Author: James Higham

The boy who asked why

Train talk

OK, open for business again and it was a very mixed day.  When I got to the station, the train before and the two after my train were running fine.  My train was cancelled.  A girl on the platform was…

Housekeeping

Calum Carr wrote, not so long ago: I have noticed that blogging, in general, is in a dip – at least those blogs I read.  There are far fewer posts.  It’s as though blogging has had its day as a…

Book ‘em Danno, murder one

Quiz question 1: What have Lillian Gish and James MacArthur in common? Answer: She was his godmother. Question 2: What have Ben Hecht, Harpo Marx, Robert Benchley, Beatrice Lillie, John Barrymore, and John Steinbeck in common with James MacArthur?  Answer:…

Moral decline 1

[Longish] abstract The comment by one reader: “If violent video games,films and books turned kiddies into murderers, far more of the lil’ blighters would be doing it given nearly ALL kids are fed a steady stream of this pap.” ……

Moral decline 2

Part 1 was an introduction and concerned the rules of debate. Entertainment, including music From the PTC§: In a Time Magazine Poll [from 03.20.05], 53 percent of respondents said that they think the FCC should place stricter controls on broadcast-channel…

Moral decline 3

Part 2 can be found here. Drug abuse Whichever way we turn, it’s easy to establish that things are worse now than they were.  For example, on amphetamines: First synthesized in 1887, the stimulant amphetamine became popular in 1920s in…