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Old text, but still relevant: Protests and the Passive Voice

August 28, 2012

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Ah, news coverage on g20 protests. There’s no better way to realise how biased ordinary news coverage is until its about something you’re personally involved in. All these stories which seem quite reasonable and fair, until you know something about what they’re talking about and then you see it as right-wing hysteria, the tremulous voices […]

Christiania

June 6, 2012

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These are some of my impressions of Christiania, the Freetown in Copenhagen. First, what Is Christiania? Christiania is a “freetown” – in 1971 squatters took over an abandoned military site in Copenhagen and proclaimed it a free self-governing utopian society. Since then many things have happened – the full history is better related elsewhere – […]

The Danger of Ideologies

May 2, 2012

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I am against Ideologies. What ideologies, some might ask. All of them, I reply. But how could you be against ideologies while being an environmentalist? How does that work? Well, I’m glad you asked… I am opposed to “Ideologies with a capital I”. Communism, Capitalism, Zionism, Christianity… essentially all dogma. Let’s be clear: that doesn’t […]

Scaffolding a personality

September 4, 2011

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I’ve always been a big hater of shopping – my vision of hell somewhat resembles an aberocrappy and flinch store.  I find scenes of big city high streets packed with chain stores and seas of shoppers to be nightmarish, endless consumption and burning up of resources to meet artificial needs, morbid greed, and bloated desires. […]

Consumerism

September 1, 2011

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‘Tis the season for this sort of thing apparently. I too feel it, and so let fall a couple of ripened fruit to join the salad of opinion. Most sane commentators on the London riots have pointed out the ills of consumerism and its role in fuelling such naughty behaviour. I, like many, felt in […]

Facebook’s Biggest Un-Secret: Your apps are watching you!

May 13, 2011

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So – it turns out Facebook is hiring PR firms to highlight Google’s privacy violations “for the common good” – and not at all to draw attention away from its own practices (Pot, meet kettle, as they say.) So now seems a good time to flag an issue that’s been nagging me since I started […]

Unwatchable.

November 27, 2010

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I like the daily show. If nothing else its a relief to know that there is at least some sanity left in America. But sometimes I just can’t bear to watch. Why? Because of Fox “News”. If you’ve never seen the Daily Show, you should know they frequently show clips from Fox “News” for the […]