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The value of ancient religions in life today

So now it’s even the nice little Buddhists! Seeeeeeeeeeeee! See why I keep saying creating a hierarchy of which religion is least rubbish is pointless? All it does is give … Continue reading

September 6, 2017 · 23 Comments

1967 to 2017 = 50 years

Found this the other day. Amusing or what? 50 years ago this Agendist’s grandfather was presenting to the world the first long term injectable contraceptive. I’m not entirely sure why … Continue reading

July 30, 2017 · 19 Comments

Daniel Douglas: Jordan Peterson is The Professor Who Teaches You How to Save Your Father from the Belly of the Beast

Hello, Everyone Here’s a very interesting blog, and an even more interesting (and thoughtful) discussion. Some of you are interested in gender issues, others in classical liberalism, others in civil … Continue reading

July 18, 2017 · 32 Comments

Cultural Oddities: Slave Jewellery

Isn’t that an extraordinary picture? All that jewellery you see, it’s gold. Solid gold. Salvador was the birthplace of slave jewellery. I think the concept doesn’t exist in any other … Continue reading

June 23, 2017 · 6 Comments

From the Rescuer to the Aggressor – understanding the 10 types of human | Science | The Guardian

“Dias tells the story of human behaviour through 10 tropes. The Kinsman will protect his or her own gene pool at the expense of any other. It’s illustrated in the … Continue reading

June 19, 2017 · 33 Comments

Progress in the bathroom

We’re halfway there. The tub is in place, the shower cubicle is being tiled, the cabinet thingy arrived, the loo is installed (and it works, which is always a good … Continue reading

June 14, 2017 · 19 Comments

Armand Albert Rateau: Lanvin’s Art Deco designer | Christie’s

Lanvin and the man she chose to design her apartment. “Armand Albert Rateau was one of France’s greatest Art Deco designers, creating everything from furniture to theatre interiors. Meredith Etherington-Smith … Continue reading

May 6, 2017 · 11 Comments

Floridus and Herbidus but not Fruitidus (well, a little)

and I forgot to mention… there are teak chairs available from VidaXL (sold to most of Europe with free shipping) for just €60 each. They also make 2 and 3 … Continue reading

May 5, 2017 · 18 Comments

Special: ALA.NI

April 16, 2017 · 9 Comments

’tis Spring!

     

April 6, 2017 · 36 Comments

America’s Cult of Ignorance – The Daily Beast

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political … Continue reading

April 2, 2017 · 61 Comments

From Venice to Florence to Mazamet

… Finally settled on a mirror for the entrance hall. Not as nice as the blue glass Venetian version from the other day, but attractive nonetheless. This one is Florentine. … Continue reading

March 20, 2017 · 33 Comments

New & Old

Isn’t that wonderful? I just love de la Simone. This is my 2nd week of microdosing. For a crazy person it’s more art than science. The overall effect is good. … Continue reading

March 12, 2017 · 40 Comments

I don’t know how many souls I have

It’s profoundly problematic that every time I’m confronted with the notion that I’m not immortal, I desperately want to die. Who was that Victorian author who said Germans were incapable … Continue reading

February 17, 2017 · 16 Comments

Reading books is good. Dressed of sea.

because we’re forced to inhabit the perspective of another human being. We should do that all the time. Dedicate a part of the day to that. I’ve never understood lack … Continue reading

February 12, 2017 · 59 Comments

Things an agendist does when he’s bored: This is a Reince Priebus

Well, I was bored yesterday and so decided to make a joke (picture and all) out of the name of the current White House chief of staff . The people … Continue reading

February 4, 2017 · 19 Comments

Prevent Donald Trump from making a State Visit to the United Kingdom. – Petitions

If you’re a UK citizen or resident, you can sign this petition: Donald Trump should be allowed to enter the UK in his capacity as head of the US Government, … Continue reading

January 29, 2017 · 65 Comments

Christianity and the Strong Arm of the Law: Do the religious not trust themselves? | myatheistlife

“The Pink Agendist has a pretty awesome blog. His take on this topic is stunning, and allows us to see how the church set the tone for what they now … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · 6 Comments

Saving the Temple Neuf

Our mayor has launched a fundraising initiative aimed at restoring three of the more important religious buildings in town. One of them is the Temple Neuf, also known as the … Continue reading

January 19, 2017 · 42 Comments

Julia Engelmann (Poem) with English Subtitles (and good ham!)

