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How America Lost Its Mind - The Atlantic
"Treating real life as fantasy and vice versa, and taking preposterous ideas seriously, is not unique to Americans. But we are the global crucible and epicenter. We invented the fantasy-industrial complex."
america  psychology  history  delusions  politics 
august 2017 by kevan
Journalists to use 'immune system' software against fake news | Technology | The Guardian
"The software, which was demonstrated to the Guardian, scans statements as they are made by politicians and instantly provides a verdict on their veracity."
software  politics  news  lies 
august 2017 by kevan
How Tinder Could Take Back the White House - The New York Times
"If the user planned to vote for another progressive party, the bot asked if he or she would consider a tactical vote to beat the Tories, voting for the progressive party most likely to beat the Conservatives in their area."
politics  software  illusions  camrad 
june 2017 by kevan
How my father, JG Ballard, foresaw our strange present | Bea Ballard | Opinion | The Guardian
"Given that he predicted a B-movie actor (Ronald Reagan) becoming president, I doubt he would have been surprised that a TV reality star ended up doing the same."
ballard  fiction  politics  society 
november 2016 by kevan
What are the odds of one vote changing the US presidential election? - 80,000 Hours
"[A] vote with a 1 in 10 million chance of changing the election outcome would be worth $25,000 to your fellow citizens just through its effects on the likelihood of a nuclear war."
politics  maths 
november 2016 by kevan
Why elections are bad for democracy | David Van Reybrouck | Politics | The Guardian
"With sortition, you do not ask everyone to vote on an issue few people really understand, but you draft a random sample of the population and make sure they come to the grips with the subject matter in order to take a sensible decision."
politics  nomic  future 
june 2016 by kevan
GCHQ intercepted foreign politicians' communications at G20 summits | UK news | The Guardian
"Some delegates were tricked into using internet cafes which had been set up by British intelligence agencies to read their email traffic."
surveillance  illusions  politics  email 
june 2013 by kevan
Invaders from Mars - Charlie's Diary
"The rot set in back in the 19th century, when the US legal system began recognizing corporations as de facto people. [...] We are now living in a global state that has been structured for the benefit of non-human entities with non-human goals."
business  politics 
february 2013 by kevan
Hacking the President’s DNA - Andrew Hessel, Marc Goodman and Steven Kotler - The Atlantic
"Whenever novel technologies enter the market, illegitimate uses quickly follow legitimate ones. [Just] as criminals and terrorists have exploited many other forms of technology, they will surely soon turn to synthetic biology, the latest digital frontier."
genetics  pestilence  terrorism  politics  future 
october 2012 by kevan
Arrest Blair
"Anyone attempting an arrest which meets the rules laid down here will be entitled to one quarter of the money collected at the time of his or her application. Money donated to this site will be used for no other purpose than to pay bounties for attempts to arrest Tony Blair."
politics  crime  money  via:minkette 
july 2012 by kevan
Here’s our Cabinet Office paper on randomised trials of government policies. Read it. – Bad Science
"Trials are used widely in medicine, in business, in international development, and even in web design. The barriers to using them in UK policy are more cultural than practical, and this document will hopefully be a small part of a bigger battle to get better evidence into government."
science  politics 
june 2012 by kevan
5 Ways to Spot a B.S. Political Story in Under 10 Seconds |
"[Most people follow political news] purely as a form of entertainment. They're like sports fans, rooting for their "team" to win. And as you're going to find out, virtually all political news coverage is written to appeal to those people."
news  politics  america  via:newsmary 
april 2012 by kevan
Norway's new Minister of International Development is a D&D champ who thinks LARPs can change the worlds - Boing Boing
"LARP can change the world, because it lets people understand that humans under pressure may act differently than in the normal life, when you’re safe."
pervasive  games  politics  norway 
march 2012 by kevan
Thatcher state funeral to be privatised - e-petitions
"In keeping with the great lady's legacy, Margaret Thatcher's state funeral should be funded and managed by the private sector to offer the best value and choice for end users and other stakeholders."
death  money  politics 
december 2011 by kevan
Info Tech of Ancient Democracy
"Once all the candidates' tickets were slotted in, the archon took a quantity of small bronze balls -- some colored white, the rest black -- and poured them into the funnels at the tops of the kleroteria."
technology  history  politics 
november 2011 by kevan
Peace News Log « How to Fill In Your Census Form without Lockheed Martin Profiting (long version)
"The rational approach would be to take part in the census but make processing your return as expensive to process as possible for Lockheed Martin. [...] Bar codes can be rendered ineffective by neatly filling in some or all of the white gaps between the bars of with a black pen."
