A discussion of (possibly a rant about) ID

But not cards, for a change. I was listening to a programme (essentially a religious one) on Radio 4 recently, about 'Intelligent' Design (ID).It was the second time that day that I had heard SETI pulled in to support ID. The thesis seems to be that, since SETI searches for meaningful information hidden within random…

That about wraps it up for freedom

Start saying goodbye, then, to civil liberties in this country. Oh, maybe not now, and maybe not even that soon; but when the identity cards bill is passed, and the database has been built 1 then the infrastructure will be in place for the world's largest ever experiment in social control. We already have near-ubiquitous…

Drink, Sex and Elections

How quickly do events overrun the tardy blogger.  A few weks ago, when Charles Kennedy went public about his drinking, I started writing a piece about him, and his revelations' potential effect on the Liberal Democrats.  I didn't post it that day, and by the following evening things had changed so dramatically that what I…

The Rocky Pogue to Brixton

This was written before Christmas, and is only being posted now.  Such is... something.  My ability to get things done, probably. The Brixton Academy oozes rock 'n' roll history from its very walls; and a lot of that history is — or closely mirrors — my own. I saw my first London gig there: The…

Freedom Tickling

Went to see Jon Stewart of The Daily Show on Sunday. He was doing one night in London, with, as it turned out, the executive producer and the head writer of the show. It was good, though it could cynically be seen as an extended advert for their book, America: The Book. The largest part…