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  • Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:00:39 +0000: Nicholas Grant: Apartheid South Africa and the 1957 Little Rock Crisis - Unabridged – Science + Technology + Scientific Research Issues

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    Today we welcome a guest blog post from Nicholas Grant, author of Winning Our Freedoms Together: African Americans and Apartheid, 1945–1960, on the South African government’s reaction to the 1957 crisis over the integration of Little Rock Central High School. Winning Our Freedoms Together examines how African Americans engaged with, supported, and were inspired by the… Continue Reading Nicholas Grant: Apartheid South Africa and the 1957 Little Rock Crisis

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  • Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:08:01 +0000: Baked Apple Soft Serve - Unabridged – Cooking + Recipes + LifeHacks + Tips
    Made using a no-churn method, this baked apple ice cream makes for a deliciously creamy, rich and autumnal dessert option just as it is, and it can be served straight from the freezer thanks to the generous splash of rum in the recipeContinue reading
  • Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:43:41 +0000: A walk through the forest - Unabridged – Photography + Photos + Images + Graphic Design Issues
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  • Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:30:52 +0000: The switch to electric cars - Unabridged – Science + Technology + Scientific Research Issues

    Much has been written about autonomous, driverless vehicles. Though they will undoubtedly have a huge impact as artificial intelligence (AI) develops, the shift to electric cars is equally important, and will have all sorts of consequences for the United Kingdom. The carbon dioxide emissions from petrol and diesel cars account for about 10% of the global energy-related CO2 emissions

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  • Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:30:35 +0000: Trump, trans, and threat - Unabridged – Science + Technology + Scientific Research Issues

    On 26 July, 2017, President Trump tweeted his plan to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military. Besides the “tremendous medical costs” that he cited (which is actually less than a thousandth of 1% of the Defense Department’s annual budget), Trump referenced the idea of “disruption.” When I read the tweet, a thought crossed my mind: What exactly is being disrupted?

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  • Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:34:24 +0000: Herpes: It’s Time To Put the Stigma to Bed - Unabridged – Travel + Vacation Issues
    Hey mates, I’m a 22-year-old woman living in Australia. I am a student, I work, I explore, I see live music and go to art... Continue reading
  • Sat, 23 Sep 2017 07:30:50 +0000: Smile like you mean it - Unabridged – Science + Technology + Scientific Research Issues

    "With a camera you can go into the stomach of a kangaroo," mused Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. "But to look at the human face, I think, is the most fascinating." It is hard to contest Bergman’s claim that "the great gift of cinematography is the human face" – or at least that it is one such gift.

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  • Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:54:22 +0000: Friday Farm Favorites: Contemplation - Unabridged – Homes + Home + Living + Lifestyle Issues
      Contemplation, Clementine….and a cute speckled nose.     Happy Weekend!Continue reading
  • Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:16:00 +0000: Trumping transparency. - Unabridged – Science + Technology + Scientific Research Issues




















    BY CLARE BIRCHALL
    King's College London



    The words “Trump” and “transparency” don’t often appear together. Administrative transparency isn’t something Trump promised during his campaign, and it hasn’t been on the agenda in the last eight months. Yet the term has turned up in communications from the Trump camp.

    In July, referring to the Commission on Election Integrity, Trump claimed that the “voter fraud panel,” as he called it, would be a “very transparent process . . . very open for everybody to see.” The American Civil Liberties Union begs to differ. It has lodged a legal complaint stating that the commission has violated “the non-discretionary transparency and public access requirements” of the Federal Advisory Committee Act by holding “its first meeting without public notice; without making that meeting open to the public; and without timely notice in the Federal Register.” Trump also used the word “transparent” to describe his eldest son’s response to accusations that he had failed to disclose meetings with Russians during the presidential campaign.

    These examples suggest that Trump hasn’t fully understood—or has wilfully misunderstood—the meaning of transparency and what it would take, in practice, to achieve it. However, Trump’s attitude toward “transparency” is, as with other elements of his post-truth presidential style, better understood as a particularly brazen and exaggerated version of rhetorics and techniques deployed by his predecessors rather than as a complete aberration.

