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 
5 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 
7 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 
7 days ago
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"I bet he's not thinking about dragons."
7 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 
13 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 
14 days ago
As oil prices tank, new era of abundance seen dawning | Reuters
"That may change if oil prices slide another $10 or so. Not only will that squeeze budgets from Caracas to Moscow, but U.S. drillers would probably curb activity in the event of a "sustained pullback" below $80 a barrel, analysts at Baird Energy wrote in a report on Monday.

"US shale oil after all is not just the newest and biggest source of supply, but also high cost and most responsive to oil prices," said McNally. "North Dakota and Texas have effectively joined OPEC, though they may not have realized it yet.""
oil  energy  economics 
14 days ago
In Defense of Gamers | Jacobin
"The trolls may sometimes get out of control, just as the Republican establishment sometimes loses control of the Tea Party, or the industrial capitalists sometimes lose control of the Nazi brownshirts. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t part of one dialectically inter-related political project. The Cossacks work for the Czar. The street fighters are there to police the boundaries of discourse, to forcibly drive out anyone who challenges the existing hierarchy—women, people of color, LGBT people, even the odd white man deemed to be too sympathetic to the women and the commies."
sexism  capitalism  videogames  business  culture  jerks 
14 days ago
Resistance heroine who led 7,000 men against the Nazis - Europe - World - The Independent
"Ms Wake, who has died in London just before her 99th birthday, was a New Zealander brought up in Australia. She became a nurse, a journalist who interviewed Adolf Hitler, a wealthy French socialite, a British agent and a French resistance leader. She led 7,000 guerrilla fighters in battles against the Nazis in the northern Auvergne, just before the D-Day landings in 1944. On one occasion, she strangled an SS sentry with her bare hands. On another, she cycled 500 miles to replace lost codes. In June 1944, she led her fighters in an attack on the Gestapo headquarters at Montlucon in central France."

"Ms Wake was also furious the TV series suggested she had had a love affair with one of her fellow fighters. She was too busy killing Nazis for amorous entanglements, she said."

"Nancy recalled later in life that her parachute had snagged in a tree. The French resistance fighter who freed her said he wished all trees bore "such beautiful fruit". Nancy retorted: "Don't give me that French shit.""
feminism  history  wwii  amazing  badass 
15 days ago
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