Comey’s memo leaked!

Source: Comey’s memo leaked! « Why Evolution Is True

Chuckle, chuckle, tee hee!

 

You’re not going to believe what I’m about to tell you 

This is a comic about the backfire effect.

Source: You’re not going to believe what I’m about to tell you – The Oatmeal

Worth a few minutes of your time and thought

How the super-rich bought their Brexit victory

One of the undying Brexit myths is that it was a people’s revolt, a spontaneous anti-elite rebellion against a pro-European establishment. Yet we now learn that up to two-thirds of the cash that paid for Brexit came from just five extremely wealthy anti-European fanatics.

Source: InFacts How the super-rich bought their Brexit victory – InFacts

Colour me unsurprised.

Restoring Faith in Globalization

The communists are keeping the globalization faith; but the capitalists seem to have lost theirs. This is bizarre – and entirely out of sync with past performance and current facts. We have every reason to be confident in a process that has delivered more prosperity to more people than anyone could have dreamed of just a few decades ago. We must not be shy in defending globalization and combating reactionary nostalgia.We can have a brighter future – but only if we don’t seek it in the past.

Source: Restoring Faith in Globalization by Carl Bildt – Project Syndicate

A View on Safe Spaces

Prickly City strikes again!

Half of Leave voters want to bring back the death penalty after Brexit

The YouGov survey also found 42 per cent of those who opted to part ways with the European Union want corporal punishment back in schools and 30 per cent want inefficient light bulbs to return to shop shelves.

Source: Half of Leave voters want to bring back the death penalty after Brexit | The Independent

How to set up a VPN in 10 minutes for free (and why you urgently need one)

We need stronger privacy protections enshrined in the law. In the meantime, we’ll just have to look out for ourselves, and educate other people to do the same.

Source: How to set up a VPN in 10 minutes for free (and why you urgently need one)

This might be of interest to some of you.

The lies of the right that debase civilised society

There is a powerful case to be made against the version of multiculturalism that abandons women in ethnic minority communities to second-class lives and the institutionalised bigotry of religious courts. One has an absolute duty to support liberal Muslims and ex-Muslims in the struggle against theocratic power and my generation of alleged liberals and leftists has disgraced itself by its failure to be adamant on this point. There is a powerful case to be made against the version of multiculturalism that abandons women in ethnic minority communities to second-class lives and the institutionalised bigotry of religious courts. One has an absolute duty to support liberal Muslims and ex-Muslims in the struggle against theocratic power and my generation of alleged liberals and leftists has disgraced itself by its failure to be adamant on this point.

Source: The lies of the right that debase civilised society | Nick Cohen | Opinion | The Guardian

Make Great Britain “great” again? How Brexit reawakened England’s dormant imperialism

But the reactionary side of these islands was always there, sipping tea, grumbling about foreigners, hankering after the good old days—a resentful hinterland that has never quite accepted our lost pre-eminence. That’s why Brexiteers no longer care that they are cheering on a fantasy, by Jingo, so long as it’s a fantasy wrapped in the Union flag.

Source: Make Great Britain “great” again? How Brexit reawakened England’s dormant imperialism — Quartz

More on Empire 2.0.

 

Mini Metro Mini Review

I have found another way to waste pass time on my devices: Mini Metro. It was included in the App Store Best of 2016 and won a bunch of other awards. The principle of the game is simple: you are responsible for building a metro/underground/subway network in a major city. Mini Metro comes with 15 different cities. London, Paris, New York, and Berlin are unlocked. You gain access to other cities by achieving a passenger-carrying goal in some other city, for example, move 500 passengers on the Berlin network and Melbourne opens up. The maps reflect the layout of the water features of the city.

Game screenshot

London Underground typical starting position

You start with the ability to build three different lines indicated by the coloured dots to the right. You have assets of three engines and the capability to create three tunnels. Stations appear on the map; initially, they are indicated by squares, circles, and triangles, but different shapes appear as the game progresses. To construct a line, just touch a station symbol and drag to the next station.

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