The Curiosity Index (30.01.2016)

So I missed a day on Friday due to a losing battle with a dishwasher. Normal service has been resumed & the dishwasher has been sent to the great scrap metal merchant in the sky. Also, how is it the end of January already?

Trump, refugees and the ban

You may have heard that President Trump signed an executive order banning nationals of various nations from entering the US. Alistair Roberts sorts through the moral confusion

However, in many respects we are now seeing the profound tension that exists between the spectacle of politics in the mass and social media age and the substance of prudent political governance. Trump’s brilliance at the former is not unconnected with his catastrophic unsuitability for the latter.

I met yesterday a friend and her sister who were born in Sweden and have Swedish passports. Last year my friend studied in Chicago and longs to return but now she’s unsure if she can. Her parents are from Iran. It highlights the ambiguities of dual citizenship.

We’ve had considerable involvement in supporting a Syrian family both here in Sweden and in Lebanon. So I appreciated Brad Watson’s reflection on how a refugee family changed their community.

And because you’re going to hear President Trump say a lot of things about things that never happened, here is him saying things he never said. A bad lip-reading of his inauguration day.

Doomsday Clock moves nearer to midnight

A couple of weeks ago I wondered why we aren’t more worried about nuclear weapons. Well it turns out some people ARE more worried. The Doomsday Clock is the closest to midnight since 1953. Cheerily, Mustafa Kibaroglu thinks humanity can’t indefinitely avoid using nuclear weapons. Perhaps it’s time to join the small but growing number of preppers.

Abortion over the Atlantic

Last week in the CI (Curiosity Index), I linked to this article about abortion. Samuel James takes it to task.

Why didn’t the fact checkers at The Atlantic preemptively correct Weigel’s capricious and unsound argument?  It seems unlikely that a team of researchers would simply forget to verify whether a six week old foetus has begun to develop a heart—especially if such a question lay at the center of an argument, as it did for Weigel’s piece.

A Dizzying Tour of London

Some incredible aerial photos of London.

What happens if your name is Alexa?

The ending to the short video is priceless and classic.



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