Blasphemers of the world, unite

John Waters is/is not a professional contrarian who does/does not believe that blasphemy should/should not be removed from the Irish constitution:   Here is John arguing/not arguing the point back in 2009: The right to give expression to the religious concept of reality itself depends on the right to freedom of expression. If we move... Continue Reading →

In two minutes, these (British) Gogglebox viewers produced a more cogent analysis of the Irish referendum result than the entire mainstream Irish media have managed in seven days

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fdW4e-p7XA;&rel=0 https://twitter.com/tvcritics/status/1002672832357203968 Every single talking point is spot on. Not just accurate, but highly relevant too. I know it's edited, but come on -- these folks are just sitting around watching TV! In a foreign country! (Kudos to @tvcritics for posting this video on Twitter.)

Begging-the-question, conjecture, anecdote, false equivalence, and a non sequitur: those five reasons for raising the Digital Age of Consent

Cormac Ryan has been tweeting about the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and their letter to the government on the Digital Age of Consent. https://twitter.com/cormac114/status/994153428996718592 Cormac is right. The letter really is absurd. The RCPI Faculty of Paediatrics wants the Digital Age of Consent to be 16 years, but the government want it to... Continue Reading →

Reproductive rights in Ireland will lead to “normalisation of sex slavery”, “euthanasia”, and “the killing of political opponents”, according to local councillor who is not exaggerating at all

Is it libel if the person actually said it? Oh well. This guy has been saying stuff. A whole lot of stuff actually. Today he's been discussing the forthcoming abortion referendum in Ireland: A COUNTY councillor has defended claims that the abolition of the Eighth Amendment will lead to sex slavery becoming “normalised”. Leitrim Independent... Continue Reading →

Why is reminding everyone of Trump’s “Grab ’em” comments suddenly risqué?

https://youtu.be/DDbx1uArVOM Michelle Wolf has exercised her right to free speech and the acolytes of America's telling-it-like-it-is President can't handle it: Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary, told the Guardian he thought the performance was “absolutely disgusting”... In an interview with the Guardian, Spicer, who quit as press secretary last summer, was visibly angry... Continue Reading →

Jordan Peterson’s re-heated obscurantism

Nathan Robinson has written about the obscurantism of Jordan Peterson, and I'm not even the first to blog about it. Pankaj Mishra has been deconstructing Peterson's mysticism here, while Kelefa Sanneh's critique is here. After months of hysterical fanboy cheer-leading, it seems like this is the week everyone finally starts having a go at Jordan. It's... Continue Reading →

Man who introduced topless Irish dancing in the 1990s bemoans sartorial inelegance of today’s youth

https://twitter.com/MichaelFlatley/status/972480498160324608 Remember the old ways? They were the best. That's why people say: "The old ways were the best!" Michael Flatley -- who last made the news defending himself for performing at the Trump inauguration -- certainly stands for the old ways. (BTW, point of information: Cary Grant, who appears in Flatley's supposed "1917" photograph,... Continue Reading →

Standing up for Bright Club

It's tonight. More this: I need to tell you that the tickets are now all sold out. I'll be talking about binary opposition and null hypotheses (hey, I find that funny), so if you want to stand outside and tout your prebooked tickets to strangers passing by on the street, I will understand.

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