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Brilliant perspective on public versus private sector foul-ups!!

With wit and verve from here. So why do we hear so much about government failures and not about private sector ones? I have one word for you: accountability. Public organisations are taxpayer funded and are accountable to taxpayers via government … Continue reading

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The Perils of Positive Feedback(s). Nowt to do with Climate, everything to do with the Smugosphere

If you don’t already know about “positive feedbacks” in biology (release of oxytocin during childbirth) and earth systems (melting ice exposes dark ocean, increasing warming, melting ice…) then go google it. I’m here to talk about the dangers of collecting … Continue reading

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Conservatives to announce spare kidney tax

Following the successful abolition of the spare room subsidy, Prime Minister David Cameron is set to announce a new debt-reduction initiative – a “spare kidney tax.” Under the scheme, to be officially announced at the Conservative Party Spring Conference in … Continue reading

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Excellent #Chomsky interview on “Real Existing Capitalist Democracies”

http://www.alternet.org/economy/noam-chomsky-ecology-ethics-anarchism?paging=off&current_page=1 excerpt – JS:You have described humanity as being imperiled by the destructive trends on hand in capitalist society — or what you have termed “really existing capitalist democracies” (RECD). Particularly of late, you have emphasized the brutally anti-ecological trends … Continue reading

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Capitalism cartoon. Comments from various facebookers. #aboutsumsitup

From Facebook – This is obviously wrong. Top hat guy would never perform labor. He’d have the government seize the tree, hire cheap labor to build a substandard building, charge a ridiculous price and then dissolve his company before he … Continue reading

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Racial terrorism and how it ended (well, radically decreased)

hat-tip to Sam… You have no idea what Martin Luther King did. True or False? By Hamden Rice [1] | February 26, 2014 This will be a very short diary. It will not contain any links or any scholarly references. … Continue reading

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Here come the history wars (Gove, WW1, Hunt etc)

Rattling good post. A new poll shows that 62% of respondents said that the centenary of the First World War should be an occasion for ‘remembrance of loss of life and national reflection’, whereas only 23% preferred a commemoration of … Continue reading

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History repeats – Iranian deal could have been done 8 years ago…

From the Telegraph; The Iran nuclear deal could have been done eight years ago, if Bush and Blair hadn’t blocked it… “President Rouhani was then the chief Iranian negotiator and John Sawers (now head of MI6) was the chief British … Continue reading

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Must-watch; Javon Johnson poem ‘cuz he’s black’ #nailsit

I’m as achingly white as you can possibly imagine, so I don’t know for sure. But I think this Javon Johnson guy has nailed it. <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/u9Wf8y_5Yn4?rel=0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> Hat-tip to AA

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Bangladesh and the Green Party, but not how ya think

Not the “both deeply and rightly worried about climate change” thing. No, I’m thinking about … cricket. Shane Warne (we are not worthy, we are not worthy) reckons Bangladesh should be demoted from playing Test cricket (against Australia, Pakistan, England … Continue reading

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