Why coming out as working class was harder than coming out as gay


I’ve left the closet twice - as a gay man, and as an academic from a working-class background. The second was at least as hard

This is an interesting article. I was the first person in my family to attend university, which I paid for because my parents were busy raising my four sisters and two brothers. I was the first person in my family to move more than 100km from where I was born (having first moved west 4,880km in 2002, then another 7,920km west in 2007). Oddly enough, I'm the last person in my family to have children …

In punishing tech giants, the EU has made the internet worse for everyone | James Ball


Given the situation, it may seem that two motions passed by the European parliament this week are positive ones – at the last moment, they were inserted into legislation, having previously been rebuffed. Both motions are unwelcome to the tech giants, and will serve to regulate the internet – but both are wrongheaded and counterproductive, and will make the internet worse.

Fun on a bun …

Tokyo medical school admits changing results to exclude women

University manipulated test scores for more than a decade to ensure more men became doctors

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Universities have been doing this in a number of fields because of stereotypical attitudes. I've met a lot of managers over the years who have clearly said that they rarely promote women or train them in specialized skills if they're married because the person may get pregnant and "inconvenience the company".

The country has a long way to go with regards to treating people as people regardless of gender, background, genetics, etc.

German couple who sold son to paedophiles on darknet jailed

A German woman has been sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison for selling her young son on the darknet to abusers, in a case that has horrified the country and raised questions about its child protection services.

Umm … what? 😶

Yuval Noah Harari extract: Humans have always lived in the age of post-truth. We're a post-truth species.

In fact, humans have always lived in the age of post-truth. Homo sapiensis a post-truth species, whose power depends on creating and believing fictions. Ever since the stone age, self-reinforcing myths have served to unite human collectives. Indeed, Homo sapiens conquered this planet thanks above all to the unique human ability to create and spread fictions. We are the only mammals that can cooperate with numerous strangers because only we can invent fictional stories, spread them around, and convince millions of others to believe in them. As long as everybody believes in the same fictions, we all obey the same laws, and can thereby cooperate effectively.

Lies of convenience? 🤔

Ai Weiwei's Beijing studio razed by Chinese authorities

The dissident artist posted on social media that he had been given no advance warning

This article leaves out some important information about this rasing until the end of the piece, namely that the rental agreement ended in August of last year …

Patrick Stewart to reprise role as Star Trek's Jean-Luc Picard

Actor will play Picard in series chronicling his adventures after Next Generation

Looks like was right. Really hope this isn't going to be some "mirror universe" or J.J.-verse thing …

Leaked video shows the Galaxy Note9 from every angle, reveals 512GB version

Samsung continues its steady Note9 information drip with a video and pre-order page.

Looks like a solid device. Shame it runs Android 😕

Experience: I have been writing to my pen pal for 81 years

Renée was 11 and lived near Lyon. I had never been to France and this was before the war, and it seemed as unlikely as going to Mars

Letter writing is quite enjoyable, but it's a lost art.

Students Can Now Build Their Own Rover Model

Students, hobbyists and others can get a taste of what it's like to construct a scaled-down version of a Mars rover with, instructions from JPL's Open Source Rover Project.

Sweet 👍🏻