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    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2012
    YEAH OHIO! Makes me a proud citizen.
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    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2012
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2012 edited
    Apple has named its suppliers for the first tiem and says it recently joined the Fair Labor Association, a not for profit group that seeks to improve labor conditions in the developing world.

    This comes after reports of widespread abuses of workers at some of the Chinese factories manufacturing parts for Apple.

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    You say that like its the first time that's happened.
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2012
    @Kosmopolit -

    I'm really ashamed that there isn't more nerd rage about this. Nike has been boycotted for years - why does IT get a pass?

    To answer my own question - 99% of other computer builders are just as bad, and most of them use that same Foxconn plant. A fair alternative probably doesn't exist right now.
      CommentAuthorCat Vincent
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2012 edited
    Strongest burst of the Newstrange this far in 2012 has been from Charlie Stross' World Building posts, sort-of offshoots from the Sterling 'Well State of the World convo.. First set up general conditions for future dates of 2032 and 2092 - but the latest gets into the nitty-gritty of it; "probably the most important factor in defining what our world might look like in the near future — namely, how we perceive it, and how our perception of our world feeds back into the way we behave (and how this in turn determines its shape)".

    Sample quote:
    "We will probably see by 2032 (much less 2092) middle-aged or elderly adults who are healthier and more cognitively flexible than their counterparts in 2012. The definition of "middle age" is pushed back somewhat; the threshold for "elderly" may likewise be moved. If it turns out that much of the post-35 cognitive change is degenerative and can be treated medically then we may see much livelier middle-aged and elderly people with more flexible, changeable, tolerant attitudes (albeit still more cautious than the young because they've lived through hard times and expect them to come again). Intolerance and authoritarianism seem to be largely an emergent side-effect of abuse and deprivation — a response to existential fear. A post-demographic transition population where child-rearing efforts are focussed on a small number of children and women are educated will (I hope) result in adults who are less prone to fear and intolerance.

    If we get life prolongation treatments that work — even if they only prolong our active lives towards the current limit threshold (of roughly 120 years) — then we can expect some more interesting social changes."

    As ever at Charlie's house, the comments are usually smart and challenging. Get on it if you care at all about how your future looks from here.
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    Imperative Reading

    Sir Patrick Stewart's firsthand account of domestic violence. It's...more than moving.
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2012 edited
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2012
    @Cat Have you read Chairman Bruce's book HOLY FIRE, which deals with some similar aspects to that?
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2012
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2012
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    Crosspost from the last Around the Net, which was already over when I posted this there. Informative, though highly gross :)


    Okay, this is actually interesting, but obviously rather NSFW - a three part anatomy series where they apparently use real cadavers to demonstrate things:

    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2012
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    Sweet fuck MPAA and RIAA are winning hearts and minds with their SOPA blackout commentary...


    RIAA Reminds Us Why We Hate Them With Obnoxious Smartass Tweet (Updated)

    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2012
    Harakat Al-Shabaab Al Mujahideen have just posted the identities of their Kenyan PoWs on twitter.
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2012 edited
    I can't find words for this anymore... Are they really openly bitching about not being able to buy the president?

    "The moguls are reminding Obama et al that, in the words of one studio chief, 'God knows how much money we’ve given to Obama and the Democrats and yet they’re not supporting our interests.'"

    EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood Moguls Stopping Obama Donations Because Of President’s Piracy Stand: “Not Give A Dime Anymore”
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2012
    I find the comment '..No-one wants to have to deal with a man wielding a knife, especially on a Saturday morning' pretty weird, would it be better to deal with him on a Thursday evening perhaps?
    Judge Dredd artist badly injured after arrest.
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2012
    they're baaa-aaack....

    and as of 01:37 UK time, it seems like they;ve taken down the FBI's website.