матрациFacebook has deleted “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!”, a user-created page, and apologized to the Pakistani government which had blocked Facebook. A Pakistani minister said Facebook had assured them that “nothing of this sort will happen in the future”. Yeah, good luck with that. And fuck you, Facebook. How about not knuckling under to paternalistic theocratic [...]
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"Beyond Multiculturalism": Many people find their own ethnic networks gratifying. ... But at the same time there is an urgent need to transcend parochial differences and recognize shared values and interests with all human beings. This is the distinctive humanist message in the contemporary world, for it seeks to take us beyond narrow, chauvinistic, and intolerant prejudices to a new ethical plateau.
I was checking out Tor’s new wallpapers and thinking about the uses of provenance in the art world. Tor is a science fiction publisher, and they’ve been doing one of those Publisher Experiments with the new digital world. (In fact, Tor released this week Farthing by Jo Walton for free — this was an amazing [...]