• Blog round-up for 2012

    by  • January 6, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Bit late to get around to this, but here's a quick round-up of everything I wrote on the blog last year (in vague theme groupings): There have been posts about the history of chicken suits in politics and how Facebook is trying to make us more legible. I went to a talk on the boundary reviews, and in a...

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    Update on designated campaigns

    by  • November 30, 2012 • 0 Comments

    In a previous post I argued that the draft section 30 order for the independence referendum seemed to be giving the Scottish Parliament the ability to designate who the campaigns in the referendum were, a power usually given held by the Electoral Commission (and the memo of agreement says that it should be in this case...

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    London and Gaza: Can democratic citizens be held responsible for their governments?

    by  • November 24, 2012 • 0 Comments

    Gilad Sharon's "Flatten Gaza" article in the Jerusalem Post has been rightly widely condemned as being a pretty horrible thing for a mainstream newspaper to publish (even bearing in mind the Jerusalem Post also published a "he went too far, but is he wrong?" article after Brievik), one part especially jumped out at me: THE DESIRE to prevent harm to innocent...

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    The Long Earth

    by  • November 22, 2012 • 0 Comments

    After reading this great interview with Terry Pratchett I decided to go back and finish this post I was writing about The Long Earth, Pratchett's recent collaboration with Stephen Baxter. Obviously, spoilers spoilers. Basic setting summary: In The Long Earth, someone releases schematics on the internet for an easy to build box with a switch. When...

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    MPs, Haircuts and Debt

    by  • November 20, 2012 • 0 Comments

    The other month someone posted this classic 'politicians are awful' viral story on Facebook,  I was reading David Graeber's Debt at the same time and it occurred to me what a wonderful summation this story is of a certain kind of debt morality: One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut,...

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    Ethics and Consequences in The Walking Dead game

    by  • October 28, 2012 • 0 Comments

    I've been a fan of Telltale since the Sam & Max games and in recent games started to notice a trend towards games that had some consideration of ethical issues. In their Jurassic Park game characters have a lengthy debate about the morality of the lysine contingency, and in their Back to the Future game...

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    Designated campaigns for an independence referendum

    by  • October 15, 2012 • 0 Comments

    Something caught my eye in the draft section 30 order to empower the Scottish Parliament to pass legislation on an independence referendum: In those provisions as applied by this article, references, however expressed, to a person or body designated under section 108  are to be read as references to a...

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    Is Cash for Honours a good deal?

    by  • October 15, 2012 • 0 Comments

    David Cameron is reported to have said to a gathering of donors at the Conservative Party conference: “Look, I have no problem giving honours to donors,” David Cameron declared. “They are doing a public service, in my view. Otherwise, we’d have to turn to state funding of our political parties, which would just add to our deficit...

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