Author Archive | Nick Margerrison

In Defence of “Brand Revolution”

Russell-BrandRussell Brand has made a bit of a name for himself by advocating revolution. Seems like precisely the sort of thing we’ve been talking about for the last year or so on The C.O.N.

I’m sure that’s just one of 23 co-incidences.

The music of Zero Friends Recordings features prominently in this one.

The clip of Pope Bob is here.

The clips of Russell Brand are here.

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The Law of Projection

rockwell_mirror1When you express yourself you are highly likely to express your “self”.

Recently I was in a very crowded pub where I watched a woman pushing a man around, she had him by the collar of his shirt and was shouting “you’re pushing people you’re drunk, you’re knocking people over, you’re being a dickhead”. She appeared very drunk as she pushed him into the crowd of people behind him and started knocking people over as a consequence. Almost to the word, each of her criticisms applied to her as equally as they might have him. His only response was to try and laugh it off but the woman, who I’m not sure he knew, then stormed off furious at the man’s response shouting “I fucking hate people like you, you’ve no consideration for other people, you never listen to what they say!”. There, with almost perfect symmetry, was the idea I’m about to try and explain with this blog entry.… Read the rest

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Microchips, They Tend to Get Under Your Skin.

mark-of-the-beast1The UK’s Guardian newspaper has unveiled a piece of new technology and given it a glowing review. Disinfonaughts are likely to consider the kit in question to be slightly old news.

An embeddable chip that has the potential to rid you of keys and instantly unlock your phone is now available on Indiegogo

Keys have been a necessary evil for the last century or so, but what if you could unlock your house, your phone or you computer with just your hand? That is what the xNT will enable using near field communication (NFC).

Produced by biohacking and NFC-firm Dangerous Things, the xNT is the world’s first NFC-compliant radio frequency identity tag that can be implanted inside your body.

Measuring 2 x 12mm the NFC tag is encased in a biologically resistant glass capsule and is looking for $8,000 in funding on Indiegogo to start mass production, with pledges of $99 and up winning you your very own xNT pre-loaded into an injection tube ready for implantation.

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Starbucks, Her Majesty’s Government And An Apocalypse

hand_grenade_war_military_bomb_army_marines_mug-r250b15dbdbaf42dd8d3d721fe95eded7_x7jgr_8byvr_512One meme in ‘merry old England’ which requires swift disembowelment is the curious idea there’s a quasi-religious duty to pay Her Majesty’s Government with as much tax as possible. Starbucks came under fire recently for legally avoiding the UK’s excessive taxation system. In the face of massive pressure from Her Majesty’s obedient subjects, who duly protested once Her broadcaster the BBC made an issue of it, the company was forced to relent[1].

There’s a theory Roman Emperors who declared themselves Gods, or God-appointed, did not do so simply because they were arrogant but instead as a power grab aimed at the religious establishment. In practical terms it appears to have been a way of getting access to the huge booty sacrificed to ‘Gods’ after each harvest. Her Majesty’s Government has much in common with them. Those subjected to Her rule must sacrifice their time and money to a Monarch who also claims authority directly from a God[2]. Curiously though, in the so-called Modern world, loyal subjects will defend to their death her right to be Queen.… Read the rest

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You Are Not Just a Machine

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“A living man can be enslaved and reduced to the historic condition of an object. But if he dies in refusing to be enslaved, he reaffirms the existence of another kind of human nature which refuses to be classified as an object.”

– Albert Camus

All words are simplifications of the thing they describe. This is why it’s always possible to say “ah, but it’s more complicated than that” at the end of almost any observation. Such a statement almost goes without saying and is always irritating. Feel free to pop it into the comments section of any online article in the sure knowledge that you are correct.

