The "New Normal"

UK to reverse “accidental” ban on edible insect farming

Kit Knightly Good news guys, UK companies will soon be free to start producing and selling several species of “edible insects” again. Apparently, one effect of Brexit is that the UK no longer belonged to the European Union’s “novel foods” programme, which approved many varieties of insects for human consumption. Because of this the farming …

Denial and Intolerance: Strange Bedfellows

Todd Hayen Are we expected to live the “positive” life? A life of denial? Are we expected to ignore what the thousands of doctors, scientists, researchers, are saying about the vaccines, the effects of resulting starvation, immune system shutdown, food supply interruption, rampant inflation, fuel shortages, and global upheaval? Are we expected to ignore the …

Nancy Pelosi, Taiwan & yet another fake binary

Kit Knightly Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan yesterday. It was quite an event. People were asking “is this brinksmanship dangerous?”, or “Will the Chinese shoot down Pelosi’s plane?” Protesters took to the streets of Taipei, the Chinese military is holding live-fire drills in the South China sea. …and then Pelosi left, and nothing has actually happened, …

Moscow to expand “safe & convenient” biometric payment system

Riley Waggaman Your Still-Very-Stranded-In-Tbilisi Correspondent mused at the end of June that the West’s never-ending barrage of sanctions might disrupt digital cattle-tagging efforts in Russia. This is probably true in “backwards” regions that can’t boast a single Smart or Safe City—how embarrassing. But it is definitely not true in Moscow, which is lorded over by a dancing Boston Dynamics robot …