Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Good reads/random cool sites (5/26/2008)

Here's what happens when celibate priests are in charge of determining sexual ethics for married people, at least during the Middle Ages. (h/t: Savage Planet)

Popular Science counts down the World's Spookiest Weapons. (h/t: Bad Science)

Speaking of spooky, Naomi Klein writes about surveillance technology in China (h/t: Hullabaloo):
Remember how we've always been told that free markets and free people go hand in hand? That was a lie. It turns out that the most efficient delivery system for capitalism is actually a communist-style police state, fortressed with American "homeland security" technologies, pumped up with "war on terror" rhetoric. And the global corporations currently earning superprofits from this social experiment are unlikely to be content if the lucrative new market remains confined to cities such as Shenzhen. Like everything else assembled in China with American parts, Police State 2.0 is ready for export to a neighborhood near you.


More China: This is almost a year old, but I hadn't seen it before. A fascinating NY Times article about Chinese sweatshops that send players into massively multiplayer online role-playing games like World of Warcraft to collect virtual "money" and "tools" for real-world resale. (h/t: News of the Weird)

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