I was going to continue writing about existentialism today- but in an effort not to depress anyone before the Reveillon, I’ll give you something rather beautiful instead. You might already … Continue reading

December 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

George Michael, pop superstar, dies at 53 | Music | The Guardian

Star who made his name as half of pop group Wham! has died peacefully at home, according to his publicist Source: George Michael, pop superstar, dies at 53 | Music … Continue reading

December 25, 2016 · 34 Comments

Twas the night before Christmas (eve- all’s about eve)

Alagna was at Versailles last week. Magnificent. I don’t go to things like that anymore because- because I don’t like leaving the house unnecessarily, or travelling, or pretending I’m interested … Continue reading

December 24, 2016 · 30 Comments

When The New York Times Defended Putting a Black Man in the Bronx Zoo – TDB

Just as the late Stephen Jay Gould updated Charles Darwin by arguing that humans evolved through fits and starts—“punctuated equilibrium”—social progress also is less steady than we would like. Even … Continue reading

December 17, 2016 · 7 Comments

One of my favourite pictures of all time

December 15, 2016 · 64 Comments

The Evil Agendist

You know those Christmas cards they make you buy every year from the people who paint with the paintbrush in their mouth or feet or wherever because they’re missing limbs? … Continue reading

December 9, 2016 · 28 Comments

Racist troll guilty of harassing Labour MP with antisemitic posts | The Guardian

A racist internet troll has been found guilty of harassing a Labour MP with a series of anti-Jewish rants sent after the jailing of a fellow far-right extremist. Joshua Bonehill-Paine, … Continue reading

December 7, 2016 · 9 Comments

What Trump Exposed About the G.O.P. – The New York Times

  Best analysis yet. By a mile! By MARK SCHMITT NOV. 11, 2016 The election of 2016 is the culmination of this ideological era, but ironically reveals its hollowness. The … Continue reading

November 12, 2016 · 79 Comments

The 1909 Strikes

The more I read the more interesting this place becomes. Above you can see the 1909 strike by the wool workers. A pivotal moment in history as it led to … Continue reading

October 27, 2016 · 19 Comments

Chet doing Blue in Green (by Davis) LIVE

October 21, 2016 · 4 Comments

Magnificence: Yvette Chauviré

One of the great ballerinas (certainly one of my favourites) of the 20th century died today at the age of 99. Here she is as the Dying Swan.  

October 20, 2016 · 11 Comments

Racial identity is a biological nonsense, says Reith lecturer

  It’ll only take you a few minutes to read this (by this I mean the full text!), go on, indulge me! “Regarded as one of the world’s greatest thinkers … Continue reading

October 18, 2016 · 42 Comments

Hilarious

October 18, 2016 · 27 Comments

(Conservative) Niall Ferguson on (Conservative) May’s Abbanomics

Even though Ferguson is often a jack ass, this is an excellent article. “On one side, the citizens of the world — the Weltbürger — who are only citizens in the … Continue reading

October 17, 2016 · 17 Comments

Women, Business and the Law 2016: Getting to Equal (?)

Part I. Here’s a report from the World Bank that everyone should read. Especially before the idiot du jour decides it’s time to dismiss feminism. Highlights: About 155 countries have at … Continue reading

October 10, 2016 · 25 Comments

Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005 – The Washington Post

  On soap opera set, the GOP nominee bragged about groping and trying to have sex with women. Source: Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005 – … Continue reading

October 7, 2016 · 78 Comments

Viral- in this case because it cuts to the bone (in Spanish)

Superb video. Over 3 million views thus far. In case you want subtitles click on the cc button at the bottom right of the screen (right next to the settings … Continue reading

October 5, 2016 · 14 Comments

The Year We Lived Stupidly: Tory minister on what Brexit means … via Pride’s Purge

(not satire – it’s the Tories!) So we’ve finally found out what Tories mean when they say “Brexit means Brexit”. Former banker, Tory minister and very very nearly Tory leader Andrea … Continue reading

October 3, 2016 · 18 Comments

Bakers, the KKK and the False Dilemma – Meerkat Musings

Interesting discussion via Darth Timon: “Let me start by saying that I have a measure of respect for anyone who puts their name to their posts and bares their soul … Continue reading

September 26, 2016 · 16 Comments

The COMPLETE Theresa May GUIDE to the meaning of BREXIT | via Pride’s Purge

Photo post. Source: The COMPLETE Theresa May GUIDE to the meaning of BREXIT | Pride’s Purge

