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When I saw the challenge Uncle Charlie had set us, my first thought was to make some stuff up, something mildly witty and overtly caricatured. But, on second thoughts, I decided to write about the only person I ever looked up to. His name was...

Judicial Killings

I have just been reading Amnesty International's report on judicial killings last year. The worst offenders were China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the United States of America.

On Argument: non sequitur

The non sequitur is the classic trick in the art of argument. It is simple, easy to use, and can be highly effective. Deployed with skill, it will effectively derail your opponent and ensure you a well deserved victory. So, what is a non...

On Argument: ad hominem

Fed up of losing arguments? Sick of having others shoot down your every claim, opinion and assertion? If so, this is the series for you. In these posts, I will show you all the tricks. Follow my advice and you too will be able to win any argument. And...

Climate Change: or how to lie

Given all the propaganda, from schools and universities, from governments and charities, from learned societies and institutions, from inter-governmental agencies and the mainstream media, perhaps it is not surprizing to find that there are still some...

Scribbles 69

Yes, we can. Thank you, thoughts.com. Thank you. Thank you.  (APPLAUSE) First I want to thank Herr Scribbles for a job well done and a hard fought campaign. Thank you. Thank you.  (APPLAUSE) You know, a few weeks...

Want to be thin?

Over-weight is normal. Obese is neigh on normal. This has all happened in the past few decades. How? Industrial processed foods is the answer. They are high in calories and low in nutrition. I read lots of posts, even whole blogs, devoted to...

Spelling is over-rated

I was reading a post on Firewater's blog. In a reply to a comment, he said that spelling is over-rated. I wos reeding a past on Firawoter's blog. In a raply to a coment, he said thet speling is ovar-rated. I cannot agree. But where I do...

Violence

Here is a thought from your Dudeist priest or minister or whatever. The subject for today is violence. Violence. You do not have to look hard or long to see it, or its effects, or its traces, or its legacy and aftermath. Violence. Violence...

History of English: standardisation

In this series of posts on the development of English, I have shown how the language has changed over the centuries, from its creation out of the dialects of fifth century Germanic invaders to the flowerings of Elizabethan drama and the King James...

Census

The government likes to know all your little secrets. Some say this is because they can make use of the information. Some say it is because it helps them to plan and provide services. Some people will say anything. The real reason they demand to...

Reading List (2)

Anyone who followed the advice of Reading List One will be in serious need of a little light relief. I offer: P.G. Wodehouse (1947) Joy in the Morning Herbert Jenkins. The title is an obvious Biblical reference. And, in the story, joy does...

Reading List (1)

I have received a number of requests for reading lists. This is my first response. Martin Gilbert (1986) The Holocaust Collins. This is not an easy read. Nor can I claim it is a pleasure to read. On the contrary, it is a relentless,...

So you want to be a writer

Everyday I read blogs written by people who say they are, or want to be, a writer. The writing in which this wish is expressed clearly demonstrates that many of these would be writers have little or no understanding of what is involved. I, with a heavy...

Stuff happens

Have you ever noticed how being right and speaking clearly can get you into so much trouble, and all the while, the ones who are doing bad things, but claiming to be motivated only by a concern with the greater good, get away with it? Ever noticed? ...

Hey, hey!

It is official. I am now an ordained Dudeist priest or minister or whatever. I am officially authorised to conduct ceremonies and such stuff, if I can ever be bothered. This religion, world-view, philosophy thing, is cool. Here is the first...

Census time

Census time is coming around. It is so essential for the survival of the species that the governments of the world know all about you that they make it a law that you have to tell them. Incidentally, this information also, as a mere unintended...

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Pride There was a time when people took pride. They took pride in themselves. They took pride in their appearance. They took pride in their work. They took pride in their homes and their communities. Not to do so was shameful. It was a...

Homo Sapiens: A brief history (2)

The desire to explore, to travel to exotic, new places, must have been hard-wired into the earliest members of our species. From our birth place in the east of Africa, we had within the space of a mere ten thousand years or so, colonised areas as far...

Bless me

John Smith was as seemingly ordinary as his name. He was a bluff, middle-aged man. His remaining hair was greying, rapidly. His waistline was expanding, slowly. His teeth were yellowing and his eyesight was a little less acute than it had once been....

Homo sapiens: a brief history (1)

There have been humans on the planet for millions of years. However, they were not us. We are relative new comers. It is impossible to precisely date our arrival. The birth of a new species is not analogous to the birth of an individual. Speciation,...

General Knowledge

So how well informed is the ordinary man and woman on the street? It seems a journalist wanted to know and this video reveals the truth. If it were not for the fact that in a democracy, these are the people who decide on state policy, it would be...

Climate Change: Orwell style

Today the Met Office has issued two assertions, both reported by the BBC. The first was made this morning. The Met office declared that the science of Climate Change was now stronger than ever. The second was this evening, in which the Met Office...