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Big ideas are destroying international development


Michael Hobbes in The New Republic:

ScreenHunter_878 Nov. 23 18.04It seemed like such a good idea at the time: A merry-go-round hooked up to a water pump. In rural sub-Saharan Africa, where children are plentiful but clean water is scarce, the PlayPump harnessed one to provide the other. Every time the kids spun around on...

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the pogues: dirty old town



Galway Kinnell (1927 - 2014)



Figs by D H Lawrence


Disgust is often used as a tool of persuasion. But are gut feelings ever a reliable guide in questions of right and wrong?

Carol Hay in Aeon:

Falun-52258036Every spring a pro-life group – one whose campaigning methods are so shockingly offensive that I won’t publish their name here – sets up shop on my university’s campus quad. The group’s shtick involves displaying billboard-sized images of aborted foetuses...

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