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September 29, 2014

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4:10 AM | Cry ISIS
by Maniza Naqvi Offspring of wanton wants, they arrive, together, these gods of war and weather, to the beating drums, and sound of thunder, crying out crisis, each September. This century's, Septembers, all arrive back to school, as it were,...
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4:05 AM | 2 Cheers for Libertarian Paternalism!
by Thomas Rodham Wells ‘Libertarian paternalism' is how Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein characterise their big idea, redesigning how choices look so that we will be nudged to choose the option in our own best interests. Their proposal has come...

September 28, 2014

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9:05 PM | Virtue Ethics: an ancient solution to a modern problem
Peter D. O. Smith in Scientia Salon: This article is neither a defense of nor an attack against either religion or secularism. It treats them as well established sociological facts and no more than that. I take them as given...
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8:48 PM | The Viroid: A Tiny Emissary From the Ancient Past
Carl Zimmer in the New York Times: In the early 1920s, farmers in New Jersey noticed their potatoes were shriveling, their leaves becoming deformed. The plants were sick with an illness that came to be known as potato spindle tuber...
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8:25 PM | To end inequality, we must realise that it isn’t about the rich, it’s about the poor
Clare Melamed in Aeon: Close observers of the development scene will have noticed an interesting shift over the past few years. Where once institutions such as the World Bank and charities like Oxfam described their goal as simply ‘ending poverty’,...
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8:20 PM | Nasta'liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy
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4:25 PM | The Dismal Science
Paul Krugman reviews 'Seven Bad Ideas,' by Jeff Madrick, in the NYT's Sunday Book Review (picture by Michael Lionstar): In “Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Economists Have Damaged America and the World,” Jeff Madrick — a contributing editor at Harper’s...
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4:22 PM | The Anti-Academic’s Anti-Academic
Charles Green in Inside Higher Ed (image from Wikimedia Commons): Rebecca Schuman...has a Ph.D. in German studies and a forthcoming book on Kafka, Wittgenstein, and Modernism. Despite those impressive credentials, she left academe and the crumbling job prospects of German...
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4:14 PM | Military Containment is Only a Partial Solution to ISIL’s Evils
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in The National (via Hussein Ibish): Only one thing can stop a suicidal youth who is ready to die for ISIL: a stronger ideology that guides him onto the right path and convinces him...
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2:58 PM | How to visualize artificial molecules in chemlambda
I am preparing  a click and play tutorial on that. You can go already to the gallery of examples.  Look at them and play with the nice graphs! But you can already play with the stuff which makes the graphs! I shall explain in a moment how to do this. Before that I write a […]
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1:31 PM | Sunday Poem
Roses The house with the nick- and snigger-name Snort and Grunt . Shunned trailer-house, (pocked) scorn-brunt. Side-indented, thorn-bined, boondocked in a hollow. In a green-holler clamber-mire of itch-moss and bramble. Tremblescent ditch-jellies, globberous spawn-floss. Drupes of (dapple-clinkling) bottle-glass in trees....
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12:23 PM | Really the Invisible Man Blues
Dave Marsh in Counterpunch: “…all unorganized violence is like a blind man with a pistol.” ~ Chester Himes In his autobiography, Really the Blues, Mezz Mezzrow, locked up in a New York City jail on a drug charge, convinces the...
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12:10 PM | Basement Sanctuaries
Gesche Wurfel in lensculture: "Basement Sanctuaries" explores how apartment building superintendents decorate the basements of their buildings in Northern Manhattan, NYC. These intimate photos attempt to illuminate the process of how migrants adapt to their new homes. The basements occupy...
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2:00 AM | The information war – The NZ Listener takes up arms
First – have a look at this satirical programme from Germany. It has English captions but is worth watching a few times for the subtleties. I have commented before about the information war going on around the Ukrainian conflict. It … Continue reading →

