Two questions on Iraq

1) If the UK had lined up with the rest of Old Europe in opposing the war, how likely would it have been to go ahead anyway? 2) If the war had gone ahead as a unilateral US operation rather than a US/UK operation, would the outcome have been any different, for better or worse? … Continue reading Two questions on Iraq

What I’ve been up to, week ending 2009-12-06

LHR most destination is JFK according to BAA website, Paris not in top 5 http://bit.ly/1F3EkB (@hackneye @leylandrichard) # People who use the word "personally", in the context of "that's not what I personally like" etc, should be hanged. Personally. # I hate people who occupy seats on crowded trains with their bags too, but this … Continue reading What I’ve been up to, week ending 2009-12-06

AGW and helicopters

Quick lunchtime update: a new piece I wrote last night has just gone up on LC (it's taken the editors the morning to remove my sarcastic footnotes, apparently...). It's on an obvious point that tends to be missed from the debate on anthropogenic global warming: the people who'd benefit from the enormous, co-ordinated scam required … Continue reading AGW and helicopters

Mmm, tempura morays

From Ars Technica, enlightening the 'net neutrality' debate, a piece on the corrupt institutions and robber barons who hijacked the Victorian equivalent of the Internet. This digression was interesting: The result was the infamous Credit Mobilier scandal of the 1870s... Rather than license the construction of the Union Pacific railroad to an independent contractor, its … Continue reading Mmm, tempura morays

Visa card [*]

I've long approved of a semi-referendum for the reintroduction of the death penalty, under which only people who vote in favour actually face it as a punishment option (this would work well, as "being a crazy violent idiot" is correlated both with "supporting the death penalty" and "committing murder"). On the basis of this, do-as-you-would-be-done-by, … Continue reading Visa card [*]