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Oct. 21, 2017 5:33 am
In the 60s there was a big campaign in Britain. A campaign to put the Great back in Great Britain. A campaign to Buy British. Even to me, it seemed like it was too late. Our time had passed. There was a new world order. We'd learned the hard way, that war is an uncertain and cripplingly expensive endeavour. Humbled by a series of rebellions and small-scale wars at the turn of the century,...  Read More
Oct. 21, 2017 5:31 am
In the 60s there was a big campaign in Britain. A campaign to put the Great back in Great Britain. A campaign to Buy British. Even to me, it seemed like it was too late. Our time had passed. There was a new world order. We'd learned the hard way, that war is an uncertain and cripplingly expensive endeavour. Humbled by a series of rebellions and small-scale wars at the turn of the century,...  Read More
Oct. 21, 2017 3:43 am
Amid accusations of sexual harassment, assault and even rape lodged by an ever growing number of women against Harvey Weinstein, a man who donated money in support of liberal feminist causes, Republican critics of the movie mogul have come off as hypocrites. That’s especially true in light of the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape in which our so-called president brags about his underhanded grab of...  Read More
Oct. 21, 2017 12:16 am
Translation of the Horacio Quiroga short story Los Inmigrantes The man and the woman had been walking since four o’clock in the morning. The weather, broken down in the asphyxiating calm of a storm, made the nitrous vapours of the swamp even denser. The rain finally stopped and the couple, soaked to the skin, proceeded obstinately. The water stopped flowing. The man and the woman then...  Read More
Oct. 20, 2017 8:16 pm
Peter saved the day, as we drank our politics away in The Vic, later I threw up my tension: love/homesick. I have tried here, failed here and now I am alone once more. I chose the road, but maybe not the vehicle; the critcal hammerings, the lies, gossip and cant. I miss nothing of my fictive pasts created by lunatic committee, those middle class harpies dragging me onto their...  Read More
Oct. 20, 2017 12:48 pm
The kneeling protest demonstrations which NFL players feel compelled to perform seem to be harming the product which the NFL markets. At some point - if the protests continue, and more and more NFL fans become former fans – the NFL, as a business, will have to put-its-foot-down and make honoring the American flag and National Anthem a condition of employment. One would think – if the cause for...  Read More
Oct. 19, 2017 7:54 am
I have only anger left. Left in a mind filled with fear. Fear of the self, fear of the other. And yet not. I still laugh, though it is hollow and husky. i spit venom at the toilet bowl, bile on the pavement. It has been a savage and boring life. Misadventures, visited violence, Petty jealousy. and now waiting, waiting impatiently for an end to it all. A terminal point, or indeed...  Read More
Oct. 18, 2017 12:27 pm
Once upon a time, this writer was opposed to mandated military service for high-school graduates (note: an idea a bit popular in the Reagan era and beyond), but has begun to think such may be a good idea, given how so many social institutions e.g., family, Church, schools, boy-scouts, girl-scouts, etc. are doing such a poor job of producing a plethora of adults of moral character i.e.,...  Read More
Oct. 16, 2017 6:06 pm
Some very nice insights on this theme are woven together in the latest Upshot reporting by Neil Irwin. It shows how Richard Thaler's behavioral economics adds deeper dimension to the debates about surge pricing -- and how that ties to underlying issues of fairness and long-term relationships, beyond the usual conflicting simplistic responses ("not fair"/"sound economics"). My congratulations...  Read More
Oct. 16, 2017 2:22 pm
Opioid-related deaths in America’s current drug epidemic exceed 200,000 lives and continue to rise. What’s the cause of this national disaster, taking the lives of more than three times the number of U.S. military personnel lost in the Vietnam War? As 60 Minutes and the Washington Post have reported, this is a man-made disaster. Who’s to blame? It turns out that a big portion of the blame...  Read More
Oct. 16, 2017 10:43 am
There is precedent for the Government of the United States to investigate those things e.g., organizations, police-departments (investigating systematic racism via Obama’s unjust Department of Justice and his unjust AG Eric Holder), Universities (ostensible tolerance for campus sexual-assaults), US Military et al, which seem to either explicitly – or implicitly – promote or tolerate violations of...  Read More
Oct. 15, 2017 4:40 am
Take away a childishly stupid precious thing or silly beloved belief from a nasty and simple-minded neerdowell person and they will engage in escalating nasty behaviour. Today, Darwin Worshippers Have Lost their YoYos. Nullius in Verba: Darwin's greatest secret reveals the newspaper stories about some Darwin scholars and their unscholarly fact denial behaviour in response to...  Read More
Oct. 15, 2017 3:43 am
Our so-called president, Donald Trump, was an accomplished liar long before he ran for the Oval Office. He trotted out lies about Barack Obama’s birth in an effort to delegitimize our first African American chief executive, and he wouldn’t drop the subject long after Obama had produced a certified birth certificate proving that he was born in Hawaii. How could American voters, or, rather, an...  Read More
Oct. 13, 2017 8:59 pm
Hillary Clinton - in a short interview ( - rejected comparisons between Bill Clinton and Harvey Weinstein but favored a comparison with Weinstein and POTUS Donald Trump. Hillary claims that Bill Clinton's affairs/actions were full-litigated in the 1990's, and thus the comparison should not be made, because - we...  Read More
