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    Culture of Immunity: The Death of a Bangladeshi Writer and the Complicity of the Democratic System

    A pair of glasses, a pen, and blood and brains surround the limp lifeless body of Abhijit Roy, clad in a red Punjabi, the body of the curious and courageous mind attacked and hacked, left for dead in front of spectators and police, none of whom came to his rescue while he along with his wife was being attacked with a cleaver just outside the Ekushe Book Fair, a public venue. A day later, his father Professor Ajay Roy would hand over the body for medical research, forgoing religious rites, and thus honoring his son’s lifelong quest for rationality and science. The blogger who started the blog Muktomona (Free Mind)…

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    Methane-Explosion Craters Could Be Latest Indicators of a Warming Planet

    Numerous newly discovered massive craters across Siberia—believed to have been formed by methane gas exploding through a thawing permafrost—may be the latest visible signs that climate change is here, and it’s changing the very contours of the earth’s surface. A 100-foot crater was first spotted last summer in Yamal peninsula, a freezing cold land 2,000 miles north of Moscow, and two other funnels were discovered soon after. While it is not entirely clear what caused the blowholes, the dominant theory, as summarized by Washington Post writer Terrence McCoy, is: “Global warming had thawed the permafrost, which had caused methane trapped inside the icy ground to explode.” In a new development,…

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    Varoufakis: Troika Forced Syriza Into Choice Between 'Suicide or Execution'

    In his first international television interview since stepping down from his post as Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis told CNN‘s Christiane Amanpour on Monday that European lenders had forced his government to make a choice between “suicide or execution.” After five months of rigorous negotiations, the outspoken Varoufakis stepped down from his post the night of the Greek referendum. And despite voting against the latest austerity package, Varoufakis said he understood why Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras decided to accept the punishing new terms. “The truth of the matter is, the very powerful Troika of creditors were not interested in coming to a sensible, honorable mutually beneficial agreement,” Varoufakis said, referring…

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    Marx Was Right

    On Saturday at the Left Forum in New York City, Chris Hedges joined professors Richard Wolff and Gail Dines to discuss why Karl Marx is essential at a time when global capitalism is collapsing. These are the remarks Hedges made to open the discussion. Karl Marx exposed the peculiar dynamics of capitalism, or what he called “the bourgeois mode of production.” He foresaw that capitalism had built within it the seeds of its own destruction. He knew that reigning ideologies—think neoliberalism—were created to serve the interests of the elites and in particular the economic elites, since “the class which has the means of material production at its disposal, has control…

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    Ricciardo concedes need to improve qualifying form

    Daniel Ricciardo might have come out on top in the battle of the Red Bull team mates, but he acknowledges the need to do better in qualifying in 2018. This year, Ricciardo out-qualified Max verstappen on only seven occasions. When it came down to race performances he finished ahead of the Dutch driver just twice. Only Verstappen’s early string of costly retirements ensured that Ricciardo came out on top in the points. However, he was disappointed to slip to fifth in the drivers championship after retiring in Abu Dhabi. “I can’t deny that Max was better more times than not in qualifying this year,” he said. “And qualifying has always…

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    Renault success still a few years down the road – Hulkenberg

    Nico Hulkenberg is projecting two to three years before Renault is capable of challenging the likes of Mercedes at the front of the field. Click Here: pandora Bracelets The French team, which will unveil its 2018 car this afternoon at Enstone, is on the eve of its third year in F1 since its return to the sport in 2016 following its buyout of Lotus. Senior management established a five-year plan to bring Renault back to the front of the field, an estimate which lines up with Hulkenberg’s own assessment. “It is a very time-consuming thing to get a team to the level that Red Bull and Mercedes are,” Hulkenberg told…

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    Scott Speed banned from iRacing after temper tantrum!

    Racing in the virtual world requires just as much self-control and discipline as in the real word as former F1 driver Scott Speed painfully discovered. The man with the predestined name who raced for Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2006 and 2007 recently found success in the rallycross arena. But the 35-year-old American also puts his skills to use in sim racing, building quite a reputation for himself in the competitive iRacing series, albeit for the wrong reasons. The ultra-realistic racing series for PC suspended Speed’s account last week over an incident where he tried – and not for the first time – to take out another sim racer during a…

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    Mercedes still waiting on Hamilton

    Four-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has yet to extend his contract with Mercedes beyond 2018 but talks are proceeding nicely says Toto Wolff. The Mercedes boss believes it’s only “a matter of time” before the 33-year-old commits to a new deal with the German team. “Lewis has become such an important pillar within the team that it’s a no-brainer that we continue with each other,” Wolff said this week. “The discussions are ongoing in a very positive mindset and it’s just a matter of time when we seal it and put a signature to the document.” The British driver is rumored to be negotiating a pay-rise to bring his annual…

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    Abiteboul still hoping to keep Palmer in the ‘Renault family’

    Despite his departure from Renault’s F1 outfit in the latter part of 2017, Jolyon Palmer still has the support of the French manufacturer, according to Cyril Abiteboul. Following his lack of results, Palmer was sidelined by Renault after the Japanese Grand Prix last year to make way for the early arrival of Carlos Sainz. While the British driver retains the manufacturer’s support, efforts to place Palmer somewhere lese within the Renault family have not yet been successful. “I think it’s fair to say Jo and his family are now more in complete control of the next steps and their future,” Abiteboul told Motorsport.com. “We did try to look at options,…

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    Sainz Sr feels Alonso is growing frustrated with F1

    It’s all starting to feel like Fernando Alonso will be heading to the exit at the end of the current season, with Carlos Sainz Sr chiming in on his countryman’s frustrations. Like the majority of his fans, Alonso was hoping to race higher up the field this season following McLaren switch from Honda to Renault power. While the Woking-based outfit now enjoys good reliability thanks to its new engine partner, the overall performance of its MCL33 is not on par with expectations, and the disappointment may be taking its toll on Alonso’s motivation. Alonso IndyCar plans appear to be firming up “I spoke with Alonso in Monaco and got the…