November Links

I have had a great couple days listening to the boundary 2 conference. And after a productive and interesting week teaching Dear Esther (2012), Gone Home (2013), and Jennifer Egan‘s Look at Me (2001), I’m going to take the day to deeply immerse myself in football. So, I have a bit of time for some links.


Science and Environment

Rob Nixon reviews Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything.

Margalit Fox, “Jonathan Schell, 70, Author on War in Vietnam and Nuclear Age, Dies.”

Mark Landler, “US and China Reach Climate Accord After Months of Talks.”

Geoff Brumfiel, “New Clock May End Time as We Know It.”

Annalee Newitz, “It’s Looking More and More Likely That We Live in a Multiverse.”

Don Koenig, “Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Caused by a Nuclear Explosion High Over the United States – Imminent danger to the U.S. # 1.”


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Out of Our Control: Links on Solar Flares and PRISM

Paul Bedard wroate a rather scary account of a recent narrow miss with a solar electromagnetic pulse. In other words, human technological civilization was almost completely wiped out two weeks ago and this is the first we’ve heard of it.

And PRISM is getting more and more coverage.

Via Metafilter: Thanks to the NSA future historians will have a record of everything we did in the early 21st c. Welcome to the hyperarchive.

Googling things like “pressure cooker” or “backpack” will now get you a visit from the police. Welcome to the Orwellian present.

“The NSA’s Massive Call Record Surveillance Barely Accomplishes Anything.” Welcome to total and futile control.

From The Guardian: “Edward Snowden’s Not the Story: The Fate of the Internet Is.”

And James Fallows in The Atlantic, “Why NSA Surveillance Will Be More Damaging Than You Think.” Welcome to the desert of the real.