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Hypergamy, Incels, and Reality – Axiom of Chance
he graph summarizes the differences between students in a simple fashion. The majority of both men and women reported one sexual contact in the past 18 months. Among those who are not having sex, it’s more the women than the men; even allowing for under-reporting by women, the idea that the majority of women are giving their favors to men, in Peterson’s words, “across and up dominance hierarchies”, is an absolute fantasy.

If the incels story fails, perhaps the idea of the 1% survives. Where is Chad? There is one candidate, an outlier male that reported nine sexual contacts. The data set as a whole contains 477 relationships, so this man monopolizes a total of… 1.8% of the sex in the school. Bill Gates he is not.

It gets worse for the Petersons and the dominant lobsters of the world. Not only is there not a conspiracy of elite men to monopolize women, it appears that if anything, it’s the other way around. Only fourteen men in the sample have four or more partners, but twenty-four women do.
sex  culture  us 
november 2018 by juliusbeezer
Ben Okri: 'I was nearly shot because I couldn’t speak my dad’s language' | Stage | The Guardian
Fifty years on, he cuts a familiar dash in his trademark beret, drinking tea in a tiny office at the top of the recently restored Coronet theatre in Notting Hill – where his new adaptation of Albert Camus’s The Outsider (L’Étranger) is about to be staged – and pondering how his traumatic early experiences inform his fascination with the French writer’s existentialist classic...
He regards L’Étranger as “one of those rare books that manage to be both brief and huge at the same time. The cut of its narrative is very unusual.
fren  culture  camus  racism 
september 2018 by juliusbeezer
‘Human impulses run riot’: China’s shocking pace of change | News | The Guardian
These three surges in suicide demonstrate the failure and impotence of legal institutions in China. The public security organs, prosecutorial agencies and courts all stopped functioning at the start of the Cultural Revolution; thereafter, laws existed only in name. Since Mao’s death, a robust legal system has never truly been established and, today, law’s failure manifests itself in two ways. First, the law is strong only on paper: in practice, law tends to be subservient to the power that officials wield. Second, when officials realise they are being investigated and know their position won’t save them, some will choose to die rather than submit to legal sanctions, for officials who believe in power don’t believe in law...
Before, limited by social constraints, people could feel a modicum of freedom only within the family; with the loss of those constraints, that modest freedom which was once so prized now counts for little. Extramarital affairs have become more and more widespread and are no longer a cause for shame. It is commonplace for successful men to keep a mistress, or sometimes multiple mistresses – which people often jokingly compare to a teapot needing at least four or five cups to make a full tea set. In one case I know of, a wealthy businessman bought all 10 flats in the wing of an apartment complex. He installed his legally recognised wife in one flat, and his nine legally unrecognised mistresses in the other flats, one above the other, so that he could select at his pleasure and convenience on which floor of the building he would spend the night.
china  deaths  politics  culture  sex 
september 2018 by juliusbeezer
Why Italian football does not make sense in the English language | Football | The Guardian
In Italian a player does not play a position (posizione), but rather their role (ruolo). Managers often speak in post-match interviews about how a player has “interpreted their role” or how the team has “interpreted the match” as a whole. The playmaker is called a regista, or “director”, while players who exchange passes are said to dialogare, literally “to dialogue”.

A goal is not scored, but rather “authored” (l’autore del gol). A player who is often at the centre of the action becomes the game’s protagonista, with the potential to risolvere la partita, or “resolve the match”. A particularly creative player may also be praised for his fantasia, while a true legend of the game, such as Roberto Baggio, is a maestro.

A team’s passing or possession may be referred to as its fraseggio, which means literally its “phrasing”, a term used to describe musical expression. A player’s individual move is a numero, his error or lapse in judgment is a pasticcio, or “pastiche”, while his shot on goal is a conclusione, which, should he miss, is considered fallita, or “failed”, the same word Italians use to describe bankruptcy.
translation  sport  culture  italian  football 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
Pourquoi devient-on si bête quand on est au volant ?
Entretien avec Jean-Marc Bailet, ancien officier supérieur de la gendarmerie, docteur en psychologie du conducteur, et auteur de plusieurs ouvrages sur la sécurité routière, dont "Le volant rend-il fou ? Psychologie de l'automobiliste" et "Zen au volant. Guide du mieux conduire"...
"L'automobile occupe une place particulière dans l'imaginaire collectif. Symbole du XXe siècle et de la société de la consommation, la voiture a profondément modelé nos sociétés et nos vies. Elle est intimement associée à l'idée d'émancipation sociale et économique. C'est, pour nombre de Français, un symbole d'indépendance, de liberté, voire de transgression. Quand les autorités s'en mêlent, certains y voient donc une atteinte directe à leurs libertés individuelles, une intrusion illégitime de l'Etat et de la puissance publique dans leur pré-carré.

