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Monthly Archives: June, 2016

Bye bye, Boris, the man who wouldn’t clear up his own mess | Marina Hyde | Opinion | The Guardian

Here comes Boris Johnson, half an hour before deadline closes. He’s going to chuck his hat in the ring like Blackadder’s Lord Flashheart, isn’t he? “I’ve got a plan, and … Continue reading

June 30, 2016 · 7 Comments

Theresa May Emerges as a Contender to Lead Tories – WSJ

LONDON— Theresa May, one of the U.K.’s longest-serving home secretaries, has emerged as a favorite to become the next prime minister. Source: Theresa May Emerges as a Contender for U.K. … Continue reading

June 29, 2016 · 14 Comments

A Lesson From ‘Brexit’: On Immigration, Feelings Trump Facts – The New York Times

“Many citizens, particularly those who have suffered under the economic pressures of globalization, express their anxiety over these changes by focusing on another form of change: foreigners in their midst. … Continue reading

June 29, 2016 · 11 Comments

Boris Johnson: markets and the pound are ‘stable’—- Seriously???

“Are they? Boris Johnson, seen as one of the main contenders to replace David Cameron as UK prime minister, has suggested the worst of the markets turmoil is behind Britain, … Continue reading

June 27, 2016 · 17 Comments

Slowly but surely. Apartment 3 (2 bed/2 bath)

It’s taken longer than we hoped… but we’re there. The rooms were a bit fiddly in this one- very few right angles. In all I’m happy. Mike deserves a ton … Continue reading

June 26, 2016 · 19 Comments

Brexit: The carnage has begun

The FTSE saw losses yesterday worth a few hundred billion. Australia followed suit with losses of 50 billion in shares (AUD). The GBP is at a 40 year low. Moody’s has … Continue reading

June 25, 2016 · 41 Comments

The mood is ugly, and an MP is dead | Polly Toynbee | The Guardian

“There are many decent people involved in the campaign to secure Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, many who respect the referendum as the exercise in democracy that it is. But … Continue reading

June 17, 2016 · 27 Comments

Outstanding documentary – The Dishonesty Project (The Matrix Experiment)

(Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies: Feature Film It’s human nature to lie; we all do it! From scandalous headlines to little white lies, (Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies … Continue reading

June 16, 2016 · 15 Comments

(Video) Anderson Cooper goes at Florida AG Pam Bondi for her disingenuous LGBT position

June 16, 2016 · 8 Comments

The Josiah Effect: How Moderate Religion Fuels Fundamentalism | Quillette

“In both Islam and Christianity, it is easy to dismiss fundamentalist doctrines as perversions of scripture. But the fundamentalists have a ready defense against this charge. When Curtis suggested that … Continue reading

June 15, 2016 · 14 Comments

Ideas worth examining: Theoretical and Actual Violence | Truth and Tolerance

Not everyone gets why I actually like D.P. Monahan despite our differing views, but this may help explain it: “Rhetoric about the deep failings of America appeals to our Puritan … Continue reading

June 13, 2016 · 8 Comments

Christian Pastor Celebrates Nightclub Massacre: “There’s 50 Less Pedophiles in This World”

Pastor Steven Anderson, whose hate knows no bounds, celebrated the deaths of 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando in a 4-minute mini-sermon that cited the Bible as justification … Continue reading

June 13, 2016 · 44 Comments

The Morning After.The Instrumentalisation of a Massacre.

I watched that scene unfold on Sky News last night in disbelief. That, my friends, is the lens of homophobia. Mark Longhurst completely dismisses the LGBT identity of the victims of … Continue reading

June 13, 2016 · 14 Comments

Orlando Shooter’s Father Says Omar Mateen Was Angry Over Two Men Kissing – Towleroad

Mir Seddique, Mateen’s father told NBC News, “this has nothing to do with religion.” Seddique said his son got angry when he saw two men kissing in Miami a couple … Continue reading

June 12, 2016 · 29 Comments

The alleged shooter of Pulse Orlando is named: Omar Mateen 

Omar Mir Seddique Mateen has been named as the gunman who killed as many as 20 people and wounded 40 others at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, CBS News … Continue reading

June 12, 2016 · 49 Comments

Is it really Christians who are under attack? The story of a prolonged aggression.

This isn’t a post I expect anyone to read from beginning to end. It’s more than anything else, an exercise, an illustration. In 2005 the SPLC published a timeline of … Continue reading

June 10, 2016 · 52 Comments

The *safe-space* people are at it again.

For the love of Mithra. The safe-space people are back to annoy us all. Here’s Robby Soave’s take:   “The Craziest Demands of College Kids in 2016 No grades, no … Continue reading

June 8, 2016 · 10 Comments

First week of June at no. 42. The garden, the scullery and fish

The lilies are opening! Absolutely stunning. The weather’s been superb and so I’ve spent much time in the garden. Pruning, cleaning, weeding- and digging.   And there’s been progress in … Continue reading

June 8, 2016 · 10 Comments

Trump Orders Surrogates to Intensify Criticism of Judge and Journalists – Bloomberg Politics

An embattled Donald Trump urgently rallied his most visible supporters to defend his attacks on a federal judge’s Mexican ancestry during a conference call on Monday in which he ordered them to question … Continue reading

June 7, 2016 · 35 Comments

Free Speech vs Hate Speech Part II

Yesterday someone re-blogged the previous post on free speech vs. hate speech with a critique. The critique itself wasn’t unreasonable, although the author basically relied on the slippery slope fallacy. His … Continue reading

June 7, 2016 · 20 Comments

Catholics vs. Evangelicals. Have you chosen to be chosen (correctly)?

The more I read comments by American Evangelicals online- the more I’m mystified by their organogram of beliefs. You see, a Catholic can at least say to himself that his … Continue reading

June 6, 2016 · 35 Comments

Hate Speech vs. Free Speech

After a discussion this week with an American blogger regarding free speech, I decided to do a little research. Apparently the US is the only developed nation which does not … Continue reading

June 5, 2016 · 89 Comments

Donald Trump’s ‘Secret’: Americans Love Bullsh*t Peddlers and Miracle Cures – by Michael Moynihan

Absolute must read article: Indeed, Americans have a particular talent for transforming charlatans, cranks, and frauds into celebrities—and a particular tolerance for fact-free fads promoted by already-existing celebrities. Our favorite … Continue reading

June 4, 2016 · 11 Comments

Post-truth politics: Michael Gove says it’s time to tell Europe’s elites ‘you’re fired’?!?

Listening to Boris Johnson and Michael Gove in the past two weeks one would be obliged to think they’d left the Tories to start a Neo-Bolshevik British revolution. They do … Continue reading

June 4, 2016 · 4 Comments

Transgender bill passes House with unexpected support

BOSTON — Support for the transgender public accommodations bill exceeded expectations on Wednesday as it not only passed the House, but earned a veto-proof majority, something House Speaker Robert DeLeo … Continue reading

June 2, 2016 · 6 Comments

Otherization Part II: of religion, race and sexual orientation

Otherization is not done casually or accidentally. It exists in one context and one context alone. It’s designed to afford one’s self privileges that were not earned. It’s an attack … Continue reading

June 2, 2016 · 20 Comments

From Cardinal Cañizares to Donald Trump to Brexit: The Objective of Othering.

“Social identities are relational; groups typically define themselves in relation to others. This is because identity has little meaning without the “other”. So, by defining itself a group defines others. … Continue reading

June 1, 2016 · 23 Comments