Sunday 19 January 2014

The Procrastinator (some) Times Sunday 19th of January Edition


In this edition of the Procrastinator we have interesting articles about writers, the old drunk kind and fictional on-screen writers discovering themselves kind. Obama's announcement of NSA reforms and Putin's campaign agains "gay propaganda" made it to the News section (below). In the Science world a biologist tries to find out if "evolution evolves under pressure", and Maria Konikkova explains the science of sleep. AndreĆ­na introduce us to the work of Francesca Woodman in Photoautomat. And finally we welcome back Carola, Obi & and their lovely In Dog We Trust section.

Happy Sunday and happy reading!


Photo via The New Yorker.

Ryan Lizza reflects upon Obama's N.S.A.'s telephone-metadata program reforms announcement on Friday and points out that is clear these "are simply cosmetic changes meant to short-circuit the pressure for substantive reform. For example, Obama made it clear that he wanted the “capability” of the telephone metadata “preserved.” But Obama’s speech was undoubtedly a victory for the reform side of this debate. He not only adopted the critique of those who are most troubled by the metadata program—he also adopted their central policy recommendation. The N.S.A.’s bulk collection of telephone metadata is dead, or it will be soon". Read full article in The New Yorker. E.T.P. 7'

Image via The Huffington Post.

Charlotte Meredith shares in The Huffington Post the details of the new Russian attack against the EU for promoting an “alien view of homosexuality and same-sex marriages as a norm of life.” Criticism of “the aggressive propaganda of homosexual love” is found in the new report on human rights in the EU published last Tuesday by the Russian Foreign Ministry. Additionally, a law signed by President Vladimir Putin gives the Russian government the right to detain gay or “pro-gay” foreigners up to 14 days before facing expulsion from the country, which of course is a major concern for gay athletes and supporters at Russia’s 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Read full article in The Huffington Post. E.T.P 4'

Barbara Ellen also discuss the topic in The Guardian, read her article Putin, the Winter Olympics and why there is two kinds of homophobia here. E.T.P. 7'

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