Smart Links 13 March 2013

Commentary on Facebook’s privacy problem, taking a bite, what worries a Navy Admiral, they used to bleed people, whither Tibet, the UK’s hungry kids, and the field narrows.

What I’m listening to today.

Purcell - Chacony in G Minor Z730

Hmmm ….

Financial Times -- Facebook reveals secrets you haven’t shared
The increasing amount of personal information that can be gleaned by computer programs that track how people use Facebook has been revealed by an extensive academic study.

Out of Apple.

New Yorker -- Eying Apple
Not long ago, Apple was almost universally venerated.

Climate change is the foe.

Boston Globe -- Chief of US Pacific forces calls climate biggest worry
America’s top military officer in charge of monitoring hostile actions by North Korea, escalating tensions between China and Japan, and a spike in computer attacks traced to China provides an unexpected answer when asked what is the biggest long-term security threat in the Pacific region: climate change.

As the brain’s intricacies enter public debate so do the myths.

Guardian -- Our brains, and how they're not as simple as we think
Neuroscience has entered the public consciousness, and changed the way we talk about ourselves. But much of what passes as knowledge is inaccurate.

On the boil again.

Economist -- The limits of despair
Five years after an explosion of unrest on the Tibetan plateau, the region is again in crisis. This time the world is looking away.

Austerity bites.

Independent -- Majority of British children will soon be growing up in families struggling 'below the breadline', Government warned
The majority of British children will soon be growing up in families which are struggling “below the breadline” because of welfare cuts, tax rises and wage freezes, the Government is warned today.

Marc’s out?

National Post -- Marc Garneau dropping out of Liberal leadership race
Liberal MP Marc Garneau is dropping out of the Liberal leadership races according to multiple reports, as the former astronaut has looked to the stars and apparently only seen an inevitable victory by fellow MP Justin Trudeau.

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Twin Virtues

Ultimately, the most successful societies find the balance between the twin virtues of inequality of outcomes and equality of opportunity.

The new politics must marry the twin virtues of unequal outcomes and equality of opportunity.

When too few get too much everybody loses.

Feminism is about women living their lives on their own terms, marshalling the resources of the society to make that possible, and men embracing this as vital to a successful society and their own liberation.

Can it be that striving for equality of opportunity however imperfect the process not only benefits the individual but also creates benefits for the society that are unintended but wonderful?

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Explanation lasts longer than eloquence.

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Find your voice and don't be the echo of somebody else.

It is possible to operate on two different levels: the practical, cautious and conservative; and the realm of ideas, open, free, and radical.