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- ISIS Is Just One of a Full-Blown Global Jihadist Insurgency – The Daily Beast
- “By failing to name the ideology and isolate it from everyday Islam, we deprive these reforming voices of a lexicon, a language to deploy against those who are attempting to silence their progressive efforts within their own communities. We prevent a conversation around ending Islamism’s appeal while also reforming traditional Islam. If it has “nothing to do with Islam,” there is nothing to discuss within Islamic communities. In this way, we surrender the debate to the extremists, who meanwhile are discussing Islam with impunity.”
(tags: islam islamism religion terrorism jihad isis isil)
- What We Can Learn from the Paris Attacks (Without Ignoring the Elephant in the Room)
- Yep, this is more or less what I think.
(tags: paris terrorism islam islamism religion politics)
- Locked doors, headaches, and intellectual need | Affording Play
- You’re more likely to understand what a key is for if you’ve already encountered a locked door.
(tags: education psychology programming learning)
- Don’t Feed the Beast – the Great Tech Recruiter Infestation | mockyblog
- A fun rant against tech recruiters in the UK, who are apparently a bunch of wide-boys (or spivs, to use the old fashioned term). I haven’t used one for over ten years, so I don’t know how accurate it is, but HN’s discussion on it had some people saying it rings true.
(tags: recruiters jobs technology work)
- On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs | Strike! Magazine
- Whatever happened to our promised leisure time, and why do so many people get paid to do nothing useful?
(tags: capitalism politics work jobs economics)
- policyskeptic: What really went wrong at Addenbrooke’s
- A botched IT project is responsible for the fall in the quality of Cambridge’s famous teaching hospital, by the looks of it.
(tags: addenbrookes hospital health management politics IT cambridge)
- Cheeky Nando’s, or, what went wrong? | Idiot Joy Showland
- Top bants of the apocalypse.
(tags: nandos apocalypse post-apocalyptic bants funny)
- Real Life First Person Shooter (Chatroulette version) – YouTube
- British film company put together a live action first person shooter and invited people on Chatroulette to play. The “making of” video linked at the end explains how they did it.
(tags: chatroulette shooter first-person live games)
- Work Hard, Live Well — Life Learning — Medium
- “So it is with deep sadness that I observe the current culture of intensity in the tech industry. My intellectual conclusion is that these companies are both destroying the personal lives of their employees and getting nothing in return. A candidate recently deciding between Asana and another fast growing company told me that the other team starts their dinners at 830pm to encourage people to stay late (he’s starting here in a few weeks). I also hear young developers frequently brag about “48 hour” coding sprints. This kind of attitude not only hurts young workers who are willing to “step up” to the expectation, but facilitates ageism and sexism by indirectly discriminating against people who cannot maintain that kind of schedule.”
(tags: work productivity rest crunch overtime)
- How Trigger Warnings Are Hurting Mental Health on Campus – The Atlantic
- American identity politics and the attempt to curtail academic freedom with talk of triggers and microaggressions and all that jazz. “You might call this impulse vindictive protectiveness.” (Via Mefi, where the mods deleted a posting someone made linking to this, disappointingly: Mefi’s mods seem to have crossed the ID politics event horizon recently)
(tags: ptsd trigger psychology university america academia microagression.)
- I spent a weekend at Google talking with nerds about charity. I came away … worried. – Vox
- Apparently the Effective Altruism movement is no longer all about mosquito nets and is now rather more excited about the coming Singularity and whether the machines will be friendly. Arguments for giving money to MIRI and similar organisations (instead of buying mosquito nets) rely on correctly estimating tiny probabilities, though.
(tags: altruism charity x-risk artificial-intelligence miri nick-bostrom effective-altruism)