“In people who don’t see stress as a health threat, stress does not appear to increase mortality.”
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It has been calculated that half the nitrogen atoms in our bodies come from a Haber factory, via its fertilisers and the food nourished by them. As the Canadian scientist Vaclav Smil has put it in his book Enriching the Earth, the Haber-Bosch process “has been of greater fundamental importance to the modern world than the airplane, nuclear energy, spaceflight or television”.”
“By 2020, the labor reduction effect of digitization will cause social unrest and a quest for new economic models in several mature economies. A larger scale version of an “Occupy Wall Street”-type movement will begin by the end of 2014, indicating that social unrest will start to foster political debate.”
“In a recent interview with Kamila Shamsie, Malala reflected on the Talib who shot her: “He was quite young, in his 20s … he was quite young, we may call him a boy.”We might – and allowing him his youth is an act of almost superhuman magnanimity on her part. When she calls him a boy, she’s virtually pardoning him. In contrast, when we now call her a girl we’re simply paying her a compliment.”
“Those strange groups of men who feel so disempowered by any mention of feminism reveal themselves time and time again and indeed some of them really are not doing well at all. You see, patriarchy is a system that also oppresses men at the bottom. Or, according to Jung, keeps men unable to fully mature.”
“This is a small sampling of the female presence in the realms of science fiction and fantasy. There is most obvious interest, and fanaticism expressed by females across the empire. The following actionable steps can, and should, be taken in the effort to equalize interest and promote phenomenal science fiction imaginings throughout the sector, in the interest of Peace and !Order!:
Apply depth and true character to female roles.
Immediately cease and desist acts of sexism and misogyny in science fiction offerings.
The hiring of prostitutes and strippers to stand around booths at Sci-Fi Conventions to entice skinny drooling dorks to ogle them and buy goods, is hereby BANNED! throughout the empire.
All students must become familiar with “The Periodic Table of Women in Science Fiction” as a mandatory measure of sanity, and to pass the eighth grade.”
“The pool is big. The water’s warm.… The more the merrier. Some come in and make a bad movie. I like healthy competition. I’d much rather be in a healthy industry than be the only player in a dead industry.”
“And so maybe the way human beings combine these random snippets of information to create something new, maybe the connections we make and the way we remix the things we know and transmit them to others are what gives us the edge over the machines. Maybe our creativity is the real key to our survival. We can take that information and not just reduce it, we can make something new out of it. And the machines can’t do that. Yet.”
“When the US invaded Iraq in 2003, it changed the overall balance of power and destabilised every country in the region. The same thing is happening again, except that the impact of the Syrian war is likely to be less easily contained. ”
“Yes. Please, please support the artists who make the songs and stories and pictures and dance and theatre that move you. If you appreciate their art, and you can afford to do so, please *buy* that art. But even if you can’t afford to buy their work, then talk about it, share it, celebrate it in some fashion that respects and values the artist as well as the art. Give them credit. Say their names.”
— Meredith Yayanos