- Inuit were not the first people to settle in the Arctic
- "A study published Thursday in the journal Science shows the first people to settle in the Arctic were ... not genetically related to today’s Inuit or First Nations people. ... The Paleo-Eskimos came from Siberia about 5,000 years ago and spread all the way from Alaska to Greenland before dying out around 700 years ago. Willerslev says the extinction seemed to happen about the same time that Inuit were moving into the Arctic." In terms of how far back in history their disappearance happened, it would seem that it was within a couple hundred years of the Jews being expelled from Spain so this is actually quite recent. There doesn't appear to be any recorded history of violence against these people though.
- Sleeping on animal fur in infancy found to reduce risk of asthma
- "exposure to the microbial environment in animal skin and fur could have a protective effect against asthma and allergies." Might certain relatives of mine also be unlikely to develop allergies to cookies?
- Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air
- "The bird kills mark the latest instance in which the quest for clean energy sometimes has inadvertent environmental harm. Solar farms have been criticized for their impacts on desert tortoises, and wind farms have killed birds, including numerous raptors."
- This Chart Proves It Doesn't Have to Cost $245,000 to Raise a Child
- "it’s the average number, not the minimum number. It’s an average from a span that includes those who are struggling to stay afloat, and those who are buying $1,250 strollers for their children."
Some interesting thoughts from in the New York Times motivated by the uncovering of a ring of sex abuse in the UK not long ago:
The crucial issue ... isn’t some problem that’s exclusive to traditionalism or progressivism. ... Show me what a culture values, prizes, puts on a pedestal, and I’ll tell you who is likely to get away with rape.
... The point is that as a society changes, as what’s held sacred and who’s empowered shifts, so do the paths through which evil enters in, the prejudices and blind spots it exploits. So don’t expect tomorrow’s predators to look like yesterday’s. Don’t expect them to look like the figures your ideology or philosophy or faith would lead you to associate with exploitation. Expect them, instead, to look like the people whom you yourself would be most likely to respect, most afraid to challenge publicly, or least eager to vilify and hate. Because your assumptions and pieties are evil’s best opportunity, and your conventional wisdom is what’s most likely to condemn victims to their fate.
- All of the Countries which the U.S. "Regime Changed" - Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya - Have Descended into Brutal Chaos
- A few reasons to be skeptical about a lot of foreign policy intervention.
- Blogger fined for restaurant review
- "A French judge has ruled against a blogger because her scathing restaurant review was too prominent in Google search results."
- The Wrong Kind of Christian
- "I once mustered courage to ask them if they truly thought it was fair to equate racial prejudice with asking Bible study leaders to affirm the Resurrection. The vice chancellor replied, 'Creedal discrimination is still discrimination.'"
- The Full-Fat Paradox: Whole Milk May Keep Us Lean
- "Consider the findings of two recent studies that conclude the consumption of whole-fat dairy is linked to reduced body fat.
Been seeing the following video floating around on the internet for the last week or so and it seems to more or less sum up my views on the topic of automation:
i.e. It seems relatively clear to me that a lot of jobs currently done by humans are likely to disappear. The inevitability of that is what this video focuses on. At the same point there doesn't seem to be an easy way to deal with the political or economic implications of this - but that's where the video seems to leave things - roughly the same rut in which my mind is stuck looking for solutions.