william brannagan

6 Added | 1 Magazine | @billbee1952 | Keep up with william brannagan on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “william brannagan”

Health Freaks – incompatible with the duties of a doctor?

Using the word 'freaks' in the title of a health show should trouble us, and the GPs involved with the show<p>It’s a strange, contradictory world we live in. The same month that included an entirely justified sense of outrage at the sale of "Mental Patient" Halloween costumes, also saw the launch of …

HS2: George Osborne should halt the train journey no one wants to take

The HS2 high-speed rail project could derail Chancellor George Osborne<p>When <b>George Osborne</b>visited China last month, it was inevitable that he’d end up on one of its bullet trains. It was aboard a Japanese 170mph Shinkansen journey seven years ago that the Chancellor had his brainwave: to build one in …

Group perfoms Icelandic hymn in German train station

YouTube video shows Icelandic indie-folk group spontaneously burst into song in Wuppertal station, west Germany.<p>The video shows six people spontaneously bursting into song in a train station hall, undeterred by the interruption of train announcements in the background.<p>The singers are the band …

Alt-week 10.26.13: Somewhere, is a galaxy far, far away and how time is just a side effect

<i>Alt-week takes a look at the best science and alternative tech stories from the last seven days.</i><p>In the red corner, we have quantum theory. In the blue, it's relativity. But, if new experiments are to be believed, the two feuding concepts might not need to slug it out after all. In unrelated news, …

Why the 1% should pay tax at 80%

The Reagan-Thatcher revolution changed society's beliefs about taxes. If we want economic growth shared fairly, we must rethink<p>In the United States, the share of total pre-tax income accruing to the top 1% has more than doubled, from less than 10% in the 1970s to over 20% today (pdf). A similar …

The royal baby soap opera is a grotesque distraction when so many in the kingdom they rule face hardship, says Hugh Muir: http://gu.com/p/3jp6a/fb Photograph: Camera Press/Jason Bell