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Look Around You

Look Around You

Talking to drunks is boring unless they've got something new to say. Since novelty is often expressed on the wings of euphoria, booze ain't an uncommon catalyst. Necessary evils. [See William F. Buckley in conversation with Jack Kerouac, Ed Sanders and Lewis Yablonsky, 1968] Slurring is less offensive than Smalltalk. It's no longer in fashion [...]

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Confused Fascist Convictions

Confused Fascist Convictions

Brexit and Trump became fact in 2016, undeniable if horrifying beacons of democracy-in-action as Britain and America polled their respective adult electorates. All ages. All affiliations. All by secret ballot. Predictions proved way off mark and expectations were confounded on both sides of Atlantic. But take out all those who voted in the 1972 referendum [...]

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Trump and Winning the Public Vote!

Trump and Winning the Public Vote!

It's a mistake to dismiss Trump as self-contradicting and ignorant. Not because this isn't true but because it's actually irrelevant. What is the goal of a Presidential candidate and subsequently a President? Winning the public vote then keeping it. Universal suffrage doesn't require voter understanding or reflection or even fair-mindedness. It's no different to the [...]

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Class Cannot Be Democratised

Class Cannot Be Democratised

http://www.inc.com/anna-guerrero/branson-zuckerberg-trump-and-more-how-the-worlds-top-ceos-construct-their-online.html Trump's angle on architecture and interior design is the opposite of wealth with class. It's wealth expressing a brutal derision of class. Gold-plated gaucherie screams "look at this crap!" in an architecture of tasteless largesse. These settings become a brash democratisation of space, accessible without discernment - despite the gross scale - because in [...]

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“Mind Meld” Proclaimed by Princeton Neuroscience? Bullshit!

“Mind Meld” Proclaimed by Princeton Neuroscience? Bullshit!

https://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S32/27/76E76/index.xml?section=featured This idiotic article mistakenly cries “minds melding!” based on MRI evidence of a correlation of scans in a group where one told a story and others listened. It’s only evidence of minds melding if there’s no discernible communication or shared experience to engender expectation/anticipation. All this experiment shows is that people who listen will [...]

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Milton and Paradise Lost

Milton and Paradise Lost

John Milton's Paradise Lost is one of the greatest works in all literature, English or otherwise. It was intended as an homage and Milton was a blind, devout believer. It is a bewildering irony that this visionary masterpiece casts oil on the water of that Christian paradigm - the loving God so perfectly and consistently [...]

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