Author Archives: mike

Abbott’s not-so-golden years | Steve Keen | Commentary | Business Spectator

Abbott’s not-so-golden years via Abbott’s not-so-golden years | Steve Keen | Commentary | Business Spectator.     As figure one shows, that’s true – but it’s not the whole story. Yes, public debt did fall under Howard — but the fall actually began in 1994, during the last two years of the Keating government. However […]

Overview: The Bubble and Beyond: | Michael Hudson

From Overview: The Bubble and Beyond: | Michael Hudson. The question today is whether a new wave of reform will arise to restore and indeed complete the vision of classical political economy that seemed to be shaping evolution a century ago on the eve of World War I, or whether the epoch of industrial capitalism […]

The decline effect and the scientific method : The New Yorker

Read this briefly today: In a forthcoming paper, Schooler recommends the establishment of an open-source database, in which researchers are required to outline their planned investigations and document all their results. “I think this would provide a huge increase in access to scientific work and give us a much better way to judge the quality […]

The Debtwatch Manifesto | Steve Keen’s Debtwatch

via The Debtwatch Manifesto | Steve Keen’s Debtwatch. The fundamental cause of the economic and financial crisis that began in late 2007 was lending by the finance sector that primarily financed speculation rather than investment. The private debt bubble this caused is unprecedented, probably in human history and certainly in the last century (see Figure […]

Doc Searls Weblog · Holes in The Cloud

  via Doc Searls Weblog · Holes in The Cloud. … meanwhile “The Cloud’s” promise and reality are way out of sync. Since most of The Market outside our homes is comprised of pay services over wi-fi and cellular data systems are sure to suffer traffic jams as more of our lives require tethering to […]

Hackers plan space satellites to combat censorship

BBC News – Hackers plan space satellites to combat censorship.   Computer hackers plan to take the internet beyond the reach of censors by putting their own communication satellites into orbit. The scheme was outlined at the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin. The project’s organisers said the Hackerspace Global Grid will also involve developing a […]

No Tech Magazine: The Sustainable Urban Dwelling Unit SUDU

via No Tech Magazine: The Sustainable Urban Dwelling Unit SUDU. The Sustainable Urban Dwelling Unit SUDUSUDU 3The ‘Sustainable Urban Dwelling Unit’ SUDU in Ethiopia demonstrates that it is possible to construct multi-story buildings using only soil and stone. By combining timbrel vaults and compressed earth blocks, there is no need for steel, reinforced concrete or […]

Tickle and Hide: A Christmas Detour.

via Tickle and Hide: A Christmas Detour.. We decorated our tree just after Evie’s birthday. The lovely Rossi took photos. And then it was an epic mission getting them off her camera. In fact, we’ve had a bit of a technological meltdown at our house really. Our camera, laptop and my phone have all folded […]

Recording Everything: Digital Storage as an Enabler of Authoritarian Governments – Brookings Institution

via Recording Everything: Digital Storage as an Enabler of Authoritarian Governments – Brookings Institution. Within the next few years an important threshold will be crossed: For the first time ever, it will become technologically and financially feasible for authoritarian governments to record nearly everything that is said or done within their borders—every phone conversation, electronic […]

redhanwen – Artist – triple j Unearthed – free music | new Australian music | independent music

via redhanwen – Artist – triple j Unearthed – free music | new Australian music | independent music. Genre: Pop, Indie Region: Newcastle, NSW Members: Hannah Sunderland – Guitar, Vocals, Other Stuff Influences: Emiliana Torrini, Kimya Dawson, Sufjan Stevens