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What conspiracy theories can tell us about politics in Greece
“When assessing a populist government, it’s always hard to tell whether it’s just incompetence or dark designs.”
politics  Greece 
11 weeks ago by nwlinks
Profile in Courage: Iceland’s President Denounces Pineapple As a Pizza Topping | Foreign Policy
Brave statement:

Mér finnst ananas góður, bara ekki á pítsu. Ég get ekki sett lög sem banna fólki að setja ananas á pítsuna sína. Mér finnst gott að hafa ekki þau völd. Forsetar eiga ekki að hafa alræðisvald. Ég myndi ekki vilja gegna þessa embætti ef ég gæti sett lög sem bönnuðu það sem mér mislíkar. Ég myndi ekki vilja búa í þannig landi. Ég mæli með fiskmeti á pítsu.

I like pineapples, just not on pizza. I do not have the power to make laws which forbid people to put pineapples on their pizza. I am glad that I do not hold such power. Presidents should not have unlimited power. I would not want to hold this position if I could pass laws forbidding that which I don´t like. I would not want to live in such a country. For pizzas, I recommend seafood.
politics  pizza  food  iceland 
february 2017 by nwlinks
99 Reasons Why 2016 Was a Good Year
I saw a number of other people posting this and thought, huh, grasping at straws here. But actually these are all really good developments which did help cheers me up.
economics  politics  news 
december 2016 by nwlinks
You will not have my hate
Brilliant by Natalie Ceeney @ceeneynatalie.
work  politics  psychology 
october 2016 by nwlinks
Intellectuals are freaks
Don't agree with all of this but interesting thoughts.
psychology  academe  politics 
august 2016 by nwlinks
Nipsa: Tribunal criticises union in 'communist' dispute - BBC News
"However the tribunal said they had not shown that the two factions actually have any substantive political differences.

"It added that name-calling or trolling on social media is not sufficient to show political difference nor is "alleged adherence to Trotsky's 1938 Transitional Program"."
politics  northernireland 
july 2016 by nwlinks
The political aftermath of financial crises: Going to extremes
What happens to a country's politics after a financial crisis?
politics 
december 2015 by nwlinks
The World Happiness Report 2015
Swiss top, Irish 18th, Belg 19th, UK 21st, Togo last.
politics  economics 
august 2015 by nwlinks
A Good Week for Democracy Globally
@gerrylynch: "if elections didn’t change anything, people wouldn’t be shot for demanding them."
politics  elections 
april 2015 by nwlinks
So What Gives? (About Tolerance)
Nailing the "intolerant liberals" lie.
philosophy  politics 
july 2014 by nwlinks
How to hijack an aid program
Lessons from Canada - for Australia, but could be anywhere.
politics 
november 2013 by nwlinks
Here's Why Drug Policy Reform Is Gaining Momentum
Prices for illegal drugs falling despite increased seizures.
politics 
october 2013 by nwlinks
Use of Calculators
The political views of Iain M Banks, by Ken MacLeod (@amendlocke)
politics  ukpolitics  sf 
july 2013 by nwlinks
Twiplomacy
World leaders on Twitter
politics  twitter 
july 2013 by nwlinks
Jahar's World
The Rolling Stone article about the Boston bomber.
politics  usa  waronterror 
july 2013 by nwlinks
The Smartest Guy in the Room
"No one, it turns out, can ever really be the smartest guy in the room. For two reasons. First, to make sure that everyone keeps fighting to get in, and stay in. Second, to make sure that everyone who doesn’t get in is kept out."
politics  economics 
march 2013 by nwlinks
Athelas
On choosing rulers. (Also, must see that film - loved the book.)
religion  politics  films  Netherlands 
march 2013 by nwlinks
The problem with nerd politics
Cory Doctorow on interfacing with the real world.
politics  internet 
may 2012 by nwlinks
Why random selection of MPs may be best
Headline slightly oversells interesting conclusion.
politics 
april 2012 by nwlinks
Why nations fail
Book review in The Economist
politics  economics 
april 2012 by nwlinks
Seward's Other Folly: America's First Encrypted Cable (PDF)
Brilliant account of the $19,500 bill for an 1866 telegram to Napoleon III (which in fact was not delivered to him).
communications  encryption  politics  usa 
february 2012 by nwlinks
sammymorse: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, It Will Be On The Internet
Today’s great information technology goes out onto the streets with us on our smartphones. It does not only convey information from top to bottom, but also from bottom to top and side to side. It continues to convey information, however, from top to bottom. A lot of information. In the internet age, those at the apex of politics, business or civil society still have enormously more leverage to convey information to the world at large than the average person. Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential campaign is living proof of that, and his 2012 campaign might still underscore it.

The internet can still be used for top-down purposes, and some time soon somebody is going to use that to maximum effect, for good or ill. We lose sight of that at our peril.
politics  internet 
january 2012 by nwlinks
Clare College - 2012 Alumnus of the Year announced
Alice Welbourn, who has spent her career working to raise the profile of HIV positive women.
politics  health  cambridge 
december 2011 by nwlinks
NYT: In Kim Jong-il Death, an Extensive Intelligence Failure
Kim Jong-il, the enigmatic North Korean leader, died on a train at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in his country. Forty-eight hours later, officials in South Korea still did not know anything about it - to say nothing of Washington...
politics  world  northkorea 
december 2011 by nwlinks
Jason O Mahony » Blog Archive » 5 things that scare the crap out of me about US politics.
1. The presence of hate in politics.
2. Money matters too much.
3. Refusing to even listen to the other guy.
4. The micro managing of politics.
5. The disparaging of experience and learning.
usa  politics 
august 2011 by nwlinks
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