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Category Archives: macro society

Yo Momma So Ugly, McCain Pulled Out Of Her

The McCain camp is understood to be making tough decisions on where to campaign in the dying days of the race, now regarding Colorado, New Mexico and Iowa as falling out of Senator McCain’s reach. All three states voted for George W.Bush in 2004. Australian News McCain is concentrating all his efforts on a last-ditch [...]

More Bush administration follies concerning records-keeping and archives

Cheney Is Ordered to Preserve Records – NYTimes.com The decision by the judge, Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, is a setback for the Bush administration in its effort to promote a narrow definition of materials that must be safeguarded under the Presidential Records Act. The Bush administration’s legal position “heightens the court’s concern” that some records might not [...]

First permanent ‘homeland security’ assignment for active duty US troops

First permanent assignment of an active-duty military unit to ‘homeland defense’ is starting on October 1rst. The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys. Now they’re training for the same mission — [...]

conspicuous consumption

As if the iPhone on its own wasn’t enough of a consumer piece, how about the following application: Last week, an application turned the iPhone into a megaphone to proclaim: “I Am Rich.” That is the name of a downloadable program that promised to do nothing except signal to the world that its buyer was [...]

full speed on to WHAT PRAYTELL?

With 91 percent of the state’s precincts counted, Clinton led Obama 51 percent to 49 percent, with about 20,000 votes separating the two U.S. senators, CNN reported. Votes were reported late coming in from Lake County in northwestern Indiana near Chicago. from this article @ UPI Clinton’s earlier reported leads were largely based on the [...]

knowing the laws

This was on the Patras blog, about Oregon claiming copyright over its laws. It’s mostly interesting to me as a reminiscence about stone tablets and the like. [I]t is a maxim of universal application that every man is presumed to know the law, and it would seem inherent that freedom of access to the laws, [...]

more bizarre behavior from clinton campaign…

The bizarre DC non-profit funded by Clinton backers that has caused random controversy by sending incorrect voting information out to votes in a number of states, is back again in North Carolina stirring up controversy and randomness… The call is deceptive because the deadline has already passed for mail-in registrations for North Carolina’s May 6 [...]

Nichomachean Ethics

Who do you know who uses effectively this as their guide to human nature? It’s from Book X of the Nichomachean Ethics by Aristotle. Now some think that we are made good by nature, others by habituation, others by teaching. Nature’s part evidently does not depend on us, but as a result of some divine [...]

Dissolving the Magic Circle of Play: Lessons from Situationist Gaming

There was an interesting post on the nettime list the other day, which I thought I’d include some excerpts from and a link to here, In recent years, commentators on game culture and ludology have undertaken the task of analyzing and structuring play. Such work has been strongly influenced by the Dutch researcher Johan Huizinga’s [...]

earth shattering kaboom, puyallup

There was a house explosion in Puyallup today: Pierce County Sheriff spokesman Ed Troyer said a couple called 911 after returning home Monday evening to find their 26-year-old roommate angry and handling explosives. When deputies arrived at the house near the intersection of 160th Street and 70th Avenue East, the man ran upstairs with a [...]

Culture: Chuck Norris only Weapon of Mass Destruction in Iraq

I think this is an interesting vision of how cultural diffusion starts.  Years from now, after America has (hopefully) left Iraq, the image of Chuck Norris as a heroic/cultural figure will still remain.  As well as the raw amount of Awesome that contains, it’s also an interesting way of seeing culture develop in action. Another [...]

big government as a side effect of conservatism/libertarianism

I was reading an interesting article the other day on Subsidiarity, which was an economic theory put forward by Pope Pius XI in Quadragesimo Anno, that argues that going too far towards either Libertarianism or Socialism leads inevitably to the nanny state. My argument is that our (and England’s) swing towards libertarian/laissez-faire capitalism in the [...]