Why the UK Prime Minister is right to display utter contempt for voters

For anyone vaguely curious about what happens to a country after it commits an irreparable act of national suicide, the present antics occupying the post-Brexit British press are instructive. To summarize: while the UK government (and the ever-obedient media) was telling everyone that only by remaining in isolation at home…

One idea that can’t work, and one that would work

If there’s one iconic image nearly every sci-fi fan has imbued at some point, it’s the image of a huge rotating space station orbiting some suitably photogenic planet. For those sci-fi fans who understand that the “artificial gravity” of Star Trek, Star Wars, and countless other cowboys-in-space entertainments is totally…

After Russia invades Ukraine and installs a puppet regime, then what?

Western politicians certainly can’t say that they weren’t warned well in advance. The USA has for several years now been telling Germany that its over-reliance on Russian gas makes it supremely vulnerable to Russian manipulation, and that’s even before we take into account the fact the Kremlin has done a…

Fairy stories are for children. Reality requires a more adult mindset

All the horrors of the world have been created by people convinced they are acting righteously. History is full of barbarisms and inhumanities, all perpetrated by those who imagined themselves to be a force for good.

Although fiction presents us with scheming villains in underground lairs, stroking felines while dreaming…

Altos Labs bursts onto the scene with a $3 billion Series A round and re-ignites the quest for life extension

Every decade or so, a fabulously wealthy person looks in the mirror and thinks, “I’ve got everything any human being could desire: billions of dollars in the bank, enormous mansions, private jet aircraft at my disposal, superyachts that cost more than the annual GDP of many countries, and sycophants clinging…

Another case of hype versus real-world facts

In recent days the news media has been full of gloriously sensationalist reportage regarding the standoff between wireless network providers and airline companies. According to the US airlines (United, Delta, Southwest, etc.) …

Why things will continue to get worse over the coming decade.

For nearly all of our evolutionary history, we humans were a marginal species with a limited lifespan, operating in a world full of exogenous dangers. As such, we adapted to the pressures acting upon us. Our brains, and therefore our feelings and behaviors, are all adapted to handle the circumstances…

How we fixate on imaginary threats and thereby create enormous and entirely unnecessary harms

In 1970, in order to give Earth Day some psychological punch, someone adapted Oliver Hazard Perry’s famous words given in his Report after the battle of Lake Erie (“we have met the enemy and they are ours”) to suit contemporary needs; the new phrase was later adopted by the cartoonist…

How to avoid NYE failure syndrome

We all know the classic story: remorseful people who’ve eaten and drunk far too much over the holidays promise themselves they’ll adopt better habits in the year to come. Earnestly they make their resolutions, fully intending to carry them out. …

A history of the future post-2024

In 2024, US voters will elect Donald J. Trump as President and thanks to the uniquely wonderful Electoral College system, Trump will win not only the popular vote (77 million to 68 million) but sweep the board when it comes to Electoral College votes.

Trump will lose no time and…

Allan Milne Lees

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