Eclectic is my reading and memory is short. to find mullings later: Here I come.

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Aldous Huxley on drugs and democracy 

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Aldous Huxley on drugs and democracy 

I fear that this may not be a spoof:
” Jesus Wore Pants, Not a Dress”
The really interesting thing is the way that the lack of awareness about what translation involves and how it can be misleading.

Of interest to some … magnetictapez for example?

Our Interview with Hellboy Creator Mike Mignola
To celebrate the 20th anniversary, Dark Horse Comics is releasing a new hardcover collection, Hellboy: The First 20 Years. We had the pleasure of speaking with Mike Mignola about the history of Hellboy and what the future holds.

Of interest to some … magnetictapez for example?

Our Interview with Hellboy Creator Mike Mignola

To celebrate the 20th anniversary, Dark Horse Comics is releasing a new hardcover collection, Hellboy: The First 20 Years. We had the pleasure of speaking with Mike Mignola about the history of Hellboy and what the future holds.

We design human nature by designing the institutions within which people live and work.

—Legendary psychologist Barry Schwartz, author of the indispensable Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing, at TED 2014. (via explore-blog)

this vote – regardless of its illegitimacy within the Ukrainian constitution – is a genuine expression of the popular will. And he’s right. Because, despite US/EU condemnations of the referendum as a ‘sham’, Crimea has as much right to secede as Kosovo, South Sudan, Croatia and East Timor – all of whose claims were recognized by Western governments – from its Russian majority, to its historical ties to Russia and its really very tenuous and still somewhat mysterious incorporation into Ukraine by Khruschev in 1954.

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People Powered Front Pages Rule | The Whip

What if front pages were selected by newspapers’ readers instead of their editors? At NewsWhip, we’re always interested in the news stories people are choosing to share – and how those stories differ from the normal news stories editors put on the front pages of big newspapers. So we ran a little experiment. On Wednesday morning, we gathered the front pages of leading newspapers in several countries. Then we used Spike to check the most shared stories from each one. A little work at our end, and we used those most shared stories to make new “people powered” front pages for each newspaper – giving the most shared story the most prominence, the second most shared the second most prominence, etc. We replaced headlines and pictures, though did not get into replacing story text and bylines. The results are pretty neat – maybe even thought provoking.

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People Powered Front Pages Rule | The Whip

What if front pages were selected by newspapers’ readers instead of their editors? At NewsWhip, we’re always interested in the news stories people are choosing to share – and how those stories differ from the normal news stories editors put on the front pages of big newspapers. So we ran a little experiment. On Wednesday morning, we gathered the front pages of leading newspapers in several countries. Then we used Spike to check the most shared stories from each one. A little work at our end, and we used those most shared stories to make new “people powered” front pages for each newspaper – giving the most shared story the most prominence, the second most shared the second most prominence, etc. We replaced headlines and pictures, though did not get into replacing story text and bylines. The results are pretty neat – maybe even thought provoking.
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Anonymous companies are controlling more than you think, and 2014 TED Prize winner Charmain Gooch is launching a campaign against them.

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Anonymous companies are controlling more than you think, and 2014 TED Prize winner Charmain Gooch is launching a campaign against them.

The companies are extracting profits of around £2 billion a year above the cost of a public service funded through low-cost public debt. This means renationalisation would save the average household £83 per year, cutting bills by more than 20%. This year should have seen the expiry of the original licences awarded in 1989. But a new clause requiring 25 years notice of termination has effectively extended their contracts indefinitely – the clause seems to be of no concern to the competition authorities of the UK or the EU.

According to Samuel Johnson, “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” Of course, had Johnson been American, the “last” would be “first”.
-Kim Fabricius

Young-earth creationism is an intellectual disaster, but anthropogenic climate-change denial is, more, a moral disaster. It is not merely risible, it is repugnant; not just bad science but odious ideology. And world leaders for whom the penny has finally dropped – what do they do but loiter without intent, hands in pockets, counting their change? To wilful ignorance, economic self-interest, and political opportunism, add the global “bystander effect” – the more nations that witness other nations in even more distress than their own, the less likely any one nation will say “Enough is enough!” and act – well, one despairs even of damage limitation (like chemo with late-stage cancer). And you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows: extreme meteorological events, environmental devastation, human suffering will worsen; mass migrations and territorial conflict will ensue; only fundamentalists will rejoice – they’ll have a sodden field day with the book of Revelation. We say climate-change denial is an “opinion”; our grandchildren will ask us why we didn’t call it like it is – a sociopathology.

Is the glass half-empty or half-full? That depends. Is the liquid sour milk or single malt?
- Kim Fabricius

… civilisation “appears to be on a sustainable path for quite a long time, but even using an optimal depletion rate and starting with a very small number of Elites, the Elites eventually consume too much, resulting in a famine among the Masses that eventually causes the collapse of society”. The report stressed, however, that the worst-case scenario of collapse is not inevitable, and called on action now from the so-called real world “Elites” to restore economic balance. “Collapse can be avoided and population can reach equilibrium if the per capita rate of depletion of nature is reduced to a sustainable level, and if resources are distributed in a reasonably equitable fashion,”

He advocated for the weak against the strong, the poor against the rich and labour against capital. He believed that we were more effective as human beings when we worked together collectively than when we worked against each other as individuals. [Gary Younge on Tony Benn]

TTIP: the US is using these negotiations “to push for a fundamental change in the way business regulations are drafted in the EU to allow business groups greater input earlier in the process.”(8) At first the European trade commissioner, Karel De Gucht, said this was “impossible”. Then he said he is “ready to work in that direction”(9). So much for no give and take. But this is not all that democracy must give so that corporations can take. The most dangerous aspect of the talks is the insistence on both sides on a mechanism called investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS)(10). ISDS allows corporations to sue governments at offshore arbitration panels of corporate lawyers, bypassing domestic courts. Inserted into other trade treaties, it has been used by big business to strike down laws that impinge on its profits: the plain packaging of cigarettes; tougher financial rules; stronger standards on water pollution and public health; attempts to leave fossil fuels in the ground