In praise of firing squads

I oppose the death penalty, but if countries are going to impose it, then the firing squad is a pretty decent method. It's rapid and painless enough not to be sick torture, but it's also brutal enough to remind everyone concerned that they are, actually, violently and prematurely ending a life. Which is good, because … Continue reading In praise of firing squads

Best comment evah

From the Awl, which you should read anyway, this short article: "A bolt of lightning struck the ship capturing oil from the blown-out BP well in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, igniting a fire that halted containment efforts in another setback for the embattled company in its nearly two-month struggle to stop the spill, … Continue reading Best comment evah

What makes me angriest? Quebec.

There are many things in life that rile me. But in terms of 'obvious, absurd, insane unfairness that's tolerated for absolutely no sensible reason at all', Quebec is top. In most countries that have real languages and joke languages that are indulged, the joke language that's indulged is the language of the people the land … Continue reading What makes me angriest? Quebec.

‘Anti-Europe’ is an accurate term for UKIPpers

There are two possible meanings that the phrase 'anti-Europe' can carry. One is the Fox News interpretation, under which Europe is full of gay, garlic-eating communists, and therefore should be bombed, or at least avoided. The other is the opposition to European political integration, or to the view of Europe as a political rather than … Continue reading ‘Anti-Europe’ is an accurate term for UKIPpers

Shorter US public response to Deepwater Horizon

"Dear Big Oil. Yes, we know this sort of thing is inherent to oil extraction, and we do still want cheap oil extracted - but please can you do it in places where instead of oiling up a few American pelicans and ruining American banjo-playing yokels' weekends by making them kill land animals instead of … Continue reading Shorter US public response to Deepwater Horizon

On third-columnists, deliberate or otherwise

I’m a Keynesian who believes in fiscal expansion in tough times, and I'm a market-favouring leftie who believes in progressive taxation (whilst trying to minimise disincentives to work at all levels). However, I’m embarrassed by Richard Murphy of TaxResearch.org.uk, and the way in which the press tend to print his daft views as a serious … Continue reading On third-columnists, deliberate or otherwise

What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-06-13

A bit of #ebz? Yes, a bit of #ebz. It'll be sunny tomorrow, perhaps I'll leave the house. http://fallenlondon.com/c/103864 # Hehe. This is possibly the most excellent thing Gordon Brown ever did: http://bit.ly/cwBq6P # I can't quite believe a) how expensive Camper shoes are, b) thatI bought some anyway. They're bloody nice though. # Enjoyed … Continue reading What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-06-13