Reality Check: Has the UK's devolution settlement been ripped up? | BBC News
TLDR: Yes. But it's hardly surprising. The powers were always Westminster's to take back whenever they felt like it. Otherwise, devo-max would have been an acceptable alternative to indy. The problem is not that Brexit has provided an excuse for WM to do what WM was always going to do---the problem is the naked contempt with which they've done it. The fact that the whole thing went almost completely unreported until the SNP pulled their little walkout stunt today only serves to underline that.
indyref  independence  scotland  uk  politics  news  analysis  Brexit 
10 days ago
The Lifespan of a Lie | Medium
Changing perspectives on the Stanford Prison Experiment.
science  psychology  history  natureoftruth  society 
10 days ago
Two Norwegian Lawmakers Nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize | Bloomberg
OH FOR THE LOVE OF FUCK. I suppose nobody trolls better than a Norwegian.

[Warning: infuriating autoplaying video]
news  politics  fuckwits  drumpf  wtf 
10 days ago
How bad could it be, really? | tigerfort
Better start stockpiling bondage gear and dune buggies.
Brexit  politics  fuckwits  bloodytories  dystopia  news  uk 
10 days ago
Rat Park drug experiment comic about addiction | Stuart McMillen comics
For every scientific study there is an equal and opposite study. This utopia seems to conclude with much more optimism.
society  science  mentalhealth  drugs  comic  dystopia  psychology 
11 days ago
The Doomed Mouse Utopia That Inspired the 'Rats of NIMH' | Atlas Obscura
In which the mice all started wearing leather bondage gear and driving dune buggies around. Science!
dystopia  psychology  science  zeitgeisty  incrediblyobscurereference  society 
11 days ago
On the Risk of an Accidental or Unauthorized Nuclear Detonation | RAND Corporation, 1958
p. 24. "There are two delusional complexes frequently observed in paranoia or paranoid disorders which could bring forth the intent to cause an unauthorized nuclear detonation. One is the desire to seek fame[...] The other complex is the idea of having a special mission in history." 
coldwardinosaur  drumpf  nuclearpower  history  usa 
11 days ago
Bare hill of the hind | Walkhighlands
This is why we need rewilding. Moar wolves pls.
scotland  rewilding  walking  politics  opinion 
11 days ago
WHY I WANT TO FUCK RONALD REAGAN
J G Ballard's classic 1968 demolition of the media-friendly politician. What a world it must have been, when this was a novelty deserving of commentary.
writing  books  dystopia  americans  usa  politics  satire  deconstruction  zeitgeisty  literature 
11 days ago
Rai stones | Wikipedia
"Because these stones are too large to move, buying an item with one simply involves agreeing that the ownership has changed. As long as the transaction is recorded in the oral history, it will now be owned by the person it is passed on to and no physical movement of the stone is required."

TIL that the Micronesian islanders invented the blockchain.
economy  capitalism  tech  nerd  silly 
12 days ago
The Food Lab: The Road To Better Risotto | Serious Eats
Now this is how you do a cookery blog. And also how you do a risotto. Nom.
food  blog  cooking  science  nerd 
12 days ago
The Pivot | Charlie's Diary
Meanwhile in Britain. Charlie recaps everything nicely.

