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John Lanchester · Brexit Blues · LRB 28 July 2016
"The campaign’s second big lie was that the UK would be able to have access to the single market without accepting the free movement of people from the EU. No country has this arrangement, and there is no reason to think it is possible. If Britain were to secure a deal whereby it had access to the single market and control over EU immigration, it would be the end of the EU – because other countries would leave the EU and demand the same. Leave campaigners don’t seem to understand that Continental elites feel just as strongly about the continued existence of the EU as the Leavers feel about Brexit. For the EU to survive, it will be important for the UK to be seen to pay a high price for leaving. We don’t know what that price is going to be, and I don’t look forward to finding out." Strong stuff from John Lanchester - a delight to read as always - but god, I don't half feel queasy doing so.
lrb  johnlanchester  brexit  politics  economics  britain  oof 
july 2016 by infovore
BLDGBLOG: Books Received
Ooh, a good list of books from Geoff Manaugh, which has prompted me into a few Kindle purchases for upcoming holidays.
books  bldgblog  politics  culture 
august 2015 by infovore
mySociety » Blog Archive » 5 Years On: Why Understanding Chris Lightfoot Matters Now More Than Ever
"...what he fundamentally had right was the understanding that you could no longer run a country properly if the elites don’t understand technology in the same way they grasp economics or ideology or propaganda. His analysis and predictions about what would happens if elites couldn’t learn were savage and depressingly accurate." Timely, sad, accurate, and lovely writing from Tom. A particular twinge of sadness for our loss as I realise I'm now older than Chris was when he died.
mysociety  change  politics  skills  chrislightfoot 
february 2012 by infovore
D Nye Everything: Un-loving Criminals - sheer criminality and Zugzwang
"Zugzwang is one of my favourite words, and an extremely useful one. Essentially, it's a condition where it would be better not to move, in a game where you have to move, such as chess. Strictly speaking, it describes a situation where that move will end the game, with the mover as the loser, but the definition in chess is looser, and only demands the loss of a piece or the worsening of the player's position. The player has to take the least worst option. It's a kind of judo - using the ineluctable forward momentum of the rules of the game to force the opposing player to do your work for you." The momentum of rules! I like that a lot.
zugzwang  chess  politics  games  rules 
august 2011 by infovore
Eve Online: Audience With The King Of Space | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
"The CSM [player-run council] is a dirty election. It’s a third world election. Anything that’s allowed under the EULA in Eve is allowed in the election. You can buy votes, dead people can resubscribe and vote, you can scam people for votes, so it’s hardly an iconic democracy. So, this coming election, almost every major candidate you will see on the council will have been backed by a null sec plot. In advance, we’ve all met and spoken to one another to decide on the issues of the day. So I’m not going to be a voice in the wilderness. I’ll be speaking alongside people I’ve been fighting with or working with diplomatically for years."

This interview is full of some great moments - nice to see the "1% problem" acknowledged by a player, but gosh, you can see the appeal of that 1%. This line was particularly acute.
eveonline  mmo  interview  games  eve  politics 
april 2011 by infovore
"This is where I write about social & political stuff, mostly relating to sex. Yes, there's going to be a book. As an ex-sex worker, you can imagine what my bias is. Nevertheless, I am also a scientist, so will do my best to present the evidence base for each post." Brooke's new blog. This looks like it could be good.
uk  sex  politics  policy  society  brookemagnanti 
april 2011 by infovore
This is the Big Society, you see. It must be big, to contain so many volunteers. | openDemocracy
"Leave the libraries alone. You don’t know the value of what you’re looking after. It is too precious to destroy." I know that the rhetoric works better as a speech than in writing; still I can't help but agree with this. It tugs at things important to me, and what a small village public library meant for my childhood.
libraries  politics  phillippullman  society  uk 
january 2011 by infovore
potlatch: Britain's Richard Curtis years: a (belated) obituary
"If Love Actually (2003) is of any worth whatsoever, other than to help DFS sell leather sofas every 5 minutes on boxing day evening, it is as the full stop at the end of an era in British cultural and political history that we should probably not mourn. I would suggest that the era in question lasted from 1992-2003, between John Major's General Election victory (and immediate capitulation to the foreign exchange markets) and the Iraq War. John Major originally coined the phrase to define this era: "a nation at ease with itself". Richard Curtis erected its most banal and characteristically saccharin monuments." This is great.
