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Double first

July 13, 2008 Leave a comment

This week I’ve seen the best cartoon parody ever, and an entirely new concept in music video.

Scarily, they’re both made by the same fat Australian political activist. Good work Mr Ireland.

Jumping in slightly late

July 12, 2008 4 comments

On the grounds of ‘what goes around comes around’ [*], as well as on the general grounds of free speech, let me join the chorus of people supporting slightly demented Decent Left blog Harry’s Place in the libel suit that Hamas UK brought for calling them antisemitic.

Normally, calling somebody antisemitic is a pretty horrible libel and one of the few uses of the libel law that I’d suggest was justified; however, in the case of an organisation whose manifesto states that “the Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews…The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him“, it’s pretty much a fair cop…

[*] a long time ago, far away; if you don’t know, you don’t need to know.

Word cloud

July 11, 2008 Leave a comment

From these fine people, here is a word map of this site. It’s kind-of cool – excerpt here:

Banditry wordle

“People”, “knife”, “crime”, “statistics”, “public” and “law” seem to be pretty high up.

Since the main point of this blog is to use stats and logic to highlight when general commentary on a major issue is wrong, I guess the main lesson is that commentators at present are more outrageously wrong about knife crime than finance or transport.

Which, given the appallingly low quality of finance and transport coverage, is a bit disturbing.

(via)

This is why the future was invented

July 8, 2008 2 comments

Police officers only cause the same number of accidents and fires as everyday people

June 27, 2008 Leave a comment

It’s like a 1950s children’s guide to the police, but ever so slightly different. Excellent comedy.

Automatic comment generator

May 30, 2008 3 comments

This is an absolutely superb generator of ignorant nonsense. It’s nominally a tribute to the BBC’s Have Your Say, but is quite an effective simulation of most right-wing blog comments.

Sample:

Twas ever thus. here come the pc brigade and the nanny state! Gordon Brown is going to put us all in Death Camps. It is vital that we string them all up. Why did nobody listen to Enoch Powell all those years ago?!!

Gordon Clown Out Now England

It goes e-e-e-e-ow e-e-e-e-e-e-blaow

May 28, 2008 Leave a comment

Yes, I know that I’m 29 years old, middle class and white. But fuck it, this is awesome:

(yup, it is indeed from this. How did you guess? And yes, I am indeed quite grumpy that I’ve got to go out every night this week. Can’t people leave me alone for, ooh, a month or so…?)

Good news, everybody

May 15, 2008 Leave a comment

You’ll be delighted to hear that The Sharpener is back online and that I have a new post there on why it’s right to treat politics as a trivial and irrelevant sideshow.

Also, now that the Sharpener is back up, I’m going to try and get back into the habit of putting my political stuff up there, and random finance / transport / IT geekery / lifestyle stuff on here. Whether that will improve either place is a question for thee and not for me…

A lie has a good ending

April 19, 2008 1 comment

Today’s “this is what the Internet was invented for” site is the automatic random proverb generator.

Favourites it’s given me include:

Blood is thicker than the eye of the beholder.
He who lives by the sword shall die by a vacuum.
A little learning is money.

Quality stuff. From B3ta, obviously. As is this link: a gangsta rap album called Mail on Sunday. There’s got to be some scope for Middle England confusion there…

Ricking it

April 12, 2008 1 comment

The world’s first ever Rickmob happened yesterday at Liverpool Street station. Awesome stuff.

Added bonus: if you watch the video, you may notice a special guest appearance from your effervescent host…