Author: James Higham

Electroshock of minors

The following [H/T IPJ] is contained within a Draft Bill prepared by the Western Australian Mental Health Commission: * CHILDREN OF ANY AGE TO CONSENT TO STERILISATION: If a psychiatrist decides that a child (under 18 years) has sufficient maturity,…

Topics few will touch

EU wants law to enforce minimum quotas for women in the boardroom There’s a double-whammy here. The innocent sounding “quotas” seems fair but: 1. as most people know, it should be about talent, not numbers; 2. the women waiting to…

Effing lunacy again

Have you noticed an incredible sameness to the type, wherever they are worldwide? For example, have you ever wondered how Harman came to be known as Harbag? If we can get past the initial lunacy, the last bit’s kinda sweet…

Censorship again

Groan: A “human error” carried out by the police resulted in thousands of websites being completely blocked at the DNS level yesterday. Danish visitors to around 8,000 sites including Google and Facebook were informed that the sites were being blocked…

Clarke’s kite shot down

I’m sure many will write about Clarke’s bit of lunacy and many commented in the online news but what he’s proposed – trial behind closed doors – has to be seen in context. It’s a try-on, a kiteflying for his…

Why does no one speak?

Lee Wanta If we take the five banks technically defaulting in late January and utter silence prevailing, then the fake bonds, along with the March 23rd date pencilled into many diaries, to which a regular at my place, Wolfie, a…

The line in the sand

At some stage you’ll have to face a dilemma if you’re still of working age and not in some sinecure you worked hard to get. That dilemma is summed up in the Mother Jones article on production line work: “Leave…

Australians never learn

A poll in the conservative press Interesting fight downunder. Comrade Gillard just does not cut it with the public – she’s hopeless and does not know how to address key concerns of Australians. A recent poll, which brought on this…

True memories or false?

AK Haart, in his article “It doesn’t even have to be true“, writes: Climate change is a good example of an obviously false mainstream narrative damaged by persistent blogging. Very much so and his heading follows from that statement.  The…

Time to fight back on education

Alfin: Modern societies tend to shelter children from experiences and responsibilities which would be invaluable training for the future. Most of us live in a risk-aversive culture which protects children from “dangerous” learning situations which might eventually save their lives…

Copyright again

Aw, couldn’t have happened to a nicer company: The British Journal of Photography (BJP) brings us yet another story of aggressive assertion of copyright wreaking harm on artists — the very people it allegedly empowers. It concerns some photos in…