Dumbing down, and that’s just the fogeyish commentators

In England and Wales up until 1986, there were two sorts of exam a child could take at the compulsory school leaving age of 16. CSEs weren't very academically rigorous and were aimed at kids who weren't planning to take further academic qualifications. O-levels were more academically rigorous; they were aimed at kids who were … Continue reading Dumbing down, and that’s just the fogeyish commentators

Some factual statements

Note: see update at the bottom I'm holding points 1-8 to be non-controversial; let me know if you, err, controvert them. 1) Rape is very bad. 2) Long-term psychological, bullying abuse is very bad. 3) Violence per se is bad, but not very bad. 4) Nearly all raping is done by men, mostly against women. … Continue reading Some factual statements

99% of men are rapists or nose-pickers

I'm not a fan of violence against anyone, irrespective of their gender. But I don't give a toss about 'violence against women', any more than I give a toss about 'violence against ginger people' or 'violence against taxidermists'. If women were disproportionately likely to be the victims of violence, then perhaps there would be some … Continue reading 99% of men are rapists or nose-pickers

Almost nearly there

So, I can access the wp-admin and the database now, but the site bit is still blank... weird. This time it was Indian spammers rather than Chinese spammers, exacerbated by my host's good-really-I-know-but-still-infuriating security policy, my lack of access to computers that aren't insanely locked down and/or that don't access the internet, and the increased … Continue reading Almost nearly there