If you don’t become seriously anti-poverty when Jesus tells you, I’m not sure David Frum makes much of a difference.
Published and true are not synonyms.
We all know this about newspapers.
But it applies to \”peer reviewd\” papers too.
The optimal organization for a family is communist, but this doesn\’t generalize to large societies, a point that most leftists can\’t fathom.
But as with any other organisational method scale does matter.
The biggest-ever experiment in back-to-the-land hippie lifestyle is now known as the Dark Ages.
I think that a failure of statistical thinking is the major intellectual shortcoming of our universities, journalism and intellectual culture. Cognitive psychology tells us that the unaided human mind is vulnerable to many fallacies and illusions because of its reliance on its memory for vivid anecdotes rather than systematic statistics. Yet pundits continue to hallucinate trends in freak events, like the Norwegian sniper (who shot all those young people on an island) and make wildly innumerate comparisons, such as between Afghanistan and Vietnam, or between today\’s human trafficking and the African slave trade. It\’s a holdover of the literary sensibilities of our science-flunking intellectual elite, who would be aghast if someone didn\’t know who Milton was, but cheerfully flaunt their ignorance of basic science and mathematics. I lobbied – unsuccessfully – for a course requirement at Harvard in statistical and logical reasoning.
\”We\’re living in primate heaven. We\’re warm, dry, we\’re not hungry, we don\’t have fleas and ticks and infections. So why are we so miserable?\”
On Friday, the earl contacted The Daily Telegraph to distance himself from his barrister\’s comments and insisted he was by no means \”down and out\”.
In fact, he added, he was \”merely down to my last stately home\”.
the implications of the Greeks making a drachma out of a crisis
My mum used to say to me, \”If somebody doesn\’t like you, fuck \’em, they\’ve got bad taste.\”
\”How would Adam Smith fix a mess such as the current recessionary aftermath of a financial collapse? Sorry, but it\’s fixed already. The answer to a decline in the value of speculative assets is to pay less for them. Job done. Don\’t Vote (2010)
No, my actual (rather small) point is that when the aspirational poor were previously shunted to distant dumping grounds, the biggest error was in not sending us far enough away from people like Polly Toynbee and her metrocentric ilk; those for whom if it doesn’t happen in London, then it doesn’t really happen at all.
While I do not have a boyfriend, I do have a friend who is homosexual and I once asked him \”Do you ever think about having sex with me because you are gay?\” to which he replied \”Do you ever think about having sex with Rosie O\’Donnell because you are straight? Same thing.\”
Even now, I fail to see how killing patients through bureaucratic stupidity is somehow going to stop a newly resurgent Luftwaffe dropping a bomb on a maternity wing in Dartford.
For a politician to be only disbelieved by 12% of the population is extraordinary
Most people operate under the golden mean, defined by Aristotle as “you can take the piss, but you can’t take the piss too much.”
Suddenly I was seeing coppers armed with submachine guns on the streets of London, which can be slightly unnerving to a former armed robber, believe me.
Chávez, in other words, is very close to the climactic moment when he will announce that he is a poached egg and that he requires a very large piece of buttered toast so that he can lie down and take a soothing nap.