August 2018

Thursday nightcap

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Rowan Atkinson on freedom of speech

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Tech Thursday

I thought this was pretty cool, even though it’s from more than 3 years ago. Neuroscience has advanced a lot since then, but this is a good demonstration of how to control someone else’s arm with your brain.

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The inconvenient truth about the democratic party

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Why isn’t communism as hated as Nazism?

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Daily roundup

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Principles or principals: Does an oxford educated lawyer know the difference?

“A sally is a sudden charge out of a besieged place against the enemy” Oxford Dictionary definition

To get to the truth sometimes a Sally must ensue.

Maybe I should quit the blog & go work for Golly G

I am dusting off the old C.V because a fabulous job opportunity has come available. The position is Parliamentary Executive Support and Researcher to Golriz Ghahraman, MP

It looks exciting Quote

Working alongside Golriz Ghahraman, MP you will enjoy a fast paced and varied role. The purpose of this role is to enable Golriz to be effective in fulfilling her responsibilities to the public of New Zealand. end quote.

Oh. Oh dear. That would be quite a challenge. I could certainly give her a few pointers on how to stop saying stupid things like asking the minister of defence what he is going to do to protect New Zealanders from climate change for example.

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If you agree with me that’s nice, but what I really want to achieve is to make you question the status quo, look between the lines and do your own research. Do not be a passive observer in this game we call life.

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Green, green, it’s green they say …

Wired poses a thoroughly modern riddle: what links the battery in your smartphone with a dead yak floating down a Tibetan river? Quote.

Brine is pumped out of a nearby lake into a series of evaporation ponds and left for 12 to 18 months. Various salts crystallise at different times as the solution becomes more concentrated.

The answer is lithium – the reactive alkali metal that powers our phones, tablets, laptops and electric cars.

In May 2016, hundreds of protestors threw dead fish onto the streets of Tagong, a town on the eastern edge of the Tibetan plateau. They had plucked them from the waters of the Liqi river, where a toxic chemical leak from the Ganzizhou Rongda Lithium mine had wreaked havoc with the local ecosystem.

There are pictures of masses of dead fish on the surface of the stream. Some eyewitnesses reported seeing cow and yak carcasses floating downstream, dead from drinking contaminated water. It was the third such incident in the space of seven years in an area which has seen a sharp rise in mining activity, including operations run by BYD, the world’ biggest supplier of lithium-ion batteries for smartphones and electric cars. After the second incident, in 2013, officials closed the mine, but when it reopened in April 2016, the fish started dying again. End of quote.

Well, that sounds all very green, eco-friendly and sustainable, doesn’t it James? Quote. Read more »

In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.