politics  paper  hacking  money 
march 2011 by kevan
Texas' gay marriage ban may have banned all marriages | McClatchy
"This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage." [...] "Radnofsky [says] the wording of Subsection B effectively 'eliminates marriage in Texas,' including common-law marriages."
law  nomic  politics  mutation  via:zarba 
november 2009 by kevan
Inside the Apocalyptic Soviet Doomsday Machine
"The Soviets had taken game theory one step further than Kubrick, Szilard, and everyone else: They built a system to deter themselves. By guaranteeing that Moscow could hit back, Perimeter was actually designed to keep an overeager Soviet military or civilian leader from launching prematurely during a crisis." [...] "No matter what was going to happen, there still would be revenge. Those who attack us will be punished."
war  apocalypse  technology  russia  history  politics  weapons  via:lmg 
november 2009 by kevan
Investigate your MP's expenses -
Crowdsourcing boring research. "Some pages will be covering letters, or claim forms for office stationery. But somewhere in here is the receipt for a duck island. And who knows what else may turn up. If you find something which you think needs further attention, simply hit the button marked 'investigate this!' and we’ll take a closer look."
politics  money  news  crowds 
june 2009 by kevan
Blood & Treasure: Steve Bell interview
"I'm not the sort of cartoonist who does an off the cuff caricature and leaves it at that. [...] It's part appearance, part character, part ideas - so you just sit there in the attic updating the picture of Dorian Gray."
interviews  cartoons  politics  via:lmg 
may 2009 by kevan
Patrick Barkham on Labour's decline in Stoke-on-Trent | Politics | The Guardian
"[The BNP] campaign in a way that none of us recognise. People arrive in pubs, lean at the bar, buy a few drinks, say they are doing some contract work in town, become very matey and then tell people these rumours."
politics  society  lies  camrad 
may 2008 by kevan
Open the Future: The Earth Will Be Just Fine, Thank You
"The grand myth of environmentalism is that it's all about saving the Earth. It's not. The Earth will be just fine. Environmentalism is all about saving ourselves."
world  politics  future  via:jones 
april 2008 by kevan
I Was A Male War Bride (1949)
An increasingly emasculated Cary Grant is pushed through a comparatively rational screwball comedy, with a self-aware script deflating its own farce and speeding matter-of-factly through the leads' relationship.
filmlog  3stars  love  politics  germany 
november 2007 by kevan
The Ipcress File (1965)
Decently underfunded and matter-of-fact sixties espionage, desk jobs in drab government offices against a mundanely historical London backdrop. But Caine's character is utterly charmless and unconvincing, and it's a dull ending for its genre.
filmlog  2stars  surveillance  politics  science  secrets  delusions 
october 2007 by kevan
Passport To Pimlico (1949)
The logistics of a sudden micronation, played out slowly and simply and full of Blitz spirit, but with a lot more logical consistency than I remembered. Apart from them forgetting about the Thames.
filmlog  3stars  london  politics  society  law  food 
october 2007 by kevan
The Taking Of Pelham 123 (1974)
The hidden information of hostage negotiation, between four over-confident criminals and the entire, swearing infrastructure of New York.
filmlog  4stars  transport  crime  police  politics 
august 2007 by kevan
Keep Calm and Carry On - T-Shirts & Clothing
"The plan for the posters was to relay a message from King George VI to his people that all capable measures to defend the country were being taken." Now available on T-shirts.
clothes  politics  war  terrorism  via:qwghlm 
july 2007 by kevan
Go to Australia or use your own judgment | Guardian Unlimited Politics
"As prime minister, [Brown] has to write a letter, in his own hand, giving instructions detailing what the UK's response should be in the event of a pre-emptive nuclear attack. [It] will be opened only by the commander of a British Trident submarine."
politics  war  australia  paper  secrets  via:lmg 
june 2007 by kevan
Good Bye Lenin! (2002)
The value and cost of selfish, idealised delusions; the timeline and scenery of the film feeling a bit like one itself. Great snapshots of a society in quiet, half-mourned collapse, a lot of good dereliction, and the premise never overplays itself.
filmlog  4stars  germany  delusions  illusions  secrets  politics  television  history 
february 2007 by kevan
Now That a Penny Isn't Worth Much, It's Time to Make It Worth 5 Cents - New York Times
"With about 140 billion pennies in circulation [this] rebalance would make them worth $7 billion. [...] Plus, the money would go disproportionately to the poor, more than offsetting any 'rounding tax' from eliminating the penny."
