Category Archives: death

Doooomed I tell you, all dooooooooooooomed

In response to something about needing to cut emissions by 40 to 70 per cent by 2050… Whoever wrote that doesn’t know their facts.  The probable level for  emissions reductions to have even a rough chance of avoiding 2 degrees … Continue reading

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Bangkok Hilton and facing the end with equanimity

Back before she was properly famous, Nicole Kidman was in a pot-boiler TV mini-series called the Bangkok Hilton. She played an innocent young woman whose baggage contained enough drugs (heroin?) to get her a death sentence, after a stay at … Continue reading

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“Make the other guy die for his” – on learning from the Men with Guns

I think it was Patton who said that the main aim of a soldier was not to die for his country but make the other guy die for his.  Let me google that for me…  Yep, it was.  [Patton was … Continue reading

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Syria, Egypt, NextHotspot. Meanwhile, the web unravels… #biodiversity #wearetoast

Well, that was breath-taking, wasn’t it?  Will Cameron resign?  According to an amusing tweet – Stop all this “will Cameron resign” blather. He wouldn’t resign if he was found in a rent boy sandwich covered in cocaine. Meanwhile though, let’s … Continue reading

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Climate change, Perseus and Medusa, and Martin Beck

In reverse order; The Martin Beck novel sequence is an awesome achievement (the writing of it, not the reading).  Written by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahlöö between 1964 and 1974, these ten novels, based around the activities of the Swedish murder … Continue reading

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Dilbert: Health is the war of the state-corporate nexus? #panopticon

Another awesome Dilbert cartoon “War is the Health of the State” said Randolph Bourne, talking about how war and preparations for war strengthen the state (it can impose more taxes, create more secrecy, lock up people it doesn’t like on … Continue reading

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Chris Hedges on #Egypt – essential reading

After making the (non-reductive, non-patronising) point that for millions of people religion is the only thing that keeps them from utter despair, Hedges, in an article entitle ” The Massacres in Egypt Are a Precursor to a Wider Global Conflict Between … Continue reading

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Godzilla Thresholds, geo-engineering and Leonard Cohen…

From the utterly utterly addictive “TVTropes” Godzilla Threshold There are situations so bad that anything that would end them is justified. Anything. There is wisdom in facing a threat with a proportionate response. Sure, There Is No Kill Like Overkill, … Continue reading

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Repost: “Turkey, Brazil, Prism – what is going on? Cultural Global Civil War”

Yep.  What Robert said; Turkey, Brazil, Prism – what is going on? Cultural Global Civil War Marko Djurica/Reuters I am sure that you , like me, have been wondering what is going on as seemingly small issues such as bus … Continue reading

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Repost: “Positive Control” by John Robb

Positive Control When something is very dangerous, like nuclear weapons, standard forms of protections and control methodologies aren’t sufficient. Something that potentially dangerous needs something more aggressive. In the military, that’s called positive control. Positive control is an active form … Continue reading

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