Saturday, August 27. 2016
Danny McGregor of the Scottish Green Party provides some personal insight into the timing of a second Scottish Independence Referendum...
Monday, June 13. 2016
'As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions - sights, sounds, textures, tastes - are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about it - or when we find ourselves fooled by a perceptual illusion - we realize with a jolt that what we perceive is never the world directly, but rather our brain’s best guess at what that world is like, a kind of internal simulation of an external reality. Still, we bank on the fact that our simulation is a reasonably decent one. If it wasn’t, wouldn’t evolution have weeded us out by now? The true reality might be forever beyond our reach, but surely our senses give us at least an inkling of what it’s really like.
Saturday, January 9. 2016
This article was published on media underground and disinformation back in the summer of 2001.
Continue reading "From The Archives: Gerald Suster (1951-2001) - A Remembrance"
Monday, September 22. 2014
'The Scots were never big enough to break the Union. That’s always been a job for the English.
Sunday, September 14. 2014
With just four more days until the people of Scotland take to the polling stations to make the biggest political decisions that they are ever likely to make, trying to capture the essence of this referendum is a daunting task. This campaign on whether to choose self-determination or stick with the same old horseshit has been a long and arduous one, spanning back at least two years, officially, and has taken many twists and turns along the road as the citizens of this country have wrestled with the issues in their heads, hearts and guts.
Continue reading "Fear & Loathing On The IndyRef Campaign Trail ‘14"
Sunday, March 9. 2014
You've got to be kidding, right? Surely such questions as 'Land Reform' are for the developing world, where nasty corporations are cutting down rain-forests and booting off indigenous people to grow beefburgers on, etc. This is indeed true, but the state of land ownership - and the subsidy system it has - in the UK is a scandal of epic proportions. In fact it is the underpinning reason as to why we have to pay a ridiculous amount for a place to live in the UK; a fact that is then sold back to as: 'high house prices are a good thing for the economy'. Sadly most folks are entirely duped by this nonsense.
Saturday, March 1. 2014
'One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents.
Tuesday, February 4. 2014
Last September The New York Times ran a ridiculous article entitled 'Overpopulation Is Not The Problem' by one Erle C. Ellis. At the foot of this article it states that 'Erle C. Ellis is an associate professor of geography and environmental systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a visiting associate professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design'.
Saturday, December 7. 2013
'Lurking amidst the mass chaos of information that exists in our reality is a little gem of a concept called the Quantum Zeno Effect. It is partially named after ancient Greek philosopher Zeno of Elea, who dreamed up a number of paradoxes about the fluidity of motion and change. For example, the “Arrow Paradox” explores the idea that if you break down time into “instants” of zero duration, motion cannot be observed. Thus, since time is composed of a set of instants, motion doesn’t truly exist. We might consider Zeno to have been far ahead of his time as he appeared to be thinking about discrete systems and challenging the continuity of space and time a couple thousand years before Alan Turing resurrected the idea in relation to quantum mechanics: “It is easy to show using standard theory that if a system starts in an eigenstate of some observable, and measurements are made of that observable N times a second, then, even if the state is not a stationary one, the probability that the system will be in the same state after, say, one second, tends to one as N tends to infinity; that is, that continual observations will prevent motion…”. The term “Quantum Zeno Effect” was first used by physicists George Sudarshan and Baidyanath Misra in 1977 to describe just such a system - one that does not change state because it is continuously observed.
Tuesday, October 1. 2013
'In recent years, Facebook has become an unexpectedly crucial tool for activism. The social media platform allows activists to efficiently connect and communicate with one another in order to arrange meetings, protests and boycotts. Unfortunately, activists who once found that Facebook helped make organizing easier are now encountering obstacles – and the resistance is coming from Facebook itself.
Friday, August 30. 2013
'In an effort to buck the expensive rates of unreliable corporate telecom companies, a community in Athens, Greece, has created its own private Internet. Built from a network of wireless rooftop antennas, the Athens Wireless Metropolitan Network (AWMN) now has more than 1,000 members. Data moves “through” the AWMN mesh up to 30 times faster than it does on the telecom-provided Internet.
Tuesday, May 28. 2013
This article was published on media underground and disinformation back in June 2003.
Continue reading "From The Archives: Beer & No Clothing In Panamint Springs"
Wednesday, May 1. 2013
Finally some reasonable questions on the Boston bombing...
Monday, March 4. 2013
Cyberpunk and media theorist Douglas Rushkoff talks perfect sense, yet again, on the dangers of using Facebook. As he aptly points out: "The true end users of Facebook are the marketers who want to reach and influence us. They are Facebook's paying customers; we are the product. And we are its workers"...
Thursday, February 28. 2013
'The butler did it! That was the tabloid take on the unprecedented breach of security that shook the Vatican last year, when a trove of secrets plucked from one of the most impenetrable places on earth - the pope's private quarters - was leaked to the media. But why did he do it? And did he act alone?
