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Pop culture colonizes the imagination. 
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Le dessin d'un moine qui ressemble beaucoup au maître Jedi a été retrouvé dans un manuscrit par un conservateur de la British Library.
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Via +Boris Borcic

See his statement that this is evidence against Friedman's 'flat earth' thesis.
 
"Neodymium is no rarer than copper or nickel and quite evenly distributed throughout the world's crust. While China produces 90% of the global market's neodymium, only 30% of the world's deposits are located there. Arguably, what makes it, and cerium, scarce enough to be profitable are the hugely hazardous and toxic process needed to extract them from ore and to refine them into usable products. For example, cerium is extracted by crushing mineral mixtures and dissolving them in sulphuric and nitric acid, and this has to be done on a huge industrial scale, resulting in a vast amount of poisonous waste as a byproduct. It could be argued that China's dominance of the rare earth market is less about geology and far more about the country's willingness to take an environmental hit that other nations shy away from."

The neodymium and cerium used in tech products start in mines in Inner Mongolia, the province of northern China that borders Mongolia, such as the Bayan Obo mines just north of Baotou. Then they are processed in Baotou, and the "tailings," the toxic waste, are dumped in a "tailings pond", a big toxic lake.
Hidden in an unknown corner of Inner Mongolia is a toxic, nightmarish lake created by our thirst for smartphones, consumer gadgets and green tech, discovers Tim Maughan.
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Bukowski arrests murderer with Gertrude tattooed on his neck. Isn't that from one of his books?
Authorities: Chicago police captured Kamron Taylor -- a convicted murderer who'd overpowered a jail guard and escaped days earlier -- after a 5-block chase.
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Josh Blackman provides some clarity on the Indiana law. Yes, it is similar to the federal law. But there seem to be some clear distinctions. 1) it would seem to almost specifically punish progressive cities and towns in Indiana (such as South Bend) that have ordinances preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation; 2) it clarifies some potential vagueness when dealing with the federal law, i.e. whether the federal government must be a party in the case or if it also applies to private persons--the Indiana law makes sure these protections apply to all corporations and private individuals.

The comments are just as (if not more) interesting and cogent than the blog post (mostly written by legal wonks).

In the end, Blackman indicates that this is not immunity or a blank check for discrimination. I would hesitate to say that, especially given the publishing of the law. That atmosphere is there for the license to discriminate, a license which may be more in the heads of the bigots than not. And proving discrimination seems to have been made more difficult in the post-Pence era.
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+Jay Gordon I'm hesitant to blame the mainstream gay rights groups for all of this, especially the corporatization of the American society, the gutting of the American economy by oligarchic neo-industrialists, the decline of public housing and welfare assistance, or the criminalization of being black. They may have had a hand in supporting much of this. But so have we all--willingly or not.

I'm always sympathetic to pragmatism in the face of horror. It may not be the best road to take, but given the need for anti-discrimination in late capitalism, it would seem the only options are pitchforks and baguettes or using the market forces against the establishment, i.e. immanent change over transcendent change.
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Some excellent resources for fans of Tartovsky. I had no idea about the conflict between Bresson and Tartovsky at the '83 Cannes festival.

The Mirror is still one if my favorite films. Though, as with most geniuses, it is hard to rank his films in any 'better-than' format. Perhaps as important as his own work has been his influence on such current masters as Nuri Bilge Ceylan, whose Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is transcendent. 
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This is a rather confused essay. Gray admits the numbers are accurate, but brings up randomly ridiculous figures (which history has produced by the droves) to disprove (?) the importance of the numbers. Or maybe to disprove the thesis that altruism is increasing. I'm not really sure which.

