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Items selected on general interest and abelard's long-term purpose to develop a more rational and thoughtful society; not driven by current affairs as first priority. Updated as items of interest are found. News topic classification is flexible - the worl



 



the problem of moderation | socialism and sociology news at abelard.org
abelard dissects the differences between the real world, a person's perception of that reality, other people's descriptions of reality. Then ab looks at how people respond to others' descriptions and how they often end in contention.



has socialism *ever* produced any good for the poor anywhere at any time? | socialism and sociology news at abelard.org
abelard asks a new question that is not so easy to answer as many might think.



the gard child and ethics - who owns the child? attitude contrasts in uk and usa | ethics / politics uk news at abelard.org
Authority figures know best, know what's best for someonelse's child. Or do they?



the energy economics of electric cars - no pressure | economics / alternative energies at abelard.org
Are electric cars an ecological answer to reducing our carbon footprint and global warming?



another eussr attack on the motor car | motoring in France at abelard.org
France will be submitting to yet another EUSSR directive that more than doubles the checks during a M.O.T., with more potential fines. Still want to stay within the EU?



ile de re : braking the summer traffic jams from 2017 | motorways and motorway aires in France at abelard.org
Such a popular holiday spot (and no wonder) that traffic is now being controlled, to a degree.



recovering from labour's economic disaster | economics / politics uk news at abelard.org
Succinctly described how Labour spending almost bankrupted the UK, and how Tory policies turn the tide.



lantern towers of Normandy and elsewhere | cathedrals and stained glass in France at abelard.org
Where the nave and transepts cross, that crossing can be surmounted by a dome or a tower, often a spectacular piece of engineering - descriptions and examples. Illustrated.



this year's top ten seeded riders, the tour de france 2017 | the cycling zone at abelard.org
Some of the older riders may do well, given their experience, but a new crop is snapping at their rear tyres.



updated: current fuel prices in france | motorways nd motorway aires in France at abelard.org
Crude prices yo-yo, street prices follow, attenuated by environmental politics.



cycling tactics and glossary - the hairpin mountain | the cycling zone at abelard.org
With or without hairpins, mountains can make or break the Tour de France yellow jersey contenders.



a flurry of h.g.wells books - he wrote more than sci-fi | book and other reviews at abelard.org
More realistic than his Socialist compatriots, observant of his political and social circle, H.G. Wells wrote several sharp, if prolix, novels.



co-operation and being nice - suckers, grudgers and cheats | socialism and sociology at abelard.org
New page: Why being considerate while repaying emotional, as well as physical/monetary debts is a successful policy.



the tour de france 2017, russian mountains on steroids! | the cycling zone at abelard.org
Les montagnes russes is the French for a roller coaster. This year's Tour de France is so extreme in the climbs and endurance required, that in the French mountains are rolling on steroids!



comments on uk general election so far | politics uk/socialism and sociology news at abelard.org
Britain almost but not quite self-destructing under the guiles of a new Pied Piper of, not Hamelin, but UK's optimistic but naive young adults.



to re-read in light of yesterday's terrorist attack... | world of fundamentalism news at abelard.org
Islamic authoritarianism, and the myth of Islamic tolerance in al-Andalus, and on conquest by infiltration - Islam in the UK.



how citizens respond to social problems - government control or individual action | behaviour and intelligence / socialism and sociology news at abelard.org
15 years of socialist government has encouraged citizens often to be more dependant on the State. abelard discusses whether this is helpful to UK society.



linear programming - optimising outcomes | sums will set you free at abelard.org
Using sums to make projects, business, even daily life run more effectively.



simultaneous equations, with model answers | sums will set you free at abelard.org
Working with simultaneous equations is working with more than one equation at a time [simultaneously], and with more than one variable. Worked examples with commentary, illustrations.



wind energy is uneconomic | alternative energies / ecology news at abelard.org
Construction and running costs, and carbon footprint, are generally greater than NET revenue and environmental benefit from wind generation.






il Giro d'Italia 2017 : 100 years - to love infinitely | cycling zone / italy zone at abelard.org
The hundredth year of the Giro visits spectacular locations, celebrating a centenary of Italian cycle racing.