Monthly Archive: December 2014

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Within the next generation I believe that the world’s …

Within the next generation I believe that the world’s rulers will discover … the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging and kicking them into obedience. Aldous Huxley to George Orwell, 1949 (via: Heather Marsh: How we came to be ruled by Death Eaters) (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)

If you think it through, actually, when a zebra …

If you think it through, actually, when a zebra is being eaten alive by a lion, that’s one of the worst experiences that you could possibly have. And if we are compassionate toward our pets and our kids, and we see a squirrel suffering in our backyard and we try to help it, why wouldn’t we actually want to help the zebra?” We could genetically engineer lions into herbivores, he suggested, or drone-drop in-vitro meat whenever arificial intelligence detects a carnivore’s hunger, or reengineer “ecosystems from the ground up, so that all the evolutionarily stable equilibriums that happen within an...

A robust 8-1 majority of the Supreme Court ruled …

A robust 8-1 majority of the Supreme Court ruled today that, contrary to folk belief, ignorance of the law is a perfectly good excuse—as long as it’s a cop who’s claiming ignorance. Supreme Court: It’s OK for Cops to Guess Wrong About What the Law Is (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)

The first thing ever bought and sold across the …

The first thing ever bought and sold across the Internet was a bag of marijuana. In 1971 or 1972, students at Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory used ARPANET—the earliest iteration of the Internet—to arrange a marijuana deal with their counterparts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The drug revolution that no one can stop — The Matter Archive — Medium (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)

International law prohibits the granting of immunities to public …

International law prohibits the granting of immunities to public officials who have engaged in acts of torture. This applies not only to the actual perpetrators but also to those senior officials within the US Government who devised, planned and authorised these crimes. […] It is no defence for a public official to claim that they were acting on superior orders. CIA officers who physically committed acts of torture therefore bear individual criminal responsibility for their conduct, and cannot hide behind the authorisation they were given by their superiors. However, the heaviest penalties should be reserved for those most seriously implicated...

If you want to boil it down, the most …

If you want to boil it down, the most important bit I think of how companies and organizations work to be innovative is that they are great places to have conversations. If you see lots of people coming together, often informally, without necessarily a pre-programmed agenda, those places are likely to be innovative. Charles Leadbeater, Independent and Strategic Adviser on Innovation: The Frugal Innovator – Solutions for the 21st Century (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)