September 18, 2016 · 8 Comments

The Before

A friend from England just sent us this amazing picture. If you look closely, you’ll note number 42 doesn’t yet exist! Its future spot is where I’ve labelled Stanton 42. … Continue reading

September 14, 2016 · 19 Comments

The Trump Mappa Mundi

Courtesy of Yanko Tsvetkov:

September 11, 2016 · 22 Comments

Social Comparison Theory

That paragraph from Marx’s Wage Labour & Capital distills the entire concept of Festinger’s Social Comparison Theory. It’s the backbone of the psychological manipulation that occurs/occurred in communist and fascist … Continue reading

August 29, 2016 · 36 Comments

New Feminism – via Unapologetics

by Agrudzinsky “Based on the newest French initiative, I propose a new way to eliminate oppression of the women in our civilized society.  Oppressed women shall be fined.  There must … Continue reading

August 24, 2016 · 16 Comments

A room full of many loud televisions

All on and each one on a different channel. That’s how my head feels on some days. It’s absolutely exhausting.

August 21, 2016 · 27 Comments

Racism Thwarted Thanks to Social Media – Cloak Unfurled

Burbank, CA – Thanks to a cadre of people on Twitter Monday, racist Ellen Degeneres was thwarted from spreading her divisive, white privilege message to the world when she tweeted … Continue reading

August 19, 2016 · 13 Comments

What would real men look like in underwear ads?

This was from 2013, but as we’re being bombarded by images of athletes because of the Olympics, I thought it would be amusing to bring back. Have a peek at what … Continue reading

August 19, 2016 · 17 Comments

When the livin’ is easy

That’s Mike and the girls looking at Mazamet from a medieval village on the Black Mountain. A tiny, cute village with a pleasant restaurant. The weather’s been amazing. The girls … Continue reading

August 16, 2016 · 7 Comments

A Fine Example of Civilized Behavior – Unapologetics

Among the few things making humans different from animals is clothing.  No animals clothe themselves.  People who don’t use clothes are often looked down upon as savages.  I also thought … Continue reading

August 15, 2016 · 2 Comments

Love him

August 11, 2016 · 14 Comments

Does This Rock Explain Why Egyptians Are Biblical Villains? – The Daily Beast

“… Perhaps the biblical description of dominance by Egyptians actually has very little to do with enslavement and more to do with the cultural memory of the more distant Amarna … Continue reading

August 1, 2016 · 17 Comments

Exhausting existentialism

The girls arrive next week. That’s excellent because their company does me a world of good. They don’t indulge angst- tortured by insomnia- pondering Dorothy Parker’s narrow house. Have I mentioned … Continue reading

July 18, 2016 · 17 Comments

Andrea Leadsom thinks men shouldn’t be employed to look after children in case they’re paedophiles

New Cabinet minister Andrea Leadsom has warned it would be sensible not to employ a man to look after children in case they are a paedophile. Leadsom – who was … Continue reading

July 15, 2016 · 10 Comments

Michele Bachmann Says Jews Will Be Free To Say ‘Merry Christmas’ When Donald Trump Is President!

“He even said, ‘I don’t understand, when I was growing up, everybody said Merry Christmas. Even my Jews would say Merry Christmas,’” she explained. “’New York City, there are a … Continue reading

July 14, 2016 · 13 Comments

Nostalgia

The glads have come up. I planted them when we arrived last year in Spring but they didn’t flower last summer. The colour is lovely. It harmonises the pink of … Continue reading

July 14, 2016 · 15 Comments

Trump’s VP Pick Mike Pence a Homophobe | Prometheus Unbound

Trump’s likely VP pick is homophobe Mike Pence. Here he is hemming and hawing on whether it should be legal to discriminate against gays and lesbians in Indiana. Lovely man. … Continue reading

July 12, 2016 · 12 Comments

Must read: Black Lives Matter and the Facts of Life | Envisioning The American Dream

Earlier that year, a Negro family had moved into our lily-white neighborhood, with a son just my age. Ensconced in their newly built American Dream split level with the immaculate … Continue reading

July 11, 2016 · 10 Comments

Acorn Antiques to return to television with whole new cast!

Low production values, wobbly sets, overacting, appalling dialogue and wildly improbable plots- a British soap? No, the Tory leadership election.

July 9, 2016 · 4 Comments

The Mask You Live In – Coalition of the Brave. The harm patriarchy inflicts on… men.

