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Poor Hanno

According to the pop-psychologist-pseudo-science writer Malcolm Gladwell in his magnum lite-opus, the Tipping Point we as a species need risk takers. Individuals who are willing to put it all on the line in pursuit of a goal will, if they […]


Intelligence and Happiness?

A while ago, the Inquisition pondered the nature of intelligence, and whether a certain outlook or attendant mental abilities are guides to or from happiness. This has been obliquely in the news of late…


Buried by the Sea

Its odd. Most graveyards in Connemara appear to be near water, if not actually right on the coast. Why? West Galway, or Connemara, has a lot of unused space. Admittedly, much of the land Connemara is industrially and agriculturally useless, […]


Cycling Two Abreast

Cycling two abreast in Ireland is legal, a protected practice, and it is safer.


Indoors / Outdoors (Defuse)

A talk given by The Inquisition at Defuse, on Wednesday 7th November 2012, as part of Designweek in Dublin, Ireland


Nürnburg’s Extra Bombs

Nürnburg got ripped to shreds by Bomber Harris’ boys. By how much appears to be open to debate.


Law & Morality

The preface to HLA Hart’s publication of his 1961 lecture series on the meeting of law and morality is as prevalent today as it ever was.


Foy – The Bodiless Head

A bodiless head is revered as being Saint Foy, who died a cruel death.


Coffee Haters

There are people out there who pretend to like coffee. Coffee Haters – you have been warned.


False Flags 2

False flag, covert ops by Americans against Americans? Sounds crazy, and so it was deemed.


Plastic 55 Years Ago

55 years ago Roland Barthes considered the importance of plastic and what it meant, as a substance and a symbol.


Cesare Borgia’s Party

The Pope, his son and fifty prostitutes – Cesare Borgia’s party.


Marriage – A Potted History

Marriage is thought by many to be a fixed rite, one which is immovable and inflexible. The truth is that it has not always seemed so…


Blinking Morse

The world was shocked when a victim of torture started blinking morse. The story of a US aviator captured in Vietnam.


Synecdoche

Synecdoche is a powerful, expressive linguistic device


1991 VG

Earth has had a recent fly past by the mysterious alien probe, 1991 VG. And it’s coming back. We’re screwed. Maybe.


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<p>Its odd. Most graveyards in Connemara appear to be near water, if not actually right on the coast. Why? West Galway, or Connemara, has a lot of unused space. Admittedly, much of the land Connemara is industrially and agriculturally useless, […]</p>
<p>Cycling two abreast in Ireland is legal, a protected practice, and it is safer.</p>
<p>A talk given by The Inquisition at Defuse, on Wednesday 7th November 2012, as part of Designweek in Dublin, Ireland</p>
<p>A bodiless head is revered as being Saint Foy, who died a cruel death.</p>
<p>There are people out there who pretend to like coffee. Coffee Haters – you have been warned.</p>
<p>55 years ago Roland Barthes considered the importance of plastic and what it meant, as a substance and a symbol.</p>
<p>Marriage is thought by many to be a fixed rite, one which is immovable and inflexible. The truth is that it has not always seemed so… </p>
<p>The world was shocked when a victim of torture started blinking morse. The story of a US aviator captured in Vietnam.</p>
<p>Earth has had a recent fly past by the mysterious alien probe, 1991 VG. And it’s coming back. We’re screwed. Maybe.</p>
<p>Horace De Vere Cole was the major protagonist and originator of the Dreadnought Hoax. Who was he? What was the Hoax?</p>
<p>Dueling scars, or schmiss, were highly sought after in late nineteenth century Germany.</p>
<p>If language is thought, then our minds can be restricted.</p>

Shorter Posts

According to the pop-psychologist-pseudo-science writer Malcolm Gladwell in his magnum lite-opus, the Tipping Point we as a species need risk takers. Individuals who are willing to put it all on the line in pursuit of a goal will, if they accomplish said goal, bring us all up a notch. Presumably if they fail they assure us that the rest of us were right not consider something so stupid.
Anyhow, spare a thought for poor old Hanno the Carthaginian, a fifth century BCE risk taker. Feeling constrained by his society’s insistence on staying put in north Africa, he upped sticks. He travelled down the West Coast of his home continent where he did what all misogynist adventurers do. He captured some women.
Three hairy women of the Gorillai Tribe.

Bibliography
The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, 2000
The Ancient Paths, Graham Robb, Picador, 2013

A while ago, the Inquisition pondered the nature of intelligence, and whether a certain outlook or attendant mental abilities are guides to or from happiness. This has been obliquely in the news of late…

According to Sidney Kirkpatrick in Hitler’s Holy Relics, Nürnburg was bombed to what can only be described as an excessive degree. This has been largely eclipsed by and forgotten due to the Dresden fire-bombings which followed six weeks alter.

Kirkpatrick writes about a G-2 intelligence report that names one particular day when the campaign reached its apogee. On january 2, 1945, the city took more hits from allied bombers than all of Britain had received from German bombers throughout the entire war.

While over 500 British planes took part, this nonetheless seems a hyperbolic suggestion, and one that the Inquisition has been unable to verify. The best suggestions the Inquisition can find are that 90,000 high explosive bombs and 2.5 million incendiaries rained down upon Briatin in the war, making it inconceivable that Nürnburg was pelted with the same number in one day.

It is undeniable that the city did indeed suffer greatly at the hands of allied aerial bombardments. Its medieval core was demolished, several thousands were killed and over a hundred thousand were made homeless.

Aerial attacks were a blunt instrument that invariably killed, and still kill, civilians. Military targets were referred to, but the true intention was submission of the populace and loss of support for the Nazi regime. A worthy aim, but a horrendous, machiavellian approach.

Bibliography
Hitler’s Holy Relics, Sidney Kirkpatrick, Simon & Schuster, 2010
Bozo Sapiens

Law, Liberty and Morality

The preface, written in 1963 by HLA Hart, to his published series of lectures on the meeting of morality and law, describes succinctly the painful process of separating religion and law which we in Ireland are still living with. The process can trace its roots at least as far back as the Enlightenment, but still remains a prickly issue in nearly all countries globally where there is perceived to be a dominant religious orthodoxy. Professor Hart s speaking about British Law.

In the words of the professor:

“The Suicide Act 1961, though it may directly affect the lives of few people, is something of a landmark in our legal history. It is the first Act of Parliament for at least a century to remove altogether the penalties of the criminal law from a practice both clearly condemned by conventional Christian morality and punishable by law. Many hope that the Suicide Act may be followed by further measures of reform and that certain forms of abortion, homosexual behaviour between consenting adults in private, and certain forms of euthanasia will cease to be criminal offences; for they think that here, as in the case of suicide, the misery caused directly and indirectly by legal punishment outweighs any conceivable harm these practices may do. But the fate of the recommendations of the Wolfenden Committee does not encourage the belief that such reforms are likely in the near future. As our history only too clearly shows, it is comparatively easy to make criminal law and exceedingly difficult to unmake it.”

The law itself is not always a moral creature, but Professor Hart goes on to say that given the stick judges will apply a rigorous beating with it, against any wickedness.

In days when we are enacting laws against financial institutions, upholding proscriptions in support of religious beliefs, bringing in tariffs that are enshrined in law and generally upsetting the applecart, we should take heed. These changes will be around for a long time to come.

Bibliography
Law, Liberty and Morality, HLA Hart, Oxford Paperbacks, 1969


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