Monthly Archives: September 2010

God, that is SERIOUSLY depressing

For reasons of… ego? boredom? curiosity? … I just took a 15 question quiz via the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. I am a militant atheist. I don’t DO Bearded Sky Gods. It’s just terror management and a … Continue reading

Posted in apocalypse | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

The smugosphere’s a fine and private place…

Some of you may have had the misfortune to see my Youtube video “Welcome to the Smugosphere”. Its basic argument is that “activism” (especially on climate change) is an adventure playground where there is no rigorous feedback, and you can … Continue reading

Posted in activism | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Trolls trolls trolls TROLLS

I am sanely jealous of Leaving Babylon and its author. It has more regular commenters (ok, that includes me) than Dwight Towers. And a focus (DT is pretty scattergun, no?). And its author writes absolutely bloody brilliantly. Limpid, witty, clever … Continue reading

Posted in internet culture | Tagged | Leave a comment

“There’s a storm coming.” “I know.” Oh baby…

So, I haven’t even read to the end of this post by Chris Hedges yet, but feel the need to share. It’s called Retribution for a World Lost in Screens and it starts thus – Nemesis was the Greek goddess … Continue reading

Posted in apocalypse | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Franzen on ankle-biters

“Given a world of rather strikingly finite resources and a rather inflated and already unsustainable population, it’s an interesting thing to call a childless person selfish”. Jonathan Franzen

Posted in apocalypse | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Nietzsche market

According to Clive Hamilton, interviewed in the Australian “Green Left Weekly” [Philosopher Friedrich] Nietzsche distinguished between what he called the “pessimism of strength” and the “pessimism of weakness”. Pessimism of weakness means succumbing to apathy in the face of overwhelming … Continue reading

Posted in a little self-knowledge, activism, apocalypse | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The name game

There’s a fascinating piece from the New York Review of Books called “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment,” written by Peter Beinart. Anyone with a passing or more interest in the Middle East should read it. It’s full of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment