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November 18, 2014

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11:12 AM | Vape gathers linguistic steam to become Word of the Year 2014
Alison Flood in The Guardian: This was the year of vaping, according to Oxford Dictionaries, which has chosen “vape” – the act of inhaling from an electronic cigarette – as its word of 2014 after use of the term more...
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11:09 AM | Tuesday Poem
Brand New Ancients . In the old days the myths were the stories we used to explain ourselves. But how can we explain the way we hate ourselves, the things we’ve made ourselves into, the way we break ourselves in...
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9:52 AM | For the Monarch Butterfly, a Long Road Back
Liza Gross in The New York Times: Dara Satterfield hadn’t planned to conduct experiments at the Texas State Fair, but that is where her study subjects showed up last month. She was still in Georgia when they arrived, so she...
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1:00 AM | Declan Waugh pushes another anti-fluoride myth
Declan Waugh seems a bit of a late developer. He has only just got around  to finding those papers that anti-fluoride propagandists like to cite as evidence that oral health does not decline when community water fluoridation is stopped. Of … Continue reading →

November 17, 2014

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5:50 AM | More Is Different
by Tasneem Zehra Husain Emergence is a word deep enough to lose oneself in. It alludes to realities appearing, not suddenly or out of nothing, but slowly dissolving in to our consciousness - like a fuzzy picture, coming into focus....
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5:45 AM | Monday Poem
“The attitude of man is twofold in accordance with the two basic words he can speak.” —Martin Buber, I and Thou . Conjugation In a diner my elbows rest upon Formica. I hold a book. Curlicues of vapor rise above...
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5:40 AM | 7500 Miles, Part III: Ain't No One Gonna Turn Me Around
by Akim Reinhardt I've made some deep runs in my time. I once drove non-stop from central Wyoming to eastern Iowa before passing out at a highway rest stop for a couple of hours, waking up with a scrambled brain,...
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5:35 AM | Perceptions
Tarek Montasser. Gentlemen Joking. 2014. Watercolor on paper. More here and here.
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5:30 AM | American Craziness: Where it Came from and Why It Won’t Work Anymore
by Bill Benzon During the course of my adult life I have witnessed the collapse of the political culture of my nation, the United States of America. To be sure, there have been some good things – the Civil Rights...
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5:25 AM | The Undoing of Abraham
by Josh Yarden Rembrandt, Abraham`s Sacrifice, 1635 On the verge of sacrificing his own son on an alter the one he loves bound for glory pausing to consider which he loves more Abraham says: "Abraham!" and he says, "Here I...
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5:20 AM | an obsession with optics (part 2)
by Leanne Ogasawara His boss was known f...
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5:15 AM | CATSPEAK
by Brooks Riley
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5:10 AM | Pugachev, Pushkin, Tsvetaeva: A Ramble
by Eric Byrd Like Ségur's account of the retreat from Moscow and Grant's mostly martial memoirs, Pushkin's History of the Pugachev Revolt narrates a welter of suffering – axe-armed mobs, corpulent gentry flayed alive, a total civic breakdown in which...
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5:05 AM | Strained Analogies Between Recently Released Films and Current Events: Interstellar and the 2014 Midterm Elections
by Matt McKenna Christopher Nolan's Interstellar may have been advertised as a science fiction blockbuster set in the vast nothingness of outer space, but the message of the film is clearly directed at more terrestrial concerns. While Interstellar attempts to...

November 16, 2014

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10:04 PM | I just arrived home from the street. A beautiful thing happened today
Since more than two years, I have again the feeling that I’m not alone in my country, that many other fellows refused to adapt to the imposture and corruption which still reign here. Today we learned that we are a majority, not a minority, even if are still lead by old secret police and new […]
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6:23 PM | The Knowledge, London’s Legendary Taxi-Driver Test, Puts Up a Fight in the Age of GPS
Jody Rosen in NYTimes' T Magazine Blog: McCabe had spent the last three years of his life thinking about London’s roads and landmarks, and how to navigate between them. In the process, he had logged more than 50,000 miles on...
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6:18 PM | My Hacker, My Source, My Snitch
Gabriella Coleman on Medium: For six years I have been studying the protest ensemble Anonymous. Some challenges come with the job. By definition, Anonymous is a faceless collective. As many participants in this milieu conceal their identities carefully, it was...
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6:10 PM | What next for independence movements in Europe?
Eve Hepburn in openDemocracy: What should the EU do? At the moment, the official position is to keep its head down and say nothing about the internal affairs of one of its valued member-states. But will this strategy work when...
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4:47 PM | Should the United States Declare Books an ‘Essential Good’?
Each week in Bookends, two writers take on questions about the world of books. The French government has declared books an “essential good.” This week, Daniel Mendelsohn and Mohsin Hamid debate whether the United States should do the same. Daniel...
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4:24 PM | What Cities Would Look Like if Lit Only by the Stars
New York City More here.
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4:17 PM | Can Climate Change Cure Capitalism?
Elizabeth Kolbert in the New York Review of Books: Every fall, an international team of scientists announces how much carbon dioxide humanity has dumped into the atmosphere the previous year. This fall, the news wasn’t good. It almost never is....
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4:08 PM | Extreme Wealth Is Bad for Everyone—Especially the Wealthy
Michael Lewis in The New Republic: The grotesque inequality between the haves and the have-nots is seldom framed as a problem that the haves might privately help to resolve. Instead, it is a problem the have-nots must persuade their elected...
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2:26 PM | Bad reasons to read Shakespeare
Alka Sehgal Cuthbert in Spiked: Bad reason number one: Shakespeare’s good for activating neural activity. That’s right, certain academics have been conducting all manner of neuroscientific experiments on Shakespeare readers – they’ve even come up with a piece of research...
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1:29 PM | Aldous Huxley interview-1958
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1:28 PM | manitas de plata (1921 - 2014)
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1:27 PM | BRANCH LINE - 1 - Sir John Betjeman
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12:49 PM | How to Study the Brain
Marcus, Marblestone and Freeman in Chronicle of Higher Education: "As humans, we can identify galaxies light years away, we can study particles smaller than an atom. But we still haven’t unlocked the mystery of the three pounds of matter that...
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12:23 PM | Sunday Poem
Matins: Annunciation Force eight from Lundy and the Irish Sea in the dark moon of the solstice. Alarmed awake at midnight, sleet slashing across the window glass, blurring the street-lit world. Packing the van in drenched Jack Pyke: Lazerlight lamp-kit,...

November 15, 2014

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10:40 PM | Why Does Malala Yusufzai’s Nobel Bother So Many On The Left?
Pervez Hoodbhoy in Outlook: Arundhati Roy’s charm and lucidity have iconized her in the world of left-wing politics. But, asked by Laura Flanders what she made of the 2014 Nobel Prize, she appeared to beswallowing a live frog: “Well, look,...
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8:00 PM | Severe dental fluorosis the real cause of IQ deficits?
A new study finds cognitive function defects, like IQ, in children are not significantly related to fluoride in drinking water. But they are associated with medium and severe dental fluorosis. This interests me for two reasons: The report is by Choi and Grandjean … Continue reading →
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