Your Guide to Learning Programming

Have you ever used an app or website and wondered if you could create something like that yourself? If you learn how to program, you can! In fact, you can benefit from learning the basics of programming even if you don’t develop fully-fledged software. In this post I’ll go through some questions and answers to help you get started with programming. Why Should You Learn Programming? Learning programming is a good idea, since you can use the knowledge in many different areas. You can obviously use it to create apps and websites, but you can also use it to accomplish … Continue reading Your Guide to Learning Programming

Exhumation Proves Murder of Brazilian President, New York Times Must Admit

Murdered after all. A few weeks ago, we ran a piece criticizing a subtly deceptive article in the New York Times that made light of a wave of exhumations of popular leftist figures in Latin America. Quoting unnamed “scholars,” the paper’s Latin American correspondent Simon Romero suggested the forensic digs may be the secularized continuation of customs from the time of early Christianity, when a vibrant trade involved the body parts of saints. That, in fact, is nonsense. The purportedly “natural”, “accidental”, or “suicide-related” deaths of such important left-leaning figures as Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda, Brazil’s President Joao Goulart and … Continue reading Exhumation Proves Murder of Brazilian President, New York Times Must Admit

Reading Changes Your Brain

I highly doubt that reading this post will do too much to you, but new research shows that reading novels definitely does change your brain with lingering effects. Carol Clark-Emory reports for Futurity: After reading a novel, actual changes linger in the brain, at least for a few days, report researchers. Their findings, that reading a novel may cause changes in resting-state connectivity of the brain that persist, appear in the journal Brain Connectivity. “Stories shape our lives and in some cases help define a person,” says neuroscientist Gregory Berns, lead author of the study and the director of Emory … Continue reading Reading Changes Your Brain

Is Atheism An Intellectual Luxury For The Wealthy?

Photographer Chris Arnade has a fantastic collection entitled Faces of Addiction set in New York’s South Bronx. He writes in The Guardian that “The people who challenged my atheism most were drug addicts and prostitutes. I’ve been reminded that life is not as rational as Richard Dawkins sees it. Perhaps atheism is an intellectual luxury for the wealthy”: They prayed whenever they could find 15 minutes. “Preacher Man”, as we called him, would read from the Bible with his tiny round glasses. It was the only book he had ever read. A dozen or so others would listen, silently praying … Continue reading Is Atheism An Intellectual Luxury For The Wealthy?

The Knockout “Game”: It’s Only a Federal Hate Crime When a White Guy “Plays” It

The Knockout “Game” is a sick scourge in which sociopathic young people attempt to punch a random stranger unconscious with only one blow. The domain of bullies, the attacks have often taken place against the physically weakest members of society: the elderly, women, and even young teens. Up until now nearly all of the attacks have been black people punching white people. The mainstream has limited it’s coverage of this fact to avoid being considered racist. The only reason we know that the previous attacks were perpetrated by blacks is because of mug shots and videos that were published. Race … Continue reading The Knockout “Game”: It’s Only a Federal Hate Crime When a White Guy “Plays” It

Egypt’s Pinochet

Junta power runs Egypt. It reflects the worst of fascism writ large. General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi rules as strongman. He heads the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). He’s Washington’s man in Cairo. Since August 2012, he’s been top military commander. He’s Defense and Military Production Minister. He’s a 1977 Egyptian Military Academy graduate. He got US training. He’s a US War College graduate. He maintains close Pentagon ties. Washington manipulated Mubarak’s ouster. It was complicit in toppling Mohamed Morsi. It deplores democracy. It opposes it at home and abroad. It’s governed by a homeland police state apparatus. It … Continue reading Egypt’s Pinochet

Sentimental films can influence political attitudes and make you more liberal, scientists say

Study found volunteers showed a leftward shift in their political opinions, regardless of their views prior to watching Watching sentimental films can have a greater influence on a person’s political opinions than advertising or news reports, according to new research. Viewers who are “not prepared” to be critical about what they are seeing on screen were more likely to experience a “leftward shift” in attitudes when watching Hollywood movies with an underlying liberal message. A team of political scientists at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana set out to explore the power of political messages in popular films, and … Continue reading Sentimental films can influence political attitudes and make you more liberal, scientists say

How Hollywood cloaked South Sudan in celebrity and fell for the ‘big lie’

Daniel Howden Film stars have been speaking from a flawed script. One of the first western reporters in the country points to the awful reality When violence erupted two weeks ago in the world’s youngest country, one of the first voices to speak out, before the US president or the head of the United Nations, was that of the Hollywood actor George Clooney. There was nothing particularly objectionable about his counsel, which in any case was more likely authored by the American activist John Prendergast, with whom he shared a byline. It spoke of the need for a robust UN … Continue reading How Hollywood cloaked South Sudan in celebrity and fell for the ‘big lie’

Dozens of ex-Stasi staff remain employed at archives of Germany’s former secret police

The Federal Commission for the Stasi Archives – the East German secret police – was born shortly after German reunification. The agency’s employment of ex-Stasi members is fuelling fear that records of its wrongs will be lost in the annals of history. The commissioner in charge of the agency admitted in a recent interview that 37 ex-Stasi staffers remain. “There are still 37 of them here. Five [out of an original 48] have been moved on, five have left for age reasons, and one of them has died,” former dissident journalist and current commissioner Roland Jahn told Germany’s Tagesspiegel newspaper … Continue reading Dozens of ex-Stasi staff remain employed at archives of Germany’s former secret police

Facebook Is a Fundamentally Broken Product That Is Collapsing Under Its Own Weight

In 2008, Mark Zuckerberg laid out his theory about people sharing content on Facebook. “I would expect that next year, people will share twice as much information as they share this year, and [the] next year, they will be sharing twice as much as they did the year before,” he said. The New York Times called it “Zuckerberg’s Law,” a playful homage to Moore’s Law, named after Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, who said, “The number of transistors incorporated in a chip will approximately double every 24 months.” In 2011, Zuckerberg reiterated his theory on sharing, saying that it was still … Continue reading Facebook Is a Fundamentally Broken Product That Is Collapsing Under Its Own Weight