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I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians. DeGaulle
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‘Take Syrian president’s ideas into account’ - Moscow — RT

‘Take Syrian president’s ideas into account’ - Moscow — RT | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
As Russian and US diplomats prepare for a meeting with the international mediator for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, Russian diplomats are calling for a balanced approach to settling the 21-month political crisis.
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The problem of gun control: the myth of American uniqueness - On Line Opinion - 20/12/2012

The problem of gun control: the myth of American uniqueness - On Line Opinion - 20/12/2012 | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
The debate on gun control in the United States is a case in point, the flipside of a fictionalised form of American exceptionalism.
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NewsDaily: U.S. drone strike kills another al Qaeda commander in Pakistan

NewsDaily: U.S. drone strike kills another al Qaeda commander in Pakistan | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
A U.S. drone attack killed a senior al Qaeda commander in Pakistan's northwest on Sunday, military intelligence officials said, the second militant leader to be killed in strikes by the unmanned aircraft in three days.

 

'Unmanned aerial attacks have crushed al Qaeda's network along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan but have drawn trenchant criticism in the two countries

 

Al Qaeda has been weakened steadily in Afghanistan and Pakistan since the killing of Osama bin Laden in a raid by U.S. special forces on a Pakistani garrison town in May 2011.'

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Buddhist Scholar Says Norquist Pledge Is Treason, Goes Viral (VIDEO)

Buddhist Scholar Says Norquist Pledge Is Treason, Goes Viral (VIDEO) | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
These people have signed a sworn oath that contradicts their oath of office. It’s actually a kind of seditious oath, a treasonous oath.

 

'[And] Professor Thurman thinks the Grover Norquist pledge is a “seditious oath, a treasonous oath,” and he wants to “start a meme” that stirs up the people of this country to give serious thought to what that means.

 

To that end, he has recorded a video that is going viral, presumably because it so well articulates – in his calm, reasoned, but very persistent voice – what is so objectionable about our elected officials swearing an oath to this scruffy man named Norquist who is, ostensibly, holding hostage the GOP congress people he’s blackmailed into acquiescence.'

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3 Science Questions to Ask U.S. Presidential Candidates | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

3 Science Questions to Ask U.S. Presidential Candidates | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

As you may already be aware from my previous posts, The Guardian U.S. and NYU’s Studio 20 journalism lab have teamed up to push a project ...

 

3 clusters of questions emerged:

 

The topic of greatest interest is Science Education – its value, its role in society,the role of federal government in regulating it, and the need for its reform and funding.

 

The second topic, with 18 questions focusing entirely on it, is Evolution.

 

The third most exciting topic, with 17 questions clearly and solely in thiscategory, is Climate Change.

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Marketing ties violent video games to gun companies

Marketing ties violent video games to gun companies | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Despite the NRA chief's objections to games like "Grand Theft Auto," gun companies benefit from marketing tie-ins
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Afghan Contractors Feeling Drawdown Pinch : NPR

Afghan Contractors Feeling Drawdown Pinch : NPR | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

The Afghan construction industry has been one of the big winners since the fall of the Taliban. NATO and the international community have pumped billions of dollars into building roads, schools and bases.

 

'With the drawdown of troops and NGOs, however, comes a drawdown in construction spending, and that has Afghan contractors scrambling to find new business.'

 

Could it be that the the growth in construction and related activity was never meant to benefit the local economy but to swell the coffers of multinational corporations??? Cynical? Moi?

 

 

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AND THE BEST PRESIDENT WAS... | More Intelligent Life

AND THE BEST PRESIDENT WAS... | More Intelligent Life | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
~ Posted by Georgia Grimond, December 4th 2012 At the polls in November, voters in America’s presidential election had a choice of two (serious) candidates. In our last Big Question, our panel had a choice of 43.

 

'We asked six writers to choose the best American president of all, and four went for the men from Mount Rushmore: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. The other two wanted to chisel out portraits of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Bill Clinton.

 

..............So what does it take to be remembered? Lincoln and FDR were decisive in war and, with the New Deal and the end of slavery, pioneering in peace. Many readers nominated Ronald Reagan, singled out as "a true leader" who "changed the world we live in”. But there is more to it than stamping your authority. The two George Bushes collected only a handful of votes between them.'

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Twitter frenzies shake up traditional debate tactics - The Drum - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Twitter frenzies shake up traditional debate tactics - The Drum - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
In cyber space no-one can hear you scream but they can sure tell if you're off your game. Barack Obama is finding that out the hard way.

 

'It's a strange and unfamiliar territory we're in. There have been a few notable exceptions but since 1960 the TV debate has generally been seen as an equation of style over substance - stay upright, don't get wrong-footed, peel off a few one liners and the campaign will move on undisturbed and unaffected by what had become little more than a political ritual.

 

But the frenzy of online engagement is like performance algebra - a jumble of characters, symbols and short, sharp calculations that somehow end up reaching a conclusion, faster and more efficiently than the old-school campaign long division.

 

As a result 90 minutes of prime time TV became a political eternity. In cyber space no-one can hear you scream but they can sure tell if you're off your game. They used to say you could tell who won a TV debate even with the sound turned off - but no-one can control the volume of instant messaging. And politicians all over the world are being caught flat-footed by it.'

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