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Forum: Futurists & Theorists 12-02-2015
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Posted By Backwards Observer
go fish

How are emerging complex situations going to be effectively addressed when there seems to be an insistence that the power of the narrative is derived from its (almost uniformly binary) simplicity?
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 12-02-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 27,114
Posted By Backwards Observer
hopeless

Okay then, but it's good to know that people who can kill half a million of their neighbours can still be considered relaxed.



Yeah, I kinda doubt that.
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 12-02-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 27,114
Posted By Backwards Observer
huh?

Maybe I misunderstand, but are you referring to Indonesia where they mellowed out on Konfrontasi and relaxingly killed over half a million people in 1965?

Indonesia - Malaysia confrontation...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 12-02-2015
Replies: 67
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Posted By Backwards Observer
grandmother meets egg

Hey, that's great info. My Chinese family have been living in Malaysia since our grandfather came over in the 1890's 'cos apparently he was too much of a slacker to make it in bad old China. He did...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 12-01-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 27,114
Posted By Backwards Observer
don't decapitate me abang

Here's another view of the Bersih thing mentioned above that seems to play down the Islamophobia angle, 'cos turns out it's actually only about pride. That's a relief :):



Thousands of ethnic...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 12-01-2015
Replies: 67
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Posted By Backwards Observer
when the going gets tough, the tough go chopping

Incidentally, re: your link, this is what ye olde culture wars sometimes look like where talk shows have yet to catch on:)
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Forum: Futurists & Theorists 12-01-2015
Replies: 67
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Posted By Backwards Observer
the mountains of madness

So true about reading! I barely remember anything about any books I read, I think that makes me more informed. I'm about halfway though "History of God" and all I can recall so far is El Shaddai and...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 11-30-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 27,114
Posted By Backwards Observer
oh you

Please explain. I certainly wouldn't want to be mislead by someone with some kinda tenuously cobbled together narrative or self-serving crackpot agenda or whatever:)
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 11-25-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 27,114
Posted By Backwards Observer
if 6 was 9

The History of Hell (http://www.amazon.com/History-Hell-Alice-K-Turner/dp/015140934X/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=) by Alice K. Turner


A History of God: The 4000 Year Quest of...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 11-18-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 27,114
Posted By Backwards Observer
oh do not ask "what is it?"

Why I Am Not A Christian (http://www.amazon.com/Christian-Essays-Religion-Related-Subjects/dp/0671203231) by Bertrand Russell


The Chinese Looking Glass...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 11-09-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 27,114
Posted By Backwards Observer
nanos gigantum humeris insidentes

The Voice of Asia: The Changed Outlook of the Asian World Toward the West (http://www.amazon.com/Voice-Asia-Changed-Outlook-Toward/dp/B00MU9S2FY/ref=tmm_mmp_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=) by James...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 11-05-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 27,114
Posted By Backwards Observer
regrets i've had a few

Superpower: Three Choices for America's Role in the World (http://www.amazon.com/Superpower-Three-Choices-Americas-World-ebook/dp/B00PVBCF4M/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=) by Ian...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 10-29-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 27,114
Posted By Backwards Observer
out out brief candle

We Kill Because We Can (http://www.amazon.com/We-Kill-Because-Can-ebook/dp/B015D1UQX6/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=) by Laurie Calhoun


This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 10-13-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 27,114
Posted By Backwards Observer
the people are revolting

Guerrilla Strategies (http://www.amazon.com/Guerrilla-Strategies-Historical-Anthology-Afghanistan/dp/0520044436) by Gerard Chaliand


Death In The Rice Fields...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 10-09-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 27,114
Posted By Backwards Observer
systemic narrative failure, cascading epistemological regression

Military Writings (http://www.amazon.com/Military-Writings-Leon-Trotsky/dp/0873480295) by Leon Trotsky


The Devil We Knew...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 09-16-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 27,114
Posted By Backwards Observer
Smile lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate

The Tartar Steppe (http://www.amazon.com/Tartar-Steppe-Verba-Mundi-Book/dp/1567923046/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1442443018&sr=1-1&keywords=the+tartar+steppe) by Dino Buzzati


Stalking the...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 09-10-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 27,114
Posted By Backwards Observer
Ad maiorem Dei gloriam

The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything (http://www.amazon.com/The-Jesuit-Guide-Almost-Everything/dp/0061432695) by James Martin, SJ


Deceit and Self-Deception...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 08-04-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 27,114
Posted By Backwards Observer
a vulgar display of power

Social Sciences As Sorcery (http://www.amazon.com/Social-sciences-sorcery-Stanislav-Andreski/dp/B0006C54HG/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=) by Stanislav Andreski


War and Cinema: The...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 07-30-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 27,114
Posted By Backwards Observer
some are born to sweet delight

The Ascent Of Man (http://www.amazon.com/Ascent-Man-Jacob-Bronowski-ebook/dp/B005BON6OW/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=) by Jacob Bronowski


Anthropological Intelligence: The...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 07-25-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 27,114
Posted By Backwards Observer
half-devil and half-child

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (http://www.amazon.com/Strange-Case-Dr-Jekyll-Hyde-ebook/dp/B0083ZR7BY/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1437818841&sr=1-4) by Robert Louis Stevenson
...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 07-02-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 27,114
Posted By Backwards Observer
a gay place and the fun does not usually begin until late at night

Hi Steve!

Back in the day on the other side of the Pacific from Santa Monica, one of the reasons for callow scribes to sit on the verandah at the Raffles Hotel (buying one ice lemon tea for the...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 07-01-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 27,114
Posted By Backwards Observer
canst thou not minister to a mind diseased

Humanitarian Imperialism (http://www.amazon.com/Humanitarian-Imperialism-Using-Human-Rights/dp/1583671471) by Jean Bricmont

American Fascists...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 06-16-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 27,114
Posted By Backwards Observer
the wee birdies sing and the wild flowers spring

The Innocents Abroad (http://www.amazon.com.au/The-Innocents-Abroad-Mark-Twain-ebook/dp/B004SQTBKC) by Mark Twain

The Steel Bonnets...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 05-28-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 27,114
Posted By Backwards Observer
running with the devil

The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia (http://www.amazon.com/China-Mirage-History-American-Disaster-ebook/dp/B00QQPJXFG/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=) by...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 05-22-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 27,114
Posted By Backwards Observer
don't fear the reiver

To the Lighthouse (http://www.amazon.com/Lighthouse-Virginia-Woolf-ebook/dp/B00DHT1F2I/ref=mt_kindle?_encoding=UTF8&me=) by Virginia Woolf

Flashman and the Dragon...
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