Monthly Archives: November 2006

The level headed Andrew Stephen

who is one of the best things about the _New Statesman,_ is “not at all euphoric”:http://www.newstatesman.com/200611130015 about the Democrat victory, saying they will now form a circular firing squad. But what he says about the Republicans is rather more worrying: … Continue reading Continue reading

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Victory celebrations

The bloke who came to fix our washing machine yesterday turned out to be an ex-squaddie, who had left the army after being blown out of a troop carrier by an IED which killed one of his mates. He was … Continue reading Continue reading

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Election night music

A “glorious song”:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/video/methandmanass.mp3 about Ted Haggard here. Let’s see if I can get it onto thinking Anglicans. The chorus goes something like “Meth and man ass, praise the Lord!” Catchy tune, too. Continue reading

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Never a rat, not scuttling; still wrong

John Lloyd is a really admirable journalist. I suppose I think that he is the most substantial journalistic supporter of the war: he’s not a drunk; he doesn’t rant or showboat; he’s not unduly impressed by power, but he does … Continue reading Continue reading

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Tony Judt on anti-anti-Semitism

to London today, to interview Tony Judt. Very interesting man: one thing, which may not make the interview, that he said when we were discussing American attitudes to Europe and Israel. Since courses in European history became optional twenty five … Continue reading Continue reading

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Measuring religion

[“Very odd essay”:http://chronicle.com/temp/reprint.php?id=q9m5wddcpjjfc3bwz2jwk7xv5t6ssf5h] in the _Chronicle of Higher Education_ arguing that we should not measure the effects of religious practice scientifically _even though we could._ Why this is oddest is that it assumes that no such measurements of religious practice … Continue reading

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Arrogant, lui?

%(sane) “Still, I excuse those who pray for me,”% writes Dan Dennett, from “his hospital bed”:http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/dennett06/dennett06_index.html in the course of a rather moving and sensible essay about his recent brush with death. Continue reading

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The Sunday Helmintholog

_Is_ the Sunday Papers, or something like that: an assortment of short and mostly silly thoughts. # Blondes have more fun, according to a couple of ["American researchers, who hypothesise":http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=639045] that (1) Shy people get more drunk than less shy … Continue reading Continue reading

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Comment is stuffed

I can’t get typekey working, so I will just go off to London this evening to see [“Mary Gauthier”:http://www1.roundhouse.org.uk/whatson/event.aspx?prod=292&perf=739] at the Roundhouse. Highly recommended. Continue reading

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Do me a favour, please

Could people with typekey identities try to post comments? They should go through at once. I can’t work out if I have got this working properly. Continue reading

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