willdavies  richardcurtis  nineties  politics  culture  eras 
december 2010 by infovore
potlatch: Tony Blur
"The Economist has published a deliberately weird 'heroes of New Labour', to mark the end of a political decade that they dominated politically. But I think that New Labour's pantheon can only be truly understood in terms of the band that they modelled themselves on: Blur."
willdavies  indie  politics  analogy  blur 
may 2010 by infovore
Lasers would never have shone if Mandelson had been in charge | Technology | The Observer
"The laser has become vital for our way of life, yet no researcher who worked on it after Einstein's paper could have predicted what would emerge. If Mandelson had had anything to do with it, we'd be reading barcodes by flashlight."
politics  funding  technology  research  science 
january 2010 by infovore
How do I know China wrecked the Copenhagen deal? I was in the room | Mark Lynas | Environment | The Guardian
"Copenhagen was much worse than just another bad deal, because it illustrated a profound shift in global geopolitics. This is fast becoming China's century, yet its leadership has displayed that multilateral environmental governance is not only not a priority, but is viewed as a hindrance to the new superpower's freedom of action." Mark Lynas on the reality of China's actions at Copenhagen. Worrying.
copenhagen  china  climatechange  politics  environment 
december 2009 by infovore
Digital economy bill: A punishing future | Comment is free | The Guardian
"It boils Digital Britain down to three Ms – media, music and movies – myopically ignoring the pioneers of new technology, and ?
showing a blind spot for all creativity outside the so-called creative industries... Instead of empowering digital Britons, the bill follows the lead of music and movie corporations, who already apply a presumption of guilt to their customers. Instead of treating the web as a platform of possibilities, it recasts it as a tool for mass theft." Excellent, excellent leader from the Guardian on the frankly scandalous digital economy bill.
uk  politics  government  threestrikes  digitaleconomy  economy  copyright 
november 2009 by infovore
Guardian gagged from reporting parliament | Media | The Guardian
"The Guardian is prevented from identifying the MP who has asked the question, what the question is, which minister might answer it, or where the question is to be found. The Guardian is also forbidden from telling its readers why the paper is prevented – for the first time in memory – from reporting parliament. Legal obstacles, which cannot be identified, involve proceedings, which cannot be mentioned, on behalf of a client who must remain secret. The only fact the Guardian can report is that the case involves the London solicitors Carter-Ruck, who specialise in suing the media for clients, who include individuals or global corporations." Oh, I'm looking forward to the next Private Eye.
carterruck  journalism  politics  uk  law  parliament  censorship  guardian  media 
october 2009 by infovore
LRB · Roy Mayall: Diary
"There is a tension between the Royal Mail as a profit-making business and the Royal Mail as a public service. For most of the Royal Mail management – who rarely, if ever, come across the public – it is the first. To the delivery officer – to me, and people like me, the postmen who bring the mail to your door – it is more than likely the second." Excellent diary in the LRB from a Royal Mail postman, which at least helps explain a lot of the problems inside the postal system, as opposed to just the ones I experience outside it.
postage  post  royalmail  mail  uk  politics  business  communications  diary  lrb 
september 2009 by infovore
RAND | Monographs | The Beginner’s Guide to Nation-Building
"This guidebook is a practical “how-to” manual on the conduct of effective nation-building. It is organized around the constituent elements that make up any nation-building mission: military, police, rule of law, humanitarian relief, governance, economic stabilization, democratization, and development. The chapters describe how each of these components should be organized and employed, how much of each is likely to be needed, and the likely cost." Not your average "for dummies" book, then.
rand  research  nationbuilding  government  collapse  politics 
july 2009 by infovore
Dubious Quality: A Lesson In Revolutionary Politics From Video Games
"It was at that moment that I understood, more fully than ever before, why revolutionaries succeed and then fail. It's because they're switching genres. They take over the country in a third-person (or first person) action game, but then they have to play an RTS to govern the country."
