Is Taylor Swift Our Greatest Living Poet?

That, ladies and gentlemen, was the jaw-dropping title of a recent BBC podcast. There is a species of pop-cultural revisionism, put about by arrogant white millennial women who are very lightly-informed about pop and rock before they were born, that “strong women in pop” started in the 1990s with so-called “girl-power” bands etc.  (Big MamaContinue reading “Is Taylor Swift Our Greatest Living Poet?”

Planely biased

Note how there is such an assault on ICE engines in cars, while ICE engines in ‘planes are not subject to any compulsory end date, despite being responsible for way more pollution – even though cars are way more important to most people than ‘planes are. If I gave you a choice – you canContinue reading “Planely biased”

On progress

Much criminality results from inadequate parenting, especially when kids are very young, i.e., before the age of 2. Society depends on there being well-adjusted children, but is too stupid to realise this. Lack of parental leave exacerbates the problem.  About 60 years ago, the capitalists turned feminist when they realised that increasing female participation inContinue reading “On progress”

The difference between “popular” and “populism”

Lots of gnashy Brexiters react furiously to being described as “populist”. They reject the implicit insult. Instead, they spin “populism” as a salt-of-the-earth approach which merely refers to political activities or ideas that claim to promote the interests and opinions of ordinary people. Similarly, feminism spins itself as being merely about equality.  In reality, much feminism is animated by an animus against men.Continue reading “The difference between “popular” and “populism””

Schrödinger’s ball

The relevant rule is: “The ball is out of play when it has wholly passed over the goal line or touchline on the ground or in the air.“ Clearly, the ball in the Japan-Spain game was no longer physically in contact with the end line: However, the ball was fractionally also overhanging the outermostContinue reading “Schrödinger’s ball”