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Online idiocy

Posted: 14 January 2015 in going cheep, internet, writing
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Not often I cross-post to here from going cheep, but this one’s worth it, I think…

Online idiocy

Every so often, an event occurs that brings the idiots out from cover and they spread their idiocy over social media with all the subtlety and tact of a bull elephant on heat. One of the stranger things about such idiots is that whereas an expert in one field may not be an expert in another, idiots tend to be multi-subject idiots.

So, as happened to me last night, you get an idiot complaining that David Cameron doesn’t know anything about Magna Carta by saying that habeous corpus came from Magna Carta. It didn’t; it came from the Assize of Clarendon, roughly fifty years before the first Magna Carta. What’s that? You didn’t know that there was more than one? Yeah, the first one, the one that everyone knows about was in 1215. Then it was repealed and then decades later, there was another one in 1297. Yeah, the first one was repealed. And, as David Allen Green has shown, there’s not a single part of current English/British Law that comes from Magna Carta; there’s not a single recorded case decided on the provisions of Magna Carta.

So, yeah, ok, I came across an idiot pontificating upon the merits of Magna Carta without knowing anything about it.

But wait, her idiocy and ignorance wasn’t limited to historical documents that have no effect upon today’s legal systems. It went further, into jewish conspiracies and how the Jews were [in part] to blame for people hating Jews because the Jews own all the banks and operate usury. And her victim blaming didn’t stop there: she blamed women for getting raped, and called for laws to abolish no-fault divorce, allow infanticide, and oh, the idiocy continued and continued. She wants to reintroduce public executions and public floggings.

Ah, social media. More proof, were it ever to be needed, that no matter how many endangered species there are on this wonderful planet of ours, we’ll never run short of idiots.

At year-end…

Posted: 31 December 2014 in going cheep

Not often that I cross post from going cheep, but for once, why not…?

As I write this, we’re about fourteen and a half hours away from the new year. 2015. A hell of a lot has happened in 2014, some good, some bad. Pretty much the same as most years, and I’d lay money that 2015 will be the same. Only the ratio ever changes.

It’s been a long time since I’ve ended a year saying “no matter what happens next year, it’s got to be better than this year.” That year was 1997, and nine days into the new year, my big brother died. Now, I’m not a superstitious person by nature (or even supernature) but since then, I’ve never thought that what’s to come can’t be worse than what’s been. Of course, it can be better – in fact often it is. But sometimes it is worse.

I got a lot of writing started in 2014, and even finished some of it. I expect – and hope – than in 2015 I’ll finish even more of what I start, and since I’ve already got eight – eight! – projects part written, I’m expecting some new things to happen on the writing front.

And those unfinished projects don’t include two that I’d lots of notes written about before two notebooks containing those notes were stolen. So, if I want to write those projects, there’s a lot of research to redo, and a lot of writing to make up.

Some months ago, when I started Going Cheep, at the start of August, it was intended to be something to kickstart the writing part of my brain. Sometimes it’s been exactly that, but more often than not, it’s been a prose equivalent of This Is My Jam, allowing me to put down in words an earworm of something that’s been occupying my mind.

So, the end of 2104. And the start of 2015. I’m not arrogant enough to think that I could give any words of advice for 2015 that will matter more than the new year messages from people liked and respected far more widely than me, but what the hell, why not?

Be nice to people, when you can. Attack arguments rather than people. Never confuse agreement for friendship, or vice versa; you’re allowed to disagree with friends about anything, and still remain friends. Learn to read fluent tyop, and know that even before you learn to read it, you’re fluent in writing it.

Know that you are liked, and stop worrying about why people like you; it’s enough that they do.

I hope you have a peaceful, good 2015, with happiness and wonders thus far unimagined.

Happy New Year.


Posted: 1 August 2014 in going cheep, writing
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Just to let anyone who’s reading this know, as well as returning to daily blogging here for a bit, I’ve started something called “GOING CHEEP” – the name may rings faint bells for some – at Going Cheep; the plan is it’ll be daily braindumps in the morning, and it’ll be the first thing I write every day. Just a couple of hundred words about whatever’s on my mind at the moment I start to write.

Anyway, thought you’d like to know.

More later.