money  hacking  metal  history  politics  via:freakonomics 
february 2007 by kevan
The Lion In Winter (1968)
Back-and-forth lineage politics at an anachronistic 12th century Christmas, with everyone complimenting their enemies on how good they are at it. Some great lines of dialogue, and a lot of wonderfully bad.
filmlog  3stars  history  politics  france  lies  children 
january 2007 by kevan
The Motion Picture Production Code of 1930 (Hays Code)
"Most arts appeal to the mature. [...] This art of the motion picture, combining as it does the two fundamental appeals of looking at a picture and listening to a story, at once reaches every class of society."
history  films  law  sex  politics  via:holly 
january 2007 by kevan
Mind Games -
"[They] frequently refer to themselves as TIs, which is short for Targeted Individuals, and talk about V2K -- the official military abbreviation stands for 'voice to skull' and denotes weapons that beam voices or sounds into the head."
technology  brains  surveillance  politics  radio  delusions  via:mindhacks 
january 2007 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Politics | Government to close 551 websites
"About £9m a year was expected to be saved over three years by cutting back on 'vanity' sites that do not serve a useful purpose." Including a few I've worked on.
politics  web  money  via:holly 
january 2007 by kevan
US Presidential Speeches Tag Cloud - Chirag Mehta :
"[This] tag cloud shows the popularity, frequency, and trends in the usages of words within speeches, official documents, declarations, and letters written by the Presidents of the US between 1776 - 2006 AD."
politics  language  america  history  via:holly 
november 2006 by kevan
News Sniffer - Revisionista recommended revisions
"Revisionista monitors news websites and detects when articles change. The versions are viewable and the changes are highlighted."
news  politics  language  meta  via:currybet 
october 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Mark Thomas on demonstrating near the Houses of Parliament
"Permission is given, and this Monday I set off with the aim of doing 21 demonstrations in the Socpa zone in five hours and 15 minutes. Each demonstration would be 10 minutes long, with five minutes travelling time between them."
london  politics  police 
october 2006 by kevan
Kingdom Come - J.G. Ballard
Suburban violence in the gravity well of an out-of-town shopping centre. Running a little too close to Millennium People, and feeling a little dilute, but it's good, strong Ballard, a string of blatant setups and sudden dodges of the obvious.
booklog  shops  society  politics  death  mysteries 
october 2006 by kevan
Kable - Data sales for tax cuts - 3 October 2006
"Such use of the data gathered through the E+ cards, previously known as Edge smartcards, would be voluntary for residents - but for those who did not wish to take part, 'it will be £1,400 for a band D,' Bettison said."
surveillance  politics  money  advertising  camrad  via:plasticbag 
october 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Study of Bush's psyche touches a nerve
The psychology of conservatism. "The telltale signs are his preference for moral certainty and frequently expressed dislike of nuance."
psychology  politics  memetics  via:mindhacks 
october 2006 by kevan
Thank You for Smoking (2005)
Neatly hitting a series of tobacco-lobby set-pieces. A bit disconnected, but somehow blandly and inevitably seamless at the same time. The vague idea of the Departments of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms acting as supervillain team is great, though.
filmlog  3stars  cigarettes  advertising  lies  politics 
september 2006 by kevan
The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer (1970)
Peter Cook gliding to power through the (often nonsensical) abuse of opinion pollsters and political referenda. But Rimmer's total lack of emotions, motives or coherent enemies makes his character, and the whole film, feel rather pointless.
filmlog  3stars  advertising  politics  society 
september 2006 by kevan
New Statesman - J G Ballard's diary: A fascist's guide to the Premiership
"Could consumerism evolve into fascism? There is nothing to stop some strange consumer trend becoming a new ideology. Church and monarchy are dying on their knees, and politics is just another public utility, along with sewerage and the gas supply."
ballard  politics  sport  society 
september 2006 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Europe | Polish president's twin to be PM
"The twin brother of Polish President Lech Kaczynski has accepted the governing party's nomination to be the country's prime minister [making] the Kaczynski brothers the world's only twins to hold the two highest posts in any country."
politics  genetics 
july 2006 by kevan
Titus (1999)
A visceral, emotional plot gets past most of the dead grammar, the set and costume design is fun for its mess of wilful anachronism.
filmlog  2stars  death  politics  via:holly 
june 2006 by kevan
The Life and Opinions of Andrew Rilstone: Notes from a parallel universe - Ten things I learned by reading the Daily Express
"But the three terms are three more ideological code-words. 'Bobby' is nostalgic and affectionate: it doesn't mean 'policeman', but 'good, old-fashioned police-man on a bike who knows the names of local people'."
