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July 27, 2014

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6:21 PM | Hooray, Hooray, These Women Is Killin' Me
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6:21 PM | Ian Fleming interviewing Raymond Chandler
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6:19 PM | The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
Patrick Cockburn in The Independent: Israeli spokesmen have their work cut out explaining how they have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians in Gaza, most of them civilians, compared with just three civilians killed in Israel by Hamas rocket and mortar...
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2:38 PM | Natural rights celebrated democracy; human rights emasculate it
Jon Holbrook in Spiked: Although the word ‘rights’ appears in ‘natural rights’ and ‘human rights’, the two concepts are profoundly different. One seeks to restrict the power of government and the other seeks to expand it. Whereas natural rights seek...
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2:16 PM | Computing with chemlambda, the first year
Approximately a year ago I wrote the post A chemical concrete machine for lambda calculus. Quote: How can this be done? Here is sketch, mind you that I propose things which I believe are possible from a chemical perspective, but I don’t have any chemistry knowledge.  If you do, and if you are interested to […]
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2:14 PM | Wounded Tiger: a History of Cricket in Pakistan
Kevin Telfer in The Telegraph: Pakistani cricket: what a subject. What players – and what characters: the regal Imran, the street-fighter Javed, the mesmerising Qadir. Controversy and drama seems to surround the Pakistani Test team wherever and whenever it plays,...
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11:19 AM | Sunday Poem
No More Clichés Beautiful face That like a daisy opens its petals to the sun So do you Open your face to me as I turn the page. Enchanting smile Any man would be under your spell, Oh, beauty of...

July 26, 2014

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11:35 PM | I am still waiting for my cheque
I have often said I wonder how some of the anti-science propagandists sleep straight in their beds at night. Lately this refers to various members of the local anti-fluoridation movement and their claims. Pity I am not the litigious sort – there … Continue reading →
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6:23 PM | Longtime 3QD Friend Sean Carroll Wins 2014 Gemant Award
Congratulations, Sean! Jason Socrates Bardi at the American Institute of Physics website: The American Institute of Physics (AIP) today announced that Sean Carroll, a physicist at the California Institute of Technology, is the winner of the 2014 Andrew Gemant Award,...
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6:17 PM | Pakistan: A country where liberal journalists risk death
Mohammed Hanif at the BBC: The life of a liberal journalist in Pakistan is not an easy one. Write about someone fighting a blasphemy case, or someone whose faith is considered heresy, and you may very soon find yourself in...
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6:10 PM | How to Save Gaza
William Saletan in Slate: After two weeks of protests and denunciations, it’s time to acknowledge that outrage won’t end the war in Gaza. The most plausible way to stop this cycle of violence is through internationally supervised demilitarization. Amid so...
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6:05 PM | What is Random? What is NOT random?
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2:55 PM | how many children should we have? The case for none
From More Intelligent Life: The Big Question: we asked six writers, how many children should we have? David Benatar believes that the only way to prevent harm is not to have any Millions of years of evolutionary history have programmed...
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2:16 PM | The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan
Charles Isherwood at The New York Times: “So much precious time goes by and it seems to me I get so little out of it,” Elia Kazan wrote to John Steinbeck in 1955. “I ask myself is this it? Is...
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2:12 PM | atheism as intellectual laziness
Michael Robbins at Slate: Atheists: The Origin of the Species seems to have been born out of frustration with these and other confusions perpetuated by the so-called “New Atheists” and their allies, who can’t be bothered to familiarize themselves with...
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2:00 PM | testimonies from soldiers of the first world war
David Stevenson at the Financial Times: The canon of first world war reminiscence was established early. Erich Maria Remarque’s novel All Quiet on the Western Front blazed the trail, selling nearly 2m copies in 1929. An avalanche of testimonials followed,...
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11:41 AM | Powerful and Coldhearted
Michael Inzlicht and Sukhvinder Obhi in The New York Times: The human brain can be exquisitely attuned to other people, thanks in part to its so-called mirror system. The mirror system is composed of a network of brain regions that...
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10:33 AM | Saturday Poem
The War Works Hard How magnificent the war is! How eager and efficient! Early in the morning, it wakes up the sirens and dispatches ambulances to various places, swings corpses through the air, rolls stretchers to the wounded, summons rain...
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8:44 AM | Separation of form from content, no semantics
One of the principles which make the net possible, as stated by Tim Berners-Lee, separation of form from content: The principle that one should represent separately the essence of a document and the style with which it is presented. Applied to decentralized computing, this means no semantics. [One more confirmation of my impression that logic […]

July 25, 2014

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10:47 PM | War Comes to Ukraine
Alexander J. Motyl in Foreign Affairs (image: Maxim Zmeyev/Courtesy Reuters): This week also saw a major escalation of Russian military involvement in Ukraine; in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 13, about 100 Russian armored personnel carriers and other...
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10:40 PM | Roger Scruton on the Sacred
Over at Philosophy Bites: Is there a place for the sacred in contemporary life? Roger Scruton believes there is. In this discussion he explains his understanding of the experiences he calls sacred. Listen to Roger Scruton on the Sacred
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10:40 PM | Truth, Success and Frank Ramsey
Richard Marshall interviews Pascal Engel in 3:AM Magazine [Photo: Claire Poinsignon]: 3:AM: As an epistemologist do you think knowledge is elusive because the term is empty, and would that be an approach developed out of your work on Ramsey’s principle,...
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10:37 PM | Of Maggots and Brain Scans
Anne Fausto-Sterling in The Boston Review of Books: Consider the case of Grady Nelson, a Florida man who was convicted of murdering his wife, Angelina Martinez. During the 2010 hearing to decide if Nelson should be sentenced to death, his...
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10:32 PM | America’s Memory of the Vietnam War in the Epoch of the Forever War
H. Bruce Franklin in The LA Review of Books: Teaching students in the 21stcentury — including the combat veterans, National Guard soldiers, and reservists in my classes at Rutgers University, Newark — I have to keep reminding myself that they...
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10:27 PM | To Zion and Back
Ismail Khalidi interviews Max Blumenthal in Guernica: Guernica: The last month has seen the killing of three teenage Israeli settlers near Hebron and a massive Israeli sweep into the West Bank in which hundreds of Palestinians were arrested, injured, and...
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3:10 PM | Lessons From America's War for the Greater Middle East
Andrew Bacevich in Notre Dame Magazine: For well over 30 years now, the United States military has been intensively engaged in various quarters of the Islamic world. An end to that involvement is nowhere in sight. Tick off the countries...
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2:28 PM | The Human Brain Project kerfuffle
We’ve had a lot of controversy recently about the Human Brain Project, a European initiative that plans to spend a billion-plus Euros over the next few years to advance brain research.  To summarize ultra-briefly, a group of several hundred European neuroscientists have signed an open letter arguing that the Project is going in the wrong … Continue reading »
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1:09 PM | For Better Treatment, Doctors And Patients Share The Decisions
From NPR: Many of us get confused by claims of how much the risk of a heart attack, for example, might be reduced by taking medicine for it. And doctors can get confused, too. Just ask Karen Sepucha. She runs...
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11:28 AM | Duelling nationalities
Douglas Coupland in FT Magazine: A way of rethinking the global web of overlapping allegiances would be to wonder what might happen if Earth instituted a planet-wide citizenship flush. Whoever you are, you now have to choose just one passport...
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10:47 AM | Friday Poem
Vincent's Shoes He built his palette around the ragged colors of her tortoise-shell calico, piled like clotted earth in a sunny corner. His worn soul embraced the tales of those crumpled old shoes— shredded laces, wilted leather— scuffed with the...
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