Indeed, while he attacks the thesis, he also seems to support it (especially with the example of the Russian submarine commander). I've serious issue with Pinker's Pollyanna approach to history and the world as it is; I've serious issues with the thesis that the state's monopoly on violence is the cause of declining numbers of violence (medieval Europe saw a ruling class with total domination of violence, yet a staggering number of peasant dead belies the assumption that a state monopoly on violence equals lower numbers of violence)--i.e. rule of law mixed with state monopoly on violence leads to declining violence; I've a serious issue with the thesis that war is declining, being as war has shifted to police action and war dead have been converted through modern medicine to war wounded; however, gray's analysis is so profoundly flawed and nitpicky as to be useless.
A new orthodoxy, led by Steven Pinker, holds that war and violence in the developed world are declining. The stats are misleading, argues John Gray – and the idea of moral progress is wishful thinking and plain wrong
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" Pensioners are seven times a lot of seemingly to develop dangerous carcinoma than they were within the 1970’s, in step with Cancer analysis Britain "

In case you may not be aware of what "a lot of seemingly" might mean, think of synonyms for each. Someone apparently used a translation program or the very dangerous dictionary to translate this into English.
Pensioners are seven times a lot of seemingly to develop dangerous carcinoma than they were within the 1970's, in step with Cancer analysis Britain, that blames the rise on the increase of low cost package holidays and therefore the desirability of a tanned look. Figures collected by the charity ...
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" We live at a time when it is more crucial than ever to believe that the university is both a public trust and social good. At best, it is a critical institution infused with the promise of cultivating intellectual insight, the imagination, inquisitiveness, risk-taking, social responsibility and the struggle for justice. In addition, higher education should be at the “heart of intense public discourse, passionate learning, and vocal citizen involvement in the issues of the times.” Underlying this vision of the university are some serious questions about its relationship to the larger society. For instance, how might the university’s responsibility be understood with respect to safeguarding the interests of young people at a time of violence and war, the rise of a rampant anti-intellectualism, a devastating gap in income and wealth, the rise of the surveillance state, and the threat of ecological and nuclear devastation? What might it mean to define the university as a pedagogical space that disrupts, disturbs, inspires and energizes young people to be individual and social agents rather than as an institution that redefines itself in terms of market values and reacts mostly to market fluctuations? It is in the spirit of such considerations that I first want to address those larger economic, social and cultural interests produced largely by the growing inequalities in wealth, income and power that threaten the notion of higher education as a democratic public good. "

I was present for the keynote, and it was pitch perfect. Giroux encapsulates the moral hazards of corporatized higher education, directed by EdDs whose research is the definition of paucity.

The focus, even in public institutions, on maximizing 'profits' (or balancing budgets on the backs of the students and faculty) is only the symptom of the deep moral hazard. It is the cough that signals the cancer within. And that cancer of 'metrics' erodes the ideals of the institution, ideals that cannot be expressed in the standard metrics of testing but is only demonstrable in qualitative analysis--and even then not so much. How could one 'measure' the importance of the university during the social movements of the sixties? The aids crises of the 80s? Etc?
Higher education is defined more and more as simply another core element of corporate power and culture, viewed mostly as a waste of taxpayers’ money, and denied its value as a democratic public sphere and guardian of public values. - 2015/03/21
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It turns out that reading is not the culprit of my slight myopia, lack of sunlight is. Struggles of the (recovering) night owl...
 
The myopia boom: Short-sightedness is reaching epidemic proportions

East Asia has been gripped by an unprecedented rise in myopia, also known as short-sightedness. Sixty years ago, 10–20% of the Chinese population was short-sighted. Today, up to 90% of teenagers and young adults are. In Seoul, a whopping 96.5% of 19-year-old men are short-sighted.

#shortsightedness  
#myopia  
Short-sightedness is reaching epidemic proportions. Some scientists think they have found a reason why.
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There are plenty of problems with the implication that the existence of hate speech laws actually led to the rise of the Nazis or that they strengthen the current racist/secessionist/(add your idiot group here) groups in their ideological struggle. 

Firstly, the Weimar Republic did not have 'hate-speech' laws. They had laws against inciting people in class struggle (which is what the Nazis were doing), laws against "religious insult" (which is also what the Nazis did), and laws against "insult" in general. All of these laws have longstanding histories throughout Europe going back to the Reformation (for religious insult) and to the early Middle Ages (for general insult). Only one of them could be called a 'hate-speech' law. And it is part of an age old tradition. (see pg. 70 here: http://fla.st/17CA469 for a reference to these laws). 

