Monday, August 10, 2015

Humans cling to their primal fear of the dark

When the Last Tree Is Cut Down, the Last Fish Eaten, and the Last Stream Poisoned, You Will Realize That You Cannot Eat Money ...

INK BOTTLE“When people hate with all that energy, it is something in themselves they are hating.”
~ Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited

Humans cling to their primal fear of the dark Astronomy Magazine

What It’s Like to Have the Oldest Phone in San Francisco Gawker. What a poseur! My phone is older than hers (see image)! And I even have a fresh one in the same antique model (as well as another battery) as backup.

How the Progressive Mindset Is Holding the Left Back and Placing the World in the Right’s Lap Truthdig (Chuck L). This confirms my very dim view of George Lakoff. His idea of the left as wanting government to be nurturing mommies was insulting and infantilizing, and any messaging coming out of that reading would play into the hands of the right (as in the left wants to keep people weak and dependent). Now we have Lakoff unable to distinguish the professional, as in Vichy, left from grass roots types. Or is he projecting the ruoot cause of why his arguments failed onto his fellow travelers? As in nice nurturant types won’t engage in bloody fights when that’s what it takes to win?

New insights into the production of antibiotics by bacteria PhysOrg


Job insecurity is the new normal. Here’s how it’s affecting your family life Deseret News. So someone has deigned to notice?

Extreme working hours have radically increased in many western European countries since the start of the 1990s LSE

A Company Copes With Backlash Against the Raise That Roared New York Times. EM: “Takeaway: even the best-intentioned plans have ‘devil is in the details’ issues. Perhaps NC and its reader community can at least help this fellow on the PR-battle side.”
Mother tries to gas her daughters (Adelaide) 

Mother drowns her three children (in Melbourne)

Brock and Russell’s article [argues that] the functioning of the tax system depends, in part on our acknowledgement that certain behavior is important to its successful operation, even though that behavior may not have been formalized explicitly into the law. ... [I]t has been ... difficult to establish a shared vision of the moral responsibility for curbing abusive tax avoidance. But Brock and Russell seek to ignite this conversation through their fresh perspective. ...