Monthly Archives: August 2013

Oil Rig “safety” culture and #bullying

Juking the Stats #94.  The game is the game, you feel me? This from the Guardian – “North Sea oil culture needs to change” by Terry Macalister One offshore worker, who has spent 20 years in the industry, told the … 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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Dan “Tough” (Savage) Love #awesome

Dan Savage is a(n inter)national treasure.  Seriously cool, if underlyingly libertarian. Here’s some advice he gave last week.   I’m a 19-year-old male college student. I lost two and a half fingers on my right hand in an accident when … Continue reading

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Juking the stats and juicing the SWATS

There’s some interesting stuff on SWAT teams proliferating in the United States (the Department of “Homeland Security” is dishing out money for kit to everyone, including little towns in middle of nowhere. And once you have the kit you start … 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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Eggs and (shopping) baskets – first encounters with activism and their consequences…

I have a “theory”* that “activists” are like baby geese. When they peck through the hard shell of enforced apathy/functional stupidity that we are encouraged to encase ourselves in, then the first thing they see when they see the light … Continue reading

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Nick Cohen on the Liberal Democrats and the #securitystate #observer

Nick Cohen is not my favourite human being or journalist, but still, his piece on the “Liberal” Democrats is good stuff. “David Davis has studied his former partners closely and concluded that the Lib Dems are as easy to manipulate … Continue reading

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