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Tardigrade

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Ray Bradbury's FBI file

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"The general aim of these science fiction writers is to frighten the people into a state of paralysis or psychological incompetence bordering on hysteria"

After noting that science fiction "may be lucrative field for the introduction of Communist ideology," Berkeley goes on to declare the entire field of science fiction writers as a veritable fifth column, intent on crippling America before her enemies


Muckrock: "Definitely slanted against the United States" Ray Bradbury's FBI file

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Angel Olsen

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Lyssnar på Angel Olsen och jag förvånas inte över att det visar sig att hon tidigare haft samarbeten med Will Oldham ("Bonnie Prince Billy"). Lonely Universe är en lågmäld, sorgsen dödsruna över en plötsligt förlorad mamma -- och den samtidiga förlusten av barnets oskuldsfullhet inför livet; att få tryggheten hos "Moder jord" utbytt mot att kastas ut i ett ensamt universum. Den kan hålla hand med Bonnie "Prince" Billys I See a Darkness och melankolins alldeles egna kosmos är skapat.

Angel Olsen: Half Way Home

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Breaking the restrictions -- Angolans find a good use for Facebook

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Wikimedia and Facebook have given Angolans free access to their websites, but not to the rest of the internet. So, naturally, Angolans have started hiding pirated movies and music in Wikipedia articles and linking to them on closed Facebook groups, creating a totally free and clandestine file sharing network in a country where mobile internet data is extremely expensive.

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Legal questions aside (Angola has more lax copyright laws than much of the world), Angola’s pirates are furthering Wikipedia’s mission of spreading information in a real and substantial way.

Vice: Angola’s Wikipedia Pirates Are Exposing the Problems With Digital Colonialism

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Good morning... hell no.

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Yes, it does resonate with me.

I wake up at 6:00 AM and hate myself and my life.

There is no way around this. Almost every morning, almost every day of the week, the first thing that drifts into my mind when my alarm goes off is how much I hate everything. How much I hate being awake, and hate work, and hate getting up, and hate showering, and hate writing, and hate building things.

This is largely unavoidable. I know, because I’ve tried everything. Setting myself motivational messages, getting more sleep, modifying my diet, doing yoga etc. Doesn’t help.

Medium: This Is What I Do Before 8 AM.

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Bruce Schneier on "the coming disaster"

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"The world-sized web will change everything," he said. "It will cause more real-world consequences, has fewer off switches, and gives more power to the powerful. It's less being designed than created and it's coming with no forethought or planning. And most people are unaware that it's coming."

The Register: We're Sleepwalking Towards Digital Disaster and are Too Dumb to Stop

 

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The Alienated Gorilla

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A zoologist who observed gorillas in their native habitat was amazed by the uniformity of their life and their vast idleness. Hours and hours without doing anything. Was boredom unknown to them? This is indeed a question raised by a human, a busy ape. Far from fleeing monotony, animals crave it, and what they most dread is to see it end. For it ends, only to be replaced by fear, the cause of all activity. Inaction is divine; yet it is against inaction that man has rebelled. Man alone, in nature, is incapable of enduring monotony, man alone wants something to happen at all costs — something, anything.... Thereby he shows himself unworthy of his ancestor: the need for novelty is the characteristic of an alienated gorilla.

- Emil Cioran

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Köttmännen

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The idea that men need meat is a very old one, as Carol J. Adams argues in her seminal 1990 book, The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory. She traces these anecdotes all the way back to the Bible, when the Book of Leviticus chronicled how sacrificial meat was cooked only for the priests and sons of Aaron.

This patriarchal prerogative for meat extended into the 20th century. During World War II, the entire American nation cut its consumption of meat (along with sugar, butter, and a host of other supplies) so that the men in the army wouldn’t have to.

 

Quartz: Men think they need to eat meat to be manly—and it’s making them sick

 

 

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Donald Trump i mensblod!

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Måla med mens är det nya "paint it black". Full poäng!

Portland artist Sarah Levy got the idea for the menstrual blood portrait a month ago, but then had to wait for her period to come around again to acquire the proper material. Finally, on last Saturday, Levy collected her menstrual blood in a tampon and in a DivaCup. She had to use multiple layers of blood to get the perfect tone of Trump’s craggy, rosy face. “I did a base layer of his face using the tampon from that morning that I had saved, then used a paint brush and Q-tips dipped in vials of the blood from the DivaCup to paint the rest of it,” explains Levy. “It's basically like water coloring but with blood.”

Bitch Magazine: Behold! A Portrait of Donald Trump Made From Menstrual Blood