Category: Science & technology

The measure of patriotism

Snowden would not get a fair trial – and Kerry is wrong By Daniel Ellsberg, Friday 30 May 2014 07.45 EDT   John Kerry was in my mind Wednesday morning, and not because he had called me a patriot on NBC News. I was reading the lead story in the New York Times – “US …

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Backfire effect

Here Are 5 Infuriating Examples of Facts Making People Dumber By Chris Mooney, Wed Mar. 5, 2014 3:00 AM GMT     On Monday, I reported on the latest study to take a bite out of the idea of human rationality. In a paper just published in Pediatrics, Brendan Nyhan of Dartmouth University and his …

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Their first institutional reflex

A clue as to why the Shin Bet might hack me By Jonathan Cook, 7 February 2014   I have been pondering – probably more than is wise – what happened yesterday, when I lost control of my computer for an hour shortly after I had contacted the Israeli prime minister’s spokesman for a comment …

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Politically motivated and theologically inept

New Atheism’s big mistake: Debating creationists solves nothing By Sean McElwee and Abigail Salvatore, Saturday, Feb  1, 2014 09:30 AM CST   Bill Nye and Ken Ham will be debating creationism on Feb. 4, and it’s a bad idea for both scientists and Christians. Ham’s young-earth creationism represents the distinct tendency of American Christian fundamentalists …

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I didn’t do anything wrong

Malala and Nabila: worlds apart By Murtaza Hussain, 01 Nov 2013 09:57   On October 24, 2012 a Predator drone flying over North Waziristan came upon eight-year-old Nabila Rehman, her siblings, and their grandmother as they worked in a field beside their village home. Her grandmother, Momina Bibi, was teaching the children how to pick …

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The US chose to kill my mother

Please tell me, Mr President, why a US drone assassinated my mother By Rafiq ur Rehman, Friday 25 October 2013 09.00 EDT   The last time I saw my mother, Momina Bibi, was the evening before Eid al-Adha. She was preparing my children’s clothing and showing them how to make sewaiyaan, a traditional sweet made …

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A kind of paranoid art

NSA to Americans: ‘All your data are belong to us!’ By Dan Hind, 10 Jun 2013 18:19   A few days ago, the Guardian published details of the US National Security Administration’s PRISM programme. We now know that the NSA is able to access personal data stored by Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Paltalk, YouTube, Skype, AOL …

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