Concernant la sécurité routière, les réactions s'expliquent aussi plus simplement par la psychologie de l'automobiliste : malgré le travail de sensibilisation mené depuis des années, malgré les progrès réalisés en la matière, beaucoup continent de surestimer leurs capacités au volant, et donc à contester automatiquement toute mesure de sécurité routière, qu'ils perçoivent comme inutile."
driving  france  culture  road_safety  psychology  police 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
There’s a highly successful treatment for opioid addiction. But stigma is holding it back. - Vox
The research backs this up: Various studies, including systematic reviews of the research, have found that medication-assisted treatment can cut the all-cause mortality rate among addiction patients by half or more. Just imagine if a medication came out for any other disease — and, yes, health experts consider addiction a disease — that cuts mortality by half; it would be a momentous discovery.

“That is shown repeatedly,” Maia Szalavitz, a longtime addiction journalist and author of Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction, told me. “There’s so much data from so many different places that if you add methadone or Suboxone in, deaths go down, and if you take it away, deaths go up.”
drugs  healthcare  law  us  culture 
december 2017 by juliusbeezer
Clitoris : pourquoi avoir attendu 2017 pour le représenter dans les manuels scolaires ?
Malgré les médecins protestants, le clitoris continue à intéresser la science. Ainsi, en 1844, le docteur allemand Georg Ludwig Kobelt schématise entièrement l'organe féminin : "Il a trouvé les bulbes vestibulaires, et pendant très longtemps il a été le seul à avoir décrit la neurologie sensitive du clitoris. Il a démontré que seul le gland du clitoris avait une riche innervation à fonction érogène", explique Jean-Claude Piquard, avant d'ajouter que jusqu'à 1920, ses travaux étaient présents dans tous les traités d'anatomie.

C'est en 1880 que tout bascule réellement, lorsqu'on comprend que l’ovule n’advient pas lors de l’orgasme, mais à un moment précis du cycle menstruel, et qu'il n'a donc aucun intérêt du point de vue de la fertilité. Le regard sur le clitoris change : non seulement il n'a pas de fonction procréative, mais en plus, il peut inciter les couples à pratiquer la masturbation réciproque, explique Jean-Claude Piquard.
sex  france  history  culture 
september 2017 by juliusbeezer
Cars, bicycles and the fatal myth of equal reciprocity
The fact is the Australian road is not a neutral space. It is ordered by what sociologist John Urry calls the system of automobility.

Urry argues that this is the most transformative system the world has ever seen, one that puts the motorised vehicle at its centre. All other forms of travel, he says:

… have to find their place within a landscape predominantly sculpted by the car system.

As well as all the economic and political interests invested in this system, both public and private, we need to consider the social and cultural meanings these produce around the automobile.

In Australia, ideas of maturity, freedom and autonomy are powerfully entwined with the mythos of the car...

At times as a cyclist among the cars I feel like an insurgent in hostile territory. By now some readers might assume I am advocating cyclist rebellion and lawless riding. I’m not. Cyclists should do their best to be civil and rule-abiding on the road, at least where it doesn’t put us in danger.
culture  driving  cycling  sociology  australia 
august 2017 by juliusbeezer
Language, Thought, Culture: A Reassessment - Languages Of The World
what would be the evolutionary advantage of hiding rather than transmitting information between individuals and groups? Baker’s answer is that the sheer possibility of defining human groups on the basis of such easily recognizable factor as language has an evolutionary advantage. Linguistic groups (which we often think of in terms of ethnic or tribal groups) serve to define who one mates with and who one fights with. In other words, language is an easily identifiable marker of who is or is not “our people”.
language  culture  exclusion  dccomment 
july 2017 by juliusbeezer
La lune, poétiquement surnommée "Reine de la nuit", exerce une influence sur la terre et sur les plantes.

Tout le cycle végétatif est concerné, du semis à la floraison ou la récolte.

Jardiner avec la lune peut sembler une idée moderne, liée au mouvement écologique, mais les paysans et les jardiniers ont toujours procédé, consciemment ou non, de cette façon.

Le paysan ou l'agriculteur savaient toujours, en observant le ciel, si la période était propice aux travaux des champs.

Regarder et bien observer la lune peut éviter bien des maladresses et des erreurs au jardin.

Apprendre à jardiner avec la lune, c'est donc apprendre à connaître les rythmes de la nature pour les conjuguer avec le jardinage.

En consultant le calendrier lunaire on découvre les jours propices aux semis, aux plantations, aux récoltes suivant les types de végétaux et également les jours propices au repos !

Il ne faut cependant pas s'inquiéter si le calendrier ne peut pas être respecté scrupuleusement ; les conditions climatiques ou tout simplement la vie personnelle l'empêchent parfois.

