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Supreme Court Abortion: Roe v. Wade faces an existential threat Monday – Vox.com

Supreme Court Abortion: Roe v. Wade faces an existential threat Monday – Vox.com

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The constitutional right to an abortion is almost certainly coming to an end — the only question is how long the Supreme Court’s new majority will take to kill it off. It’s not likely to be very long. On Monday, the Supreme Court will meet to decide whether to hear a case that could…

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Why socialism thrives nowhere, except at universities – IPPmedia

Why socialism thrives nowhere, except at universities – IPPmedia

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-to poverty, stagnation and famine. Why is this so?
Johan Fourie, associate professor of economics at the University of Stellenbosch, wrote a revealing column (paywalled) after talking to a group of journalism students about capitalism. Most of the students believed capitalism to be a system that…

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Across China: Herders in northern China see increasing life expectancy – Xinhua | English.news.cn – Xinhua

Across China: Herders in northern China see increasing life expectancy – Xinhua | English.news.cn – Xinhua

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HOHHOT, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) — The average life expectancy of herders in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region saw a prominent jump since 1949, thanks to improving medical and living conditions.

The current average lifespan of herdsmen in Inner Mongolia stands at 75.3 years, according…

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Bitcoin and Voluntaryism – Where Libertarian Philosophy Meets Crypto – Bitcoin News

Bitcoin and Voluntaryism – Where Libertarian Philosophy Meets Crypto – Bitcoin News

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For the uninitiated, voluntaryism is a philosophy based on consent. In the simplest terms it says: “If it’s not voluntary, it’s not moral.” This basic statement is often countered with “Yes, but not everyone agrees on that, some people use violence to get what…

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PayPal Casts Doubt On Libra: Claims Facebook Crypto Still Needs Work – Blockonomi

PayPal Casts Doubt On Libra: Claims Facebook Crypto Still Needs Work – Blockonomi

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Many in the crypto community were shocked in June when Facebook unveiled the firms backing Libra — Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, Uber, Spotify, Coinbase, Xapo, and countless other pro-innovation companies and investors.

While the marketing material — which showed the Libra emblem enclosed by the…

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Interview with Douglas Murray about The Madness of Crowds (ENG) – Tichys Einblick

Interview with Douglas Murray about The Madness of Crowds (ENG) – Tichys Einblick

The subject of Douglas Murray’s new book The Madness of Crowds is the growing vehemence of public discourse. This phenomenon, emenating mainly from universities and the media, seems to allow only a certain set of convictions. Douglas Murray…
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How anti-vaxxers target grieving moms and turn them into crusaders – NBC News

How anti-vaxxers target grieving moms and turn them into crusaders – NBC News

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Anti-vaccination activists have long targeted their message to parents of autistic kids. They have also, however, pursued another vulnerable population of parents searching for answers — mothers and fathers of babies who have died unexpectedly, especially when the deaths are linked to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS.

At a time when the U.S. faces the largest outbreaks of vaccine-preventable illnesses in decades, a network of activists is finding new recruits to the anti-vaccination cause by raising questions about the sudden deaths of several dozen babies and young children.

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Self-directed learning: How ‘unschoolers’ control their education – Big Think

Self-directed learning: How ‘unschoolers’ control their education – Big Think

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Origin-of-Life Study Points to Chemical Chimeras, Not RNA – Quanta Magazine

Origin-of-Life Study Points to Chemical Chimeras, Not RNA – Quanta Magazine

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….research is beginning to show that starting with the right kind of mess is not only more realistic, but more effective at generating the materials vital to life, while also doing away with problems that have plagued purer systems. “There are times when we have mixtures, rather than just the isolated reactants that people typically use, and we get better results,” said Nicholas Hud, a chemist at the Georgia Institute of Technology. When mixtures are taken into consideration, the emergence of life on Earth in some ways “is not as hard as we might think it is.”

In the most compelling evidence to date, Krishnamurthy and a postdoctoral researcher in his lab, Subhendu Bhowmik, looked at how a system of chimeric RNA-DNA molecules — molecules built from the chemical units of both RNA and DNA — produced pure RNA and pure DNA more easily than systems that started out pure.

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IBM willing to team up with Facebook for Project Libra – Cryptopolitan

IBM willing to team up with Facebook for Project Libra – Cryptopolitan

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Making progress in the blockchain is a collaborative effort, and anyone who is in support of building an ecosystem together that fosters growth in the field will receive a helping hand from IBM, asserts Kelley.

Whether IBM is looking to become a member of the Libra consortium is still unclear; however, Kelley’s unbridled optimism over project Libra gives us more than just an inkling.