Video post. Source: The Mask You Live In – Coalition of the Brave

July 5, 2016 · 3 Comments

Morgan posing & my first (Toscana) strawberries

July 1, 2016 · 10 Comments

Valuable masterpieces in UK galleries replaced with fakes | ArtsHub United Kingdom

Seven paintings were replaced with copies by Sky Arts for a new TV series called Fake! The Great Masterpiece Challenge. Only the museum curators, the production team from IWC Media, … Continue reading

July 1, 2016 · 10 Comments

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

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

June 16, 2016 · 8 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sorry Bigots, Your Facebook Memes Are Wrong – The Daily Beast

Sorry Bigots, Your Facebook Memes Are Wrong by Samantha Allen Anti-trans, Target-boycotting memes are all over social media. And they’re all fake. If you see a viral anti-transgender post circulating … Continue reading

April 29, 2016 · 16 Comments

Plans for the wall (and plant identification help!)

I’ve decided that I want to make the wall that’s behind the house a bit more interesting. Especially because that’s where the entrance door is.   The planting is already great, … Continue reading

April 27, 2016 · 16 Comments

Death & Taxes

There was a dead pigeon in the garden yesterday. I didn’t know what to do with it. I was terribly tempted to fling it into the neighbour’s garden or onto … Continue reading

April 7, 2016 · 21 Comments

Snooks

I feel saturated today. Exhausted. Here’s Mike and Ben Kingsley

March 12, 2016 · 21 Comments

One True Ideologies: Sectarianism. I think she just said white supremacist.

The way my encounter with the TERF group began was bad enough- but trust me, it’s been all downhill from there. People who don’t embrace their discriminatory ideology aren’t just alleged supporters … Continue reading

March 7, 2016 · 57 Comments

Brexit: Best play yet comes from outside Britain!

Speaking to the Financial Times, French economy minister Emmanuel Macron has thrown a spanner into the British debate to leave or stay in the EU. Macron warns that, of course, France has … Continue reading

March 3, 2016 · 14 Comments

Poorly Educated Voters Choose Giant Penis To Lead Republican Party

  WASHINGTON – (CT&P) – Businessman, megalomaniac, and fascist prick Donald Trump was chosen overwhelmingly over other candidates by poorly educated idiots in Super Tuesday pri… Source: Poorly Educated Voters … Continue reading

March 2, 2016 · 21 Comments

Cardinal George Pell dismissed complaints about pedophile priest as being of ‘not much interest’

“Cardinal Pell continued to deny knowledge of Ridsdale having molested children, despite attending meetings agreeing to move him numerous times, and the widespread nature of complaints about the pedophile’s activities … Continue reading

March 1, 2016 · 16 Comments

And the Darwin Award Goes to…

Should we laugh or should we cry? Or should we just cross our fingers and hope, really hope this person doesn’t contaminate the gene pool by reproducing? Let’s just go … Continue reading

February 25, 2016 · 49 Comments

Apt. #3, the floorplan

There it is, although not exactly to scale. Apartment 3 is on the same level as apt. 4 (what we call in France & Britain the 1st floor, or in … Continue reading

February 15, 2016 · 12 Comments

If you love animals: The MaxMello Association for the Support of Animal Life needs an urgent hand |

Amazing work being done by this group in a part of the world where animals are regularly mistreated. They accept donations through paypal or bank transfer. Click on the link … Continue reading

February 7, 2016 · 9 Comments

A finished one bedroom apartment

The kid moves in tomorrow at noon, so as you can imagine we’ve been running around to get everything done in time. It looks quite decent. Still need to set … Continue reading

February 6, 2016 · 35 Comments

It only took me 11 months…

…to figure out the weather forecasts here. We didn’t get the freezing below zero temperatures and snow as had been forecast (our low was 3.8 degrees). Why? They weren’t wrong; … Continue reading

January 24, 2016 · 8 Comments

How many days can there be?

