meehawl all that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned

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No Catholics Please, We’re British

Someone asked recently was “England” a democracy, given that it has a monarch. One trouble with this question is its sloppiness in assuming that “England” is the entirety of The United Kingdom of Great...

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Tough Day at the US Supreme Court

Can one occupant of a home grant the police consent to search, thus effectively vetoing the stated objections of the other? … Justice Anthony Kennedy is concerned about the scope of the search: “What...

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Iron Clad Intelligence

Feith held up a piece of paper and read aloud an account of al-Qaida’s ties with Iraq in the early 1990s. Then-Deputy National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, a man well-known and well-liked in Washington...

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La Recherche Du Temps Perdu

So this is how imaginings of alien abductions take place. I entered the shower this morning at my usual time (noted because I checked the time as I was switching off the phone alarm)....

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Neophiles, Neophobes, and Cainotophiles, Oh My!

Here’s a puzzler. If there’s a Cainophobia/Cenophobia/Centophobia/Cainotophobia (a pathological fear of new things, as ritualised in the DSM) using a more proper Greek root+tail than the Latin-Greek compound neophobia, why is there no matching...

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Al Qaeda’s Honeypot

A top member of Al Qaeda in American custody was identified as a likely fabricator months before the Bush administration began to use his statements as the foundation for its claims that Iraq trained...

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Oh No, Bono

So I’m walking along the street yesterday, and what do I see taking up a whole display window but a single book, spotlighted: Bono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas… with a foreword by Bono....

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Demon Barbarity

The Sweeney Todd opera/musical has finally opened. Me and Lisa saw this a few weeks ago. It’s great. Loud, crass, and with a high body count. Rips off Nosferatu for the entrance of Sweeney...

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Dancing Skeletons

I was looking at some old Hallowe’en posts on this blog and I found that the 2001 site linked for the Dancing Skeletons had disappeared. But on the Internet, nothing stays lost forever…

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Monkey Sex Magic

One of the greatest learning experiences of my childhood was watching “Monkey” (Saiyki). Because of the bad dubbing and incomprehensible Buddhist allusions, I had very little idea of what the fuck was going on...