Begun in 2008, it's unlikely that I'll regularly make entries to this blog, so do check my main site at www.fourhares.com

This blog is more likely to include posts of a political nature - and one that requires sisu on the part of many!

Archives dated prior to March 2008 are entries moved across from either LiveJournal or Octant.

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Two US-based conferences...

Here are two conferences to which, each year, I look to and, as usual, am unable to participate… this year precisely a month apart.

Semiotic Society of America

The annual conference of the Semiotic Society of America taking place, this year, in Seattle between the 2nd and 5th of October:

RunRev’s LiveCode 2014

The other is (also an annual) [...]

Truth, Beauty and the Good

Respecting Religion

When I hear comments such as ‘respect my religion’, I ask myself ‘why should I!?’

These are some of the considerations and questions I have before respect and support can be given:

Does the ‘religion’ encourage truth? Does it contribute to personal, individual, inner freedom? Does it promulgate love and compassion? Does it encompass critical self-reflection and [...]

Devaluing human nature

I came across a report of a recent conference that raises more concerns… here’s the nuts-and-bolts of it:

The Conference, as mentioned, was held on the 22nd and 23rd of October (a couple of weeks ago). I’m not sure how long the video will stay online (it’s a nuisance in any case, as it’s flash-based – [...]

A Conversation Between Enrique Enriquez and Jean-Michel David

New York – Melbourne :: May 2010

[this conversation was recorded for Enrique's site: tarology (beta)]

Enrique Enriquez: Is there any of the tarot images you have never recovered from?

Jean-Michel David: Interestingly, yes!

It’s really the single card that has cost me thousands of dollars (literally), and had me hunting down a number of false leads. It’s also [...]

Marijuana's Apples, Breasts not

What can I say!?

It only reflects how strange US society has become, and how its pre-eminence in the world of online downloads leads to quite weird decisions. Cf Need Marijuana? Your iPhone Can Help.

It’s OK to have a listing of where to obtain marihuana even in locations where it is not legal, but an application [...]

Play, stories, the brain’s plasticity, Obama’s Prison State and the ‘swine’ influenza ‘pandemic’

Quite a mouthful, that heading… and considering I also wanted to include something on synæsthesia, I’ve rather narrowed somewhat my ‘focus’!

Swine flu pandemic

Let’s begin with the last of these first: the flu ‘pandemic’ and the reaction to it by officialdom.

I accept that when the first outbreak of this new influenza virus began to make its [...]

NAPLAN – or the demise of pedagogical principles

As you may be aware, next week is when Australian schools are under obligation to provide standardised tests to students in classes (or years) 3, 5, 7 and 9 who have not been withdrawn from participation by their parents (or by their school in very special circumstances in which this is permitted).

For those who may [...]

‘Durban-II’ – or how to make a mockery of the U.N.

It’s a pretty sad state of affairs at which even George Orwell would have been saddened. It seems that the UN’s adoption of orwellian Newspeak is such that it even surpasses Orwell in his darkest hour: the so-called ‘anti-racism’ conference sponsored by the UN (or should that be, in this case, the Divided Nations) and [...]

Oft fear of an evil drives us to another worse

Those words, penned in 1674 by Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux (Canto I, l.64) in his L’Art Poetique, has unfortunately so many resonances in today’s socio-political climate.

At one level, this can be seen on a common basis as one boards flights: the fear of some flight incident is driving society to measures reminiscent of fascism – and the [...]