Category Archives: Society

A Declining Organism- Speaking the Truth

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Dear Europe…

That is how a number of letters begin that are published in today’s Guardian. From a range of public figures, they set out what Europe means to them. I’m a Manxman by birth, but I’ve spent half my life living … Continue reading

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Climate Crisis

I see that the Guardian has updated its style guide to introduce terms that more accurately describe the environmental crises facing the world, using “climate emergency, crisis or breakdown” and “global heating” instead of “climate change” and “global warming”. All … Continue reading

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China Today, Tomorrow, The World?

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Jaron Lanier’s book: Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, which is a warning against the rise of surveillance technology and algorithms capable of social manipulation. In the West, … Continue reading

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Who is the Guilty Party Here?

A very perceptive piece by Joris Luyendijk in the Guardian today. His thesis is that The UK now seems to be the country whose government lies about nonexistent negotiations with the EU while threatening to renege on its outstanding financial … Continue reading

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Unfit

Boris Johnson continues to demonstrate why he is totally unfit to be Prime Minister of Britain. As a friend said: “He’s a completely and utterly self-serving bastard for using her death to promote his political agenda.  We have come to … Continue reading

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Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

That’s the title of a book by Jaron Lanier. He poses the question: How can you remain autonomous in a world where you are under constant surveillance and are constantly prodded by algorithms run by some of the richest corporations … Continue reading

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