Tim asks:

As a matter of mild interest, when does reality ever get a look in with these people?

It doesn’t.

Although it has attracted a small number of very bright people, Marxism is, in general, cleverness for stupid people. You get to use words like ‘hegemony’ and analyse the world, albeit in unusually fatuous terms.

This is why a Marxian-influenced writer like Richard Seymour can conclude, in the piece Tim was discussing, that Communist China’s military build up is because ‘In a very general sense, militarisation could be seen as an integral aspect of capitalism.’

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The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has photographed the never-before-seen breakup of an asteroid, which has fragmented into as many as 10 smaller pieces. Although fragile comet nuclei have been seen to fall apart as they approach the Sun, nothing like the breakup of this asteroid, P/2013 R3, has ever been observed before in the asteroid belt.

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Britain’s ruling class has decayed not just to the point where Mr. Cameron is considered a man of exceptional talent, but to where its first priority is protecting its percentage on Russian money — even as Russian armored personnel carriers rumble around the streets of Sevastopol. But the establishment understands that in the 21st century what matters are banks, not tanks.

The Russians also understand this. They know that London is a center of Russian corruption, that their loot plunges into Britain’s empire of tax havens — from Gibraltar to Jersey, from the Cayman Islands to the British Virgin Islands — on which the sun never sets.

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A real one: 3D printing. Tissue with blood vessels is on the horizon.


A new bioprinting method is reported for fabricating 3D tissue constructs replete with vasculature, multiple types of cells, and extracellular matrix. These intricate, heterogeneous structures are created by precisely co-printing multiple materials, known as bioinks, in three dimensions. These 3D micro-engineered environments open new ­avenues for drug screening and fundamental studies of wound healing, angiogenesis, and stem-cell niches.

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I nearly forgot.

I want the UK out of the European Union. It’s a kleptocratic, anti-democratic distillation of everything that’s worst about its individual member states. I’d cheerfully see Europe as a free trade zone with free movement of people and capital, but not at the cost of democracy, and not as a vast bureaucracy specialising in technocratic overreach and corruption.

But I’m not prepared to support, vote for, or defend against groups like Hope not Hate a party whose leader defends casual public racism. Fuck UKIP.

That is all.


UPDATE: Chris Dillow is right, this is part of a pattern of ‘asymmetric libertarianism‘: “people want freedom for themselves whilst seeking to deny it to others”.

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Last year David Thompson warned us of the dangers of racist hair. Today, I bring you news of racist dance.

Or, as the headline put it,

Why I can’t stand white belly dancers

This isn’t racist, mind. The writer is a Woman of Colour and, as such, is entitled to use any racial epithets and repeat any racial tropes she cares to. Her complaint is summed up in the phrase ‘cultural appropriation’, or as she puts it:

[White] Women I have confronted about this have said, “But I have been dancing for 15 years! This is something I have built a huge community on.” These women are more interested in their investment in belly dancing than in questioning and examining how their appropriation of the art causes others harm. To them, I can only say, I’m sure there are people who have been unwittingly racist for 15 years. It’s not too late. Find another form of self-expression. Make sure you’re not appropriating someone else’s.

Only Arab women can belly dance.

Only ethnic Indians can cook with garam masala.

Only English people can Morris dance.

Only Hindus can use the number zero.

I’m pleased to report that even at Salon where this was published, she’s getting monstered in the comments.


UPDATE: Volokh also discusses this.

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You noticed the recent headlines?

Have a glance at this. Among other things:

The final and corresponding author of this study is Victor D. Longo (VDL). If we look at the related info we see that:

  • VDL designed the study and obtained funding from the Nation Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • The NIH had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, or the writing or and publishing of the manuscript
  • VDL has an equity interest in L-Nutra, a company that develops medical food.


H/T Anthony

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