What people are willing to claim as sensible policy proposals is one thing, what we all say in response is what marks us out as being an adult civilisation or not. An interesting claim here being made by an activist called Sonalee Rashatwar, that fat people should gain more in welfare. Because, you see, it requires more food to keep a fat body fat, therefore more food stamps should be on offer to those carrying that extra weight that needs to be fed.…See More
What is and is not gender discrimination appears to be an ever moving feast. There was a time when making a difference, acting differently or providing so, on the basis of gender was that gender discrimination. Seems reasonable and logical that it should be that way too.
Sure, there are times when making a gender differentiation is important – as PJ O’Rourke put it, it’s vital when making babies – and times when it isn’t – trading bonds.…See More
Quite how to interpret this particular finding is, well, it’s open. But one viable comment is that when girls associate with, are exposed to, alpha males they’re more likely to marry, have children, than they are to get educated and go to work. This effect seems limited to the bottom half of the female population.
We could even put it that being around men who might be able to provide for children and a domestic life increases the chances of choosing children and a domestic life.…See More
That none of us actually care about this is all the proof needed that the English don’t worry overmuch about our national day. There’s good reason for it too:
To all the politicians dutifully wishing the nation a happy St George’s Day — you’ve got the date wrong. The Church of England has confirmed that the feast has been pushed back to next Monday because of a clash with Easter week. April 23 is the usual date each year for the feast of St George, the patron saint of England, but church rules state that no feast days should be marked during Easter week.
One of the great modern sins is colonialism. So much so that all of we who live in places which did it in the past are still contaminated with that guilt. That’s why we should simply ship all the wealth we’ve generated here off to those who haven’t bothered to generate any over there.
Colonialism itself being of course that we went off and told people different from us – perhaps a little darker, often of a different religious persuasion – how they should live their lives.…See More
Mass delusions are those fashions that sweep through society from time to time. The South Sea Company will make a fortune from the assiento when no one else ever did. Tulips are worth more than houses. Socialism is an answer to anything other than the question of how do we impoverish the population? Mass delusion is slightly different, being much more locally confined:
Sofie Hagen: ‘Fat is a neutral word – I want us to reclaim it’
As any even casual acquaintance with the economics of income and wages will tell us pensions are simply deferred wages. The amount that you or I earn from going to work on any one day is the total amount of money – in fact, compensation, so including things like free choccies if we work in a choccie factory – that we gain from having gone to work that day. That will be, obviously enough, our wages for that day.…See More
It is a little embarrassing for Ancestry.com to have run this ad. For it is true that many mixed race couplings during and before the Civil War were based more upon power relationships under slavery than true love. That doesn’t mean that there never were such love stories but missing the point will indeed grate with many watchers.
This is thus not the wisest piece of PR ever:
As is pointed out:
The ad is part of a campaign by Ancestry showing stories from the past to pique viewers’ curiosity about their ancestors.
That a young girl – 3 years old – might find 13 or more Easter eggs to be a little much for such a small frame could well be true. It’s not entirely obvious that Mother eating them for her is entirely the solution. But then we can indeed bolster this argument with appeals to fairness. She’s got lots, I’ve none, so she should share:
Posting on the parenting forum Mumsnet, the woman insisted that the seven Easter eggs her three-year-old daughter has received is “too much for such a small child”.
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