August 2011 Blog Posts (147)

Naughty Hackers Vs Naughty Politicians

Recent events have got me all ranty again.  The farce in the US House shows one thing and one thing only.  It’s not working.  It seems all too often that politicians in democracies act as though they were appointed by the party they belong to, rather than their constituents.

 

The current batch of MPs in the UK are oh-so-humble prior to an election and after they’ve been caught with their hands in the till but once there’s a new target on the block it’s back to a scramble to claim to… Continue

Added by Darren Taggart on August 4, 2011 at 5:48am — No Comments

Google Plus requirement for real names is a red herring.

Google Plus (Google+) stirred up a controversy by deleting, wholesale, accounts created under pseudonyms instead of under real names.  Google+ acknowledged their mistakes and is now formulating an official policy for naming conventions on their new social network.



There are legitimate reasons that users might need to use pseudonyms.  The most obvious and crucial one is anonymity for political dissidents and social activists. Without that anonymity, activism can be too dangerous to…

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Added by Atheist Exile on August 4, 2011 at 1:42am — No Comments

1995 essay: Why I am a former Objectivist and former Libertarian.

Nov. 12, 1995; Why I am a former Objectivist and former Libertarian. 



Mike Huben writes: (begin quote)

One of my eventual projects for my Critiques of Libertarianism web site

is to present something on folks who have left, like yourself. If you

have any material about why people leave, including your own personal

history, I'd be very interested to get ahold of it. What first cracks

the certainty, what conspicuously doesn't work, what was the turnoff,…
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Added by John B Hodges on August 3, 2011 at 1:46pm — 6 Comments

Interesting 'corporate' news

....?

Apple is not the only big company to jump ship in recent weeks. Atlanta's own Delta Airlines, Macy’s, Wells Fargo, BBC, and Microsoft have issued similar policy statements. To many, this marks a rare departure from the cut-throat amoral marketing which has apparently become the norm. In an age where consumers are increasingly skeptical of big corporations' commitment to anything other than the almighty dollar -- and especially in a period of economic instability, it is comforting to… Continue

Added by AgeOfAtheists14 on August 2, 2011 at 1:40pm — No Comments

intelligent design

in the beginning god created the dinosaurs and the world was magnificent and beautiful but after millions of years god decided to end it all so god introduced man to the world as a self destruct mechanism .

 

so for all those intelligent design believers, take a look around : man has been destroying life on earth

since he came to existence so the intelligent explanation is humans are a self destruct mechanism .

Added by yakoub abaya on August 2, 2011 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Romania - The Cathedral of National Redemption

Romania is closing schools because of lack of funding while the government subsidized building 4000 orthodox churches in the past twenty years. 800MM€  will be spent to build The Cathedral of National Redemption next to the Parliament Palace. European Journal news footage.

Added by Chris on August 1, 2011 at 4:54pm — No Comments

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