Monthly Archives: November 2019

Hedonism and sadism

British media is strongly sadistic. Hedonists with sadistic tendencies approve of this bias in the media. Sadism spills over into police procedural novels, which feature ingenious horrors. TV sometimes has news items, which are introduced with ‘some scenes may upset … Continue reading

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Mike’s answer to obesity

Tell all overweight children It’s a special diet for you now If you are hungry, you can eat as much Slug slime as you like. Or if you prefer, crushed beetle legs With worms flesh don’t forget the fleas eggs … Continue reading

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John Muir’s religious environmentalism and the Yosemite National Park

John Muir is a towering figure in American environmental history. He was a geologist, botanist, mountaineer, journalist, author, confidant of Presidents and industrial leaders, co-founder of the Sierra Club and much more. His opinions were eagerly sought and often acted … Continue reading

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My Facebook Friends

My friends like to be liked and I like liking my friends and My friends smile emoji smiles and I like seeing my friends smile and I do it again and again    again      again       … Continue reading

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Toxic snobbery at Trinity College, Cambridge: 1970s

Coleridge [was] invited by the master [of the college] to a meet-and-greet for the alumni of “top public schools” where champagne is served. It transpires there are two more parties, the second for those from lesser public schools and grammars, … Continue reading

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Technology and beneficial job destruction

Introduction Traditionally work was regarded as a necessity. This is challenged by constant improvements in technological devices and strategies. Entire sectors of employment have disappeared. The changes cause immediate pain through unemployment, which is the price of economic innovation. Constant … Continue reading

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A Russell Howard quip

“Kids do really well in their A Levels, and how do we respond? ‘A’ levels are getting easier!’ In my day, you had to do 50 questions in a minute, and if you got one wrong, they killed your Dad!” … Continue reading

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Hedonism and gambling

Hedonists want to win. They really want to win. Losing isn’t fun making you unhappy, resentful and unpleasant. Hedonists like easy money but not losing, which is the central problem in gambling as it often involves losing. Obviously hedonists can … Continue reading

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It’s a bit extreme but….

Peggy

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Book Review: Richard Davies ~ Extreme Economies: Survival * Failure * Future – Lessons from the World’s Limits (2019)

Davies book has three parts. Each part is a case study. Davies’s book reflects global fieldwork, which is done brilliantly. Section one: Survival features an eye-catching analysis of Angola prison in Louisiana, USA. American justice(?) is barbaric,…average sentence for an … Continue reading

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