Monthly Archives: February 2013

“Ah, to hell with it. We’ve broken the damned planet already.”

Ah, to hell with it. We’ve broken the damned planet already. Let’s live high on the hog while we can. And if our descendants can’t take the heat, I hear there are some bacteria that can. They were here before … Continue reading

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Camus meets the Terminator…

From here And there’s this too –

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New Scandal: Local bureaucrat did not discriminate, harass or fiddle the books (From next week’s Private Eye)

A new corruption scandal has engulfed Neasden Council. After extensive independent and police investigations, local middle-manager John Smith has been found to have never traded his position for any financial or sexual favours. A twelve month inquiry, involving officers from … Continue reading

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A police van marked “Community Concern Enforcement.” I shit you not.

Sadly, I didn’t get a photo, so you’ll just have to trust me. We were on the curry mile, in a restaurant that’s gone sadly down hill (the service, not the food, but I am digressing). An impressive “Reclaim the … Continue reading

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Won’t get fooled again? Course I will. By myself. Again and again and again. Science notwithstanding…

Saw this recently – “Philosophy is a battle against the bewitching of our intelligence by means of language.” Wittgenstein. which reminded me of that Feynman quote – “Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself. The first principle … Continue reading

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Of futility: allotments, hoses, and leakage

At the allotment yesterday* I got a strong whiff of the futility of it all.  This stuff actually happened, pretty much as I recount it below, with merely a soupcon of poetic license. There was a visitor just checking out … Continue reading

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Yet another neologism; snisking (= snarking and fisking at the same time)

To snark: to use sarcasm or malice in speech. Commonly found in the LiveJournal community. also snarky, snarkiness. To fisk: to undertake a point-by-point refutation of a blog entry or (especially) news story. A really stylish fisking is witty, logical, … Continue reading

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Rich white people don’t DO things like that

Listening to the radio the other morning, and they had various vox pops by South Africans in the wake of the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp (see excellent Grauniad piece by Marina Hyde). And one of them, a woman (and clearly … Continue reading

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Firefox, the Cold War and the pending ecological debacle

Remember “Firefox“?  Cold War thriller turned into a film with Clint Eastwood. The Americans steal a Russian fighter plane, then have to land it on the Arctic to refuel… There’s a scene where a US nuclear submarine breaks through the … Continue reading

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Child abuse victims as “collateral damage” of hierarchical systems

(See the disclaimer, if you like.) We focus on the Jimmy Saviles, but the real danger is closer to home. Child abuse, of the sexual kind, is rarely by the stranger. It’s far more likely to be the dad, the … Continue reading

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