A Citizen of the Internet – first thoughts

December 9, 2010

“A constitutional amendment was offered to create a new fourth branch of government for American citizens whose ‘primary residences were virtual networks’.” – Bruce Sterling, Distraction “Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you […]


Putting the mockers on

April 4, 2009

I have to smile when The Economist agrees with me… in an opinion piece about the awful UN resolution regarding ‘defamation of religion’, they say:  The resolution says “defamation of religions” is a “serious affront to human dignity” which can “restrict the freedom” of those who are defamed, and may also lead to the incitement […]


So Say We All

September 2, 2008
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I don’t post much on US party politics – I don’t trust any of the fuckers – but this says everything so perfectly… If you like this, please share it: Bookmark on Delicious Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Tell […]


The Dalai Lama, heresy and politics

August 26, 2008

I like a good heresy, me. It’s always seemed to me that heresies (that aren’t extinguished) usually end up as the new orthodoxies – but before they do, they’re interesting to watch and often instructive… at least, of the current orthodoxy. So it was with some interest I read this bit in (of all places) […]


American Fascism and the Divine Feminine

August 19, 2008

Two pieces of note: Gary Lachman appears to have suddenly discovered Dominionist Xtianity… actually, it’s a good and thoughtful piece, not only about the influence of mysticism on politics but also how he tries to synthesize past and future in modern times. Worth sticking through the comments thread for GL and Daniel Pinchbeck arguing about […]


What would you do with six trillion dollars?

May 26, 2008
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Charlie Stross asks the best question I’ve seen in a long while: The direct cost to the US government of the war and occupation of Iraq — counting only funds appropriated by Congress — so far runs to roughly $523Bn. However, that’s the direct cost — money directly spent on the project. There are indirect […]


Past rants – On taking the veil

May 26, 2008

This is me wading in on the controversy about Muslem women wearing the hijab. From 8 October 2006. On taking the veil I’ve been mulling over this since Jack Straw’s recent pronouncement on the subject of veiled Moslem women There have been some good comments on the subject already – my good mate Cavalorn puts […]