Monthly Archives: September 2012

Ass = Assange

Oh dear, Slutwalk London. On Saturday you’re marshalling crowds of women in fishnets and bras to chant “my dress is not a yes” and promoting petitions insisting that the Home Office should prosecute rapists. Come Tuesday, you’re taking to Twitter to issue statements objecting to the extradition of Julian Assange to face rape allegations in […]

Feeling a little out of place

I had a avoided the Glee thing — too much of a cliche, gay man has to like a TV show about putting on musical numbers with a gay character. Alas, I started watching it during the flights on my recent overseas trip and have to confess to enjoying it a lot. Rolling Stone magazine […]

Social media and crime

Here in Melbourne we’ve been absolutely devastated by the disappearance of Jill Meagher. Ms Meagher was a 29-year-old Irishwoman who worked at the ABC. Last Friday, she went missing after going to drinks with colleagues in Sydney Road, Brunswick. A colleague offered to walk her home; but she lived only 800m away and declined the […]

Eye Candy du Jour: Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2012

Been a while since I did one of these, so I thought I might draw your attention to the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2012 slideshow currently available on the BBC. Steven Christenson was ‘only’ a runner-up with his photo of hikers Lost In Yosemite national park (which gives you some idea of the standard […]

Nordic, schmordic

So, Tim Worstall has invoked joined the long list recurring fascination of Anglosphere progressivists of various stripes who want to with adapting the Nordic model to Anglo societies (in his case, the US). It is a very bad idea. A recent report (pdf) by Swedish-Kurdish economist Nima Sanandaji, whose Tino brother runs the excellent — and very empirical — Super-Economy blog, […]

Delusions of Relevance

  About 200 Muslims have staged a protest outside the Scottish Parliament. The group were demonstrating against the anti-Islam film, Innocence Of Muslims, made in the US, which has caused offence across the Muslim world. The rally was attended by Muslims from across Edinburgh who were demanding action to curb religious hatred. Demonstrators waved banners […]

Complexity strikes

One of the frustrating things about trying to have an intelligent debate about matters Islamic is the tendency to simplistic polarisation.  One is the “nothing to see here” version, where raising any concern about trends within Islam and Muslim communities is dismissed as alarmist and likely racist or otherwise bigoted. Any concern or suggestion motivated […]

Gaffe-er Tape

A secretly filmed video has emerged showing Mitt Romney disparaging Barack Obama voters at a private donor dinner. The Republican nominee is shown saying the 47% of Americans who back the president do not pay income tax and would never vote for Mr Romney. “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care […]

We’re back

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Science humour

Have you seen this cat? Does it generate a sense of uncertainty? This is the Saturday chit-chat post.