Tuesday 11 July 2017


'The cold biological truth is that sex changes are impossible.' Camille Paglia

'A sexy woman can have almost any man she wants. And a rich guy can have almost any woman he wants.' Oliver Markus

'Every man dies, but not every man really lives.' William Wallace, according to the film Braveheart, but it sounds contemporary American rather than mediaeval Scottish.

'If we're so cruel to minorities, why do they keep coming here? Why aren't they sneaking across the Mexican border to make their way to the Taliban?' Ann Coulter

'No country can allow its safety to be wholly dependent on faithful observance by other states of rules to which they are obliged.' Arthur Balfour

'I would rather trust a woman's instinct than a man's reason.' Stanley Baldwin


  1. Warner’s dismantling of the faddists’ fads, their gullibility and idiocy (in the classical sense of the word – the behaviour of someone who is turned only towards themselves, in contrast to scientists, who belong to a mutually critical enterprise) is precise, witty and more humane than I can find it in myself to be. To offer people hope of curing their cancer by poking coffee grounds up their arse, or instructing them to drink ‘magnetised’ water or follow an alkaline diet or any of the other lunacies that always appear to involve money changing hands seems to me unforgivably cruel. Warner, with the glee of a scientist spotting another layer of complexity to poke around in, thinks that very often the perpetrators of food fads are genuinely persuaded of their efficacy themselves. Perhaps. You don’t have to be evil to be very bad.

    From Fad to Worse
    The Angry Chef: Bad Science and the Truth about Healthy Eating
    By Anthony Warner


  2. Paglia is one of the few feminists worth listening to.

  3. Agreed. Camille Paglia is brilliant. I especially love her comment about navel gazing about your sexuality while there are Vandals moving about the periphery of the empire ready to destroy it. Hilarious. I laugh every time I watch the interview on youtube.

  4. Of course it's impossible to literally change your sex (NO ONE doubts that) but the idea is that trans people have the mind of the sex that they are trying to transition to. They are in fact a third gender, neither male nor female. Genders other than male and female have been recognized in all human cultures except the Christian and Muslim ones (even the Jewish one used to recognize them).

    1. They are in fact a third gender

      Words have gender. People don't. People are divided into two sexes, male and female.

      People who think they have the mind of the sex that they are trying to transition to are suffering from a mental illness, like men who think they're actually the Emperor Napoleon or women who think they're Queen Cleopatra. For such a person the only chance of living a normal happy life is to come to accept that he isn't actually Napoleon. He isn't going to get to lead the Grand Army into Russia. For a man suffering from the delusion that he has the mind of a woman his only chance of living a normal happy life is to come to accept that he is a man and he might as well get used to to it and learn to like it.

      Encouraging a delusional person to cling to a delusion is cruelty.

    2. You're either in denial or genuinely hugely ignorant. Go and do some research about this topic and study some cultures other than your own instead of wallowing in prejudices.