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Random Thoughts (X): Religious Terrorism and Sexual Terrorism

Random Thoughts (X): Religious Terrorism and Sexual Terrorism

Terror or Prudence?

Does integration work by magic? Continue Reading

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Pascal’s Wager or Professor Smiggles’s Wager? New Angle on an Old Controversy

Pascal’s Wager or Professor Smiggles’s Wager? New Angle on an Old Controversy

Pascal’s wager is an old and controversial idea found among some Christians. Continue Reading

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Google Analytics for Satirists (I): Demographics and Facebook Ads

Google Analytics for Satirists (I): Demographics and Facebook Ads

If you run a satire site, Google Analytics is very handy.

Today, I’m going to remind you about something very important for those of you who run Facebook Ads for your satire site. Continue Reading

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Satirists & Creators: Make Sure Social Media is a Secondary Consideration!

Satirists & Creators: Make Sure Social Media is a Secondary Consideration!

I’ve been reading up a bit, and I’ve decided that I agree with what people are saying.

Social media has serious disadvantages. Continue Reading

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Why Why Do Marxists Oppose Secularism? (III: Common Ground & Scorched Earth)

Why Why Do Marxists Oppose Secularism? (III: Common Ground & Scorched Earth)

Ideal Correspondence, Corresponding Ideals

Convergence of ideas on some key issues: Continue Reading

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Why Do Marxists Oppose Secularism? (II: New Slaves, New Strategy)

Why Do Marxists Oppose Secularism? (II: New Slaves, New Strategy)

Yesterday, I briefly introduced Sean Matgamna, and the Marxist betrayal of secularism.

Here is a brief discussion of some possible reasons for the Marxist collaboration with Alt-Islam. Continue Reading

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Why Do Marxists Oppose Secularism? (I: Who Betrayed Marxism?)

Why Do Marxists Oppose Secularism? (I: Who Betrayed Marxism?)

Many Marxists oppose secularism, and stand on the side of radical Islam; hence, for example, their complicity with the murders of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists. Continue Reading

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Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Social Media?

Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Social Media?

This morning, I’ve read some very sobering things about social media. I’ll link to some interesting articles in the piece I’m posting tomorrow at Glossy News about creators, social media and priorities. Continue Reading

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Pro Muslim, Critical of Islam (Like All Religions!)

Pro Muslim, Critical of Islam (Like All Religions!)

So many people on either side get it wrong.

They either hate Muslims, or they are uncritical of Islam.

Both of these are wrong attitudes and actions. Continue Reading

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Line of Least Resistance or Love of Least Resentment?

Line of Least Resistance or Love of Least Resentment?

Does love mean losing control?

People often say that this is true. Continue Reading

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Should You Help the Legal Funds of People You Disagree With? The Complex Case of Craig Murray

Should You Help the Legal Funds of People You Disagree With? The Complex Case of Craig Murray

I don’t always agree with Craig Murray. Continue Reading

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(Longer Read) Discussing the Arab World and China: The “Equivalence Police” and “Absolved Modernist”

(Longer Read) Discussing the Arab World and China: The “Equivalence Police” and “Absolved Modernist”

There is a lot of talk nowadays about “moral equivalence” as a cynical diversion tactic which has the capacity to derail and divert serious discussions; or so neocons will tell you, anyway. Continue Reading

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Jeremy Corbyn Gaining Increased Support From Most Sectors Of British Society

Jeremy Corbyn Gaining Increased Support From Most Sectors Of British Society

Recent surveys of UK public opinion have consistently confirmed that Jeremy Corbyn is increasingly gaining support from most sectors of British society.

Several major political thinktanks have urgently addressed themselves to understanding the reasons behind this surprise phenomenon.

A spokesperson from the influential Centre for UK Political Research summarised the issue that has been perplexing so many: ‘There have always been a hard core of Labour supporters,’ she began. ‘They habitually vote Labour without regard to any factor other than the party’s name – often their fathers voted Labour, their grandfathers voted Labour, their great grandfathers voted Labour, and their great grandfathers’ horses wore the red flag with pride. The word “Labour” is also simpler than the longer and more complicated names of other political parties. It is therefore much easier for many of them to locate the relevant box on a ballot paper.

‘There are, in addition, other groups that base their political choices on factors other than a reasoned appraisal of current party policies,’ she continued. ‘Young people, and particularly students, are a case in point. They tend to vote against the status quo in order to demonstrate their newly acquired independence. Their opinions often align with those of their friends – most of whom wish to portray identical rebellious, individualistic and free-thinking attitudes. Jeremy Corbyn is currently their perfect anti-establishment symbol.

‘Although young people will be most affected by the future consequences of their own political choices, they lack the life experience to profoundly internalise what these choices might mean in real terms. Those who engage with politics tend to view it as a fashionable game, without consequences – like knocking on somebody’s door and running away. As a result, in common with habitual Labour supporters, they give little consideration to the future effects of the political policies for which they vote.

‘For these reasons, habitual Labour voters, students and similar groups would be expected to support Jeremy Corbyn. The very interesting factor about the current surge in personal support for the Labour leader, however, is that it comes from sectors of society who understand perfectly well that Jeremy Corbyn’s brand of simplistic, Marxist ideology cannot be applied to the complex political, social and economic circumstances of the early twenty-first century. They realise that his “back to the future socialist fantasy”, as Philip Hammond described it at the 2017 Tory conference, would lead to economic, political and social meltdown in the UK.

