Friday, 1 August 2014

Legal marijuana plans succeeding in Colorado and other news and views for Friday 1 August

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  • “Confused Cats Against Feminism” Is the Purrfect Response to “Women Against Feminism” - ‘The Tumblr Women Against Feminism has inspired scores of think pieces decrying its misuse of the term “feminist.” Yet when David Futrelle saw the collection of photos of women holding handwritten signs like “I don’t need feminism because I am not a victim,” it reminded him of his cats. “It just seems like cats never know what’s going on,” Futrelle says. “If anyone would get really confused about feminism and announce their opposition to it, it would be cats. They have the right combination of myopicness and solipsism.” So last Thursday, Futrelle posed his felines next to Women Against Feminism-style signs, snapped a picture, and launched his own Tumblr: Confused Cats Against Feminism.
  • Winning the battle, losing the war - For all its military might, Israel faces a grim future unless it can secure peace
  • The Social Laboratory - Singapore is testing whether mass surveillance and big data can not only protect national security, but actually engineer a more harmonious society.
  • Whistle-blower treatment is often ‘shocking’ say MPs - “The Commons Public Accounts Committee said whistle-blowers had often been subjected to bullying and harassment. Its report called for whistle-blowers to be offered legal and counselling services and for “swift sanctions” to be imposed on staff who victimise them.”
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