Month: November 2020

Spooky stuff: Contacting spirits of the dead

High society circles in St. Petersburg in the late 19th century were fascinated with seances and efforts to contact the dead. There was one problem, however. This macabre movement in fact had started as a prank by two young charlatans in the U.S. The fraudulent nature of this pseudo-science, however, didn’t stop educated and powerful Russians from indulging in what is known as ‘Spiritualism’.

Remembrance Sunday

I make no apologies for spurning the pomp and pageantry that bull-horns its way through Remembrance Sunday held at thousands of cenotaphs. There is much about war that knows no political or national boundaries. War is a monument to human frailty and duplicity, profiteering, individual acts of heroism and stupidity, but not strength.

Ireland’s Enigmatic Tomb Older Than The Great Pyramids

Older than Stonehenge and more enigmatic and ancient than the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Newgrange tomb in Ireland holds as many mysteries as each of those mysterious structures. The massive complex of Newgrange was built about 3200 BC, yet its existence was not discovered until 1699, when a local landowner wanted the mound dug up for its stones. In fact, throughout Ireland have been so far discovered over 200 such tombs.

Fairy Tale of the Demon Virus

Once upon a time, there was a king who ran a small country. He wasn’t the sharpest tool in the box, but he was lucky to have a smart priest. And he once asked this priest a question, how to maintain absolute power if people regularly do their own thing and don’t want to listen?

Debtor’s Revenge The Survivor’s Manual

As the lockdown is removed crisis payments by autocratic regimes will cease. However, the jobs lost will stay lost. As the government grapples with the challenge of an exit strategy from lockdown, many people are anxious about a looming financial cliff edge. What happens when the package of measures to support wages and reduce the burden of household bills comes to an end?

America Elections in Black and White

In what is more than the usual differences regarding political ideologies between two candidates with fundamentally different personalities, the United States presidential election is essentially the culmination of a war of White and mixed-race cultures, influential French philosopher and author Éric Zemmour said in a political talk show on French news channel CNews.