Slumbering Albion – Philip Pullman, liberty and censorship

February 28, 2009

Philip Pullman has written a splendid and passionate rant, called “Malevolent Voices that Despise Our Freedoms”, about the way Britain is sliding into a state of passivity against governmental control. “To mark the Convention on Modern Liberty, the children’s author has written this article for the Times Online”, the header reads. But not long after […]


"a nicer fundamentalism"

February 28, 2009

I’ve mentioned here before that I find reading opinions that differ from mine to be stimulating. Of course, sometimes the thought stimulated is “this person is a fucking idiot”. Such a person is Paul Spinrad. In a guest blog post on Boing Boing called “Re-engineering fundamentalism“, he notes the following: It seems to me that […]


Thought for the day

February 24, 2009

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Absent brain matter – a follow-up

February 23, 2009

Some commentators took issue with an earlier post of mine in which I referred to people whose brains are all-but nonexistant, but who are still functional people. Here’s a clear example of the phenomenon I described, complete with CT/MRI pictures.  And links to the article about the case in New Scientist and the original story […]


HaHaHa… a little irony for UK's snooping Home Secretary

February 22, 2009

There’s something about getting a political gig that, er, alters the moral flexibility of the recipient. The position of Home Secretary to Her Majesty’s Government seems to have an especially swift half-life for becoming a totalitarian dickhead. Frankly, the (never) Right (also never) Honourable Jackie Smith hit the ground running. Massives of extra expensive and […]


Making a mockery

February 11, 2009

“Censorship, like charity, should begin at home. Unlike charity, it should stay there.” – Dorothy Parker So the new song by Amanda Palmer has been refused air play by every TV and radio network in the UK. It’s been described as “making light of rape, religion and abortion”. Here it is. [youtube=] Understandably, Ms. Palmer […]


Clown doctors – the cheery menace

February 1, 2009

You see the oddest things in Waitrose sometimes… Yep – packets of rice crackers with clown doctors on ‘em. A charity in Australia , it seems, to provide unrelenting terror to the lives of already ill children. The horror. Still, could be worse… could be the abstinence clown. If you like this, please share it: […]