    Barack Obama, for example, campaigned on the issue of transparency, extolling the virtues of open government. And while it is true that the Obama administration implemented a number of government transparency initiatives such as the provision of open government data and White House visitor logs, its triumphal talk of transparency sat uneasily alongside its overzealous invocation of the State Secret Privilege and punitive approach to whistleblowing.

    It’s easy to forget now that the Obama administration was often called out for its attachment to secrecy. According to the findings of the Committee to Project Journalists (CPJ) in 2013, reporters from many major media outlets felt that “the White House curbs routine disclosure of information and deploys its own media to evade scrutiny by the press,” and that the “aggressive prosecution of leakers of classified information and broad electronic surveillance programs deter government sources from speaking to journalists.” According to Margaret Sullivan of the New York Times, the Obama administration was “turning out to be the administration of unprecedented secrecy and unprecedented attacks on a free press.”

    As a transparency skeptic (that is, as a scholar who looks closely at the less-than-transparent practices supposedly intended to promote “transparency,” not as someone opposed to openness as an ideal), I spent a lot of time during Obama’s term in office pointing out the limitations, and sometimes the hypocrisy, of his administration’s evangelism about transparency. In the face of Trump’s continual tactical use of misdirection, obfuscation, and opacity, I can understand the temptation to feel nostalgic for Obama’s (compromised, circumscribed, tarnished) version of transparency. I wonder if the journalists cited in the CPJ report feel nostalgia themselves now that their role has been so suddenly and thoroughly undermined. A tainted transparency is surely better than no transparency at all.

    In a sense, that’s obviously right. Trump’s disdain for facts and expertise, and for the role of administrative transparency and the fourth estate in the democratic process, leaves us feeling disorientated and disempowered. But Trump’s contempt for administrative transparency could offer an opportunity to those who seek a relationship between citizens and the state that isn’t determined and delimited by covert data surveillance on the one hand, and open government data initiatives on the other.

    At a time when government seems unseen and unchecked, is it possible that if we can hold our nerve, we too could operate in the shadows to conceive a form of data transparency that is fit for purpose: that elicits political subjectivity rather than disavows or curtails it? Such a version of open government data, for example, would have to not only acknowledge that data is never raw by making clear the circumstances of its collection, but also ensure that citizens are equipped to analyze data without reliance on third party mediators. Even more ambitious, could we use this moment to re-imagine both secrecy and openness in ways that might allow for a more progressive, redistributive political settlement? If the current regime teaches us anything, it is surely that securitizing systems like data surveillance seem even more troubling with an unstable, authoritarian leader walking the viewing station at the panopticon; and that open government data needs to be empowering and meaningful.


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    Clare Birchall is author of Shareveillance: The Dangers of Openly Sharing and Covertly Collecting Data (Minnesota 2017); Knowledge Goes Pop: From Conspiracy Theory to Gossip; and coeditor of New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory. She is senior lecturer at King's College London. Continue reading
  • Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:09:53 +0000: Africa in the news: UNGA updates, cocoa export challenges, and Kenya’s full Supreme Court ruling - Unabridged – Science + Technology + Scientific Research Issues
    African leaders focus on economy and security as they address the United Nations General Assembly Several African leaders are attending the United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York, which runs from September 19-25. In their addresses to the General Assembly, African leaders focused on the economic and security challenges facing the continent. President Jacob…
          
     
     
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  • Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:00:25 +0000: Wanting to be Brown is a Form of White Privilege - Unabridged – Travel + Vacation Issues
    My father is a man of colour; an Indonesian with a deep complexion, almond eyes and a smile that, teamed with his bellowed laugh, can... Continue reading
  • Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:42:11 +0000: A GOP nightmare: Trump and Democrats cut a deal on taxes - Unabridged – Science + Technology + Scientific Research Issues
    Here they go again. Despite the Republicans’ control of the presidency and both houses of Congress, their internal divisions keep on frustrating their plans to accomplish anything of consequence. So the most polarizing GOP president since Abraham Lincoln has come up with a startling work-around: Cut deals with the Democrats on selected major matters, including…
          
