TOPPLING STATUES? ONE CITY HAD A SOLUTION – SHAME IT ONLY LASTED 24 HOURS.

A sculpture of a black woman who took part in a Black Lives Matter #BLM protest in Bristol, England has been installed on the plinth where a statue of slave trader Edward Colston used to stand. It lasted 24 hours. The city council removed it without consultation or vote. Another missed opportunity.

21st CENTURY FAIRYTALES: THE NATURE OF BORIS, JEREMY SPOKE IN, AND CIRCE CASTING PEARLS BEFORE SWINE

Three fairytales: The Nature of Boris, Jeremy Spoke In, and Circle Casting Pearls Before Swing. They're supposed to be allegorical.

CORONAVIRUS ANTIBODY TEST WITH EU (CE) AND US (FDA) APPROVAL – BLOOD SAMPLE WITH 18 MINUTES TO 98.1% – 100% ACCURACY – AVAILABLE NOW

Roche's Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2 serology test is a blood sample. Based on in-solution double-antigen sandwich format. Blood samples taken 14 days after PCR-confirmed infection process Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2 test with 100% accuracy. It's available now. Which governments are buying and which are instead risking lives trying to save money (or play nationalist politics by waiting for their own 100% test)?

HOW TO USE YOUR MAC WEBCAM AS MOBILE PHONE CAMERA FOR ANDROID OR OSX (IPHONE CAMERA) – GOOGLE NLP

Google: "How do I use your laptop webcam as a camera for your smartphone?" It used to be an art, finding the best wording to put into Google, to narrow down results until they're on point, no matter how esoteric the info searched for. It's a major problem: corporatized tech the world over is devolving. It's the opposite of progress. Tech itself is improving but function is degrading. This must stop.

CORONAVIRUS TESTS -WHAT’S AVAILABLE, WHAT’S COMING, WHAT’S IN TRIAL – JUST THE FACTS (APRIL 2020)

Data on coronavirus test kit options covering the three basic types we'll need to mass-produce and distribute widely, or else prolong lockdown or be forced into a gamble that might cost millions of lives.

DOES YOUR LOCAL HOSPITAL OR CRITICAL CARE FACILITY MEET THE BASELINE FOR COVID-19 TREATMENT?

"We simply don't have the testing capacity for the large numbers dying at home. Now only those few who had a test confirmation *before* dying are marked as victims of coronavirus... means we are undercounting the total number of victims of this pandemic." - Mark Levine, Chair of New York City Council health committee.

QUESTION: SHOULD SOCIAL MEDIA BE REGULATED?

There's much talk lately about regulating social media corporations - for and against these companies having freedom to censor users or protecting individual access to platforms as ubiquitous as a public utility. Should social media be regulated?

NEW RULES, NEW STAKES, OLD ELECTORATE

On 12th December 2019 the United Kingdom goes to the polls in the most divisive, fucked up election in living memory. Whether the voters know it or not, the stakes are enormous. Similarly high stakes play out in the United States in November 2020. Will the UK (and the USA, in 2020) have woken up to the existential threats to their long-term future or has big capital already conditioned the people of these great nations into turkeys voting for Christmas?

THE WORD “POSH” IS AN INSULT POPULAR IN UK MEDIA – WHAT’S IN A WORD?

Words are powerful. Monolithic powers appropriate words and redefine usage to control public opinion. But modern nations don't benefit from tribalism. Blame culture is a sickness, eroding society from within; an excuse for tearing down but never the creating. Words like "posh" are the stealthy outlier carriers for this plague.

Machine Elves and the Psychedelic Stone Babies

Psilocybin. D-methyltryptamine. Ayahuaska. Psychedelics. Ingesting Dreams. Transcending Spacetime. Alien Worlds. Encounters with Angels. Meeting the Machine Elves. Psilocybin occurs naturally in Magic Mushrooms. The laboratory isolated the psychoactive chem, distilling it as Dimethyltryptamine or D.M.T. It's often called the Spirit Molecule. Psychedelics are fascinating. For decades - particularly since public research was abruptly curtailed by … Continue reading Machine Elves and the Psychedelic Stone Babies

Scientific Method – Data Uber Alles But Feelings Welcome Too

Thinking aloud about instinct versus forethought, how the former is favoured by intense reaction-feelings and mythologised a thousand ways in human society while the latter is labelled passionless, not as authentic, worthy of less trust. Like so much that's terra homo sapiens, the reality and our future may realise it's completely topsy turvy; the precise opposite of what's current social axiom.

SNAKE OIL INFESTS THE INTERNET OF THINGS (FOR SALE)

Rather than suggest a specific site for product reviews, I’ll do a short list of “tells” I use to rate a site as biased, corrupt, feeder, independent, sold out, expert etc.