Eclectic is my reading and memory is short. to find mullings later: Here I come.

62,827 emails (!) from 38 Degrees members pushed eBay into taking action. They even told the 38 Degrees office that they had people in “making manual checks over the weekend” – which for a huge corporation based on fancy technology is extraordinary.

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Australian generative artist and designer Jonathan McCabe turns Alan Turing’s theory of naturally occurring patterns in cells into hypnotic artworks. Pair with artist Michele Banks’s cellular paintings inspired by Carl Sagan.

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Australian generative artist and designer Jonathan McCabe turns Alan Turing’s theory of naturally occurring patterns in cells into hypnotic artworks. Pair with artist Michele Banks’s cellular paintings inspired by Carl Sagan.

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Aldous Huxley on drugs and democracy 

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Aldous Huxley on drugs and democracy 

I fear that this may not be a spoof:
” Jesus Wore Pants, Not a Dress”
The really interesting thing is the way that the lack of awareness about what translation involves and how it can be misleading.

Of interest to some … magnetictapez for example?

Our Interview with Hellboy Creator Mike Mignola
To celebrate the 20th anniversary, Dark Horse Comics is releasing a new hardcover collection, Hellboy: The First 20 Years. We had the pleasure of speaking with Mike Mignola about the history of Hellboy and what the future holds.

Of interest to some … magnetictapez for example?

Our Interview with Hellboy Creator Mike Mignola

To celebrate the 20th anniversary, Dark Horse Comics is releasing a new hardcover collection, Hellboy: The First 20 Years. We had the pleasure of speaking with Mike Mignola about the history of Hellboy and what the future holds.

We design human nature by designing the institutions within which people live and work.

—Legendary psychologist Barry Schwartz, author of the indispensable Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing, at TED 2014. (via explore-blog)

this vote – regardless of its illegitimacy within the Ukrainian constitution – is a genuine expression of the popular will. And he’s right. Because, despite US/EU condemnations of the referendum as a ‘sham’, Crimea has as much right to secede as Kosovo, South Sudan, Croatia and East Timor – all of whose claims were recognized by Western governments – from its Russian majority, to its historical ties to Russia and its really very tenuous and still somewhat mysterious incorporation into Ukraine by Khruschev in 1954.

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People Powered Front Pages Rule | The Whip

What if front pages were selected by newspapers’ readers instead of their editors? At NewsWhip, we’re always interested in the news stories people are choosing to share – and how those stories differ from the normal news stories editors put on the front pages of big newspapers. So we ran a little experiment. On Wednesday morning, we gathered the front pages of leading newspapers in several countries. Then we used Spike to check the most shared stories from each one. A little work at our end, and we used those most shared stories to make new “people powered” front pages for each newspaper – giving the most shared story the most prominence, the second most shared the second most prominence, etc. We replaced headlines and pictures, though did not get into replacing story text and bylines. The results are pretty neat – maybe even thought provoking.

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People Powered Front Pages Rule | The Whip

What if front pages were selected by newspapers’ readers instead of their editors? At NewsWhip, we’re always interested in the news stories people are choosing to share – and how those stories differ from the normal news stories editors put on the front pages of big newspapers. So we ran a little experiment. On Wednesday morning, we gathered the front pages of leading newspapers in several countries. Then we used Spike to check the most shared stories from each one. A little work at our end, and we used those most shared stories to make new “people powered” front pages for each newspaper – giving the most shared story the most prominence, the second most shared the second most prominence, etc. We replaced headlines and pictures, though did not get into replacing story text and bylines. The results are pretty neat – maybe even thought provoking.
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Anonymous companies are controlling more than you think, and 2014 TED Prize winner Charmain Gooch is launching a campaign against them.

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Anonymous companies are controlling more than you think, and 2014 TED Prize winner Charmain Gooch is launching a campaign against them.

The companies are extracting profits of around £2 billion a year above the cost of a public service funded through low-cost public debt. This means renationalisation would save the average household £83 per year, cutting bills by more than 20%. This year should have seen the expiry of the original licences awarded in 1989. But a new clause requiring 25 years notice of termination has effectively extended their contracts indefinitely – the clause seems to be of no concern to the competition authorities of the UK or the EU.

According to Samuel Johnson, “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” Of course, had Johnson been American, the “last” would be “first”.
-Kim Fabricius

Young-earth creationism is an intellectual disaster, but anthropogenic climate-change denial is, more, a moral disaster. It is not merely risible, it is repugnant; not just bad science but odious ideology. And world leaders for whom the penny has finally dropped – what do they do but loiter without intent, hands in pockets, counting their change? To wilful ignorance, economic self-interest, and political opportunism, add the global “bystander effect” – the more nations that witness other nations in even more distress than their own, the less likely any one nation will say “Enough is enough!” and act – well, one despairs even of damage limitation (like chemo with late-stage cancer). And you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows: extreme meteorological events, environmental devastation, human suffering will worsen; mass migrations and territorial conflict will ensue; only fundamentalists will rejoice – they’ll have a sodden field day with the book of Revelation. We say climate-change denial is an “opinion”; our grandchildren will ask us why we didn’t call it like it is – a sociopathology.

Is the glass half-empty or half-full? That depends. Is the liquid sour milk or single malt?
- Kim Fabricius