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Tail wagging the dog

Tail wagging the dog

This was posted on on 28 April 2022. From past experience my Reddit posts have either been rejected by the moderator (usually wrong sub Reddit) or gotten lost in the morass of Redit hourly Reddit Posts. So I have posted it here in the hope that you can find it.;

Tail wagging the dog

Philosophers of reddit, how can the prevailing philosophy of our time be modified to reduce the increasing prevalence of “The tail wagging the dog”.
Recently in conversation with a fellow train passenger he expressed exasperation following a recent incident. He introduced a talk by saying “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls”. One person complained that it did not include them because they were non binary. He retorted that he would like to be addressed as “Bastard”, but was told this is not possible as it would be offensive to some.
I’ve had several of these conversations recently. We agreed that it was yet another case of “The tail wagging the dog”. By which we mean that the less than 1% of the tails of the standard normal distribution is being used to dictate governmental and social policy. The noisiest is right. It seems only one person has to object and we all have to change our language, attitudes, behaviour or beliefs in order to accommodate them. This can sometimes be to the detriment of society and human evolution.
One of the reasons I dislike some of the media is because they often use examples of the less than 1% of the normal distribution to demand changes in policy and laws from government. They cause fear and outrage amoungst the populace. During the last 2 Labour Governments in England, some newspapers printed several “The tail wagging the dog” stories. I was particularly abhorrent of one about a family abusing the benefits / social security system because they had over 14 children and were receiving large amounts of cash benefits, despite not working. I think this led to changes in the benefits system that not only made it more bureaucratic but also harder for the deserving and needy to access benefits they were entitled to. If that was the case it negatively impacted the lives and well-being of thousands.
My flippant answer in many such cases where I think “The tail is wagging the dog” is my sister’s crushing answer to some of my statements “AND?”
I’m unsure of how my favourite philosophy of the social contract can be adapted to prevent “The tail wagging the dog”. For those whose favourite philosophy is the superior Kant <i>categorical imperative</i>, what should the categorical imperative be to reduce “The tail wagging the dog”. For those who more understand the prevailing (moral) philosophy of our times, how can it be adjusted to reduce or prevent “The tail wagging the dog”. I am confident that logic dictates that it is an impossibility to be able to cater for everyone’s views, wants, desires because some will be direct unreconcilable opposites.
So please philosophers give us an easy to understand and philosophicaly consistent way of preventing “The tail wagging the dog”; while maintaining peace, harmony, cooperation, our liberties, positive future footprints and the positive advancement of humanity.



Hey, I have just (31st March 2022) added another meaning to the word “yoba”; Your behaviour or attitudes. This is a pronoun used instead of “you” . It is used to imply positivity, poking fun, lightening the mood, broadening perspectives and seeking to avoid conflict. The plural is “theba or theirba” for their behaviour or attitudes. Other constructs can include myba, hisba, herba, ourba etc. For Caribbean patois or creole we can have Iba, I&Iba, Heba, Sheba etc.

Such a term or concept is required because in the modern world people are sensitive to criticism, negativity or reputational damage perceived as directed at them, especially when the pronoun you is used. You is very difficult to change, whereas behaviour and attitudes are continuously evolving. I.e. “we’re evolved to experience the social pain of insults in much the same way that we experience being physically hit.”

This was invented after reading the article by
Matthew Legge
Are We Done Fighting?
Humor and Humiliation
What we can learn from Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars.
Posted March 30, 2022 on psychology today.

