Goodbye freedom

Ten years ago tomorrow tonight I was watching an episode of West Wing, and, as I do, channel surfing during the ads. One channel showed a fire in the World Trade Centre, which less than a month earlier I had stood at the base of looking up like the Australian tourist I was. I watched, Read More…

Do not pity progessives

From an article at Truthdig entitled “Do not pity the Democrats” by Chris Hedges, this opening paragraph: There are no longer any major institutions in American society, including the press, the educational system, the financial sector, labor unions, the arts, religious institutions and our dysfunctional political parties, which can be considered democratic. The intent, design Read More…

The first casualty

The increasing intention of western and non-western governments to censor the internet is usually put in terms of “child protection”, although it is very unlikely to be affected by censorship, merely by using uncensorable techniques like Torrents. But one has to wonder if the real reason is more to do with preventing this sort of Read More…

An Officer and a Link

FAPP reply to Godfrey-Smith. Same old same old… Josh Rosenau is on fire. First he discusses recent polling on evolution and creation in America. Then he tests the hypothesis that the Affirmative Atheists have made a dent in religious belief in America. Not so much… Here he debunks the idea that marriage is about procreation. Read More…

The man with two links

I’m going to put the poster, if I can find it, for the 80s movies I use as my titles for these links posts, from now on. Stephan Hartmannand Jonah Schupbach critically review Michael Strevens’ book Depth, on scientific explanation. Drake Bennet at The Boston Globe, has a piece on how low status individuals can be Read More…

Ferris Link's Day Off

See, this is what happens. I take a day off to write some serious stuff, and I accrue dozens of links… Top of the news is that the secrets of Çatalhöyük are about to be unveiled. Why this matters is because it is the oldest known permanent site of religious construction, before the establishment of Read More…

Ferris Link’s Day Off

See, this is what happens. I take a day off to write some serious stuff, and I accrue dozens of links… Top of the news is that the secrets of Çatalhöyük are about to be unveiled. Why this matters is because it is the oldest known permanent site of religious construction, before the establishment of Read More…

On recent developments, and a prospective

So, we have a woman PM. I’m not particularly impressed by that – we should have had equal representation in the Parliament thirty years ago and it’s no great achievement to get a female executive now. We beat the US. Hoobloodyray. But that she is unashamedly unmarried, and took the affirmation rather than the Anglican Read More…

Network censorship by Apple

Everyone who knows me knows I am a Steve Jobs fanboi. I’ve been using Macs since January 1985, and yes, I have an iPhone and I will buy an iPad once I have the cash and they get to a few point upgrades (always a good idea with Apple). I use Keynote for my presentations, Read More…

How to track a crisis

The following post is by my friend Matt Silberstein. Matt is deeply concerned about the events occurring in places like Darfur, and brought the following to my attention. I asked him to write a post, and here it is. Hi folks, Matt here sitting in for our silverback. I like to think of myself as Read More…