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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


co-operation and being nice - suckers, grudgers and cheats | socialism and sociology at
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
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
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
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
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
Using sums to make projects, business, even daily life run more effectively.

simultaneous equations, with model answers | sums will set you free at
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
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
The hundredth year of the Giro visits spectacular locations, celebrating a centenary of Italian cycle racing.

ways of being german, 1916 | fun news at
Everything in its place, everything in order, carefully recorded, just what a municipal council would wish for.

2017 french presidential posters now on display | politics eu / france news at
Not quite a record number of candidates, here are the contenders from loony left to wobbly right.

poker-faced putin cannot be trusted | politics world / world of fundamentalism news at
Beholden to no schism, sect or party, abelard looks objectively at the Middle East and the West.

updated: current fuel prices in france | motorways and motorway aires in France at
Since our last report, fuel prices went up but have recently fallen to a slightly more acceptable level.

cathedrals, an illustrated glossary | cathedrals and stained glass in France at
More words and definitions to help understand the complex and seemingly archaic world of cathedrals.

not an april fool's: pollution discs required in Paris, Lyon, and Grenoble | motorways and motorway aires in France at
Part of the campaign to reduce severe air pollution in the largest fFrench cities. To be rolled out country-wide later.

the eussr wants repayment from britain, or else! | economics / politics eu news at
The British are pragmatic, Europeans tend to follow one or another set of rules or theories. Which will work better?

socialism and daesh |socialism and sociology / world of fundamentalism news at
Daesh terrorists are ammoral - killers and careless of others. But look at the similarity to communist and 'fascist' mass killings. Where's the difference?

humans like trading and magpies like shiny baubles | behaviour and intelligence news at
As Western society becomes richer, yet without sufficient education to stimulate curiosity, make-play pastimes are being state-sponsored.

the left and the politics of personal destruction - on advertising | politics usa / behaviour and intelligence news at
Sadly, so-called Liberal media and its political and 'civilian' followers have forgotten the truism, " All publicity is good publicity".

rejected by addidas! | fun / behaviour and intelligence news at
Looks like the public knows better what's a good ad than a shoe company does. And you?

2016 us presidential election campaign - personal attacks v. policy | politics usa / behaviour and intelligence news in France at
Pity Democratic voters, mercilessly manipulated by their candidate and party to believe the worst of the opponent, using an inundation of bile and scarce real data.