The Road Well Travelled & Celsias

Ξ October 31st, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Science |

But his thought experiment exposes the one terrible fact to which our technological hubris blinds us: our dependence on biological production remains absolute. Civilisation is just a russeting on the skin of the biosphere, never immune from being rubbed against the sleeve of environmental change. Six weeks after finishing The Road, I remain haunted by it.


The unspoken universal thought is this: "if it were really so serious, surely someone would do something?


Climate Progress & Blog Archive & The link between temperature and mass

Ξ October 30th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Science |


Rabett Run

Ξ October 28th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Politics and Society |

Iran currently receives non-dollar currencies for 85% of its oil exports with euros composing 65% and yen 20%. Iran is currently planning on moving the remaining 15% of dollar denominated oil exports to other currencies such as the United Arab Emirates dirham.

Once upon a time, a long long time ago, Dick Nixon made a deal with the House of Saud (feudal overlords of the only kingdom named after its ruling family, and one of the most oppressively authoritarian states in the Middle East), opening the biggest line of credit in the history of... well history itself.

From that point on, if anyone wanted to buy oil, they first needed to buy dollars to do so. And those, you can only get in one place. And hey, if you happen to be able to print them on demand, well, you got yourself a nice little subsidy welfare system going there!

Thing is, borrowing is almost always a trap; it's better to do an honest day's work for your cash. Else you tend to end up borrowing from others to pay off the debts you already owe. Or indeed robbing Peter to pay Paul. Not to mention invading every country on the feckin' planet that threatens your reckless borrowing by not playing by your rules. The behaviour of a cornered addict.

Shakespeare said it well, via Polonius (Hamlet, Act 1 Scene 3):

Neither a borrower nor a lender be;
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

Perhaps it's time for a new greatest generation to throw off the shadow of Nixon, and all those 'leaders' after him who have perpetuated his crimes.


demonbaby: When Pigs Fly: The Death of Oink, the Birth of Dissent, and a Br

Ξ October 28th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Computing |

So the next question is, what now?

For the major labels, it's over. It's fucking over. You're going to burn to the fucking ground, and we're all going to dance around the fire. And it's your own fault. Surely, somewhere deep inside, you had to know this day was coming, right? Your very industry is founded on an unfair business model of owning art you didn't create in exchange for the services you provide. It's rigged so that you win every time - even if the artist does well, you do ten times better. It was able to exist because you controlled the distribution, but now that's back in the hands of the people, and you let the ball drop when you could have evolved.


PeacePower: Was Gandhi an Anarchist?

Ξ October 23rd, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Politics and Society |

Independence begins at the bottom... It follows, therefore, that every village has to be self-sustained and capable of managing its own affairs... It will be trained and prepared to perish in the attempt to defend itself against any onslaught from without... This does not exclude dependence on and willing help from neighbors or from the world. It will be a free and voluntary play of mutual forces... In this structure composed of innumerable villages, there will be every-widening, never ascending circles. Life will not be a pyramid with the apex sustained by the bottom. But it will be an oceanic circle whose center will be the individual. Therefore, the outermost circumference will not wield power to crush the inner circle but will give strength to all within and derive its own strength from it.


Microchip gives staff the lowdown on pupils – Times Online

Ξ October 20th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Politics and Society |

Children are being tracked by micro-chips embedded in their uniforms in a trial at a secondary school.

The devices are used to monitor pupils' movements and register their arrival in class on the teacher's computer. Supply teachers can also be alerted if a student is likely to misbehave.

Also see : Pupils face tracking bugs in school blazers


Ours To Destroy: Experimental Folk Music

Ξ October 20th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Music |

l i s t e n


Ford Doctors Diesel Technician Society

Ξ October 19th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Misc |

Only 90%, drat. Knew I should have taken time to work out the multiple pulley lift one properly :/


Anarchism – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ξ October 19th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Politics and Society |


A lot of people seem to think it is about doing away with the state.

It ain't no such thang.

It's about creating more.

More powerful states.

With solid, intrinsic control over the individual.


Before it is; or can be... anything else:


Is a state of mind.

Not (just) the rebellious teenage daughter of order; spray-painting angry, angsty, temporarily-rebellious graffiti on the vicarious fa├žade of our modern-day, commonplace, institutions of inevitably-soul-sucking, wageslaving vulgarity.

But also the Moominmamma.

she can haz wonderful hand bag.


Whitehouse Stonewalls DSCOVR Information Request | DeSmogBlog

Ξ October 19th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Science |

The saga continues... the Whitehouse Office of Administration refuses a Freedom of Information request to try and get information about why the Deep Space Climate Observatory was silently canned.

By DeSmogBlog, now available on a SU near you!