Oct. 13, 2017 1:46 pm
In the aftermath of the Las Vegas slaughter of 59 innocents, and wounding of hundreds of others, nothing can be done - or said - to change any of the events that took place in Las Vegas at the hands of Stephen Paddock. Many people want to extend comfort, sorrow, prayers, and rage; some people will invoke God for blessings, healing and understanding, and others will wonder: "Where God was?" We'll...  Read More
Oct. 12, 2017 11:31 am
In Part 82 of this series, I posed the question whether or not human capital management was dead or not. In this part I want to suggest that there is a vital path to your survival both as an HR professional and as part of your organization. The C-Suite office holders of the 21 st century are in a quandary. They are confronted with a wide-ranging audience they must answer to. This audience...  Read More
Oct. 11, 2017 1:11 pm
When one is thrown a hanging curve-ball, should a batter ever care about the politics of the pitcher? My guess would be: "No!" So if one advertises - presents oneself as a "fierce political moderate" one would expect that a picture of Bill Clinton and Harvey Weinstein together would generate all sorts thoughts of the many things which a caricaturist could do with such a photo. One would think a...  Read More
Oct. 11, 2017 1:06 pm
Often one observes the righteous vigor with which a certain caricaturist and sentinel - incessantly opposed to all forms of cant* - portrays his subject (any number of denizens of the social-political Right) with comical, and often venomous, caricatures. And most of the time his drawing is accompanied with a haranguing missive through which this gentleman characterizes those of the Starboard side...  Read More
Oct. 10, 2017 6:02 pm
Despite bizarre and extreme weather events signalling the dangers of climate change, President Donald Trump has instructed his chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, to role back the Clean Power Plan. That Obama-era regulation set limits on green house gas emission which made dirty coal plants less viable.  Read More
Oct. 10, 2017 3:33 am
The California coast belongs to all the people of the state, not to the 1%. Public access to all land seaward of the mean high tide line is guaranteed by the state’s constitution and the Coastal Act of 1976. As clear as that would seem to be, millionaires and billionaires up and down California’s spectacularly beautiful 840-mile coast still try to block citizens from their own coast. They refuse...  Read More
Oct. 9, 2017 10:10 pm
In “5 Interesting Sounds for a Hit Formula” , explain each idea to use in Pop Illuminati in 20-30 breasonings before composing the song. Also, include in Pop Illuminati 20-30 breasonings about songwriter/writer or work that could have influenced the work, and then proofread the work according to the influence. In addition, before composing the song, write 4-5 newspaper article...  Read More
Oct. 9, 2017 6:36 pm
We can start now, one company at a time. What company will take that step? -- to shift from the cold-blooded zero-sum logic of dinosaurs, to the more dynamic and cooperative logic of mammals? All it takes is one imaginative business to lead the way (most likely starting in digital). I just finished an advance copy of Tim O'Reilly's important new book, WTF?: What's the Future and Why It's Up to...  Read More
Oct. 7, 2017 11:44 am
Question: What must one do to be redeemed? Answer: Those conditions are met by being conceived in the womb! Redemption is not to be confused - although it invariably seems to be - with Salvation. Jesus redeems - from Lucifer - the human race by death-on-the Cross; Salvation requires participation... And Salvation is a separate topic, for another blog-post. In the writing of a number of...  Read More
Oct. 7, 2017 3:48 am
Last weekend I attended the Carse of Gowrie Sustainability Group's Patrick Matthew Festival Weekend , which was funded by the UK National Lottery Heritage Fund. Matthew is the true originator of the theory of macroevolution by natural selection. He is proven to have been cheated out of his full first and foremost priority for prior publishing it by Charles Darwin, his associates, and the...  Read More
Oct. 5, 2017 12:10 pm
“Roger That” R esponsible O wnership of G uns for E very R ational, T hinking H uman A ware of T rust The following and similar arguments are NOT screeds against responsible gun ownership. Self-defense is a legitimate posture for all animals, including humans, homo sapiens sapiens , in a Nature that is indifferent, random, and violent, in which no living being...  Read More
Oct. 4, 2017 9:27 pm
Often one encounters Catholics – and denominational Christians – of varied degrees of fervor for their religion, but what is generally common among those that one encounters - irrespective of their zeal – is that they have narrowed the teachings of Jesus Christ to what the average unassuming native of the culture-of-death (i.e., the culture of irrationality i.e., the culture of antichrist) finds...  Read More
Oct. 3, 2017 12:19 pm
On Sunday night, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock carried out the worst mass shooting in modern American history. For unknown reasons, Paddock knocked out windows in his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, where he had assembled an arsenal of weapons, including ones that sound on various videos like fully automatic rifles. His targets were the thousands of innocent people...  Read More
Oct. 3, 2017 11:46 am
In his Newsonomics series, Ken Doctor asks "is that all there is to reader revenue?" -- and reviews some signs of hope that there is more. I suggest there is actually much more -- because we are just beginning to rethink our value propositions for the strange new world of digital. In homage to Peggy Lee's classic song, "Is that all there is?," Ken asks that specifically as it relates to "Who...  Read More
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