Current Affairs

January 25, 2017

Complexity and Empires


In a world optimized for humans to flourish, ideally, we’d want the smartest*, most brilliant minds to have the greatest influence, on the greatest amount of people. I don’t mean book smart, I think that ‘smart’ should include compassion, empathy and humility.

Whomever the smartest people on the planet are right now, ought to lead the planet.

The smartest person in your town should be mayor.

Trump offers us ample illustration that this isn’t the case, and the question that I’m posing today is why not?

Did we not put enough safeguards in place to prevent this?

Did we fail to implement those safeguards to stop the very thing they were designed for? [...]
January 21, 2017

It begins today


Obamas

Enough Americans wanted an alternative to a Clinton coronation and I don’t really blame them. One Clinton and one Bush is a good rule of thumb.

I was a Bernie Sanders man myself, and before that Howard bloody Dean.

The Republican candidate offering change this time around was a narcissistic billionaire with an orange glow not found in the natural world and a comb-over

Cable news gave him free press all through the Primaries and into the General, because the guy was ratings gold. Some of those cable channels spoke glowingly and without irony about his 'mastery of the medium’

He got a free pass on releasing his tax returns, a free pass on divesting his businesses. [...]
January 7, 2017

Who to read in 2017…


I've long been a fan of Matt Taibbis' work at Rolling Stone, particularly his writing on the 2008 financial meltdown.

Partly because of his journalism but also his irreverance; nobody drops the word 'horseshit' at the right time and place with as much aplomb.

My favourite writer on the Trump era, is Sarah Kendzior who writes Op-Ed pieces for the Globe and Mail among others.

I can't watch CNN, or any of the cable news networks, and Kendzior is the antidote for their complicit hackery.

How seriously screwed are we with Trump running the show, having filled his cabinet with lunatics and idealogues?

Kendzior is like a reset switch, a reminder that the mainstream media has wandered way off being able or willing to answer that for us. [...]
January 5, 2017

ObamaCare


I was going to write a brilliant post about how the majority of Americans approve of ObamaCare but in the end a minority of Americans voted to kill it, and then a funny thing happened as I was checking my sources and assumptions (remember to check your facts kids!)

I learned that more Americans don't approve of ObamaCare than approve of it, and it’s been consistently trending that way since the AHA was passed.

When you add in those people who have ‘no opinion’ then the trendlines are even clearer. [...]
December 30, 2016

You GUESS Tucker?


So much fun!

I’m copying HER style if I’m ever interviewed by a hostile political hack.

At certain points in this interview Lauren Duca just laughs at Tucker Carlson (who hasn't been the same since this happened) because it’s the only sensible response. She’s pleasant, but more than happy to up the ante when he deserves it.

She doesn’t let the talking over her or the sneering "I guess" slide - all of which gets under his skin when getting under peoples skin is usually HIS shtick. [...]
June 5, 2016

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon


If you’re the teacher or parent of a young Engineer or Designer of the future, sit them down and spend five minutes with them watching this short film about a real project that just might change the world.


May 10, 2016

Perception and Climate Change

climate change

World serves its own need, listen to your heart bleed. It’s the end of the world and we know it, and I feel fine – REM

We all know the story of the frog in the pot of water.

Sometimes I feel like it applies to me and climate change
February 10, 2016

Power


Ouch.

US politics – it’s never boring.

Bernie Sanders (yay!) and Donald Trump (boo!) the two non-establishment candidates, just won New Hampshire.

One’s a Senator, the other a multi-millionaire, neither of them are called Clinton or Bush so they are outsiders.