High priests of the endarkenment

The barbarians are it seems at the very gates of the ivory towers, and I apologise for such an over used metaphor. The popular on line science magazine “Popular Science” is drawing up the door bridge and closing down comments. Now their gaff their rules, they can do whatever they like, they could have moderated comments, rated them all sorts of things, but they chose to turn off comments and let people discuss things on their forums which does serve the purpose of restricting those that comment to only the genuinely interested so fair enough. Their reasoning is that: “Comments … Continue reading

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A lesson from the frozen north

The main stream media seems to have been keeping very quiet about this, perhaps they’re worried that we might gets ideas. The story of how Iceland refused to accept liability for private banks, prosecuted bankers, politicians alike, resisted international pressure and forged a new constitution really is proof that power can rest in the hands of the people if they choose to take it. “An Italian radio program’s story about Iceland’s on-going revolution is a stunning example of how little our media tells us about the rest of the world. Americans may remember that at the start of the 2008 … Continue reading

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NotW protests and bloggers

Having dragged myself away from both work and the Tour for a little bit, I discover that there’s been a bit happening this last week. The big story as far as the papers were concerned seems to have been the NotW getting caught out doing the same sort of stuff the rest of them all do. Though it’d seem that New International really aren’t the worst of them that prize goes to Trinity Mirror, but they of course aren’t run by the “evil” Murdochs. So there are fewer calls for the government to stamp on them, which rather ignores that … Continue reading

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Us and them

As I’m for the moment actually going into the office to work, I’m once more looking through the metro and two articles rather caught my eye, partly for the content but more so for the juxtaposition of what they reported. As other better bloggers have already commented on the individual incidents I’ll just link to those rather than adding my two penn’orth. Article 1: Devils kitchen and Big Brother Watch both nicely report on a man being prosecuted for “perverting the course of justice” due to flashing his headlights to warn other drivers of a speed trap – thus causing … Continue reading

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Stuff to read elsewhere

A couple of things for your Friday delectation. Firstly via comments over on Anna Raccoon there is the wonder that is Daed Parrot’s Sleaze-O-scope. A one stop shop for locating all the latest sleaze. And utterly unrelated to that a rather jolly rant against recycling. 00   

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In other news…

Obviously the big story at the moment is four ministers taking cash for access the defence of which was that that they were variously lying or should not be given credibility (Guido has a petiton). So that’s reassuring then we don’t need to worry about ministers offering to take cash for access as they’re either mad or lying (or possibly both) – but still fit to govern whilst exceeding the government’s recommended weekly alcohol limit (which is much cheaper to do in the subsidised bars in the houses of Parliament). Whilst that’s been going on Gordon has re-announced plans to … Continue reading

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Back to the blog with MPs being charged

I’ve been even quieter than usual as the last two weeks my free time was spent rapidly building props for a friend of mine called Preacher who for publicity and other reasons best known to himself was doing the Britains got Talent thing – oh and then there was sleeping. So I’m way behind on pretty much everything so may well go over stuff that’s already been covered by other people far better. So as a fun place to start there’s the wonderful news that at least some of the corrupt or incompetent members of parliament are to actually face … Continue reading

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Just in – arrest Blair

Just been pointed at a shiny new website from Cyberium/George Monbiot (hat tip : Her Ladyship at Tora Towers). http://www.arrestblair.org/ The stated aim of the site is: “This site offers a reward to people attempting a peaceful citizen’s arrest of the former British prime minister, Tony Blair, for crimes against peace. Anyone attempting an arrest which meets the rules laid down here will be entitled to one quarter of the money collected at the time of his or her application. Money donated to this site will be used for no other purpose than to pay bounties for attempts to arrest … Continue reading

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MPs expenses 4 weeks to go

Just to remind people the consultation on MP’s expenses end on the 11th of February. you can take part on line here: http://mpexpensesconsultation.org.uk/ The Tax Payers Alliance have a fairly good run down of the questions on their Website (hat tip to Iain Dale again). 00   

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Speak up about MPs expenses

Via Iain Dale, the public consultation on MPs expenses is now open here: http://mpexpensesconsultation.org.uk/ Such an important matter obviously needs to be very widely publicised. According to the web site: We are consulting on the new system for managing MPs’ expenses * The next parliament will start with a completely new system, independently designed and administered * This is only the first step of a continuing consultation on the role of Members of Parliament and of Parliament itself * We’d like to hear your views on our proposal for the new system. So go along and let them know what … Continue reading

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