Syria

Bubbles, not Bombs people Bubbles, not bombs. People ask me, “Pre, what should we do about Syria?” Well, I think that depends on who you mean by “we“. I don’t think the UK, or the US, or NATO have any actual moral authority or right to intervene. So if the “We” that is considering military…

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Glasto Diary 2013

Ah, Glasto. Is there a better festival in the whole world? I suspect there isn’t. Small ones are nice, and have many advantages But there’s really nothing like the magic here This one was my 12th. And they never stop being good. It was even mostly sunny!. I’ve now spent more than 60 days camped…

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Thatcher

A single puppet individual who fronted for a political movement designed by the rich to oppress the poor and to privatise and steal a country’s wealth has died a natural death at a ripe old age. The movement, of course, continues with the NHS under more threat than ever, the nation’s wealth continuing to be…

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Does copyright regulate the entertainment industry, or *everything*?

via singularityweblog.com Cory Doctorow at the end of this long interview about science-fiction, the future, geek rapture and his newest book: “If there’s one thing I want the world to understand, it’s that for so long as we maintain that copyright regulates everything that copies, then all copyright policy becomes de-facto internet policy, because the…

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My New Debian Netbook

My girlfriend was looking for a new computer, and some friends had noticed this little Samsung N150 netbook on sale in Sainsbury’s of all places for less than two hundred quid. Sure, it’d need a bigger RAM card fitted but that’s cheap enough. Sounded like a right little bargain to me so I recommended she…

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New Met Line Trains

I got on one of the new Metropolitan Line trains this morning. At first I was sad coz my favourite seat isn’t there on the new trains. I like the one right at the front/back of the old-style Met line trains. Where you can box yourself in with the fire extinguisher and have minimal contact…

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The Day The Saucers Came

On this, X-Day eve, it may be important to reflect that today is the last day this poor earth will have to suffer though. By tomorrow at 7am, the saucers will be here and the world will be naught but dust and pain. We note with sadness that the European Church Of The Subgenius, in…

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Manufactured Images

A friend tells me that in The Times Naomi Wolfe is arguing that the protest movement, student protest in particular, has failed to learn the lessons of her own protesting days, though I can’t link it and I can’t even read it since it’s not even on the free web. Might be true. Might not…

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Plea to my new (old) MP

I am very drunk, and should certainly be in bed rather than writing to congratulate my new (old) MP. Nevertheless, I am not. Damnit. Open litter to my MP: Dear Emily. Excellent, surprising and (I admit, for me, disappointing) work there Emily. I don’t know if you can receive email through the parliamentary system or…

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Election Rant 2010

Ten days until the election here in the UK and things are looking more interesting than usual. The newspapers are calling it “The Clegg Effect” but then the newspapers also thought Mephedrone was called “Meow Meow” so I suspect their opinion on why the Liberals are polling better than usual might well be about as…

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After The War On Drugs – Blueprint For Regulation

via tdpf.org.uk The Transform Drug Policy Foundation has published it’s new book “After The War On Drugs, Blueprint For Regulation”, more than 200 pages of specific and useful suggestions for achieving some regulatory control over our chaotic and gangster-run drug markets. Broadly, it’s an attempt to answer prohibitionist questioning of exactly what a post-drug-war world…

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In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

via bbc.co.uk George Orwell wrote the subject line. It seems that, as I tweeted yesterday, telling the truth has kicked up controversy. That Nutt has been fired is surprising mostly in that it’s come so late, I really expected him to be fired for his previous comments that Horse Riding and Ecstasy could even be…

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I’m A Pirate. Arrrr.

So it seems that Three Strikes Laws are to hit Britain. Downloaders to get their internet all cut off. No judicial oversight, no trial. Upon accusation by the big media companies, you’re guilty until proven innocent. More: Group punishment. Daddy downloads, wife and kids get cut off too. Marvellous. Prompted me to join The UK…

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