Trident A Pointless Toy

With the presence of the SNP and now the Corbyn led Labour party within parliament once again the issue of the Trident replacement is becoming front page news. I have always found the discussion very interesting as while I understand the arguments for Trident as a deterrent and granting the UK a permanent security council position I still fail to understand on what circumstances it would be usable. Could we not strap a whole load of explosive to the various reactors around the UK to achieve a similar end of life of earth result at a significant finical saving. An austerity era deterrent!

I think the first point of discussion in the replacement of Trident is surly on what grounds do we see the need for a pre-emptive strike system. While much is made of the strategic benefit of the submarine platform these benefits are generally only useful in the first strike capacity. While Trident probably did offer a significant security benefit within the context of the cold war, it is hard to imagine the use of such weapons even in the much discussed scenario of a rogue state. Would North Korean aggression ever be matched with a nuclear response, I think very unlikely considering the proximity to China, the intrinsic value to the land and the innocence of the general population.

Bizarrely I think the compelling potential usage cases of such weapon system actually comes from the realm of Hollywood, that of Alien invasion and collision course asteroids.

Borders, Chance and Justice

With the powerful images of Alan Kurdi body saturating the press the ongoing humanitarian disaster gripping the various dysfunctional nations surrounding Europe seams to have taken a welcome step towards an engaged response.

I personally was glad to see Giles Fraser article, within the Guardian, accurately portraying a biblical position of accepting all who seek refuge. While there may be a temptation to ridicule this fundamentalist, simplistic answer based on its practicalities, one could choose to ridicule biblical instruction based on its numerous claims of dead people coming back to life rather then practicality of implementation.

Essentially though the instruction of scripture reflects the reality that ones position at birth, utterly beyond the control of the individual often becomes the defining feature of an individuals life. So when we consider individual eligibility to travel across borders I think we should do so with a keen awareness that but for divine will, or chance we to could find ourselves on the wrong side of a border.

Paul Mason on Capitalism Failing

An interesting video by a mainstream commentator commenting on some of the major issues of our time and the inter-relationship of them.

Of particular interest was the statement,

Radically de-link work from wages

Apple TV and HDCP

Recently I was bought an Apple TV which I intended to use primarily for Airplay mirroring. However, as I am also a Netflix subscriber I thought I might as well use it for that as well.

So after logging into Netflix I tried to play some content and got the HDCP content warning reminding me that the world of unhelpful, DRM continues on. Solutions to such a problem include, turn everything on and off, trying a new cable (as its a cable missing a physical strand) or get a new TV. Guess it is an illustration of a time when not all digital cables are equal.

Should I Be Scared of the Left?

An interesting article in the The Independent today illustrating ‘left-wing’ policy positions held by Jeremy Corbyn that perhaps have a majority public support. Many commentators over the last few weeks have suggest that Jeremy Corbyn becoming the leader of the Labour would be great for the Conservatives arguing that such an appointment would make the Labour party un-electable.

However I think such a position is coherent only if the continuation of the disillusionment with politics continues. It is interesting to consider how many of the policies listed in the The independent article people support but were offered no option to vote for at the last election. Often people suggest that voting makes no difference but, a Corbyn led Labour government would be a undeniable radical change from the last four governments.

Personally as a Green voter (in a safe Labour seat), I think a Corbyn led Labour party is far more likely to entice me than the other options.