The Sweethome
like the wirecutter, but for other stuff
2 days ago
BBC News - Bank of England says keep interest rates low for now
bank says it should still remains super easy for it to keep making arseloads of money
banking  economics  dumb 
8 days ago
The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons - NYTimes.com
"Nonproliferation officials said the Pentagon’s handling of many of the recovered warheads and shells appeared to violate the Convention on Chemical Weapons. According to this convention, chemical weapons must be secured, reported and destroyed in an exacting and time-consuming fashion.

The Pentagon did not follow the steps, but says that it adhered to the convention’s spirit. “These suspect weapons were recovered under circumstances in which prompt destruction was dictated by the need to ensure that the chemical weapons could not threaten the Iraqi people, neighboring states, coalition forces, or the environment,” said Jennifer Elzea, a Pentagon spokeswoman.

The convention, she added, “did not envisage the conditions found in Iraq.”

Nonetheless, several participants said the United States lost track of chemical weapons that its troops found, left large caches unsecured, and did not warn people — Iraqis and foreign troops alike — as it hastily exploded chemical ordnance in the open air."
longread  toread  weapons  war  DOD  america  iraq 
10 days ago
The Future Of The Culture Wars Is Here, And It's Gamergate
"There is a reason why, in all the Gamergate rhetoric, you hear the echoes of every other social war staged in the last 30 years: overly politically correct, social-justice warriors, the media elite, gamers are not a monolith. There is also a reason why so much of the rhetoric amounts to a vigorous argument that Being a gamer doesn't mean you're sexist, racist, and stupid—a claim no one is making. Co-opting the language and posture of grievance is how members of a privileged class express their belief that the way they live shouldn't have to change, that their opponents are hypocrites and perhaps even the real oppressors. This is how you get St. Louisans sincerely explaining that Ferguson protestors are the real racists, and how you end up with an organized group of precisely the same video game enthusiasts to whom an entire industry is catering honestly believing that they're an oppressed minority. From this kind of ideological fortification, you can stage absolutely whatever campaigns you deem necessary."
culture  gaming  assholes  politics  psychology 
10 days ago
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"I bet he's not thinking about dragons."
10 days ago
Only A Woman Can Keep A Secret
You don’t know what integrity is and I hate you and I hate myself. Only a woman can keep a secret. She’ll bury the secret in her own heart, and she’ll bury herself in the desert, and you will betray her a thousand times before she betrays you."
FBI  history 
16 days ago
Why do we keep repeating Milgram’s experiments – Malcolm Harris – Aeon
At the core of Milgram’s tests was the scientist’s desire to replicate as best he could the conditions of the gas chamber. He sought to induce the Holocaust in individual subjects so that he could measure evil at the atomic level. In an interview for 60 Minutes in 1979, Milgram told the host Morley Safer:
"I would say, on the basis of having observed a thousand people in the experiment and having my own intuition shaped and informed by these experiments, that if a system of death camps were set up in the United States of the sort we had seen in Nazi Germany, one would be able to find sufficient personnel for these camps in any medium-sized American town."
psychology  humans  ugh 
17 days ago
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