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Leyla Acaroglu: the disruptive designer reshaping minds to change the world – UN Environment
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Professional Disruption of WrongThink Mastered at UnSchool

Meet Leyla Acaroglu. She founded "The Unschool of Disruptive Design. Here is an excerpt from the website's page on the disruptive design method: The 12 units in the Disruptive Design Methodology synthesize a broad range of thinking and doing skills and tools, including systems thinking, gamification and game theory, ethics and empathy, life cycle thinking, research strategies, applied systems intervention, cognitive and behavioral sciences, ideation and creative problem solving, and sustainable production. Each of the learning modules fit together to form the practice of Disruptive Design, which is the applied approach to designing creative interventions for positive social change. Leyla Acaroglu: the disruptive designer reshaping minds to change the world – UN Environment Excerpt: Acaroglu is passionate about the need to equip young people with the cognitive and creative tools necessary to take a leap into an alternative future. In 2014, she founded The UnSchool of Disruptive Design—a global experimental knowledge laboratory for creative rebels and change agents. If Acaroglu’s work inspires these budding innovators, they also galvanize her. “The UnSchool and the work I do with these people who are coming to learn how to change in the world, is the biggest optimism shot I could get any day of the week,” she said. In her bid to rework education, Acaroglu has designed a circular economy curriculum—the Circular Classroom—for Finland and is working on another for Southeast Asia. She is also a passionate advocate for disrupting the gender-based stereotypes of leadership. This thinking reflects calls by the United Nations for women to be included as key decision makers in the critical transformation needed to tackle climate change. Editor's Note: It would seem that Leyla has decided not to equip humans to imagine a future of their own preferneces, but rather to continue the Prussian model of education in providing for students the particularly CORRECT future the child should imagine. The phrase "take a leap into an alternative future" describes one future, and a future, it would seem, she has fully mapped out for all of the students she has been given power to engineer, thanks to the United Nations. Leyla falls in line with many of the other social engineers that have come before her. From Robespiere to Pol Pot, history is littered with the dead of the well-intended social engineers of the new human. Let us hope her dream is not fulfilled, for the sake of all.
The Unintended Consequences Effect – Adult Diecast Racer Gets Kids Channel Restrictions
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The Unintended Consequences Effect – Adult Diecast Racer Gets Kids Channel Restrictions

Between the :20 mark and the 1:32 mark, 3Dbotmaker explains the lost legal case for YouTube that now places his channel, a diecast racing channel with an adult audience (ask me how I know, because yes, I watch these videos), in a kids channel category, meaning his comments will now be turned off.I chose this video in the Dialecticals to highlight the tried and true adage that so many 'well-intended' social engineers and moral correctarians always fail to respect, the law of unintended consequences.
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How University City District, Philadelphia is defining and measuring ‘justice’ in public space – Brookings Institution

How University City District, Philadelphia is defining and measuring ‘justice’ in public space – Brookings Institution

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Over the past decade, public, private, and philanthropic investors have devoted hundreds of millions of dollars to develop and renovate public spaces in Philadelphia. We at University City District (UCD)—a partnership of anchor institutions, small businesses, and residents—have…

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Ed Begley Jr. Preaches Green Living Because ‘You Cannot Make Gasoline On The Roof Of Your House’ – Forbes

Ed Begley Jr. Preaches Green Living Because ‘You Cannot Make Gasoline On The Roof Of Your House’ – Forbes

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Ed Begley Jr. is an actor who is also a committed and very vocal environmentalist, so playing the role of keynote speaker at a trade show featuring green technology wasn’t much of a stretch.

Appearing on the final day of The Battery Show in suburban Detroit, Begley Jr. regaled several hundred…

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Crypto broker Tagomi launches lending and borrowing services to facilitate short selling – The Block Crypto

Crypto broker Tagomi launches lending and borrowing services to facilitate short selling – The Block Crypto

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Quick Take

  • Cryptocurrency prime brokerage Tagomi today launched a lending and borrowing platform
  • In traditional asset classes, investors usually use lending and borrowing services to facilitate short trades, although these services barely exist in…

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Startup Guide Zurich: how fintech and cleantech startups thrive in this vibrant ecosystem – YourStory

Startup Guide Zurich: how fintech and cleantech startups thrive in this vibrant ecosystem – YourStory

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The Startup Guide series of books, published by Sissel Hansen, covers cities such as Vienna, Copenhagen, Paris, Stockholm, Munich, Berlin, London, Lisbon, Miami, and New York. Startup Guide Zürich is spread across 200 pages and makes for an informative and entertaining read, with profiles of…

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No 10 dismisses Farages offer of non-aggression pact – The News International

No 10 dismisses Farages offer of non-aggression pact – The News International

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No 10 dismisses Farage’s offer of non-aggression pact

LONDON: Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage’s offer to form a non-aggression pact with Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a general election has been strenuously dismissed by Downing Street.

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The Pacifist Democracy That’s Survived for Nearly Two Thousand Years – Rare Earth

The Pacifist Democracy That’s Survived for Nearly Two Thousand Years – Rare Earth

I didn’t expect much from San Marino. Even filming this episode I was a little annoyed with how little I could find worth telling.

But this story entertained me, and Kata edited it beautifully. I’m super happy with how it turned out. I hope you…
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Brexit has presented a very British constitutional crisis – The Business Times

Brexit has presented a very British constitutional crisis – The Business Times

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Wed, Sep 11, 2019 – 5:50 AM

Cambridge, England

THE British do not normally have constitutional crises. One reason is that we do not have a constitution – at least not in the normal sense. There is no single text labelled “The United Kingdom Constitution”. Instead, there is an accretion of…

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