(I hadn't seen the news about Dacre, good riddance, but the other day I did have to blink and check what reality I was in when I saw an oddly anti-Brexit headline on the Daily Fail.)
news  journalism  Brexit  zeitgeisty  wtf  conspiracy  DailyMail  bloodytories  fuckwits  politics  uk 
12 days ago
First, Let’s Fire All the Managers | Harvard Business Review
A company as red as the tomatoes they process. And they still make money. It can be done.
capitalism  socialism  handwringingLeftyGuardianistasFTW  economy  economics  work 
12 days ago
"We’re America, Bitch:" White House Official Defines Trump Doctrine | The Atlantic
In the current climate, any scholarly political article that references <cite>Team America: World Police</cite> can only be a good thing.
news  politics  drumpf  fuckwits  usa  zeitgeisty 
12 days ago
Bad jobs can warp your sense of what’s normal | Slate
On toxic workplaces, and their similarity to any other form of dysfunctional relationship.
work  employment  wellness  mentalhealth  psych  apophany  capitalism  health 
12 days ago
The Queen's corgis are dead: long live the 'dorgis' | The Guardian
I stand corrected. There won't be corgis. She's letting them die off before she does. h/t @clanwilliam.
news 
13 days ago
'London Bridge is down': the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death | The Guardian
"There may be corgis". And all nonessential work will stop for twelve days and the economy will tank. But there'll be a free bank holiday!
news  uk  handwringingLeftyGuardianistasFTW  coldwardinosaur  history 
13 days ago
Scientists Reveal That Quantum Time Travel Exists | Perfect Edition
No they don't, but quantum computation might be possible along open timelike curves in addition to closed ones, which themselves might or might not exist.
science  tech  nerd  computing 
13 days ago
White power, white nationalism, and the Vietnam War: a brief history | Vox
"there’s this perpetual engagement in state violence, and we should expect that violence to reverberate throughout society during and after war."
racism  usa  drumpf  fuckwits  bloodytories  nazis  history 
9 weeks ago
Amazon Buys ‘The Peripheral’ Drama | Deadline
Ooh, this could be interesting. Or terrible. Cautious optimism.
tv  books  WilliamGibson  news  media  sf 
9 weeks ago
Facebook Crossed The Creepy Line And Can’t Go Back | Buzzfeed
"Google makes a lot of futuristic technology [...] that feel like useful tools on their own merits. Facebook’s core features [...] while disruptive and transformative at scale, were never exactly new. Facebook’s true innovation is a ruthlessly efficient and effective machine that serves highly targeted ads in ways that seem increasingly adversarial to traditional views of personal privacy."
privacy  whyfacebooksucks  internet  socialmedia  tech 
9 weeks ago
Perfect Day: All the dairy you love, with none of the dairy cows. | Perfect Day
Interesting method of creating dairy products without the tedious necessity of putting corn into a cow and then squeezing milk out the other end. This will be useful when we go to space, but I still want to see herds of cattle on the cargo deck eventually.
science  tech  coolstuff  futurism  livinginthefuture  food 
10 weeks ago
What football will look like in the future | SB Nation
Possibly the most dystopic future ever created. But I absolutely love the way this is told.
writing  futurism  sf 
10 weeks ago
The American Chopper meme, explained | Vox
Apparently it's all about Socratic dialectics. And rednecks with Hulkamania moustaches throwing chairs at each other. Personally, of course, I favour the Downfall meme as a best fit for my own personal style of philosophical discourse.
philosophy  nerd  meme  socialmedia  millennials  language  #getoffmylawn  culture  internet 
10 weeks ago
Are music videos behind the rise in UK's violent crime? | Sky News
Because the problem is rock and/or roll. Why can't these gangsters listen to some ballet like normal people.
betteridgesLawOfHeadlines  news  crime  music  bloodytories  fuckwits  politics  policing  acab  incrediblyobscurereference 
10 weeks ago
The Sad Story of the Moriori, Who Learned to Live at the Edge of the World | Atlas Obscura
Fascinating social organization of these people. Pacifism worked out for them about as well as one might expect, but there's a glimmer of hopefulness towards the end.
history  anthropology 
10 weeks ago
Why did fans leave LiveJournal, and where will they go after Tumblr? | Slate
Because the RUSSIAN MAFIA. Although it's interesting to see that that isn't the sole cause, and the rise in Dreamwidth doesn't directly correlate with LJ's specific fuckups. I gots questions about some of the methodology here, but there's plenty that's interesting.
fandom  blogging  socialmedia  dataisbeautiful  internet  socialnetworking  millennials  #getoffmylawn 
10 weeks ago
What will it take for the Lib Dems to get bolder? | Never Cruel Nor Cowardly
"The lights are going out on liberal democracy everywhere. Yet the Lib Dems are refusing to rage against the dying of the light." The Lib Dems were among the first to die, and a lot of them still don't seem to realize that they're a hideous partially animated cadaver that must wait a generation to be reborn.
politics  opinion  bloodytories  immigration 
10 weeks ago
Heavy Metal Umlaut, The Movie | Jön Üdell
"An unlikely topic for a scholarly treatise"
music  video  silly  words 
10 weeks ago
“Hardly the Center of the World”: Vancouver in William Gibson’s “The Winter Market” | Dr. Paul Delany, Simon Fraser University
What he's master of, really, is garbage, kipple, refuse, the sea of cast-off goods or century floats upon. Gomi no sensei. Master of junk.
literature  writing  books  WilliamGibson  sf  cyberpunk 
10 weeks ago
‘Brass Eye’ two decades on: the unstoppable genius of Chris Morris | ShortList
Twenty years since we were all suddenly plunged into the braintanglia of rudemath, and with what shocking results.

