Science vindicates Spinal Tap on Stonehenge

Evidence has come to light that Stonehenge may have been used as a giant musical instrument:

Researchers from the Royal College of Art discovered that the central Blue Stones, which originated in South Wales, had musical tones when struck.

The theory could explain why the stones were arranged in a circle – so the sound would resonate.

Which is what Nigel Tufnel has been saying all along.

And the classic retelling done live:

The stats prove it: hipsters are annoying

The Priceonomics blog, authored by self-identified hipsters, crunches the numbers behind one of the most irksome qualities of hipsters: their haughty attachment to utterly obscure bands. For example,the graph below uses data from the Pitchfork website, described as “probably the most important hipster taste-maker”, and the number of Facebook likes for a Pitchfork review of a band.

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If you don’t recognize any of the bands represented by the blue dots, don’t feel so bad.

If you do recognize any of them (apart from Vampire Weekend), what are you doing here?

Is our children learning?

A product of our current university environment attempts to argue that Movember is some form of collective hate crime:

Movember was clearly designed with a hairy white cisgender blonde guy in mind who had no problem growing facial hair but would never get pulled over at the border because of it. It was clearly designed without any intersectional analysis as to its symbolism and how hard it can be for many people to participate.

No, it is not a parody.

More free passes for Islamist violence from the chattering classes

In USA Today, Anthea Butler, an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania, lays out her bewildering case for the arrest of provocative filmmaker Sam Bacile:

While the First Amendment right to free expression is important, it is also important to remember that other countries and cultures do not have to understand or respect our right.

Bollocks.

When it comes to legal jurisdiction in the United States, of course they must understand and respect that right. No mufti or sheikh has even a shred of authority outside of a mosque and certainly none that contravenes the constitution of another country.

Like so many other bien pensants, Professer Butler is happy to grant extraterritoriality to Islamists. And that makes her expression of condolences to the victims of that presumptive authority empty words indeed.