Thursday 17 January 2019


“You can’t go back and change the beginning. But you can start where you are and change the ending.”

C.S. Lewis

“People are always shouting they want to create a better future. It's not true. The future is an apathetic void of no interest to anyone. The past is full of life, eager to irritate us, provoke and insult us, tempt us to destroy or repaint it. The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past.”

Milan Kundera

"A man is in general better pleased when has had a good dinner upon the table than when his wife talks Greek." Dr. Johnson

"Kissing don't last. Cooking does." George Meredith

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A state is better governed which has few laws, and those laws strictly observed.

Rene Descartes

After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?
Alberto Giubilini 1, Francesca Minerva 2 

Abortion is largely accepted even for reasons that do not have anything to do with the fetus' health. By showing that (1) both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons, (2) the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant and (3) adoption is not always in the best interest of actual people, the authors argue that what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled.


  1. The reason that I read 'Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition' is that I’ve been looking for an introduction to the great tradition of conservatism. My professional and social circles are embarrassingly non-diverse when it comes to political leanings. The range of most people I know goes from moderate (me) to progressive.

    I do not doubt that I have colleagues in the educational developer/learning innovation communities who self-identify as conservatives and vote Republican under most circumstances. I just don’t know who these colleagues are.

    I found more encouragement in the result of the Brexit referendum than in any other recent poll, and before changing my mind, judged it more significant even than the election of Mr Donald Trump. I always doubt an electorate (any electorate) has the courage of its apparent convictions, or can hold a course, so while I’m sometimes pleased, it is never for long. A few thousand examples could follow. Yet the mere indication that the British might still have life in them, on some days of the week, and the ability to distinguish “sugar from shit” (colloquial English expression), was rather thrilling.

    All along, there had been something false about the heady early days of his exile, Solzhenitsyn would later come to suspect: “That incredible and unjustified groundswell that lifted me had been triggered by a mutual lack of understanding.”
    A giant of Western literature and philosophy had taken up residence in the United States, had spoken to the West in a spirit of friendship, and had gone on to write much of his best work there. Yet, within a few years, many of the West’s most influential people discovered to their surprise that they distrusted and even detested Solzhenitsyn, much as his Soviet persecutors had — and, alas, for many of the same reasons.
    Christopher Caldwell

  2. Let the man rustle up some dinner himself.

  3. Oh, and plenty of men are very happy to see their wives and girlfriends get abortions. Some even force them to do it.

  4. A week of Brexit turmoil — what the City is saying

    Guy Harrington, chief executive, Glenhawk:
    “This outcome is certainly better than the deal that was on offer, that’s for sure. The sooner it is taken off the table, the better."

    David Zahn, head of European fixed income, Franklin Templeton Investments:
    “We have long argued that the best Brexit scenario would be a deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union governing post-divorce trade, and we continue to believe that. But after yesterday’s UK parliamentary vote that seems all but impossible, given the tight timeline.”

    Colin McLean, chief executive, SVM Asset Management:
    “I still think Brexit will happen and that is how we are positioned. The lower pound and return of some EU nationals to the continent has triggered a helpful pickup in real wage growth. That helps a lot of UK consumer stocks."

    Jonathan Herbst, global head of financial services, Norton Rose Fulbright:
    “The basic message for the moment is that firms need to carry on their planning for a no-deal Brexit as most have been for a long time. It is really about calm analysis on the one hand and keeping a close eye on developments on the other.”

    Walter Boettcher, chief economist, Colliers:
    "Long-term investors have a sanguine view of the UK. Given the weight of global capital, the real worry is less the economic undoing of the UK and more the political destabilisation of Europe.”

    David Meier, economist, Julius Baer:
    " A hard no-deal Brexit is the tail risk to consider. We recently upgraded UK equities to neutral, as the risk of a hard Brexit seems adequately priced in.”

    Manish Kabra, Paulina Strzelinska and James Wei, strategists, Bank of America Merrill Lynch:
    " We see value in UK equities given a yield gap between stocks and bonds at its highest level since 1930.”

  5. For someone who is against Islam you sure get in a lot of quotes about how talking to a woman is pointless and that women should shut up and cook. Maybe you have more in common with your Mohammedan brothers than you like to let on.

  6. Anonymous, am I against Islam? I think it is a false religion. If I did not I would be a Muslim. But I have great respect for Islam and am sure the Holy Spirit works even through Islam to save Muslims. I certainly do not want women to shut up in the least - I regard women as the superior sex and like talkative clever women best- but I find Johnson's and Meredith's jokes funny and charming and expect all my readers to do so. I certainly do have more in common with Mohammedans than liberal atheists and accept much (perhaps most?) of the Muslim critique of the West.

  7. Posting quotations does not imply that I endorse them but I never posted anything that suggested talking to women is pointless. I did post a joke without endorsing it about arguing with them being like trying to read an online consent form or something. In the end you just give up and agree. It was something posted on Facebook by a woman friend. When I shared it most of the likes came predictably from women friends.