Tuesday, 21 October 2008

then again, what do i know?

if one takes pride in their work, perhaps a slow-down would annoy.

then again, what do i know?

Friday, 17 October 2008

Shiraz Socialist, rightly angry, flags up this Ghaith Abdul-Ahad piece cataloguing the appalling miseries and exploitation on which Dubai has grown disgracefully awful.

elsewhere, in their latest piece in a series they call Immigrant vs. Immigrant, the NYT also has a desperately sad article reporting from Grand Island, Nebraska, about divisions between different immigrant communities, available here.

(a little like a recent long NYT piece about food policy challenges for the next POTUSA which mentioned in the politest passing breath fundamentally unfair trade policies being driven by the wealthy world at the deliberate expense of developing economies - and should have been far more explicit on that point - there is, kindly, nobody making the point in the above report that if production was shut down for awhile for various reasons then it is, let's be frank, not the workers that are going to be particularly upset on the whole, just management. you know. if i were a gambling man, like..)
Press TV (and, therefore, the Iranian regime) seem to think that taking the piss out of organised religion (an often amusing pose, although of course discounting humourless zealots like Dawkins) is as bad as advancing the filthy lies of Holocaust denial.

of course it is
Shuggy on Alex Salmond

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Friday, 10 October 2008

The policeman went off in the direction of the Rua da Alfândega, reflecting on the madness of certain people who appeared in the middle of the night.
Whatever possessed this man to think he could enjoy a view of the river in such weather, if he were obliged like me to patrol the docks night after night he would soon find it tiresome.

The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis, Saramago.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Let's make no mistake, that is what the word 'totalitarianism' should describe and that is why a loose use of the term is dangerous. I am not going to do a full dissection of his post, instead I just want to make three main points.

Peter Ryley debates
area man, 53, controversially calls implement for digging 'implement for digging'