http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-03-26/coalition-support-leaps-in-latest-newspoll/4593938 – Coalition support leaps in latest Newspoll (Trigger warning: “smug bastard” photo of Tony Abbott). Does it occur to anyone else this headline is rather like “Phenomenal amount of rain didn’t fall yesterday”? According to this poll, if somehow time were annihilated between today, Tuesday the 26th of March, and Saturday the 14th of September, the Coalition might very… Read more →
Gary Younge is upset about the level of deception which is present within everyday society. He feels this is dangerous, and we’re in danger of subsiding into a culture of fakery and deceit. He uses the examples of Beyonce’s lip-synching the US national anthem during the presidential inaguration, the discovery of horse DNA in budget beef burgers in the UK, and Lance Armstrong’s very public confession of taking performance enhancing drugs during his professional cycling career as examples of this tendency.
I have a slightly different take on things. I think it comes down to the tyranny of expectations.
According to this article on the ABC, our Federal Families minister, Jenny Macklin reckons she could live on the dole. The dole is currently about $35 per day. Now, normally when someone in a position of privilege or power says “oh, I could live on the dole”, they tend to mean “I could certainly live on the dole for about… Read more →
My biggest problem with transhumanism as a movement is it seems to be largely about the extremes of techno-neepery on the part of a lot of IT and engineering nerds. Now, that would be fine, except IT and engineering nerdery share a couple of rather crucial traits which make them, and the resulting transhumanist movement, somewhat dodgy.