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King Bhumibol Adulyadej, dead at 88

BANGKOK (AFP) – Millions of Thais donned black Friday as the grieving nation prepared to hold traditional Buddhist ceremonies for revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, whose death leaves the country facing an uncertain new era. Bhumibol, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, passed away at 88 on Thursday after a long battle with ill health, removing a stabilising father figure […]


Gary Younge on American Gun Culture

Gary Younge spent over ten years in the US working for the Guardian, and gave an thoughtful interview with Uri Friedman in the Atlantic. Sample: Friedman: During the course of your time in the U.S., how did you come to understand allegations and instances of excessive force by the police? Younge: [My understanding] didn’t change […]


Climate: The Cost of Doing Nothing

Financial cost, not just environmental: Between circa €3 and €6 billion is therefore estimated, but it should be noted that this is not a prediction. These scenarios assume that no further actions are taken to reduce emissions between now and 2030. In reality, this is highly unlikely. While a full assessment of the economics of climate […]

Society Technology

Time not well spent

Interesting:  Addicted to Your iPhone? You’re Not Alone – The Atlantic Harris is the closest thing Silicon Valley has to a conscience. As the co‑founder of Time Well Spent, an advocacy group, he is trying to bring moral integrity to software design: essentially, to persuade the tech world to help us disengage more easily from its […]


Just Askin’

Good stuff from Donald Clarke in the IT: Somebody is always “just asking a question” about immigration, alien visitation or the “truth” behind 9/11. Back in 2009, the good people at South Park satirised the technique in an episode called Dances with Smurfs. “Because I’m brave enough to ask questions, I come under scrutinies,” the […]