Raves, rants and reviews
Raves, Rants & Reviews

Impossible things

07/12/2016. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: .

Alice laughed: “There’s no use trying,” she said; “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

– Lewis Carroll, 1872, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

11/8/16 – Sad day for USA and the World

09/11/2016. Category: People. Topic: , .

“The people have spoken. The bastards!”

That might sound like a quote from Hilary Clinton on the news that she lost the race to the White House to Donald Trump. But it was someone else who said that.

The race did not start and did not end well for Clinton. And while the mainstream media editorials and polls had her leading almost up to the end it is now clear that their methods were askew. They should have listened to William Faulkner’s advice: “In writing, you must kill all your darlings.” Read more…

Donald Trump and the rise of white identity in politics

25/10/2016. Category: People. Topic: .

Racial bias increasingly reflects attention to the welfare of one’s own group rather than animus toward other groups.

Many political commentators credit Donald Trump’s rise to white voters’ antipathy toward racial and ethnic minorities. However, we believe this focus on racial resentment obscures another important aspect of racial thinking. Read more…

‘It’s Pretty Much Impossible’ To Protect Online Privacy

16/04/2013. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: , , , .

From online companies tracking users’ digital footprints to the trend for more and more data to be stored on cloud servers, Internet privacy seems like a thing of the past — if it ever existed at all. RFE/RL (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) correspondent Deana Kjuka recently spoke about these issues with online security analyst Bruce Schneier, author of the book “Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust Society Needs to Survive.”  Read more…

10 Social Classes

04/04/2013. Category: People. Topic: .

The Great British Class Survey, published uncomfortably close to April Fool’s Day in 2013, attracted a lot of attention because it found that the days of judging people as being in one of 3 traditional working, middle and upper classes are numbered. The survey instead suggests that the British can now be found in one of 7 social classes.

Basically nothing has changed. You’re either poor or rich. Or in their words, a “precariat” or an “elite” or somewhere in between. And as any inbetweeny will tell you, whatever you want to call the class, if you ain’t rich you ain’t rich, period.  Read more…

George Carlin quotes

22/11/2012. Category: People. Topic: , .

George Carlin

Gotta give it to the man! George Carlin spoke many a truth in his lifetime. “We have bigger houses and smaller families.” His views on society, religion and politics are either appreciated or scoffed at. Love him or hate, but you can’t ignore George Carlin:

I’ve never seen a homeless guy with a bottle of Gatorade. – George Carlin

Isn’t it a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do “practice”? – George Carlin

A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff. – George Carlin  Read more…

Isaac Asimov’s laws

27/06/2009. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: , .

There are so many laws that the whole legal system is a mockery. In fact, there are laws to control laws to control laws. No wonder way back William Shakespeare suggested, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”

Well, we didn’t, now mockery rules the day and many people are mere robots of their own demise, reminiscent of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. Read more…