politics  revolution  games  billharris  quotation  genre 
june 2009 by infovore
BBC NEWS | Programmes | Newsnight | Stephen Fry dismisses MPs' expenses row
Jolly good, that man; speaking sense and pointing out the hypocrisy of the media talking this all up. And: how is this different to the hoo-haa over expenses in any other year? No, I don't know, either.
media  politics  journalism  expesnses  stephenfry  fussovernothing  commentary  intelligent 
may 2009 by infovore
Video games are good for children - EU report | Technology | The Guardian
"Toine Manders, the Dutch liberal MEP who drafted the report, said: "Video games are in most cases not dangerous. We heard evidence from experts on computer games and psychologists from France, the US, Germany and the Netherlands and they told us that video games have a positive contribution to make to the education of minors."" Etcetera.
games  children  education  learning  politics  health  europe  pscyhology 
february 2009 by infovore
Chrome Cow » US Democracy Server: Patch Day
"Reputation with various factions are being rebalanced. The gradated reputation scale was erroneously being overwritten by the binary For Us/ Against Us flag." Entertaining explanation of the changes in the White House in the style of World of Warcraft patch notes. No, really.
wow  humour  politics  america  patch  barackobama 
january 2009 by infovore
'The best perk in the White House' | Film | The Guardian
Lovely article about the White House cinema, the first occupant of which was Eisenhower. I came upon this post-"If Gamers Ran The World" if only to find out who the first film-literate (ie: willing to have it inside the White House) president was. The article is a gem.
america  politics  cinema  film  twentiethcentury 
december 2008 by infovore
Charlotte Higgins says one of the most interesting aspects of Barack Obama's speeches is the enormous debt they owe to the oratory of the Romans | World news | The Guardian
"The true orator is one whose practice of citizenship embodies a civic ideal - whose rhetoric, far from empty, is the deliberate, rational, careful organiser of ideas and argument that propels the state forward safely and wisely. This is clearly what Obama, too, is aiming to embody: his project is to unite rhetoric, thought and action in a new politics that eschews narrow bipartisanship. Can Obama's words translate into deeds?" Nice article on rhetoric and oratory. Cicero really is quite the writer, you know; ages since I've read him, but this brings it all back.
speech  oratory  rhetorics  politics  barackobama 
november 2008 by infovore
Obama's FCC transition co-chair is a WoW player - WoW Insider
"Obama's FCC transition co-chair is a WoW player, and has played in two different endgame guilds, including Joi Ito's famous We Know guild." This is exactly the kind of thing I was banging on about at Gamecity. Presentation online soon!
politics  games  wow  mmo  play  awesome  obama 
november 2008 by infovore
Monkeys & Robots » Blog Archive » Code to scape election results
"My election party tomorrow will feature DMX controlled RGB LED lighting. The color of the house should reflect the electoral balance. The color will start purple, and drift toward either red or blue, depending on who’s winning." Awesome.
hacking  making  scraping  electronics  hardware  politics  election 
november 2008 by infovore
World of Warcraft polled on Obama and McCain : The Metaverse Journal - Australia’s Virtual World News Service
"Obama polled 62% across the whole Azeroth population, with McCain been favoured by Alliance whilst Obama is the pick of the Horde." Oh. That *is* interesting.
politics  wow  democracy  survey  mmo  games  election  america  mmorpg  worldofwarcraft 
november 2008 by infovore
Lexical Analysis of 2008 US Presidential and Vice-Presidiential Debates - Who's the Windbag?
