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Morgan of the Month: Farron

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expatpaul
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"Farron’s personal faith has nothing to do with us. What he does in public is relevant to his chosen career; what he believes in private is not."
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Come celebrate World Hypocrisy Day

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Silicon Valley has a problem with IP. And it won't grow up

Comment  Thanks to the World Intellectual Property Organization, today is World Intellectual Property Day 2017. Perhaps this celebration needs a dark companion – World Hypocrisy Day. Here's why.…

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expatpaul
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The current copyright regime certainly has its problems, but suggesting that we should abandon it entirely really is a case of throwing out the baby with the bathwater.
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Get moving, grandad! Exercise improves brain health in the over 50s | Dean Burnett

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A recent meta-study suggests that regular exercise improves the functioning of the brain in people aged 50 and over. How does that work, and is it even surprising?

A recently-published study has provided strong evidence that regular exercise is very beneficial for the health and functioning of the brain in the over 50s. To many scientists, this is just confirming what we already knew. But for others, this may come as a surprise to hear.

Who can blame them? Crude portrayals and stereotypes from mainstream entertainment, most obviously bawdy American comedies of the 80s, give the impression there is some sort clear divide between enjoying physical or intellectual activities, as if these things are incompatible. They present a world where you can either be a big, lumbering, strong-but-monosyllabic sports star, or a feeble, pasty, asthmatic book-and-gadget-loving genius.

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Google launches major offensive against fake news

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New tools will allow users to report misleading content while changes to search algorithm aim to ‘surface more authoritative pages’

Google announced its first attempt to combat the circulation of “fake news” on its search engine with new tools for users to report misleading or offensive content and a pledge to improve results generated by its algorithm.

The technology giant said it would allow people to complain about misleading, inaccurate or hateful content in its autocomplete function, which pops up to suggest searches based on the first few characters typed.

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expatpaul
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This looks more like a PR move on Google's part than anything else.

It's all well and good letting people report bad or misleading search results, but I don't see any indication of what Google intends to do about these reports.
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Le Pen is a far-right Holocaust revisionist. Macron isn’t. Hard choice? | Hadley Freeman

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My family know all too well the consequences of fascism in France. The left shouldn’t be dithering about whether to support Emmanuel Macron

Is being an investment banker analogous with being a Holocaust revisionist? Is neoliberalism on a par with neofascism? Apologies if the answers to these questions are so obviously in the affirmative to you – they certainly seem to be for some people – but I must admit to confusion about certain reactions when the centre-left and pro-EU candidate Emmanuel Macron beat the far-right and feverishly Islamophobic Marine Le Pen in the first round of the French election on Sunday. On Monday night Le Pen “temporarily” stepped down as head of the Front National, an acknowledgment that her own party’s toxically racist legacy, to which she and her family are wholly tied, is a bit de trop for mainstream voters in the final straight of this election. Others, however, saw a different problem.

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"How lovely it must be to be able to care more about ideological purity than the genuine threat of actual fascism. How delicious it must be to burrow down luxuriantly in one’s own rigid moral certainties because you will not suffer the real effects of the worst-case scenario. You can instead self-indulgently focus on details instead of staring fearfully at the bigger picture."
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Jimbo announces Team Wikipedia: 'Global News Police'

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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Comment  When Henry Kissinger received the Nobel Peace Prize against the backdrop of the US Air Force's secret bombings in Cambodia, the satirist Tom Lehrer declared that satire had become obsolete. If satire died that day, then Jimmy Wales has dug it up, exhumed the corpse, and is giving it a state funeral.…

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