In 2016, an "octopus at New Zealand's National Aquarium made a break for freedom by slipping out of its tank, slithering down a drainpipe and escaping into the ocean earlier this year" (Nat Geo). Recently, "workers at a crocodile farm in Thailand have been searching for crocodiles which escaped after floods in the area." (BBC) Human escapes from captivity...
22 Jun, 2021
One of the reasons for starting this blog is that I became fed up with journalism. Many newspaper articles are opinions that are presented as facts. Journalism once stood for 'objective truths', a term coined by the Austrian-British philosopher Karl Popper (1902-1994) to separate facts from opinions (my blogs). Today's journalism is about 'subjective truths' or...
8 Jun, 2021
Recently, Royal Dutch a.k.a. Shell Oil was ordered by a Dutch judge to accelerate its climate targets (eg, Axios, FT, WSJ). The judge argued that climate rights are a part of universal human rights. My blog will not discuss those arguments. It is, however, another example of a decoupling (my blogs) between Business (ie, the belief system Money) and Politics (as a...
5 Jun, 2021
The Hill title: Media face hard questions on Trump, Wuhan labBy: NIALL STANAGEDate: 25 May 2021 "The media face hard questions amid a growing acceptance that it is possible COVID-19 originated in a Chinese laboratory. The idea was disparaged as a conspiracy theory by multiple outlets last year — almost surely because its loudest promoter was then-President Trump....
19 May, 2021
Since 1996, internet platforms (eg, Facebook) have been protected by Section 230, which provides immunity for website platforms from third-party content. The Trump Administration aimed to weaken these protections. Remarkably, the Section 230 debate had led Big Tech to intervene in its "third-party content" (eg, blocking Donald Trump on Facebook and Twitter). Early...
5 May, 2021
The title of my blog implies that averages hide the truth. This saying is viewed as accountants' wisdom (Twitter). The first time that I heard this saying, was indeed in a business school in the late 1970s. It's also a paraphrase of a proverb: the road to hell is paved with good intentions. An example is in the Covid discussion: the cumulative average Covid...
- 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.”
- Love, Knowledge & Power and zero-sum
- The final taboo
- “Without love, life has no meaning”
- How the Ukraine War May End (GPF)
- Germany Is Rising Above History to Support Ukraine (Bloomberg)
- Pushing boundaries