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Spiked Does Funny on the People’s Vote March, Transgenderism, Universal Credit Dependency, and Mansize Wank Tissues.

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The Old Ones Are Still the Best.

I like a larf, me.

Spiked is on rare form this week, with top tips like “Bring back the mansize tissues”, Universal credit as an answer to why “many today are so dependent on the state to get by”,  and “Why isn’t transgenderism ‘cultural appropriation’? We chastise white women who have afro hairstyles but cheer men who dress as women.” by Brendan himself.

Not to mention defending the Italian far-right against the Brussels Tyrants.

But this – oh my aching sides! – is surely the best:

The People’s Vote march changed my mind on Brexit. Luke Gittos. 

It was the middle-class, puntastic placards that clinched it for me.

 As we assembled in London’s Mayfair, a working-class Leave voting stronghold, of course, I was blown away by the level of banner bantz.

‘Bears for Brexit’, and was carried by a group of very burly men with beards. I assume they were woodsmen of some kind.

After all, I saw at least 200,000 young people on that march. All we need to do is allow them to vote 87 times each and we will have a majority. That is what I call democracy.

They say this is pretty funny as well:

Luke Gittos is the author of Why Rape Culture is a Dangerous Myth: From Steubenville to Ched Evans.

So why the bleeding fuck do they publish this load of New Age cack that’s there today?

 

Daily life for our forefathers was harsh. The natural world was a brutal environment where life was competitive, callous, ferocious, merciless and short. Like all animals, we faced daily hazards and threats: freezing, drowning, disease, dying of hunger, thirst, and death from predators. This was not David Attenborough’s natural world, a spectacle we can enjoy from the comfort of our heated living rooms on plasma TVs. This was the savage natural world we, like all natural objects, came to exist in; not a Garden of Eden, but a gladiatorial arena ‘steeped in blood’.

Human consciousness, our ability to think abstractly, to develop language and speech, to cooperate and collaborate – in short, our sociality – enabled us to develop the collective imagination and creativity to overcome nature’s limits.

The example of flight illustrates this beautifully. One of the prices we paid for bipedality was that while our arms and hands were freed, they were not wings. Nature ‘forgot’ to give us wings. We could not escape predators by leaping into the air and flying out of harm’s way. Nor could we travel long distances over natural barriers like mountains or rivers. We do not have the size, strength or indeed the appendages to make this possible.

We are able to fly today as individuals because as a society we developed, over centuries, often in the face of a great deal of human scepticism, the knowledge of the materials to manufacture aeroplanes, the expertise to design jet engines and fuels to power them, and the grasp of the laws of aerodynamics. Our ability to fly, once limited by nature, is now a freedom, a new human need as commonplace and safe as walking, and far more impressive than anything conjured up by nature. In overcoming nature’s limitations, mankind has truly shown itself to be collectively ingenious — a species that can fly despite lacking the biological make-up for flight. The expertise developed to achieve this served change far greater than just flight. It helped to push the boundaries of knowledge and expertise in many other areas of human endeavour.

Contrary to the elite narrative, these accomplishments could never have been achieved in isolation from the mass of society, no matter how smart the individuals involved. The elite narrative presents a one-sided story of how innovation works. It mystifies innovation as being solely driven by the experts, while underestimating the critical importance of the many. In reality, experts are not born; they are created by society, through solving the problems confronting society.

Norman Lewis. The Enduring Wisdom.

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  1. “Privacy is a fundamental right”*

    – Tim Cook (Apple CEO)

    *see terms and conditions, national restrictions may apply

    Tim Cook

    October 24, 2018 at 11:58 pm

  2. The petty bourgeois tossers of Spiked Online have a quite understandable interest in Mansize tissues.

    Jim Denham

    October 25, 2018 at 9:56 am

  3. Meanwhile, over at the Speccie, Brendan is defending Ryanair against all those pesky liberals objecting to its handling of that racist incident: https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/10/the-real-reason-snobs-are-calling-for-a-ryanair-boycott/

    Jim Denham

    October 25, 2018 at 10:02 am

  4. Top story from the Morning Star “Lord Sugar and Duncan Bannatyne claim internet trolls are falsely accusing them of being the businessman behind the gagging order”. These are the first names that pop into anyone’s head. Let’s be honest 😉

    A Salmond

    October 25, 2018 at 11:18 am

  5. There was another gagging order only last week. Thing is it had already been published a year ago. It had been wiped from the web pages but the search engine and aggregate sites still had it up. As if this guy’s wife didn’t already know … 🙂

