Leverage and Looting…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Democracy, Fascism, Politics In Roman mythology, Janus was the god of doors, gates, and transitions. Janus represented the middle ground between both concrete and abstract dualities such as life/death, beginning/end, youth/adulthood, rural/urban, war/peace, and barbarism/civilization. Source: Anderson Lock Blog (they’re apparently locksmiths and historians on the side) Vladimir Putin’s war of aggressionContinue reading “Leverage and Looting…”

Dystopian and Unthinkable…

Topics: Civics, COVID-19, Epidemiology, Existentialism, Politics With all due respect to the recently departed former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, she started using the phrase “indispensable nation” after political reporter Sydney Blumenthal coined it. From Foreign Policy Magazine: In his memoir of the Clinton presidency, The Clinton Wars, Blumenthal elaborated on what the phrase was intended to represent: “OnlyContinue reading “Dystopian and Unthinkable…”

The Way It’s Supposed To Be…

Topics: Civilization, International Space Station, Politics, Space Exploration ALMATY, March 30 (Reuters) – A U.S. astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts safely landed in Kazakhstan on Wednesday after leaving the International Space Station aboard the same capsule despite heightened antagonism between Moscow and Washington over the conflict in Ukraine. The flight — carrying NASA’s Mark VandeContinue reading “The Way It’s Supposed To Be…”

Breadbaskets and War…

Topics: Biology, Civics, Civil Rights, Climate Change, Democracy, Existentialism, Politics The cornucopia’s history lies in Greek mythology. There are a lot of different stories it might have originated from, but the most common one tells the story of the lightning god, Zeus. As an infant, Zeus was in great danger from his father, Cronus. ZeusContinue reading “Breadbaskets and War…”

M.A.D…

Topics: Alternate Energy, Battery, Biofuels, Climate Change, Environment, Politics Want another reason to loathe Russia’s invasion of Ukraine? Just look at how it may completely doom the Paris climate accords — and our planet. According to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the problem of climate change — which he admitted was “not solved” during the COP26Continue reading “M.A.D…”

The Shattering (re-repost)…

Topics: Civics, Existentialism, History, Politics I’m re-reposting this because it contains a lot of information that, unfortunately, is still applicable in our current crisis. Yes, I’m still typing my dissertation, despite the apocalypse. ***** This was originally posted on March 31, 2017. I’ve updated it with the YouTube video by Channel 4 London on CambridgeContinue reading “The Shattering (re-repost)…”

A BFD…

Topics: Existentialism, Fascism, Politics I have been working on my dissertation, so I have understandably been missing from blogging. Now, I don’t know if I will be able to give my final defense. One needs a functional planet for that. Information bubbles are a big problem here in America. People sink themselves into warm, soothingContinue reading “A BFD…”

Cobalt and Caveats

Topics: Battery, Chemistry, Climate Change, Environment, Politics KASULO, Democratic Republic of Congo — A man in a pinstripe suit with a red pocket square walked around the edge of a giant pit one April afternoon where hundreds of workers often toil in flip-flops, burrowing deep into the ground with shovels and pickaxes. His polished leatherContinue reading “Cobalt and Caveats”

Tech Authoritarianism…

Topics: Computer Science, Politics, Social Media To build the metaverse, Facebook needs us to get used to smart glasses. Last week Facebook released its new $299 “Ray-Ban Stories” glasses. Wearers can use them to record and share images and short videos, listen to music, and take calls. The people who buy these glasses will soon be outContinue reading “Tech Authoritarianism…”

The Eye of Horus…

Topics: Climate Change, Existentialism, Global Warming, Human Rights, Politics Note: Because certain states are tied umbilically to coal, fossil fuels, and natural gas, this is a quandary. The same industry that’s known about this problem since 1979 (my senior year in high school) hired the same law firms that obfuscated the risk of lung cancerContinue reading “The Eye of Horus…”