Saturday, October 22, 2005

Multi-Cultures?

There is a certain contradiction in left-wing thought which events like the Iraqi war and multi-culturalism brings to the fore. "Other," non-western cultures muse be respected, their traditions encouraged to survive in an increasingle globalized, capitalistic world. We must not have or inflict any form of political or cultural imperialism. But what happens if that particular culture encourages the sub-ordination of women, femal circumcision, tribalism! Can we not condemn such things, do we not have a moral imperative to do so and in so doing do we not break once and for all the argument that all cultures are equal?

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Kurt Vonnegut on the old values

http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/news/2005-10-05-vonnegut_x.htm

Sunday, September 25, 2005

The All-Ireland Final,

In spite of all the media excitement over today's all-Ireland final, at least two people besides myself have remarked on one of the most loneliest and depressing evocations of their childhood, the sound of Michael O Heithir's voice commentating on a GAA match on a warm Sunday afternoon in a small town in rural Ireland, his voice shrilling out from open front doors down dust speckled corridors. The horror, the horror.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Another Urban Catastrophe.

http://www.slate.com/id/2125572/

History repeats itself..apparently? Iraq and the Founding Fathers

http://www.slate.com/id/2124691/

Friday, September 16, 2005

"New" Orleans

realestate boom in new orleans.txt

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Football and Politics.

Is there a direct correlation between your team doing well on the football pitch and the loss of political power or vice versa? Take the case of loyalism! Northern Ireland beat England for the first time since Caligula fell in love with a horse. The Republic was beaten by France, Rangers are doing fine and Celtic are floundering a bit but they, the loyalists, are burning Belfast because they can't meet President Bush at the drop of a hat. On the other hand, Republicans can ring up George and say they will be around in five minutes! Or maybe the more power one has the less things like football matters!

Monday, September 12, 2005

Life in Iraq?

a taste of life in iraq.txt as found on http://www.rall.com/o

Whats wrong with the news in America!

http://www.slate.com/id/2125683/

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