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In the news, Saturday, March 31, 2018


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from Asia Times Online

Russia raises its head in Indonesia
Moscow aims to deepen strategic ties with Jakarta through arms sales, joint exercises and vocal diplomacy

China to start paying for oil in yuan as early as this year: report
Pilot program may come in second half of 2018

Russia’s first shipment of Arctic natural gas reaches India
he Independent Barents Observer reports that the first ever shipload of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Russia’s Arctic has reached India via the Northern Sea Route. More shipments from Russia’s huge LNG plant in Yamal are expected to follow.


from FEE (Foundation for Economic Education)
RIGHT-CENTER BIAS, HIGH, non-profit organization

Is China "Stealing" Intellectual Property and Does It Matter?
It’s one thing to steal, and quite another to execute on what’s allegedly “stolen.” Not explained by the right is when governments have ever been good at what the Chinese are accused of doing. The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page for years poured cold water on the monumentally oversold threat of Japan Inc. The latter was based on the page’s proper belief that industrial policy doesn’t work. How could commerce that included so much state involvement prove competitive relative to the U.S.? Just the same, what IP could government officials in China know to steal? Are their bureaucrats wise relative to the intensely mediocre norm around the world?

Belief in College Has Become Religious
Attending college is the most pervasive religious act today. The religious belief is that ambitious people have to attend college or they will be losers, or at least fail to realize their potential. No one knows what actually happens in college or why it’s supposed to make you more successful. Since the belief that college is needed for ambitious people is pervasive, ambitious people go more than less ambitious people. When employment or pay data are analyzed, they show that college goers do better on average than those who don’t. Of course. Because more ambitious people go to college more.

A Flourishing Hemp Industry Is Growing in Colorado
There is one thing that sets this state apart from most of the others: an almost total disregard of federal law. Colorado farmers walked right through the door opened by hemp legalization. And despite the threat of federal prosecution, they started growing hemp. Since then, the fledgling industry has grown at a steady pace, despite ongoing federal prohibition.


from FRANCE 24 English

Renowned French-Bulgarian writer Kristeva denies 'collaborating' with communist secret service
Bulgarian philosopher and writer Julia Kristeva, who has lived in France since 1966, collaborated with Bulgaria's communist-era secret services, a state commission said Friday, a claim she has denied.


News & Media Website

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Returns to Pakistan Home
Malala Yousafzai, Pakistan's Nobel Peace Prize winner, has entered her home in the northwestern town of Mingora in the Swat Valley for the first time since 2012. That was the year she was attacked by the Taliban for advocating girls' education.

Air Force May Approve Enlisted Pilots for First Time in 75 Years
It has been decades since enlisted airmen had the chance to sit in the cockpit. But as the Air Force faces the greatest pilot shortages since its inception, service leaders are contemplating a return to a model that includes enlisted pilots. A Rand Corp. study, set to be completed this month, is exploring the feasibility of bringing back a warrant officer corps for that purpose. And another, separate Air Force study is examining, in part, whether enlisted pilots could benefit from new high-tech training that leverages artificial intelligence and simulation. With these moves, the Air Force is inching just a few steps closer to someday getting enlisted airmen back in the cockpit, on a formal basis, for the first time since World War II.


from Orthodox Christianity
Organization in Moscow, Russia

In a thoughtful article published recently on Public Orthodoxy entitled, “It’s That Time of Year Again: in Tone Four, ‘The Murderers of God, the Lawless Nation of the Jews…’”Bogdan Bucur offered some reflections about the advisability of altering certain stichs from the Matins services sung on Holy Thursday and Holy Friday. He pointed out that some language could be found offensive to our Jewish neighbours and savoured of anti-Semitism. He did not advocate simply omitting the verses, and he cautioned about the dangers of re-writing or eliminating offending verses as itself problematic. He suggested though that perhaps a verse like “Today the Jews nailed to the Cross the Lord who divided the sea” might become “Today is nailed to the Cross the Lord who divided the sea”, since this rewrite would both preserve the Christological content and also avoid mention of the Jews.


from Quartz
Media/News Company in New York, NY

Metaphors can change our opinions in ways we don’t even realize
When we think about metaphor, we might think about how we typically learn about metaphor in school: as a poetic device or a rhetorical flourish. But, metaphors are not simply confined to the world of poetry—they are all around us. We describe time as money (“spending time”), arguments as war (“you attacked my argument,” “I defended my argument”), love as a journey (“their relationship hit a dead end”), and emotional states as directions (“he was feeling down,” “cheer up”). By some estimates, we use metaphors every 25 words, but because metaphors are so embedded in our language, they often go unnoticed.


from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington

Poll shows Washington voters choose salmon over dams
The majority of Washington voters would rather see increased wild salmon runs than preserve four lower Snake River dams, according to a poll released last week. The survey, conducted by a California-based company, completed 400 telephone interviews with Washington voters. A coalition of seven conservation groups paid for the survey.

Sue Lani Madsen: We need a new paradigm for Western development
What do a psychiatrist turned med school leader, rural American architecture professors, and a Chinese scholar from the walled megacity of Xi’an have in common with a Spokane urban infill debate? They were all guests of Washington State University and the University of Idaho this week for an interdisciplinary symposium headlined “Revitalizing Rural Environments.” And it turns out historic development patterns in the rural west and rapidly urbanizing China offer insight into the conflict over Greenstone Homes’ proposed Garden District at 29th and Southeast Boulevard. It’s all about understanding the paradigms.


from 3:AM Magazine
Online journal of radical literature and philosophy

minimalism and the philosophy of language: interview with  philosopher Emma Borg.
But I’ve also pushed for what I call ‘minimal semantics’ and part of why I call my approach ‘minimal’ is that I think we should adopt a minimal job description for a theory of meaning: a theory of meaning should explain how the meanings of complex expressions are determined given the meanings of their component expressions, together with those expressions’ mode of composition, but it shouldn’t have to explain other things people have sometimes wanted from a theory of meaning.


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