Wednesday, 9 September 2009

This is impressive.

Safe(ish), clean drinking water. For nearly no money. With nearly no national infrastructure.

Sometimes, I love being me, just because I can see this sort of thing happening.

I'm editing this to note it doesn't remove some contaminants, but it gets rid of biological hazards. So still wow.
I disagree with many things he says, and much of his approach to life. But the Devil's Kitchen has come up with a fantastic quote.

Talking about the growing campaign against heavy or hard drinking, and a paper published on what to do about it.

In order to reduce alcohol consumption among young people, the level of excise paid on alcohol should be increased


Suck. My. Balls.

Mr Kitchen, sometimes you're right on the money.

Hey, possible-readers. Did you know you're being lied to by the state for your own good? By the time that people say you should be taxing something to reduce its use, there's probably something wrong with your model. There are people in it - you're infected!

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

What to do now?

I'm having a problem now. I can just about keep track of who and what things are. I understand some big basic stuff. But I have severe trouble deciding what is important and what is not. For example; Lockerbie. I don't have a strong opinion, and I suspect it's because I'm scared to put forth the opinion that I do have strongly and with conviction. But I'm scared to do that because I really rather like living in my comfortable world. So my next challenge to myself is to take up a cause. It doesn't have to be one I can make a significant difference to. To stick with the above example, I'm not going to have any luck where the US secretary of state failed, or where 1.5 appeals didn't make any difference. But I could educate people who kvetch about the release. That's a difference as far as someone thinking goes.

And a short story here. I was in a park in Brighton recently, and two girls (sisters, in pink) were arguing over who got to be the princess. By the time I left them, one of them was still uselessly insisting that she could be the princess. The other one had a strange smile on her face and was thinking about being Prince Charming, instead of being rescued by him. Now that's a difference for feminism.

So if I have any readers, feel free to suggest things I should look into and/or get behind. I don't want to be a middle-class statistic, but I don't know what I can do. And no, I won't just be waiting for input. I'll be thinking (and I hope doing) as well.