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    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2011
    • CommentAuthorcardo
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2011
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2011
    As most people probably know at least in outline, there have been violent protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square since last Friday.

    35 people are dead as of the latest count and the heavy-handed tactics of the police have turned what started out as relatively small political demonstration, into something approaching a popular uprising with 50,000 people or more occupying Tahrir Square.

    It all started over attempts by the military to retain special powers even after Parliamentary elections and over the refusal by the military to set a date fro Presidential elections.

    The military is now back-pedaling furiously after their unelected cabinet of technocrats resigned en masse and they're talking about some sort of national unity government.

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    No news is better than Fox News when it comes to getting timely and correct information. No, really.

    Study Shows Fox News Viewers Less Informed on Major Stories
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    ...also, people want to stay stupid about important issues.

    Ignorance is bliss when it comes to challenging social issues
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd 2011
    Fox News: Pepper spray comes from peppers right? So, basically, it's just food.

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    The best opening pic to a news article in (my) recent memory:
    Taekwondo monkeys attack trainer
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd 2011
    Please someone tell me there is a youtube video.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd 2011
    Quick, someone photoshop taekwondo monkey kicking Lt. Pike in the nuts.

    The singularity has arrived.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd 2011
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd 2011
    SF & Fantasy author Anne McCaffrey has passed away.

    I have to admit not having read anything by her in a couple of decades, but what I did read Back In The Day was enjoyable, and many people were introduced to SF&F through her books.
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    Augmented reality heading to contact lenses

    I'm having the weirdest cyberpunk boner right now...
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2011

    The chap behind those lenses was interviewed on BBC radio last night, and the interviewer couldn't understand why anyone would want to wear them...

    ...Shouting at your radio is never a good look, never.
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    The digital divide - it be wiiiiide...
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2011
    @sneak046 - would that be on Five Live Drive? The presenters on that are some of the most clueless people on the planet. Every single science story they do it's all 'oooh, this is a bit complicated for me, why would anyone be interested?'
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2011
    @Flabyo - the one and same...grrrr
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2011
    And here in Amsterdam, The Cannabis Cup Expo has just been raided by large numbers of Police.
    Frightening the bejaysus out of a mass of very stoned tourists, who have been removed from the venue while all the people working there have been kept locked inside pending... I'm not sure what.
    Slightly concerned as my girl is working there promoting the Roor glass entry. Hope to hear more soon.
    A great example of how Dutch society is continuing to race away from its history of tolerance and back towards its even older, less pleasant histories.
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    @nelzbub - What. the. Fuck??

    I have a good friend who works high up at at Sensi Seeds - I'll ask her if there's any deep background.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2011
    Attention: land octopus

    That is all.
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