Quote of the Day

The level of awe that you get by contemplating the modern scientific view of the universe: deep time (by which I mean geological time), deep space, and what you could call deep complexity, living things..... that level of awe is just orders of magnitude greater and more awe-inspiring than the sort of pokey medieval world-view which the church still actually has. I mean, they sort of pay lip-service to the scientific world-view, but if you listen to what they say on Thought For The Day [a religious program on BBC Radio] and things like that, it is medieval. It's a small world, a small universe, with the sky up there, very little advance since that time. So I yield to nobody in my awe for the universe and for life, but I also have a deep desire to understand it, in terms of what makes it work, what makes it tick, and not to take refuge in spurious non-explanations like "I just believe it because I believe it," that sort of thing.
-- Richard Dawkins, interview with Douglas Adams

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AltaVista

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Big Cable fronts fake anti-Net-Neutrality group

Big Cable fronts fake anti-Net-Neutrality group whose “members” never joined Cory Doctorow at 3:00 pm Wed, Jun 11, 2014 Broadband For America is an anti-Net Neutrality group entirely funded by the National Cable and Telecom Association — Big Cable’s lobbying front, that has represented itself to the FCC as a broad-based coalition that demands as … Continue reading “Big Cable fronts fake anti-Net-Neutrality group”