“… you ever just get tired of being alive? I’m not suicidal, but jesus christ, how many days can there be?” Tom Segura Tom, my friend, bad question. I was … Continue reading

January 18, 2016 · 20 Comments

Door to door religious opportunism

Yesterday was a mostly productive day. I spent the morning in the greenhouse cleaning up, removing dead plants and planning. I also planted baby bok choy and various lettuces where … Continue reading

January 14, 2016 · 42 Comments

So it’s Monday again. Ricky Gervais, Liquid Surveillance, Social Media & More

  I’ve been reading Zygmunt Bauman’s thoughts on social media. Exceptionally interesting analysis. He says users:  “…are simultaneously promoters of commodities and the commodities they promote. They are, at the … Continue reading

January 11, 2016 · 16 Comments

Late night internet dangers

I know it’s generally a total no no. But once in a while I do it anyway. The how does the ex look now check. This one looks pretty good. He’s … Continue reading

January 7, 2016 · 16 Comments

Lunch at the Grand Balcon

Sunday we went to lunch at the Grand Balcon. It’s been open for over 100 years. The back of the wine list is an amusing page of little notes and … Continue reading

December 29, 2015 · 19 Comments

The best Christmas gift EVER.

So I finally did it, I took my courage in both hands and emailed the pictures of the work on the house to the family who built it… who had … Continue reading

December 27, 2015 · 20 Comments

I’m half fixed + random thoughts

This morning I can twist to the right. Progress!!! Random terrible fact: Every day 4 women in Colombia are murdered as the result of domestic violence. That’s not an estimate, … Continue reading

December 26, 2015 · 17 Comments

All I want for christmas is- not a back injury!

The heather (Erica darleyensis (x) ‘Kramer’s Rote) for the driveway border on the west wall arrived yesterday. 20 plants, 20 holes. It was all going so well until the last hole- … Continue reading

December 25, 2015 · 25 Comments

bad research and the dangers of groupthink | violetwisp

“Recently there was much outrage over the alleged anti-homosexuality law in Uganda, but if you read the actual law it was speaking of forced sexual contact with minors with the intent … Continue reading

December 23, 2015 · 4 Comments

UK growth revised downwards. Spanish stocks fall. Oil & gold at record lows.

And there are more floods in Britain. That’s what I get for reading the news every morning. Oh, and a British muslim family was not allowed to board an aeroplane … Continue reading

December 23, 2015 · 22 Comments

The head spinning Spanish election results

Spanish politics are in chaos! Hurray! There was no absolute majority for any party. Forming a government won’t be easy for any of them. On the right are the PP … Continue reading

December 21, 2015 · 4 Comments

More Christmas in the Languedoc (Mazamet by night)

We took a walk last night to see the Christmas market. The products that were for sale inside weren’t really our sort of thing. There was however a cute new … Continue reading

December 21, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Myth of the Neronian Persecution – Cambridge Journals Online

Exceptionally well researched piece! The Myth of the Neronian Persecution Brent D. Shaw  Department of Classics, Princeton University ABSTRACT: A conventional certainty is that the first state-driven persecution of Christians happened … Continue reading

December 12, 2015 · 12 Comments

Austin Ruse’s C-Fam Conjobbery

First, I recommend anyone who has a sense of humour visit the (anti-gay and anti-women’s rights) C-Fam site and read through Austin Ruse’s bio. It’s just hilarious. One gets the impression … Continue reading

December 9, 2015 · 23 Comments

The face that launched 1000 women running across the street

… in fear of being raped. In case you’ve never heard of him, he’s part of the anti-gay & anti-women’s rights Faust/Lopez/Edelman circle. He also happens to be the man … Continue reading

December 8, 2015 · 14 Comments

Acceptance Of Profound-Sounding “Bullsh*t” Linked To Lower Intelligence | IFLScience

As Marcello Truzzi, a renowned skeptic and professor of sociology in the United States, once said: “An extraordinary claim requires extraordinary proof.” This notion unfortunately doesn’t stop people the world … Continue reading

December 7, 2015 · 14 Comments

Magnificent: Victim Leaves Man Who Attempted To Rape Her Battered And Bruised – Yahoo News UK

A would-be rapist was left with a bruised and battered face after the woman he tried to attack fought back using her keys. Source: Victim Leaves Man Who Attempted To … Continue reading

December 2, 2015 · 22 Comments

Atheism’s primordial problem

Atheism’s primordial problem: time. Especially when we arrive at atheism at an early age. I did pretend I wasn’t an atheist until I was 15 or 16, but in my … Continue reading

November 24, 2015 · 16 Comments

Study: Religious Kids Are Jerks – The Daily Beast

Study: Religious Kids Are Jerks A study published in the journal Current Biology testing the behavior of Christian, Muslim, and atheist children has found that religious kids are meaner and … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · 37 Comments

Schadenfreude-Wagen. The power of the social myth.

