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An old article worth the read. #Sade
Revisit The FADER'S 2000 cover story on the inimitable soul icon.
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Ecomodernism Confronts Current Ecological Challenges & Embraces Technology

#ecology   #ecotechnology   #ecomodernism
AN  ECOMODERNIST MANIFESTO
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Beautiful Images from the Cherry Blossom Festival in DC
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The New Europe - Reflecting Its Past

#Germany #neonazi
The arson attack at a housing block in Tröglitz - where 40 refugees were to move in next month - has taken the recent xenophobia here to a new level, says the town's former mayor. Out of fear, he stepped down last month.
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More Trouble for Google from European Regulators

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Additional Reevaluation of College Political Correctness and the Damage it does to Students

From:  The American Interest

These pieces, and others like them, are signs of a pushback against the infantilization of the university. But there’s still a long way to go before the cocoon culture rebalances itself—and the forces of prudish repression and PC lunacy remain strong.

Between the infantilizing of campus culture and the growing global harshness, something has to give and—hint, hint—it won’t be the real world. The worst thing about the current climate of PC stupidity and mandatory cocooning on campus isn’t the ugly repression it entails.

And from Todd Gitlin of Colombia:

Which brings me to the subject of “trigger warnings.” This term does not refer to apprehension about the prospect of guns brought onto campus. It has to do with the subject matter and tenor of texts and films thought, rightly or wrongly, to be frightening. It’s argued that students who’ve been sexually assaulted are particularly vulnerable to flashbacks from unhealed traumas. ... Partly to protect the vulnerable and partly on ideological principle, trigger-warning advocates want to mandate advance alerts in class. Teachers should be required to signal beforehand—Caution: Rapes Ahead.

There’s another way of looking at the annals of slaughter and rape that thread through the history of civilization—this civilization or any other. It is this: A record of civilization that lacks such accounts is a lie. “There is no document of civilization,” wrote Walter Benjamin, “which is not at the same time a document of barbarism.” Universities are not fallout shelters. (Once again, Kant: Dare to know!) Brutalities cry for attention. Attention to the appalling causes disturbance. Deal with it. You’re at school to be disturbed. Universities are very much in the business of trying to get you to rethink why you believe what you believe and whether you have grounds for believing it.

http://tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/189543/trigger-warnings-on-campus

#collegestudents  
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Russian Cruise MIssile Technology has Reintroduced Theater Nuclear Forces to Europe

See NY Times link for greater detail:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/29/world/europe/us-says-russia-tested-cruise-missile-in-violation-of-treaty.html?_r=0 
The United States is prepared to continue dialogue with Russia on ensuring the observance of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, U.S. Department of State official Rose Gottemoeller said, Tass reported March 24.
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The Hill on the Nature of the Iranian Regime
Think of the negotiations as a component in the Iranian war against us.
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Um, I can't think of a single response to this piece except one that is juvenile ("duh" comes to mind). The Hill's editorial staff is just now figuring this out? 
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From The Constitution of Liberty by F. A. Hayek

Humiliating to human pride as it may be, we must recognize that the advance and even the preserva­tion of civilization are dependent upon a maximum of opportunity for accidents to happen. These ac­cidents occur in the combination of knowledge and attitudes, skills and habits, acquired by individual men and also when qualified men are confronted with the particular circumstances which they are equipped to deal with. Our neces­sary ignorance of so much means that we have to deal largely with probabilities and chances.

The classical argument for tol­erance formulated by John Milton and John Locke and restated by John Stuart Mill and Walter Bagehot rests, of course, on the recog­nition of this ignorance of ours. It is a special application of general considerations to which a nonrationalist insight into the working of our mind opens the doors. We shall find throughout this book that, though we are usually not aware of it, all institutions of free­dom are adaptations to this funda­mental fact of ignorance, adapted to deal with chances and probabili­ties, not certainty. Certainty we cannot achieve in human affairs, and it is for this reason that, to make the best use of what knowl­edge we have, we must adhere to rules which experience has shown to serve best on the whole, though we do not know what will be the consequences of obeying them in the particular instance.
The case for individual freedom rests chiefly on the recognition of the inevitable ignorance of all of us concerning a great many of the factors on which the achievement of our ends and welfare depends. If there were omniscient men, if we could know not only all that affects the attainment of ...
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American Tech Companies Face European Regulators  -- protectionism or legitimate antitrust action?
New developments offer the latest sign that American tech giants face intensifying scrutiny in Europe that could curb their profits in the region and affect how they operate around the world.
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Washington Post on Iran Nuclear Deal and French Leaks:  "Giving Away the Store to Iran"

One might reach the conclusion that the US administration is paving the way for a nuclear Iran given recent Wall Street Journal reporting and the post from the Washington Post below.  One can only hope that Congress will provide an exit strategy, if these reports are correct.

How does the administration expect a deal as bad as this to fly with Congress and the American people? Perhaps they simply want Congress to take responsibility for nixing a deal. If so, Congress should oblige. In a foolhardy and weak-kneed effort to accommodate the White House, Senate Democrats insisted on pushing back votes to require a congressional up-or-down vote (Corker-Graham-Menendez) and if no deal is struck, new sanctions (Menendez-Kirk). Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) spokesman confirms that the votes will come in April after Congress is back from recess. It is increasingly obvious (most recently evidenced by the complete collapse of Yemen to Iran-backed troops and the indictment of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for desertion) that the administration’s collective judgment is awful.

+The White House  #Iran   #nuclearweapons  
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  • Primer Research, Inc.
    Founder/Principal, present
  • USIA, Radio Free Europe
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25 years of international public opinion research experience
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founder of Primer Research (formerly PRiMeR, Ltd.) - specialized in opinion, social and audience research on a global basis since 1994.  
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lifetime member of WAPOR, ESOMAR member
Education
  • Claremont Graduate University
    Government, 1982 - 1986
  • University of Washington
    Communication, 1980 - 1982
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
    International Asia Studies Program, 1981 - 1982
  • Monterey Institute of International Studies
    International Studies, 1977 - 1979