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The never-ending war

Via IPJ, Washington’s Blog on the war on terror [dateline January 5th]: We are in the middle of a perpetual series of wars. See this, this, this and this. As just one example, in 2010 the war in Afghanistan became…

What Lessons From Germany and Denmark? [2]

Via Sackerson’s Broad Oak site,  Nick Drew from Capitalists at Work on solar power undermining the efficient market in electricity. If the Danish electricity sector is an unrepresentative model for most other nations to follow, by dint of its hard-to-replicate access to ultra-flexible hydro electricity from…

Syria update

From Ian PJ: We are in the middle of a perpetual series of wars. See this, this, this and this. As just one example, in 2010 the war in Afghanistan became the longest war in U.S. history.  But – no…

Paranoia

I like to browse other people’s reading lists from time to time. Looking through Captain Ranty’s today, I note: – Letter From Amerika’s blog has been removed entirely, the last post being one entitled “Junk Science and Big Pharma Evil…

Totnes beats off Costa

News just in: Costa has withdrawn its attempt to barge into Totnes against the will of thousands of residents (though not their local councillors). They’d thought they could use legal threats and cosy cooperation with the planners to override objections. Not…

How language changes: “Savile row suit”

From the Duden Anglais Encylopedia of Contemporary Language (2020 Edition): (In this example, the pronunciation has altered because of the substitution of one homonym by another.) Savile Row Suit [sævɨl roʊ suːt] (archaic): expensive, handmade gentleman’s apparel. Savile Row was one…

Mr Cameron has another vicarious emotion

Hot on the heels of Mr Cameron’s vague fantasy of doing something about Europe comes this: “Tells friends… wants… could… has discussed his views…” Meaning Cameron has told him to tell him, just like he gave Useless Eustace Grayling’s opinion…

That EU Nobel Peace Prize

Mel Brooks – I Want Peace (from “The Producers“, Embassy Pictures, 1968) I don”t want war. All I want is casino peace. Peace. Peace! A little piece of Poland A little piece of France              A little piece of Portugal And…

What exactly is liberty?

Dick Puddlecote has another go at Prohibition (the American experience of which is widely misunderstood), and (being naturally contrarian myself) I have a geat deal of sympathy for his opposition to officialdom. But we can easily be misled into thinking…

Ray Walden revisited – with a contribution from Prof. Brian Short

N.B. PTBarnumthe2nd, Prof. Short would like to hear from you! See address below. _________________________________________________________________________ A few days ago, I posted a piece here about the case of Ray Walden, a Hampshire farmer who was killed in a siege and shootout…