I can’t deny it, I’m finding the VW scandal de-licious. It’s a fantastic lesson on the power of mythology and social manipulation. Most countries I’ve been to have some variety … Continue reading

November 4, 2015 · 21 Comments

I think I just heard the word motorway

Oh, great. That’s our local mayor there in the picture leading the charge for a/the new Toulouse-Castres motorway. It would mean people could get from Toulouse-Blagnac airport to here in under … Continue reading

November 3, 2015 · 32 Comments

Landscaping at Number 42

The sprinkler system is in: Olivier has now finished removing all of the old lawn and he’s levelled the land. The border for the driveway is now in place, and the … Continue reading

October 19, 2015 · 11 Comments

Autumn, Graffiti and Other Things

Autumn is firmly here, the colours are amazing. This is on the road between Castres and Mazamet: On the way out the other day, I noticed there’s graffiti in our … Continue reading

October 12, 2015 · 21 Comments

The Middle Class Canard & Debate Manipulation

It’s election season and they’re at it again. Politicians and the media all using the term middle class. That’s become the everyman term, especially in the Americas. When I was … Continue reading

September 29, 2015 · 25 Comments

The Garden, Part I

Work on the garden has begun. Yesterday Mike mowed the lawn as low as possible which wasn’t easy because of the irregularities of the land. Later today Olivier is coming … Continue reading

September 10, 2015 · 19 Comments

Must Read: How to Get Rich Suing For Jesus – The Daily Beast

“While ACLJ’s 2014 tax returns suggest Jay Sekulow does not receive a salary from the organization, the ACLJ did pay $3,323,414 for “legal” services to the Constitutional Litigation and Advocacy … Continue reading

September 9, 2015 · 5 Comments

Mazamet from Above

Just found a great site that shows Mazamet from above. It’s obviously only great because I can see the house 🙂 There’s a very easy way to find it on … Continue reading

September 5, 2015 · 19 Comments

Life at Nº 42: Floor scraping, day I

Calling the job tedious is an understatement. White spirits, wait 15 minutes, scrape, white spirits, wait 10 minutes, scrub, mop, wipe. It has to be done in small sections so … Continue reading

September 3, 2015 · 18 Comments

The Garden

So here’s a quick sketch of the garden, almost to scale (almost because the house is actually equidistant from the side walls, which means I drew the greenhouse too small.) We’re … Continue reading

September 2, 2015 · 17 Comments

Sushi: Surprisingly Easy

Made sushi last night successfully for the first time. I thought it was going to be terribly complicated and difficult. It was a bit sticky and a bit messy, but … Continue reading

August 31, 2015 · 17 Comments

Amazing People: The guys on the train

Here are three of them, but there were five involved in the scuffle that disarmed the terrorist and stopped the attack on the train going from Amsterdam to Paris. The … Continue reading

August 23, 2015 · 10 Comments

Female Viagra? Patriarchy is alive and well.

Let’s get one thing straight, this new drug has nothing to do with viagra. Viagra is a drug with a physical effect. It increases blood-flow and that leads to an … Continue reading

August 20, 2015 · 22 Comments

UK: 1 in 2 young people say they are not 100% heterosexual

“Asked to plot themselves on a ‘sexuality scale’, 23% of British people choose something other than 100% heterosexual – and the figure rises to 49% among 18-24 year olds” Fascinating stuff. … Continue reading

August 19, 2015 · 47 Comments

Katy Faust & the Scott Lively Playbook

If you listened to Faust carefully there were some words that stood out. They were telling because they sounded like they were pulled verbatim from this document. That’s a strategy guide by Scott … Continue reading

August 17, 2015 · 9 Comments

Thank You, Australia!

I’ve never gotten two of those in a row- and separated by just one comment! The map thingy tells me that in the past 24 hours I’ve had 5 times … Continue reading

August 17, 2015 · 67 Comments

The Works. August in Mazamet

The bathroom in the master bedroom is finally nearing completion! I wasn’t sure about a new bathroom in a century old house, but I’ve been converted. Everything Mike chose is … Continue reading

August 16, 2015 · 30 Comments

Robert Oscar Lopez, the man who presides Katy Faust’s ICRI

  Robert Oscar Lopez is one of them, and the newest name that should go on that list is Katy Faust. For the full HRC report click here.  

August 15, 2015 · 4 Comments

The ICRI Sham. More deception from Lopez, Faust, Klein/Edelman et al.

