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The BBC have recently started a monthly half-hour radio show [iPlayer or podcast] entitled When Greeks Flew Kites, in which Sarah Dunant and guests attempt to draw parallels between modern and historical events. The title comes from a half-famous 1921 Henry Ford quote:

History is bunk. What difference does it make how many times the Greeks flew their kites?

(For those who want to object that Ford actually said "more or less bunk," it turns out he said both, along with other variations on the theme.)

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Harken unto the words of the right honourable member (pun definitely intended) for North East Somerset, Jacob Rees-Mogg. Or, as I think of him, the Eton Trifle (because "Eton Mess" was, obviously, taken by Boris Johnson and because I'd be a lot happier if Mogg was, in fact, unconsidered):

Says Freddy Gray in his defence of the execrable Moggie:

Most people, however, are intelligent enough to see a man of principle – a thing Westminster politics lacks – standing up for what he believes, and they like it.

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Cynique, Moi?

To the tune of Give Me Forty Acres

For the love of tax-free earnings
On the pulpit I will pound.
I'll tell you who to hate and then
I'll send the plate around.
I will vilify the commeenists,
I'll curse the gays with hives.
I can work up quite an anger
If it earns me tax-free tithes.

I need a brand new Cadillac,
My daughter wants a yacht,
So I'll pick another scapegoat
And throw 'em in the pot.
I'll aim God's wrath at feminists
And at the godless fool;
At the needy and the greedy
'cause my mansion needs a pool.

Daz

PS: And I note that Padre Steve is just as angry as I am, about those who preach hate yet call it love. Though possibly not as cynical as I. Ho-hum.

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When Adam Delved And Eve Span…

Thought it was about time I put up a music post. I think the theme should be obvious.
Daz


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Many of us, when I was young, were at least half convinced that we'd never live to be thirty, let alone the half century I've so far managed. This is not a conviction anyone should be getting nostalgic about! But alas, it seems, no one ever learns and a whole new generation is now going to be introduced to a state of constant existential dread. Welcome to the collective childhoods of Generation X, whipper-snappers! You won't, I'm afraid, enjoy the visit.

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So let me get this straight. Saint Theresa's Super-Dooper Top Secret Plan, the poker hand she couldn't discuss in parliament for fear of letting the Evil Europeans see its complete, opposition-crushing awesomeness, was:

  1. Demand the whole damn pie
  2. Hope you'll be lucky enough to be allowed a slice or two when the shoutin's done

Uhuh. Pure, unadulterated genius.
Daz

[Source of title: Ralph Waldo Emerson, May-Day]

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I keep running into atheists…

Who are absolutely, one hundred percent in favour of abortion when discussing the edicts of various religious sects, yet cheer for a president who has pledged to appoint pro-life judges to the supreme court and who, on his first day in office, reinstated the Mexico City policy, a policy which, says Wikipedia, "blocks US federal funding for non-governmental organisations that provide abortion counselling or referrals, advocate to decriminalise abortion or expand abortion services."

Who are oh, so quick to comment on the morals of clergy and other religious figures who commit sex-crimes, yet cheer for a president who, amongst many, many other misogynistic statements and actions, openly boasted of having sexually assaulted multiple women.

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