Archive for February, 2012

Critical fragments

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Fame “If you get too famous you will go straight to hell.” A Zen saying quoted by Gerry Rafferty (BBC4 24/02/12) in a documentary about the songwriter’s life and tribulations in the music business. A more profane prediction would be that a weird life is in store for you. Judging by the histories of some [...]

Situationist bed-bug dung

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Some idiots who love their jobs waffling crap here.

Urban rides – Paddington

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

A real strutter he was – walking out of the Paddington Hilton, straight into the stream of traffic – sporting a huge black sweatshirt with ” Graffiti made me rich” printed on the front of it. It is not enough to have your money and spend it, you have to get it off your chest [...]

Critical Fragments

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

“Wall Street Fixer Rodge Cohen – Big Banks Key to American Global Dominance” Matt Stoller, the former Senior Policy Advisor to Representative Alan Grayson and a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. stoller@gmail.com or on Twitter at @matthewstoller. Sometimes finance executives let slip the way they really feel: that they hold the world in the palm [...]

Open File – finance terminology without the gobbledegook

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

This will interest all those involved in the world of finance and the stock market, particularly after the GFC. CEO = Chief Embezzlement Officer CFO = Corporate Fraud Officer MBA = Master of Bogus Accounting BULL MARKET = A random market movement that causes an investor to mistake himself for a financial genius BEAR MARKET [...]

Guy walks into an ultra-left bar…

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

In the late 1930s, Allen Willis (pen-name “John Alan”), later a renowned film maker, was invited to a meeting with Paul Mattick in a bar in Chicago, which was unusual, because the American Left don’t meet in bars. Upon arrival, the bartender said, “Hey! You looking for Karl Marx? In that room down there.” Willis [...]

Open File – Syria

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

The UN Security Council’s resolution to support an Arab League peace plan was probably vetoed by the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation because both countries have ‘problems’ with their own sizeable Moslem populations living near the Middle East. To avoid giving a signal that more tolerance will be shown to the future [...]

Open File – the Paris Commune

Friday, February 24th, 2012

La Marmite and the Paris Commune Eugene Kerbaul wrote a book called “Une Bretonne Revolutionnaire et Feministe” about Nathalie Le Mel who was Secretaire de L’Union des Femmes de la Commune de Paris, 1871. She was involved in a community restaurant project, in Rue Larrey, called La Marmite. During the Paris Commune she also took [...]

Critical fragments

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Archive material on the eradication of radical history Monsieur, Votre courrier du 20 juillet 2011 adressé à Monsieur Kerbaul n’est parvenu que très récemment à l’association des Amis de la Commune de Paris 1871. Monsieur Kerbaul est décédé en Août 2005, sa femme nous a transmis votre lettre en demandant de vous répondre. Votre question [...]

Notes from the Steam Room – the enigma of the brain is partly resolved by drawing on Turing’s approach to de-coding Enigma

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

The fascinating thing about Prof Ray Dolan’s IET/BCS Prestige Turing Lecture, last night at the Institution of Engineering and Technology was that it focused on ideas and theories. It drew together several threads of our knowledge of about artificial intelligence (Alan Turing), problem-solving (Bayes, LaPlace, Bernouilli), decision-making, neuroscience, and even psychiatry, in a way that [...]