Time & Zuckerberg Vs Assange
Time Magazine readers chose Julian Assange as Person of the Year so why did its editors go with the safer choice: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg?
Facebook is a fabulous social networking tool, but there is nothing it accomplished in 2010 that wasn't accomplished in 2009. It is old news. In contrast, WikiLeaks has, in the course of just a few months, turned the world of U.S. policy and foreign relations upside down. (But let us not forget that the source of most of these documents is suspected to be Private Bradley Manning, who is sitting in a prison in Quantico, VA, in solitary confinement. While Julian Assange is in the whirlwind of the public eye, let's remember the person who really put his career and his freedom on the line.)
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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