Saturday, 6 October 2018


I think the most terrifying thing about growing up is that you realise that no one ever grows up, and that the world is, in fact, run by children.
Peter Istrate

Rebellion has psychological, sociological and anthropological bases. The idea that teens "need" to rebel is an Anglo-Saxon idea. In Portugal, my students always thought it was a strange concept.
Teresa Pole-Baker 

Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam [...] has found that the greater the diversity in a community, the fewer people vote and the less they volunteer, the less they give to
charity and work on community projects. In the most diverse communities, neighbors trust
one another about half as much as they do in the most homogenous settings. The study, the largest ever on civic engagement in America, found that virtually all measures of civic health are lower in more diverse settings.
Michael Jonas The downside of diversity, August 5, 2007

The British press is such that I will not miss it. ..They do not respect the human rights of political actors at all. Press freedom also has its limits … One should not bring people in privacy in distress.
Jean-Claude Juncker, as reported today. He is talking about reports about him drinking and having a father who was in the Wehrmarcht

What concerns them [Democrat insiders]is the arrival in Washington of the identity politics of the university campus. There, status and authority belong to those who have a compelling backstory, to victims of historic wrongs, and to tech-savvy campaigners who can work up a social media storm. This is not good for the many fat-fingered white men of a certain age who still run the Democratic Party and, more importantly, vote for it. They stand condemned. Or at least they feel they will be: echoes of how rust-belt America working men felt they were regarded by Hillary Clinton. They never warmed to her and it cost her the White House.
Justin Webb in the Times today

Oct 19, 2017 - Nearly one in four women in the United States (23.7%) will have an abortion by age 45, according to a new analysis by Guttmacher Institute


  1. But only this week a tribunal heard how MI5 agents have been given authorisation to commit ‘murder, torture and sexual assault’ on British soil without fear of prosecution in order to protect national security. Not only that, this licence to commit ‘grave criminality’ has been granted for the past 30 years.

  2. ...authorisation to commit ‘murder, torture and sexual assault’

    ...sexual assault?