Category Archives: Cultural Issues

Thank A-Bombs, muzak and Linda Lovelace for quick checkout

This must be one of the more strange evolutions of an idea in capitalist history … George Laurer, Who Developed the Bar Code, Is Dead at 94. George J. Laurer, whose design of the vertically striped bar code sped supermarket … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Innovation | 9 Comments

Fantasists pursing a collective delusion

Two articles on the same issues entered my inbox almost simultaneously, both with a similar message but told differently and with slightly different imagery. Different versions of being at the end of times. I will remind you again at the … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Ethics and morality, Philosophy | 16 Comments

Arise, and greet the dawn with cheerful song!

Stepping back from politics for a moment – the situation that Matthew Arnold sketched almost 200 years ago in his poem Dover Beach –  “And we are here, as on a darkling plain, swept with confused alarms of struggle and … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Gratuitous Advertising, Rafe | 9 Comments

Australian school education sucks. Who is surprised?

Thank you Julia Gillard and the teachers’ unions. Just provide more money. What could go wrong?  PISA-Aust-Education-Tanks Australia has plunged in the global education rankings, with the nation’s 15-year-olds performing at a significantly lower standard in reading, mathematics and science than … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Education, Rafe, Shut it down. Fire them all. | 97 Comments

A heartwarming story about 911

Here’s the review from The Guardian: Come From Away – a feelgood 9/11 musical? Believe the hype. I went because everybody I knew who had seen it told me not to miss it. And it’s Canadian, to its bootstraps. No … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, International, Politics of the Left | 10 Comments

Boris and Brexit way ahead, at least for now

From POLL PREDICTS TORY SWEEP via MRP election poll: Boris Johnson heads for big majority. From the comments on the first of the links with the second comment particular apposite: Okay, yellow is Scottish Nationalist, green is Liberal, and grey … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, International | 26 Comments

Enough Dope

Andrew Denton has made a bizarre pseudo-mercy dash to Queensland to demand that Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk introduce a bill to legalise euthanasia before the October 2020 state election. Denton says if the LNP wins office next year, such a law … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Western Civilsation | 68 Comments

The most depraved movie I may have ever seen

If you are intending to see Knives Out and want no plot spoilers, stop here. On the other hand, let me tell you about a movie that is as disgusting in its baseline plot as any film I have ever … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Politics of the Left | 26 Comments

History, Philosophy and Politics forum in the Blue Mountains

For many years some people in the Blue Mountains including Peter Baldwin have organized programs of high quality lectures in history and philosophy. This is the 2018 program. This year the focus is moving to the great issue of our time … Continue reading

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The New Diocletians

Here is one of the most important and least acknowledged truths of the age: in the contemporary West the most persecuted group by far is Christians. Every doctrinaire left-wing ‘progressive’ who hears that truth asserted will immediately go into a … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Oppressive government | 81 Comments