Conspiracy theories and their origins: From the Freemasons to the Twin Towers Fear of negative energy People who believe in the barcode conspiracy probably have a special pen in their pockets when they approach a checkout counter to neutralize what they believe is negative energy radiating from the barcode. The barcode information supposedly aims to reduce the world population. Some companies even go so far as to print a line through the barcode to keep their customers happy. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: How do I recognize a conspiracy theory?
“Those Dyson people who can work from home have been asked to continue to do so, those who require access to equipment on campus can do so in a safe working environment, and those who need occasional attendance on campus are being supported to complete their tasks. … [Read more...] about Dyson’s UK staff revolt against order to return to work
Surely I must always have been moved by that? Yes, the shudder of recognition that came over me now when she was buying the dress she was going to wear for him, and I remembered what was going to happen on the next page, proves that I was. She did sometimes slip into over-writing, but she could most powerfully convey the indescribable when she had to, and at least I recognised that. Otherwise, however, my young self was doing something from which I recoiled when I met it not long ago in a silly woman who told me she detested the stories of that marvellous writer Alice Munro, "because she writes about such dreary, low-class people". I had failed to understand Vera Brittain because she wrote about people whose extreme sexual innocence (she and Leighton hardly ever even held hands) appeared to me ridiculous, and whose eager embracing of the war as "glorious" shocked me. It is shaming to see that I reacted like an illiterate nincompoop. … [Read more...] about Anthem for doomed youth
4. Man Enough to be a Woman by Jayne County (1995)Many transsexual memoirs used surgery as a moment to move from one gender to another – County’s brought a couple of paragraphs explaining her decision not to bother into a life story that moved from Dallas to New York. It tells how she was present at Warhol’s Factory and the Stonewall riots, before becoming part of punk rock scenes in the US and London, and West Berlin’s queer underground. It’s full of insights into a vanishing counterculture, and an enjoyable alternative to stories that prioritise a desire to fit into bourgeois norms. … [Read more...] about Top 10 transgender books
She said: 'Making it all work has been tricky due to coronavirus. The solicitor closed their offices and the council's priorities have, of course, been elsewhere, so collecting all the paperwork - such as the information about when the property was built - has taken longer than normal. … [Read more...] about Millions of homebuyers face heartbreak as nervous lenders demand ‘unaffordable’ mortgage deposits amid fears prices will plummet 30% in two years in estate agents’ ‘worst nightmare’