Monday, July 30, 2018

Corbyn revolt?

I don't know what to make of this report. I would like to believe it, because I predicted Labour could not survive Corbyn, but it's all very “the cheque is the mail.” 

Monday, July 23, 2018

Corruption in broad daylight.

The NY Daily News is a tabloid which supports Democrats. Andrew Cuomo is a Democrat. Et voilĂ .

Saturday, July 21, 2018

GAD, a quick list

Over the years I have read hundreds of classic mysteries (GAD: the Golden Age of Detection). I want to mention a few that were once well known and are less so now, but which I really liked.

Malice Aforethought Francis Iles
Dr Bickleigh plans to murder his wife. An inverted mystery.

Death of My Aunt C H B Kitchin
Malcom Warren's wealthy aunt is poisoned. Was it her aphrodisiac? An elegent, light, droll, and clever book. He wrote two good sequels, Death of His Uncle, and Crime at Christmas.

At the Villa Rose A E W Mason. An early mystery, 1909, from the author of The Four Feathers. Charming, not too difficult, and Hanaud prefigures Poirot in some striking ways. Two good sequels, The House of the Arrow and Prisoner in the Opal.

A Pin To See The Peep-show F Tennyson Jesse
Based on a big scandal of the 20s, the Thompson Bywaters case, this isn't really a mystery so much as a how-to-ruin-your-life book.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Persuasion Machines

Facebook documents were leaked .... The internal report crafted by Facebook executives showed the social network boasting to advertisers that by monitoring posts, interactions, and photos in real time, the network is able to track when teens feel “insecure,” “worthless,” “stressed,” “useless” and a “failure.” Why would the social network do this? The report also bragged about Facebook’s ability to micro-target ads down to “moments when young people need a confidence boost.”
Mechanized, weaponized persuasion.

Saturday, July 7, 2018


A devastating book review of a trendy “history” of early Christianity by Catherine Nixey. If you make it to the end, I heartily recommend Duffy's book, which he mentions.

It's an interesting looking blog.

The Great Stupiding Continues


Friday, July 6, 2018

More good news

This time at Marquette University.

If you click through or search and find the dissent, consider the implication of allowing religious organizations to redefine words as they choose.