Against Democracy

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” — Winston Churchill It’s Election Day in the United States. Watching this election unfold with all the intellect and decorum of a Jerry Springer episode [and not even one of the good ones, about homewrecking lesbian strippers], I’ve come to the inevitable […]

Hitman: Absolution, and The Boy Who Cried “Rape!”

Oh, boy. Here we go again. Another day, another moral guardian pops up to condemn a game. Except, here, we’re not even talking about an actual game – just a trailer for one. I heard about this through a Google News alert, which brought me to this article on Forbes. The blogosphere has tried the […]

Anders Behring Breivik: Norwegian Would

When word of the two attacks carried out by Anders Behring Breivik came from Oslo on Friday, then on through Saturday, my¬† first thoughts were, “Another Euro-loony with a gun. Wonder how long it’ll be before they announce he liked KMFDM?” [Apparently the favoured soundtrack for psychos. See also Pekka-Eric Auvinen, who shot eight people […]

Ten Years in the USA

This week marks the tenth anniversary of my permanent arrival in the United States of America. What a long, strange journey it has been: like all of life, there have been ups and downs, highs and lows, and moments to remember in both directions. After the jump, you’ll find ten such memories, some personal and […]

The Days of Swine(Flu) and Roses

There’s nothing the media likes more than a good pandemic panic. I recall the one that swept Britain back in 1994, about necrotising fasciitis – the ‘flesh-eating bug’ that was going to make the legs of everyone in the United Kingdom fall off. Needless to say, I type this with a count of fully-functioning limbs […]