Tuesday, 19 June 2012


Eric Hovde, GOP Senate Candidate: Press Should Stop Writing Sob Stories About Poor People

Eric Hovde, GOP: Press Should Stop Writing Sob Stories About Poor People

Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 05:29:54 in Politics

“et la brioche?”
Border Agency To Listen In On Travellers' Conversations

Border Agency To Listen In On Travellers' Conversations

Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 05:28:35 in Canada Politics

Right of privacy for conversations in a public place? Interesting: does that mean you can sue the guy at the next table in the cafe for eavesdropping
G20 Summit: José Manuel Barroso, Head Of Euro Commission, Blames US For Starting Eurozone Crisis

Head Of Euro Commission, Blames US For Starting Eurozone Crisis

Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 05:23:35 in UK

He is so right! The Americans forced European banks (and government agencies) to buy derivatives and credit-default-swaps at gun-point. They also required most European governments to spend more than they made for the past 30 years. It's ALWAYS someone else's fault.
NHS Hospitals Refusing Operations To Save Money, Ministers Promise Action

NHS Hospitals Refusing Operations To Save Money, Ministers Promise Action

Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 05:20:14 in UK Politics

Totally unacceptable - just because the NHS doesn't have enough money to buy something is no reason not to have it. Put it on the credit card - let our children and grandchildren pay for it.
Google: Censorship Requests 'Alarming'

Google: Censorship Requests 'Alarming'

Commented Jun 18, 2012 at 11:57:53 in Technology

I trust the EU's "clean and open Internet" will also apply to the post office - who will now be required to open every message and refuse to deliver content the EU does not like.
huffingtonpost entry

Three Big Questions for the Greek Elections

Commented Jun 17, 2012 at 13:50:43 in Business

There is only one big question: should Greeks be required to pay the bills they have run up or should someone else pay those bills for them?
Lord Leveson 'Threatens To Quit' After Claims Made By Education Secretary Michael Gove

Lord Leveson 'Threatens To Quit' After Claims Made By Education Secretary

Commented Jun 17, 2012 at 13:46:52 in UK Politics

“Oh, poor Leve, not getting all the headlines we want then?”
Obama Immigration Speech: Reporter Neil Munro Interrupts, Heckles President During Remarks (VIDEO)

Reporter Neil Munro Interrupts, Heckles President During Remarks 

Commented Jun 16, 2012 at 06:11:31 in Media

Well, that's modern reporting: the people don't need to hear what the newsmaker has to say, they need to hear my opinions as a reporter. In fact, let's do away with newsmakers on the news altogether. We "reporters" can just interview each other in the usual way.”
Mitch McConnell Argues Against More Donor Disclosure, Accuses Obama Of Political Retribution

Mitch McConnell Argues Against More Donor Disclosure

Commented Jun 16, 2012 at 06:03:31 in Politics

Too right, Mitch! If Chinese and Arab sovereign wealth funds want to skew our elections there is no reason we should know about it in advance.

Thursday, 14 June 2012



Elderly Inmate Population Soared 1,300 Percent Since 1980s: Report

Elderly Inmate Population Soared 1,300 Percent Since 1980s: Report

Commented 14 Jun 2012 at 09:22:54 in Crime

How many older inmates deliberately commit the crimes to get the free healthcare?
Electronic Tagging: More Than Half Of All Criminals Break Curfew

Electronic Tagging: More Than Half Of All Criminals Break Curfew

Commented 14 Jun 2012 at 09:14:44 in UK

Probably because the Asian kids are the only ones bright and persistent enough to figure out how to do it.
Electronic Tagging: More Than Half Of All Criminals Break Curfew

Electronic Tagging: More Than Half Of All Criminals Break Curfew

Commented 14 Jun 2012 at 09:11:52 in UK

"an analysis of more than 80 cases" out of 80 thousand. At this sampling rate, I'd suspect a large margin of error in any statistics.

Nevertheless, the study shows that tagging works as a method of triage; separating those who obey society's rules from the scoff-laws. 

An interesting study would be to compare the sentencing authority's predictions of who will violate the tagging scheme. If they match the actual violators fairly well, then judicial discretion would be an even cheaper method of triage.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012


Fixing Citizens United
Okay, I accept that my 28th Amendment  [Whereas the election of representatives is the sole concern of those represented, no person (individual or corporate) may contribute to an election campaign if they are not resident in the election district.] would violate the 1st Amendment protection of free speech.

