Pumula Guest Farm Blog

Discussions on news of the area, Pumula Guest Farm and travelling in general. And other stuff the queen finds amusing.

Opinion - The case for not punishing drug users

Posted on Tue October 1, 2019.

"Strange, isn’t it, that none of us, when asked what we wanted to be when we were grown-up, answered “homeless, unemployed, alienated from society and addicted to crystal meth”. How does someone go from being a functional member of society to a drug addict on the fringes? What happens in between and what are the correct punishments, interventions or deterrents?"

Paul-Michael Keichel is a partner at Schindlers Attorneys and heads up its M&R cannabis law department. He was a speaker at the Mail & Guardian’s Cannabis: Legislation, Implications and Opportunities event in May

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Can we teach machines to be moral?

Posted on Tue October 1, 2019.

"No, and that’s a worry with the rise of Artificial Intelligence"

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TED Talk - Inside the bizarre world of internet trolls and propagandists

Posted on Mon September 30, 2019.

Journalist Andrew Marantz spent three years embedded in the world of internet trolls and social media propagandists, seeking out the people who are propelling fringe talking points into the heart of conversation online and trying to understand how they're making their ideas spread. Go down the rabbit hole of online propaganda and misinformation -- and learn we can start to make the internet less toxic.

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TEDx Talk - Why you should quit social media

Posted on Wed August 7, 2019.

Does quitting social media make you an unemployable Luddite? Computer scientist Dr. Cal Newport doesn't think so. In this eye-opening talk, he debunks three objections commonly offered up as rationale for keeping that all-important Facebook account.

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Hávamál - Sayings of the High One

Posted on Sat August 3, 2019.

Hávamál ( Sayings of the high one) is presented as a single poem in the Poetic Edda, a collection of Old Norse poems from the Viking age. The poem, itself a combination of different poems, is largely gnomic, presenting advice for living, proper conduct and wisdom.
The verses are attributed to Odin. The implicit attribution to Odin facilitated the accretion of various mythological material also dealing with Odin. For the most part composed in the metre
Ljódaháttr, a metre associated with wisdom verse, Hávamál is both practical and metaphysical in content. Following the gnomic "Hávamál proper" follows the Rúnatal, an account of how Odin won the runes, and the Ljóðatal, a list of magic chants or spells. The poem was written down in the 13th century. Individual verses or stanzas nevertheless certainly date to as early as the 10th, or even the 9th century.
See wikipedia: Hávamál

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