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Items selected on general interest and abelard's long-term purpose to develop a more rational and thoughtful society; not driven by current affairs as first priority. Updated as items of interest are found. News topic classification is flexible - the worl


why is israel different? | politics world news at
The left-wing media and others with hearts bleeding on the behalf of murdering despots ignore reality - again.

on the dimensional nature of a point of IQ score | behaviour and intelligence news
IQ is not measured like distances or weight. An IQ score is relative to the validity and reliability of the test generating it.

updated: current fuel prices in france | motorways nd motorway aires in France at
Yes, pump prices continue to rise, despite stagnant crude prices. Add in aggressive taxing by the French government, and driving in France is starting to lose some of its joy.

belloc on distributionism - sharing a nation's wealth equitably | economics / socialism and sociology news at
Just taking money and giving it to the poor ends in capitalist or communist/socialist despots in charge. Hilaire Belloc took a more balanccef view.

slow recovery from labour's housing collapse | politics uk news at
Of course, it is to Labour's advantage to keep people downtrodden while making vain promises. Housing is one of those broken promises.

social messaging - medieval style | science and technology news at
It's all been done before - information sharing, and privacy.

why god became man - "I believe in order that I may understand" | behaviour and intelligence news at
Just as a great medieval logician can justify an unsound thesis using logic, so do many people when supporting their favoured dogma, interest or behaviour.

stone in church and cathedral construction | cathedrals and stained glass in France at
Stone is the major component of a cathedral's construction. Here abelard investigates some of the different stones used.

theresa may - obviously competent but no high-flyer | politics uk news at
Well-brought up, well-educated and very disciplined, but lacking the spark of originality.

how to handle a new caligula? | socialism and sociology news at
What happens paranoia meets too much power. abelard discusses how to deal with it.

robert e. lee works poorly as the left's confederate villain | politics usa / behaviour and intelligence news at
The hysterical responses of the American Left concerning their Civil War history is leading to daft attacks on good men in history.

political correctness is stunting free speech | behaviour and intelligence news at
Is free expression to be censored because a person, or group, does not approve of what is being said? And it is not reserved for just one 'tribe'.

exploding snowflake heads | behaviour and intelligence news at
Dogma and prejudice wins over fact and reality - google employee sacked for honesty and fact-founded analysis.

the problem of moderation | socialism and sociology news at
abelard dissects the differences between the real world, a person's perception of that reality, other people's descriptions of reality. Then ab looks at how people respond to others' descriptions and how they often end in contention.

has socialism *ever* produced any good for the poor anywhere at any time? | socialism and sociology news at
abelard asks a new question that is not so easy to answer as many might think.

the gard child and ethics - who owns the child? attitude contrasts in uk and usa | ethics / politics uk news at
Authority figures know best, know what's best for someonelse's child. Or do they?

the energy economics of electric cars - no pressure | economics / alternative energies at
Are electric cars an ecological answer to reducing our carbon footprint and global warming?

another eussr attack on the motor car | motoring in France at
France will be submitting to yet another EUSSR directive that more than doubles the checks during a M.O.T., with more potential fines. Still want to stay within the EU?

ile de re : braking the summer traffic jams from 2017 | motorways and motorway aires in France at
Such a popular holiday spot (and no wonder) that traffic is now being controlled, to a degree.