Archive for the ‘Society’ Category

Original Sin


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

A new book titled Original Sin by Italian investigative journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi exposes even more corruption in the Catholic Church and is bound to cause a stir. Even though the existence of rampant pedophilia and financial misdoings within the church are by now pretty well known, the new details are still shocking. Barbie Latza Nadeau describes some of the details revealed in the book. …

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Gianluigi Nuzzi: Peccato Originale (Original Sin)


Roy Moore’s Behavior is Perfectly Biblical


( – Valerie Tarico:

When it comes to relationships between woman and men, the contents of the Bible confront modern Jews and Christians with a difficult choice. …

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Roy Moore's 10 Commandments in stone

Intel’s Hidden In-Chip Operating System


(ZDNet) – Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols:

Buried deep inside your computer’s Intel chip is the MINIX operating system and a software stack, which includes networking and a web server. It’s slow, hard to get at, and insecure as insecure can be. …

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Big Brother bug

Washing Whiter


(Economist::Economics) –

Increasingly, hunting money-launderers is automated. …

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Claudio Munoz: Fishing money-launderers

Excited Crowd Awaits First Arrest


(New Yorker::The Borowitz Report) – Andy Borowitz:

A crowd estimated in the hundreds of thousands has gathered outside the office of Robert Mueller in eager anticipation of the special counsel’s first arrest in the Russia probe. …

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March on Washington

The JFK Files and Emergent Conspiracy


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

The JFK assassination archive has been scheduled to be opened since 1992, when George H. W. Bush established a deadline for declassifying them. That is supposed to happen this Thursday. Various people are speculating that it will drive conspiracy theorists wild, so I’m going to take full advantage of this opportunity to be very wrong, by making some guesses what we’ll learn. …

stderr 2017/10/22 emergent-conspiracy

Moorman photo of JFK assassination

Donald Trump’s Impeachable Offense


(Atlantic Politics) – Conor Friedersdorf:

The commander in chief’s calls to abridge freedoms of speech and the press represent attacks on the Constitution he swore to protect and defend. …

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Constitution burning

Mueller Rents Giant Warehouse to Store Evidence Against Trump


(New Yorker::The Borowitz Report) – Andy Borowitz:

Robert Mueller is renting a massive warehouse facility in suburban Virginia to accommodate the approximately forty cubic tons of evidence against Donald Trump that the independent counsel’s investigation is generating on a daily basis.

“It’s like a city all its own,” one warehouse worker said. “There are people working in the Michael Flynn section who’ve never met the people working in the Paul Manafort section.” …

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Planetary Boundaries


(Wikipedia) – Planetary boundaries is the central concept in an Earth system framework proposed by a group of Earth system and environmental scientists. In 2009, the group proposed a framework of “planetary boundaries” designed to define a “safe operating space for humanity” for the international community, including governments at all levels, international organizations, civil society, the scientific community and the private sector, as a precondition for sustainable development. This framework is based on scientific research that indicates that since the Industrial Revolution, human actions have gradually become the main driver of global environmental change. The scientists assert that once human activity has passed certain thresholds or tipping points, defined as “planetary boundaries”, there is a risk of “irreversible and abrupt environmental change”. The group identified nine Earth system processes which have boundaries that, to the extent that they are not crossed, mark the safe zone for the planet. However, because of human activities some of these dangerous boundaries have already been crossed, while others are in imminent danger of being crossed. …

Planetary Boundaries
Earth-system process Boundary
Boundary crossed Preindustrial
1. Climate change 350 400 yes 280
1.0 1.5 yes 0
2. Biodiversity loss 10 > 100 yes 0.1–1
3. Biogeochemical 35 121 yes 0
11 8.5–9.5 no −1
4. Ocean acidification 2.75 2.90 no 3.44
5. Land use 15 11.7 no low
6. Freshwater 4000 2600 no 415
7. Ozone depletion 276 283 no 290
8. Atmospheric aerosols not yet quantified
9. Chemical pollution not yet quantified

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Planetary Boundaries (2015)

How the Aristocracy Preserved their Power


(Guardian::long read) – Chris Bryant:

After democracy finally shunted aside hereditary lords, they found new means to protect their extravagant riches. For all the modern tales of noble poverty and leaking ancestral homes, their private wealth and influence remain phenomenal. …

theguardian 2017/sep/07 aristocracy

Drumlanrig Castle