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In the News 03.05.17 : Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets

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In the News 03.05.17 : Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets
In the News 03.05.17 : Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets
In the News 03.05.17 : Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets

You’re Not Going To Believe What I’m About To Tell You

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I don’t care if you’re liberal, conservative, or somewhere in between.

I don’t care if you’re a cat person, a dog person, or a tarantula person.

Morning person or night owl.

iPhone or Android.

Coke or Pepsi.

I don’t care.

All I care about is that you read this to the end.

Sound Good?

Then let’s begin.

Read the rest of this article at The Oatmeal




The Outer Limits of Reason

by Bassano, vintage print, 1936

Rather than jumping headfirst into the limitations of reason, let us start by just getting our toes wet and examining the limitations of language. Language is a tool used to describe the world in which we live. However, don’t confuse the map with the territory! There is one major difference between the world we live in and language: Whereas the real world is free of contradictions, the man-made linguistic descriptions of that world can have contradictions.

In the first section, we encounter the famous liar paradox and its many variants. These are relatively easy puzzles that will get us started. The following section contains a collection of self-referential paradoxes. I show that they all have the same form. Then, in the last section, we meet several paradoxes involving descriptions of numbers.

Read the rest of this article at Nautilus

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Drink Your Whole Milk, Eat Your Butter … Or Don’t: The Great Fat Debate

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About a decade ago, in my midtwenties, I moved to Northampton, a college town in western Massachusetts. The area is often called the Happy Valley, and most people did seem pleased to be there, amid the Berkshires, the organic farms, and all the “co-exist” bumper stickers on all the Subarus.

I should have felt more at home. I’m familiar with the pleasures and difficulties of composting. I have friends who, after the home births of their children, asked their doulas to pulverize their placentas for future ingestion. I moved there because my boyfriend had gotten a job teaching painting at Hampshire College, which has no grades and a student radio station housed in a yurt. Still, some aspects of life there disconcerted me.

When I first arrived, for example, I lived in a rambling old farmhouse with a rotating cast of roommates, including, briefly, a woman who deposited her human by-products into a plastic bucket filled with wood chips. Flushing, she explained, damaged the earth. I was wondering how to address this when I found a Post-it on the bathroom mirror: “Molly—my enjoyment of the bathroom would be greatly increased if you removed your hair from the drain after you shower.” And it was in the Happy Valley where I was introduced to something else that I found equally baffling—the nutritional ethos of high-fat evangelist Sally Fallon, for whom a hallmark of a healthy diet is hefty portions of saturated fat: whole milk, butter, lard, red meat, and coconut.

Read the rest of this article at Elle

Beyond Alt

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STEVE JOBS once visited an apple orchard while on a fruitarian diet, and it gave him the idea for the name of the company that he, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne went on to found. Jobs thought the name would make the company seem quirky, approachable and fun. Its popular, highly profitable products have helped make it the world’s most valuable company for nearly five years. However, questions are growing about its shelf life.

On January 26th Apple announced profits for its most recent quarter of $18.4 billion, more than any listed firm worldwide has yet made in a three-month period. However, the good news was overshadowed by Apple’s warning of a sharp fall in revenues in the current quarter. In the past six months its shares have fallen by over 20%, more than double the decline in the S&P 500 index, on fears that sales of the iPhone, which provides most of the firm’s revenues and profits, have peaked. Is it only a matter of time before Apple (worth around $550 billion) is overtaken by Alphabet, Google’s parent ($500 billion)?

Read the rest of this article at New York Magazine

Life on the Keystone XL Route: Where Opponents Fear the ‘Black Snake’

In Montana, Native Americans fear a leak could destroy their way of life, but local politicians worry about the threat of protesters above all else

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Our people call it the black snake because it is evil,” says Tressa Welch, as thunder clouds steamroll the blue sky over the plains of Wolf Point. “And like snakes they come out of nowhere; they slither and strike unknown.”

The river maintains the deer, the fish, the native plants, sweet grasses and sacred sage. “Anything that threatens my way of life and my spiritual well-being, I consider myself at war with,” she says, her two-year-old daughter by her side. “I will do whatever it takes.”

Although the pipeline is expected to cross the Missouri just outside of the reservation, it will do so about 40 miles upstream of the tribes’ multimillion-dollar water treatment plant, which supplies clean water to communities throughout the entire region. A leak at this junction, they say, could be catastrophic. The project’s backers insist it will be safe.

The gargantuan underground pipeline is set to carry a daily load of 830,000 barrels of oil over 1,204 miles, from the Athabasca oil sands in Alberta, Canada – where it enjoys the support of the prime minister, Justin Trudeau – across the US border into eastern Montana. It will travel down to South Dakota, eventually linking with the first Keystone pipeline, which was completed in 2010, in southern Nebraska. The route connects not just countries and states, but three US presidencies. First proposed by the private Canadian infrastructure giant TransCanada during George W Bush’s final months in office, the project was eventually rejected by the Obama administration in 2015, only to be resurrected almost as soon Donald Trump was sworn in at the beginning of this year.

Read the rest of this article at The Guardian

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P.S. previous articles & more by P.F.M. // Top images: @a_ontheroad; @stylinbyaylin; @em_henderson

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