Posts Tagged ‘ hypocrisy ’

So What’s Stopping You From Setting Up Your Own Start Up, Jess?

October 30, 2014 1 Comment
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Jess Zimmerman on social media and the awful companies who make it: I don’t mind if social media companies profit from users, as long as everything is transparent and above-board. That’s nice of you… (I mean, I mind it as much as I mind capitalism in general, but I don’t find it unusually evil – or notably different from, say, TV stations profiting from viewership.) Ah. Of course. I forgot…

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Spectacularly Inappropriate Timing, PlodFed!

October 28, 2014 9 Comments
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Victims of crime are suffering a poorer service because of police budget cuts, a survey of detectives indicates. Not only do the results published on Monday highlight the continuing pressure officers are under, they show that detectives believe victims and witnesses of crime are getting a sub-standard level of service as a result, the Police Federation of England and Wales said. Oh noes! Teh awful Tory cutz! Whatever shall the…

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When Art Goes Wrong…

October 12, 2014 6 Comments
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It was supposed to be a temporary celebration of Snowdonia and its local sheep-farming communities. But a 100-foot mural of a poem painted onto a cliff face which was supposed to come off in the rain, has now been described as nothing more than “graffiti” after it became “cooked on” after a hotter than expected summer. *chuckles* Permission was given by the National Trust, which owns the land, on the…

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I Just Don’t Understand The Fuss..

December 16, 2013 9 Comments
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The usual suspects are outraged, but I can’t figure out why… A woman who had a miscarriage at a private prison was left to clean up after herself while the foetus remained in her cell, it has been alleged.Her barrister, Philip Gibbs, told Leicester Crown Court: “There was blood everywhere and she was made to clean it up.“The baby was not removed from the cell. It was quite appalling. It…

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“Do As I Say, Not As I Do!” Part 4879258

December 12, 2013 3 Comments
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“I would like to call on those who are paid by the BBC but criticise it in media interviews and in public to think hard before they join the daily chorus of BBC-bashing that takes place in some quarters. “It is damaging to an institution that I’m convinced they love and would not actually want to harm.” Said Danny Cohen. To….errr, the media. “BBC staff often wonder why some of…

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You Just Can’t Get The Staff These Days…

November 26, 2013 5 Comments
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Ruth Hardy (freelance writer and recent graduate in philosophy at King’s College London) on the awful ‘indignity’ of paid work: At a state banquet for the new Lord Mayor on Monday, David Cameron gave a speech about his commitment to the cause of permanent austerity. He stood up to speak from a golden chair, and read his notes from a golden lectern. So..? That wasn’t brought in just for him!…

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When Do The Liberals Start Putting Their Kids In Cages For Protection Against ‘Conservatives’?

November 8, 2013 4 Comments
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In rural Reserve, New Mexico, children wait for school buses inside boxy, wood-and-mesh structures that look like chicken coops. The “kid cages” are meant as protection from wolves. But are they even necessary? Well, maybe the parents think they are. And, since it’s their kid, isn’t it up to them? The issue is part of a long-simmering political debate, which recently came to a boil in the Southwest when the…

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Guardian Columnists – Only Happy About ‘Progress’ If It’s Their Favoured Type Of Progress…

July 18, 2013 3 Comments
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Daisy Buchanan would like to be able to tell you how to spend your money: A wealthy nightclub owner creates a high-end apartment complex for a group of equally wealthy, attractive, fun-loving young people in their 20s and 30s. Residents are selected according to their perceived “coolness”. City workers are banned. Doesn’t sound like my cup of tea. But, each to their own. I’m not being forced to buy one. The number…

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Our Tastes Aren’t Changing. Our Population, However, Is…

June 24, 2013 9 Comments
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Britain’s growing taste for exotic meats … Oh, excellent! I love exotic meats – reindeer, springbok & moose from Lidl at Christmas was delicious! … such as llama, cane rat (“succulent and sweet”), scaly anteater and monkey poses a serious health risk to consumers because many are illegally imported, can be riddled with disease and are not subject to food regulations, the country’s head of food safety inspections has warned.…

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But Daniel, You’re The ‘Fascists’ You’re Supposedly Protesting About…

June 7, 2013 7 Comments
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But Daniel, You’re The ‘Fascists’ You’re Supposedly Protesting About…

The lesson from this weekend should be that we are stronger when united. It is tempting to see a conflict between the kind of protests we saw on Saturday, and attempts at dialogue, such as when York mosque invited EDL protesters to sit down for tea and biscuits. But they’re both necessary: when people are angry and want answers, talk to them. When fascists try to intimidate us by marching…

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Hey! It’s Only OK When We Do This To The Public!

February 12, 2013 11 Comments
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Debbie Pickford, 45, was driving home, along Leeds Road, Barkerend, Bradford, with her 13-year-old daughter Leah after a trip to the cinema when she was stopped by a police patrol car. An Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) check showed that the divorcee’s 11-year-old Peugeot 206 was not insured due to a failure by her insurance company to update national records. Despite her insisting she had a valid insurance certificate at…

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Rules Is Rules, Know What I Mean?

February 4, 2013 1 Comment
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School uniform regulations are always good for a post or two, and often get a good old ding-dong going in the comments between the ‘cherish your individuality!’ crown and the ‘we need standards!’ crowd. Personally, I favour the latter. But then along comes a story that….well… A schoolgirl who had her hair coloured pink as part of a lesson was later excluded from classes for breaking school rules when the…

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“You have the right to remain silent…”

January 31, 2013 1 Comment
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Wait. Isn’t that something they are supposed to say to us..? Thames Valley Police last night refused to say what action it had taken against two people arrested on suspicion of possessing prohibited weapons in East Challow. Eh? Normally, they are so full of themselves you can’t shut them up! What gives? Police seized two stun guns during a search at the Woodhill Lane Caravan Park, in the village near Wantage, on…

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Truth In Advertising..?

August 6, 2012 4 Comments
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Truth In Advertising..?

West Mercia police has apologised for a poster campaign which an anti-rape charity called “inappropriate.” Good lord! What did it say?   Oh. Well, who could object to that? Worcestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre claimed the Safe Night Out campaign blamed victims who had been drinking for sexual assault. Ah. I see. Anyone not blinded by their single-minded desire to blame only men would welcome safety advice, but…

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I wouldn’t call it a police state, but…

May 26, 2012 5 Comments
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I wouldn’t call it a police state, but…

… but things do seem to be tilted in their favour sometimes, as two stories this week about policing in different parts of Oz illustrate. First, over in the west, yet another example of the law punishing the innocent and guilty alike when it comes to impounding cars for speeding, though in effect the innocent party receives the bulk of the punishment by being deprived of their property while the driver cops…

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