Monthly Archives: April 2011

Doctor Who and the Tautologies of Doom

Attention Conservation Notice: Review of ‘classic’ (1976) Doctor Who story dealing with political corruption, assassination and a computational hallucinatory reality called The Matrix… Sat down recently and (re)watched a bunch of Matt Smith Doctor Who episodes with my wife’s half-brother … Continue reading

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Hamlet Mash-up!

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal versus Shakespeare. No contest…

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Pollard’s Law

Dave Pollard wrote a post back in 2006 (hat tip to Jay D) that is a must-read if you’re interested in change. In it he extols the virtues of experiments (well, to be accurate, he points out that to get … Continue reading

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Woman forced to ‘admit’ rape allegation false

[Trigger warning for sexual violence, rape culture narratives.] This report from Alternet surprises me, because I am naive about how women are treated by the State. In summary – a couple of years ago a woman was raped in Washington … Continue reading

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Men with guns – mafia & military

My wife was reading the following – Donna Leon Uniform Justice – and laughed out loud at the following: Little that Brunetti had observed during his own undistinguished term of military service or in the decades since that persuaded him … Continue reading

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Abba and the agentic deadlock

Abba needs no introduction. Agentic deadlock, well, see here and here‘s a youtube video (another, hopefully better one, to follow) I’ve been reading a couple of books on the changes that are needed and the difficulty of making them. The … Continue reading

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From 60 to 85, lucky to be alive…

I came into awareness in the late 70s, at the time the second cold war started to kick in. For a good five years (80 to 85, tailing off after that) it seemed entirely possible that a nuclear war would … Continue reading

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Then and Now: Australia and multiculturalism

In the 80s I remember hearing that while Greek/Italian etc immigration had been okay, these Asians (Cambodian, Vietnamese) were different. They didn’t speak the language, they didn’t want to integrate, they didn’t pay their taxes, they didn’t understand Western values … Continue reading

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Feynman on successful technology – reality must take precedence

Richard Feynman after the Challenger disaster “For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.” As in, people who try to tell the truth will have to do it after the Event…

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The resilience according to Wildavsky

A strategy of resilience [as opposed to anticipation] requires reliance on experience with adverse consequences once they occur in order to develop a capacity to learn from the harm and bounce back. Resilience, therefore, requires the accumulation of large amounts … Continue reading

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