General Table of Contents


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[Acknowledgement to Stephen Robins's The Ruling Asses for many of the quotations below]


Main Theme

Shooting yourself in the foot is unfortunate; doing it repeatedly suggests a disorder rather than merely bad luck." 

Pseudoscience II

1.  Pseudoscience and Psychotherapy

2.  Pseudoscientific Theories



"Speaking as a man, it's not a woman's issue" - Vice-President Dan Quayle on breast cancer
Think Yourself Unhealthy - by Sep Meyer



"Headmasters of schools tend to be men" - Clare Short M.P.

Nurturing Giftedness - by Penelope Waite       



"If affirmative action means what I just described, what I'm for, then I'm for it" - President George W. Bush

The Most Annoyingly Obtuse Argument - by Aaron Davidson


Health and Fitness

“Suicide is a real threat to health in a modern society” - Virginia Bottomley M.P.
And There Let Us Wallow - by John Ewing
Affirmations to help you stop snacking


“Businessmen should stand or fall on their own two feet" - Edwina Currie M.P.

No Surrender: the future of not-for-profit organisations - by John Gray



"To listen to some people in politics, you'd think 'nice' was a four-letter-word" - David Steel M.P. 

Chase the Ace - by Joe Sinclair

Gobbledygook - by Sep Meyer


Third Age

"This is the advent of a new beginning of continued change." - President Ronald Reagan 

Life Expectancy Changes in the Twentieth Century  



"Inside every man is a poet who died young" - Stefan Kanfer

The Child Within - by Nadine Garrod 



"You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test." - President George W. Bush  

Book Reviews

Book and Tape Offers


Letters to the Editor


The Last Word

In lieu of an editorial


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The Ruling Asses - A little book of political stupidity - compiled by Stephen Robins - Prion Books, London, 2001