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Back from La La Land

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Back from La La Land

Back from La La Land

Travelling to the US has always been nerve-wracking for me (unless it’s done illegally, I’m told). Are they going to profile me for the way I look, for my colour, for my passport; will I be detained for hours for interrogation; will I miss my connection; will I be strip searched, should I wear my good underwear, will they make me take it off ... But this time, with a new administration in place, my fears hit fever pitch. Will they let me board the plane; will they cancel my visa mid-flight, does my name sound suspicious, will they rampas my laptop, will they turn me back, will I get picked-on in the streets ...

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Fascism in sci-fi

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Fascism in sci-fi

I read two interesting article in wired.com recently (it is a magazine for nerds, so if you don't know about it, that’s fine); one titled The Man Who's Trying to Kill Dark Matterand the other calledHere's What Sci-Fi Can Teach Us About Fascism. The first is a story about a Dutch theoretical physicist, Erik Verlinde, arguing that dark matter does not exist. (Actually, he posted a 51-page paper about it online.)

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Fake rice, and news

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Fake rice, and news

Lab tests on a consignment of rice seized by Nigerian customs officials show that the product is "contaminated" but not with plastic, the National Agency For Food and Drugs (Nafdac) says.

Drat. What a waste of a good story? Trump would have loved this one.

Just when I was starting to visualise groups of evil oriental scientists (presumably Chinese (yes, we can blame anything on them these days) in starched white coats, in bright space-age labs focussed on inventing plastic rice (as they did with eggs some years ago) ...

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Bob Dylan Nobel Laureate

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Bob Dylan Nobel Laureate

Yippee! I’m a poet, and I know it; hope I don’t blow it. (I Shall Be Free No. 10, Bob Dylan, 1964)

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