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Interesting Links

Below are a few links to web sites we find interesting and hope you do.
Action for UN Renewal (ACTUN):
ARC: The Arms Reduction Coalition
The Atheist’s Wager popularised by the philosopher Michael Martin and published in his 1990 book Atheism: A Philosophical Justification, is an atheistic response to Pascal’s Wager regarding the existence of God. One version of the Atheist’s Wager suggests that since a kind and loving god would reward good deeds – and that if no gods exist, good deeds would still leave a positive legacy – one should live a good life without religion. Another formulation suggests that a god may reward honest disbelief and punish a dishonest belief in the divine.
BBC News
BLWA – The Association of the Laboratory Supply Industry:
Biometrics Links:
Books In need of any book(.pdf) relating to any subject/field or topic? Access to millions of books you need, for free. Unlimited downloads. You may browse by title or author, etc.Currently 274376478 books are available for free and every minute, around 50 new books are added to the database. All downloads are free
British Computer Society (BCS)
BMVA – British machine vision association:
British Media Online – British electronic newspapers
(Some) Caribbean writers
Creative Commons – Other copyright alternatives
Department of Health:
Dogpile: Search 10 search engines easily:
The Elements of Moral Philosophy is a 1986 ethics textbook by the philosophers James Rachels and Stuart Rachels. It explains a number of moral theories and topics, including cultural relativism, subjectivism, divine command theory, ethical egoism, social contract theory, utilitarianism, Kantian ethics, and deontology. The book uses real-life examples in explaining the theories.
Edx – Free University courses with Certificate. edX is the trusted platform for education and learning. Founded by Harvard and MIT, edX is home to more than 20 million learners, the majority of top-ranked universities in the world and industry-leading companies.
Federation of Small Businesses (FSB):
Flickr – The peoples photographs
Health Centre site:
Hearing Project – Development of a sound syntHEsis set for AudiometRIc statioNs and self diaGnosis
iBody TV – YouTube
iBodyTVis a health and fitness talk show in which we talk to various health and fitness professionals and stars, such as personal trainers and bodybuilders;…
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE):
IEEE Computer Society:
IEEE Standards Association:
International Organization for Standardization (ISO):
Institute of Quality Assurance (IQA):
LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) is an archetypal model of web service
stacks, named as an acronym of the names of its original four
open-source components: the
operating system, the
Apache HTTP Server, the
relational database management system (RDBMS), and the
programming language.
Examples include: XAMPP ;
LeadTools: (Imaging software):
LIFELINGER – A new ICT-based diagnosis procedure and tool set for early detection of cervix cancer.
Multimap (maps):
National Health Service:
Network for Peace: Network for Peace was set up to continue the work of the National Peace Council, one of the oldest peace organisations in the UK.
OpenCourseWare course lessons created at universities and published for free via the Internet.
Open Source
The term is most commonly applied to the source code of software that is made available to the general public with either relaxed or non-existent
intellectual property restrictions.
Open source software — software whose source code is published and made available to the public, enabling anyone to copy, modify and redistribute the source code without paying royalties or fees.
Pascal’s wager is an argument in philosophy presented by the seventeenth-century French philosopher, mathematician and physicist, Blaise Pascal (1623–1662).
It posits that humans bet with their lives that God either
exists or does not. Pascal argues that a rational person should live as though God exists and seek to believe in God. If God does not actually exist, such a person will have only a finite loss (some pleasures, luxury, etc.), whereas he stands to receive infinite gains (as represented by eternity in Heaven) and avoid infinite losses (eternity in Hell).
Pixdaus – stunning photographs
Portable Applications – that don’t need to be installed so can run off your memory stick
Public Health Laboratory Service (PHLS):
Reddit – Recent Popular Internet links
Sourceforge – Repository of (free) Open Source
UK Industrial Vision Association:
United Nations :
United Nations Association(UNA UK):
Uniting for Peace An International NGO working for creating and promoting a global culture of peace, disarmament and sustainable development.
Vimeo is an ad-free video platform headquartered in New York City, providing free video viewing services as a competitor to YouTube.
Visual Basic code : Free
Volunteering England
Voluntary Service Overseas
Weird News
Wikipedia – The encyclopaedia created by the users of the internet
Mediawikiwiki server software, the software that runs Wikipedia
WordPress ( ) is a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. Features include a plugin architecture and a template system. It is most associated with blogging but supports other types of web content including more traditional mailing lists and forums, media galleries, and online stores. Used by more than 60 million websites, including 33.6% of the top 10 million websites as of April 2019, WordPress is the most popular website management system in use.
You Tube – A video for almost any

Some Useful Websites. On-line Educational Support


*ONLINE EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT* -Tuft University -Univesidad Politechnica, Madrid -Utah State University -University of Michigan -Nore Dame University



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■ AllTheWeb (
■ AltaVista (
■ Ask Jeeves! (
■ Excite (
■ HotBot (
■ LookSmart (
■ Lycos (
■ Open Directory (
■ Google (
■ Mamma (
■ Webcrawler (
■ Aol (
■ Dogpile (
■ 10pht (


■ AnyWho (
■ InfoSpace (
■ Switchboard (
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■ WhoWhere (


■ ABC News (
■ CBS News (
■ CNN (
■ Fox News (
■ New York Times (
■ USA Today (


■ CBS SportsLine (
■ CNN/Sports Illustrated (
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■ FOXSports (
■ NBC Sports (
■ The Sporting News (


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■ kidsDoctor (
■ MedExplorer (
■ MedicineNet (
■ National Library of Medicine
■ Planet Wellness (
■ WebMD Health (

*JOURNALS* Multidisciplinary – African Journal Online – – directory of open access journal – South African Journals. – Open Access Journal Search Engine – Lund University – Free Scientific & Medical Materials – Access & Publication

ACADEMIC SEARCH/WEB RESEARCH TOOLS/REFERENCE MANAGERS – Multidisciplinary – Digital Bibliography Library Browser – Live Search Academic – USA government for Science – Computing & Information Sciences – academic social network/collaboration – Multidisciplinary – Voc & Tech Education – Stanford physics information retrieval system – Social Science Research Network.

