Facebook is innocent – whoever steered hoons to a flat-farming party is the real culprit

April 9, 2012

Stuff today gives a splendid idea of a technology taking the rap, when something goes awry, rather than the tossers using the technology.

In this case it’s Facebook that is copping the blame:

Facebook derails Timaru party

Really?

Well, someone thinks so, because the culpability of the technology is reiterated in the first paragraph –

Facebook has been blamed for another out-of-control party in Timaru.

This is like blaming the telephone for police being given a bum steer by somebody making a false 111 call or like blaming a tree for a fatal accident when a drunken driver runs slap-bang into it at high speed.

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If an iceberg can calve, will the genetic engineers become involved in future calvings?

February 24, 2011

So what does the picture above have in common with the picture below?

We live and learn, as they say.

Alf has just learned that calving can happen in places other than dairy farms.

He did know it can happen at research centres, where genetic engineers do their thing, and it can happen in the ocean, when whales give birth.

But that’s not all…

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