04 February 2007
In case you haven’t already…

What do you think of the new title for the spot formerly known as “Weekly Round-Up”?  Cool or what?  Anyway in case you haven’t already read them, here are a few of the items that caught my attention this week.  Let’s start with a few quotes:

  1. “But what does freedom mean if I can´t slaughter my own pig in my back yard?”, a Romanian farmer learns about the downside of EU membership.

  2. “‘Global warming’ does indeed present a grave threat; as a tool of political power it is a threat to freedom, prosperity, trade, progress and all the health, wealth and happiness that those things make possible.” Thaddeus Tremayne vents the finest spleen in the blogosphere.

  3. “...if I may generalize about all computer geeks - is that they really like to overexplain the fucking shit out of everything.” Jackie adds that this also applies to hist and pol geeks.  Warning noted.

And now for the serious stuff:

  1. Squander Two wanders into the abortion debate, makes some not entirely unreasonable remarks and ends up being called a misogynist, a wingnut and a Jew-hater.  I knew he was the guy to do the Transport Blog redesign.

  2. McDonald’s, bad for agenda-driven documentary makers but, thankfully, not for normal people.  And their coffee, apparently, tastes better than Starbucks’.

  3. Boris Johnson’s article on why women aren’t marrying these days - he thinks they’re all too well-educated (what, in state universities?) - is creating a bit of a buzz.  For what it’s worth I think the answer is a lot more prosaic: housing is just too expensive, meaning that very few men can support a family on their own income.  No prospect of a family = no point in being married.  Abolish planning - that’s what I say.

  4. Harry Phibbs wonders if Doughty Street is the future of TV.  Well, if it is, I’m a dinosaur.  But he does at least give us this:

    One irony was that among the coverage 18 Doughty Street launch was given was a hostile item on Channel 4. Krishnan Guru-Murphy declared: “They won’t have any obligation to be impartial or accurate.” This is astonishing audacity. Does anyone really imagine Jon Snow votes Tory?

  5. Chilling news on global warming.  Scientists must say what politicians tell them to.  In a similar vein (or should that be vain?), Al Gore agrees to an interview with his fiercest critic and gets a mysterious bout of cold feet.

  6. Oh dear, what a mess we free marketeers get into when trying to explain away highly-taxed Sweden’s economic success.  Here’s Johann Norberg predicting disaster tomorrow.  It’s always tomorrow, isn’t it?  My best guess is that Sweden is just a bit odd.  Whatever the case may be it’s an experiment that no one else has ever been able to repeat.

  7. Just to prove the virility of their continuing intellectual self-confidence, the former democracy of Belgium and that great model of Europeanism has banned the number 18.

  8. And finally… do check out these colour photos from Russia in the 1900s.  For example:

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