Il faut savoir compenser, par exemple si le semis des salades n'a pas été effectué en jour feuilles, il faudra par la suite effectuer les travaux d'entretien pendant la bonne période pour rééquilibrer.
maraîchage  religion  culture  plants 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Aucune période n'est réellement définie. Le principe réside dans le fait que la récolte doit s'effectuer quand les graines soit bien mures ou les fruits ouverts.

L'aspect météorologique revêt donc une grande importance, le murissement dépendant des conditions climatiques. Un bel été chaud donne une récolte précoce, un été pourri…..le jardinier patiente.

Il faut bien surveiller car si la récolte doit s'effectuer lorsque les graines sont à maturité, il ne faut pas attendre trop longtemps sous peine de les voir tomber et se ressemer toutes seules !

L'observation doit se faire tous les jours car certains végétaux, surtout en cas de chaleurs, évoluent très rapidement.

Pour favoriser la conservation, il faut limiter l'humidité. La récolte se fera donc de préférence par temps sec et en fin d'après-midi, le matin les graines sont encore imbibées par la rosée.

Les graines gorgées de soleil sécheront nettement mieux et leur pouvoir de conservation sera accru et sans risque de pourriture.


Pour obtenir une meilleure conservation et un meilleur pouvoir germinatif, il est préférable de récolter les graines en période de lune ascendante et en jours "Fruits et Graines".
maraîchage  graines  plants  religion  culture  agroecology 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
To Hell with Good Intentions by Ivan Illich
Your reports about your work in Mexico, which you so kindly sent me, exude self-complacency. Your reports on past summers prove that you are not even capable of understanding that your dogooding in a Mexican village is even less relevant than it would be in a U.S. ghetto. Not only is there a gulf between what you have and what others have which is much greater than the one existing between you and the poor in your own country, but there is also a gulf between what you feel and what the Mexican people feel that is incomparably greater. This gulf is so great that in a Mexican village you, as White Americans (or cultural white Americans) can imagine yourselves exactly the way a white preacher saw himself when he offered his life preaching to the black slaves on a plantation in Alabama. The fact that you live in huts and eat tortillas for a few weeks renders your well-intentioned group only a bit more picturesque...
If you have any sense of responsibility at all, stay with your riots here at home. Work for the coming elections: You will know what you are doing, why you are doing it, and how to communicate with those to whom you speak. And you will know when you fail. If you insist on working with the poor, if this is your vocation, then at least work among the poor who can tell you to go to hell. It is incredibly unfair for you to impose yourselves on a village where you are so linguistically deaf and dumb that you don't even understand what you are doing, or what people think of you. And it is profoundly damaging to yourselves when you define something that you want to do as "good," a "sacrifice" and "help."

I am here to suggest that you voluntarily renounce exercising the power which being an American gives you. I am here to entreat you to freely, consciously and humbly give up the legal right you have to impose your benevolence on Mexico. I am here to challenge you to recognize your inability, your powerlessness and your incapacity to do the "good" which you intended to do.

I am here to entreat you to use your money, your status and your education to travel in Latin America. Come to look, come to climb our mountains, to enjoy our flowers. Come to study. But do not come to help.
activism  culture  mexico  politics  us  religion  illich 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich - The New Yorker
Over the years, Huffman has become increasingly concerned about basic American political stability and the risk of large-scale unrest. He said, “Some sort of institutional collapse, then you just lose shipping—that sort of stuff.” (Prepper blogs call such a scenario W.R.O.L., “without rule of law.”) Huffman has come to believe that contemporary life rests on a fragile consensus. “I think, to some degree, we all collectively take it on faith that our country works, that our currency is valuable, the peaceful transfer of power—that all of these things that we hold dear work because we believe they work. While I do believe they’re quite resilient, and we’ve been through a lot, certainly we’re going to go through a lot more.”
preppers  us  culture 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
The suicide rate in Australia is a humanitarian crisis that we can no longer ignore | Gerry Georgatos | Opinion | The Guardian
There is a humanitarian crisis in this affluent nation, a catastrophic, systematic crisis: suicide accounts for more than 5% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths. It’s a staggering, harrowing statistic. In fact in my estimations, because of under-reporting issues, suicide accounts for 10% of Indigenous deaths. The contributing factors are many and intertwined, underwritten by the kind of acute poverty, disadvantage and marginalisation that should make no sense in one of the world’s wealthiest nations.

But they are not limited to socioeconomic factors. From within the cesspool of this situational trauma – this narrative of victimhood – there has manifest a constancy of traumas – multiple, composite, aggressive, complex traumas.
deaths  australia  culture 
september 2016 by juliusbeezer
I called Sweden’s new national number to talk to a random Swedish person | The Verge
On April 6th, the Swedish Tourist Association launched "The Swedish Number" an actual phone number people from all over the world can dial to speak with a random Swedish person. The marketing gimmick is meant to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the country's abolishment of censorship and to educate foreigners about the Scandinavian country and the people who live there. So far, over 17,000 people from across the globe have called the hotline, expecting to speak to Swedish people who, without any training or instructions, have agreed to talk to strangers about their homeland. This afternoon, I called the number as well...

