Aug 092012
 

I have sometimes been critical of “multiculturalism“. But it is clear that I use the word in a different way from many other people, and I have probably anyway been muddled about what I mean by the word. So I’ll try to clarify how I use the word, and what my opinions are about multiculturalism. Culture and multiculture Start with “culture“. I’ll go with Wiktionary, at least for the time being: “The arts, customs, and habits that characterize a particular society or nation”. “The beliefs, values, behaviour and material objects that constitute a people’s way of life”. The single most . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]

Jul 282012
 

I don’t think I would be writing this without half-a-bottle of wine inside me! But I can’t resist the logic of it. Russian Religious Activists Seek to Ban Facebook for ‘Flirting With Sodomites’ There are various meanings of sodomy, but I believe most of the people who object to it don’t want men to stick their penises into other people’s bottoms. So they are opposed to gay sex/marriage, and probably typically associate this with man-man sex/marriage. But why should they believe that man-woman marriage rules out “penis into bottom” sex? (I believe this has sometimes been made illegal, although I . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]

Mar 312012
 

This is a follow-up to “Is this panic-buying of petrol? No – it is typically calm and rational“. People are struggling to understand the current petrol buying pattern. There is a claim that it is the fault of Francis Maude, who spoke of filling up Jerry-cans. Others call it “insane” and “self-inflicted damage”. They are failing to see things from the drivers’ points of view. My summary: I saw unusual queues for petrol on Tuesday evening. Francis Maude’s infamous statement was published on Wednesday. It was not the cause of those queues, although it was probably the cause of some . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]

Mar 302012
 

Lots of reports talk of the current shift in petrol-purchases in the UK as “panic-buying”. Wrong! It is typically calm, rational, sensible, legal, and safe. The people who are panicking are those trying to discourage this behaviour! However, what was perhaps not so rational was the previous behaviour. Perhaps we should always try to keep our tanks topped up, just in case! From Wikipedia: Panic buying is an imprecise common use term to describe the act of people buying unusually large amounts of a product in anticipation of … a large price increase or shortage…. These goods are bought in . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]