April 2nd, 2010

Semiformalishmaybe

Plurality of Fingers

National Geographic has an interesting special on solitary confinement, one where they both explore the background and issues and have volunteers (right now) undergoing a week of it.

Been pondering the degree to which television and now comic act as elements of creative cultural segregation. Collapse )

Dear Australian Bishops and other religious peopleCollapse )

Recently have been looking at my old Iguana pictures a lot - they still strike me as incredibly cute - warm fuzzies.

Kinda bummed that, lacking a suitable gaming system, I've been missing out on Disgaea 2 and Disgaea 3.

Oh, these guys are getting some airplay for having warned several state governors to leave office or be removed. Rubber room is on standby...

Semiformalishmaybe

John Cleese on Politics, expanded

I recently posted (I think?) a link to John Cleese being funny and insightful on politics. It turns out that that was a slightly reworked small subset of a much longer bit. The thing about politics is that it's an emergent part of human nature - watch this thing (bear through the beginning, which isn't quite so universal and because it's about British politics it might not mean a lot to you).

His rules of British politics and characterisations of debates, despite all the players being different across the pond here, should feel familiar.

  1. No other party's ideas are any good
  2. Parties represent special interest groups
Note that it is humour on behalf of a political party/alliance that became the Liberal Democrats, a smallish centre-left party in the UK. Unlike our rather sickly democracy in the US, small parties are typically not useless over there, so they have some seats in the parliaments.