Is Taiwan Next?
‘Russia’s invasion of Ukraine makes the frightening possibility of China seizing control of the island more real….’
Can Russia actually control the entire landmass of Ukraine
‘A conversation with David Petraeus on what the American experience in Iraq means for Russia’s conflict with Ukraine…’
How Much Will the West Sacrifice for Ukraine?
‘The Western world will have to prove that it has not become all of the things Vladimir Putin has long believed it to be….’
The Russian Incursion No One Is Talking About
‘While the world watches Ukraine, Moscow is making moves in neighboring Belarus, too….’
’Sarah Palin’s lawsuit accusing the New York Times of defaming her by incorrectly linking her to a mass murder was thrown out on Monday.
US District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan said he will order the dismissal of the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate’s lawsuit, but in an unusual twist, he will enter his order after the jury finishes its own deliberations.
“I think this is an example of very unfortunate editorializing on the part of the Times but having said that, that’s not the issue before this court,” Rakoff said in court on Monday. “The law here sets a very high standard [for actual malice]. The court finds that that standard has not been met.”…’
— via The Guardian
I think it is true that, since the 1964 case New York Times v. Sullivan that established the malice standard for defamation suits, the Times has not lost one of these challenges.
This article, about the ‘cult of pi’ and the sport of finding ever more of its digits, grabbed me because of this fascinating mention about a different number:
’Interestingly, although pi goes on forever, its digits never repeating, it is not the most complicated number imaginable – at least according to algorithmic information theory. This mathematical field, developed by a 15-year-old Argentinean-American called Gregory Chaitin, equates the complexity of a number with the length of the computer program – written in the 0s and 1s of binary arithmetic – needed to generate it. Pi requires a relatively short computer program to create, and so, by this measure, is not a very complex number. By contrast, omega (Ω), otherwise known as “Chaitin’s number”, requires an infinitely long computer program. Incapable of being summarised by, or compressed into, fewer digits than its actual length, it makes pi appear a mere pipsqueak.
But this does not lessen people’s fascination with pi.…’
— via New Humanist
‘Sick of the #grateful, ‘good vibes only’ crew? You’re not alone — according to a new book, relentless positivity can be more toxic than you think. I’m in fashion at last, says professional grouch Jonathan Dean…’
— Jonathan Dean via The Sunday Times
Intriguing observations in diverse species — including primates, marine mammals, elephants and corvids — have prompted animal behaviorists and philosophers to speculate, starting around a decade ago, on a new range of challenging questions.
— via Motherboard
‘When you open the Native Land map on Native Land Digital’s website, on the Gaia GPS website, or in the Gaia GPS app, it’s immediately obvious that it looks very little like ubiquitous Western maps. The same landmasses appear, yet they’re covered in overlapping shapes rather than rigid country and state lines.
You can choose from three maps: Indigenous territories, languages, and treaties. While you can turn Western boundary markers on, that’s not the default setting. Instead of a jigsaw puzzle, you see a watercolor painting…’
— Abby Levene via Outside Online