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Susan on the Soapbox: What Happens to the Eloi When the Morlocks Leave Town: A Lesson for Jim Prentice from H.G. Wells

“History is a race between education and catastrophe.” — H G Wells

HG Wells may not have had a time machine, but he was certainly prescient.

In The Time Machine the narrator, known simply as the Traveller, invents a contraption that takes him to 802,701 AD. There he finds a world inhabited by . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: What Happens to the Eloi When the Morlocks Leave Town: A Lesson for Jim Prentice from H.G. Wells

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Sunday reading.

– Emily Badger discusses how poverty affects people who are forced to use their physical and mental resources on bare survival: Human mental bandwidth is finite. You’ve probably experienced this before (though maybe not in those terms): When you’re lost in concentration trying to solve a problem like a . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Eclectic Lip: The witless wisdom of Shai Agassi

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

Politics and its Discontents: Thomas Friedman on What Being Pro-Life Should Really Mean

Still convalescing from food-poisoning, I realized today that my re-entry into regular blogging will likely be slower than I had anticipated. Nonetheless, as the situation has permitted, I have been spending some time getting caught up in my newspaper reading, and would like to recommend a fine piece by Thomas Friedman entitled, Why I Am . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Thomas Friedman on What Being Pro-Life Should Really Mean

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Sunday reading.

– Joan Bryden reports on the Cons’ latest abuses of majority government power, this time in allocating and shuffling around the few opposition days already available in Parliament for their own purposes. But it’s worth noting the difference between the responses of the affected parties.

On the one hand, . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Tar Sands Are Making Us Stupid

So suggests Thomas Friedman, and it makes good sense to me.  When you have no resources, you become resourceful.