I believe it is perfectly OK to kill cats. I really do. I am convinced that anyone who sees a cat walking by and then kills is not doing anything even slightly immoral. If it’s done painlessly, better, but it doesn’t make someone any more immoral for doing it painfully. I myself have sometimes enjoyed throwing a cat strongly against a wall over and over until after thirty long minutes of agony, it draws its last breath. There is no particular reason for this belief of mine – I think they’re ugly and make a street look aesthetically less pleasing – but besides that I just tend to think that there is no problem killing them… continue reading →
A friend of mine recently said in response to Cameron’s claim that Britain should use Christian values. that we need jobs, not social engineering. Avoiding the ideological quicksand that this is, it seems a pretty legitimate statement. Instead of tinkering with the social order, we need to create jobs through investment.
This is a pretty Labour-ite criticism, and I’ve got no problem with it. Of course everyone needs jobs. Of course everyone is a bit annoyed at Cameron’s increasingly ideological politics, and heavy handed approach, and I’m sure many would relish the chance to get a swipe at him… continue reading →
Referred to as pot or weed, scientifically referred to as cannabis, and commonly known as marijuana, it is without a doubt the plant that draws the most attention to itself. Millions of Americans are willing to break the law in order to consume it, and thousands of them are jailed every year for doing so. The government invests billions of dollars every year to prevent its consumption and distribution. And as with any noteworthy topic, there are greatly differing opinions on the issues associated with it. But bizarrely enough, there are also major differences in the actual scientific data and information available from different sources – when studying marijuana, even facts are subjective… continue reading →
You only have to turn over a British twenty pound note, to see arguably one of the most influential philosophers of all times, Adam Smith. Smith formulated one of the most crucial social sciences in understanding human interactions – economics – in his renowned book ‘The Wealth of Nations’. The book is considered his magnum opus and earned Smith a massive contemporary reputation as well as a legacy as ‘the father of modern economics’ and, importantly to this article, has often been labelled the first advocator of free-market capitalism... continue reading →
With the bloody conflict in Libya drawing to a close, Western media attention seems to be focusing on the situation in Syria. But while some revolutions have managed to gain the spotlight, others have been ignored. While blood flows on the streets of Damascus and Homs, anti-government protests continue in both Yemen and Bahrain, and both revolutions have been brutally suppressed. Yet when Gaddafi killed protestors on the streets of Benghazi, the violence was condemned, and before long, NATO had begun its operations in Libya. Is it then that the plights of the Bahraini and Yemeni peoples are less important than those of Libyans and Syrians? That is simply not true… continue reading →
A series of pictures that depict the horrors of the slums of Buenos Aires – the city known to Europeans as the ‘Paris of South America’. Photos by Lisa Modiano. See the rest of the pictures →
For the past year, press reports have been ablaze with reports of the stagnation of the American political system. Even the most mundane issues are contested as a partisan affair. The floor of Congress has been degraded to something comparable to a primary school playground, with all of its petty rivalries, grudges, temper tantrums, backhanded compliments, and two faced agreements. Almost any player or bystander of the world stage will agree: America is quickly becoming a bastion of radical politics, some of which is outright ridiculous and others quite dangerous… continue reading →