My recommendation would be to take more water with it love

The biggest elite lie fed to the middle class in modern history is that ‘progress’ is linear. In fact, steroidic globalised innovation is dangerously circular. Medievalism is not some 600-year-old blood spatter fading into forgottenness in the history hardbacks that British students increasingly spurn. These days feudalism wears a white lab coat and is using technology to destroy capitalism.

The internet is a backwards plutocracy where human value does not derive from profit-driving labour but from personal data, seized by our tech masters in the shadows without any payment in exchange.


The robotic middle class is trapped in The Matrix, but is there a way to escape?

Or perhaps ingest fewer mushrooms.

Et Tu Telegraph?

Arson killed found guilty after 16-years on the run

Apparently the people killed by the arson have now been found guilty.

A man who spent 16-years on the run after petrol bombing a family home during a bitter feud has been found guilty of the murders of eight people including five children.

Ah, no, rather we’ve the work experience kid writing the headlines.


Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, reached by phone on Wednesday,

It’s true that he no longer sits in the House of Lords. But he is still, properly, Baron Lloyd-Webber, or Lord Lloyd-Webber. Justr as Earl Nelson is still an Earl, even without a seat in the House.


We don’t know what it is at the moment, but we have our concerns. There is a strong chance it could be a bad batch of heroine. There is also a slight concern that fentanyl could be playing a part in these deaths,” an anonymous source told the Daily Telegraph.

There’s a reason she’s a guest editor

For some, the sound of the monthly copy of Vogue through the letterbox signals some much-needed escapism into a world of glamour and beauty. For others, it is the fashion bible which will inspire their wardrobe for the season to come.

Next month’s edition of Vogue, however, may be a little different.

The Duchess of Sussex has laid out her plans for a new era of women’s magazines to swap the “superficial” focus of the fashion industry into pages of “positivity, kindness, humour and inclusivity”.

Her September edition of Vogue will see a beauty section “that puts its energy towards internal beauty”, and workouts to “use the heart” instead of sculpting the body.

The “power of breathing and mindfulness” will be celebrated, along with “ethical and sustainable brands” and interviews with fashion designers that focus not on clothes but “heritage, history and heirloom”.

Magazines, as we all know, chase the prejudices and desires of their readers, not shape them.

That is a surprise, isn’t it?

“Women in Ireland have made very significant strides,” says Marie Sherlock, head of equality and policy at one of Ireland’s largest trade unions, Siptu. “But there are more women in lower-paid jobs in all sectors.” Women’s share of health employment has increased from 79% in 2008 to 81% in 2017, and the number of women in education jobs has risen from 65% to 74%, according to the union’s analysis. The Irish civil service and related state agencies has seen the greatest transformation, with women going from 38% of total employment in 2008 to 52% in 2017.

Sherlock says there is no single answer that will decrease the gender pay gap and the segregation of too many Irish women into low-paid, often part-time jobs. But she and her union are urging action on a number of fronts, including greater pay transparency and collective bargaining, to increase wages for both men and women.

Unions says unions are the solution to a problem.

Well done Telegraph, well done there

One prisoner is released by mistake each day including violent and sex offenders

How does he get back in if he’s released each day? But the truly great part is that this is then the first line of the article:

A prisoner a week is being released by mistake including violent and sex offenders, Ministry of Justice figures reveal.

Amazing, they’ve reduced the problem to only a seventh of the starting point in only a handful of words!

Times Subs – Report for your beating!

Their journey of 22,422 nautical miles (36,084km)

Err, no. That’s the conversion for statute miles.

41525.544 km for nautical.

As Chris Miller of this parish points out in the comments over there:

The kilometre was originally defined as 1/10,000th the distance from the pole to the equator (and, despite some improvement in modern measurement and a change in the definition of the standard, it remains a very good approximation). So any circuit that includes both poles should be at least 40,000 km in length. How then, have they managed to find a route some 10% shorter (36,084km)?

A nautical mile was defined as a minute of longitude at the equator, so (again ignoring minor corrections for the oblateness of the earth) the journey cannot be less than 21,600 nm, which indeed it is not.

Aha! Has someone used a conversion from statute miles to kilometres, instead of from nautical miles? Yes, it would appear they have. Subs: report for your beating!

That one of the Times’ subs is an occasional reader here just makes it all the better…..

From George Monbiot

The old threat has not abated – it has intensified. If a newspaper is owned by a billionaire, be suspicious of every word you read in it. Check its sources, question its claims. And withhold your support from any party that allows itself to be bullied or – worse – guided by their agenda. Stand in solidarity with those who resist it.

Because we always find The Guardian to be so factually precise, don’t we?

Genes don’t matter, eh?

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Gauff now lives in Delray Beach, Florida. Her father, Corey, played basketball at Georgia State University and her mother, Candi, ran track at Florida State University. Her natural athleticism is obvious but her mental strength and her character are equally impressive, helping her to handle the pressure of being considered “the next big thing”.

That is, of course, about a tennis player.

The Guardian’s happy to say that genetic endowment matters.

Yet if the same thing were said about brains they’d be horrified. Even though we do have really compelling evidence that IQ is heavily gene influenced when it comes to smarts we’re all that tabula rasa, aren’t we?

Odd how fashion influences science, isn’t it?