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Justin Pickard
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Something for the bright green canon?

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Paddy Ashdown for Secretary of State for Defence. Doooo it.

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'From America to Europe to Asia, the political reaction to the prolonged economic crisis is turboparalysis. On the surface, evidence of dramatic change in politics is everywhere, from the Arab Spring to riots in Greece to Occupy protests throughout the U.S. In electoral politics around the world, angry voters are engaged in the political equivalent of high-frequency trading, tossing out incumbents without providing their successors with governing mandates. None of this furious motion has yet produced any sustained movement in any particular direction of the political compass. The spinning wheels cannot gain any traction.'

Michael Lind, 'The Age of Turboparalysis', Slate, 27/12/2011

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'By the end of the nineteenth century, industrialized regions had built networks that moved concentrated carbon stores from the underground coal face to the surface, to railways, to ports, to cities and to sites of manufacturing and electrical power generation.

Great quantities of energy now flowed along very narrow channels. Large numbers of workers had to be concentrated at the main junctions of these channels. Their position and concentration gave them, at certain moments, a new kind of political power. The power derived not just from the organizations they formed, the ideas they began to share or the political alliances they built, but from the extraordinary concentrations of carbon energy whose flow they could now slow, disrupt or cut off.'

Timothy Mitchell (2009), 'Carbon democracy', Economy & Society 38 (3), p. 403.

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Nifty synthesis from Mr. Maly:

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'The human world, at those times, feels brittle and alienating, a place where our amazing technology does little for us beyond updating, in a flashy live spectacle, a frightening, unstoppable descent into chaos.'

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'If an environmental protester had stolen the plans of Heathrow Terminal 5, in advance of the terminal being built, the folk would most likely have been interested, and either supportive of the act or outraged by it, depending on what other beliefs were in play. But presumably none of these attitudes would be held because the folk were considering the whereabouts of (to speak loosely) part of Richard Rogers' mind.'

Mike Wheeler, 'Thinking Beyond the Brain: Educating and Building, from the Standpoint of Extended Cognition' (2011)

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'"Hard to think they built a fake in a couple of days," the engineer admits, "but then we had a surfboard-maker in California make a full size X-45C that looked like the real one — and he did it in a few days, start to finish."'

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Welcome to Europe, home of velour-clad communists.
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