‘The puzzling question has emerged, therefore, about why these people are supporting Jeremy Corbyn. It’s as if the brighter and best informed passengers on the Titanic were cheering-on Captain Edward J. Smith when the iceberg was in plain sight.’

In an attempt to answer this question, the Centre for UK Political Research commissioned Ipsos Mori to interview a representative sample from the sectors of society who traditionally give the most considered and intelligent thought to the future consequences of their choices. Two of the most significant among these are the retired and the younger, professional middle class.

‘If Jeremy Corbyn becomes Prime Minister,’ conceded a typical retired respondent who was interviewed by Ipsos Mori, ‘the country will proceed, via the 1970s, back to the stone age. The point, however,’ he emphasised, ‘is that Armageddon won’t happen immediately. Corbyn will have time to hurl sacks stuffed with dosh in all directions.

‘Clearly his relationship with the unions will mean that he won’t be able to object to huge pay rises for all workers – increases that have no connection with productivity. If he tries to stop that, there are loads of wannabe Arthur Scargills in the union movement who’ll relish their opportunities to hold the country to ransom again – we’re starting to see that now with the railways. From what Corbyn says, however, it looks like everyone else will get handouts too – from student loan write-offs to free care for the elderly.

‘I’m not totally clear about the fine details of Corbyn’s policies,’ this respondent continued, ‘but I get the impression that a Labour Party activist will be stationed on every street corner with a wheelbarrow full of fivers, handing them out to anyone who comes past. I’m bound to get some benefit from all that, and it’ll also cheer people up. I’m so fed up with everyone around me being really miserable and depressed due to austerity.

‘Obviously Corbyn’s policies will eventually lead to the country going bankrupt,’ this respondent concluded. ‘I’m seventy-two years old, however. The latest date for the next election will be in 2022. By that time I’ll be seventy-seven. If Corbyn gets in, I can reckon on four great years – and I’ll probably be dead before the shit hits the fan big time.’

Slightly different, though similar, reasoning was expressed by a respondent from the professional middle class – a forty-five year old accountant who is married with two children. She also referred to the “Corbyn Window,” as it has been called – the predicted period of joyous fun and prosperity between the Labour leader’s general election victory and the total economic collapse of the UK.

I know this is irrational,’ this respondent explained to Ipsos Mori, ‘but I just want to feel good for a while. A friend of mine has an alcohol problem,’ she continued by way of analogy. ‘He was dry for months, but then he had a personal crisis and went back on the booze. He told me that he knew it was a stupid thing to do, but he just felt so down that he wanted to do anything to feel better in the here and now, regardless of its future consequences. For me, deciding to support Jeremy Corbyn was like my friend opening that first bottle of scotch. I hate myself for it, and I know I’ll regret it, but it feels so good that I don’t care.

‘Austerity is a very sensible plan,’ she continued, ‘but I’m sick of it. There’s a food bank in my village – the need for food banks is a total bloody disgrace in Britain in the twenty-first century. I saw the film, I Daniel Blake, earlier in the year. That’s not fiction; that’s what the state is really doing to those unlucky people who’ve fallen on hard times – and it could be any of us at any time. Theresa May says she’s listening, although she doesn’t say what she’s listening to. I’m guessing it’s loud rock music through headphones as she, sure as hell, isn’t hearing ordinary people.

‘The other thing about austerity,’ this respondent added, ‘is that it often fails for reasons outside your control. I’ve scrimped and saved at various times in my life, but then, when I’d saved enough money to look forward to buying what I’d planned, the car needed expensive repairs or I got some other unexpected bill that blew the lot. I might as well not have bothered to make the effort in the first place.

‘I bet it’ll be like that with national austerity,’ she concluded. ‘We’ll balance the books and then, the next day, we’ll go to war with North Korea or an asteroid will hit the Earth or something – all that hardship would’ve been for nothing. When I look at it that way, it doesn’t seem so crazy to let Corbyn go bananas and hope against hope that it’ll, somehow, turn out alright in the end.’

Of the social groups sampled by Ipsos Mori, the only one that was predominantly not planning to vote Labour at the next opportunity was the mega-rich. ‘I think the government’s doing a great job,’ said one such respondent from the bridge of his luxury yacht. ‘I’m certainly getting wealthier. Although I do think they’re too soft on the whingeing poor. You never got this level of unrest in my great great grandfather’s day when we used to hang the blighters for stealing a loaf of bread.’

‘Due to the Ipsos Mori survey, we now have a much clearer picture,’ concluded the spokesperson from the Centre for UK Political Research. ‘Most people, whether they understand government policy or not, and whether they agree with government policy or not, don’t like it.

‘This negativity has currently reached such an extent that anything else seems preferable. As an alternative, most of the UK public would willingly vote for Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, any of the Telletubbies … or even Jeremy Corbyn.’

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Catalonia (Sadly Non-Satire) News Commentary Roundup

Catalonia (Sadly Non-Satire) News Commentary Roundup

I was initially pretty neutral on Catalonia, as I am very skeptical about all the dogmatism, emotivism and virtue-signalling around complex geopolitical disputes.

But I think the grey area is being swallowed up by the brutality of Madrid and the police.

Anyone else feeling the same? Continue Reading

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Leonard Cohen and the Risk of Love

Leonard Cohen and the Risk of Love

One of the most beautiful things a singer or a creator can do for you is to de-de-humanize you. Continue Reading

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Merkel Wins the Battle: But Can She Win the War?

Merkel Wins the Battle: But Can She Win the War?

As fringe parties gradually mainstream themselves in the polling, the underlying anxieties that motivate protest and fringe votes become ever more pressing concerns.  Continue Reading

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