Aray – Links to some useful web sites.

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Aray Limited

Using our knowledge, skills and experience
for the benefit of Humanity and the Earth.

We provide high quality, low cost software applications,
internet, databases, quality assurance, instrumentation and training solutions
mainly for small business and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

This is a mobile friendly version of the old Aray Limited website which is available at
Aray Limited has now ceased trading but some services are still available. This website is mainly for historical archive purposes and to make some links available on-line.

You can email us at Email:

Aray Limited
Product and Services

Discounts available for small business
and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

Developing, procuring. implementing and maintaining the most appropriate software solutions for your business or organisation.
PC Software Development utilising Microsoft® technologies (such as: Windows, 95, 98, NT, 2000, XP, Small Business Server, Visual, Visual Basic, VBA, Access, SQL Server, Office, Word, Excel, C++, Assembler, Front Page, Internet Explorer, Project, Media Player).
Internet and e-commerce Development and maintenance of web sites, e-commerce systems, web shops and internet infrastructures. From getting on line, and web site brochures, to comprehensive blogs and on line e-commerce web shops.
Medical Specialists in medical and clinical software such as medical diagnosis, pathology instruments, automated screening, biomedicine, bioinformatics, clinical diagnosis, medical instrumentation, control systems, instrument interfacing, hardware interfacing, embedded systems, image analysis and statistical analysis.
Support and Training On Site PC Software Training and Support. Ensuring you get the best out of your IT investment and keeping your systems working effectively. Our services also include Application development and internet Security Solutions including patch management
Medicheck An instrument for Clinics and Doctors office that performs Urine Screening, Disease Identification and Blood Counting.
Lifelinger A system for use in Colposcopy to assist in the early diagnosis of cervix cancer. Based on the integration of optical imaging, image analysis and statistical analysis.
Introduction to Lifelinger (Cervical Cancer Imaging) Project – London Meeting 2004
Some Colposcopy Links
Hearing A prototype Hearing diagnostic software system for audiologists testing hearing with Audiometry, Tympanometry and Otoscopy functions.
Coin Box Browser
Web browsing the Internet with coin box attached to a PC. The system is designed for use in semi-supervised public access locations such as shops, schools, colleges, hospitals, clinics, and hotels.
Biometrics hardware and software to suit your specifics requirements.
Music CDs of Speeches set to originally composed World Dialogue Sounds, marketed by Aray Limited in conjunction with the Arms Reduction Coalition (ARC) . Discounts available for large quantities; distributors and retailers.

Contact us
for effective software solutions for your business.
Let us help you get the best use out of your IT infrastructure investment.

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Young Engineers – Open Source

See also Young Engineers – Personal Development


The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

There are approximately 10 key industry sectors in which electrical and electronics engineers are employed. These sectors are:

  • telecommunications
  • energy and electric power
  • computers
  • semiconductors
  • aerospace
  • bioengineering
  • manufacturing
  • education and research
  • transportation and automotive
  • the service industry

Pre-university Course Selection
While in middle and high school, students interested in engineering should consider taking accelerated courses in several of the following subjects.

  • Algebra II
  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Language Arts
  • Precalculus
  • Physics
  • Second Language
  • Trigonometry

Engineering Degree Fields

More than twenty five major specialties are recognized in the fields of engineering and engineering technology. In most countries, degrees in the different fields of engineering and engineering technology are accredited to ensure that the programs provide students with a top notch engineering education. Select a degree field from the list below to find out more about the different engineering and engineering technology career paths.

Engineering Majors

Engineering Technology Majors

The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Open Source The term is most commonly applied to the source code of software that is made available to the general public with either relaxed or non-existent intellectual property restrictions.
Open source software — software whose source code is published and made available to the public, enabling anyone to copy, modify and redistribute the source code without paying royalties or fees. Free Legal Software (and music, Graphics etc)

Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. (Share, reuse, and remix — legally. )

Main Sources

Sourceforge search for Music, editor, graphics, Internet

PortableApps” Many free commonly used Windows applications that can be used from removable media such as USB flash drives, CDs, SDcards and external hard drives. User data is stored in a sub-folder allowing the user to upgrade or move the software without affecting the data. PortableApps are NOT installed utilizing the Windows Registry. To remove the software, a user can simply delete the main folder.

