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Old 04-09-2017, 03:16 AM   #2041
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The Obsessive Pedantry of the Global Right Is So Fucking Dumb

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Over on our fair isle, things are not wildly different. Brexit rhetoric convinced huge swathes of people that by leaving the EU they were claiming back "sovereignty" for the UK, which has resulted in the recent triggering of Article 50. Sovereignty – though it sounds cool, like claiming back a sort of Union Jack tin of shortbread that had been nicked by Poland – in fact ended up to just be a word meaning absolutely nothing. Sovereignty for the people of an independent United Kingdom basically means Sports Direct-style workers' rights, EU regulations without a seat at the table and the sinking realisation that America really does not have to give us a smashing-great trade deal despite that deeply dubious special relationship.

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Old 04-19-2017, 03:00 PM   #2042
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Old 04-22-2017, 12:01 AM   #2044
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http://thetruesize.com - Site that adjusts Mercator projections, allowing you to directly compare country (or US State, Canadian province, etc.) size.

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Old 04-23-2017, 07:51 AM   #2045
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Yep! I think it's a retread of that 60s/70s treat that was unsatisfying yet impossible to stop eating!

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Old 04-23-2017, 09:38 AM   #2046
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http://thetruesize.com - Site that adjusts Mercator projections, allowing you to directly compare country (or US State, Canadian province, etc.) size.

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Brazil is fucking gigantic.
It's pretty amazing how quickly the large northern hemisphere countries shrink when you drag them south.
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Old 05-08-2017, 02:03 PM   #2049
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Laundering Privilege: How the Harvard Crimson Killed My Chapo Trap House Interview

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This is no doubt what made my editors uncomfortable, that the Chapo guys came straight for the jugular of Harvard life—the foundational illusion that we’re all here because we really are the best in the world. To borrow Matt Christman’s spot-on phrase, Harvard and the meritocracy it sits atop exist first and foremost to launder privilege. He’s not wrong. If someone in one of my classes seems particularly slow or unengaged, I just have to google their last name and figure out what hedge fund their dad runs. The illusion of meritocratic success is so central to every student’s self-worth because it’s why we enrolled— “how could I say no to Harvard?”—yet collapses so quickly upon closer examination that the only response is to not talk about it. And by dropping my interview with CTH, The Crimson proved that point by their own logic.
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Old 05-09-2017, 06:35 AM   #2054
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Creative people often despise those that criticize work without having work of their own. Something Teddy Roosevelt referred to as “being in the arena.” We respect opinions from those that are in the trenches with us, doing the hard things that we try to do. But this creative expert class is worse than any critic, offering other people creative salvation in an attempt to find their own. We despise critics with no skin in the game but we’ve handed them the keys to our kingdom and the space on our library bookshelf.
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Old 05-09-2017, 07:09 AM   #2055
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This is a perfect example as to why one should never trust science. I STILL don't even know if I should eat eggs!
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Old 05-16-2017, 03:59 AM   #2056
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Who cares what college students think?

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Despite the fact that the average American journalist is around 47 years old, members of the media tend to be remarkably concerned about what college students are doing. Our elders have long fretted about the destruction of their beloved norms at the hands of younger generations, but the 21st-century cranky old man-journalist (he's most always a man) gives his irascibility an intellectual façade. To openly complain about kids today and their iPhones might seem passé for most journalists outside of USA Today; this kind of petty generational warfare is generally considered the territory of letters-to-the-editor and conservative uncles you muted on Facebook. The urbane, respectable media grump, then, must sublimate his complaints with concerns about a so-called new, scary breed of campus activism, creating an irritating and dubious media narrative that refuses to die.

Perhaps one of the most intriguing results of Donald Trump’s election has been the increase in the frequency and severity of both student action and articles condemning student action. In February 2017, former Breitbart editor and pedophilia apologist Milo Yiannopoulos was prevented from giving a lecture at UC Berkeley by violent protesters. Despite reports that Yiannopoulos was planning to use his platform to target individual undocumented students, just as he had singled out and mocked the appearance of a transgender student during a talk at the University of Wisconsin a few months prior, the mainstream media was quick to defend him. In March, the infamous race scientist Charles Murray was shouted down from speaking at Middlebury College, a turn of events that prompted an outcry by from both the right and the left, including Peter Beinart in the Atlantic, Jill Filipovic in Cosmopolitan, and Andrew Sullivan in New York. Sullivan was particularly passionate, given that he considers Murray a personal friend, but also particularly incoherent, given that he gave himself a mental illness by blogging too much. Sullivan wrote: “We need facts independent of anyone’s ideology or political side, if we are to survive as a free and democratic society. Trump has surely shown us this.” The New York Times estimated that Trump received $2 billion in free media coverage during the election. If Trump’s victory proves anything, it’s the opposite of what Sullivan contends — the unfiltered airing of retrograde, racist views, even when given nominal critique afterward, only serves to empower the far right.

