Monthly Archives: June 2013

Climate change? We need the *opposite* of the French Resistance

Not the opposite of courage. Not the opposite of hope for a better world.  Not the opposite of practical solidarity with those suffering under brutal regimes. The opposite of what then? One opposite thing – the compulsion to act in … Continue reading

Posted in activism | Tagged , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in apocalypse, death | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Crucial distinction: Participate versus Attend #socialmovements

A well-designed event allows people to participate without attending (by collecting their opinions beforehand, by phoning them during) A poorly-designed event* allows people to attend without participating (by creating sage-on-the-stage models, of the Great Speaker and rows upon rows of … Continue reading

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

“Learn to Write Badly: How to Succeed in the Social Sciences” #Iwantthissobadithurts

Regular readers of Dwight Towers will no doubt be sniggering that he would want help with the writing badly thing.  To which I can but say… up yours!!! This looks awesome – Hat-tip to Hannah!!

Posted in a little self-knowledge, bureaucracy, competence | Leave a comment

“Now I’ll never know if I was right” – the Adric syndrome

Say you had a time machine, and you could go back and “change one thing” (yes, yes, assassinating Hitler, A Sound of Thunder, The Lincoln Hunters, Marty McFly etc etc). But say you were more constrained… say you could only … Continue reading

Posted in activism | 2 Comments

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

Posted in activism, apocalypse, death, fear, politics, religion | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Ignoreland: 1978 as a pivot year? Maybe so…

I am thinking a lot at the mo’ about when it All Turned to Shit.  Of course, for many (those too idle or careless to have chosen to be born white, middle-class, male, able-bodied etc) the so-called pre-Shit days weren’t … Continue reading

Posted in apocalypse, politics | Leave a comment