The Controversial Poster Philoctetes

  • Stephen Pinker is right in asserting that humanity is much less violent than historically so…. at least in the liberal West. But this may regrettably be just a statistical blip? It would seem to be true that most of humanity harbours an “inner psychopath” that just can’t wait for the excuse of release. It is still within living memory that…[Read more]

  • I know I’m not quoting Marx accurately, but give me opium any day of the week rather than “the opium of the masses”.

    Frankly, Jail seems the preferable option. Plenty of innocents have left jail, their reputaion enhanced.

    Anyway, this is the @good ‘ol USA”, so he can sue the pants off them when he gets out.

  • When I was 18, I knew everything. A few years and a few degrees later I realised I know practically nothing.

    Is there a lesson here? Well possibly. I went to college to enjoy myself and have a good social life and only incidentally learned the extent of my ignorance.

  • One might then describe these authors as:

    “…the most unpleasant character(s) in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; …. petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak(s); a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously…[Read more]

  • Richard; and anyone else confused or disgusted by the puerile level of debate, You have as much right as anyone to rise above the loonies and the experts, because the EU is not about administration, it is not about economics; it is about politics. Are you a lumper or a splitter? Are you a nationalist or an internationalist? Do you believe god is…[Read more]

  • This is good news isn’t it, sort of?
    I mean a republican loony is surely preferable to an evangelical religious republican loony?

  • This is nothing to do with converting atheists. It’s all about rallying the depressed troops of the believers. It is a public relations exercise to show the “faithful” that the battle is engaged and with creative editing will convince them that it is being won. Expect a planted convert or two saying that a Damascene recognition of the snot…[Read more]

  • The best thing about life (my life at least) was being young.

    I’d hate to be young today and have a long life with this sort of shit ahead of me.

    Maybe I’m just a grumpy old git suffering from “golden age syndrome”?

  • The only women acceptable to the “great” monotheistic religions are:


    Monogamous mothers

    And even then their value is sometimes considered to be half that of a man.

    Then, for a few days a month they are considered “impure”

    They tempt men to do things against their better nature, (but then so do altar boys), so are forced into modest…[Read more]

  • I have a problem with current definitions of “Left” & “Right”. It reminds me of Orwell’s “Newspeak” or even more of the Queen in Alice in Wonderland, who defined a word to mean whatever she felt it should mean.

    I’m more or less the same age as Christopher Hitchens, from an almost identical family and geographic background and like him defined…[Read more]

  • “Unless you’re like Me

    You’ve no right to Pee”

    North Carolina’s new motto?

  • I think USA stands for:

    United States of Antiquita

    or maybe: United States of Asses

    And NC is now the abbreviation for “Non compis”

    Clearly North Carolina is unconcerned about the way they are perceived by the outside world, assuming any of them are actually aware that there is a world beyond their borders

  • “War can be reduced to the formula: You die for your ideals, because its not worth living for them

    Now that sounds like a fair definition of jihadi psychology to me, but actually it was written by Austrian Robert Musil at the end of WWI in 1918

  • OHooligan,
    Yes, the Bush Mars initiative is a counter to my sweeping generalisation. Is this a case of a stupid man doing a wise thing. Even Hitler had one positive achievement: the Autobahen (though modern traffic problems even place that into a more ambiguous context).
    Another example of a President doing something worthy (in contradiction to my…[Read more]

  • Lucio. Explain how there are so few “reforming” presidents, and so many that support the banks, oil, the military and whatever vested interest? Why do those we invest hope in invariably disappoint with a lack of positive achievements? Has any US President since FDR really positively changed anything? I would suggest that if you expect an elected…[Read more]

  • Oscar expressed it beautifully. I can’t remember who said that suicide was the sincerest form of self criticism. There seem to be a lot of seriously depressed “believers”

  • I am mightily suspicious of any hospital that defines itself by its religious assumptions rather than medical practice. I’d love to think that a Roman Catholic Hospital was one that wishes to cure patients of catholicism, rather like a cancer hospital tries to cure patients of cancer.
    Let the only involvement of religion in health care be strictly…[Read more]

  • Who in their right mind believes in the predictions of economists?. There are better reasons than economics for not electing this neo-fascist megalomaniac. I’d rather lose a bit of loose change than my will to live. Modern politics is more about emotions than reason and I doubt I have the emotional strength to endure a Trump Presidency, even from…[Read more]

  • The Belgium police may be regretting not following the USA executive arrest procedure of lethal force. While I am not advocating this, it does not only save time, money, spare us from tabloid outrage, enrichment of the legal profession, but also from potential terrorist rescue attempts, whether by hostage or direct assault

  • I love this stuff, but I recognise that I am being self-indulgent. There are just too many “maybe’s” and “might’s” in the article to give it any real credibility at this stage. That a paper has been published on the subject is more a reflection of the greasy pole that researchers in academia have to climb and the byzantine funding regimes than a…[Read more]

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