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By Žiga Turk | Good reads about Politics, Current Affairs, Economy, Science, Technology, Europe ... Kind of weekend supplement of social media content.

These 5 Facts Explain Why China Is Pulling Ahead of the West

Five years ago, the consensus was that China, with its ballooning middle class, would need to undertake painful, liberalizing political reforms lest …

China

Apple Loop: iPhone 8 Leak Confirms Details, iOS 10.3.2 Secrets, New MacBook Pro Hardware

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes more leaked details on the new iPhone, Apple’s plans to keep Mac revenue high, leaked details on the new MacBooks, thoughts on iOS 10.3.2, new iPhone market share details, a look inside Cupertino’s new …

MacBook Pro

Uber might genuinely be worried that #DeleteUber is working | Ars Technica

“Everyone at Uber is deeply hurting after reading Susan Fowler’s blog post.”<p>Social media calls to #DeleteUber are getting the company's attention in …

Here's why our political opinions differ - and get further apart

Finally a new year is here after the most politically divisive 12 months in a very long time. In the UK, Brexit shattered dreams and friendships. In …

Psychology

What It Means To Be A Gentleman Today

You hear it everywhere these days: the term “gent” or “gentleman” has become ubiquitous in men’s magazines, blogs, and conversations. Videos welcome …

Self-improvement

How people rebuilt after the horrific firebombing of Dresden

Rebuilding Dresden<p>A city rises from the ashes<p>1945<p>1955<p>Over two days and nights in February 1945, American and British bombers dropped 2,400 tons of …

Germany

This Israeli ace pilot fought off 11 enemy jets alone

Israeli Col. Giora Epstein, one of the world’s greatest fighter aces of the jet era, was leading a flight of four planes during the Yom Kippur War when his team spotted two Egyptian MiG-21s. Epstein pursued the pair and quickly shot down the trail plane.<p>But that’s when the Israelis got a surprise. …

Aerospace

Why 4.5 Billion Years of Fluctuating Global Temperatures Can’t Explain Climate Change Today

XKCD does it again.<p>One of the most commonly used arguments against human-caused climate change is that Earth has experienced severe fluctuations in …

Melania Trump's Slovenia: Small, Beautiful, Challenging

American voters have been able to learn about Melania Knauss Trump, the future first lady. Tabloids that highlighted her flashy photos from her past life as a model are now changing focus. She has been interviewed about her current role as a mother and on her future duties and life side by side to …

Melania Trump

Xiaomi Has Made the Cutest Amazon Echo Competitor Yet

Voice control and smart assistants were everywhere at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, with many companies partnering with Amazon to directly integrate …

National Security Agency (NSA)

What Happens When You Draw The Golden Ratio On Ansel Adams’ Photos

"Great artists such as Ansel Adams exalted their art with the golden ratio—the very same ratio present in the bones of our fingers and facial …

Paul Krugman Gets His Recessionary Macroeconomics Wrong Again

Robert Skidelsky has a rather “<i>J’Accuse!</i>” piece over at Project Syndicate insisting that economists are the <i>idiots savants</i> of the modern world for their concentration on mere mathematical models and that they don’t look up enough at the real world. This is perhaps even a valid criticism of a certain …

Economics

How the Nazis Killed Christmas

Nazi leaders respun Christmas as a neo-pagan, Nordic celebration, greatly de-emphasizing the religious aspects of the holiday.<p><i>By</i> <i>Joe Perry</i><i>, associate</i> …

Christmas

How was Christmas celebrated in the Middle Ages?

Our predecessors in the faith approached the celebration of the Nativity with a somewhat less festive mood<p>Nowadays, we celebrate Christmas in quite a …

Christmas

Xiaomi Mi Mix review—This is what the future of smartphones looks like | Ars Technica

Xiaomi elegantly solves a lot of problems to create a more screen-centric smartphone.<p>SPECS AT A GLANCE: XIAOMI MI MIX<p>SCREEN<p>2040×1080 6.4" (362ppi) …

Smaller Xiaomi Mi Mix packing 5.5-inch screen could be called Nano tips leak

If you really liked the idea of that Xiaomi Mi Mix smartphone that is available in China rocking that 6.4-inch bezel-less screen packed into the body …

Tablets

How Trump won the presidency with razor-thin margins in swing states - Washington Post

Each dot is 1,000 votes cast in a state for:<p>Clinton won decisively in <b>18 states and D.C.</b>, netting her <b>222 electoral votes</b>. Many of these states are traditional Democratic strongholds that are densely populated and along the coasts.

Elections

The search goes on

<b>The Evolution of the West: How Christianity Has Shaped Our Values.</b> By Nick Spencer. <i>SPCK; 190 pages; £9.99.</i><p>Upgrade your inbox<p>Receive our Daily …

Economics

Edmund Burke’s Idea of Party

With excellent timing, as Oxford University Press’s nine-volume edition of Edmund Burke’s writings and speeches reaches completion after 34 years, …

Big Ideas

The Intelligentsia Takes a Hit

Last night's surprising result left Trump supporters elated, Clinton supporters dejected. Most libertarians have long given up hope that the …

President Trump: How & Why...

President Trump

Trump Troglodytes May Breed Subhuman Species

Do the deep differences between the two groups of voters in any way reflect underlying genetics? I’ve dismissed studies purporting to identify gene …

Hot Damn, Xiaomi's Bezel-Free Mi MIX Phone Is Beautifully Bonkers

Xiaomi's share of China's smartphone market is heading in the wrong direction, but a phone as fine as the Mi MIX may change that—and inspire …

20+ Brutally Honest Sticky Notes That Sum Up Your Life

Some situations in life may not always turn out as you'd expect. Illustrator and author of 'A Sticky Note Guide to Life', Chaz Huton, perfectly sums …

Illustration

8 of Evel Knievel’s Most Memorable Stunts

Born on this day in 1938, Robert "Evel" Knievel was a stuntman who entertained audiences with his daredevil motorcycle jumps. After his first jump in …

Skiing

Why Universities Must Choose One Telos: Truth or Social Justice

Aristotle often evaluated a thing with respect to its “telos” – its purpose, end, or goal. The telos of a knife is to cut. The telos of a physician …

Social Justice

What Fascism Really Is — And What It Isn't

<b>Fascism is Anti-Libera</b><b>l</b>: Fascists oppose pluralism, tolerance, individualism, democracy, the idea of natural rights, and the like. While fascist …

Top 20 Greatest Inventions of All Time

Technology is a core component of the human experience. We have been creating tools to help us tame the physical world since the early days of our …

Women in Science