Monthly Archives: January 2007

More deaths needed

One of the great questions of the Iraqi debacle is whether the West can any longer pay the price of imperialism. That is actually one of the things that Melanie Phillips gets right, though she does not notice the more … Continue reading Continue reading

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Two stories of American Education

* A middle-aged woman [“is facing forty years in prison”:http://www.norwichbulletin.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070106/NEWS01/701060312/1002/NEWS17] in Connecticut for having spyware on -her- her school’s computer: Mrs Julie Amero has just been convicted on four counts of “risk of injury to a minor or impairing the … Continue reading Continue reading

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In praise of Melanie Phillips

It’s naive to suppose that the most informative newspapers are those which tell you the facts most reliably. Sometimes the newspapers that bring most news are full of lies; but if these are the lies which the powerful believe, or … Continue reading Continue reading

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The reasonable case against gays

in the Church cannot of course be made in public. It is this. They bitch, cabal, backbite and lobby for their own — in other words, they behave like evangelicals. Continue reading

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Read and noted

* Elaine Morgan, on “childcare and feminism,”:http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1988538,00.html in today’s _Guardian:_ bq. “What really went wrong is this. Everyone agreed that women should be free to work outside the home if we chose. We didn’t foresee that that would gradually morph … Continue reading Continue reading

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Short sillies

* I just loosened the spacing on this page a little. I hope you don’t notice more than a vague improvement * OK, Steve Wozniak is a hero. But still, “this”:http://arstechnica.com/journals/apple.ars/2007/1/9/6538 is one of the saddest photos I have ever … Continue reading Continue reading

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coldy, tired, and too stupid for much

I none the less must post a link to “this amazing PDF”:http://www.gellivare.se/upload/Dokument%20och%20planer/Alberts_verk.pdf of the large-scale architectural models built of ice by a retired physics teacher in his garden in “Gällivare”:http://farm1.static.flickr.com/46/174387464_c7b3e56a12.jpg over the last fifteen winters. They tower above his Volvo. … Continue reading Continue reading

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Yikes!

There is [“a very simple bit of javascript”:http://docs.google.com/data/contacts?out=js&show=ALL&psort=Affinity&callback=google&max=99999] which will steal and display your entire Gmail contact list if you run it when are logged into Gmail. I have just “tested it”:http://www.oreillynet.com/onlamp/blog/2007/01/your_gmail_contact_list_is_han.html here, and got back a list of 103 … Continue reading Continue reading

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Annual silliness

“Rachel has tagged”:http://www.frizzylogic.org/fl/2006/12/31/pentatag/ (spattered?) me with one of those nasty meme things. If I do it now, that’s my lot for the year. So, here goes: five things you had no reason to know about me, and which I don’t … Continue reading Continue reading

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