On the flip side of this is the phrase “it’s just”. Pop this at the bottom of an article only if you wish to be in the sure knowledge that you are wrong. Almost without exception the phrase “it’s just” feeds a lie to both the speaker and the spoken to. Words are symbols which by necessity are less than that which they describe so it stands logically that whatever “it” is that you are speaking about, “it” is not limited to being “just…” anything at all. Whatever “it” is you’re talking about is highly likely to be far more complex than you’ll pretend with this deceptive phrase.… Read the rest

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Who is to Blame for Suicide?

g_image.phpThere seems to be a growing tendency on both sides of the atlantic to validate the morally complex act of suicide. I’m posting this blog entry to help clarify the debate for anyone unfamiliar with the issues. I am asking people to consider the consequences of encouraging people to think of suicide as a fair response to the world when things turn nasty. Even if the suicide you’re advocating appears to back up a political point you’re fond of or appears to validate the awfulness of someone’s suffering it’s still morally complex to stand on the side of a person who surely you must think has done the wrong thing.

In the UK a number of suicides and suicide attempts have been reported recently as being the fault of bullies who gave their victims no choice but to kill themselves. A similar approach appears to be being taken in the US and to me it is a very worrying trend.… Read the rest

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Why We’re Not Living in 1984: “Orwell’s Oversight”

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“Orwell’s oversight”

Any instance where the establishment’s official line is contradicted by the communications revolution. Orwell suggested a society where citizens were constantly watched and controlled by surveilence technology. We live instead in a world where everyone is watched by everyone else and “the rulers of the world” are no exception.

The following article from CNN is worth reading, as is the book, 1984 by George Orwell, a novel which changed my life for the better:

CNN: We’re Living 1984 Today We live in a world that George Orwell predicted in “1984.” And that realization has caused sales of the 1949, dystopian novel to spike dramatically upward recently — a 9,000% increase at one point on Amazon.com.

1984 is a victim of its own success. It’s a vision so compelling it has enchanted many, including those in positions of power, as an inevitable vision of our future in fact as opposed to fiction.… Read the rest

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What’s So Great About Free Speech Anyway?

Odysseus and the SirensImagine the world’s various nations are like big boats floating along the ocean. The ship’s captains demand total silence on deck, they concentrate on where they’re going and its everyone else’s job to support them by agreeing the current course is the only realistic choice.

Then one of the boat’s captains invents a mad idea called “free speech” where people are allowed to criticise his choices. All the other captains are horrified, from their point of view this was a dangerous choice, it could result in mutiny.

Oddly, over time, a number of other ships try this “free speech” idea out. Why would any of them even entertain such an idea?

In short, it’s because it took only a small period for boats with “free speech” to gain massive advantages over the others. They began to spot their mistakes and correct them. This led to a massive upsurge in scientific development enabling them to build things like factories where they produced guns, tanks, bombs and so forth.… Read the rest

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Wikileaks Movie ‘The Fifth Estate’ and Why It Misses the Point

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The story of Wikileaks is complex and goes beyond the Hollywood world of “goodies vs baddies”. Even so a big budget film is due to be released about it soon and it’s likely to be annoying. The trailer has already irritated me, both the title and a key quote in there seem misplaced.

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” – Oscar Wilde

Quoting a famous figure doesn’t make what you’re saying any more or less true and poor Mr Wilde is so famously quotable he often ends up looking wrong when de-contextualised like this. People don’t always tell the truth when granted anonymity, obviously. In fact there’s a counter argument to this quote which carries more weight in this context, it involves the ring of Gyges a philosopher called Plato and the fact that when hidden from view people often do the wrong thing.… Read the rest

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The Millitary Should Only Ever Be Used After a Referendum.

cards_warisnothealthy_detail“I ain’t got no quarrel with the Vietcong… no Vietcong ever called me ‘Nigger'” – Muhammed Ali

Catholics and Protestants still continue to fight in Ireland, divisons sewn by religion are driven with a supernatural force many cannot understand. Alike to this conflict is the dissagreement between the two major factions within Islam, the Shia and Sunni Muslims. In Syria the most extreme forms are fighting each other and, for reasons even my old LBC (a London talk-radio station) collegue Iain Dale is at a loss to fathom, it looks like the UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron wants to follow Obama’s lead and draw us into it. Earlier last week the US announced it was to get involved on the side of the rebels.

“the White House announced on Thursday .. America would provide ‘military support’ for the Supreme Military Council (SMC) after tests confirmed that Bashar al-Assad’s regime had killed up to 150 people with sarin, the lethal chemical weapon.”

These plans to support rebels fighting against the current administration would effectively place us on the side of Sunni Muslims fighting and killing Shia.

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