70-year-old man sits in his destroyed bedroom, smoking a pipe and listening to music on his record player, in Aleppo, Syria
For almost four years, a cottage industry of media conspiracists has devoted itself to accusing Edward Snowden of being a spy for either Russia and/or China at the time he took and then leaked documents from the National Security Agency. There has never been any evidence presented to substantiate this accusation.
In lieu of evidence, the propagators of this accusation have relied upon the defining tactic of tawdry conspiracists everywhere: relentless repetition of rumor and innuendo based on alleged inconsistencies until it spreads far enough through the media ecosystem to take on the appearance of being credible. In this case, there was one particular fiction — about where Snowden spent his first 11 days after arriving in Hong Kong — which took on particular significance for this group.
“What are the biggest challenges that free societies face in the coming years? What is the most important reason for optimism about the free society? What is the most important but still unappreciated idea that lies just ahead?”
That was the prompt given to me, so let me try my best guesses at each of these questions.
The biggest challenge facing free societies today is our lack of belief in them.
Experts and customers are baffled by the ban, which mysteriously blocks some electronic devices on some US-bound flights
Source: New US In-Flight Device Ban Is Discriminatory And Makes No Sense – Vocativ
ESPN exclusive! How one performance-enhancing sandwich has spread through the NBA.
Source: The NBA’s secret addiction
But according to a growing anti-workaholism movement, the counterintuitive key to greater productivity could be working fewer hours. In Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less, Silicon Valley consultant Alex Soojung-Kim Pang makes the case for a four-hour workday. “Decades of research demonstrate that the correlation between the number of hours worked and productivity is very weak,” says Pang, a Stanford University visiting scholar and founder of the Restful Company.
Every harrowing day for a serviceman during World War II was potentially his last. To help bolster troops against the horrors of combat, commanders encouraged them to form tight “buddy” relationships for emotional support. Many war buddies, together every moment, and depending on each other to survive, formed intimate friendships. When they weren’t fighting side by side, they relaxed together, discharging tension in boisterous—sometimes naked—play. The full extent of nude horseplay among men during World War II can’t be known, as cameras were rare and film hard to process, but some men did document this unprecedented male bonding in small, anonymous photos mostly kept hidden away until their deaths.
Source: vintage everyday: These Vintage Snapshots of Naked World War II Soldiers Show the Intimate Side of War
“Istanbul #2461” was written by the ancient Sumerians and is etched on a clay tablet.
Source: Read the oldest love poem in the world
Nearly 100 million people suffer from allergies and asthma, with symptoms ranging from the occasional sniffle to debilitating headaches and additional pains.
Source: Non-traditional forms of treatment may offer relief for allergy sufferers | Fox News
Scientists have observed a chimpanzee cleaning the teeth of her adopted son, suggesting that humans might not be the only species with funerary rituals.
Source: Cleaning Corpses: Chimpanzee Funerary Rites Seen for 1st Time
Pioneering research is targeting cancer cells – by reprogramming our defences
Source: Does a cancer cure lie in cancer immunotherapy treatments? | WIRED UK
Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting
Source: Category: SHIRK REPORT «TwistedSifter
There was no shortage of cuts proposed in Trump’s budget for 2018, which was released earlier this week.However, one of the few departments that did not receive a haircut was the Department of Defense.If the proposed budget ultimately passes in Congress, the DoD would be allocated an extra $54 billion in federal funding – a 10% increase that would be one of the largest one-year defense budget increases in American History.
Source: US military personnel deployments by country – Business Insider