Title: I invented Gilead. The Supreme Court is making it real. Subtitle: I thought I was writing fiction in The Handmaid’s Tale. By: Margaret Atwood Date: 13 May 2022 “In the early years of the 1980s, I was fooling around with a novel that explored a future in which the United States had become disunited. Part of it had turned into a theocratic dictatorship...
26 May, 2022
A 2020 Science alert mentions a 2020 study published in the Frontiers of Physics mapping the "odd structural similarities between the human brain and the Universe". This is the most spectacular example of a recent concept that I call macro vs micro. To some extent, we may be living in a Droste-effect (eg, my 2021 blog). Recently, a strange thought entered my mind:...
24 May, 2022
There's a new US debate whether Republicans are accountable or responsible for the Great Replacement "theory" (see my recent blog). Democrats and/or liberals were eager to blame the Republican party. The conservatives and/or Republicans were eager to deny that criticism. This pattern seems universal. Why do liberals typically blame others (and each other)? Why do...
23 May, 2022
Introduction LO: Lowering the Value-Added Tax (in Dutch: BTW) indeed seems a much better way to combat inflation than raising interest levels. Some countries have already lowered their VAT (eg, on energy). Some companies are now increasing the wages for their lowest-paid employees (only) because they are hurt most by high inflation (eg, Investopedia, NOS, SHRM). The...
21 May, 2022
Financial Times title: Democracy might be in crisis. But Autocracy certainly is FT subtitle: From the 2008 crisis on, authoritarians were praised for their ‘efficiency’. Their troubles dwarf ours By: Simon Kuper Date: 12 May 2022 “Crisis of democracy” is a cliché of our time. But what about the even more consequential crisis of autocracy? Just watch the meltdowns in...
20 May, 2022
Occasionally, I said those words to myself but my words lacked subsequent actions and even intentions. See my blogs on deeds, words & intentions. Often, our words are empty and a cry for attention. I get worried when there are no such words while deeds express an après moi, le déluge, like Putin's invasion. Allegedly, Putin is very sick (eg, Daily Mail, DW,...
- I invented Gilead. The Supreme Court is making it real. (Margaret Atwood)
- Take care of your thoughts when you are alone
- “I Have to Admit, I Have a Very Low Opinion of Human Beings”
- “It’s a pity we can’t stay friends with everyone”
- Fiscal Policy Is Way to Deal With Divergence, ECB’s De Cos Says (Bloomberg)
- What is the “Great Replacement” right-wing conspiracy theory? (the Economist)
- Democracy might be in crisis. But Autocracy certainly is (FT)
- “I just don’t care anymore.”
- “Solitude has always been my analgesic of choice.”