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: https://www.theifab.com/laws/latest/the-ball-in-and-out-of-play/#ball-out-of-play “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”

Ireland’s hatred of tall buildings

There’s a reason why churches have tall spires.  Spiritually, psychologically, they’re deeply aspirational. The building soars.  Our spirits soar with it.  You never hear of a “low-rise cathedral”.  Back in the last century, when Ireland was poor, I was embarrassed by Ireland’s lack of skyscrapers, and consoled myself with the expectation that, as soon asContinue reading “Ireland’s hatred of tall buildings”