LANGUAGE, ACTIVISM, POLITICS

Why People Talk about Politics in Euphemisms

Alex Nowrasteh at Freedom Today Network: Framing is a psychological technique that can influence the perception of social phenomena.


FREE SPEECH, SOCIETY, DEBATE

Voltaire, today.

Peter Salovey at New York Times: “The civil rights activist Pauli Murray defended the right of the arch segregationist George Wallace to speak at Yale.”


DEBATE, POLITICS, PHILOSOPHY, PROPAGANDA, MEDIA, RUSSIA

Useful Idiots

Freisinnige Zeitung on medium.com: “So to have libertarians on their shows can serve many purposes for RT and their backers.”


ACTIVISM, CRIME, CORRUPTION

False claims

Zeke Faux at Bloomberg: “Andrew Therrien wanted payback. He got it—and uncovered a conspiracy.”


CULTURE, ACTIVISM, EDUCATION, ARTS

It’s universal

Jonathan Kay at Quillette: “If Americans and Europeans are curious how all this ends, they might take a look at Canada, where the war against cultural appropriation is in a decidedly more advanced phase.”


INNOVATION, TECHNOLOGY, VIDEO

Origami

Futurism on youtube.com: “New soft robots are stronger and more organic looking than previous versions.”


NATURE, SOCIETY, ENVIRONMENT

Cruel mother nature

Patrick R Stapleton at LinkedIn Pulse: “Uninformed people who think with their emotions do not understand what they are saying when they try to ban hunting. They do not grasp that nature has a viciously cruel side which Disney and stuffy toys do not convey at all.”


MEDIA

Poison

James Vincent at theverge.com: ‘No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth.’


BUSINESS, INTERNET, ECONOMICS

On the web

Kimberley Botwright and Sean Doherty on weforum.org: “Small businesses can find themselves shut out of global trade. But online shopping has created some unexpected entry points.”


CHINA, VIDEO, KNOWLEDGE

A Bite of China

Jason Kottke at kottke.org: “A Bite of China is documentary TV series on food and cooking in China. ”