    “Aberdeen teen accused of blackmailing Dundee United chairman …
    A teenager has been accused of blackmailing Dundee United chairman Stephen Thomson. Aisling Rose Ironside, of Nellfield Place, Aberdeen, is accused of threatening to go to the media with details …”

    Gagging Order

    October 25, 2018 at 11:26 am

  6. You really can’t keep these things under lock and key nowadays, not with the internet and ‘social media’ anyway.

    Comrade Delta

    October 25, 2018 at 11:32 am

  7. You can say what you like about Ryanair but prior to Ryanair when ‘high-fare airlines’ had the monopoly it cost an arm an a leg to board a flight. Air travel was most definitely the preserve of the rich. And that’s what British Airways et al want to turn the clock back to. Back in the the 70s when (Sir) Freddie Laker introduced Skytrain to bring cut-price transatlantic flights to the masses BA launched their own cut-price spin-off… until Skytrain was driven out of business that is. O’Leary and Co were too smart for BA though. You have to hand it to Ryanair – running a profitable business with fares only a fraction of the ‘high-fare airlines’.

    M O'Leary

    October 25, 2018 at 11:40 am

  8. Ryanair runs on it’s own steam – it does not take subsidies from the taxpayer which is more than can be said for British Airways and Dicky Branson (Virgin Trains)

    Frequent Flyer

    October 25, 2018 at 11:45 am

  9. Correction: steam should be kerosene 🙂

    Frequent Flyer

    October 25, 2018 at 11:46 am

  10. “If you had to draw up a list of people and things it is de rigueur to loathe, it would definitely include Ryanair.” What a ridiculous statement! How can you “loathe” Ryanair. It is an inexpensive airline that flies you from A to B (and back to A). What is so loathsome about that? What is the REAL agenda here?

    Frequent Flyer

    October 25, 2018 at 11:50 am

  11. We have flown within the UK and to countries as far afield as Norway, Sweden and Germany for the princely sum of 2p return, yes, two whole pence on Ryanair. Are we supposed to be seething with rage or summat?

    Betty and Jim

    October 25, 2018 at 11:55 am

  12. We have flown umpteen times to Dublin too for 2p.

    Betty and Jim

    October 25, 2018 at 11:56 am

  13. You were bleeding robbed, mate! I’m telling ya!

    Eastender

    October 25, 2018 at 11:58 am

  14. “Thankfully, other passengers intervene, telling the man to shut up and calling for him to be thrown off the plane.” That’s lol As if the plane driver can just open the doors mid-flight and throw the guy off lol

    Laurel & Hardy

    October 25, 2018 at 12:05 pm

  15. Brendan is right though – I agree with every word. And so was Michael O’Leary when he said: ‘For years flying has been the preserve of rich fuckers. Now everyone can afford to fly’. These latte-slurping, middle-class knob-head ‘eco-warriors’ who hate the poor can go to Hell! (although obviously not with Ryanair, it would be with British Airways instead)

    Mrs Roberts

    October 25, 2018 at 12:21 pm

  16. The Daily Heil has only gone and published this ‘mystery man’s’ photo. Not so mysterious now! Anyone recognise him?

    Ms Poirot

    October 25, 2018 at 1:05 pm

  17. What’s the betting that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will order the executions of these ‘rogue operatives’ for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. It’s not like Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is suspected of ordering the murder in the first place 😉

    Rose L

    October 25, 2018 at 1:22 pm

  18. Interestingly, oop north a couple of weeks ago Alex Salmond had a ‘Judicial Review’ going on which had a Contempt of Court placed on it preventing the press reporting on it. What’s he got to hide?

    Ms Wainright

    October 25, 2018 at 5:16 pm


  19. I present, Exhibit One, Philip Green

    Inspector Clueless

    October 25, 2018 at 5:18 pm

  20. Philip Green – would you Adam & Eve it! That’s £500,000 knicker down the bleeding Khazi!

    Londoner

    October 25, 2018 at 5:25 pm

  21. There is a lot of rubbish spouted about Ryanair. When flying from Dublin airport we got the gates mixed up and as a consequence ended up at the wrong end of the airport. Ryanair actually held the plane back for us as we ran from the opposite end of the terminal. The pilot didn’t look particularly pleased, but still what do you expect, he could have just took off without us as it was our own fault. The plane reversed out sharpish but think we missed our take-off spot too because we ended stuck out on the runway for ages. Better than being stuck in Dublin though. Three cheers for Ryanair! 🙂

    The Tourists

    October 25, 2018 at 5:45 pm


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