I don’t know about where you live, but it’s a glorious day here in Southwest Washington. I can’t really imagine that you have your nose stuck to the screen. But if so, I hope you’re outside–and here are some good articles I’ve run across recently in my meanderings around the Internet.
Why you may want to read it: Britain’s Economist runs a feature called Graphic Detail: a new chart or map each day, often interactive and with interesting external links. Oh, I know, it sounds a little wonky, but take “Sharia Do Like It.”
What exactly do Muslims who support sharia law mean by that, anyway? How does Islam in Afghanistan compare with Islam in, say, Kazakhstan? And how do fans of sharia feel about religious freedom, anyway?
Excerpt: Almost 80% of Egyptian Muslims say they favour religious freedom and a similar number favour sharia law. Of that group, almost 90% also think people who renounce Islam should be put to death. Confused? So are they.
This whole flu thing is getting old, I must say. But, hey, my loss is your gain. Instead of listening to me blather on about a topic of my choice, you get to pick your topic today–and then listen to somebody else write about it.
Here are a few interesting articles I’ve run across lately. Pick whatever appeals to you. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
The Director of National Intelligence admitted last Friday that the National Security Agency (NSA) has violated the Constitution’s prohibition of unreasonable searches and seizures.
A letter released by his office late last Friday says that:
on at least one occasion the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held that some collection carried out pursuant to the Section 702 minimization procedures used by the government was unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment.
I just spent 24 hours entirely without the internet for the first time I can remember in my adult life. . . .
The moment I reached down and unplugged the ethernet cable from my computer, I felt like school was out for the summer, and the simultaneous relief and boredom that last bell brings. I stood up, and I realized that I’d been anticipating this moment for ages, but for some reason I hadn’t made any plans.
That’s Paul Miller blogging over at The Verge, a tech news website that aims to not only report breaking tech news but also to talk about how technology is changing our culture. Miller, a senior editor at The Verge, signed offline–for a year–at the stroke of midnight May 1st.
But wait, you say. How does this work? How can a guy blog about being offline?
Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, all Mubarak appointees, orchestrated a bloodless coup yesterday, just before this weekend’s scheduled presidential run-off election.
The top two vote-getters in the May presidential primary–former dictator Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, and Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi–are scheduled for a run-off election tomorrow and Sunday.
Imagine that you’ve just turned four. (If you really did, you can skip this part.) Your name is Maya. And you are, to quote your mother, wiggly and giggly. You’ve got a mischievous streak, and a perfect partner in crime: Parker, your standard poodle.
Now. Imagine that you can’t speak. You can say “done.” And, sometimes, “bye” and “mama” and “dada.” But the muscles that control your speech production are just too weak and disorganized to get you any further.