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June 30, 2014

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4:20 AM | CATSPEAK
by Brooks Riley
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4:15 AM | Travels in Northeast Turkey: Part 2
by Hari Balasubramanian Part 1 is here. After the road trip to the Georgian border, my friend Serhat and I returned to Erzurum on the third day. We returned by a different route, through the cities of Artvin and Yusufeli....
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4:10 AM | Capriccio of Ruins
by Eric Byrd Perhaps unique among France's many colonies, possessions, dependencies and departments outré-mer, Lisle has no foothold on the French Parnassus. Baudelaire's "dame creole" was Mauritian. Leger was born under the palms of Pointe-à-Pitre. And this mulatto isle never...
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4:05 AM | Can't Win: Prominent Women and the Gendered Double Standard
by Kathleen Goodwin If you haven't visited ladypockets.com, it's worth it for a laugh. In the words of creator, Katherine Fritz, "instead of writing the great American Novel, I made a fake fashion + lifestyle blog where I tell you...
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2:57 AM | Controversial IQ study hammered in The Lancet
I have discussed the paper by Grandjean & Landrigan (2014) before in the article Repeating bad science on fluoride. So have other bloggers and commenters. On the other hand anti-fluoride propagandists are still promoting it heavily in social media and “natural” health web sites. … Continue reading →
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2:16 AM | A Case of Mohammad Hanif
From The Daily Star: Mohammed Hanif is a Pakistani writer and journalist. Trained at the Pakistan Air Force Academy, Hanif has an inborn talent to hit the mark with his genius writing. His debut novel A Case of Exploding Mangoes...

June 29, 2014

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11:47 PM | Distributed GLC discussion
This is my contribution to a discussion about the distributed GLC model of computation and about the associated gui. Read carefully.  It has a fractal structure. Basics about chemlambda graphs and the GUI The chemlambda graphs (molecules) are not flowcharts. One just has to specify certain (known) graphs with at most 4 nodes and how […]
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3:41 PM | ultra violet (1935 - 2014)
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2:43 PM | Tinker: John Forshee
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2:27 PM | Gavrilo Princip, Conspiracy Theories and the Fragility of Cause and Effect
Ashutosh Jogalekar in Scientfic American (Achille Beltrame's illustration of the June 28, 1914 assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Gavrilo Princip (Image: Wikipedia)): When you read the story of the shots that led to World War 1, what strikes...
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2:15 PM | St Paul, Caravaggio and the agonised Catholicism of Pasolini
Ian Thomson on Pier Paolo Pasolini's St Paul: a Screenplay; translated by Elizabeth A Castelli, in The New Statesman (Photo: Mondadori via Getty): San Paolo, published posthumously in 1977 and presented here for the first time in English as St...
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2:09 PM | In Conversation with "House of Cards" Creator Beau Willimon
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2:00 PM | “The Skeleton Crew”: How a motley band of amateurs solves cold cases online
Laura Miller in Salon: The idealistic notion of an army of smart volunteers taking to the Internet to help solve crimes suffered a serious knock last year. That’s when cocky amateur detectives at Reddit.com took it upon themselves to scrutinize...
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12:38 PM | jimmy c. newman (1927 - 2014)
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10:42 AM | Sunday Poem
The Buried Rib Cage Eve slipped from its arced ridge- the only body part you don't ......do evil with: the eye, the hand, might beg ..... corruption; the ribs are modest shy crests, ticklish, .......... an open fan, not quite...
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10:29 AM | Bad Chompers & Bum Tickers
Rebecca Kreston in Discover: Periodontitis is a chronic bacterial infection of the scaffolding of teeth, including the gums, connective tissue, and jawbone that surround and encapsulate a tooth. It may well be one of the most common diseases of man:...
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10:16 AM | Boyhood is a battlefield: The dangerous expectations of early masculinity
Judy Y. Chu in Salon: I conducted my study against a backdrop of literature that highlighted ways in which pressures for boys to conform to conventions of masculinity could negatively impact boys’ development. Research on girls’ development conducted by the...
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3:29 AM | The Only Government I Know
Vesla M. Weaver in The Boston Review (Photograph: Thomas Hawk): I met Renard in an unadorned room in a Catholic Charities building in New Orleans. Twenty years old, with a broad smile under chubby cheeks dotted with freckles, Renard is...
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3:26 AM | The Truth About Our Libertarian Age
Mark Lilla in The New Republic: It is time, twenty-five years on, to discuss the cold war again. In the decade following the events of 1989, we spoke about little else. None of us anticipated the rapid breakup of the...
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1:34 AM | New group challenging the anti-science brigade
Here’s a recent press release from a new group, The Society for Science Based Healthcare, which is having some successes in challenging anti-scientific advertising. Controversial Church Caught Red Handed The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) upheld three complaints from the newly formed … Continue reading →

June 28, 2014

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3:35 PM | We may think we are the first organisms to remake the planet, but life has been transforming the earth for aeons
Robert Hazen in Aeon: One could easily be forgiven for thinking that life bears little connection to rocks. From high-school science curricula to Wikipedia, the institutional separation of geology and biology seems as ingrained today as when the 18th-century Swedish...
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3:31 PM | Einstein vs Stephen Hawking - Epic Rap Battles of History
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2:36 PM | ‘Clouds of Glory,’ Michael Korda’s Robert E. Lee Biography
Fergus M. Bordewich at The New York Times: Robert E. Lee occupies a remarkable place in the pantheon of American history, combining in the minds of many, Michael Korda writes in this admiring and briskly written biography, “a strange combination...
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2:31 PM | reassessing Robert A. Heinlein
Michael Dirda at The Washington Post: Heinlein’s last novels — “I Will Fear No Evil,” (1970) “Time Enough for Love” (1973), “The Number of the Beast” (1980) and others are generally regarded as bloated, preachy, cutesy and dull. (This, I...
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2:28 PM | Jeremy Bentham on Sexual Irregularities
Faramerz Dabhoiwala at The Guardian: As he lay dying in the spring of 1832, the great philosopher Jeremy Bentham left detailed directions for the preservation of his corpse. First, it was to be publicly dissected in front of an invited...
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11:20 AM | A history of laughter – from Cicero to The Simpsons
Mary Beard in The Guardian: One of Enoch Powell's most famous quips was prompted by an encounter with the resident House of Commons barber: a notoriously chatty character, who enjoyed treating captive clients to his views on politics and the...
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10:56 AM | Killer Plot: ‘The Silkworm’ by J. K. Rowling, as Robert Galbraith
Harlan Coben in The New York Times: During a cocktail party in Robert Galbraith’s (a.k.a. J. K. Rowling’s) endlessly entertaining detective novel “The Silkworm,” the publisher Daniel Chard gives a toast in which he observes that “publishing is currently undergoing...
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10:43 AM | Saturday Poem
Motion Most motion now is at a speed No Roman or enlightened despot ever dreamed As truth. The landscape we see we miss; The oceans we cross we overlook; The accelerations of word and style Disguise the flat art we...
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3:22 AM | Why Astronomers and Journalists should pay heed to Biologists about ET.
Nathan Taylor over at Praxtime (via Sean Carroll): A new paper using data from NASA’s Kepler telescope came out recently, estimating that 22% of Sun-like stars harbor Earth-sized planets. This is a big increase over previous estimates. It’s very cool...
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2:39 AM | How Ayn Rand became the new right's version of Marx
George Monbiot in The Guardian (Illustration by Daniel Pudles): It is not hard to see why Rand appeals to billionaires. She offers them something that is crucial to every successful political movement: a sense of victimhood. She tells them that...
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