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Technology
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Awesome! Kickstarter for AA sized lithium ion capacitor battery which recharges in 30 seconds! Or is it…?
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30 Second Charging, Rechargeable Battery – kickstarter.com Graphene / Lithium Ion Capacitor Kickstarter BS – eevblog.com
Someone has created a capacitor based battery which recharges in 30 seconds but lasts as long as a normal AA battery and they need some funding to manufacture them for retail sale. The capacitor will be graphene, not lithium ion, the creator hasn’t shown actual test results for the battery, the best known graphene capacitor can’t do what he claims his does, and most importantly, the maths simply doesn’t work out.
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NASA and the creation of propellantless engines. Are they possible or not?
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Nasa validates ‘impossible’ space drive – wired.co.uk Don’t Get Too Excited About NASA’s New Miracle Engine – io9.com
A team from NASA presented evidence that “impossible” microwave thrusters seem to work. This actually repeats the results obtained by a Chinese team last year. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and there isn’t enough evidence yet that this extraordinary claim actually works.
Gaza–Israel conflict
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Are Israel’s recent actions defensible? A look at why some don’t want to criticise Israel’s actions, and why others think they are inexcusable.
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Why Don’t I Criticize Israel? – samharris.org Sam Harris defends his silence on Gaza slaughter (or tries to anyway) – mondoweiss.net
Harris doesn’t think Israel should exist as a Jewish state, but also thinks that Israel has handled the conflict with extreme restraint and tolerance for the genocidal desires expressed by Hamas. Harris’ arguments are severely one sided, focussing on the negative aspects of Hamas as if that is all that exists of the Palestinians, and ignoring the negative aspects of Israel, such as the Gaza blockade and land grabs on the west bank.
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Media presentation of the Israel-Gaza conflict vs the numbers. What does Terrorism really mean?
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Tunnels Lead Right to the Heart of Israeli Fear – nytimes.com Terrorism in the Israeli Attack on Gaza – firstlook.org
Hamas has been building tunnels into Israel for years now, and Israelis fear that they will be used for terrorist attacks and kidnappings. If terrorism is to mean the killing of civilians as a means of furthering political or military goals, then who are the real terrorists in this situation? Hamas, having killed 3 Israeli civilians, or Israel, having killed 826 Palestinian civilians?
Lifespan Extension
Elderly People sign for ageing debate longevity research
Who will benefit from increasing our healthy lifespans?
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This is thrilling life-extension news – for dictators and the ultra-rich – theguardian.com Ageing revolution must benefit us all – theguardian.com
As science approaches the possibility of extending our lifespans, it isn’t as easy to dismiss the concerns it raises as some would like to think. Ageing is a global problem and interventions that extend healthy lifespan would be cheaper than treating age related diseases. As for dictators – most die from violence, not old age.
Religion
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Issues of race and diversity within the atheism movement
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Atheism has a big race problem that no one’s talking about – washingtonpost.com Atheism, Race, and Social Justice – atheistrev.com
The atheist movement needs to do more than trot out black speakers to talk about equality – it needs to start actively working on issues of inequality between the races and sexes. As important as those issues are, they are not the mission of secular and atheist groups. People are free to join multiple movements and can participate in social activism for racial and sexual equality AND a secular society without needing to get everything in one organisation.
Politics
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Why are Obama and the Democrats talking less about income inequality after previously identifying it as a top concern?
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With Democrats split on inequality issues, Obama shifts talk away from income gap – washingtonpost.com Obama, Inequality and Wall Street Donors – fair.org
Despite identifying inequality as a top concern while campaigning, Obama has shifted discussion away from talk of inequality as minimum wage and gender pay gap are thought to resonate with a broader group of voters. The Post frames the issue as a debate between left-leaning populists and “moderate” Democrats trying to avoid “class warfare.” But the piece offers no real evidence that people are less concerned with inequality or measures that might fight it.
You may have noticed the long delay in releasing this email. This is why… Leonardo Greenup was born on the 21st of July, 2014
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Welcome to our seventh Best of rbutr email. This week we have George Clooney, feminism, computer games, Antarctica, Amazon, e-readers, organic food, terrorism, potato salad and orange is the new black! Click here to subscribe to receive The best of rbutr via email.

