Friday, June 14, 2019

Ditch the GPS. It’s ruining your brain.

Now that I have called you on your false accusation, you are using additional smear tactics. 
~ George Soros

Stupid — well, there are so many kinds of stupidity, and cleverness is one of the worst. 
— Thomas Mann, born in 1875

If you're going to be a writer, the first essential is just to write. Do not wait for an idea. Start writing something and the ideas will come. You have to turn the faucet on before the water starts to flow.
— Louis L’Amour, who died in 1988

JOHN QUIGGIN. Explaining Adani: why would a billionaire persist with a mine that will probably lose money? (The Conversation)

The road to Adani. There are more hurdles to overcome, and Gautam Adani might have to put up his own money. Continue reading 

JOHN STAPLETON Australia’s Vicious Assault on Freedom of Speech

World’s most secretive democracy. Absurd overreach of power. Secretive, ruthless and vindictive executive government.

MUNGO MacCALLUM. Our freedom is at risk.

Our Prime Minister assures us that the AFP raids of last week had absolutely nothing to do with him. Well, of course not – he and his government are never responsible for anything.   Continue reading 
 For both parties, the lessons of the election are clear

22 MAY 2019

Strategies that pander to the party “base” have been thoroughly discredited, writes Michael Gill.

I am a great believer in the saying ‘money is like manure, if you pile it up it stinks, it’s made to spread around’. 
Theresa May Stayed Silent About Iran-Backed Bomb Factory In London.

 Death on demand: has euthanasia gone too far? | News | The Guardian

You know you’re old when:

In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first. 

You and your teeth don't sleep together. 

People call at 9 p.m. and ask, "Did I wake you?" 

You begin every other sentence with, "I used to..." 

The clothes you've put away until they come back in style... come back in style. 

Things you buy now won't wear out. 

There's nothing left to learn the hard way. 

When happy hour is a nap. 

When you realize that caution is the only thing you care to exercise. 

When you're told to act your own age, and you die. 

Ditch the GPS. It’s ruining your brain.

Washington Post – “It has become the most natural thing to do: get in the car, type a destination into a smartphone, and let an algorithm using GPS data show the way. Personal GPS-equipped devices entered the mass market in only the past 15 or so years, but hundreds of millions of people now rarely travel without them. These gadgets are extremely powerful, allowing people to know their location at all times, to explore unknown places and to avoid getting lost. But they also affect perception and judgment. When people are told which way to turn, it relieves them of the need to create their own routes ...