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November 19, 2010

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svh

Secret kitten.... :)

Anna

Secret kitten made my morning. Also tempted by the Joy Division colouring book. "eight whole pages of colouring in fun."

rjmadden

Thanks for the Martin Durkin link, David. Loved the 'what's my line' quiz about community diversity co-ordinators.

As Thatcher said, the problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.

JuliaM

The scallop looks very pretty. Also, delicious if pan-fried...

David

rjmadden,

I think the highlight of the programme was the TUC’s intellectual colossus Brendan Barber. The Guardian didn’t like it at all, which is no great surprise; though reviewer Lucy Mangan managed to disapprove without addressing any of the points the programme made. Whatever the film’s merits and shortcomings, it’s interesting to note Ms Mangan’s approach to reviewing a programme about economics. She admits, “Obviously I have not the time, space or qualifications to consider the validity of this here.” Yet despite this handicap she insinuates that the arguments (which, remember, she doesn’t address) should be dismissed as misleading. How does she know?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2010/nov/12/britains-trillion-pound-horror-story-tv-review

rjmadden

And she confuses John James Cowperthwaite with Adam Smith.

ftumch

I finally got to see this... don't know whether to laugh or cry. Or demand my right to bear arms.

"And she confuses John James Cowperthwaite with Adam Smith."

I forgive her, she's kinda pretty. But

"No alternative views were allowed, apart from a few minutes of Brendan Barber, head of the TUC, and Alistair Darling offering frankly dismal performances in the face of hostile questioning from Durkin."

The frankly dismal performances were such because they failed, but notice the use of the word "hostile".

katscratch

Secret kitten made me smile.

Firefox users- if the London panorama doesn't work the first time, do try again. Second time it worked perfectly. And it's a lovely piece of work.

If I ever do anything as smug-arsed and condescending as that periodic table, I grant permission for someone to print out the Encyclopedia Dramatica and beat me with it. Gad.

WTP

Yeah, noticeably missing from that periodic table was Psychology. Unless, of course, Psychology is some sort of chain-growth polymer composed of those underlying elements.

Simen Thoresen

Could someone point us non-Brits (or at least non-approved) youtube-users to an open proxy where we can get the Durkin piece from? From Norway it just says 'Channel 4 sucks'.

-S

Karen M

Simen,

Do these work any better?

http://theuklibertarian.com/2010/11/15/britains-trillion-pound-horror-story/

Sam

rj,

"Loved the 'what's my line' quiz about community diversity co-ordinators."

He isn't a community diversity co-ordinator. He's a consultation and communities engagement manager. Or a community space challenge co-ordinator. Or was it a person-centred planning facilitator…?

Simen Thoresen

Karen,

Thank you, they work. I'm looking forward to watching them :-)

-S

andy

Heres a far more ammusing page on how google works:

http://www.google.com/technology/pigeonrank.html

Ted S., Catskills, NY

"No alternative views were allowed, apart from [...] frankly dismal performances in the face of hostile questioning"

Sounds like the BBC to me.

Wm T Sherman


Another section of the orau.org site: Radioactive consumer products.

http://www.orau.org/ptp/collection/consumer%20products/consumer.htm

My hands-down favorite is Fiestaware, widely-sold dinnerware with a glaze containing up to 14% uranium by weight. I've pointed it out in the past to individuals spewing "depleted uranium projectile" talking points, along with the fact that the Earth's crust is 2 parts per million uranium on average (i.e., 2 milligrams per kilogram).


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