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Iain Banks Has Gallbladder Cancer, Cancels All Upcoming Appearances

Awful news from superlative Scottish writer Iain Banks, author of such noted fictional works as The Wasp Factory (a disconcerting, entirely electrifying debut novel), The Bridge, and (as Iain M. Banks) The Culture Series: I have cancer.  It started in my gall bladder, has infected both lobes of my liver and probably also my pancreas […]

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Those Crazy Americans And Their Conspiracy Theories

From the UK’s Independent newspaper, a snapshot of a paranoid and schizophrenic nation: One in five Republican voters believes Barack Obama is the ‘antichrist’ and nearly a third of all Americans think a secret power elite controls the world, according to new research on conspiracy theories. A national poll conducted by the Public Policy Polling […]

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Marriage Equality Opponents Want To Have Their Hate and Eat It, Too

Opponents of marriage equality are losing their battle to deny gay and lesbian people the right to marry the person they love. So now they are trying a new tactic to counter all the bad press their bigotry has earned them (emphasis is in original): Conservatives have long claimed that they’re somehow the victim of […]

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Ok, Fine — You Want Stupid Online April Fools Day Pranks? Here.

Let’s first get something out of the way: I absolutely loathe April 1st. Loathe. To the core of my very being. Indeed, nothing engenders an ice-cream headache of mute dread like firing up the interwebs on April Fools Day does, sick with the uncomfortable certainty that every retweet, share and link is gonna be clicked at […]

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How Destroying Evidence Of Torture Gets You Promoted In Obama’s CIA

If you helped cover up evidence of war crimes by destroying unknown numbers of tapes of torture during interrogations and had actually run the “black site” prisons into which detainees were disappeared for torture, then given the President’s past rhetoric the last thing you’d have expected the Obama administration to agree to would have been […]

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Star Trek Late Night on Obsidian Portal

Star Trek is a cultural phenomenon that has been a part of most geek’s lives since the late sixties. In games, Star Trek has inspired dozens of computer and console games but with role playing only a few have managed to gain the rights to publish and of them, they have all vanished rather quickly […]

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More Men Raped Than Women In US?

Christopher Glazer points to the massive rate of male rape in prisons, something we all largely either ignore or joke about and something which there is certainly no political will to change. (Emphasis is mine – SH) In January, prodded in part by outrage over a series of articles in the New York Review of […]

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CyberWar and Cyber-Warcrimes

A new manual is available online, the result of a three year effort by a panel of experts to “examine how extant international law norms apply” to cyber-warfare. The Tallinn Manual pays particular attention to the jus ad bellum, the international law governing the resort to force by States as an instrument of their national policy, and […]

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Half a million Google Reader users go to Feedly in two days

Feedly is gaining where Google is losing. Google made a serious strategic blunder in killing Reader. Rather than abandon RSS and follow Google into their cloistered, walled garden called Google+, users by the millions are leaving Reader ahead of time and finding better readers. Feedly got 500,000 new users in just two days and is […]

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US on unsteady ground with proxy wars In Middle East

I’ve two articles for you today that, taken together, give me an “Uh-oh” feeling. Saudi youths battle Assad regime in Syria RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Following a circuitous route from here up through Turkey or Jordan and then crossing a lawless border, hundreds of young Saudis are secretly making their way into Syriato join extremist […]

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