The great divide between our beliefs, our ideals, and reality Source: Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think – Scientific American I don’t normally post anything on my blog other than my own original articles and essays… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think – Scientific American
[image credit: Kickstarter, evidently] Sent from the office on my last day of work in 2015. To a much, much younger cohort of coworkers. (And man, that’s depressing!) This is my last day in the office before the New Year (barring any work from home, which I might do to get ahead of the curve) […] . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: An end-of-year email re: end-of-year emails
The 21st century was the most violent and murderous period in human history to date. And with our current direction, the 21st century may well surpass it in violence and war. Have we forgotten the lessons of the past, or have we yet to learn them? Worse yet, not only has war not ended, but . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Lest We Forget: Reflections On Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, and the Current Corporate Assault on Freedom and Democracy Around the World
Trinity Western University has been in the news recently, as law societies in Ontario and Nova Scotia voted to not recognize lawyers trained at the religious university’s soon-to-open law school. These two law societies – like your blogger and the vast majority of Canadians – recoiled in horror at the university’s community covenant (“covenant” . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: How Trinity Western University (unintentionally) promotes divorce
This post inaugurates an occasional series I’m calling, “Economic history in the present”. This series will look at vignettes from global economic history with an eye to current phenomena or particular events. Some will be more speculative, drawing on anthropology and philosophy; some will be more rigorous. Hopefully, both aspects of this approach will produce . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Economic history in the present: Potlatch and tax
Xtians began using “Xmas” 500 years ago, since in Greek, X is the “Ch” in Christ
Around the holidays, some people (not to name names or anything) urge modern society to put the “Christ” back in Christmas. There’s much to criticize about the hollow vacuousness of consumer culture, after all. Most of us can . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Putting the “X” back in Xmas
The “man the life boats and head for the stars” answer to our present human dilemmas is simply delusional. We can and should explore space, but if we don’t get our act together here on this planet immediately, we’re dead – extinct: plain and simple. A recent book seems once again to miss that point . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Are we alone? More importantly, are we even awake?
Dunning-Kruger effect graphed by AddAttack on DeviantArt.
LinkedIn has an “opinion leader” piece from Shai Agassi, founder of bankrupt car-battery-switcher Better Place, telling carmakers how they need to respond to Tesla’s success. Who better to give them advice than a guy who raised $850 million for an ignorant, impractical, impossible business model, then drove . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: The witless wisdom of Shai Agassi
(originally written May 21, 2012. Part of Great Upload of 2013.)
I read a bio of Tommy Douglas recently, figuring as a guy with sinister leanings (sinister in the original Latin sense of “left”, that is 🙂 ) I might as well brush up on the father of Canadian Medicare, and reigning Greatest . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Douglas, Deng and Diocletian
(originally written Nov 24, 2011. Part of Great Upload of 2013.)
It came to my attention that Naseem Nicholas Taleb, who authored The Black Swan (surprisingly, not about a ballet dancer, but about financial crises) discussed other avians in his book, among them the Thanksgiving turkey. Per the Wikipedia page, he seems to’ve co-opted the . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: The Black Swan’s Thanksgiving Turkey
(Originally written March 7, 2012. Part of Great Upload of 2013.)
A colleague once showed me a book by Peter Schiff, in which the author and investment-house CEO purported to explain how the US got into the muddle they’re in.
Like so many textbooks I left it unread, but according to Wikipedia, Schiff believes a . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Sniffs from a Schiff…
(originally written Jan 3, 2012. Part of my Great Upload of 2013.)
Come December’s end, the nervy among us like to review what they got right in the past year. The nervier like to predict what’ll happen in the New Year. Ever the blithe contrarian, I figured I’d visit the Ghost of Predictions Past and . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Whatever foresight is, it’s not 20/20…
The doctor diagnosed young son Leo recently with the stomach flu — which is colloquial shorthand for a condition which isn’t the flu, per se. (The most recent editor of the relevant article on the almighty Wiki agrees!)
The Kaopectate Kid
Our medical professional then suggested we give Leo some Kaopectate to soothe his stomach. . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Homer (not Simpson) and the Kaopectate Kid
It seems like a lot of people are going to extremes with regards to the Mayan predictions – and I mean the skeptics as well as the fanatics. Some are dismissive of the Mayans altogether, while others are taking a very literal and grossly overly simplistic view, and thinking the world will end on a . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Mayans, the ecological crisis and the end of the world: a little sanity please
The recent release of Cloud Atlas, piqued my interest in writing some thoughts about sexual identity. As has been fairly well publicized leading to the movie’s opening, Lana Wachowski (born Larry) underwent a gender transition (“sex change”) a few years ago; and from all accounts, seems the happier for it.
The even-more-recent allegations that Joe . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Lana Wachowski, Joe Simpson and our evolving social mores