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Before consigning this to the PC dustbin, I think I was once in a position to judge.

Yes! Oui! Si! Learning a new language activates the same part of the brain as SEX

  • People who learn new words trigger the brain’s ventral striatum

  • Region also lights up during sex, gambling or eating chocolate

  • There may be an emotional connection in learning new words

  • Results could be used to help treat people with learning difficulties

Reason I think there might be something to it first requires the removal of ego from the equation and the way males always try to make out they’re studs.

I’m not, I’ve never been and so the pickings have been lean, though there’ve been a few over the years, like most men.  So I’ve no illusions about how attractive a middle-aged man is to a young lady.  Not.

Now the young ladies.  Those in Russia are much freer from the feminist constipation and whiny-moaniness, they’re much freer spirits and emote more freely.…


Fancy some 1842 beer?


El Reg has some good ones from the animal world:

. Would you pay $AU149k for a cat?

. Sheep high on the weed.

And from Wiggia:



Meanwhile, in galaxy not all that far away:

A young mother faces jail for conning friends and strangers out of thousands of pounds by falsely claiming she had terminal cancer, after dramatically changing her plea to guilty on the first day of her trial.

Police said Danielle Watson “acted in a cold and calculated manner” by appealing for donations, goods and services for her wedding, after announcing in January 2012 that she had late-stage cervical cancer with only a 15 to 20 per cent chance of survival.

Yet another example of the new Gen Y. The key words, the ones to keep in the back of your mind, should you fall into their clutches, are: “acted in a cold and calculated manner”.…

What if it is actually so? What then?

How should an amateur sleuth who relies on the net and some library work approach that double-edged sword, the internet?

This post is not for the auto-denier, it assumes we’re past that and are looking dispassionately at things, without prejudice as far as poss.  Auto-deniers might be advised to bypass this and have a lovely Saturday afternoon doing something else out there. Enjoy.

So, assuming we have left in the audience people like Harry and others who are quite sceptical and yet open to something authentic, who do accept there is symbolism in official places and there is an elite or Them who are not our friends, we’re then left with what to make of the high profile figures in this NWO, Monsanto and other biz.

Figures like Icke, Beck, Jones.  And Fritz Springmeier.  Plus the alleged victims.  What to make of Bryce Taylor, Cathy O’Brien, Cisco Wheeler and the males hovering around the area.…

Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday

dave wehre's nigel

Not blasphemous, is this?

i can see

short name


The fact that the article highlights the issue -thereby implying that Mr Average doesn’t realise what is going on – is even more scary . [Judicial system]:

Interesting how one can accommodate the lefties. [obama letting in Ebola]:

Formula One racing without drivers – Bernie will be pleased:


Audi, who’s long been toying with the idea of building self-driving cars, has upgraded one of its RS 7 sedans to build an autonomous concept vehicle for those who like to ride fast. The prototype looks pretty much like a production version RS 7, except its steering wheel, brakes, throttle valve and other components are all controlled by a self-driving system.

I’m glad that Tesco’s believe in customer service … I mean, they did offer her a £20 voucher …

PS: I wonder if the voucher was one of those that required a minimum purchase e.g.

Asia Bibi

An outrage, of course:

Nasir Saeed, director of CLAAS-UK said: “I am very disappointed with today’s result and my thoughts and prayers are with Asia’s family. It is not surprising that the judges were swayed by pressure from local influential Muslims, but I had hoped that justice would prevail and that the case would be judged based on its merits.

“While the rest of the world condemns such draconian laws, Pakistan continues to persecute its minorities simply because of their religion.

“I have to now remain hopeful that the Supreme Court judges will look at the case objectively and allow the final appeal, eventually acquitting Asia.”

Mrs Bibi’s case reflects the deep religious tensions in parts of Pakistan and in the eyes of many campaigners illustrates the shortcomings of the country’s blasphemy law, which is used to settle private scores.

In June 2009, she was involved in an argument with a group of Muslim women after they became angry with her for drinking the same water as them.

Buddy Holly

The reason why this is appearing at OoL does not become apparent until near the end. *It’s a strange post.  It started out as a look at Buddy Holly as a singer and here are the original opening words:

Really love this clip – the girls behind look like debutantes and are dying to dance to it:

At that point, I stumbled on these clips [text continues below them]:

Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

For those who couldn’t be bothered going through those, it went through his last day and analysed it from the point of view of a denier.  That is, it attempted to debunk any and all suggestions about what led up to and what happened that night.  Were there any? Every minute or so, someone is coming out with, ‘Someone said the revolver found a couple of months later was significant, I refuse to believe that, it’s all theory,’ or similar.…

Abortion and Doctor Who


Those of you who are regulars here know that Amfortas is Catholic and anti-abortion, not to give it those other silly epithets.

Your humble blogger has an ambivalent attitude to it.  There are cases of the mother’s health but nowhere near the scale we see out there.  It’s also not just the mother’s decision because there was a father involved too and so it is not strictly ‘the right over my own body’, post-coitus [nice topic for a Monday morning].

No way.  If you agree to be entered, then you agree that that man is part of the consequences too.  Women are forever carrying on about feckless fathers abandoning them but this is their decision in the first place.  It’s their body in the sense that they can decide who goes in and who doesn’t.

If they can’t hold their liquor, then don’t go to that bar or club.  This is the whole point of responsibility for one’s self – making choices for oneself to take into account weaknesses.…



Truly uncanny how things come together. Amfortas had no sooner written, in a comment at OoL:

I am waiting for a card that reads: “Don’t piss on Catholics. They have a Rosary and are not afraid to use it.”

… than haiku comes in with this:

Great man that, in a way but I’d admire him more if he’d done the same with atheists:

Q: How many atheists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: None. They prefer stumbling around in the dark.

Meanwile, also via haiku, the belief in oneself – the Leica promo for their 100 years. How many do you recognize?


Another thing I believe is that my gas supply issue will one day be resolved. I received a letter today that they have the right to enter my home and for the 12th time since January, phoned up again to ask why, when they are investigating an ongoing complaint and putting in a new meter, am I getting threats.…

How much do we know about the Druze?

So Amal “is from a prominent Lebanese Druze family“.  We saw tales of Clooney having to convert, him saying her mother is not Druze, others saying she’s Muslim and their own history showing prominent leaders in the Druze community having married outside before.

I did a study of the Druze for my novel, from the position of women, family structure and cuisine to political and religious positions – a canny group indeed, many of whom live around Mt. Carmel, where the last part of my long saga finishes.

‘His name is Imad Azzam – second cousin of a prominent Ahl al-Tawhīd.  He’s a Druze. They’re basically Arabic but they go for Taqiyya  or التقية – they subordinate themselves to the local culture and even embrace it, in order to keep their own belief alive. There are two divisions – the inner, called the Uqqal, and the outer.

What I don’t like about the inner is that it seems a little like the occult orders on the other side.

Mise-à-jour [1]

Politics home

What a moral reprobate, what a snake in the grass:

I could campaign to leave EU, warns Cameron

The only reason Labour might win is actually three reasons:

1.  Labour tribalists are political morons  and non-tribalists who see Labour as an alternative to the leftist Tory Party under Cameron are just as clueless;

2.  Cameron drove them away, in the same way he could not even get a majority in what should have been a landslide in 2010;

3.  UKIP is a consequence of Cameron and adds to the mix.

The political leadership in this country is seriously pathetic.  You can say things about Harper in Canada or Abbott in Australia but at least they have spines.  Our lot are just corrupt, personally ambitious people and they have neither the wit nor desire to hide it.

Seems to me there won’t be a whole lot more defections from the Tories but the damage is already done.…