January 2014

 

    • Welcome to SayIt – An open source tool for making transcripts really easy to read, search and share on the modern web.

 

 

    • Nujood Ali, 10 Year Old Former Child Bride – Unbelievable barbarism from these places where child brides are permitted. The story links to that of an 8 year old Yemeni who died from a ruptured uterus after being raped by her husband on her wedding night.

 

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US (In)Justice System on parade again

by Limbic on January 31, 2014

Remember the two guys who toppled over a rock in Utah and uploaded a video of it to Youtube? It sparked Internet “outrage” and went viral.

The two men involved – Scout leaders at the time – were thrown out of the scouts and vilified.

They claim – and there is absolutely no reason to doubt them – that they thought the ancient rock was a health hazard that could topple on to hikers. They claim they decided to topple it to prevent that happening. In other words their intent was noble even if they were wrong to take matters into their own hands. The other narrative is that of two vandals wantonly destroying an ancient rock formation out of malice.

It is clear to me these two were well intended if misguided. The act was silly but not maliciously so, deserving of censure and possibly a fine. Their firing from the Scouts was bad enough. The internet lynch mob excessive and disgusting as always.

Now the reliably excessive US Justice system is charging the duo with felony charges. They face 5 years in jail.

Ludicrous.

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    • Bashstrap – Bootstrap for your terminal. A quick way to spruce up OSX terminal. It cuts out the fluff, adds in timesaving features, and provides a solid foundation for customizing your terminal style.

 

 

    • BBC News – South Sudan: BBC crew caught up in ambush – Want to see what happens then a rabble is ambushed? Watch as these South Sudanese soldiers flee the battlefield, rapidly ditching their uniforms. This is why small, professionally trained mercenary forces can control entire countries. No discipline in their opposition.

 

 

    • Jonathan Haidt: How common threats can make common (political) ground | Video on TED.com – If an asteroid were headed for Earth, we’d all band together and figure out how to stop it, just like in the movies, right? And yet, when faced with major, data-supported, end-of-the-world problems in real life, too often we retreat into partisan shouting and stalemate. Jonathan Haidt shows us a few of the very real asteroids headed our way — some pet causes of the left wing, some of the right — and suggests how both wings could work together productively to benefit humanity as a whole.Jonathan Haidt studies how — and why — we evolved to be moral. By understanding more about our moral roots, his hope is that we can learn to be civil and open-minded

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Colin Wilson

by Limbic on January 12, 2014

Passed away last month (5 December 2013).

I really liked his work – not the hocus-pocus stuff – but books like “A Criminal History of Mankind”  (1984) and “The Outsider” (1956).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Wilson

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