These guys reckon Australia is top per capita at CO2 emissions: http://bit.ly/6YSl0V @ozcjr # And always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom... RT @JuliaGillard We [are] shaping a better future, going forward not back. # Great piece on the illiberal stupidity of banning the veil: http://nyti.ms/b62QYG (via @sunnysingh_sw6) # Haha, Fresher's Week-tastic: http://bit.ly/cDsZj9 - yay representative … Continue reading What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-07-18
Great Jim Henley piece on 'high road' vs 'low road' policies (eg diplomacy vs war, or investigation vs torture): http://bit.ly/cokCqu # Weird to watch people commenting on the Megrahi case as if he were the Lockerbie bomber. While, as a Libyan intelligence officer, he's... # ...doubtless a nasty piece of work, his (and, indeed, Libya's) … Continue reading What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-07-11
1) which country's national anthem contains the line "I've always been a loyal subject of the King of Spain"? 2) which famous 20th Century American science fiction writer wrote Blade Runner: a movie?
Lord Rodger, yesterday: Just as male heterosexuals are free to enjoy themselves playing rugby, drinking beer and talking about girls with their mates, so male homosexuals are to be free to enjoy themselves going to Kylie concerts, drinking exotically coloured cocktails and talking about boys with their straight female mates. Great ruling, though. And nice … Continue reading Supreme Court (UK edition) for the win
From the Rodent: It would've been wiser and more useful in military and diplomatic terms; more humane, productive and billions of pounds less expensive if the US and Britain had responded to 9/11 by crashing two planeloads of US marines into the centre of a randomly-chosen Afghan city at 700 mph and executing 300 randomly-chosen … Continue reading Depressing but probably true
So, on BP, let's assume that it gets so busted by compo claims that its entire US business gets liquidated and sold to Exxon (as seems to be the current, insane narrative: "we'll pretend BP are evil rather than the same as everyone else, so we don't have to stop the drilling and the oil … Continue reading Technical BP question, or ‘lazy crowdsourcing’
Martin Amis & Shed #swapwordinfilmwithshed #swapwordinfilmwithmartinamis # The Unbearable Shed of Martin Amis #swapwordinfilmwithshed #swapwordinfilmwithmartinamis # RT @anattendantlord Bring Me The Shed of Martin Amis #swapwordinfilmwithshed #swapwordinfilmwithmartinamis # "Tottenham Hotspurtable"? - http://bit.ly/9Ws52e - #typosthatsoundfilthy # "equivalent of defecating on the steps of the Vatican" - no, defecating on steps of Vatican would be a *good … Continue reading What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-07-04
Any self-professed 'human rights group' that criticises a decision to, erm, respect someone's human rights is not actually a human rights group, so much as an opportunity for a bunch of vindictive tossers to further hone their already highly developed sense of victimhood and entitlement.
Yes, that was a really stupid thing to say in an interview. On the plus side, it's good to see the people of Liverpool dispelling their unfair stereotype as past-obsessed whiners by ignoring an irrelevant off-the-cuff aside about something that happened a generation ago.
The rule of thumb is that on any blog where posts regularly attract more than about 50 comments, none of said comments will be worth reading due to the preponderance of idiot trolls, clueless newbies, and the generally hard-of-thinking. At Crooked Timber, this is not the case. Viz: Newbie CT commenter: I wouldn’t much care … Continue reading Crooked Timber, an exception to general comment-thread-y rules of thumb