Alan March

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Does the Illuminati control the world? Maybe it’s not such a mad idea

Questioning the hidden power of elites – whether big pharma or secret societies – is really quite sane<p>If the Illuminati is real, it’s got to be the least secret secret society in the universe. It’s so bad at keeping itself hidden that its existence is proclaimed all over the internet by people …

Conspiracies

Building and testing APIs with LoopBack and Postman

LoopBack is a popular open source tool for rapidly generating NodeJS REST APIs. I walked through this tutorial to create a Jeopardy API using …

Software Development

How to Deploy Machine Learning Models to a .NET Environment

Python and R are among the most popular programming languages for data-centric engineers. However, they are not always the languages that the rest of …

How the South Korean language was designed to unify

‘Uri’ isn’t a mere grammar point, it’s a cultural canon that captures the very essence of a nation.<p>“Our husband is also a teacher,” my co-worker told me as she noisily slurped her soup. She was seated beside another colleague, who was slurping hers, too.<p>I was confused. Had I misheard her? Were …

Language

Trying to understand blockchain by making one!

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies made a lot of noise lately. I have been rather disappointed by the turn the cryptocurrencies took, from an amazing …

Blockchain

The Grand Canyon of the Arctic Circle

National Parks
Black History

Suddenly, Muslims are America’s pariahs

Within minutes of Donald Trump signing his executive order banning the entry of nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries, the horror stories started coming through. Sudanese friends and relatives, some of whom had lived their entire lives in the United States, some who were in the air as the …

Religion
United Kingdom

This Is What the Future of American Politics Looks Like

This year, we’re seeing the end of a partisan realignment, and the beginning of a policy one — and U.S. politics is about to change big-time.<p><b>For political observers, 2016 feels like an earthquake</b> — a once-in-a-generation event that will remake American politics. The Republican party is fracturing …

Political Science

Corruption can no longer be dismissed as a developing world problem

A London summit must recognise, as the Panama Papers show, that these crimes are facilitated by the west<p>By Thursday morning all the A-listers will have arrived. From Washington will fly in a succession of jets, bearing US secretary of state John Kerry as well as the bosses of the IMF and World …

Corruption

The Age of Cheap Oil and Natural Gas Is Just Beginning

Oil price rises over the past 40 years have been truly spectacular. In constant money, the price of oil rose by almost 900% between 1970 and 2013. …

Oil & Gas Industry

Prevent gives people permission to hate Muslims – it has no place in schools

Teachers are right to reject a counter-radicalisation strategy that frames terrorism as a Muslim problem and demonises an entire community<p>The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has recently backed a motion to reject the government’s counter-radicalisation Prevent strategy at its annual conference. …

Religion

How did Charlie Hebdo get it so wrong?

In blaming all followers of Islam for terrorism, the French magazine is finding its catharsis in bigotry<p>This week, the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published an editorial that answered once and for all the question “Is Charlie Hebdo racist?”. In a dispatch that read like a call to arms, …

Religion

Why Does the (White) Lower Middle Class Vote Republican?

During the 2008 Presidential election, 51% of white voters who earned less than $50,000<p>a year voted for John McCain. The Pew Research Center reported that, during the 2012 election, the GOP held a 54 percent to 37 per cent advantage over Democrats among whites without a college degree -- which …

Income Inequality

Don’t let the Nobel prize fool you. Economics is not a science

The award glorifies economists as tellers of timeless truths, fostering hubris and leading to disaster<p>Business as usual. That will be the implicit message when the Sveriges Riksbank announces this year’s winner of the “Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel”, to give it its full …

Economics

Harvard's prestigious debate team loses to New York prison inmates

Prisoners participating in Bard College initiative to provide them a liberal arts education beat Ivy League students who won national title only months ago<p>Months after winning a national title, Harvard’s debate team has fallen to a group of New York prison inmates.<p>The showdown took place at the …

College & University

The Raj at War: A People’s History of India’s Second World War review – how the conflict brought an end to British rule

Through 1940 and 1941, recruitment officers worked their way across the regions of northern India that had traditionally provided troops for the British empire. Indian soldiers had contributed the manpower for maintaining and extending the realm of the king-emperor in faraway London for many …

World History

Why Sanders Won the Debate

Bernie Sanders won the Democratic Presidential debate before the first question was even asked. He won it in the first ten minutes, when the five candidates were each asked to introduce themselves. The other four candidates all considered this an opportunity to talk about themselves. They each …

Middle-class

Supplements Cause More Than 23,000 ER Visits a Year

More Americans are taking dietary supplements, and many are going to the emergency department as a result, according to a new study published by …

Medicine
Vocabulary
Engines

Pizza chain’s angry staff launch protests over slice taken off their hard-earned tips

Indignant waiters are calling for public support in a battle to hold on to their tips. Pizza Express branches are to be targeted by protesters from Monday, as part of an attempt to get the restaurant chain to stop creaming off a proportion of tips for staff that have been paid on credit and debit …

Pizza Hut

Hosed

Is there a quick fix for the climate?<p>In the eighteen-sixties, the quickest, or at least the most popular, way to get around New York was in a horse-drawn streetcar. The horsecars, which operated on iron rails, offered a smoother ride than the horse-drawn omnibuses they replaced. (The <i>Herald</i> …

37 ways to un-rig the U.S. economy so it no longer favors the rich

Joseph Stiglitz, Elizabeth Warren and the Roosevelt Institute weigh in on the defining issue of the 2016 elections<p>A new report written by scores of progressives economists has laid out an detailed agenda to dismantle, reverse and fix how the laws and policies governing the American economy are …

Income Inequality

“It’s your own damn fault!”: Why America’s inequality conversation is such a farce

The upcoming campaign is supposedly going to be about inequality. Here’s why it’s just another plutocratic charade<p>As I’ve noted previously, one of the stranger recent developments in American politics has been the swift arrival of a bipartisan consensus over economic inequality. For years and years …

Income Inequality

Ex-HP CEO Carly Fiorina is planning to run for president based on her business experience. Here's why that's a terrible idea.

She's hoping to win votes based on her achievements in the world of business.<p>There's only one problem with that: her biggest achievement, becoming the first woman to run Hewlett-Packard, is widely regarded as a disaster.<p>This will be the second time she's run for office. She ran against Barbara …

Carly Fiorina

Why data breaches need their own Richter scale

There are six words that no security or technology professional ever wants to hear:<p>“We have a confirmed data breach.”<p>Almost everything we do in our enterprise security programs as leaders, or consultants, or programmers, or analysts, or ethical hackers, or trainers, or company business executives …