How about this law: All ads, flyers, mailers or other communication paid for, in whole or in part, by money from outside the election district must include the words "Paid for by money from outside of our election district"

Canada Battered Women Defence: Supreme Court Tackles Hitman Case

Canada Battered Women Defence: Supreme Court Tackles Hitman Case

Commented Jun 13, 2012 at 04:12:03 in Canada

Absolutely. Any victim should be allowed to hire a hit man to gain redress.    We could call it The Advance Your Ground Law.”
David Cameron Attacked By Green Groups For Failing To Attend Rio 20+ Summit

David Cameron Attacked By Green Groups For Failing To Attend Rio 20+ Summit

Commented Jun 13, 2012 at 04:06:48 in UK Politics

“So, these Green Groups are saying: if you don't attend the conference we will not be able to support you? When Murdoch does this, folks call it "blackmail."
Why the Church Must Not Win in This Confrontation With the State

Why the Church Must Not Win in This Confrontation With the State

Commented Jun 13, 2012 at 04:01:49 in UK Politics

So the Church is saying: "if you don't change your policy we won't be able to support you."
When Murdoch does this, the press calls it " a threat" or "blackmail."
High-Earning Council Tenants Could Face Eviction Under New Rules

High-Earning Council Tenants Could Face Eviction Under New Rules

Commented Jun 13, 2012 at 03:59:27 in UK

“Aw. You mean rich people won't be subsidized from taxes paid by their poorer colleagues? How is that fair?
John Major: 'Rupert Murdoch Told Me To Change Europe Policy'

John Major: 'Rupert Murdoch Told Me To Change Europe Policy'

Commented Jun 12, 2012 at 09:11:18 in UK Politics

Interesting. We cannot support you is now perceived as a "threat."
So any media outlet that does not support a political party's position or a government action is threatening them. Yer either with us or agin us.
Afghanistan's U.S.-Funded Counter-Narcotics Tribunal Convicts Nearly All Defendants, Records Show

Afghanistan's U.S.-Funded Counter-Narcotics Tribunal Convicts Nearly All Defendants, Records Show

Commented Jun 10, 2012 at 05:44:51 in World

“"U.S.-Funded Court" is a bit of a beat up. US-funded could be used to describe every governmental agency in the country. NATO-funded would be more accurate, but I suppose Joshua thinks his readership not bright enough to know what that means. Still, as a dumbed-down personal opinion piece, this is not bad. With a little training, he might make a journalist.
Spain Bank Bailout: There Is 'Talk' Spain Needs $100B Rescue Loans, According To Swedish PM

Spain Bank Bailout: There Is 'Talk' Spain Needs $100B Rescue Loans, According To Swedish PM

Commented Jun 9, 2012 at 22:53:28 in Business

“Largest financial rescue in history? 
Was the author of that headline asleep when Bush passed TARP , the Fed did quantitative easing, Maiden Lane Bailouts, & a take-over of Freddie and Fannie and Obama passed his Stimulus package?
MPs 'To Block Appointment Of Tom Winsor As Chief Inspector Of Constabulary'

MPs 'To Block Appointment Of Tom Winsor As Chief Inspector Of Constabulary'

Commented Jun 9, 2012 at 22:35:20 in UK Politics

“Great idea: let's make all senior police position political footballs. 
Commons should be able to vote on every one and journalists should be able to drum up let's-you-and-him-fight stories about each appointment.
London 2012: Bus Workers Vote To Strike Over Pay During Olympics

London 2012: Bus Workers Vote To Strike Over Pay During Olympics

Commented Jun 9, 2012 at 08:36:50 in UK

That's modern Britain: we should get a bonus payment for actually doing our jobs!k
Homeland Security Bill 2012: House Passes $46 Billion Measure Containing Anti-Abortion Rider

Homeland Security Bill 2012: House Passes $46 Billion Measure Containing Anti-Abortion Rider

Commented Jun 8, 2012 at 04:15:16 in Politics

“Sorry? I thought they were against "anchor babies." 
Stephen Timms: The Work Programme Is Not To Blame For Jubilee Pageant Mess-Up

Stephen Timms: The Work Programme Is Not To Blame For Jubilee Pageant Mess-Up

Commented Jun 6, 2012 at 16:01:10 in UK Politics

“Probably true, but once the media publish a story as the "given interpretation," there is no chance of facts being allowed to sway anyone.”
Smartphones Bring Hope, Frustration As Substitute For Computers

Smartphones Bring Hope, Frustration As Substitute For Computers

Commented Jun 6, 2012 at 07:54:21 in Technology

“Here's an idea: sell one of the TVs at home and buy a laptop.”

  • While I abhor threats and brutality, on the internet or anywhere else, I do find this author's self-pity - along with  her attempt to ride on the coat-tails of a larger celebrity with whom she disagrees -  just the slightest bit self-promotingly tacky.