The NYT can spend multiple paragraphs avoiding quoting a naughty word

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Yes, this is old, but it’s on Twitter again today, so it’s new enough: Joe Coscarelli’s perfectly foul-mounted demand that the New York Times let itself quote naughty words, citing the circumlocutory fucking around below as evidence that it is “ridiculously prude with regards to printing curse words.”

Her writing could be earthy, with at least three messages using variations on the two most common swear words.

In one, she responded to a message with a single word, weaving one of them into “unbelievable.”

In another, she said her staff should not take on empty tasks. “You should go,” she said, “but don’t volunteer us for the” scutwork — though she substituted an epithet for the first part of that last word.

Things seem not to have improved since Joe’s 2010 missive, with no fucks or shits in the past year. Plenty of piss, though.

But hey, give The Times some credit: its editors can avoid using the word “torture” with just a single sentence.’ — Rob Beschizza (Boing Boing).

Climate change may make civil wars much more common

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Global mean surface temperature difference from the average for 1880–2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘As the mercury rises, so too will a tide of human violence, according to a new analysis that puts a fresh spin on the phrase “dangerous climate change”.

Indeed, if societies respond to future warming in the same way as they have responded to historical surges in temperature, the frequency of civil wars could increase by more than 50 per cent by the middle of the century…

The new study is by economists at the University of California, Berkeley, who sought to make sense of a recent explosion of research into the relationship between climate and conflict. Marshall Burke and his colleagues used a meta-analysis of multiple studies, combining the different findings to try to find definitive answers.’ (New Scientist).

Wars, Murders to Rise Due to Global Warming?

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‘The research, detailed in this week’s issue of the journal Science, synthesizes findings scattered across diverse fields ranging from archaeology to economics to paint a clearer picture of how global warming-related shifts in temperature and rainfall could fuel acts of aggression.Though scientists don’t know exactly why global warming increases violence, the findings suggest that it’s another major fallout of human-made climate change, in addition to rising sea levels and increased heat waves.’ ((National Geographic).

NASA Releases Images of Earth Taken from Beyond Saturn by Cassini

In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn’s rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame. It is only one footprint in a mosaic of 33 footprints covering the entire Saturn ring system (including Saturn itself). At each footprint, images were taken in different spectral filters for a total of 323 images: some were taken for scientific purposes and some to produce a natural color mosaic. This is the only wide-angle footprint that has the Earth-moon system in it.’