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November 25, 2015
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November 19, 2015
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  • U.S. and Saudi Bombs Target Yemen’s Ancient Heritage
    In addition to the growing number of civilian casualties in the country’s seven-month-long war, U.S.-made bombs dropped by fighter jets from a Saudi Arabian-led coalition are pulverizing Yemen’s architectural history, often referred to as a living museum. These airstrikes are tearing villages apart, forcibly displacing thousands and erasing the country’s inimitable heritage, possibly in violation of international humanitarian law, according to the world heritage body, UNESCO.
  • Adel Termos: An unsung hero of the Beirut bombings
    As the world comes to grips with the tragic events in Paris, one man has emerged as a hero. Adel Termos was walking with his young daughter when he spotted a suicide bomber preparing to detonate his vest. Instantly, he tried to tackle the assailant, causing the bomb to go off. He was killed, but many say his heroic actions undoubtedly saved countless more lives. But here’s the catch: Mr Termos was not in Paris.

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November 18, 2015
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  • Decoding Daesh: Why is the new name for ISIS so hard to understand?
    ‘If an organisation wants to call itself ‘the light’, but in fact they are ‘the darkness’, would you comply and call them ‘the light’?’ The second, and equally important, point that al-Haj Salih stresses to me is another take on why a neologism is insulting: it’s an obviously fictitious name, for an obviously fictional concept. Once again, the movement’s claim to legitimacy as a state and to rule is being rejected as nonsense, reflected in a fabricated nonsense name for them. So the insult picked up on by Daesh is not just that the name makes them sound little, silly, and powerless, but that it implies they are monsters, and that they are made-up. All of this is why some Syrian activists therefore see it as so important that use of the word ‘Daesh’ spreads, and have been working hard to make that happen – so effectively in fact, as we know, that the word has been taken on by several global heads of state and their associated media, who have a limited grasp of the specifics behind the term. Originally hailing from the city of Raqqa, Daesh’s current Syrian headquarters, al-Haj Salih says his main goal in making a new name for Daesh was to avoid people getting used to referring to a tyrannical and despotic movement as a ‘state’

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November 16, 2015
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  • Words matter in ‘ISIS’ war, so use ‘Daesh’
    American officials should not be in the business of telling Muslims at home or abroad who is or isn’t Muslim. Nonetheless, by reframing how we talk and think about these violent extremists, we can support the chorus of Muslim scholars who are intellectually pushing back on Daesh’s religious claims, the scores of Muslims around the world who have publicly rejected the group, and, ultimately, the silent majority of more than 1 billion Muslims who are as likely to reject the heinous actions of Daesh as we are.
  • 22 Smart One-Page WordPress Themes
    Here are 22 smart one-page WordPress themes you can use for your own or your client’s website. If you want to design a portfolio, agency, personal, vCard or small business website, these one-page WordPress themes may be the best choice for you
  • FUD You | Dead Programmer's Cafe
    It stands for “Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt” – tactics that IBM salesmen used against Dr. Amdahl’s company. Amdahl made mainframes that were fully compatible with IBM’s, but cheaper and faster. It’s easy to use FUD on managers that were in charge of purchasing those multimillion dollar big irons. “Nobody was ever fired for going with IBM”, right? The sheer existence of Amdahl was a huge boon to mainframe purchasing customers. The rumor was that if you placed an Amdahl mug on your table, IBM salespeople were gonna give you million dollar discounts.

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November 9, 2015
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  • Victorian taxi industry abandons campaign against Uber in favour of reform

    “The association’s CEO admits they have not responded well to customer criticism in the past and are now looking for honest feedback to remain competitive”

    Ubers drivers in London are terrible, unable to reverse, park, or do much more than blindly follow a Sat Nav, but the taxi industry needs to adjust to the changes in the market to capitalize on their knowledge and experience. Head in the sand legal challenges aren’t going to turn the tide. I read the headline as “Victorian age” taxi industry rather than “Australian based”, but that does describe them well.

  • A Timeline of When the World Ended
    Its a timeline of when the world was supposed to end, who claimed it would and how/why. It is wikipedia, so its as accurate and complete as wikipedia can be. I figured it would be a nice thing to see on an actual timeline, so here we have it.

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October 31, 2015
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  • Microsoft gets pushy with Windows 10
    The cheeky chap in charge of Microsoft Windows 10 has revealed plans the company has to push an upgrade to your machine – seemingly whether you like it or not.
    Terry Myerson wrote in a Microsoft blog that at the beginning of next year the firm will call Windows 10 a “recommended update”.

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October 30, 2015
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  • Charlie Kaufman: Screenwriting Lecture by BAFTA
    One of modern cinema’s most celebrated writers, Kaufman’s work includes surreal fantasy Being John Malkovich, cerebral sci-fi Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and comedy drama Adaptation. In this lecture held at BAFTA on 30 September 2011, he discusses the techniques of writing for the big screen.

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