Tuesday, November 20. 2012
'The master wears an amulet with a blue eye in the center. Before him, a candidate kneels in the candlelit room, surrounded by microscopes and surgical implements. The year is roughly 1746. The initiation has begun.
Friday, October 26. 2012
Comedian Doug Stanhope was recently interviewed by KRUU-FM for a program scheduled for Wednesday. The only problem was, only Stanhope knew he was accidentally impersonating Johnny Rotten...
Friday, October 19. 2012
'In ancient Greece, Democritus put forth the idea that solid objects were comprised of atoms of that element or material, either jammed tightly together, as in the case of a solid object, or separated by a void (space). These atoms were thought to be little indivisible billiard-ball-like objects made of some sort of “stuff.” Thinking this through a bit, it was apparent that if atoms were thought to be spherical and they were crammed together in an optimal fashion, then matter was essentially 74% of the space that it takes up, the rest being air, or empty space. So, for example, a solid bar of gold was really only 74% gold “stuff,” at most.
Saturday, September 29. 2012
Sam Harris is one of my all-time heroes; he is a rare beacon of forensic-light when it comes to analysing world religions and demolishing their collective nonsense. In this excellent piece he nails the recent hysteria surrounding the allegedly 'anti-Muslim video', and the US Government's response.
Friday, August 24. 2012
'In horror movies, the scariest moments usually come from the monster you can't see. So the same goes for real life, or at least online life. Over the past few years, largely out of sight, governments have been clawing back freedoms on the internet, turning an invention that was designed to emancipate the individual into a tool for surveillance and control. In the next few months, this process is set to be enshrined internationally, amid plans to put cyberspace under the authority of a largely secretive and obscure UN agency.
Thursday, March 22. 2012
'Rocket entrepreneur Elon Musk believes he can get the cost of a round trip to Mars down to about half a million dollars.
Sunday, March 11. 2012
'Scientists at the Tevatron particle collider in the US have found the strongest evidence yet for the existence of the Higgs boson. Their results lend credence to the tentative glimpses of the subatomic particle reported at the end of last year by scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at Cern in Geneva - suggesting that the particle is indeed real.
Saturday, March 10. 2012
'Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have put out a new video to address false claims about the "Mayan apocalypse," a non-event that some people believe will bring the world to an end on December 21.
Thursday, January 20. 2011
'As "domestic extremism" police units are reorganised, we say goodbye to an old favourite of protesters - the National Extremism Tactical Co-ordination Unit (NETCU). Despite the government's attempts to present these reorganisations as "cleaning up" the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) following the Mark Kennedy scandal, these plans are from before Kennedy was revealed as an infiltrator and the second Ratcliffe Trial collapsed. They are due to be completed by summer 2011. Here we will chart the rise and fall of NETCU and its sister organisations, the effect they have had on protest movements in the UK, and consider what the future might hold.' (Corporate Watch article).
Tuesday, June 15. 2010
'The murder of the Gulf of Mexico by BP shouldn’t surprise us. It is precisely what industrial capitalism does. Years ago I wrote of the catastrophe in Bhopal: when you intentionally fabricate bulk industrial chemicals, many of which are toxic, it should not qualify as an accident when some of these chemicals kill people. Likewise, the spill in the Gulf should not be considered an accident. There are 10,000 oil spills per year. Oil has devastated the Amazon. It has devastated the Niger Delta. It has devastated the Gulf of Mexico.
Thursday, April 29. 2010
'The "nascent recovery" continues to be nascent a year later. Why? Because it's constructed on sand and hyped by smoke and mirrors. The "nascent recovery" will soon be revealed as "failed" rather than "nascent". How long can "nascent" be deployed as cover for a "recovery" constructed of propaganda, manipulated statistics and "confidence-building" spin?' (Charles Hugh Smith article).
Sunday, March 21. 2010
'"One of the disturbing facts of history is that so many civilizations collapse," warns anthropologist Jared Diamond in Collapse: How Societies Choose To Fail Or Succeed. Many "civilizations share a sharp curve of decline. Indeed, a society's demise may begin only a decade or two after it reaches its peak population, wealth and power."
Saturday, March 20. 2010
This sourced from Dangerous Minds:
Monday, February 15. 2010
'It's January 2009 and David Letterman is making a public apology. The American chat show king is talking about an error of judgment he made years earlier, a mistake, he says, born out of his own feelings of insecurity. He hasn't been caught with his pants down.
Tuesday, February 9. 2010
During the last few years of his life, Philip K. Dick lived in Orange County, a Southern California setting that made the life-battered sci-fi writer something of a stranger in a strange land. This is the sixth and final part of a series where freelance journalist Scott Timberg looks at Dick's final years.
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