Congratulations America

As the American people have cast their votes on Tuesday, it is time to wholeheartedly congratulate the country with their 45th president: Donald J. Trump. While celebrations are high, and expectations even higher, it is nevertheless time to reflect on this historic moment. What does a Trump presidency mean for the left? While the Clinton campaign is reflecting on their loss – or at least, that is the speculation that we must hold – the […]

Making sense of Zizek’s choice for Trump

It was long speculated, but on 4th of November 2016 Zizek finally came out and said it: if he were an American citizen, he’d vote for Trump. Although the video provided is relatively short, the reasons are all there. Perhaps one needs to get over the shock of a self-proclaimed Marxist voting for someone like Trump – that is, someone who has typically been accused of fascism. But perhaps also there is a need for some […]

Michael Frazer’s (UEA) response to the Brexit Referendum

“When I woke up Friday morning, my Facebook friends—pro-Remain university lecturers, mostly—were quoting Yeats: “Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, / The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere / The ceremony of innocence is drowned; / The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity.” There was an easy explanation for what had just happened. As former Europe minister Keith Vaz told the BBC, “emotions” had triumphed over reason. […]

The Christian halo paradox

What follows is mostly an art history lesson into religious iconography. The word ‘halo’ has its origins in Ancient Greek – literally meaning ‘threshing-floor’, a circular space that was used to thresh grain by walking around it. The repeated movement around this space would leave a mark that looks like a halo. We can already notice that the Christian halo has its roots elsewhere, but it is nevertheless strange. There is, to be sure, no mention of […]

Is reading from paper better than from a screen?

There is a common tendency in the older generations to say something negative about the younger one – lazy is the most common one I have heard, perhaps because I am lazy. But it is equally true that we do have it easier regarding some aspects at least, and the main reason for that is technology. Growing up, I have heard that my dad went to school walking through snow for 15 miles; I went […]

Bill Nye the …. guy

The most multifaceted guy. Reddit users call him “meh”, twitter users call him a “twat”, facebook users call him “smart”, and he calls himself “the science guy” (I guess facebook always wins, meh). So here he is, Bill Nye the <have your pick from below> guy. Science (link) I haven’t published a scientific paper (link) I only hold a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering (link) I list honorary degrees under education in my CV (link) I […]

There is no such thing as a refugee crisis

We are witnessing a fundamental problem in contemporary political theory – the problem of space and people. This is not a new problem, but it is a problem that has reappeared once again in the early years of this century. It has reappeared precisely because of the sudden disappearance of political ideology in the decade before – or rather, as Slavoj Zizek would point out, the disappearance of an alternative ideology. What we are witnessing […]

Disney’s latest trick, or what Dire Straits got right

Some days ago, 28th of October to be precise, Disney was given a patent on a specific type of search engine. The idea is quite simple: for too long search engines have struggled with filtering copyrighted content out of the showed results. Google has adjusted its algorithms again and again over the years, but they seems to keep on getting it wrong somehow. That’s what Disney thinks apparently. They claim that search engines wrongly focus […]

Kenyan lawyer sues ‘Israel’ for killing Jesus – some responses

You can find the original post following this link: Kenyan lawyer sues ‘Israel’ for killing Jesus. What follows are some responses I have gotten from a number of facebook groups. Some are funny, some are serious, but most of them are pretty harmless to be reproduced here. Andrew Holehouse Yep now we know !, only a kenyan can prove a deity true or false. Has he remembered he has to prove his existance legally to […]

Kenyan lawyer sues ‘Israel’ for killing Jesus

This is admittedly some old news, but it just came to my attention recently. As it happens, a Kenyan lawyer – Dola Indidis – is suing Israel (among other entities, including the state of Italy, King Herod and Emperor Tiberius – as well as the very vague ones ‘Jewish teachers of law’ and ‘Jewish elders’) for the death of Jesus Christ. His aim is to bring those responsible to justice. An admirable aim, no doubt. That […]