While I only called The Swedish Number once and Ddida was the only person I spoke with, in a strange way I felt like I got a better sense of Sweden — a country I've never visited — than I would ever had speaking to an actual Swedish person. I got to see Sweden close up through the eyes of an outsider. Ddida was my surrogate, sunken deep into a culture deeply different from his own and fascinated by it.
culture  language  sweden 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
I’m Not African American. I’m Black. | Black Girl with Long Hair
Cultural identity has long been a topic of discussion in America. For Black Americans who descended from slaves, that identity was always chosen for them. From terms like “negro” to “colored”, Black Americans have often been labeled by the majority.

So let’s take a look at the timeline of ethnic labels in America
identity  culture 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
Autism, genius, and the power of obliviousness | Armed and Dangerous
I also have the advantage that my peer network has been stiff with geniuses for forty years. I’ve logged a lot of time interacting with both autistic and non-autistic geniuses, and I’m anthropologically observant. So hear this:

Yes, there is an enabling superpower that autists have through damage and accident, but non-autists like me have to cultivate: not giving a shit about monkey social rituals.

Neurotypicals spend most of their cognitive bandwidth on mutual grooming and status-maintainance activity. They have great difficulty sustaining interest in anything that won’t yield a near-immediate social reward. By an autist’s standards (or mine) they’re almost always running in a hamster wheel as fast as they can, not getting anywhere.
culture  psychology  anthropology  opensource 
march 2016 by juliusbeezer
Frankie Boyle on the fallout from Paris: ‘This is the worst time for society to go on psychopathic autopilot’ | World news | The Guardian
For a list supporting the French government’s foray into bombing its former colony he chose Satie, a composer so questioning of state he put a question mark into La Marseillaise; Zola, a man so adamant about the function of a fair and full trial he may have been murdered for his beliefs; Rousseau – “Those who think themselves masters of others are greater slaves than they”; Ravel, who rejected all state honours; Gauguin, a passionate defender of indigenous peoples; and Camus, the great Algerian-born philosopher, who died in 1960, a year before he would’ve been thrown into the Seine at the orders of the Nazi head of the Parisian police.

Out of his list of peacenik, thoughtful, anti-government icons, one of the few who might have been in favour of bombing Syria was Sartre, and that’s only because he thought we were all dead anyway. Of course, we mustn’t forget Coco Chanel, who Neil threw on to the list in such a blatant “if we don’t include a woman we’ll get into trouble” rush, he didn’t notice a quick wiki would reveal her to be a Nazi spy. These are the people who made France great, because what they asked of France was to question, to look death in the eye, to commit to full trials and never resort to military force, to step away from government, away from indigenous lands, to never see themselves as superior, and most, most of all, for people to stop regurgitating rhetorical cliches and think for themselves.
france  culture  journalism 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
Well, in our society, we have things that you might use your intelligence on, like politics, but people really can't get involved in them in a very serious way - so what they do is they put their minds into other things, such as sports. You're trained to be obedient; you don't have an interesting job; there's no work around for you that's creative; in the cultural environment you're a passive observer of usually pretty tawdry stuff; political and social life are out of your range, they're in the hands of the rich folk. So what's left? Well, one thing that's left is sports-so you put a lot of the intelligence and the thought and the self-confidence into that. And I suppose that's also one of the basic functions it serves in the society in general it occupies the population, and keeps them from trying to get involved with things that really matter. In fact, I presume that's part of the reason why spectator sports are supported to the degree they are by the dominant institutions.

And spectator sports also have other useful functions too. For one thing, they're a great way to build up chauvinism-you start by developing these totally irrational loyalties early in life, and they translate very nicely to other areas. I mean, I remember very well in high school having a sudden kind of Erlebnis, you know, a sudden insight, and asking myself, why do I care if my high school football team wins? I don't know anybody on the team. They don't know me. I wouldn't know what to say to them if I met them. Why do I care? Why do I get all excited if the football team wins and all downcast if it loses?
sport  attention  politics  culture 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
PLOS ONE: Universal Principles in the Repair of Communication Problems
While languages may vary in fundamental ways, from sound systems to syntax to semantics recent work has shown robust universal features in the basic infrastructure for social interaction, for instance the turn-taking system... Practices of other-initiated repair may be so crucial to the organisation of social interaction and the achievement of joint goals that there remains little room for radical cross-cultural variation [1,2,22,23]. As one account proposes, “It is hard to imagine a society or culture whose organization of repair does not include a repair component..."

