Author Archives: Dave Pollard

The Enemy of My Enemy

2018 photo from the Kremlin website The malleability of the human mind, and of “popular consensus”, is both fascinating and terrifying. At a time when the last humans who witnessed the atrocities committed with the full consent of their armies’ … Continue reading

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What I Wanted to Believe

Artwork from the collection of Nick Smith, “possibly by John Wareham”. At first I wanted to believe that the adults around me were just acting. Surely they didn’t believe what they were saying; surely it was just a big secret … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: June 2020

screenshot of top of a recent CBC headlines page A comment on free access to information: Over the past three months, more and more newspapers and other media sources have put paywalls, ad-blockers, compulsory ‘registrations’, article limits and other restrictions … Continue reading

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Why We Don’t Call

Ten years ago some futurists were predicting that voice-only phone calls would soon be extinct, since video calling was becoming so easy, and since it added a dimension to the communication, and was no longer constrained by low bandwidth, so … Continue reading

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The Perpetual Growth Machine

This is a bit of a Straw Man thought experiment. It suggests that economic collapse might only occur when we can no longer keep generating more and more cheap energy, rather than when we realize that the current global mountain … Continue reading

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CoVid-19 Update #8: By the Numbers

The numbers above are my own second-guessing of published data on CoVid-19 as at June 8th, 2020. For reasons explained below, they may be wildly inaccurate, but they’re my best guesses at this point, based on the sources cited. This … Continue reading

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Under No Illusions

This is a work of fiction. Really.  chart by LA Johnson for NPR “You don’t want to have this discussion.” “Yes I do. I want to understand why you aren’t joining the protest today.” “I’ve told you. I don’t believe … Continue reading

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A Continuous Reassemblage of Model, Meaning and Reality

yet another article on Radical Non-Duality image of human cortical neurons and glia from Zeiss Microscopy on Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 So here’s what I think happens: When a baby is born, there is no separate ‘self’ there. It is … Continue reading

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Some More Wild Guesses on CoVid-19

There has been a lot of second guessing recently about the optimal timing for shutting down and reopening the “non-essential” components of our economy in order to minimize death from CoVid-19 without causing economic hardship disproportionate to the direct suffering … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: May 2020

(Reza at poorlydrawnlines has a new book) Last month I led off the monthly links post with the lyrics to “When’s It Going to End?” So maybe I’ll lead this one off with another song about bewilderment and uncertainty, Bob … Continue reading

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