Friday, April 19, 2013

Love and Death

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New World Notes News
Vol. 6, No. 15 -- April 19, 2013

This week in New World Notes, radio program #268, April 23, 2013

Love and Death

In brief

A cockeyed look at love and death--from 10 Downing Street to the mean streets of Steubenville, Ohio.

For Death, we look at the late UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, her awful legacy--and how millions of Brits celebrated her passing by driving "Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead" nearly to the top of the pop charts. And we play parts of a newly-released musical bashing of Thatcher by Chumbawamba.

For Love, we read a great essay on the Steubenville rape case--and why gays should think twice before adopting the heterosexuals' institutions of sex, courtship, and marriage.

"Heterosexuality in high school is not pretty," advises
Joanne Wypijewski--and Steubenville is Anytown, USA.

Notes, credits, & links

I've edited and condensed Joanne Wypijewski's essay on Steubenville, "Primitive Heterosexuality." The uncut original is here.

I'm told that Chumbawamba recorded "In Memoriam: Margaret Thatcher" in 2005 and released it upon her death (April 8). The complete version is available on

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