news  lies  delusions  psychology  politics  via:lmg 
june 2006 by kevan
Edge - Digital Maoism: The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism
Jaron Lanier on the variable wisdom of crowds. "We now are reading what a collectivity algorithm derives from what other collectivity algorithms derived from what collectives chose from what a population of mostly amateur writers wrote anonymously."
web  society  wikis  politics  meta 
june 2006 by kevan
Independent > Bush 'planted fake news stories on American TV'
"The public obviously expects their news reports are going to be based on real reporting and real information. If they are watching an advertisement for a company or a government policy, they need to be told."
news  advertising  politics  lies  camrad 
may 2006 by kevan
US video game angers Chavez allies in Venezuela
"Venezuelan lawmakers who back Chavez called [Mercenaries 2] the latest example of a U.S. government-inspired propaganda campaign against Chavez that could even help lay the psychological groundwork for an actual invasion."
games  politics  psychology  war 
may 2006 by kevan
"I enter the online US Army recruiting game, 'America's Army', in order to manually type the name, rank and date of death of each service person who has died to date in Iraq."
war  games  politics  death 
may 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | A merry band
"Pausing long enough to pose for photographs, the Robin Hood gang then vanished into the warren of houses and stepped gardens overlooking Hamburg's picturesque Elbe River. [...] The raid [appeared] to be inspired by the hit German film The Edukators."
crime  food  politics  germany  via:idiolect 
may 2006 by kevan
The Card (1952)
High-speed turn-of-the-century social climbing through forgery, loan sharking and cheerful business acumen. Or just marrying rich men, if you're female.
filmlog  3stars  money  society  business  politics  love  via:holly 
may 2006 by kevan
The Observer | Focus | The last throw of the dice
"'They basically said people were angry with [Blair] because they love him so much, and are angry because they think he might go,' reports one aide, who goes on to describe the analysis as 'verging on the deranged'."
politics  delusions  lunacy  via:qwghlm 
may 2006 by kevan
NomicWiki - Civ 3 Democracy Game
"In the Democracy Game (DG), the whole community plays the same game, and the same Civ. [...] For example, nobody has the power to declare war to America, it needs a vote. If a majority of players want war with America, than war is declared."
games  nomic  politics  war 
april 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Arts | Arts features | The writing on the wall
"Melbourne is the proud capital of street painting with stencils. [...] Preparations for the Commonwealth games brought a tidal wave of grey paint, obliterating years of unique and vibrant culture overnight."
graffiti  australia  paint  politics 
march 2006 by kevan
The Onion - Nation's Snowmen March Against Global Warming
"Late word arrived Tuesday evening that the Moscow protest was violently dispersed by riot police bearing hot-water hoses and snow blowers."
ice  politics  humour  weather 
march 2006 by kevan
Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)
Excellent adaptation, of my memory of the book if not the actual book, which seems fitting enough. Maybe a bit light on paranoia and O'Brien, but a strong cast and fantastically austere and bombed-out scenery.
filmlog  4stars  politics  surveillance  history  lies  dereliction  love  war 
march 2006 by kevan
Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)
Very sharp glimpse of what television meant in the 1950s, and what it could have been, what it was important for it to become. Present-day parallels are a bit heavy-handed, but it still stands up in isolation.
filmlog  3stars  television  politics  news  history  cigarettes 
march 2006 by kevan
The National Archives | 1940s Public Information Films
"[What a Life!] has no obvious point beyond, as the British Film Institute pointed out, displaying Massingham's fondness for black humour and parodying along the way that familiar complaint, 'the country is going to the dogs!'"
films  videos  history  politics  via:mcios 
february 2006 by kevan
Los Angeles Times: Vernon Shoo-Ins Shoo Outsiders
"By strictly limiting who can live in the [93-person population] city, Vernon officials handpick their constituents. [...] They only allow people who are city employees. Anything that smells like residential property, they disallow."
politics  cheating  nomic  via:holly 
february 2006 by kevan
Ministerial Whirl - The Public Whip
"See how Tony Blair's government has changed from day to day, month to month, reshuffled to reshuffle. [...] The colours are zoned by government department, and the distance from the centre signifies seniority, with the cabinet occupying the inner layer."
politics  via:mcios 
february 2006 by kevan
War on Terror, the board game TM - a satirical board game from TerrorBull Games
Comedy-political boardgame optimistically trying to raise $60,000 to get itself printed. "Handily located as a spinner in the middle of the board, the Axis of Evil decides who the baddies are with its random finger of suspicion."
