Been there, done that.
Crumbly on the outside, sweet and squishy inside. An attempt to bake sense into my online wanderings.
It’s an archetype, I realized, that taps into a particular male fantasy: of being saved from depression and ennui by a fantasy woman who sweeps in like a glittery breeze to save you from yourself, then disappears once her work is done.
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I called out to some as they left, ‘Can’t you even listen to ideas you disagree with? In Oxford, of all places, you should be open-minded enough to hear alternative views’. But no. They said I needed an open mind. This really got to me, raising painful memories of my early research on psychics and clairvoyants who said, ‘You just don’t have an open mind,’ when my careful experiments showed no psychic powers. By the time I moved on to showing Internet memes and viral videos more than half the audience was gone. A hundred walked out of my lecture | Richard Dawkins Foundation
I explained the idea of religions as memeplexes: they package up a set of doctrines, tell believers to learn them, to pass them on, to have faith and not doubt, and they ensure obedience with fearsome threats and ridiculous promises. This I illustrated with images of Christian heaven and hell. Then I read from the Koran “those that have faith and do good works, Allah will admit them to gardens watered by running streams … pearls and bracelets of gold.” “Garments of fire have been prepared for the unbelievers. They shall be lashed with rods of iron.” More walked out. By the time I arrived at a slide calling religions (Richard’s fault!) ‘Viruses of the mind’, the lecture hall was looking rather empty.
What you saw is the reality of what garbage patches are. It’s an issue that’s invisible to the naked eye until you are actually looking down at the water and you a see speck go by, and then another. You put your net in the water and you drag it for two miles and you have a handful of confetti. That’s the garbage patch, and that’s more sinister than the misconceptions that have been created. The garbage that could kill the whole human race — Matter — Medium
Then he saw combat. In his stories of the First Gulf War, all roads lead to the Highway of Death, the road to Basra on which the Iraqi army in retreat was slaughtered by coalition air power. He made four visits to the battle site. “The first time I was really cautious, picking my way through the wreckage,” Marcus says. “But by the last time I was kicking grenades out of my path. I didn’t believe I could be killed. I didn’t care if I was. I was in despair.” The garbage that could kill the whole human race — Matter — Medium
We’ve made it down to the coast, to a little cove. And here at last, in this desolate spot, about as far from the rat race as you can travel, is a mother lode of plastic—jugs, jars, barrels, deodorant applicators, a doll’s leg, nets and floats. We spend the next half hour gathering and arranging debris into a haphazard sculpture for photographing. Marcus is collecting cigarette lighters for a future project—a paddleboard of Bics. The garbage that could kill the whole human race — Matter — Medium
I chose books over the bottle; I sequestered myself, slept in university libraries The garbage that could kill the whole human race — Matter — Medium
In the endgame, we’ll be a race of sexed-up tweener girls and sterile dudes with little dicks wandering baffled through a rubbish-filled world. Then those poor mismatched souls will grow old and die. End of story. The garbage that could kill the whole human race — Matter — Medium
The recent attempt to ban the plastic shopping bag in California was defeated on the grounds that it would cost jobs and hinder growth. The garbage that could kill the whole human race — Matter — Medium
Growth has become a sacred word, like democracy or motherhood. It’s the paradigm of cancer. The garbage that could kill the whole human race — Matter — Medium
That’s a scary thought. And yet, we’re not much afraid. We’re a bellicose and contentious species rather than a fearful one, and we’re equipped with awesome powers of denial. In that, we may be as fucked as the albatross by our evolutionary limitations. What we are afraid of is losing our jobs and our homes in an economic depression and having to hit the road as hobo hunter-gatherers. And we believe that could very well happen to a lot of us unless more and more consumers keep buying more and more stuff, much of it made of plastic and nearly all of it wrapped in seductive shiny plastic packages. The garbage that could kill the whole human race — Matter — Medium
At the center of every subtropical gyre is a giant high-pressure zone of fair weather and little or no wind, the dreaded “doldrums” of the age of sail. The garbage that could kill the whole human race — Matter — Medium
In 2013, British police officers fired their weapons all of three times. No one died. According to The Economist, “British citizens are around 100 times less likely to be shot by a police officer than Americans. Between 2010 and 2014, the police force of one small American city — Albuquerque in New Mexico — shot and killed 23 civilians; seven times more than the number of Brits killed by all of England and Wales’s 43 forces during the same period. This is how many times British cops fired guns all of last year: 3 | Public Radio International
Les enquêteurs environnementaux veulent interrompre le projet d’extension de la centrale tant que l’on ne connait pas exactement l’échelle du problème. BrightSource, l’entreprise qui gère la centrale, estime le chiffre à 1.000 oiseaux tués par an, tandis que les experts de l’ONG Center for biological diversity penchent plutôt pour 28.000. La plus grande centrale d’énergie solaire du monde grille les oiseaux en plein air | Slate.fr
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