Too easy to get "advice" from enthusiastic advocates - including the successful, who'll preach exceptionalism mistaking it for survivor bias. Likewise, it can be tempting to instead get "advice" from the unsuccessful, the failure, the rueful sage looking to set you right so you avoid...

Modern media makes us insatiable and unremembering, like a baby in a hall of mirrors depicting mothers, an infinity of warm and milky nipples, too much succour, too indiscriminate to leave us even a mote of freedom in our choice of where to suckle though...

In a postmodern-neoliberal corporate society that's increasingly inoculated against outlier rebels and individual genius, science itself is downgraded to mere data collection for the orthodox consensus, trapped in the straitjacket of layer after layer of credential gatekeeping. Creativity becomes subordinated to a perpetual cycle of...

Winston Smith, in Orwell’s 1984, wrote “if there was hope, it must lie in the proles” but this is wrong. Cultural renaissance – revitalisation of genuine diversity liberalism including the essential respect for disruptive genius – will only come from a critical mass of educated,...

Nobody in the public conversation about #BLM police brutality seems to have understood it's the court system that's set up to brutalize the black, brown and working class and it's the unaccountable patrician judiciary that's been driving the corruption engine for decades. The prison Industrial...

It used to be that credentials like phD or QC or MD or Rt.Hon were credentials of trust worth trusting. The democratisation of access to the humans behind the credentials - if one cares to look - has broken the trust paradigm by exposing the...

“Western” culture faces an existential threat. After a few hundred years of retreat in the face of liberalism and social democracy, technology and centralisation of power is revitalising an Anglo-American oligarchy of neo-feudal lineage and billionaires. The restoration of elite monopoly on power can only...

Historians used to argue that the regulatory state began not with public-minded statesmen cracking the whip and taming big biz, but just the opposite—with business leaders deliberately inviting federal regulation as a way to build barriers to entry and give their cartels the protection of...

"Her beauty is beyond compare with emerald eyes and auburn hair, the botox'd and mammographized Jolene."   I was doing a deep dive on NFTs, reading a blog about economics and how crypto could threaten (or become weaponized by) corporate oligarchy yadda yadda. Familiar subject but the...

Far Right Parties Gaining Ground All Across Europe! AfD in Germany, Marine Le Pen's FN in France, governing parties in Italy, Greece and Spain: far-right ideology taking root throughout the continent. This might be good clickbait and it is certainly a trend to watch closely. But that...

The population of the United States is five times that of the United Kingdom. No surprise therefore that the two countries media output tends to see American output pushing the envelope on big budget Hollywood blockbusters and seasons of highly produced television shows while Britain...

What The Fuck? 200 YEARS AGO DEAFNESS MEANT ISOLATION. THEN CAME SIGN LANGUAGE — A COMMUNICATIONS SUPERPOWER?   Deafness was an isolating disability - excluding the deaf person from everyday conversation - as little as two hundred years ago. It wasn’t until the early 19th century that a comprehensive working...

Islam v Judeo-Christianity: the defence of the scripture isn't germane. Qur'an may indeed be far more peace-loving and earnest in its "decide for yourself, think as an individual" than the bible, but the proof of the pudding has to be in the eating. What are the...

Here's something I find baffling and possibly troubling. It's laudable to make university education available to all, without extortionate fees. Does this have to be at the expense of international cutting edge excellence, though? Germany and France are populous countries with globally influential advanced economies;...

TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN ORIGINAL Despite the seemingly tumultuous events of the past two weeks, we have not heard much from us. But we were by no means inactive. In the last few days we have been laying new power lines with many skilled friends, exchanging old doors...

Umberto Eco in his 1995 essay, Ur Fascism defines fascism in 14 points. cult of traditionalism. rejection of modernism. cult of action for its own sake and a distrust of intellectualism. disagreement or opposition is treasonous. fear of difference.Fascism is racist by definition. appeals to...

Development of the modern democracy allowed the formation of organization like political parties. Paradoxically, any such organization, when growing in size, also grows in complexity. And inevitably with this growth gradually become less and less democratic. This process is immanent, objective, and does not depend...

Ginsberg died old and lauded. Kerouac took the other road: no middle age behind a beard, bumbling about with mates and macaroni in tow, stoned and adored and pilfering pennies from mid western culture vultures. Instead death, hypothermia or cirrhosis, fallen face down on the...

"The vast, profitable, citadel-backed industry of content creation for the absorption of public excess attention (and time). Mainstream is as crowded with content as it is limited on free ideological expression. Mainstream media guides the rump of public opinion, day to day, to entertain and...

Identity politics, cancel culture, wokeness, echo-chamber media, tribalism, data science profiling of individuals into big data demographics; the latest evolutions of the world's hegemonic force - consumer capitalism. It's creating a monopoly on customers, same as its corporations create a monopoly on industry and product....

The mere growth of organization changes organizational dynamics and requires new method of governance. That creates a need for "management professionals" who devote all their time to solving organizational problems. Those people no matter how idealistic in the beginning by the weight of their position...

Back in the 1920s, world-renowned writer Aldous Huxley summarised his visit to Hearst Castle - guided through the unparalleled collection of priceless art, sculpture and unique historical artifacts filling the home of the world's first billionaire media mogul -: with the simplest conclusion: "It was...

AstraZeneca have been far more clumsy and overly misleading than Pfizer/Moderna in their public/media handling. But at $20-$30 higher cost per dose for the Pfizer/Moderna jabs it should be no surprise they've got better publicists. It's a shame that financial (economic) data becomes more revealing...

Corrupted social justice pathogens from the battlefield of American political warfare are infecting British activism, institutions and culture, spilling over into the UK public narrative undetected because there is no native built-up resistance. In fact, the very rightness of social and racial justice is what...

It might be a sad truth of human thinking (human connections) that as a person lives longer and knows more, other people listen to them less. Maybe it's an age thing, in our younger-facing culture. Maybe it's a potential calculus, like no old human can...

/beginarchivecontent Kay Fabe That professional wrestling matches are performances rather than contests will come as little revelation to most, but until as late as the mid-1990s those in the industry believed it was a secret that must be protected at all costs. As with the culture of...

At the height of young Miss Nina Simone’s involvement in the early 1960s Civil Rights Movement in America, she released an unassuming record into the world: Pastel Blue. The coda of Pastel Blue is an impassioned version of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” (a song about lynching and racism...

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