How a Grad Student Found Spyware That Could Control Anybody’s iPhone from Anywhere in the World

Last summer, Bill Marczak stumbled across a program that could spy on your iPhone’s contact list and messages—and even record your calls. Illuminating shadowy firms that sell spyware to corrupt governments across the globe, Marczak’s story reveals the new arena of cyber-warfare. Read Bryan Burrough's fascinating story from Vanity Fair. read more

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Donald Trump, the First President of Our Post-Literate Age

OK, so this is an article from Bloomberg, a news service that doesn't reflect my own political interests but it is well written and makes interesting points about what will soon become a cultural obsession, are we losing the ability to communicate by rational debate? read more Joe Weisenthal In the wake of the 2016…Read more Donald Trump, the First President of Our Post-Literate Age

Blame the Echo Chamber on Facebook. But Blame Yourself, Too

Kartik Hosanagar (@khosanagar) is a professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania as well as a cofounder of SmartyPal and Yodle. Hosanagar’s research work focuses on the impact of algorithms on consumers and society, as well as digital media and online marketing. (Wired) Ever since the Presidential elections, every one I know…Read more Blame the Echo Chamber on Facebook. But Blame Yourself, Too

 Police Attacked Standing Rock Activists For Hours. Why Are They Calling It A Riot?

photo: Nighttime at Standing Rock. (Jake Ratner) In a video streamed live on Facebook on the night of November 20, an army of riot police stand guard as fire hoses blast anti–Dakota Access pipeline activists on a bridge near Standing Rock in the subfreezing cold. Misleading narratives obscure the reality of the stand at Standing Rock.…Read more  Police Attacked Standing Rock Activists For Hours. Why Are They Calling It A Riot?

Will Self: Are humans evolving beyond the need to tell stories?

An interesting article, printed recently in The Guardian, on literary evolution by poet and writer, Will Self. A few years ago I gave a lecture in Oxford that was reprinted in the Guardian under the heading: “The novel is dead (this time it’s for real)”. In it I argued that the novel was losing its…Read more Will Self: Are humans evolving beyond the need to tell stories?

a tanka takes root

Tanya’s words in ‘a tanka takes root‘  have deep roots, too and inspired me to add this paltry poem of my own in response .

If I could write it in a phrase,

people fighting for the land

that nurtured them from birth

and those before and after.

Some call it foolish

But the true word is brave

to fight for nature’s freedom

is a true act of courage,

a natural response

to protect a mother.

There are hard times ahead

with wilful destruction

and denial

of earth, peace and truth,

until all that is left

will crumble and fall.

Pride is a currency

that thrives in inflation,

except by natural law

all pride deflates

until it falls

and all it’s built

comes tumbling down.

Where are the heroes,

the writers, the leaders

who coined the phrase

to make us think

that what we do

will be measured

by what we do to others

and by what we wish

they do to us?

TANYA CLIFF

roots twist over rock

searching, a slow motion dance

ever persisting

then, soft ground’s surface piercing

wisdom tapped from deep within

Tanya

…if the root is holy, so are the branches. (Rom 11:16b, NIV)

For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. (1 Tim 6:10a, NIV)

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No Rigour, No Vigour, the Centre cannot hold

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/vigor/ There are certain words with unusual spelling in English that have always made sense to me. I don't know why, I can't explain it but it makes sense to me why we sometimes consider there are two types of English and one of them is American. 'Vigor' should've a 'u'.