Monthly Archives: September 2012

They did it again

One of my basic analytical principles is that things reveal their nature in history (including the history that has not happened yet — that is, what has happened is not the sum of possibilities). If one wishes to understand current events, then cultivate a sense of history for the past is the cause of the […]

Can we have an intelligent conversation about Islam?

My recent post about “green on blue” killings in Afghanistan provoked the sort of comments that indicate we have, in the modern West, a real problem having an intelligent conversation about Islam. Not the to-and-fro about the geo-strategic issues regarding Afghanistan, but comments about beliefs within Islam and their possible consequences. The sort of comments […]

I think I’d better think it out again

More than 200 protesters gathered outside the US Embassy in London on Friday in protest at the anti-Islamic film that has sparked scenes of violence and murder in cities across the Middle East. The demonstrators, some of whom concealed their identities behind headscarves, were led by Anjem Choudhary, a well-known activist and former spokesperson for […]

God is Great (but you are SH*TE)

EIGHT people are expected to be charged after violent clashes between hundreds of police and protesters erupted in Sydney’s CBD. Six police were injured and 17 others were treated for the effects of capsicum spray today when a demonstration against an anti-Islamic film got out of hand. Eight of the protesters were expected to be […]

Get Closer

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have launched legal action against the French magazine Closer over its publication of topless pictures of the duchess, Clarence House has said. The celebrity gossip magazine printed pictures of the duchess taken during the couple’s private holiday in France. A royal spokesman said the legal proceedings had been launched […]

Making my inner Medievalist smile

Came across this cartoon somewhere. Made me chuckle. Though it was not the longbow which made English armies so deadly at Crecy, Poitiers, Najera and Agincourt, it was that their command-and-control was considerably superior to their opponents (who outnumbered them in each of the aforementioned battles). An English army with the same weapons mix as […]

The Swear Bear Bunch

Alistair Campbell and Peter Capaldi were left red-faced after their sponsored swear-athon was accidentally broadcast into a creche. Tony Blair’s former spin doctor was at City trader BGC’s charity day with actor Capaldi who plays foul-mouthed communications director Malcom Tucker in The Thick of It. The pair initially got involved on the trading floor to […]

Pennies from heaven

Copyright law has really jumped the shark. The Canadian Royal Mint wants to sue a struggling artist for featuring Canadian pennies on the cover of his latest album called No More Pennies (pictured above). (I can’t resist adding – he may be struggling but he’s not penniless, as the album cover shows. Boom tish! Okay, […]

You call that offensive? Now THIS is offensive!

The US ambassador to Libya is among four Americans killed in an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, President Barack Obama has confirmed. Unidentified armed men stormed the grounds overnight amid uproar among Muslims over a US-produced film said to insult the Prophet Muhammad. They shot at buildings and threw handmade bombs into the […]