Knowledge

Here is a thought from your Dudeist priest or minister or whatever. The subject for today is knowledge. Want to know something? Do not listen to authority. Do not rely on the doctors of spin, the sellers of snake oil, the charlatans. Want...

A week to the election

There is only one more week for the politicians to persuade the electorate before the election. And still there is nothing but a resounding silence on the most significant, serious and urgent of all the problems that confront us. This silence was...

Challenge

Literature social networking style is an emergent new genre. I would like to challenge you to participate in an attempt to shape this new way of thinking about stories and writing them. For this to work, we would need a group of bloggers, who...

Silence

Here is a thought from your Dudeist priest or minister or whatever. The subject for today is silence. Silence is not the absence of sound. It cannot be measured in decibels. Such a meter might show zero when there is no silence; or, it might...

British National Party's manifesto

The British National Party, a pariah party in the eyes of the establishment, has finally got round to publishing its manifesto. The dominant theme is immigration. The BNP clearly sees this as the most serious and urgent of problems. In almost every...

Torture

In the Roman Empire torture was a permissible practice in legal proceedings. However, there were limitations. It could only be used on slaves or infamous persons, and even then only if it was clear that the accused was lying and there was no other...

Election farce

The election campaign is more than half-way through. While the pundits and commentators talk of historic moments, what we are witnessing is in fact nothing more than a second rate farce. Gordon Brown, feigning distaste for mere presentation, asks...

Selling votes

Today the Scottish Nationalist Party published their manifesto. All the parties have now thrown their hats in the ring. It is interesting to note what the Scots, Welsh and Irish parties have in common. All are expecting that no one party will have an...

Election campaign

Well, the election campaign is truly underway. The manifestos have been published. An American style televised debate was held between the contenders. Strange to relate, as every aspect was all agreed in advance by the parties, Nick Clegg, the leader...

Arthur's adventure

1 You might call Arthur good. Certainly, his mother did. 'Arthur. He's good lad,' she was often heard to say. And he was, to her. He was never any trouble. Even as a child he had been good. Never been any trouble at all. Only once had she had to...

Climate Change: volcano style

A volcano in Iceland has erupted, shooting a plume of ash into the atmosphere. All across Europe, jets have been grounded. This is a constant concern of the mainstream media. It is being reported around the clock. And the amazing thing about this...

On Expert Knowledge: addendum

It seems there are still some people who believe that the pandemic that decimated the populations of Europe from the fourteenth century right through into the seventeenth century, which was at the time known as the Great Mortality and later as the...

Call to the Bishops

Hans Küng, Emeritus Professor of Ecumenical Theology at the University of Tübingen, has published an open letter addressed to the bishops of the Catholic Church. He describes the current situation as the most grave crisis since the Protestant...

On expert knowledge

The Great Mortality, as it was known at the time, has been much studied. Many books and articles have been written about this terrible phenomenon, which killed at least a third of the European population in the middle ages. Yet in all that writing, one...

A credible party of government?

The Liberal Democrats have now published their manifesto. For the benefit of anyone who does not take a close interest in the politics of this country, the Liberal Democrats are the third most supported party. However, given the way that seats are...

My Castle

It is well known that an English man's home is his castle. However, amazingly enough, it appears that the state has the legal right to violate the sancity of my home. All they need is to have reason to believe that I may have an unlicensed dancing bear...

Disobedience

Here is a thought from your Dudeist priest or minister or whatever. The subject for today is disobedience. Let me begin with a story. Dr Arthur Fournier, working under canvas in the ruins in Haiti, was presented with a baby. She had been buried...

Election manifestos

Today two minor parties, UKIP and the Welsh Nationalists, both published their manifestos. Whilst there are many differences, that which they share in common is revealing. They will increase public spending and reduce taxes. In this they show...

Conservative manifesto

Today the Conservative Party has published its manifesto. With the dire state of the economy, as a direct result of Labour mis-management, this should be a slam dunk. However, they have flunked it. An open goal and they cannot even shoot straight. ...

Diner - challenge part three

This is part three of a three part challenge. Each story character will be taken by a thoughts member. Each writer will take a part in the story line and write in the first-person. Part 1.….Uncle Charlie……Della Part 2.….Boot Lady…….Vern ...

How New Labour see the electorate

Today New Labour have posted their election manifesto on YouTube. If I did not know that this was the party's election material, I would have assumed it was a satire. If it were not for the fact that this material tells us so clearly of the utter...

Spending our money

Spending our money is Gordon Brown's area of expertise. In the worst economic crisis in living memory, largely caused by his profligacy, Mr Brown's solution is to spend even more. New Labour have just released their manifesto. It is full of...

Negative emotions

Here is a thought from your Dudeist priest or minister or whatever. The subject for today is negative emotions. You know the kind: anger, depression, hurt, jealousy, blame and so forth. Useless, self-harming, waste of time emotions. Here in Blogland I...

Climate Change: gangsta style

'Let's talk about what that mass civil disobedience is going to look like. 'If you're one of those who have spent their lives undermining progressive climate legislation, bankrolling junk science, fueling spurious debates around false solutions,...