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Society
What did George Clooney’s mother in law say to the Daily Mail?
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EXCLUSIVE – ‘She can do better’: Amal Alamuddin’s mother ‘is unimpressed with George Clooney and wants daughter to marry within their strict Lebanese religious sect’ – dailymail.co.uk Exclusive: Clooney responds to ‘Daily Mail’ report – usatoday.com
Baria Alamuddin, George Clooney’s mother in law is part of the Druze sect of Islam, and wanted her daughter to marry within that religion, as is tradition. She also thinks her daughter could have done better. The Daily Mail have made this story up, and it is very dangerous for them to have done so, as it invokes the death of the bride for marrying out of that religious sect.
The value of organic foods vs social perception
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The tyranny of the organic mommy mafia – nypost.com The Assault on Organics – fair.org
Some parents are becoming aggressive organic food evangelizers, even though there is no indication that organic food is better for us in any way. Just because normal food hasn’t been found to harm us, doesn’t mean it is as good as organic. Many published papers have found a range of benefits of eating organic.
rbutr Salad
Got $10 for Potato Salad? Nah, have $59,000 instead. Seriously.

So this one is here just for a little bit of fun and to show rbutr isn’t only for serious discussions. I’m sure most of you have heard about the Potato Salad Kickstarter which has raised $59,000 already (24 days to go still!). Anyway, after 2 years of funding rbutr out of our own pockets, we’ve reached the point where we are going to need additional funding to help us get to the next stage. In a couple of months time we will be running our own crowdfunding campaign, and if we can’t beat a potato salad, I think I will cry…

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Environment
Antarctica is gaining a lot of sea ice – but only in area covered, not in total amount.
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Global warming computer models confounded as Antarctic sea ice hits new record high with 2.1million square miles more than is usual for time of year – dailymail.co.uk David Rose and the Antarctic sea ice misrepresentation? – wordpress.com
The levels of Antarctic sea-ice last week hit an all-time high – confounding climate change computer models which say it should be in decline. What David Rose is referring to is the increase is sea ice area, not volume. The Arctic is losing sea ice volume at 10 times the rate that the Antarctic is gaining it.
Video Games
Sony vs Microsoft: Who cares the most about their customers?
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And This is Why Sony Cares More About Gamers Than Microsoft – gameskinny.com Rebuttal: Does Sony care more about gamers than Microsoft? – gamezone.com
Sony cares much more about their customers because they take a loss on most of their games, just so they can continue to support fresh promising talent. The article does very little to support its claim that Sony takes better care of its customers than Microsoft, relying entirely on the one point that they take a loss on most of their games. Microsoft do a lot more than just that though.
Are women just objects for use in computer games, or do computer games portray everyone as objects?
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Women as Background Decoration: Part 1 – Tropes vs Women – youtube.com ‘Feminism’ Vs FACTS (Anita Sarkeesian DESTROYED!) – youtube.com
Computer games have been using women as decorative backgrounds for decades. This video explores the sexualised object trope used in computer games. Any person can be a subject or an object depending on how you view them, and in computer games far more men are objectified than women.
Technology
Amazon vs Hachette continues. Now we hear from some best selling authors too!
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Child, Grisham, Patterson in Amazon protest – thebookseller.com One-Percent Authors Want To End Destructive Conflict, Bring Order to the Galaxy – techdirt.com
A number of bestselling authors have written an open letter to Amazon criticizing the way they have treated the publishing agency Hachette, and the authors published by Hachette. Amazon has sold more books than any, made publishing more accessible than anyone else, established the e-book market, and is the company authors should be siding with in this dispute, not the corporate giant publishing company Hachette.
Are e-readers already being replaced by other devices?
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The E-Reader Death Watch Begins – slate.com Death of the e-reader? – tysonadams.com
More people carry smart phones and tablets with them all the time now, so e-readers are becoming less popular, and the sales of them are declining. Sales of e-readers will decline not because they are less popular, but because the market has matured. People only buy one e-reader, so you can’t keep selling them to the same people.
Terrorism
Terrorists are always looking for new ways to bomb us – or old ways. Whatever works really.
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Terrorists Team Up in Syria to Build Next Generation of Bombs – abcnews.go.com Toothpaste Terrorism? Been There, Done That – fair.org
Just outside of Syria, al Qaeda linked terrorists are working to develop a new generation of bombs which can be smuggled aboard commercial planes. Far from being a “new generation,” the toothpaste tube bomb has been around for almost four decades.
Orange is the New Black Doesn’t Like Men
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June 9, 2014

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