board  games  politics  war  terrorism  via:venusberg 
january 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Books | Extracts | Custodians of chaos
Vonnegut memoir extract. "For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes. But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course that's Moses, not Jesus."
books  vonnegut  religion  politics 
january 2006 by kevan
Rethinking Wargames
"The pawns could easily get together and reject the whole concept of the checkerboard system. All the other pieces would be set into disarray and the pawns would win democratically, but by a huge majority."
chess  politics  games  via:wmmna 
january 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Drawing fire
Martin Rowson on the hate mail he gets from having his email address on all of his online Guardian cartoons. "I don't mind that much. After all, it's part of my job to give offence, so I might as well receive some too."
comics  politics  email  via:lmg 
january 2006 by kevan
village voice > film > Homecoming by Dennis Lim
Anti-war zombie film, dead veterans returning to vote out the president that sent them to their deaths. "Dante's film shows not just the flag-draped caskets at Dover Air Force Base but their irate occupants bursting out of them."
zombies  war  politics  america  films 
december 2005 by kevan
CIA Sabotage Manual - a photoset on Flickr
"In the 1980s the CIA produced a small illustrated booklet in both Spanish and English designed to destabilise the Nicaraguan government and economic system."
politics  war  crime  paper  via:lmg 
december 2005 by kevan
BBC NEWS | In Depth | The Thatcher years in statistics
Facetiously vague comparative graphs of change in the eighties. "You chose champagne imports... compared with strike action."
politics  history  via:idiolect 
november 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | 'They have given me somebody else's voice - Blair's voice'
The Sun disingenuously connecting their own headline quote with a photo of a bombing victim, a professor of, er, media studies. "You don't even have to be a sophisticated analyst to see what they are doing with the visual rhetoric and verbal anchorage."
news  cheating  terrorism  politics  meta 
november 2005 by kevan
SFGate: Kansas School Board OKs Evolution Language
"In addition, the board rewrote the definition of science, so that it is no longer limited to the search for natural explanations of phenomena."
science  education  politics  evolution  america  via:sumana 
november 2005 by kevan
CER | Linguists Marvel at Audacity of Yugoslav Swear Words
"Swear words have not died out, as the Vojvodinian feminist and philiologist Dr Olga Penavin predicted in 1973. She expected that the development of Socialism would lead to a society free of conflict, where there would be no reason for swearing."
language  politics  war  via:richardr 
october 2005 by kevan
BlogNomic - The Second Dynasty of Chronos Phaenon
BlogNomic's got its own domain, these days, although I've not had a chance to play, lately. "Each Country has a system of Government, listed in the GNDT under Government. [...] Telecracy: The country is controlled by aliens from space."
games  nomic  politics  world  aliens 
september 2005 by kevan
Richard III (1996)
Watched a couple of weeks ago. Brilliant reworking into a 1930s fascist rise-to-power, with a strong British cast and excellently amused scheming-to-camera from McKellen.
filmlog  4stars  politics  death  war 
september 2005 by kevan
The Daily Mail Watch - watching them : watching us
The headlines are depressingly-funny enough without having explanatory comments, though, really.
news  politics 
july 2005 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Scientists create 'trust potion'
Fairly predictable experiments on the effect of oxytocin on prisoner's dilemma type games. Good scare quote about "the prospect that political operators will generously spray the crowd with oxytocin at rallies of their candidates", though.
science  brains  psychology  politics 
june 2005 by kevan
Yahoo: Remarks by President Bush on Bioethics
"Every embryo is unique and genetically complete, like every other human being. [...] These lives are not raw material to be exploited, but gifts." FROM GOD. Beginning to slightly regret tuning my brain in to dog-whistle political frequencies.
genetics  religion  science  politics  america  language 
may 2005 by kevan
Mandeville's Fable of the Bees
"No Bees had better Government / More Fickleness, or less Content / They were not Slaves to Tyranny, / Nor ruled by wild Democracy; / But Kings, that could not wrong, because / Their Power was circumscrib'd by Laws."
bees  law  money  poetry  politics 
may 2005 by kevan
Thirty-Eight Ways to Win an Argument, by Schopenhauer
"By contradicting your opponent you may drive him into extending the statement beyond its natural limit. When you then contradict the exaggerated form of it, you look as though you had refuted the original statement."
cheating  language  politics  via:arbroath 
may 2005 by kevan - Flags as Infographics
National flags tweaked to represent statistical data. "Red: In favor of the war in Iraq / White: Against the war in Iraq / Blue: Don't know where Iraq is."
flags  world  politics  via:qwghlm 
may 2005 by kevan
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