A Question About Postmatic Comments

I don’t get very many comments, but I value those I do get. So when spam comments get through it’s a pain. I use Postmatic for commenting and I haven’t set comments to be moderated. If I were to set comments to be moderated it would slow down the conversation because every commenter would have to wait for me. This Is How I Catch Spam I catch spam comments with two plugins: WPBruiser and Akismet. WPBruiser catches automated bot comments. Akismet catches almost all of the other spam comments, but it doesn’t catch them all. When Akisment lets a comment…

Corbyn’s Agenda

If you have read some of my earlier posts you might think I have a bee in my bonnet about Jeremy Corbyn. You’d be right: I think I have an inkling into Corbyn’s agenda. I try to be even handed and to judge people’s records on the evidence. That’s not easy. Misinformation is rife in this modern world. Everything is politicised. All information is ripe to be twisted. We in the UK are still reeling from the lies apparently told about what would happen if we left the EU. Would there be extra money or less money to pay for…

Allegiance And Colony Collapse Disorder

I get a Google alert for ‘colony collapse disorder’ and today I got these two alerts: 18-Year Study Links Neonicotinoids to Bee Colony Decline Discover Magazine (blog) … Harvard environmental scientist, was also hit with a wave of criticism after he published a study in 2014 “definitively” linking colony collapse disorder … and Honey Bees Healthy, Taxpayers Stung The New American The problem is a syndrome first identified in 2006 and dubbed Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). It’s characterized not by a hive full of dead bees, but … The ’18-Year Study’ Article The article in Discover Magazine cited in the…

This is what caused The Financial Crash of 2007-08

A small number of people made a fortune out of the financial crash of 2007-8. Among those who made money were Mike Burry and Steve Eisman. They weren’t working together. They each used their own approach to conclude that the system was going to fail. After the crash, the Government set up the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. The Commission interviewed more than 700 witnesses and concluded that there were …widespread failures in financial regulation; dramatic breakdowns in corporate governance; excessive borrowing and risk-taking by households and Wall Street; policy makers who were ill prepared for the crisis; and systemic breaches…

Photography, Art, and Cultural and Social Inferiority

Stills is a photographic centre in Edinburgh. You can develop and print film there, attend courses on photography and design, and see what’s on in the gallery. At the moment there is an exhibition of the life and work of the photographer Jo Spence, who was born in London 1934 and died in 1992. She was merciless on herself and spent a lifetime examining her relationship with her mother and with the way society manages us. When she fell ill with breast cancer she documented what happened and how she was treated by the NHS. She did phototherapy sessions with…

Only If You Like Jazz

There was a programme on TV about the origins of Bosa Nova. As is usual, it was my wife Tamara who found the programme and got me to sit and watch it with her. She is marvellous. Where does she find these programmes? So part way through the programme the interviewer is talking with a pianist. And there is an intro of a few bars and my ears perked up. The pianist is Cliff Korman and I googled his name. It turns out he is from New York and lives in Brazil. Here he is playing Manhã de Carnaval with…