Conversations are not ‘research’…

August 3, 2018 § Leave a comment

but I mainly wanted to cite this important observation. Attacking a recent report, he writes that the author

proudly announces that his piece “is based on conversations” with certain prestigious persons, rather than to reference to primary sources. This so typifies the “oral culture” approach of what passes for journalism, with not even a passing reference to the Commission’s Notices to Stakeholders.It is probably this superficial, prestige-driven approach which defines the popular Efta/EEA narrative. The average journalist would have a nose-bleed if they ever had to look at a copy of the EEA Agreement. In-depth “research” means looking up back copies of the Financial Times. As for the politicians, they seem to make it up as they go along.

The point about the oral culture is spot-on, I think. I remember observing long ago that journalists, unlike bloggers, assume that they can ring anyone up about anything and expect an answer. That has a huge influence on the way the media work.


QFTD: “‘I’m going to contradict you, coach, because I’m telling the truth.’”

August 2, 2018 § Leave a comment

“[Hellickson] said, ‘I will defend Jimmy until I have to put my hand on a Bible and be asked to tell the truth, then Jimmy will be on his own,’” Yetts said in an interview this week, recalling his conversation with Hellickson. “I told him, ‘I’m going to contradict you, coach, because I’m telling the truth.’”–I-m-telling-the-truth-Former-wrestlers-stand-up-to-pressure-from-Jordan-to-lie-about-abuse

The Zionist argument… there never were Palestinians…is more accurate if stated … there never were Israelis…

August 2, 2018 § Leave a comment

“At the time the song was composed Israel, newly established and flooded by new immigrants from all over the world, was desperately trying to create a new “national” culture such as other nations had long had.”

Nature is the most rigorous reasoner, it misses nothing…. Humans, by comparison, are stupid so stupid they don’t realize how stupid they are…

August 1, 2018 § Leave a comment


It’ll be the death of us.


August 1, 2018 § Leave a comment


Bombing a state without its governments permission is a war crime…

August 1, 2018 § Leave a comment

Nudging people to death…

August 1, 2018 § Leave a comment