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Exciting times in the Ukraine

Suppose you were a citizen of the Ukraine. Which way would you rather turn: to Europe or Russia? The answer is so obvious its hardly worth asking the question. Now suppose you’re the rather thuggish Prez of the Ukraine, and that part of turning towards Europe involves cracking down on your own corruption, not to…

Snowden

Yeah yeah, yet more opinion. So, Snowden has asylum in Russia. Naturally, he’s delighted to be out of his tedious airport, saying in the end the law is winning. But is it? Because the interesting thing is who is making the decisions: Putin. As the Graun says the decision was “almost certainly taken personally by…

Non-beardy says “I’ve met the head of Wonga and I’ve had a very good conversation and I said to him quite bluntly we’re not in the business of trying to legislate you out of existence, we’re trying to compete you out of existence” (see-also the Gruan). When I first heard this while driving into work…

I got wound up by this whilst reading news on my phone while sitting in a boring meeting. So I’ll vent here. The usual scheme of things that we see so often is that bad things happen (the Assad regime in Syria); it goes on and on and people wring their hands, or ignore it,…

Police and Thieves

You recognise the image, no doubt. And before I go any further I should say that both the image and the title are unfair. But they came irresistibly to my mind anyway. The context is a link and comment I recently posted to facebook, viz: Andrew Mitchell: the ‘toxic’ smears aimed at destroying my party…

Cameron ‘fed up’

Well, he should stop eating so many pies then, no? More seriously, how about saying instead, “well we don’t like it, but its the law, and we believe in the rule of law”. I’m with that evil right-wing bastard Timmy. Refs * Abu Qatada release: Cameron ‘fed up’

Congratulations to Obama

Obama wins. As election day drew closer it became clearer to me that, whatever Obama’s flaws, I did want him to win. You can’t have someone who habitually lies about his marathon times as vice-POTUS, and I agree fairly well with the Economist on Romney, and overall America could do better than Barack Obama; sadly,…

Parochial stuff: I reported before that Axing the British Antarctic Survey would mean the end of Scott’s legacy?, but it looks like MPs say No: Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, Andrew Miller MP, said: My Committee has considered the process undertaken to merge British Antarctic Survey and the National Oceanography Centre. What we…

…inquires a commenter in the Obama and Romney on GW post. Well, its a reasonable question. This would be Owen Paterson who the FT calls a “known climate change sceptic”, although it isn’t clear to me quite why. The Graun doesn’t like OP. The first piece of evidence is Paterson is on the record as…

Obama and Romney on GW

From The Top American Science Questions: 2012. Which starts with: “Whenever the people are well-informed,” Thomas Jefferson wrote, “they can be trusted with their own government.” Well, that’s you yanks totally f*ck*d then, ha ha. Not that we’re any better off. still, at least we manage to believe in evolution and we’re not a pile…