by David on November 30, 2007
Gavin wondered if anyone had predicted that an Orwellian, totalitarian state might come in a religious guise.
Well the answer’s yes, of course. Margaret Atwood’s, The Handmaid’s Tale describes a totalitarian theocracy that specifically (for this is Atwood) oppresses women. She just picked the wrong religion.
by David on November 29, 2007
by David on November 29, 2007
Gill Lusk, the associate editor of Africa Confidential and a specialist on Sudan, says the incident will have offended many in the country. As Sudan is a place where religion is never mocked or satirised, it’s “unthinkable” that a toy or pet could be given a religious name.
The BBC, What can’t be named Muhammad?
Sudan is a place where religion is never mocked? So over in Darfur, in Western Sudan the Sudanese military and Jajaweed militia, Arab, Muslims, are not mocking Islam when they kill 200,000, displace 2.5 million:
Independent observers noted that the tactics, which include dismemberment and killing of noncombatants and even young children and babies, are more akin to the ethnic cleansing used in the Yugoslav Wars
by David on November 28, 2007
by David on November 21, 2007
From a comment at Tim Worstall:
I am just stunned that they designed a computer system that allows “junior” to export that much raw data.
It will have been designed (if that’s the right word) by the shower of shits that the contract was awarded to; CAP Gemini, Fujitsu, ASPIRE, etc.
All the useless IT consultancy companies that have been responsible for all government’s failing and non-fit-for-purpose IT systems for the last 15 years.
I’ve worked with CAP Gemini, Fujitsu and the like. I couldn’t agree more about such arse-covering, paper-pushing body-shop jobsworths.
by David on November 17, 2007
A dog, lying asleep on the fur of a sheep, one of his fleas,perceiving the odour of the greasy wool, judged that this must be aland of better living, and also more secure from the teeth and nails of the dog than where he fed on the dog; and without farther reflection he left the dog and went into the thick wool. There he began with great labour to try to pass among the roots of the hairs; but after much sweating had to give up the task as vain, because these hairs were so close that they almost touched each other, and there was no space where fleas could taste the skin. Hence, aftermuch labour and fatigue, he began to wish to return to his dog, who however had already departed; so he was constrained after long repentance and bitter tears, to die of hunger.
From the Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
by David on November 16, 2007
Police are to hold talks with the leaders of south London’s most violent gangs in an attempt to cut gun crime.
Leaders of seven gangs will be brought in one-by-one and told gun crime has to stop or police will come down hard on them, Scotland Yard said.
Eh? I thought that the Police would just go and arrest people who were committing crimes.
by David on November 14, 2007
It is not reasonable, or legal, for anybody, fan or otherwise, to take an author’s hard work, re-organize their characters and plots, and sell them for their own commercial gain
J K Rowling, It is not reasonable, or legal, for anybody
Has J.K. Rowling ever been to a library? Seriously, I truly wonder. Because if she had, she might have seen many examples of exactly the sort of books she describes as “not reasonable.” For instance, a list of the allusions in “Ulysses”; or a complete guide to all of the characters in William Faulkner’s fiction; or a compilation and detailed analysis of Bob Dylan’s lyrics; or a book containing the complete chronology of the events in David Foster Wallace’s “Infinite Jest.”
How much money does this woman want?