Sunday Mutants 24/10/10

Missed a week, since rewriting ate my brain.

First up, the Iraq War Logs wikileaks leak is staggering, and deserves probably multiple posts. You should be following this.

Reports detail 109,032 deaths in Iraq, comprised of 66,081 ‘civilians’; 23,984 ‘enemy’; 15,196 ‘host nation’ and 3,771 ‘friendly’

(One interesting question is whether this can sink the private contractor model of warfighting, as the leaks are particularly damning of blackwater/xe etc.)

This happens as government and legal attacks on wikileaks step up.

Two on visualising money in the world:

The difference more global equality could make

“Consumer democracy” is rendered meaningless by the fact that a few consumers have most of the votes, because they have most of the money…. The rich don’t just have more money than us as individuals, they have more than us collectively.

A map of GDP Density = GDP per capita * Number of people per square kilometer.

A map of GDP Density = GDP per capita * Number of people per square kilometer.

Two free ebooks:
Focus
The Homebrew Industrial Revolution: A Low-Overhead Manifesto

Old futurist predictions for 2010, compared with what we got

Oh yeah, and this excellent essay about magic by Alan Moore in two parts

…aaaand holy shit, twitter has capped how far back I can track my mutants list; it has grown and there has been a lot happening, but there are several days missing… hmm, may be time to tweak the lists

3 Responses to “Sunday Mutants 24/10/10”

  1.   billy
    October 26th, 2010 | 2:50 pm
  2.   Hamo
    November 2nd, 2010 | 8:18 am

    Damn, man, I’m really digging these Sunday mutant posts you’re doing — I’m finding I’m consistently, reflexively bookmarking them.

    The Alan Moore piece had a lot of interesting bits in it, too. Extremely excellent.

  3.   billy
    November 2nd, 2010 | 1:06 pm

    Cheers. Ironically, there was no Sunday Mutants this week because nothing seemed worth passing on…