Self-publishing, circular-referencing, creating associations with misleading names with themselves in multiple capacities- it seems no step is a step too far for these people to try to lend credibility to … Continue reading

August 14, 2015 · 23 Comments

My Sincere Apologies to the People of Australia for Inflicting Katy Faust Upon You

  It’s not every day that one gets blamed on national television for subjecting an entire country to veiled bigotry. Apparently the reason Mrs. Faust got on an aeroplane and flew to … Continue reading

August 13, 2015 · 136 Comments

Ideological Poison; A side note on the propaganda and deceptive practices of Grace Church Seattle & Askthebigot

Before getting to part II I think it’s important to make something crystal clear about the anti-lgbt campaign carried out at Askthebigot, and that’s the underlying implication of their arguments and propaganda. … Continue reading

August 12, 2015 · 66 Comments

Ideological Poison Part I: Grace Church Seattle & Askthebigot

As promised I’ve been preparing various posts on the internet branch of the anti-gay Grace Church Seattle.  If you’re late to the party and want some background, you can find it … Continue reading

August 11, 2015 · 99 Comments

Sorry, sorry, sorry

Sorry I haven’t been answering comments or reading posts or doing anything else in blogland this past week. Real-land work has been all-consuming. We have guests arriving from England in … Continue reading

July 23, 2015 · 6 Comments

Isms and Obias

  This is more a question than a post- what responsibility does an individual have in overcoming the isms and obias of the world? I think it’s interesting because people … Continue reading

July 18, 2015 · 25 Comments

Enhco

If I were 22 again and single, I could probably fall in love with someone like the boy at the piano. It’s so strange for so much of life to … Continue reading

July 12, 2015 · 17 Comments

When yes means nai. Greece & battered wife syndrome

I know, how childish. How so very News of the World of me, but I couldn’t resist. The Greeks are voting today Oxi: No to the euro-deal Nai: Yes to … Continue reading

July 5, 2015 · 19 Comments

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Our first friends to come and stay arrive in three weeks! Actors, surprise, surprise. One of them I nicknamed Chimney-Sweep many years ago. He’s from a place called Wakefield- and … Continue reading

July 4, 2015 · 24 Comments

The distribution (for those interested in design)

When I talk about the house it’s probably confusing, so here’s a not quite to scale sketch of the distribution: The green salon, grey salon and dining room face the … Continue reading

July 4, 2015 · 20 Comments

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. Announcing a series on religious hate groups & their methods.

There’s no other way to begin this than with an apology to fellow bloggers VW, CF and RSM. They were right, I was wrong. Here is my public mea-culpa. In the … Continue reading

July 2, 2015 · 34 Comments

Upstairs/downstairs; Examining staff quarters

For comparison’s sake I have to start with the grand staircase. That’s because I think it’s the most shocking example of inequality/aristocratic thinking. As incredible as it may seem to … Continue reading

July 2, 2015 · 23 Comments

Religious Methods: thimblerig , sophistry, legerdemain, chicanery

  If we look at the current crop of religious anti-human rights websites we find a very amusing recurring argument that goes something like this; They start with the false … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · 16 Comments

Canicule, the dog days of summer

From the latin canicula which means “small female dog”, the other name for the star SIRIUS. Classically it meant the period of time when Sirius and the sun rose and set at … Continue reading

June 30, 2015 · 24 Comments

Political Commentary: Why Gay Marriage Has Very Little To Do With Children’s Rights…

Originally posted on Corner of Alternative Thought :
THE SKY ISN’T FALLING! Ok. So unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know by this time that the Supreme Court…

June 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

(The superb) John Oliver on Transgender Rights

June 29, 2015 · 13 Comments

Why Angela Merkel Is Wrong On Greece

An outstanding article by German philosopher Jürgen Habermas: “…Because the federal German Chancellor opted as early as May 2010 to treat investor interests as more important than a haircut in restoring … Continue reading

June 28, 2015 · 6 Comments

Why do people always need a point of reference?

“You know who you remind me of?” is a constant phrase. Why does anyone have to remind anyone of anyone else? Can’t we just be? When I lived in America … Continue reading

June 27, 2015 · 23 Comments

Hiding behind the children: the current tactics of the anti-gay brigade

Some of them are appalling individuals. Creators and fomenters of social apartheid. Others are ordinary people, caught up in the storm, parroting the discredited propaganda of old. Propaganda that’s been … Continue reading

June 27, 2015 · 23 Comments