Mrz 022015
 

This,

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31696707

Is worse than it sounds. And, look at his grinning face.

So, his lawyer reads a statement to the court apparently admitting his guilt and expressing his regret. Whereupon the court gives him a measly fine (come on, five thousand Euros for a German Politician is probably less than one month’s take-home pay) and no criminal record.

Then, he has the audacity to go onto social media and say he is innocent and did not confess.

And People wonder why no-one believes or trusts politicians.

Feb 252015
 

No one can go back over x years of penetration logs, let alone in six days.

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Then, there is this aspect:

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There is that familiar smell in the air of someone trying to cover their ar*e after the bull has done it’s business and bolted.

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Never judge a book by its cover I always say.

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Jan 142015
 

I was just talking to somebody and they told me they were on their way to Japan for two weeks.

„Have you ever been to Japan“ they asked?
„No“ I replied, „but I have a friend who is a real Japanophile and he even took part of his holiday while there to spend some time clearing up after The Tsunami and Fukushima“ I said proudly.
„I helped as well“ they said with even more pride because they had themselves done something.
„Oh?“ I asked
„Yes, I sent some crystals, they help with cleaning up as well“ …
Mental sound of my brain crashing gears, trying to engage reverse.
I look again, sometimes I’m wrong and you *can* tell a book by its cover..

Even as I write my mind is telling me it has been ambushed. I was made so unsure I had to check if I should write „its“ or „it’s“. I keep being presented images of Amethysts and Quartz Crystals dressed in overalls pushing a street cleaner’s cart or cleaning the air by inhaling „radiation“.

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Nov 172014
 

And I’m not talking about a hat for getting out of bed (“Bunk Bed”… geddit?) There has been a lot of research into cognitive biases in the last years and some of the results can be used to avoid provoking those biases into the wrong conclusions and actions. Check out this little, free, booklet. But remember, like all techniques, they can be used for good and bad purposes.

http://www.skepticalscience.com/Debunking-Handbook-now-freely-available-download.html

Okt 202014
 

There are four “Clarke’s Laws” and the third of them is:

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Now, I have been watching and reading various pro-and-contra postings about medicine with increasing concerns and I think I Arthur C. Clarke’s law can be updated as follows.

Any sufficiently advanced technocracy is indistinguishable from religion.

This is becoming increasingly relevant as we see more-and-more attacks on experts using the “that’s what you call a fact but really it’s only a belief” tactic. These people are effectively choosing one belief system over what they see as another belief system (for example, science based medicine.) These people are as far removed from the inner workings of science and its products as they are from the inner thoughts of whoever wrote the religious texts in the past. For them there is an unconcious choice between “faiths” and inevitably they choose a belief system which feels easier to understand and less threatening to their other belief systems.