This generates two opposing hypotheses: a pragmatic diversity hypothesis and a pragmatic universals hypothesis, by which systems of language use are largely similar across cultural groups...

We built video corpora of maximally informal social interaction from 12 languages of 8 language families spoken on 5 continents (Table 1). The languages vary fundamentally in typological profile (e.g., sound structure, word order, and grammatical systems), semiotic modality (spoken as well as signed), and societal setting (from small-scale peasant societies to large-scale post-industrial nations).

Three main practices for repair initiation recur across all of the languages in our sample
language  culture 
september 2015 by juliusbeezer
David Simon on Baltimore’s Anguish | The Marshall Project
Because the documented litany of police violence is now out in the open. There’s an actual theme here that’s being made evident by the digital revolution. It used to be our word against yours. It used to be said — correctly — that the patrolman on the beat on any American police force was the last perfect tyranny. Absent a herd of reliable witnesses, there were things he could do to deny you your freedom or kick your ass that were between him, you, and the street. The smartphone with its small, digital camera, is a revolution in civil liberties...
You didn't ask me about the rough rides, or as I used to hear in the western district, “the bounce.” It used to be reserved — as I say, when there was a code to this thing, as flawed as it might have been by standards of the normative world — by standards of Baltimore, there was a code to when you gave the guy the bounce or the rough ride. And it was this: He fought the police. Two things get your ass kicked faster than anything: one is making a cop run. If he catches you, you're 18 years old, you've got fucking Nikes, he’s got cop shoes, he's wearing a utility belt, if you fucking run and he catches you, you're gonna take some lumps.
police  us  law  culture 
april 2015 by juliusbeezer
Britt McHenry and the Upsides of a Surveillance Society — Atlantic Mobile
The McHenry video, though, is a reminder of the more atomized aspects of the surveillance state: the surveillance society. It is a reminder of what happens when surveillance is distributed and small-sized and iterative. It is a logical extension of the hot-mic moment, of the caught-on-tape trope, of the blooper reel—and also, in its way, of the role cameras have recently played in exposing crime and police brutality.

It is, overall, a reminder that technology is making it harder to differentiate between the people we perform and the people we are.

Yes, there are panoptical elements to all that. Yes, we should seriously consider—and debate, and perhaps even fear—what those elements will do to us, as a messy human collective. But one of the positive aspects of the presence of all those cameras—all these devices, there to capture not just our beautiful children and our sumptuous meals, but also our worst and pettiest and most immoral moments—is a basic one: Terrible behavior, whether cruel or violent or something in between, has a greater possibility than it ever has before of being exposed.
surveillance  internet  culture 
april 2015 by juliusbeezer
Measles: Shaming Anti-Vaccine Parents Isn't the Answer - Bloomberg Business
If vaxxers can’t force people to get their shots, they can try shaming them into it. But vilification, however satisfying, doesn’t do much good. People who are told that their dearly held beliefs are stupid and selfish tend to withdraw from the conversation while continuing to do whatever they did before...
Physicians can increase compliance by making clear that full and prompt vaccination is an expectation...
ditching an uncompliant family is a mistake. “You’re decreasing the possibility of changing their mind and pushing it toward zero,”
insurance billing code for vaccine counseling, which would give doctors a financial incentive to bring around a resistant family...
As those Twitter tweets show, it’s not just the anti-vaxxers who come from a place of fear and anger. It’s the vaxxers, too. A democratic society must search for common ground. Let’s make this a time for healing. And not just from measles...
vaccines  culture  psychology  medicine  healthcare 
february 2015 by juliusbeezer
Should Anti-Vaxers Be Shamed or Persuaded? - The Atlantic
folks on the right and left would do well to reflect on the fact that the ideology of anti-vaxers doesn't map neatly onto the left or right, with the former willing to use state coercion and the latter opposing it.

For example, consider some of the standard language used to talk about abortion. If you're a progressive who believes in both a constitutionally guaranteed right to privacy and a moral right to autonomy over one's body, do you also believe that choices about vaccinations ought to be between patients and doctors, and that the state has no right to intrude on such a sensitive matter?