Software Environment

The acronym LAMP refers to a solution stack of software programs, commonly free software programs, used together to run dynamic Web sites or servers:

Wiki on a stick with WOS (Webserver on Stick) WOS Mixer

Development Tools

Eclipse is an open-source, platform-independent software framework for delivering what the project calls “rich-client applications”, as opposed to “thin client” browser-based applications

Ruby on Rails is a web application framework released in 2004 that aims to increase the speed and ease of web development.

Java (programming language) Java is an object-oriented
programming language developed by Sun Microsystems in the early 1990s.


Gimp The GNU Image Manipulation Program, or GIMP, is a raster graphics editor application with some support for vector graphics.

Blender is an open source software 3D animation program. It can be used for modelling, uv unwrapping, texturing, rigging, skinning, animating, rendering, particle and other simulating, non-linear editing, compositing, and creating interactive 3D applications

Art of Illusion is an open source software package used for 3D modeling, texturing, ray tracing, and otherwise rendering computer generated imagery stills or animations (movies).

ImageJ is a public domain, Java-based image processing program developed at the National Institutes of Health.


Audacity – open source audio recording software

LAME is a free software/ open source MPEG-1 audio layer 3 ( MP3) encoder. The name LAME is a recursive acronym for LAME

Ain’t an MP3 Encoder, although the current version is, in fact, a stand-alone MP3 encoder.


Nvu (pronounced “N-view”) is a WYSIWYG HTML editor,

WordPress WordPress is the most popular content management system used by more than 60 million website

OsCommerce (for “Open Source Commerce”) is an e-commerce and online store-management software program. Branches:

CRE Loaded
Zen Cart


OpenOffice – free office suite word processor, spreadsheet, drawing, database, presentation

Compiere ERP + CRM Business Solution Smart ERP+CRM solution for Small-Medium Enterprises in the global market covering all areas from order and customer/supplier management, supply chain to accounting. For $5-500M revenue companies looking for “brick and click” first tier functionality.

vtiger CRM vtiger CRM project provides an easy to install, industrial-strength, business-ready open source CRM. It provides rich UI, reports, multiple database-type support,sales-management,inventory-management,etc.

Software Development Process

Waterfall processes – The best-known and oldest process is the waterfall model, where developers (roughly) follow these steps in order:

  • Capture requirements
  • analyze them
  • design a solution approach (search for solution, Tools etc)
  • architect a software framework for that solution
  • develop code
  • test (perhaps unit tests then system tests & beta tests)
  • deploy, and
  • maintain.

Here are the six stages of a typical IT project:

  • 1. Wild Enthusiasm
  • 2. Total Confusion
  • 3. Fear and Uncertainty
  • 4. Search for the Guilty
  • 5. Punishment of the Innocent
  • 6. Promotion of the Uninvolved

Project Ideas

1 Wikis

Mediawikiwiki server software, the software that runs Wikipedia
WOS Mixer

2 Game development
Linux game

3 Create Graphics Mural use Blender, Gimp

4 Create Animation (Might need other commercial software liker Poser £131.87)

5. Create Music

6. Internet e-Commerce / Web Shop

ENJOY! Whatever You Do.

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Aray – Music

The following CDs are published and marketed by Aray in conjunction with the Arms Reduction Coalition (ARC) . Discounts available for large quantities; distributors and retailers.

Download samples, buy tracks and read interviews and more at

ARC Peace Quotes
ARC: The UN and Africa
Nurturing ARC Instrumentals

World Dialogue Sounds, created in 2004 by an African (Djigui Diabate from the Ivory Coast) and an Afro Caribbean (Karl Miller from Jamaica) , is a fusion of Revival Reggae, Jazz, World Music, Drum and Bass, Easy Listening, Rhythm and Blues (R&B), Soul, Tribal, Ethnic, Instrumental and Speech Rap genres. It is optimised for speech (but presents an excellent medium for singing, rapping and toasting) by removing some distracting and overbearing sounds. Created with modern computer software, it features simple loops of many
instruments that require an orchestra or a large band for fine live rendition. The sounds generate soothing, sad, groovy and even party moods. The instrumentals are rich in variety of sound and can be used for discos, background music, sound effects, film moods creation or just chilling.

ARC Peace Quotes

ARC Peace Quotes by Aray – Compact Disc (65 Minutes).

Specifically composed World music (World Dialogue Sounds). These form part of the Nurturing ARC Series. A collection of some music, speeches and other writings concerning the ARC.
50% of profits and royalties goes to ARC.

