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Researchers baffled by nationalist surge : Nature News

Waves of nationalist sentiment are reshaping the politics of Western democracies in unexpected ways — carrying Donald Trump to a surprise victory last month in the US presidential election, and pushing the United Kingdom to vote in June to exit the European Union. And nationalist parties are rising in popularity across Europe.

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Many economists see this political shift as a consequence of globalization and technological innovation over the past quarter of a century, which have eliminated many jobs in the West. And political scientists are tracing the influence of cultural tensions arising from immigration and from ethnic, racial and sexual diversity. But researchers are struggling to understand why these disparate forces have combined to drive an unpredictable brand of populist politics.

Researchers baffled by nationalist surge : Nature News & Comment

Donald Trump’s New World Order – The American Interest

Let us begin with the geopolitical landscape that Trump inherits from his predecessor. In his most recent book World Order (2014), Kissinger argues that the world is in a parlous condition verging on international anarchy. This is not only because of shifts in the material balance of power from West to East, but also because the legitimacy of the postwar world order is being challenged. Four competing visions of world order—the European-Westphalian, the Islamic, the Chinese, and the American—are each in varying stages of metamorphosis, if not decay. Consequently, real legitimacy inheres broadly in none of these visions. The emergent properties of the new world disorder are the formation of “regional blocs” with incompatible worldviews.1 These, he fears, are likely to rub up against one another in a way that escalates: “A struggle between regions could be even more destructive than the struggle between nations has been.”

Donald Trump’s New World Order – The American Interest

Syrian rebels in secret talks with Moscow to end Aleppo fighting

Syrian rebels are in secret talks with Russia to end the fighting in Aleppo, according to opposition figures, a development that shows how the US could become sidelined in some of the Middle East’s most pivotal conflicts.

Four opposition members from rebel-held northern Syria told the Financial Times that Turkey has been brokering talks in Ankara with Moscow, whose military intervention on the side of President Bashar al-Assad has helped turn the five-year civil war in the regime’s favour. Russia is now backing regime efforts to recapture the rebel’s last urban stronghold in Syria’s second city of Aleppo.

Syrian rebels in secret talks with Moscow to end Aleppo fighting

How Stable Are Democracies? ‘Warning Signs Are Flashing Red’ – The New York Times

According to the Mounk-Foa early-warning system, signs of democratic deconsolidation in the United States and many other liberal democracies are now similar to those in Venezuela before its crisis.

Across numerous countries, including Australia, Britain, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden and the United States, the percentage of people who say it is “essential” to live in a democracy has plummeted, and it is especially low among younger generations.

He fears that the minutiae of politics can easily distract from these more fundamental dangers. “It’s not just about what Trump will do to the E.P.A.,” he said, referring to the Environmental Protection Agency. “It really is that Trump may try to undermine liberal democracy in the United States.”

How Stable Are Democracies? ‘Warning Signs Are Flashing Red’ – The New York Times

Naturally, the election of Donald Trump is a warning sign. And of course the researcher isn’t biased. But really Donald Trump is just part of the push back against “equality” that seems to be alarming to researchers. Equality encompasses communism, globalism, immigration and diversity, or another way to say all of that is world-wide equality. The people aren’t on-board with that agenda.

The real problem facing the West is equality. Equality got Venezuela in trouble through socialist redistribution schemes. Generally, stealing from wealthy and middle income people to give to the poor will improve society initially. But then the victims of theft start slowly reacting. They start moving out if they can, or they stop working so hard because hard work is disincentivized.

I would say the hysteria of the Left shows that the people are doing the right thing.

Spirit Cooking With The Clintons – YouTube

If you haven’t seen this video on spirit cooking then stop everything and watch. If you thought spirit cooking was about dinner with spirit (I did), then you need a reality check (I did.) Spirit cooking is some kind of demonic ritual. Watch the video about the freaks who do this kind of stuff. It starts with Hillary’s campaign head – John Podesta.

So, THIS is what the Clintons get up to on their weekends!

Spirit Cooking With The Clintons – YouTube

Rigging the Election – Video I: Clinton Campaign and DNC Incite Violence at Trump Rallies – YouTube

In this explosive new video from Project Veritas Action, a Democratic dirty tricks operative unwittingly provides a dark money trail to the DNC and Clinton campaign. The video documents violence at Trump rallies that is traced to the Clinton campaign and the DNC through a process called birddogging.

A shady coordinated communications chain between the DNC, Clinton Campaign, Hillary Clinton’s Super PAC (Priorities) and other organizations are revealed. A key Clinton operative is on camera saying, “It doesn’t matter what the friggin’ legal and ethics people say, we need to win this motherfucker.”

Rigging the Election – Video I: Clinton Campaign and DNC Incite Violence at Trump Rallies – YouTube

FireChat app lets you text without Wi-Fi or data – Business Insider

Forget exorbitant roaming charges, overpriced international data packages, or spotty internet coverage.

FireChat is the perfect travel app, allowing users to send and receive text messages entirely without data or internet thanks to something called mesh networking.

Basically, mesh networking allows you to communicate wirelessly by bouncing your message from one phone equipped with FireChat (within 210 feet of you) to another via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth antennas.

FireChat app lets you text without Wi-Fi or data – Business Insider

This is iPhone to iPhone communication (and Wi-Fi or Bluetooth) between people who have FireChat installed. This is the way to go in an emergency and everything is down.

It doesn’t seem to be working well for some people, but I think it’s worth testing out yourself. 

 

 

Afraid to speak up: In the era of trigger warnings, a tenured professor stays silent – The Washington Post

A colleague recently hit me with a hard question: “When did you start being afraid to speak up?”

She sounded surprised more than accusatory about my silence following a brouhaha at an academic conference from which we were returning.

As an assistant professor climbing the ranks in higher education, I frequently challenged the loudest voices in the room when I thought they were wrong.

Now I have tenure, which assures even greater academic freedom. But in the current campus climate of safe spaces, trigger warnings and outrage over anything politically incorrect, I find myself increasingly holding back and second-guessing myself.

Afraid to speak up: In the era of trigger warnings, a tenured professor stays silent – The Washington Post

You don’t have to be stupid to work here, but it helps | Aeon Essays

Organisations hire smart people, but then positively encourage them not to use their intelligence. Asking difficult questions or thinking in greater depth is seen as a dangerous waste. Talented employees quickly learn to use their significant intellectual gifts only in the most narrow and myopic ways.

Those who learn how to switch off their brains are rewarded. By avoiding thinking too much, they are able to focus on getting things done. Escaping the kind of uncomfortable questions that thinking brings to light also allows employees to side-step conflict with co-workers. By toeing the corporate line, thoughtless employees get seen as ‘leadership material’ and promoted. Smart people quickly learn that getting ahead means switching off their brains as soon as they step into the office.

You don’t have to be stupid to work here, but it helps | Aeon Essays

Scientists have been caught manipulating data too many times — Quartz

Now it appears even scientists, among the most trusted professionals in the world, have fallen to abusing metrics. A new analysis of 60 years’ worth of studies in the behavioral sciences found that poor methods have flourished in academia because scientists, under pressure to publish to advance their careers, have focused on the metric of how many papers they put out.

There have been other bad practices too. Pushing negative results under the rug has created a skewed perception of our world. Lack of self-policing has helped high-profile scientific frauds to flourish. Cozying up with industry has biased our understanding of everything from prescription drugs to government policy.

Scientists have been caught manipulating data too many times. They must mend their ways before they lose public’s trust — Quartz