If you're a conservative who believes that the community has a role in safeguarding innocent babies, even when that infringes on a parent's choices and bodily autonomy, do you also believe vaccinations can be compelled by the state?
vaccines  politics  culture  libertarian 
february 2015 by juliusbeezer
The Anti-Vaccine Movement Should Be Ridiculed, Because Shame Works
Shame is one of the most potent forces in American society. And just like any tool of socialization and conformity, it can be used for both good and evil.
What worked against the Klan can work for unscientific ideas, like the toxic meme that vaccines are causing more diseases than they're preventing.
vaccines  psychology  politics  culture 
february 2015 by juliusbeezer
Charlotte Army veteran taps the preppers market |
Whatever kind of disaster awaits, Broome, 66, wants to be ready. He wants others to be ready, too.
To meet that need, Broome opened Carolina Preppers & Survivors supply shop in a strip mall on South Boulevard last month. The store offers freeze-dried food, body armor and ammunition... In opening the business, Broome is tapping not only into a growing market but also a cultural movement. Prepping is garnering national attention,
culture  economics  spectacle 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
the engine of fascism | blinking ti . me
When it’s time for our elite to recover from the economic implosion fascism’s inefficiency always leads to – an implosion which always ultimately affects even the elite itself (serving both as the real driver for recovery as well as the main motivator for a return to political and social justice) – there will be no coherently hard-won citizen-based memory of what we were before the fracture. The distracted economy will have made sure of that. Our distracted attention spans will have broken our ability to remain focussed. The elite will be as lost as the peasants whilst fascism reigned. They (the elites I mean) really won’t know where to turn.
politics  attention  culture  theory 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
Le vélo réclame “une expertise aussi pointue que les aménagements routiers” -
en chercheur cycliste passionné qu’il avance dans cet ouvrage foisonnant de pistes de réflexion pour toute collectivité soucieuse de développer une politique cyclable sur le long terme, et bien sûr pour les historiens.
cycling  france  français  culture  road_safety 
september 2014 by juliusbeezer
Lost Crops of Africa
Africa itself.

For this, there is good reason. Africa’s fruits have not, by and large, been brought up to their potential in terms of quality, production, and availability. Geographically speaking, few have moved beyond Africa’s shores; horticulturally speaking, most remain poorly known.
food  culture  agnotology  agriculture  agroecology 
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
Class Matters | It's not "them" - it's us!
My anti-nuclear group, a bunch of long-haired men and hairy-legged women, had formed a coalition to stop a local nuclear construction project, and we had set up a meeting with a senior citizen group. They were mostly white men retired from blue-collar trades jobs. The meeting was going well when someone proposed we take a coffee break. One of my esteemed counterculture colleagues said, "I know! For the break, let's all howl like wolves!" And even worse, several people did it! As a big "Owwwww-ooooooh" went up, I saw some of the senior activists nudge each other and roll their eyes, like "What's up with these wackos?" Their group did join the coalition, but no thanks to the howlers.
activism  culture  politics  writing  funny 
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
Amazon is killing my sex life -
Seattle, SF and Man Jose ladies flee "the brogrammers".
"The new tech bros have one thing on their brains—making money. They are different than the programmers I knew from ’90s, many of whom were also artists—musicians, photographers, DJs, involved in underground and alternative subcultures. They were freaks. Coding was as much a creative activity as a means to making money. If you got into computers in the ’90s, you were already a little weirder than the rest of the world, you already thought differently. Now that computing is trendy—and economically fruitful—it’s attracting a different kind of person altogether."
programming  culture  sex  us 
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
New York City's French Dual-Language Programs Are Mostly Pointless | New Republic
It’s swell that knowing French allows you to ignore subtitles in the occasional art house film, but unclear why this would be considered a priority of childrearing.

And especially with Chinese, beginning to learn the language at 18, in a freshman course, is too late. Someone with a few years of Spanish can often communicate on at least the basic level of Chris Farley’s Matt Foley on SNL, but that’s much less likely with Chinese. You have to speak each syllable on one of four tones—bi can mean compare, nose, than or force depending on the tone. That’s easiest for tots with maximally plastic brains and minimal self-consciousness; later, for many, it is simply impossible. Plus, you have to master a few thousand symbols, most of which resemble nothing in particular except one another, in order to even be able to read a newspaper headline
français  culture  chinois  español  language 
april 2014 by juliusbeezer
Manifestation de Nantes : des casseurs, mais aussi des tracteurs - Reporterre
Les pavés du tramway sont enlevés pour servir de projectiles. Les gendarmes, retranchés derrière leurs grilles, ne bronchent pas, répliquant par des tirs de grenades - en l’air et non en tir tendu - et par le canon à eau. Il s’agit de ne pas blesser les milliers de manifestants pacifiques qui sont encore sur le cours Franklin Roosevelt.
français  culture  anthropology  politics  sport  france  NDDL 
february 2014 by juliusbeezer
Epicodus — How a Developer Learned Not to Be Racist and Sexist
I wanted to learn about racism and sexism, I read some articles and picked up some books. I didn’t have a lot of experience with the topics, so I knew I needed to get some other perspectives. Turns out there were a lot of points of view I had never thought about, and a lot of people with very different experiences from mine.
politics  culture  racism  screwmeneutics  search 
december 2013 by juliusbeezer
How does a country get to open data? What Taiwan can teach us about the evolution of access » Nieman Journalism Lab
Good stuff from US reporter leading data journalism course in Taiwan:
"In the United States, in 2013, it’s widely assumed that governments on all levels should make their data available for public use. But why? How did we get here? And, importantly, how do other countries get there?“We have a freedom of information law?” was the answer. I had discovered it during my research for the workshop, but just because a law is the books doesn’t mean anyone knows about or uses it. Also, under Taiwan’s civil law system, there isn’t any case law which tells the courts how to interpret this right. A few veteran reporters did know of the law, but weren’t aware of anyone who’d ever filed a request under its provisions."
opendata  journalism  taiwan  culture 
april 2013 by juliusbeezer
John J. Gumperz, Linguist of Cultural Interchange, Dies at 91 -
Summoned to Heathrow that mid-’70s day, tape recorder in hand, Professor Gumperz discovered the following: when diners ordered meat, they were asked if they wanted gravy. The English women who had previously worked behind the counter had posed the question with a single word — “Gravy?” — uttered, per cultural convention, with rising intonation.