Largely, the Nazis did not use these 'hate-speech laws' to further their political cause. Indeed, what this blogger points to ( http://bit.ly/1FPsa4u ) back in 2008 is a speech made by Hitler on coming to power. That little speech, however, is not directed specifically at the Nazis being punished for hate speech against the Jews, but more importantly for their punishment for riling the masses. Hate speech against the Jews is not critical commentary or dialogue about state politics. And even the Nazis didn't pretend it was. That's why they couch a lot of their writing about the Jews in political trappings. They want to protect the Vaterland from the political and economic influence of the Jews. At least in the early writings. 

One might say that laws against hate-speech are similar to the religious insult laws. Except that they're not at all similar to them. Religious insult laws were designed to prevent Catholics from criticizing the Protestant majority, and vice-versa, in Germany. They were designed to quell the masses and prevent massive uprising and religious pogroms. Current 'hate-speech' laws are designed to prevent racist diatribes which are not intended as critical screeds, but simple vitriol against a racial or cultural other. Specifically, the International Convention on the Prevention of All Forms of Racial Discrimination forces all signatories to make "all dissemination of ideas based on racial superiority or hatred" a punishable offense. ( http://bit.ly/1v0JCSw ). That's not the same as 'religious insult.' Indeed, as Charlie Hebdo proved, religious insult is par for the course in Europe. 

Secondy, the existence of hate-speech laws in other countries have not led to Nazi uprisings. Most of Europe had similar laws to Weimar Germany regarding 'religious insult'. And yet, no Nazis. Iran has laws against insulting religion. And, I've not seen a massive racist uprising there. Well, not in a while anyway (and that was more due to America's support for the Shah and all that...). Indonesia has very strict anti-insult laws. And while they do have to deal with political turmoil, none of that turmoil comes from people who want to be able to insult other races freely. 
 
"Researching my book, I looked into what actually happened in the Weimar Republic. I found that, contrary to what most people think, Weimar Germany did have hate-speech laws, and they were applied quite frequently. The assertion that Nazi propaganda played a significant role in mobilizing anti-Jewish sentiment is, of course, irrefutable. But to claim that the Holocaust could have been prevented if only anti-Semitic speech and Nazi propaganda had been banned has little basis in reality. Leading Nazis such as Joseph Goebbels, Theodor Fritsch, and Julius Streicher were all prosecuted for anti-Semitic speech. Streicher served two prison sentences. Rather than deterring the Nazis and countering anti-Semitism, the many court cases served as effective public-relations machinery, affording Streicher the kind of attention he would never have found in a climate of a free and open debate."
A victim is transported to an ambulance after a fatal shooting attack on a free-speech meeting in Denmark. Credit PHOTOGRAPH BY LARS RONBOG/GETTY
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Filthy Zionists will burn in hell. If my words cause mental injury, well, congratulate me. My intention isn't to flatter those filthy swines. Ifnmy hatred of racism, bigotry and immorality offend anyone. Tough luck.
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I had the Brisket Dip, which was very good. The brisket has a heavy, smoky flavor, a bit salty, but the salt is nicely countered by caramelized onions and a sweet sauce. The dip was standard, canned, deli fair and, while very salty, not bad in combination with the brisket. However, the serving was very small for what I paid. It was served on a standard hamburger bun (store bought quality) with perhaps six slices of brisket (which, since the bun was so small, was about right). It was perhaps perfect for a lunch serving, but this was dinner. There were a small handful of fries that were relatively fresh, but not enough to counter the minuscule portion of meat. The service was okay. It did take a bit too long to get the food, but the server was capable, though not terribly convivial. The kicker was the bill. Not only was it more expensive (for less food!) than the excellent Metro Diner and, indeed, any similar restaurant, but there was also a small extra charge. It is called the ACA Surcharge. It amounted to a piddly 1%, so I'm not outraged at the cost. I'm outraged at the politics. The ACA surcharge, it turns out, is a charge added on to every costumer's bill to counter the increased costs of giving the workers healthcare. I'm fine with paying the extra. I'm also NOT a big fan of the ACA. But to play politics with your customers is, frankly, ridiculous and stupid. It makes the whole meal feel like a sales pitch. Half of the population was just spit on by the owner. I left feeling dirty. I'll not be returning to Gator's again (not that it's a big loss). I'm hopeful the owners feel comfortable with their politics. But, if I want to go to a political rally, I'll head to the nearest park and watch the loons. I've no interest in supporting someone so crass and gauche as to behave in this fashion.
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