Articles from THE BLOT REPORT
The industry that has sprung up around the hatred of Meghan Markle is an extraordinary development and I wonder where it has come from.
Research has shown that conservatives desire security, predictability and authority more than progressives do, and progressives are more comfortable with novelty, nuance and complexity. If you put a conservative and a progressive in a magnetic resonance imaging machine and present them with identical images, you would see differences in their brain, especially in the areas that process social and emotional information.
This feels a bit weird, and astonishes me a bit. I never thought this is where I’d be after one month short of six years; having written one thousand essays, items or articles on this blog. There were actually 1,005 published here when I posted my 1,000th, as other people had written 5 of them.
The more I started looking around for information to an article I am writing, I eventually realised that one of the things which has upset many in the media was to a limited extent the sort of person I saw in the mirror in the morning. It is not because of my abilities, but the fact that I no longer have to rely on the magnanimity of the editors of the local newspaper, to get my opinions published.
At the recent Victorian election, premier Daniel Andrews led the Labor Party to a victory, retaining majority government1. After it became clear, from assorted opinion polls, that it was unlikely the Liberal Party would win the election, and when that indeed came to pass, assorted cookers asserted that the election was fraudulent2.
A funny thing happened on the social media site, Mastodon. Someone made a comment about the name of the site and illustrated not a Mastodon, but a Mammoth. This was pointed out to them by someone in the know. How you tell the difference, I didn’t know, so I thought I’d have a crack at finding out, as well as how they relate to modern elephants.