‘I may not agree with what you say but I will defend to the death my right to silence you.’ Another case of LGBT persecution of its opponents

21st February 2021 15

High-profile discrimination cases in the courts are regularly said to demonstrate the degree of intolerance and bigotry that still infest Britain today, and the need to take steps to do something about it. An employment tribunal case last week is a case in point, but perhaps not in the way you might expect.  In January 2019 Seyi Omooba, a hitherto … [Read on]

Gene Salad.

21st February 2021 5

Within living memory – until about 2010 – we thought we knew what a transsexual was.  Though it was impossible for male human beings to become female human beings and vice-versa, there were nonetheless people who wished to transition to the opposite sex and who made efforts to resemble the opposite sex.  Without necessarily believing people who declared themselves to … [Read on]

Cancelled for being white

19th February 2021 8

The BBC reports with great excitement that the award for best British independent film at the British Independent Film Awards has been won by ‘Rocks’, a film that cast unknown East London schoolgirls with no acting experience in its main roles and featured improvised dialogue – perhaps the players were unable to learn any of their lines. Producer Ameenah Ayub … [Read on]

Cynical Theories

18th February 2021 6

Knowledge is a power structure, maintained by manipulation of language. So, we learned from Michel Foucault, who inspired the postmodern turn in universities and emancipatory activism. Fact has been replaced by narrative, and objective reality by relativism. The framework of identity politics accepts neither individual nor universal truths. Your group status (gender, race, etc) determines how you are seen, and … [Read on]

The EU Vaccine cock-up

16th February 2021 2

The Remainers weep: “Oh, how we miss the French with their charm, their style, their sartorial elegance and delectable dishes!” Where are they now? Alas! All these have been wafted away, borne on a cloud of bafflement and indignation; for sadly, when faced with a genuine crisis, French governments yield to two familiar temptresses, arrogance and inefficiency. During this recent … [Read on]

Is the net about to take over your mind?

11th February 2021 4

Author Tom Bradwell On January 12th Spotify was granted a patent that described “methods, systems and computer program products for processing audio signals to determine taste attributes.” It continues: “Environmental metadata is retrieved… based on the background noise which might correspond to any noises in the audio signal that are not the primary speaker’s voice. This may include ambient environmental … [Read on]

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