Avocad-NO: why does everyone hate the Shepard avocado?
The Shepard avocado is consistently smashed online – and hatred of the green menace intensifies as Hass avocados go out of season
99% of humanity has never heard of the difference and 99.9% don’t give a shit either.
European food and ingredients have become staple food choices for the British. The use of ingredients such as garlic, peppers, avocados, Parmesan cheese and all those other European ingredients that are now taken for granted are relatively new and were still rare in the 1990s.
Half of those named ingredients, avocados and peppers, are actually American.
That’s something I think many cisgender people don’t realise, or think about. We’re all born with the same template, and our hormones then decide what particular bits of the recipe our bodies should follow – so for example in the womb a rush of hormones tells us whether we should grow male or female gonads; in puberty hormones tell us whether to grow breasts or beards. But the template for both sexes remains, so if you take somebody born male, suppress their testosterone and increase their estrogen then their body (and their emotions; jeez, the emotions…) will change.
Reproductive systems aside, men and women aren’t that different: the idea that there are huge biological differences between the sexes is largely based on status preservation.
Hormones aren’t biological now?
A piccie project in London:
‘It’s like a family’: the restaurant staff who stay in the same job for decades
Couple of years back was in London, late night, went into “The Grill” just opposite Convent Garden Opera House. Used to work there when I was a student, back in ooooh, 1986? Chatted to the staff a bit and found out that, although he was off that particular night a bloke I’d been working with there was still going. At least 30 years as a waiter in a West End burger and ribs joint. That’s pretty good going….
Can’t see that the place is still there tho’….
So very politely, I am happy for all who are innocent to prove the fact.
That’s not quite how freedom, liberty, work.
Why we need a new philosophy of sex
A number of years ago, I found myself at a public sex beach in southern France for research purposes. Unsurprisingly, I experienced some ethical dilemmas. Because I was researching the ethics of sexuality, my research involved potentially having sex with men and women at the beach.
The question of whether I “should” or “could” do so was complicated by a number of factors. I am a woman. I am queer. I am an academic. At the time, I was also in an (increasingly) difficult relationship with a man who was a philosopher. Given all of these complex factors, I desperately needed ethical assistance supported by philosophy (that I read and revered) that did not judge, and was aligned to my sexuality. But this philosophy – whichever way I turned to find it – doesn’t exist.
Engineers have, over the past few thousand years, gone from struggling over how to put the olive press together to landing men on the Moon. Philosophers are still stuck in this sort of navel gazing. Which has added more to human utility?
OK, add in that the engineers have also worked out how to clothe, feed, entertain and house us and stuff too.
Also, has the word changed meaning while I wasn’t looking? A queer woman in a relationship with a bloke? Eh?
Let’s put this in context. Apparently, one in ten UK taxpayers has an offshore account.
I have always argued the scale of offshore abuse is significant. But this exceeds any estimate that I might have made.
The data has been advised by foreign governments. I suspect it is true.
Let me be clear: some will be accounts that are not in tax havens e.g. those held by those letting properties in France, for example. But all might involve evasion. And that is just as important as those that are tax haven based.
Well, yes, but we should all recall what happened over those Swiss accounts. Spudda and the like told us all that there were billions, billions I tell ‘ee, to be got from scouring the vaults of the Gnomes for tax evading accounts.
So much so that Osborne pencilled in those billions that he’d get from the agreement he made that the vaults be scoured.
As it turned out near all of the accounts were either of British citizens who weren’t resident for tax purposes, or were and were declared. Total receipts were not, you’ll be amazed to hear, those billions.
Then those Panama Papers. David Cameron had offshore! Which was all declared and tax paid. And the Liechtenstein Facility had one and only one named user. Lady Margaret, Dame Hodge, Spuddy’s fellow campaigner on tax evasion.
There just ain’t the money out there evading tax Ritchie says there is. On the very simple basis that as, by and large we don’t find ourselves oppressed by British law then we generally, being unoppressed, obey British law.
All of which would change if we changed British law to be oppressive of course.
For most people across the world, life is getting better but diets are getting worse.
How can anyone actually be so damn stupid? The current generation is the best fed one there’s been since the invention of agriculture. At least.
Yet there are people who believe this drivel.
To prevent another Christchurch we must confront the right’s hate preachers
This attack was inspired by the populist politicians and their cheerleaders who claim the west is under threat from Islam
Hate preaching only works one way apparently.
The first surprise is the role of Spain in the revolutionary war. In Paris in December 1776, Benjamin Franklin met in secret with the Count of Aranda, quickly convincing him Spain needed to side with the Americans. Ships leaving New England already called at Spanish ports such as Bilbao and Cádiz to purchase cod and flour.
Why would people just off the Grand Banks come to Spain to purchase cod?
I don’t know if they did or not but it does seem to be an odd thing to be doing.
So, a sniper rifle that’s fully silenced. In he comments a story was mentioned about an SAS (?) bloke who’d used one in Iraq (?) to explode the head of a bomb making trainer. His recruits rather melted away.
Near entirely silent, subsonic bullet, sound of the action itself only apparently.
So, what’s the rifle called?
To elaborate a bit. In the story, as I recall it, range was only 400 metres. That fits i with what I want my character to have to do….
Friday’s are teaching days for me this term. I like teaching. I like students. They seem to like me. Although that said, I am not sure that Friday’s, teaching and students always mix as well as they might. Students seem to have an MP’s attitude to Friday afternoons: they’d rather be somewhere else.
Is it the Friday or the teacher?
It’s a mess.
And what is astonishing is that after a week of debate it is effectively the same mess. We went nowhere.
What a way to run down a country.
If the government was a company it would be in administration.
If it was a local authority it would have been relieved of its responsibility.
And if a public agency its management would long ago have been sacked.
But a government can just blunder on. And without an effective opposition also able to hold its party together that’s what it will keep doing.
And so the rundown will continue.
This from the man who wants government to have more power….
But most of the explanation lies with O’Rourke himself. He brought to his unlikely campaign, skills and qualities that the Democratic party at national level is gasping for.
Some of those qualities are cosmetic. Tall, at 6ft 4in, with a beaming smile, a thumping stage presence and deep chocolatey voice, O’Rourke, 46, does well in front of the camera. The point may be facile, but when the Republican opponent happens to be a former reality TV star now ensconced in the Oval Office, “Betomania” is not to be sniffed at.
He’s to do well because he’s good at running. Yet the actual question we should be interested in is how well would he rule? About which absolutely no one at all is talking.
Which is rather the problem with politics as a way of running the country, isn’t it?
The Professor of Practice in International Political Economy was forced to apologise on Thursday for defending Benito Mussolini and claiming that the Fascist dictator should be credited with some positive achievements.
Tutto nello stato…..etc.
A man who claimed responsibility for the shootings left a 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto in which he explained who he was and his reasoning for his actions. He said he considered it a terrorist attack.
There’s no news of his being Maori and they were the arrivals into terra nullius….