 02/17/18

  CALIFORNIA Elizabeth Nolan Brown on the condition of some of California women’s prisons: Women imprisoned at California’s Santa Rita Jail say they’re being housed in filthy conditions, denied basic hygiene products, pressured to have abortions, subjected to incessant strip searches, and forced to endure many other manners of cruel and inhumane treatment from guards

What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 01/22/18

  BELIEF A review of author Jeffrey J. Kripal’s new book, “Secret Body: Erotic and Esoteric Currents in the History of Religions”: Above all, Secret Body is about the perennially controversial, yet inescapable topic of belief. As a critical theorist, Kripal prompts us to reflect on our personal assumptions, as well as the shared assumptions

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

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

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,

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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