Links for 26th April 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. The Last Experiment

    "We know that climate change is caused by human activity. We know seas will rise by at least 17 centimeters in the next century. We know we can expect stronger hurricanes; we know we will face more droughts and heat waves; we know deadly diseases will spread to new regions. We know the climate demands action. We know all these things, and yet we do not act. Why? We don’t exactly know. And that makes climate change a question for social scientists like Ben Ho."

    Tagged with: environmentbehavioursustainabilitysocial-scienceclimatechange

  2. American Stonehenge: Monumental Instructions for the Post-Apocalypse

    "Whoever the anonymous architects of the Guidestones were, they knew what they were doing: The monument is a highly engineered structure that flawlessly tracks the sun. It also manages to engender endless fascination, thanks to a carefully orchestrated aura of mystery. And the stones have attracted plenty of devotees to defend against folks who would like them destroyed. Clearly, whoever had the monument placed here understood one thing very well: People prize what they don't understand at least as much as what they do."

    Tagged with: GeorgiaGuidestonesarchitecturerelicmessagesecrecymythlegendconspiracymonument

  3. Hackers: the China Syndrome

    "From China, where I've lived for four years, this assessment looks spot-on. Hackers are pervasive, their imprint inescapable. There are hacker magazines, hacker clubs and hacker online serials. A 2005 Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences survey equates hackers and rock stars, with nearly 43 percent of elementary-school students saying they "adore" China's hackers. One third say they want to be one. This culture thrives on a viral, Internet-driven nationalism. The post-Tiananmen generation has known little hardship, so rather than pushing for democracy, many young people define themselves in opposition to the West. China's Internet patriots, who call themselves "red hackers," may not be acting on direct behalf of their government, but the effect is much the same."

    Tagged with: Chinacyberwarhackersespionageinternetsecurityroguecitizen

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