Anarchic Politics on Facebook


Monday February 1: My Facebook Page provided a link to the article — Are All Your Opponents Stupid or Evil? — How politics blinds our judgment of each other. It concludes that, Unfortunately, too much of what passes for moral judgment is just a feather-ruffling means to inoculate one’s ill-considered beliefs against reasonable criticism. The line between the two can be difficult — and personally painful — to draw, but it’s safe to say that most of what passes for morality in political discourse falls on the wrong side of it. Read more of this post

The 2T


Sensing someone behind him he instinctively swung around and knocked his suspected assailant to the ground where they now lay face down and unmoving. Drawing his sword he pressed it into the stranger’s back making sure that its point would be felt and demanded to know why they had approached him so stealthily. Getting no response he apprehensively glanced around the clearing, deciding whether or not he should string his bow in case there were more attackers lurking in the surrounding forest. First he needed to make sure that body prone on the ground before him was not feigning unconsciousness. He kicked it so hard the body rolled over. Read more of this post

2015


The Prosperity Index offers a unique insight into how prosperity is forming and changing across the world. Traditionally, a nation’s prosperity has been based solely on macroeconomic indicators such as a country’s income, represented either by GDP or by average income per person (GDP per capita). However, most people would agree that prosperity is more than just the accumulation of material wealth. It is also the joy of everyday life and the prospect of being able to build an even better life in the future. Read more of this post

My 2015 annual report.


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Zat You Santa Clause?


Once upon time, before my hair had turned grey, I actually met Santa Clause — so for all you doubters — I hope that you also have a Very Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year. Read more of this post

A Christmas Cracker!


Calling all aspiring spooks. Robert Hannigan, director of Britain’s security and intelligence organisation GCHQ, has included a rather tantalising puzzle with his Christmas card this year. He hopes that it will exercise your grey cells over the holiday period. Read more of this post

More Bull!


My recent post — Bullshit A Study1— came about from my reading an article on what the authors called pseudo profound bullshit. In it the authors claim a correlation between the acceptance of pseudo profound bullshit and intelligence. The claim that people of a lesser intelligence are prone to believe bullshit in any form received world-wide media attention. The reviews of the article in the media accepted this finding and implied that being endowed with a greater intelligence they would — of course — always disregard pseudo profound bullshit. In doing so the media endowed itself and their subscribers with a veracity born of a natural sagacity, conveniently ignoring their own and their readers ready acceptance of the bullshit the media disseminates. Read more of this post

November 2015 — comments/reviews/thoughts


The following thoughts may be obvious to most of you but to a newcomer in this motley band of short story writers, each step can be new to me. Read more of this post

Bullshit — A Study


An article with the title  On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit¹ begins with a reference to the philosopher Harry G. Frankfurt of Princeton University, who previously published On Bullshit²  in which he  distinguishes bullshit from lying. Frankfurt opined that given the rise of communication technology and the associated increase in the availability of information from a variety of sources, bullshit is becoming increasingly pervasive. Bullshit, in contrast to mere nonsense, is something that implies but does not contain adequate meaning or truth, its use being verbal smoke and mirrors that implies depth and insight where none exists. Read more of this post

The Blue Coat


Lenny had grown up living with his mother’s parents and her older brother in a two-up two-down terraced house in Cross Street where his father had left them both when he went away to the war. Their arrival antagonising the older brother who had lost the right to a bedroom of his own but four occupants, whatever their relationship, didn’t make a house overcrowded in Cross Street. It was normal in the street for grandparents to share a house with one or more children of their own and where their grand-children often outnumbered the adults living there. The street had many absent fathers who, like Lenny’s father, had gone to fight in the war. A war that had begun the same year Lenny was born and five years later, having no memory of his father or of a life without a war, he rarely thought of his father coming home and expected to go war himself when he grew up.  Read more of this post

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