Category: Science & technology

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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So many

True costs of Iraq War whitewashed by fuzzy maths By Muhammad Idrees Ahmad, Apr 5, 2013   ‘So many’, wrote TS Eliot, reflecting on the waste land left by the First World  War. “I had not thought death had undone so many.” This notion is unlikely to cross the minds of those surveying the devastation  …

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Like selling Bibles to believers

Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens: New Atheists flirt with Islamophobia By Nathan Lean, Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 02:00 PM CDT   Richard Dawkins, the preppy septuagenarian and professional atheist whose work in the field of evolutionary biology informs his godless worldview, has always been a prickly fellow. The British scientist and former Oxford University professor has expended …

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Understanding our history a little better

Does Arab progress founder on an ossified language? By Robert Fisk, Monday 31 December 2012   I’ve heard all kinds of reasons for the Arab-Israeli failure to agree on UN Security Council Resolution 242 – because the Arabic text calls upon Israel to withdraw from ‘the lands occupied by Israel in 1967’ (including the West Bank, …

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Connected solely by religion

The Jewish people’s ultimate treasure hunt By Ofer Aderet, Dec.28, 2012 9:12 AM   “Just imagine a group of blind people who encounter an elephant for the first time in their lives. They place their hands on it and touch it in order to understand what kind of animal it is. But each of them …

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Bloody science

Sod the scientific warnings – here’s why I’ll keep on running By Kerry McCarthy, Saturday 1 December 2012 06.00 EST   Bloody science. For a discipline that’s supposed to be all about accuracy and provable facts, you never know where you are with it. Barely a day goes by without the papers reporting a new …

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Fire from below

Mr. President, remember me? It’s Bill Ayers By Bill Ayers, Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 02:00 PM CST   I have a backpack filled to overflowing with grievance and discontent, dissent and demand, as well as wild hopes and radical aspirations: end the wars and the drone strikes, slash the pentagon, fight for universal health care, …

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