September 27, 2014

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4:56 PM | Among the Kurds in southeastern Turkey
John Palattella in The Nation: The highway leading from the airport to town is new, or at least has been recently upgraded: four lanes of smooth blacktop running north-south and bordered by broad sidewalks empty under the blistering summer sun....
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4:48 PM | Democracy, predictability and the worrying state of international affairs
I usually consider myself an optimist, but I am scared, scared sh*tless, to be precise. Why? Because the responses of Western democracies to the threats posed by Putin and IS have been, are and predictably will be mindbogglingly stupid. The…Read more ›
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4:10 PM | The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes
Michael Lewis at Bloomberg: Our financial regulatory system is obviously dysfunctional. But because the subject is so tedious, and the details so complicated, the public doesn't pay it much attention. That may very well change today, for today -- Friday,...
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4:05 PM | The Source of Bad Writing
Steven Pinker in the Wall Street Journal: Why is so much writing so bad? Why is it so hard to understand a government form, or an academic article or the instructions for setting up a wireless home network? The most...
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3:59 PM | Scottish independence would have been good for Britain too
Thomas Wells in The Philosopher's Beard: The Scots have made their choice. The British Union will continue. I can understand their hesitancy, their decision to opt for security and an assured place in something that more or less works, rather...
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3:51 PM | Onion Chopping Master, and Jafar
And if that didn't make you cry, try this:
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2:18 PM | The Myth of Religious Violence
Karen Armstrong in The Guardian: The ferocious cruelty of these jihadist fighters, quoting the Qur’an as they behead their hapless victims, raises another distinctly modern concern: the connection between religion and violence. The atrocities of Isis would seem to prove...
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11:36 AM | Bodyslamming for Jesus: Inside the Bizarre World of Christian Wrestling
Harmon Leon in AlterNet: The Christian Wrestling Federation bodyslams for Jesus—literally. On the surface, the CWF looks like a normal WWE wrestling event, with costumed characters jumping from the ropes and wrestlers being hit in the back of the head...
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11:27 AM | Ticking Time Bomb
Jess Row in The New York Times: Among people who routinely deal with violence, pain, cruelty and injustice — ­domestic violence counselors, aid ­workers, paramedics, public defenders, immigrant advocates — there’s a phenomenon known as secondary trauma. It’s also sometimes...
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11:20 AM | Saturday Poem
Jerusalem . When I leave you I turn to stone and when I come back I turn to stone I name you Medusa I name you the older sister of Sodom and Gomorrah you the baptismal basin that burned Rome...
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2:35 AM | The Contradiction of Nuclear Democracy: An interview with Elaine Scarry
Simon Waxman in the Boston Review: This is the anniversary of “the day the world almost died.” On September 26, 1983, Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov was bunkered near Moscow, monitoring readings from the Soviet nuclear early warning satellite Oko, when...

September 26, 2014

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3:29 PM | A Private Tour of the CIA's Incredible Museum
Inside the agency's headquarters is a museum filled with relics from half a century of cloak-and-dagger exploits. David Wise in Smithsonian Magazine: A chill wind whipped off the Warnow as a retired railroad worker shuffled through the streets of the...
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2:33 PM | Why Am I Brown? South Asian Fiction and Pandering to Western Audiences
Jabeen Akhtar in the Los Angeles Review of Books: I once took a guy I was dating to lunch at an Indian restaurant. I was trying to get him to go vegan, and there is no bigger hedonistic ritual for...
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1:09 PM | Angkor’s Children
“Angkor’s Children” is a story of hope and determination in the face of horror, the horror of war and of the ‘Khmer Rouge time’ in Cambodia. Along with the numberless lives lost, there was a very real possibility that a...
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12:59 PM | The Jihadis Return: Isil and the New Sunni Uprising
Peter Oborne in The Telegraph: As British politicians take the decision whether to bomb Iraq yet again, Patrick Cockburn has produced the first history of the rise of the Islamic State or Isil. No one is better equipped for this...
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12:52 PM | A chip that can simulate a tumor’s ‘microenvironment’
From KurzweilAI: Purdue University researchers have developed a chip capable of simulating a tumor’s “microenvironment” to test the effectiveness of nanoparticles and drugs that target cancer. The new tumor-microenvironment-on-chip (T-MOC) will allow researchers to study the complex environment surrounding tumors...
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