(My autocorrect already has 'braintanglia'. I wonder why.)
tv  satire  ChrisMorris 
10 weeks ago
Watch as the world's cities appear one-by-one over 6,000 years | Metrocosm
"Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You are a plague, and we are The Cure"---Robert Smith (I think I have that right)
history  citizenship  archaeology  maps  dataisbeautiful  incrediblyobscurereference 
11 weeks ago
Ferret Fact Service: A year of fact-checking by the numbers | The Ferret
Go on, see if you can guess which political party told the most porkies. See if you can guess.
lies  politics  journalism  fuckwits  bloodytories  scotland 
11 weeks ago
Beer and the Apocalypse | Restricted Data
And lo, the End of Days is upon us. The maniacs blew it up, goddamn them, goddamn them to hell. Mushroom clouds adorn the blighted horizon, on the roads it is a whiteline nightmare, dogs and cats living together, etc. But take heart! for the beer is probably okay. Although, in a grave threat to capitalism, radioactive fallout could affect its resale value in unpredictable ways.
coldwardinosaur  history  nuclearpower  incrediblyobscurereference 
11 weeks ago
London's Hidden Tunnels Revealed In Amazing Cutaways | Londonist
"It is often said that London is an infrastructural palimpsest". Is it? Is it really?
nerd  maps  coolstuff  art 
11 weeks ago
Why are the mainstream media giving Theresa May an easy ride over her endorsement of homophobic bullying? | Another Angry Voice
"[A] lot of mainstream media hacks are far more interested in partisan political point scoring on behalf of the Tory party than actually confronting bigotry in politics". Film at 11.
homophobia  politics  Brexit  fuckwits  bloodytories  news  journalism 
11 weeks ago
Orange Order in Scotland is on the brink of collapse | Herald Scotland
"[The] Orange Order is in terminal decline and can only survive if it abandons sectarianism"... which would be by disbanding altogether, then.

"The Sunday Herald contacted the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland but did not receive a response." Because everyone there is still trying to figure out how telephones work.
sectarianism  religion  fuckwits  news  scotland 
11 weeks ago
The Neuroscience Of Drumming: Researchers Discover The Secrets Of Drumming & The Human Brain | TruthTheory
"[Brian] Eno was right: drummers do have different brains from the rest". Well, we knew that much.
music  psych  psychology  wellness  mentalhealth  science 
12 weeks ago
Researchers find a galaxy without dark matter | YaleNews
“I spent an hour just staring at the Hubble image,” van Dokkum said. “It’s so rare, particularly these days after so many years of Hubble, that you get an image of something and say, ‘I’ve never seen that before.’” I think I've worked this out. Clearly, NGC 1052-DF2 is the playable galaxy and we're just part of the painted skybox.
spaaace  news  coolstuff  cosmology  science 
12 weeks ago
Ravenser and Ravenser Odd: the early history of Spurn Head | Wilgil's Land
TIL that Hull used to have a neighbouring town that disappeared like Atlantis.
history  archaeology  mythology  narrative 
12 weeks ago
'The Prisoner' Has Superbly Outlived Its Original Context | Pop Matters
"this heady concoction of existentialism, psychedelia, espionage, and British eccentricity"
tv  culture  writing  books  nerd  satire 
12 weeks ago
In League with Satay: the most metal menu ever | Louder
If you put a little pastry mohawk on the crust, you can call it a 'Kornish pasty' and circumvent regional protection legislation. Follow it up with Buns 'n' Roses. Bullets for my clementine, sautéed in Led Zeppelinseed oil, and limp bizkits.
silly  meme  music 
12 weeks ago
Anti-depressants: Major study finds they work | BBC News
Glad to hear it. Pretty conclusive meta-analysis. Surprised to see tricyclics on the top five list though.
health  mentalhealth  depression  medical  news  science 
12 weeks ago
The Beaker phenomenon and the genomic transformation of northwest Europe | Nature
4,700 years ago... "the replacement of approximately 90% of Britain's gene pool within a few hundred years"
archaeology  science  immigration  history  culture 
march 2018
American Airlines announces pay raises, and investors balk | Los Angeles Times
"'This is frustrating. Labor is being paid first again. Shareholders get leftovers,' [some dickhead] wrote in a note to clients."
capitalism  fuckwits  news  economy 
march 2018
Jem and the Holograms - Opening Theme [Master Tape] (0/187) | YouTube
The original recordings, in better-than-broadcast quality. You're welcome.
music  video  tv  nostalgia 
march 2018
How to tell if you accidentally end up in a classic Doctor Who episode | Exilian
"You have been accused of treason and spying. You have been on the planet for five minutes and are not yet sure who you might have been committing it against."

Hurr hurr quarries corridors hurr hurr wobbly sets hurr
who  clickbait  silly  tv 
january 2018
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