Archive for February, 2014

Can’t Buy Me Love: How Romance Wrecked Traditional Marriage

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“Love was considered a reason not to get married. It was seen as lust, as something that would dissipate.”For most of recorded human history…

Samuel Maina‘s insight:

I cannot and will not comment on marriage because i am not married.

 

"Stopped reading after the insightful Abbott quote: “Because it was a financial arrangement, it was conceived of and operated as such.”

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Rachel Aviv: The Scientist Who Took on a Leading Herbicide Manufacturer

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Tyrone Hayes, a biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, has devoted the past fifteen years to studying the herbicide atrazine, which is applied to more than half the corn in the country. During that time scientists around the world have expanded on his findings, suggesting that the herbicide is associated with birth defects in humans as well as in animals. Company documents show that while Hayes was studying atrazine, Syngenta, the agribusiness firm which had originally asked him to conduct experiments on the herbicide, was studying him, as he had suspected for years. Syngenta’s notes reveal that the company’s employees struggled for years to make sense of him.

Samuel Maina‘s insight:

"Syngenta, which is based in Basel, sells more than fourteen billion dollars’ worth of seeds and pesticides a year and funds research at some four hundred academic institutions around the world."
"Glyphosate, which is produced by Monsanto, is the most popular herbicide."
"The E.P.A. approved the continued use of atrazine in October, the same month that the European Commission chose to remove it from the market. The European Union generally takes a precautionary approach to environmental risks, choosing restraint in the face of uncertainty. "
Hayes needs strategy. This egging them is not the solution…..he just needs strategy. He could borrow a leaf from wikileaks. But surely, for how long will Syngeta pay to block the truth? The truth is out there…..

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Alone, Not Lonely: On Modern Hermits – Modern Farmer

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Andy Wright looks at the history and experience of modern day hermits.

Samuel Maina‘s insight:

"Carrie Bradshaw moment" haha!

Notice how being a hermit is ties to spiritualism……. It is not lost on me that you can be crowded in on by life.

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5,500 Kilometers of Evocations: Bombay – Dubai – Mumbai

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Over the course of 30 years, the author has seen family and distant relatives migrate from her little village in south India to the dusty outflanks of the Emirates. She pieces together the invisibl…

Samuel Maina‘s insight:

Mumbai described " gold spotting comes easy in a city which sees people from every town and municipality of the country crossing borders to call this megapolis a foster home."

 

"To be ostentious about your gold is definitely an Indian trait"

 

From India to Dubai is 5500 Kilometers? Eh!

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In the Darkness of Dick Cheney by Mark Danner

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No turning back would be a good slogan for Dick Cheney. His memoirs are remarkable—and he shares this with Rumsfeld—for an almost perfect lack of second-guessing, regret, or even the mildest reconsideration. Decisions are now as they were then. If the Mission Accomplished moment in 2003 seemed at the time to be the height of American power and authority, then so it will remain—unquestioned, unaltered, uninflected by subsequent public events that show it quite clearly to have been nothing of the kind. “If I had to do it over again,” says Cheney, “I’d do it in a minute.”

Samuel Maina‘s insight:

“enhanced interrogation techniques,” including prolonged sleep deprivation, beatings, forced nudity, “walling,” cold water immersions, and waterboarding," Not sure what the names for these techniques are here in Kenya. Dick needs to have a big heart for these inmates In the black sites.

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Machiavelli Was Right

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The shocking lesson of The Prince isn’t that politics demands dirty hands, but that politicians shouldn’t care.

Samuel Maina‘s insight:

"Machiavelli’s ethics, it should be said, were scathingly indifferent to Christian principle, and for good reason. After all, someone who believes he has God on his side is capable of anything." Really? I take it this is the writers opinion and not what Machiavelli said…

"Those who abused Machiavelli were hypocritical they were ashamed to agree Machiavelli`s truth. They were all practicing what Machiavelli told. There is old saying "if you want to support of people show them illusion [ or make them fools ] if you tell them truth they stone you"Machiavelli told the naked truth so people abused him"

"I can’t help but agree with almost all of his advice, especially the part about arming the populace. A prince who arms his people, expecting them to defend their nation (and his regime), is showing strength in a way that everyone will respect, and it gives legitimacy that nothing else can, because he is in effect giving them the means to destroy him, showing them trust–the ultimate trust."

"war should not be avoided. Not because war is desirable, but because delay increases misery. Machiavelli says that the prudent statesman will see past the moment, which says that war is hell, to the future, where delay is worse."

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Afro-Europe in the World Cup

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Once again, Afro-European players are making Europe reexamine its identity.

Samuel Maina‘s insight:

A multicultural France and Belgium. The people colonised finally catch up with you. Mr. Le Pen #The end

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