     
     
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  • Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:35:25 +0000: Why Russia’s RT should register as an agent of a foreign government - Unabridged – Science + Technology + Scientific Research Issues
    Last week, the Russian government-funded cable network RT announced that its American arm had been asked by the Justice Department to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Formerly known as Russia Today, RT was singled out this year in an intelligence community report on Kremlin meddling in the 2016 presidential election. “The rapid expansion of RT’s operations and…
          
     
     
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  • Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:14:27 +0000: The reality of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - Unabridged – Science + Technology + Scientific Research Issues
    On September 5, President Trump announced his intention to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and called on Congress to pass a replacement. Since then, rumors have emerged that President Trump and congressional Democratic leaders reached an agreement that would prevent the termination of DACA protections and the possible deportation of its…
          
     
     
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  • Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:39:15 +0000: Measuring the ups and downs of governance - Unabridged – Science + Technology + Scientific Research Issues
    The 2017 update of the Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) was published today. The WGI are a set of composite indicators covering six dimensions of governance for over 200 countries over the two decades from 1996 to 2016: Voice and Accountability; Political Stability and Absence of Violence/Terrorism; Government Effectiveness; Regulatory Quality; Rule of Law; and Control of…
          
     
     
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  • Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:49:56 +0000: Is the Apple Watch Series 3 Worth Buying? Our Fitness Editor Weighs In - Unabridged – Fitness + Health Issues
    The Apple Watch just got a major upgrade. Here's what you need to know about the new features, including built-in cellular access and the watchOS 4 operating system. Continue reading
  • Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:28:07 +0000: TWOI: 9/22/17 - Unabridged – Photography + Photos + Images + Graphic Design Issues
    This week: Denali, Yosemite, and some local shotsContinue reading
  • Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:18:44 +0000: Don’t Tell Me How To Travel - Unabridged – Travel + Vacation Issues
    For years, I have been told that my way of travelling is wrong. It’s a habit that I was once ashamed of, but now, unabashedly... Continue reading
  • Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:06:09 +0000: LONDON, ENGLAND STREET ART:   BREXIT? SHAKEN NOT STIRRED - Unabridged – Photography + Photos + Images + Graphic Design Issues
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  • Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:00:43 +0000: Why My Europe Trip Won’t Set Me Free - Unabridged – Travel + Vacation Issues
    I trudged up the stairs to my house, listless and exhausted after nine hours in my cubicle. After a half-hearted hello to my father sitting... Continue reading
  • Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:00:29 +0000: The Legend of the Green Bread - Unabridged – Travel + Vacation Issues
    I was leaning against a boulder on Uluwatu beach, watching disco lights and reggae music dance across hanging vegetation and out over the waves. Suddenly... Continue reading
  • Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:54:37 +0000: LONDON, ENGLAND: LOVE SAVES - Unabridged – Photography + Photos + Images + Graphic Design Issues
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  • Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:08:33 +0000: LONDON, ENGLAND: CONTEMPLATION - Unabridged – Photography + Photos + Images + Graphic Design Issues
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  • Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:27:06 +0000: LONDON, ENGLAND: ‘DIRTY BEAUTIFUL’ ON THE RIVER THAMES - Unabridged – Photography + Photos + Images + Graphic Design Issues
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  • Fri, 22 Sep 2017 01:01:11 +0000: Chick-fil-A Opening in Norwalk October 19th - Unabridged – Food + Restaurants + Nutrition + Diet Issues
    Breaking fast food news for lower Fairfield County. Chick-fil-A just posted on their Facebook page that they will be opening a Norwalk location on October 19, 2017.  For those who have been living under a rock, Chick-fil_A is one of America;s most beloved fast food chains. The number one reason for this is the chicken sandwiches (and the waffle fries).  "The fast-food chain made its bones with boneless chicken sandwiches. It claims to have invented the concept in 1946" says International Business Times Continue reading