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UK Election 2017 - Why we need Corbyn's Labour (but won't get it)
➤ Setting the Scene: I've never voted Labour. Historically I have decried the traditional right vs left (Conservative vs Socialist) tug of war, in UK politics. It has ignored the liberal axis of debate - the need to protect the individual, our liberties (wh...
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Black Mirror - Season 3 - Episodic Reviews and Discussion
I really like Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror anthologies. It seems exceptionally rare to get high concept sci-fi TV shows these days (good old Star Trek and X-Files long gone). Sure, the sci-fi setting is the Hollywood big budget movie genre default, but th...
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James Lovelock (of 'Gaia' fame) going strong at 97, but is he right to call it quits on saving the planet...?
Screenshot of referenced  Guardian article . In response to this article in the Guardian online : Yeah, when any headline attempts to be scary by talking of catastrophic climate change consequences by 2100, I personally tune out. All bets are off anything p...
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On: "Knights of Sidonia" Anime and Related Current Affairs
Knights of Sidonia totes wiz-bang space battles of giant mecha suits piloted by teenagers repeatedly fighting incomprehensible space monstrosities that attempt to tentacle humanity to death.... But! Push past the facade of these overused anime tropes and be...
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On: Stephen Baxter's "Raft"
Trying to branch out to new authors, and potentially new series, Stephen Baxter was a name that has come up a fair bit and particularly his "Xeelee" universe novels. I took a chance, aiming to start back at the beginning, with "Raft", from 1991. A quarter c...
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Hannu Rajaniemi's "Quantum Thief" Trilogy
The pinnacle of high-concept, hard sci-fi, space opera cyberpunk, seemingly packed with every single concept the author could find, and he's a very smart guy: physicist, mathematician, cosmologist, recently launched a synthetic DNA start-up . Finnish, but w...
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Audacity of Yanis Varoufakis and Understanding Global Macroeconomic Stability
[Post is a work in progress...] The ongoing Greek financial crisis dedlock has been continually misreported as if it is a simple, political tug of war: little Greece trying to barter an arbitrarily better deal from big EU lending countries. But this narrati...
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On Sense8 - Quick Review and Discussion
This show has a decidedly slow, somewhat uncertain first episode or two. But stick with it for gradually evermore rewarding viewing. The international settings initially brought to mind " H+: The Digital Series ", an insanely ambitious YouTube serialised sc...
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"Vitamin supplements can increase risk of cancer and heart disease"
 ... Says a university blog reporting on a conference talk by a guy referring to 3 old studies (and this 2012 review ). My headline comes from the Guardian online [ 1 ]. It's pretty distorted (bad) reporting, but what it talks about is still very relevant: ...
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