Friday, 29 January 2010

For Women, What a Difference a Year Almost Made
Quite right. In part-time employment, women are paid more than men. 
This sexist imbalance needs to be redressed.
What NYC Terror Trial Controversy Changes: Absolutely Nothing
I am getting tired of the cowards who say our American courts aren't good enough. to try these folks Grow some backbone and stand up for your country and its legal system. Ditto to those who say bringing Guantanamo prisoners to the US will make us a terrorist target. Since when does America allow terrorists to dictate what we do?
Demanding Homeowners Make Good on Underwater Mortgages Is the Height of Moral Hypocrisy
Yep. I only meant to buy it if it was going to go up in value - I expected to own all of the value growth that resulted from my use of your money, but I think it only fair that you wear the downside risk. After all, it was your money, not mine.

Iranian Cleric: More Opposition Should Be Executed
I think they should execute more Iranian clerics. 
I mean, turn about is fair play, isn't it?

Obama Needs To Teach The Public How to Get Out Of The Mess We're In, But He's Not

    It is tough to teach an old dog new tricks. Perhaps Mr Obama remembers the groom who was to be executed by the Sultan. He saved his life by saying that in one year he could teach his highness' favourite stallion to sing. His friends said: are you mad? He said: who knows? In one year, I may die. In one year, the Sultan may die. In one year, for all I know, the stallion may learn to sing.
    JFK, like Mr Obama could get nothing through the congress. It took a wheeler-dealer like LBJ to pass the legislation that the Kennedy's wanted. Given what has happened so far, and assuming no dramatic changes, it is likely that the Retroblicans will gain a majority. If they do, watch how fast the Dumbocrats become the party of no and try to block any proposal. Oh, sorry, they already did that under W, the previous lame excuse of a President we voted for.
India's 'miracle' biofuel crop: too good to be true?
"Jatropha, which has received huge government backing in recent years, yields less than experts had first predicted and is now being grown on fertile farmland - undermining two of its best selling points."

The law of unintended consequence: If you pay, they will grow.

No, No! had_it wrote: Friday, 29 January 2010 at 11:26 am (UTC)
No science. No research.
We don't want to know until it is too late.
Then we can all blame someone else for our inaction.
Vital documents remain secret
Outrageous had_it wrote: Friday, 29 January 2010 at 11:13 am (UTC)
How dare they refuse to publish sensitive secrets to aid our witch hunt. National security should not stand in the way of our desire to blame someone for something. Or wait... what if they just declassify those bits that support our prejudgements?

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Blair's promise to Bush
Really? Gosh, no! had_it wrote:Wednesday, 13 January 2010 at 10:24 am (UTC)
"Britain was committed to ... military action in Iraq ... months before the invasion, it has been revealed."     Does this mean we actually planned ahead? How surprising! I thought we just decided to invade one night and jumped off the next morning.
PS: From the execution on the ground, it didn't look like there had been that much planning.
He did not impress me as a witness

So I gather from Mr Norman's article that this witness had two problems: 1) he was a bit dull and unsensational, 2) he didn't agree with the opinions Mr Norman had already formed before the inquiry began.
first trial without jury begins
What;s wrong with this picture: £24 million to try folks that stole £1.75 million - doesn't sound all that efficient
'My parents think I earn too much':
And if he, on £10 million, earns to much, what about footballers and movie stars?
US banks protest over windfall tax plans
Oooooops  had_it wrote:Wednesday, 13 January 2010 at 09:55 am 

The government is not going to keep giving the banks large wads of my cash? Sell. Sell large.
Fast-acting impotency drug outpaces rivals
As Calvin used to say "Microwave for 4 minutes? Who's got that kind of time?"
Under fire WHO to review handling of flu pandemic
Sadly, I doubt there will be any serious inquiry into the news media that sexed-up every worst case scenario, downplayed any voice of calm and reason, ignored any best case scenarios and refused to cover any authority who said "we just don't know what will actually happen." If there is any constructive criticism of the coverage, I doubt it will be published.
Here is the news: a snowflake has fallen in High Wycombe.
Great Piece - Thank you had_it wrote:Wednesday, 13 January 2010 at 09:44 am (UTC)
You have fully and fairly described modern pack-journalism, seeking anything sensational in favour of real issues and sticking to the pack-agreed story regardless of facts. I laughed until I cried.

Monday, 11 January 2010

right vs. left has become obsolete
Right versus left may well be obsolete, but Retroblican versus Dumbocrat is alive and kicking the stuffing out of our society.
The Case Against Bernanke
The case against Bernankke may not be just that Senators need a scapegoat (other than themselves), Or that journalists, who were supposed to be covering the economy and the banking industry, need a scapegoat other than themselves. But both groups do need a scapegoat if they are not to be blamed for their own very real failings. They will find one.
The love that still dare not speak its name
In our culture it is a love that won't shut up if you stuff a gag in its mouth.
Isn't there a happy medium somewhere?

Thursday, 7 January 2010

I've had an affair, says Ireland's Mrs Robinson
Shame on you, Independent
Tittle-tattle as news. Will you also report the affairs of your editors, publishers and journalists? If not, why not?
Don't the public have a right to know if the author of this piece (David McKittrick, Ireland Correspondent) has ever had an affair?
2010 Campaign Off With A Bang
Negative campaigning increases both anomie and the distrust of all politicians. 
It tears at the basic fabric of our society and works against our characteristic can-do attitude.
      Please send back every negative ad you receive - from either party - with a note to the originators that you think their ad is both un-American and anti-American.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

How would Britain react if our taxes were required to repay Icelanders, Indians, Indonesians and Italians for their speculation money that fat-cat bankers based in England lost? What? We are already doing that? Oh, sorry, never mind.
What's polygamy, and how serious a problem is it?
Why do you think it is a problem? Just because it is different than the way you do things?
   "It's completely at odds with the ideal of gender equality that is at the heart of a modern society."
A delegate to the 1st UN Conference on the International Women's Year in 1975, herself a second wife, told me: "I'd rather have 1/3rd of a good man than all of a bum."