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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


america's new day of freedom | politics usa / civil liberties at
Donald Trump is now President of the USA. Why this IS important.

watch this: there is no global warming | ecology news at
Very pretty, and very scary, animations of our changing climate.

the history of the naked monkey - churchill said... | fun / politics eu news at
abelard continues to be amused at the absurdities of humans, especially power strivers.

leftist appeasement policy is in tatters ... | socialism and sociology news at
... as honourable and sane politics returns in the USA, Britain and, probably, in France. The implosion of Socialism in the West is opening political doors and liberating economic progress.

globalised trade damages the lower classes in advanced economies | economics / politics usa news at
Concentrating on the dogmatic ideals of globalisation ignores that its trickle-down happens extremely slowly, and penalises those with little financial independence (the poor).

irrational actions - analysis of behaviour | socialism and sociology news at
How mental tricks are mistaken for intelligence, with examples from public life including Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Why intelligence can be a penalty in society at large.

current fuel prices in france | motorways and driving in France at
Despite generally falling crude prices, fuel prices in France continue to drift upward. However, the pound has also strengthened.

lead in cathedrals | cathedrals and stained glass in France at
Medieval masons may not have had modern grouts or iron oxide paints, but they had another fixing element.

is citizen's wage becoming a reality? canada's turn | civil liberties news at
Providing a basic citizen's wage offers dignity to the poor, encourages work rather than scrounging, and diminishes financial jealousies. A win-win-win situation.

pollution discs required from 2017, starting in paris | driving in France news at
A way of making money out of drivers, or a means to clean up air-polluted cities? I suppose it depends whether you are a driver or a pedestrian, or a resident.

socialism, a religion that hopes for the end of times (as did castro) | socialism and sociology news at
An extreme example of the Socialist justification for killing - the end justifies the means.

economism - the belief that economics is more important than people | economics / ethics news at
Idealists, such as socialists, become so caught up in making their ideal pure, and so 'better', that the forget the real world and, in this case, the people.

'Dyspraxia' | short briefing documents at
Clumsy children are now 'special', rather than having less capability. This is not helpful to providing appropriate education and re-education.

Sexual differences in childhood behaviour | short briefing documents at
Socialist science: the result first, the study after, especially in early years social engineering.

fundamental confusion between nationalism and nation state | politics / ethics news at
The chase after mamon and a drive for national supremacy are ideals that are damaging to real society that is made of real people.

special words for natural human variation | behaviour and intelligence news at
Giving technical and jargonised labels to behaviour not seen in those of average IQ may help the parents and the medical/social sectors, but not society in general.

democracy lost in britain (and the usa)? | politics / socialism and sociology / behaviour and intelligence news at
What happened to precipitate the Brexit and the US presidential election results - abelard's analysis is not how many people look at society.

The philosophers: Their lives and the nature of their thought by Ben-Ami Scharfstein | book and other reviews at
Well, angels on the point of a pin has nothing compared to twentieth-century 'philosophy'. Why were these 'philosophers' like this? Scharfstein attempts an answer.

socialist mindset versus moderate mindset | socialism and sociology news at
There is a cast of mind that differs between those of the Left and of the Right. I am releasing this early in an unfinished state due to current societal pressures. Beta release.

pillars, columns, piers - what's what? | cathedrals and stained glass in France at
Cathedrals are supported by vertical 'heaps' of stone. Why are there different names, is it significant? Part of abelard's illustrated glossary for cathedrals and churches.