Category Archives: People

The Anti-Democracy Movement Run Amok

Originally posted on Filosofa's Word:
As I lay in bed at 5:30 this morning seeking that elusive thing called sleep, I received an email with Robert Reich’s latest newsletter.  Despite my better judgment, I started reading the piece and…

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The writings of Chat Qu’éspire

About four hundred years ago, William Shakespeare was born and died in the Aprils of two successive centuries. As I sit here putting the final touches to this post, it’s the last day of this year’s April; the first day … Continue reading

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Towel Day 2022 kicks off in 101010* days

* There are 10 kinds of people: those who grok binary, and those who don’t.‡ As at the date of publication of this post, the number of days remaining until Towel Day 2022 is, coincidentally, also The Answer to The … Continue reading

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Greens celebrate House of Lords defeat of draconian government ideas

Originally posted on Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb:
The House of Lords inflicted a staggering 14 defeats on the government in one historic evening, with a further 5 government amendments being withdrawn. The Lords seized their chance to reject most of…

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Oligarchy: a sickness at the heart of British democracy

I’m wondering how long it will be before the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, currently with the House of Lords, is used not just against peaceful protests in the streets but also to silence those who would speak out … Continue reading

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The Galaxy Song, revisited

Three days shy of a decade ago, I published a post entitled ‘A little perspective for the new year‘, which featured ‘The Galaxy Song’ from Monty Python‘s The Meaning of Life. I considered waiting another three days before posting this … Continue reading

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Ten new insights in climate science (Johan Rockström at #COP26)

We are on average, moving towards four degrees warming this century. And we haven’t been in a four-degree warmer world for the past four million years. So it’s not as if it’s a place we know very well. Johan Rockström … Continue reading

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Wellbeing Economy approach to meeting climate goals

Half an hour from now, Caroline Lucas MP is scheduled to lead a Westminster Hall debate on ‘a Wellbeing Economy approach to meeting climate goals‘. I was invited to offer my thoughts to her on this topic (because I signed … Continue reading

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Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot

Carl Sagan’s marvellous, awe-inspiring ‘Pale Blue Dot’ speech puts Life, the Universe, and Everything* into perspective.

“Be humble, for you are made of dung. Be noble, for you are made of stars.” – Serbian proverb

* Carl would have been 86 now. Which is 42 (in base 21). Continue reading

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The implausible green star hunter

None of us will ever forget the day we saw it. Though we may live to regret having done so. We weren’t looking for it, as such – naturally not: why would one deliberately try to find something that can’t … Continue reading

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