ARC Peace Quotes CD back


ARC Introduction and Resolution,
“ARC is about resources. Reducing the amount of resources being spent by the states of the UN on things to kill people, and diverting those resources to positive (UN based) humanitarian and Earthism programmes such as poverty reduction, sustainable development, protecting the vulnerable, peaceful resolution of conflict systems and maintaining the environment.”
Quotes on the UN and Disarmament
“Peace in the 21st century demands a shift from the 20th century’s expenditures on the military to civilian programs that safeguard human security”
How you can help ARC
“please be mindful of the fact that human beings are organisms and that most micro-organisms / bacteria die from the toxic effects of their waste products, before their food runs out.”
Some ARC Voices
many others will not hear the small voices of peace in the wilderness of the many sounds of modern life.,
The Spider and The Fly Song
The Spider and the Fly Dub Instrumental

ARC: The UN and Africa

ARC: The UN and Africa by Aray – Compact Disc (74 Minutes)
Specifically composed World music (World Dialogue Sounds). These form part of the Nurturing ARC Series. A collection of some music, speeches and other writings concerning the ARC.
50% of profits and royalties goes to ARC.

ARC: The UN and Africa CD cover
Blood Run Done; Cease, Now Peace – Origins
Blood Run Done; Cease, Now Peace – International Year (“To end a war and gain peace somewhere along the line you must have a cease-fire”),
The UN is in Crisis over Africa.
Track indices are:
Preamble and Introduction (“the UN is in crisis is because over 4 million people have died in Africa in the last 6 years due to the conflicts and the effects of conventional weapons… yet Africa does not produce many weapons…. yet incredibly, not one person has been prosecuted for supplying the weapons of their destruction and death of the 4 million in the last 6 years. It’s like legalised aiding, abetting and facilitating mass slaughter).
1 Give Up Armies,
2 Stem The Tide – End the Conflicts Now, (“Many more will have to suffer, many more will have to die, don’t ask me why” (Bob Marley).)
3 Prosecute the Guilty,
4 Collect and Destroy the Weapons,
5 Effectively Implement Sanctions – Supplies to and Resources from Conflict Areas,
6 Reduce resources spent on weapons (“It also amazes me how some very religious and moral people fight against contraception yet support and even invest in the weapons industry. It is as if the investment in weapons is so profitable that it overrides their beliefs, and the extra people are needed as cannon fodder or test subjects for the weapons to be used to kill them”),
7 Implement UN Resolutions,
8 Reform the UN Conference on Disarmament (CD),
9 Get More Women Leaders,
Summary (“It will be very sad for humanity; if in future historians look back on this period and conclude that the UN failed in its fundamental / primary tasks because the founders and reformers of the UN were naive or mistaken in the belief and hopes that such tasks were achievable due to the intrinsic shortcomings of the members of the Security Council (e.g. self interests, ideological differences, politics, they being the makers of most of the weapons in the world, their need to maintain power and control). The UN is charged with the very difficult task of making the impossible possible (like Doctors tending the sick) – that of saving succeeding generations from the scourge of war. The well being of all is dependent on their success. I believe that despite the inherent difficulties, cynics, politicking and bad experiences of the past; the UN can be more successful in achieving peace in the future.”)
Some ARC Voices – Remix. (“Remember. “with all its” violence, “sham, drudgery and broken dreams; it is still a beautiful world. Be Careful. Strive to be happy” (Desiderata); and Enjoy! Whatever you do.”)

Nurturing ARC Instrumentals by Djigui and Aray
Nurturing ARC Instrumentals by Djigui and Aray – Compact Disc (61 Minutes)
Specifically composed World music (World Dialogue Sounds). These form part of the Nurturing ARC Series. A collection of some music, speeches and other writings concerning the ARC.
Instrumentals inspired by the Arms Reduction Coalition. Re-mixed versions of Nurturing ARC speeches music with additional instruments.
50% of profits and royalties goes to ARC.

  • Some ARC Voices – Original Instrumentals,
  • Blood Run Done; Cease, Now Peace, Instrumentals
  • ARC Introduction & Resolution, Instrumentals
  • Quotes on the UN and Armaments Instrumentals,
  • Help to Advance ARC Instrumentals,
  • The UN is in Crisis over Africa Instrumentals,
  • Some ARC Voices – Remix, Instrumentals
  • The Spider and the Fly Dub 2.

All tracks written and produced by Karl Miller. All tracks music arranged and produced by Djigui, except The Spider and the Fly music by Vamps, engineer Henry, backing vocals by Alison. Published by Aray © 2004. All rights of the manufacturing, distribution and of the owner of the recorded work reserved.
Unauthorised public performance, broadcasting, copying, distribution and rental of this music prohibited.

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