Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday links

1/ Electric cars coming to Paris brought to you by Autolib. Yay!

2/ Private cities coming to Africa

3/ Climate change, natural disaster and migration

4/ Mating opportunities as motivation for war

5/ Ten things everyone should know about time

6/ Scientists on trial for manslaughter for not having fully predicted magnitude of earthquake

7/ Queer by choice, not chance

8/ Islam's civil war. I love Irshad Manji.

9/ An everyday tale of antisemitism in Cairo (After all, God apparently said: "Strongest among me in enmity to the believers wilt thou find the Jews..." (5:82) and Muhammed said: "The hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say 'O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.'" (Bukhari, 4.52.177) - and from this tale of a talking rock, a hate-filled god and a racist prophet, one can maybe deduce, as did the BBC journalist, that an assault would have been justified had he been a Jew: "The chilling implication I was left with was that, had I been Jewish, the assault would have apparently been justified").  In other news only eight Iraqi Jews left compared with 150,000 in 1948 (probably all just left through choice or, if they were hounded out, it would certainly have been their own fault). And just for good luck, more anti-Christian behaviour in Egypt. Still, I'm sure it's their own fault, and we'd better not talk about it anywhere or else we will be being haters or something.

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