When the Indian and Pakistani women joined the staff, they too asked the question with a single word. But in keeping with their cultural conventions, they uttered it with falling intonation: “Gravy.”

Professor Gumperz played the recorded exchanges for diners and staff members. His explanation of the subtle yet powerful difference in intonation, and the cultural meaning it carried, helped the groups achieve a mutual understanding.

“He pointed out that the rising intonation versus falling intonation made it a very different statement, even though the word was the same,” Professor Tannen said. “So rising intonation sounded like, ‘Would you like gravy?’ And falling intonation sounded like: ‘This is gravy. Take it or leave it.’ ”
language  culture  food 
april 2013 by juliusbeezer
>100 experts asked "What worries you?" Lots of misguided fun.
Both autism and schizophrenia have substantial inherited components and there was great hope that the origin of mental disorders could be understood by identifying the genes that are responsible. In studies of monozygotic twins, the concordance for autism is 30-90% and is 40-60% for schizophrenia. Large-scale genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have screened thousands of families with these disorders and have concluded that no single gene mutation, insertion, deletion or copy number variation can account for more than a small fraction of the variance in the population.
psychology  genetics  culture 
january 2013 by juliusbeezer
Edge; DIGITAL MAOISM: The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism By Jaron Lanier
Nasty hive mind outbursts have been flavored Maoist, Fascist, and religious, and these are only a small sampling. I don't see why there couldn't be future social disasters that appear suddenly under the cover of technological utopianism. If wikis are to gain any more influence they ought to be improved by mechanisms like the ones that have worked tolerably well in the pre-Internet world.
culture  social  technology  wikipedia 
december 2012 by juliusbeezer
Dear Hacker Community - We Need To Talk. - ASHER WOLF
"Last infosec conference I went to there was six females and over 1000 males in attendance."

Not the first time all this has been said, nor I imagine, the last, but there is a real issue here; both with respect to the actual competencies required to be truly a member of the community (as opposed to, as here, gf material); and the extraordinary possibilities for social engineering open to a young heterosexual female in such an environment ; the conscious recognition/attraction/repulsion that this must inevitably induce in the rank and file...
security  culture  politics  sex 
december 2012 by juliusbeezer
Schneier on Security: Feudal Security
uncle Bruce on the how internet users are feudal vassals of the big providers...
internet  culture  history  censorship  security 
december 2012 by juliusbeezer
londres - Accueil - Londres
Interesting news site for francophone ex-pats, London section particularly revealing of cultural differences (but also the stupidity of generalisation)
français  english  culture 
october 2012 by juliusbeezer
The Unpopular | Planned Obsolescence
On the other hand, as post-Frankfurt media scholars have argued, the association of the popular with mass consumption overlooks the sense in which popular culture should be considered to be that which is popularly produced — that which arises from, rather than that which devolves upon, the “people.” In more recent media scholarship, the culture that is so produced is assumed to be less the texts themselves — the “people” are in no literal sense running around producing blockbuster movies or television series — than the meanings and pleasures that derive from popular engagement with those texts. Culture is less the texts themselves than what is made from the texts. And popular culture becomes popular not because it’s forced onto the masses, but because actual people have found some kind of connection with it.

That we hold our work back from this latter kind of popularity, from the potential of popular connection to it — and that to some extent, at least, we do so intentionally — strikes me both as selfish and misguided. It serves us, on whatever level, to believe the public, however construed, to be incapable of responding to our work.
scholarly  literature  media  culture 
july 2012 by juliusbeezer
Journalism :: Irvine Welsh Official Website
We manufacture, sell, market and advertise products specifically designed to get people out of their heads. Having de facto recognised this right, it seems churlish in the extreme of the nanny state to then specify which particular substances can and cannot be considered legitimate tools in this pursuit. Particularly so when the legal framework we use seems hopelessly irrational and ridiculously culturally biased and bears little relevance to the real issues of evaluating drugs; immediate and long-term harm on health, effects on society and addictive potential. While drugs are obviously dangerous, that factor alone hardly makes them stand out amongst our modern addictions.
drugs  culture  politics  cannabis 
june 2012 by juliusbeezer
Feels Bad Man: How Mobile Is Stopping the Lulz | Underwire |
Ever tried using 4chan on a phone? It’s completely impossible to upload images from an iPhone or iPad, immediately limiting your contribution to the community to commenting alone. Sites like Reddit let you post a URL, but modifying and uploading images to a public URL from a mobile device is, for the moment, not easy.

