Saturday, July 27, 2019

Africa’s booming cities face a severe toilet crisis

Some 2.5 billion people, most of them in Africa or Asia, lack access to an adequate toilet, United Nations figures show. Governments are increasingly depending on private businesses and philanthropic groups to help manage human waste in cities that were never planned to handle so many people.
Cities, toilets, and sanitation systems -- tools of colonialist oppression?

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Minds Destroyed By The Internet

From the American Conservative:
My students are unable to analyze, follow and understand written text. To be more specific, they are unable to decipher compound sentences, understand relationship between subordinate and main clauses. They can’t grasp the logical relationship between sentences, let alone paragraphs, which are totally opaque to them.
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Thursday, July 25, 2019

"Should I have let my daughter marry our robot?"

What if a person self-identifies as trans-humanist? Does this give them the right to marry a robot?

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Monday, July 08, 2019

Recycling Is Garbage

Recycling Is Garbage

A seminal, thought-provoking article. Caused the most hate-mail ever received at the NYT.

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"We're not running out of wood, so why do we worry so much about recycling paper?" asks Jerry Taylor, the director of natural resource studies at the Cato Institute. "Paper is an agricultural product, made from trees grown specifically for paper production. Acting to conserve trees by recycling paper is like acting to conserve cornstalks by cutting back on corn consumption." 

Saturday, July 06, 2019

A good origins-of-life video

The problem isn’t that “We have no idea” how life originated. Admitting ignorance is a good thing! It’s that the mystery of how life began is so widely unacknowledged by origin-of-life researchers. It is really a matter of professional malpractice

"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"