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Aussie Writing & Letters

Oldest Aussie Technology?

35,000 year-old Kangaroo-bone tools found in remote cave in southern Kimberley
Deep-rooted scientific assumptions about Aboriginal culture are being challenged by the discovery of ancient bone tools in the Kimberley region.
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Aussie Writing & Letters

Oldest Aussie Technology?

35,000 year-old Kangaroo-bone tools found in remote cave in southern Kimberley
Deep-rooted scientific assumptions about Aboriginal culture are being challenged by the discovery of ancient bone tools in the Kimberley region.
Read More …


Exponentially expanding data flows are as corrosive to bureaucratic corporate power as they are to political and public service 'mandarin' power.

All human organisations are, at heart, information control and dissemination machines.

We are now entering a period with vastly greater flows of information and a vastly larger number of access points to those flows.

Just as the relatively small information flows generated by the print revolution dissolved the feudal order, the 20th Century industrial order is being dissolved by digitally driven data flows.

Reactionaries will try to fight this process: and they’ll arrive to maintain industrial era bureaucracies, wage setting mechanisms, unions, etc. But, they will fail.


The living world, all life, is a manifestation of information. Every living thing has a genome — coded information that determines everything about it.

The underlying epigenetic physical world — the planets, space-time — adheres to still relatively poorly understood ‘cosmic laws’.

But, our ‘real’ world — right down to the soil and up into the atmosphere, is entirely formed by life — by the activity of living flora and fauna. Life in all its astonishing variety of manifestations has ‘terraformed’ our planet. So, information is the determining factor underlying almost everything we experience and everything we do.

The digital…


Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Data?

‘Such a thing as too much data’? That intrigues me. You, like every living creature, are the physical manifestation of the massive amount of data in your genome; bequeathed to you by your parents.

In the digital age we are reaping, storing, and using more data than was imaginable even a decade ago. Every 12 months or so we accumulate more data than was generated in all of human history prior to the year 2000.

This now allows us to consider possibilities that were only pipe dreams for earlier generations. We may be able to extend ‘healthy life’ well past…


Fascinating to see how it is slowly beginning to dawn on the ‘haters’ that the Disney/Fox deal is a big win for the Roopster. Fox shares have gained about 60% in value in one month, adding about $6 Billion to the Roopster’s assets.

There was always a ‘Murdoch discount’ on the shares — partly because he was always an outsider — a little colonial raider from a forgotten city on the south coast of that largely arid continent — and partly because he catered to popular tastes. Also, he was always stingy with dividends, so the discount amounted to about…


He’s crazy ain’t he? Dementia coming on? Slurring his words, can’t follow a train of thought, makes nutty decisions.

Well, much of that may be true. He does display a lot of signs of age-related mental degeneration. But, not all of his decisions are as nutty as they seem — indeed there is clearly a logical pattern behind them.

Take his oft-repeated — and oft-tweeted — support of JOBS in the coal industry in the US. First notice the emphasis on JOBS, not just on coal as a fuel.

Now, any sensible person, with even a fleeting understanding of energy…


Eliot A Cohen, writing in the October edition of The Atlantic, says that Donald Trump is ending the American Era — and he describes that process in clearly appalled detail.

But, Cohen, a professor of Strategic Studies, and a leading neoconservative, may be just a little too pessimistic. His detailed analysis of the ways in which Trump’s eccentric behaviour has harmed US standing has to be measured against developments in the world outside the US.

Eliot A Cohen

And, with the possible exception of Xi Jinping’s China, nearly every power contender, global or regional, seems to be confronting a whole range of limiting…


One of the more interesting aspects of this most divisive of political periods is the incredible dimness and resistance to change, of the ‘liberal elites’.

They are behaving in an extraordinarily reactionary, authoritarian, classist, and, yes, racist, way. Instead of intelligently taking into account the various technological and social developments, reflecting on their unjustified moral arrogance, authoritarianism, and many grievous and lamentable policy errors, they simply demonize and abuse those who support Trump.

Now, Trump himself is an appallingly weak character — a blunt instrument as Bannon is reputed to have said. But, the political rebellion he is failing to…

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