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Tweet So, you’ve probably seen the story about David Letterman being blackmailled over his affairs. This forms the basis of a thought provoking piece in the New Yorker asking why blackmail is illegal: A final call went out to Walter Block, the libertarian economist. Block believes that blackmail, like smoking, is “yucky” but should be [...] more »
Tweet Exciting innovation! The excellent Freakonomics blog occasionally runs a “bleg” defined as: A bleg = blog + beg — i.e., using a blog to beg for information. In that spirit, the following types of comment keeps popping up regarding the devolution of Policing and Justice: PSNI is in serious financial trouble at present, if [...] more »
Tweet H/T to qubol for this. On a predictably heated thread on football eligibility from a few years back: IJP Go join the UUP. Posted by kensei on Oct 24, 2007 @ 11:28 PM Why would I join the UUP? Well, the North Down Westminster seat in due course? Or a walk-in for MEP? If [...] more »
Tweet This article from Vincent Browne does eventually wind up comparing the killing of Louis Mounbatten to the Nazis in a roundabout way, but his attempt at working through his logic should be appreciated rather than scorned. Many on this site profess a moral certainty in their favoured direction over the Troubles that I have [...] more »
Tweet Fantastic speech by John Hodgman at Radio & TV Correspondents’ Dinner with President Obama in attendance. Subtle, clever, and genuinely funny. Truly worthy of the best nerds. more »
Tweet I think Mark, in common with others, has underrated the Sinn Fein performance in the North. Brian lamented parties playing up the significance of topping the pole, but seemed miss that whatever Chris or commentators here might have posted, the SF leadership assuredly did not do it. They also largely resisted the temptation to [...] more »
Tweet So a little interlude on one of my other interests. A now extensive gig going record has revealed that it is painfully rare to catch band that is special, especially a local one. I stumbled over The Lowly Knights supporting California indie folksters Port O’Brien, and they accomplished the very rare feat of being [...] more »
Tweet Or the “Social Media Super Political Text Vortex” if you prefer. Inspired by Mick’s unconference, I am having an unpost. No doubt you, like me, get through about a zillion articles that you either forget about a bit later, aren’t entirely relevant to the remit of the site, or you don’t have time to [...] more »
Tweet Stephanie Flanders nails why I found it impossible to build the requisite outrage at the expenses scandal: The idea is this: money is fungible. Put simply, that means one £50 note is the same as any other. They all have the same value and they will all buy the same amount of stuff. Put [...] more »
Tweet So someone finally asked me why it’s the Ulster Conservative and Unionist New Force, or CUMBLA. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart M – Th 11p / 10c 10 F#@king Years – NAMBLA thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Economic Crisis Political Humor I love the Daily Show. more »
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