Links van 18 juli 2014 tot 26 juli 2014

In a hospital. At the beach. Hamas, Israel tells us, is hiding among civilians | Richard Seymour | Comment is free | theguardian.com
Hamas, they tell us, is cowardly and cynical.

Hamas Didn’t Kidnap the Israeli Teens After All — NYMag
After Israel's top leadership exhaustively blamed Hamas for kidnap of 3 teens, they've now admitted killers were acting as "lone cell."

Bourgeois I plant kamikazebeleid inzake mobiliteit – DeWereldMorgen.be
Mobiliteit wordt eigenlijk gereduceerd tot verkeer. Verkeer wordt dan weer gereduceerd tot autoverkeer. En dat autoverkeer wordt dan weer voornamelijk herleid tot infrastructuur. Vanwaar ook de ruime aandacht voor infrastructuurwerken, als voornaamste ‘oplossing’ voor de verkeersproblematiek. Het worden gouden tijden voor wegenaannemers.

Deprivation in Gaza Strip – Opinion – The Boston Globe
In almost three decades of research and writing on Gaza, I have often asked myself, “Is there a language to really express the torment of Gaza and the way in which the world’s unflinching indifference and heartlessness contribute to it?

Meet the electric life forms that live on pure energy – life – 16 July 2014 – New Scientist
Stick an electrode in the ground, pump electrons down it, and they will come: living cells that eat electricity. We have known bacteria to survive on a variety of energy sources, but none as weird as this. Think of Frankenstein's monster, brought to life by galvanic energy, except these "electric bacteria" are very real and are popping up all over the place. Unlike any other living thing on Earth, electric bacteria use energy in its purest form – naked electricity in the shape of electrons harvested from rocks and metals.

Art critic Julian Spalding was banned from Damien Hirst’s Tate exhibition but we smuggled him in | Mail Online
I had dared to say what many of my colleagues secretly think: Con Art, the so-called Conceptual Art movement, is little more than a money-spinning con, rather like the emperor’s new clothes. That goes for the ‘artist’ Carl Andre who sold a stack of bricks for £2,297. It goes for Marcel Duchamp, whose old ‘urinal’ was bought by the Tate for $500,000 (about £300,000). It goes for Tracey Emin’s grubby old bed. And, of course, it goes for Damien Hirst.

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