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Monthly Archives: May, 2016

Man in dress and funny hat says gender equality is biggest threat to civilization in all human history.

Mithra help us all! Cardinal Cañizares of Valencia, sporting his white muumuu and a hat which doubles as a lightning rod, has been bestowing his senility on anyone willing to listen. His current bugbears are … Continue reading

May 30, 2016 · 114 Comments

Did the Devil Really Write This Bible?  Candida Moss on the Codex Gigas

“It’s not just the scale of the book that make it unusual, but also its contents. In addition to the Vulgate (the Latin version of the Bible), it contains a … Continue reading

May 29, 2016 · 8 Comments

Tomatoes and other green things

Starting the tomatoes early this year was a good idea. Some of the Russian ones are already at about an inch in diameter. I’ve been tidying up the greenhouse. The peonies … Continue reading

May 28, 2016 · 10 Comments

Almost as difficult to get rid of as the super-gonorrhea her husband got at ex-gay camp!

The title is a joke, obviously; I say this for legal reasons 🙂 She’s baa-aack. Yesterday I was given the news that Katy Faust of Grace Church Seattle was back … Continue reading

May 27, 2016 · 38 Comments

An Espalier of Citrus- and gardening in May

From the Italian spalliera (something to rest on). You take a tree and you train it flat. If done well it can look really extraordinary. Here’s an apple tree: Last year … Continue reading

May 26, 2016 · 23 Comments

Ollie Dabbous at Sotheby’s

From: Anna Pinkney Sent: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 6:25 PM Subject: Dabbous Pop-Up Restaurant at Sotheby’s DABBOUS AT SOTHEBY’S A celebration of all things British: In a one-off experience that … Continue reading

May 25, 2016 · 4 Comments

This is how propaganda works: Donald Trump’s Worthless Real Estate Math 

…In his presidential disclosure Trump valued the golf course and its massive clubhouse at more than $50 million. In tax documents Trump valued the same property at just $1.35 million… … Continue reading

May 25, 2016 · 8 Comments

Yanis Varoufakis: Australia’s negative gearing is ‘scandalous’ | World news | The Guardian

Negative gearing – a tax minimisation strategy for property investors – has become a key campaign issue this year. The Labor opposition is promising to end negative gearing on existing … Continue reading

May 25, 2016 · 7 Comments

The internet was the great equalizer- until it wasn’t.

Have you noticed the change? It’s happened on Google, Ebay, Amazon and basically everywhere you turn on the internet. When you type things in- you no longer get the results … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · 12 Comments

The Hilarious Story of the Palmarian Church

Origins: “In March 1968, four Spanish schoolgirls (only known as Ana, Josefa, Rafaela and Ana María) stated they saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary by a little tree on … Continue reading

May 23, 2016 · 15 Comments

Christie’s NY: The Joan Rivers Sale

“As the first female host of a late night network television talk show, well-known for her co-hosting of E!’s Fashion Police and her acerbic but honest and clever remarks, the … Continue reading

May 19, 2016 · 10 Comments

How People Become Atheists 2: A White Tower Comic

Originally posted on White Tower Musings:
Zande, Ark, Sirius, Mak, Claire, ClubS, Meeka, Pontificator, KJ, Dr., Cara and everyone else… have a look at this guy’s stuff. He’s clever. White Tower Musings View original post

May 18, 2016 · 3 Comments

Brexit: The EU’s “red tape”?

A constant refrain of the out campaigners seems to be the EU’s red tape and how Europe interferes with British law. On occasion they go on to say the UK … Continue reading

May 18, 2016 · 19 Comments

The imbecility goes on: Pseudo-feminists and a new angle?

First they proposed a solution to a nonexistent problem: let’s stop trans women using women’s bathrooms to stop the attacks that have never happened. Ever. And this week they’re back … Continue reading

May 16, 2016 · 61 Comments

Ukrainians, Castles & Eurovision

Guests have come and gone. They’re now back in den Haag and Kiev. After the exhaustion of cleaning was over, I had a fantastic time. We took them to visit the chateau … Continue reading

May 16, 2016 · 9 Comments

Roy Moore may be removed from AL Supreme Court!!!

“The Southern Poverty Law Center continues its quest to remove Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore from the bench. Today they moved one step closer. The Alabama Judicial Inquiry … Continue reading

May 7, 2016 · 3 Comments

Why do (some) online plant sellers lie through their teeth?

I’ve been looking for Indigoletta rose to buy and grow on the garage. It’s a rose with a very fine, delicate colour (see above.) Looking online, again and again, I … Continue reading

May 4, 2016 · 17 Comments

Hilarious: How to become Parisian in one hour

Comedian Olivier Giraud explains (amongst other things) the differences between dealing with a shop attendant in America versus one in Paris. Vid is in English (only 4 minutes.)  

May 4, 2016 · 8 Comments

How the Kleptocrats’ $12 Trillion Heist Helps Keep Most of the World Impoverished – The Daily Beast

An investigative economist has crunched 45 years of official statistics to discover just how much kleptocrats have plundered from 150 mostly poor nations. Full text: How the Kleptocrats’ $12 Trillion … Continue reading

May 3, 2016 · 9 Comments

Rhododendron in flower

Isn’t that a wonderful colour? I think I’m going to get more of it. I spent the morning planting hostas under the camellias. When they arrived this morning I panicked. … Continue reading

May 3, 2016 · 35 Comments

The Brainwashing of My Dad + Pick a dictator, any dictator.

Yesterday I watched The Brainwashing Of My Dad. It’s a film about the rise and socio-cultural effects of right-wing media in the United States (Fox, Limbaugh etc.) It’s interesting but comes … Continue reading

May 2, 2016 · 14 Comments