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 →

John Taylor is definitely NOT a racist ;)

I mean, how could anyone consider this to be racist? Two words making a generalization about a person's race in the context of criticism of that person? No. John Taylor is definitely not a racist. Using the clichéed phrase "Typical x" historically used by racists to dismiss 'lesser' races? No. Definitely not a racist. Here's... 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 →

So apparently George Soros “can’t stand” Ireland’s anti-abortion clause because, well, obvs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhF2iq_5dPc;&rel=0 This is one of Ireland's very stable geniuses. If you listen carefully to what he says in this speech, you will learn that multi-billionaire Hungarian-American philanthropist George Soros wants to "smash down" the "gate" (or is it a "shield"? or is it a "walled garden"?) that is the Irish constitution's Eighth Amendment, the "only... 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 →

Stephen Hawking RIP

The Science Bit

Stephen Hawking is dead. Far be it from the likes of me to write him an obituary. You can see several of these elsewhere, many of them heartfelt and insightful.

Two thoughts come to mind at this time. Firstly, Hawking is to be greatly admired for being both a highly regarded theorist and researcher, and a genuine celebrity scientist. In this he joins very few who have managed to achieve fame in their own lifetimes by changing the way we understand the fundamentals of our universe.

These days, it often seems that celebrity scientists are not really leaders in their fields, and that leaders in their fields seldom become real celebrities.

Secondly, Hawking — at least to me — exemplified someone who practiced the role of scientist in its totality. He not only talked scientific talk, he walked a scientific walk.

By this I mean Stephen Hawking can…

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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 →

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