Galloway ally supports attacks on British soldiers

A strong headline such as the one above might in some circumstances be cause for a defamation action, but not when the oral evidence is there to support the statement. At the end of the Today programme this morning on BBC Radio 4, it was pointed out to Respect party leader Salma Yaqoob that the newly […]

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Another musical villain bites the dust

The great bluegrass banjo pioneer (sic) Earl Scruggs died ealier this week, aged 88. A banjo player stopped his car by a hardware shop, while on the way to a rehearsal session. As he was searching the store for some lengths of fencing wire suitable for restringing his banjo, it dawned on him that he […]

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Whistling the dogs of Bradford

Dog whistle politics is generally frowned upon across the board, but not out of any sense of moral elevation from the gutter. It is too risky a strategy when everyone has something to hide, however small, and for that reason establishment politicians tend to stay clear of it. This general rule doesn’t apply in the […]

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What’s with the obsession over Einstein’s brain?

Radio, television, newspapers – in Britain there is currently no end of stories about Albert Einstein’s brain, and what we can learn about the physicist’s genius from prodding and poking at this mass of artificially preserved grey matter. There is a media obsession with Einstein’s brain, and one has to assume that there is some […]

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On Chinese astro-milfs

Of the seven candidate astronauts for China’s next manned space mission, two will be women. Going by the report from China Daily, the female ‘taikonauts’ have been selected according to some peculiar and politically incorrect criteria. For example, to qualify as an astronaut in China, women must be married, have given birth naturally, and be […]

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Judicial killing still used in Europe

Lest we Europeans feel smug about our supposed eradication of the barbarity that is capital punishment, it is worth noting that judicial killing (you cannot call it “murder” when it is legally sanctioned) is still practised in one enclave of the continent. More here, from a grieving mother.

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Whither Theia?

Another theory of Lunar formation could be about to bite the Terran dust. Take an interest in such things, and the chances are that you have read magazine articles and seen television documentaries which explain Earth’s moon as being the result of a collision around 4.5 billion years ago between our planet and a smaller […]

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A mass-murderer’s moll

As a British citizen, Asma al-Assad cannot be denied entry to the UK, even with an EU travel ban in place. But, given that Syria’s first lady is a mass-murderer’s moll who in recent weeks has publicly defended her husband, she must surely be liable to arrest on criminal charges. The Assads’ world is ever […]

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Er,… Starbucks FTW

I have never entered a branch of Starbucks, partly out of fear of the reaction I might receive in asking for a “cup of coffee”. That is about the limit of my knowledge of the subject. Also, I find distasteful the kind of consumer culture embodied by Starbucks and similar retail chains. That said, I […]

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Deleting information is a bit of a chore

Long before the invention of the PC, mobile phones and the Interwebs, physicist Rolf Landauer showed that a loss of information inevitably results in the dissipation of heat. You should resist the temptation to liken this to the hot air generated in online debate. The increase in entropy associated with information loss is as fundamental […]

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