Watching the Watchers

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Despite being the most powerful man in the world, President Barack Obama is not allowed to use an iPhone because his security advisers have claimed it is not secure enough. Gibbs, S. (2012)… Continue reading

The Ghost of Dubya and the Words of Aeschylus

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Even before he shrugged off this mortal coil, George W. Bush’s ghost casts a long shadow.  Where western governments might have once been able to persuade their populations to intervene militarily on foreign… Continue reading

The Cost of Fear and the Death of Reason: Trayvon Martin

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Here are some of statistics that all Americans should know: 1. Violent crime and murder rates are almost half what they were in 1991. (ref) 2. White men commit 3/4 of all the… Continue reading

Thoughts on Independence Day: Security vs Privacy

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With few exceptions, the focus of both the news and US political rhetoric on whistleblower Edward Snowden’s leaks concerning the NSA’s surveillance of digital communications has been firmly on him. It’s been a… Continue reading

The Rights We Don’t Defend

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About 9 years ago, in Ho Chi Minh City, I sat between the Consul General of Russia and a British ESL teacher at a luncheon given by the Canadian Consulate to hear a… Continue reading

Why Psychiatric Drugs Only Do Half the Job

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First, if you haven’t read this article  – The Problem With How We Treat Bipolar Disorder  – in the NYT, please do. I’m fortunate. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age… Continue reading

Now That I’m Fat…

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I actually hate the abundance of cute little words to describe overweightness: plump, rounded, curvy, roly-poly, rubenesque, generous, BBW, padded, comfortable, chunky…adipose-enhanced? I despise them all. Having too many words for something is… Continue reading

Pathologizing The Venus

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There’s a new exhibition opening at the British Museum on Feb. 7th.  It was reviewed last night on a Channel 4 news item. “At the heart of the exhibition is this more representational… Continue reading

Let Them Eat Cake: It’s not about the horsemeat

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This week, I’ve been living through the media storm which was the scandalous discovery that several supermarket chains were retailing cheap frozen beefburgers containing a percentage of horse meat. This being Britain, it’s easy… Continue reading

First Dumb Post of the Year – Phones on a Plane

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Okay, don’t get me wrong. I’m really glad people aren’t allowed to talk on their mobile phones on planes. I’m amazed by how little awareness of etiquette most people display once they have… Continue reading