Links of the day, 23, March 2012

Links I found interesting in my wanderings across the net recently, some new, some old. Presented in no particular thematic order. My Linking to them does not, and need not, presuppose I agree with the authors entirely, or even at all – only that I found them sufficiently interesting to note, and they were thought provoking.

Fred Reed, trapped in a Land of Evil Moroccan Arabs.. Who Hate His Freedoms
(and curiously are all named ‘Abdullah’)

Men Behaving Nicely: Selfless Acts by Men Increase When Attractive Women Are Nearby

A Provocative Take on Islamic Eschatology, Arguing that Mullah Omar, is a Dajjal Incarnation

Maghrebi origin of early south Iberian Neolithic

Nokia Considers Tattoos that Vibrate With Calls

The Pop Star as a Vehicle for Social Revolution. Popular Music: Then and Now

Seeing Through False Hope

Santorum and Constitutional History.. (lol)

I can’t Even Think of a Description, Eh.. Just Read It Yourself

9 Paragraphs on the dialectic of gas fracking, sea turtles, and discursive empathy

I was reading this article, and would debate some points, but overall I found it brief – thought provoking – and challenging to some of my assumptions

The Coming Global Oil Crisis | Fracking the Future

The author contemplates the overall headlines and bylines of some New York Times articles, essentially asking, ‘Is Shale Gas A Ponzi Scheme?’

From the abstract, ..The author questions the long-term reality of shale gas production and especially the financial underpinnings. Critics charge that the articles were poorly written or that the author has an agenda. Both sides are dancing around… Activists are rightfully worried about the environmental impacts of the new method of “fracking” (fracturing) shale formations to extract natural gas.
But neither side is asking the fundamental question:
What are we going to do when we run out of tricks to extract more fossil fuels?!
We are fracking our future.
Is there anyone out there who cares about our children?

This is something I’ve long considered, the discursive and dialectical gap between Progressives and Conservatives in matters of ecology. Which is peculiar because environmental conservation, and ecological concerns, when you go early enough had some traditionalist and conservative roots.

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