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Techmology and Scientism / Bring on the Future
« on: April 22, 2017, 11:32:29 pm »
First coal-free day in Britain since Industrial Revolution

Yay for the future and two fingers up to the luddite drumpf

Techmology and Scientism / Nightmares, anybody?
« on: February 28, 2017, 11:57:11 am »
Hey guys, just in case you were still managing to stay nightmare free despite everything here's a little something I saw today

Boston Dynamics unveils 'nightmare-inducing' hybrid robot
Meet Handle, the two-wheeled, four-legged creation from the Google-owned robotics firm that even company founder Marc Raibert says is frightening
The footage of Handle had previously leaked at a presentation from Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert to investors, when even Raibert described it as a “nightmare-inducing robot”.

Google’s parent company Alphabet is reportedly looking to offload Boston Dynamics, following tensions within the company about its subsidiary’s fit within the wider corporate culture. After a previous robotics video was posted to YouTube, Google communications staff sought to distance the company from the hardware, according to emails leaked to Bloomberg News, citing the feeling that such technology could be “terrifying”.

Aneristic Illusions / Stranger than fiction
« on: January 15, 2017, 08:14:51 pm »
Since the next short while, possibly even the next four or eight years, is likely to generate some unbelievable news and comment I thought it might be fun to have a place to dump it - 'cos resistance is likely to be easier if we are pissing ourselves laughing.

So I caught this one today which is kind of both news an comment rolled up into one delicious morsel:

and yes its real.

I'm feeling a tad dyspeptic this morning so I thought I would share some xmas spirit in the only way that seems appropriate for 2016.
Ayn Rand Christmas Cards!
Here's one from the Donald to all of us really great people on PD

Aneristic Illusions / A question for America
« on: December 21, 2016, 08:36:27 pm »
So this odd thought keeps wandering through the back of my mind. How many Americans thought they were voting for the end of the world on Nov 8th? Now excuse my ignorance if this is a dumb question but we don't have a "Rapture" culture over here in GB. Its a term I had never even come across until I was nearly 50. It definitely seems to be a key part of some voters mindset though. I was very struck by the number of times people would reply to incredulous reporters saying to them "but he's not a Christian" "he's a serial philanderer" "he's a liar" "he's not a good man" something to the effect of "god can work through anyone like he did through prostitutes ".

So was Armageddon on the back of ballot in flaming letters?

Techmology and Scientism / Collective Narcissism
« on: December 15, 2016, 10:56:30 am »
This just ran across my screen, and I think it might offer some interesting insights into our current predicaments.

The new findings suggest that any politician who ferments in their followers a grandiose belief in the in-group, combined with encouraging them to believe the in-group is being insulted or slighted by others, is arguably fostering collective narcissism and sowing the seeds for future conflict and hostility. One positive way to intervene might be to see if collective narcissists can be encouraged to channel their envy and sensitivity toward constructively helping their in-group rather than harming out-groups.

I think this is an interesting and thought provoking choice -
and I can hardly wait for the screaming and protesting  to start

Aneristic Illusions / Baton Rouge police shootings
« on: July 17, 2016, 08:31:49 pm »
BBC news report
Three police officers have been killed and three injured in a shooting in the southern US city of Baton Rouge.
One suspect is dead and two others may still be at large. Witnesses reported a man firing indiscriminately.

and they just interviewed Rep Valarie Hodges of the Louisiana House of Representatives [white R].
Her take? They must have been from out of state because we all love our police. Also - that racism is the latest excuse for anarchy!

wake me up when they start shooting politicians would you?

St Urho, the Patron Saint of the Finnish vineyard workers.

Techmology and Scientism / Fish: the once and future fast food
« on: August 05, 2015, 11:09:00 am »

Damn I hope this is right; Swim faster little fishy. I just love the Law of Unintended Consequences  :fap:, don't you? Eventually huge numbers of people may starve to death because we turbo-charged the fish stocks, and what is not to love about that :(

Aneristic Illusions / No Obama moment for the Labour Party
« on: May 15, 2015, 03:30:29 pm »
So the first runner has pulled out of the fight for the poisoned chalice that is the leadership of the Labour Party. My money says someone had a good dig into Chuka Umunna's dad's death. Who would want to be a politician, eh?

In a recent interview, he said: ‘There was a lot of speculation in Nigeria. He was a well-known  figure. I don’t really want to go  into it, but things in Nigeria don’t operate like here.
‘It’s not like you’re going to get an official post mortem or a proper police investigation.’

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Techmology and Scientism / Good news for solar road future
« on: May 13, 2015, 11:32:33 am »
I'm sure someone mentioned this project a while back but I can't find it now. Anyhoo if this report is to be believed then it looks like solar road surfaces may be a winner longterm. And, unintended consequences notwithstanding, that could be a good thing.

Techmology and Scientism / Serious science
« on: May 06, 2015, 11:05:38 am »
I just love this item

After 17 years of fruitlessly searching the galaxy, Australian scientists have discovered the source of mysterious radio signals hitting a telescope.

Techmology and Scientism / Art Tech for Iceland
« on: April 10, 2015, 07:04:15 pm »
Not new tech, not even news really [2011] just a new slant on an old problem - the butt ugliness of electricity pylons. This is a pretty cool solution. Nice one Choi Shine.

Aneristic Illusions / Daily Telegraph: Shock, horror
« on: February 25, 2015, 10:17:32 pm »
Now there is even less reason to take the Torygraph seriously as a newspaper
The coverage of HSBC in Britain's Telegraph is a fraud on its readers. If major newspapers allow corporations to influence their content for fear of losing advertising revenue, democracy itself is in peril.
I don't much like Oborne's politics but it seems like he is taking quite a principled stand. Yay for principles.

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