Links van 7 november 2015 tot 13 november 2015

Homeopathy ‘could be blacklisted’ – BBC News
Dat het tijd werd. "Ministers are considering whether homeopathy should be put on a blacklist of treatments GPs in England are banned from prescribing, the BBC has learned."

Europese waarden – De Standaard
Wat rest nog van de Europese waarden als vrijheid er alleen is voor de handel en niet voor mensen? Of van de humanistische verlichting als individuele gelijkheid van kansen er alleen is voor autochtonen en niet voor lui met een badge? Vicepremier Alexander De Croo (Open VLD) begreep het al. Hij trachtte de christelijke waarde van de naastenliefde te discrediteren door snerend te vragen hoeveel veldbedjes de kerk in haar lege kloosters neerpootte. Ziedaar zijn oplossing, ziedaar zijn mensbeeld.

David Cameron hasn’t the faintest idea how deep his cuts go. This letter proves it | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian
Ever wondered how the prime minister sleeps at night? Now we have the answer: blissful ignorance

Facebook’s traffic to top publishers fell 32 percent since January – Digiday
While Facebook makes headlines for cooking up new initiatives with publishers, the actual traffic it’s sending those publishers has fallen sharply. Referral traffic (desktop + mobile) to the top 30 Facebook publishers (as defined by their reliance on Facebook) plunged 32 percent from January to October, according to SimpleReach, a distribution analytics company. The more reliant the publisher on Facebook, the bigger the hit: Among the top 10, the drop was a steeper 42.7 percent.

Larry McCaffery — On Encompassing the Entire Universe: An Interview with Gene Wolfe
The only way I know to write is to write the kind of thing I would like to read myself, and when I do that it usually winds up being classified as SF or "science fantasy," which is what I call most of my work. Incidentally, I'd argue that SF represents literature's real mainstream. What we now normally consider the mainstream—so called realistic fiction—is a small literary genre, fairly recent in origin, which is likely to be relatively short lived. When I look back at the foundations of literature, I see literary figures who, if they were alive today, would probably be members of the Science Fiction Writers of America. Homer? He would certain belong to the SFWA. So would Dante, Milton, and Shakespeare. That tradition is literature's mainstream, and it has been what has grown out of that tradition which has been labeled SF or whatever label you want to use.

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