Also for the moment, it’s extremely rare for mobile apps to allow community remix and sharing. In fact, I could only find two iOS apps that supported posting your own remixes to a public community space: Mixel and Make Pixel Art.
internet  culture 
may 2012 by juliusbeezer
Cultural Differences
top 5 image results country comparator
tools  images  culture 
april 2012 by juliusbeezer
Those Fabulous Confabs
an entrepreneur who overnight goes from sleeping under his desk to IPO-ing into a billionaire needs a way to express his new status, stat. “We don’t have castles and noble titles, so how do you indicate you’re part of the elite?” as Andrew Zolli, PopTech’s executive director, puts it.
Thus the rise of a cohort of speakers and attendees who migrate along the same elite social-intellectual trade routes. Throw in Sundance and SXSW and Burning Man, and you get what Michael Hirschorn has called “the clusterfuckoisie,” tweeting at each other as they shuttle between events.
politics  culture  geek 
march 2012 by juliusbeezer
Bill Drummond rejects recorded music in favour of 17-person choirs | Music | The Guardian
I went to HMV to buy a CD; I could see aisle upon aisle, rack upon rack - every CD known to mankind. Over the decades my taste in music has broadened; I like all sorts of things. I knew that whatever I bought, I'll be disappointed. Later that night, I got home, got the children to bed, started doing my emails. I'd read about Napster, but I hadn't actually used it. I started imagining that every piece of recorded music is out there - I could click on my computer and have it in my hand. I knew that whatever I got on to the hard drive, when I listened to it, it wouldn't be what I wanted. I started seeing recorded music as a kind of genre in itself. Even if it's from the pre-recorded music era, once it had been sucked into being recorded music, it's a two-dimensional thing, that can be listened to anywhere any time while doing almost anything. It's all become this one thing that's fast draining of meaning. Once an artform loses its meaning, it no longer has any real value."
art  music  copyright  culture  drummond 
september 2011 by juliusbeezer
Flavorwire » Mixtape: 10 Best Songs About Libraries and Librarians
the DJ of the future today: flavorwire makes a fine debut to my consciousness with 10 songs about libraries and librarians.

Left off the Lecturer's Lament, but that's OK on a list that features Nick Cave and Frank Zappa
internet  culture  music  funny  library  media  mixtape 
february 2010 by juliusbeezer
French law on use of French in France and le monde francophone
french  language  culture 
december 2009 by juliusbeezer
Why I am Not a Professor
most interesting in its analysis of pressures to publish: and the effect
education  UK  academic  culture 
september 2009 by juliusbeezer
ACM Classic: Reflections on Trusting Trust
A Ken Thompson classic (though I associated it with Dennis Ritchie) Read this years back, never forgot my amazement at the sheer clarity of the text and the sheer opacity of the code. Nice to find it again.
security  software  culture  programming  ssl06 
september 2009 by juliusbeezer
SSRN-Piracy, Creativity and Infrastructure: Rethinking Access to Culture by Lawrence Liang
That space outside the IP/CC dialectic: the denizens who just grab the technology and get on with it.
Quotes Roncière: "Perhaps the truly dangerous classes are not so much the uncivilised ones thought to undermine society from below, but rather the migrants who move at the borders between classes, groups, and individuals, who develop capabilities within themselves which are useless to the improvement of their material lives, and in fact are liable to make them despise material concerns."
open  culture  copyright 
september 2009 by juliusbeezer
Read | The Public Domain |
James Boyle, Duke University legal academic offers a sober and well-referenced argument about why copyrights and patents may in fact impinge on wealth creation in culture.
copyright  publishing  free  law  internet  culture  openaccess 
august 2009 by juliusbeezer Resources: Judith Butler
Butler argues that sex (male, female) is seen to cause gender (masculine, feminine) which is seen to cause desire (towards the other gender). This is seen as a kind of continuum. Butler's approach -- inspired in part by Foucault -- is basically to smash the supposed links between these, so that gender and desire are flexible, free-floating and not 'caused' by other stable factors.
queer  theory  culture 
august 2009 by juliusbeezer
The Little Secret of Web Startups
consumer web business entrepreneur assesses his difficulties: and why he's closing the site he started down
web  business  culture 
july 2009 by juliusbeezer

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