The same process played out last month when Ann Coulter withdrew from a speech at the University of California-Berkeley, reportedly because the university caved to demands by violent demonstrators and canceled the event. This was the version Coulter gave to the press, but the reality was more complicated. The student groups who invited Coulter, Young America’s Foundation and Berkeley College Republicans, never actually received permission from the school to hold the event. The groups told the administration that there was a “50 percent chance of Ann Coulter coming to speak in the last week of April” and later declared with less than a month’s notice that she would be coming to speak on the 27th. The students demanded a 500-person venue for Coulter, which proved difficult for the university given that their largest lecture hall was closed for renovation. The administration was able to fill the request, but only if pushed back five days to May 2. The students refused, and so the event was called off. Despite the facts, journalists again interpreted Coulter’s withdrawal as emblematic of a culture of illiberalism and a far-left takeover of the university system. Just as planned, Ann Coulter achieved a PR victory, and not through Breitbart or WorldNetDaily — through the mainstream media outlets — CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, the Atlantic — that covered her scheme at length.

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Study finds link between brain damage and religious fundamentalism

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A new study published in the journal Neuropsychologia has shown that religious fundamentalism is, in part, the result of a functional impairment in a brain region known as the prefrontal cortex. The findings suggest that damage to particular areas of the prefrontal cortex indirectly promotes religious fundamentalism by diminishing cognitive flexibility and openness—a psychology term that describes a personality trait which involves dimensions like curiosity, creativity, and open-mindedness.

Religious beliefs can be thought of as socially transmitted mental representations that consist of supernatural events and entities assumed to be real. Religious beliefs differ from empirical beliefs, which are based on how the world appears to be and are updated as new evidence accumulates or when new theories with better predictive power emerge. On the other hand, religious beliefs are not usually updated in response to new evidence or scientific explanations, and are therefore strongly associated with conservatism. They are fixed and rigid, which helps promote predictability and coherence to the rules of society among individuals within the group.
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Old 05-18-2017, 06:22 PM   #2058
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"Left unchecked, there is a kind of nightmare version of AirSpace that could spread room by room, cafe by cafe across the world. It’s already there, if you look for it. There are blank white lofts with subway-tile bathrooms, modular furniture, wall-mounted TVs, high-speed internet, and wide, viewless windows in every city, whether it’s downtown Madrid; Nørrebro, Copenhagen; or Gulou, Beijing. Once you take the place of the people who live there, you can head out to their favorite coffee shops, bars, or workspaces, which will be instantly recognizable because they look just like the apartment that you’re living in. You will probably enjoy it. You might think, ‘This is nice, I am comfortable.’ And then you can move on to the next one, only a click away."

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"Left unchecked, there is a kind of nightmare version of AirSpace that could spread room by room, cafe by cafe across the world. It’s already there, if you look for it. There are blank white lofts with subway-tile bathrooms, modular furniture, wall-mounted TVs, high-speed internet, and wide, viewless windows in every city, whether it’s downtown Madrid; Nørrebro, Copenhagen; or Gulou, Beijing. Once you take the place of the people who live there, you can head out to their favorite coffee shops, bars, or workspaces, which will be instantly recognizable because they look just like the apartment that you’re living in. You will probably enjoy it. You might think, ‘This is nice, I am comfortable.’ And then you can move on to the next one, only a click away."

https://www.theverge.com/2016/8/3/12...gentrification

Great article, sad article. This is not the future I want.
F that, I still want to live in a hole in the ground. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat. I want it to have a perfectly round door like a porthole, painted green, with a shiny yellow brass knob in the exact middle and a tube-shaped hall like a tunnel: a very comfortable tunnel without smoke, with paneled walls and floors tiled and carpeted, provided with polished chairs, and lots and lots of pegs for hats and coats.
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"Left unchecked, there is a kind of nightmare version of AirSpace that could spread room by room, cafe by cafe across the world. It’s already there, if you look for it. There are blank white lofts with subway-tile bathrooms, modular furniture, wall-mounted TVs, high-speed internet, and wide, viewless windows in every city, whether it’s downtown Madrid; Nørrebro, Copenhagen; or Gulou, Beijing. Once you take the place of the people who live there, you can head out to their favorite coffee shops, bars, or workspaces, which will be instantly recognizable because they look just like the apartment that you’re living in. You will probably enjoy it. You might think, ‘This is nice, I am comfortable.’ And then you can move on to the next one, only a click away."

https://www.theverge.com/2016/8/3/12...gentrification

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I hated every proper noun in that story by the 5th paragraph.
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F that, I still want to live in a hole in the ground. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat. I want it to have a perfectly round door like a porthole, painted green, with a shiny yellow brass knob in the exact middle and a tube-shaped hall like a tunnel: a very comfortable tunnel without smoke, with paneled walls and floors tiled and carpeted, provided with polished chairs, and lots and lots of pegs for hats and coats.
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We're so fucked. Glad shareholder value went up though.
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Just noticed how many pages this thread has now.

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Old 05-22-2017, 06:53 AM   #2069
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Don't Know What To Do With Your Life? It's Not Your Fault

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They need work and there's plenty of work that needs done. There just is no pipeline connecting the two. It's not their fault. Our system uses human talent about as efficiently as a dog eats peanut butter.

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