Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

On Castro’s Resignation

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Well, no, not really. The title should really be something like ‘Thoughts on the Occasion of Castro’s Resignation;’ but then people might expect poetry. All I wish to do here is make some remarks with reference to a conversation that I had with a small group of graduate students a ...

The Three State Solution

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

When people say that they support an Arab state in the West Bank and Gaza that is ‘contiguous’ I wonder what they think that word means. How do they propose that the Gaza Strip is to become contiguous with the West Bank? Geography seems to be their enemy here, more ...

Notes on the Social Structure of Third Millenium BC Sumer

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

The People (sag-giga) The principal identity of the people seems to have been with the city itself. One sign of this is the tendency to take names incorporating the name of the city.[1] There is no evidence that alternative identities actually opposed to the city played any significant role in Sumerian ...

Recognising the Seven Buddhas of this Age

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

When the Dharma is forgotten in the world another Buddha arises to renew it. The earliest version seems to have 7 buddhas in this age, of whom gOtama is the current. These are mentioned in the Pali canon in the dIghanikAya (ii, pp 5ff) and sa~yuttanikAya (ii, pp. 5f) of ...

Travels in Asia Minor

Monday, May 21st, 2012

My travel journal is here. It's what I've been up to for the last month or so. I also took a short, enjoyable break in Greece, recorded here.

Where are the Arguments for Constitutional Reform?

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Responding to no public call whatsoever, a ‘Panel of Experts' has prepared a proposal for constitutional reform. The proposal is for the Recognition of ATSI in the Australian Constitution. Given that Australia is hardly crying out for this amendment, and that the Constitution with the very small number of amendments ...

Race and the Constitution

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Responding to no apparent public call whatsoever, a panel of ‘experts’ has prepared a proposal for reform of the Constitution of Australia. The proposal is for the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islanders in the Australian Constitution. The proposal includes these main points (p. 230:) Item 1 Repeal ...

Knowing Himself

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

The captain of the Costa Concordia is accused of cowardice and dereliction of duty in the aftermath of the ship's sinking. In the Guardian (where no behavior is too appalling to find a defender) Bruce Hood, therefore steps up to his defence with the too-usual line: "Schettino will undoubtedly be ...