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Here’s a tiny observation. American thought doesn’t matter anymore. The ideas American intellectuals produce don’t matter — they haven’t lifted living standards in decades, which go right on declining, along with America’s economy, polity, and society.
politics  society  usa 
yesterday
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A President who invokes absolute authority to…pardon himself. An ambassador to Germany who declares he wants to…topple the German government. Senators — the most powerful people in democracy, save the…
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yesterday
‘The Girl From Ipanema’ Goes Walking Again, With Gisele Bündchen’s Help - The New York Times
For about a week in 1964, a bossa nova tune was bigger than songs by the Beatles. The melancholy pop gem “The Girl From Ipanema,” penned by a Brazilian songwriting team, enchanted listeners around the globe after an English-language version was recorded in 1963.
jazz 
5 days ago
Big Dumb Objects: science fiction's most mysterious MacGuffins | Books | The Guardian
From 2001 to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, these awesome structures loom large over the genre, loaded with inscrutable significance 11.00 EDT Last modified on Monday 6 February 2017 09.15 EST We humans love things we can’t explain.
science  fiction 
5 days ago
In defense of boring AI (plus Microsoft's GitHub acquisition)
In defense of boring AI (plus Microsoft's GitHub acquisition)
from twitter
6 days ago
Showing, Telling, and the Limits of Adaptation: An Orwellian Case Study | Tor.com
When it comes to the world-building of a science fiction or fantasy story, showing may be the most memorable element, but straightforward telling is the dirty work of prose that introduces the reader to a setting, its history, and its unique set of rules.
science  fiction  writing 
8 days ago
Best futurists ever: How William Gibson’s Neuromancer shaped our vision of technology - Ross Dawson
“The future is already here—it’s just not very evenly distributed.” —William Gibson Despite the misleading title of the genre, speculative fiction isn’t about the future—it’s about the present.
science  fiction 
8 days ago
What Anthony Bourdain Understood About Cities - CityLab
The work of the acclaimed chef and writer, who has died at 61, provides a model for a truly inclusive urbanism based on the creativity of all human beings. Anthony Bourdain is one of the two people who have most inspired my work on cities and urbanism.
bourdain  cities 
9 days ago
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Or, Why Kim Kardashian Gets Ten Times the Attention of Kids in Cages in CampsA European friend asked me a question over beer. “Today I watched the American news. I saw stories about Kim Kardashian meeting Trump — but not about kids being put cages in camps.
politics  society  usa  from pocket
9 days ago
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What’s the Best Investment a Society Can Make?I read a recent quote by Howard Schultz, the ex Starbucks CEO who will probably for run for President, castigating some Democrats for offering healthcare, education, and finance to people: “how are we going to pay for these things?!”, he demanded
politics  society  usa  from pocket
9 days ago
Thanks, anti-vaxxers: Measles is on the rise in Europe
Before the measles vaccine existed, 9 out of every 10 kids got the disease before age 15. Two million people died from it every year. And now we're backsliding.
health 
9 days ago
Climate change on track to cause major insect wipeout, scientists warn | Environment | The Guardian
Global warming is on track to cause a major wipeout of insects, compounding already severe losses, according to a new analysis. Insects are vital to most ecosystems and a widespread collapse would cause extremely far-reaching disruption to life on Earth, the scientists warn.
climate  change  environment 
12 days ago
'Cairo has started to become ugly': why Egypt is building a new capital city | Cities | The Guardian
Billed as smart city in the desert, boasting greenery and luxury housing, the government is set to relocate to the as-yet-unnamed city in 2019. But will anyone else move in? Billboards promising another way of life have long clustered alongside the clogged highways of central Cairo.
cities  egypt 
12 days ago
The Growing Emptiness of the “Star Wars” Universe | The New Yorker
Early in William Gibson’s novel “Pattern Recognition,” from 2003, Cayce Pollard, a highly paid professional “coolhunter,” wanders through a London department store. Pollard is hypersensitive to the semiotics of brands: when a product is lame, she feels it physically, as a kind of pain.
star  wars 
12 days ago
The planet is on edge of a global plastic calamity | Erik Solheim | Environment | The Guardian
Plastic pollution has grabbed the world’s attention, and with good cause. More than 100 years after its invention, we’re addicted. To pass a day without encountering some form of plastic is nearly impossible.
12 days ago
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You can tell a lot about a society, like you can about a person, by its dreams. Not just how big and intense and detailed they are. But by what they really mean, say, express, denote. What do we dream about today?
politics  society  usa 
12 days ago
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“They wouldn’t need to shoot up schools if they weren’t sexually frustrated!! They hate women because women won’t have sex with them!! It’s women’s fault, not theirs! There’s a surplus of low-status men! The sexual marketplace has failed them!!” So cries the right.
politics  society  usa 
12 days ago
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This week, things happened that should give us all pause and alarm. The President dehumanized migrants as “animals” (repeatedly). Children separated from their parents began to be “warehoused” in military bases. A Republican lawmaker proposed that the poor and disabled be “euthanized”.
politics  society  usa 
12 days ago
Can We Innovate Our Way Out of an Impending Water Crisis?
Water, particularly in the Western United States, has always been inextricably linked to the economy. Historical investments in infrastructure like the Hoover Dam and the California Aqueducts have been used to create whole new industries and the communities to support them.
climate  change  environment  water  from pocket
12 days ago
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