"The analysis presented here explores word usage in the 2008 US Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates. The purpose is to explore the structure of speech, as characterized by the use of nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs, and noun phrases. The speech patterns of opposing candidates are compared in an effort to identify characteristic value and personality traits."
words  wordle  visualization  linguistics  syntax  analysis  politics  debate 
october 2008 by infovore
Announcing the New York Times Campaign Finance API - Open - Code - New York Times Blog
"The upcoming presidential election has seen record fund-raising by the candidates and a host of new donors. Now we want our users to be able to analyze and reuse some of the data we’ve been looking at while reporting on the campaign."
api  election  campaign  politics  america  newyorktimes  nyt  webservices 
october 2008 by infovore
Politics, GTFO
"Do you really want them campaigning in your hobby? I don’t."
games  advertising  politics  campaigning 
october 2008 by infovore
pastebin - collaborative debugging tool
"Very recently an anonymous poster on /b/ claimed to have hacked Sarah Palin's Yahoo e-mail account." 4chan members get into Sarah Palin's barely-disguised Yahoo mail accounts which she used for business.
4chan  sarahpalin  politics  america  hacking 
september 2008 by infovore
Get Your War On: The Watch List - 236 - Video
"This is it. The highly anticipated premiere of Get Your War On, the new animated series from 23/6, based on the popular comic by David Rees." Not what you're expecting - some quite clever rotoscoping, and it captures the tone well.
video  politics  terrorism  gywo  getyourwaron  davidrees  cartoon  animation 
august 2008 by infovore
Al Gore Places Infant Son In Rocket To Escape Dying Planet | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
"Al Gore—or, as he is known in his own language, Gore-Al—placed his son, Kal-Al, gently in the one-passenger rocket ship." Awesome.
theonion  superman  algore  satire  politics  environment 
july 2008 by infovore
Running for Office: It's Like A Flamewar with a Forum Troll, but with an Eventual Winner
"My name is Sean Tevis [photo]. I'm an Information Architect in Kansas running for State Representative. I’ve decided to “retire” my current State Representative. I'm going to win." Bold. He might just Howard Dean on us, but he deserves $9.
politics  america  kansas  representations  crowds  comic 
july 2008 by infovore
Bruce Schneier: Are photographers really a threat? | Technology | The Guardian
"Given that real terrorists, and even wannabe terrorists, don't seem to photograph anything, why is it such pervasive conventional wisdom that terrorists photograph their targets?" Great article from Bruce Schneier.
censorship  security  politics  photography  terrorism  civilrights  rights 
june 2008 by infovore
Why We Banned Legos - Volume 21 No. 2 - Winter 2006 - Rethinking Schools Online
"With these three agreements — which distilled months of social justice exploration into a few simple tenets of community use of resources — we returned the Legos to their place of honor in the classroom." Wonderful article about education.
play  society  culture  politics  economics  personal  lego  construction  teaching  children 
february 2008 by infovore
Doctor Who: Revolutionary Or Tool Of The Man?
"In general, we noticed the Doctor is more likely to overthrow the government on alien planets, or in the distant future. When he visits present-day Earth or our history, he's an arch-conservative."
doctorwho  scifi  politics  tv 
january 2008 by infovore
Daily Episcopalian
"The more I replay the scene, the more troublesome it is. It is the stuff of nightmares... If we conduct ourselves poorly as daily ambassadors, it is no wonder our country suffers a tarnished relationship with the world."
politics  security  travel  terrorism  culture 
november 2007 by infovore
George Osborne: Recasting the political settlement for the digital age
Reasonably interesting speech from George Osborne at the RSA; interesting given how savvy it is, and how (within reason) fair. Certainly interesting coming from the conservatives.
conservatives  politics  opensource  georgeosborne  society  technology 
march 2007 by infovore
"By today, the headquarters of Front National has entirely disappeared from Porcupine; in its place, a tiny casino has sprung up overnight, and is already receiving customers." Second Life _is_ Las Vegas!
absurd  politics  secondlife  virtualworlds  humanrights  culture  society  socialsoftware  frontnational 
january 2007 by infovore
Colbert Calls it Quits - The Colbert Report
Made me laugh out loud at my desk this morning. "The people have spoken, and apparently they're tired of freedom".
stephencolbert  humour  politics  democracy  tv  funny 
november 2006 by infovore
frieze - the art of war
"The IDF’s strategy of ‘walking through walls’ involves a conception of the city as not just the site but also the very medium of warfare – a flexible, almost liquid medium that is forever contingent and in flux." - Fascinating article on why Isra
warfare  psychology  politics  research  israel  palestine 
june 2006 by infovore

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