Tuesday, May 27, 2008

European Muslim birth rate latest

Scan the net and you'll find that a fairly common trope amongst certain types is that the birth rate of Europe's Muslim immigrant communities means that in a few decades the European continent will have fallen to the fundies.

As always, the people who believe this guff have forgotten Orwell's line about how you should never assume that present trends will inevitably continue.

It now appears as if the Muslim communities of Europe are following their host communities lead when it comes to birth rates and family size:


Monday, May 26, 2008

Call careers information (have you got yourself an occupation?)

Like an earlier generation of American soldiers did before them, American veterans of the Iraq war are lifting the veil on the less than noble reality of that war:


The testimony will be depressingly familiar to anyone who has any knowledge of what soldiers do in contexts of occupation.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

OK. . .

So it does work.

This thing will probably be read by precisely nobody, and the world certainly does not need yet another bloody blog.

But I think I'll spin it out for as long as possible, regardless of the fact that I'm probably shouting into an empty void. . .

Testing, 1, 2, 3

Is this thing on?

Let's see. . .