Monthly Archives: June 2015

Asteroid Day

Two Nobel prize-winning economists on Greece. Joseph Stiglitz: It is hard to advise Greeks how to vote on 5 July. Neither alternative – approval or rejection of the troika’s terms – will be easy, and both carry huge risks. A yes … Continue reading

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The Whole System Has Failed

It looks set to be a very hot week in the EU, as Greece finally defaults and maybe exits the eurozone and the EU. Twenty years ago, opposition to the EU (then EEC) seemed to be almost non-existent. Now it … Continue reading

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Know Anybody in Lynchburg, Virginia?

I got the following email last night. So did Michael McFadden. Frank and Michael – I feel like you are the only people in the world who don’t bash me because I smoke. So I’m writing this email to both … Continue reading

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The Coming Referendum Fix

Telegraph: David Cameron will attempt to convince “moderate people” to remain in the EU by warning of the the “risky alternatives”, it has been claimed. The Prime Minister has told European leaders that the British public will “ultimately vote for … Continue reading

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The Morale of Smokers

Interesting discussion in the comments today, kicked off by Walt: I think of blogs like this as the equivalent of samizdat but, yo, John Watson, we’ve tried writing Letters to Editors and op eds and articles and they don’t get published. … Continue reading

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The Rise, Decay, and Fall of Institutionalised Science

I’ve been wondering today whether we’re the victims of ‘institutionalised’ science. By this, I mean science which has become formalised into a rigid canonical system of knowledge, which is taught in all schools and universities. The result is stasis and … Continue reading

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Epistula ex Ponto

I always feel like an exile these days. And that’s probably because I actually am an exile. I’ve been an exile ever since I was ‘exiled to the outdoors‘ on 1 July 2007. I’ve remained an outsider ever since, no … Continue reading

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