Milo ain’t no Hitch of mine

Tending to oppose SJW excesses, safe spaces, trigger warnings and whatnot, I have now myself finally been triggered, by Bill Maher of all people. On his last show, Maher had Milo Yiannopoulos on, which is not particularly noteworthy in and of itself. It makes sense to bring on such a guest on a show like Maher’s. But at one point (click here) Maher likened Milo to ”a young gay Christopher Hitchens”, a proposition so absurd as to border on the obscene. Continue reading

Everything is not necessarily connected

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A number of political developments that will eventually have serious consequences took place last year, primarily in the United States and the United Kingdom. What happened can be distilled into two points, the decision by a majority of British citizens to leave the European Union, and later on the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the US of A. These things are not necessarily as strongly related as is being implied in some places.  Continue reading

My top seven most anticipated releases of 2017-2018

Given that I haven’t written anything for a while and that a new year is upon us (at least the remaining 11/12 of it), I thought it would be nice to compile a list of interesting future releases again, just like I did in 2014. To that end, here are the books, movies and television series that I look forward to the most among stuff that might hopefully be released relatively soon. Let me know if I have missed anything good. Continue reading

Holding the line

The modern world of liberal individualism has been described by many people in both good and bad terms, but I find its upsides are easy to appreciate when one considers the alternatives. Most people in western Europe now have opportunities and freedoms that their ancestors could only dream about, they can try their luck in a profession other than that of their parents, books are nowdays rarely burned and the bond between state and faith has mostly been severed. Young men and woman can be friends and, if they choose to, lovers, without the matter concerning the entire tribe and ending in bloodshed and sorrow. Though some of us may take such things for granted, they didn’t appear out of thin air, they had to be fought for. They can however, swiftly, disappear into thin air, if not properly maintained. Continue reading

Absurdities following the referendum

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It has now been slightly more than a week since the population of the United Kingdom decided, by a narrow majority in a public referendum, to leave the European Union. Since I don’t have a strong opinion on the matter and since I’m not a citizen of the UK and in fact live elsewhere, I will not publicly endorse one side or the other even in hindsight. I have however made certain observations about how the world seems to be reacting to Brexit, some reactions I have observed bother me and I will take the time to complain about them here. Continue reading

A review of S6E10 of Game of Thrones

Woe be upon us, this year’s season of Game of Thrones is now over. To invert T. S. Eliot, this season went out not with a whimper but with a bang. It was, I would hazard, as good an episode as this show has yet produced, a fitting end that raises the quality of the entire season. I award this episode a 9/10, on a scale where the best episodes of say Deadwood or True Detective gets 10/10. Continue reading

A review of S6E9 of Game of Thrones

I have just watched the ninth episode of this season of Game of Thrones. How the directors chose to spend this season’s special effects budget is no longer a mystery. In line with episode nine of other even-numbered seasons, this one was mostly about one big battle, the Bastard Bowl as the internet has collectively dubbed it. Continue reading