www.popgive.com: Skeletal Systems Of Popular Cartoon Characters





BBC News – Where Jeeves meets a hard-boiled detective


David Cannadine is a modern day pillar of the establishment. An academic historian whose job it is to explain how we got to the pinnacle of success we call the modern world. He is part of the “Manufacturing of Consent” which persuades people, for example, that we already live in a Democracy. As part of this talk, here is what he has to say on the subject:

It’s widely believed, for instance, that our nation pioneered democracy in the modern world, and that the distinctive silhouette of the Palace of Westminster is often taken to embody that noble idea; but when Barry and Pugin designed their Gothic-revival extravaganza, in the early part of Queen Victoria’s reign, only a tiny percentage of the male population had the vote.

As late as 1914, and after three reform acts, the British parliament possessed one of the narrowest electoral franchises in Europe: this was scarcely democracy as we know and understand it today, and full adult suffrage was only achieved with the passing of the Fourth Reform Act at the end of the First World War, and with the later extension of the vote to women in their twenties. (emphasis added)

The message you are clearly supposed to absorb from this passage is that “we haven’t always been the splendid democracy we are today”, which is supposed to follow from the “last link in the chain” – full adult suffrage.

All that full adult suffrage does is allow most adults to take part in choosing their next dictator. This is buggerall to do with democracy.

Democracy entails decision making, not the election of decision makers.


Deconditioner drew this to my attention ‘cos he thought it looked like an msn translation of my conversation. I think he may be right. Quel horreure – I’ve been plagiarized! kinda cute though…

BBC NEWS | Programmes | Newsnight | Is Chip and Pin really secure?


bad news for Chip and Pin. Good news for me!

I havent had a shower in four days, its freezing and theres no drink – but I dont miss a thing | Mail Online


Is it just me or is there a rancid smell of “Manufacturing Consent” about this story?

I Power


spread the word…


ah yes; who can honestly say they don’t enjoy Roast Leg of Insurance Salesmen with all the trimmings…

Don Siegelman and Richard Scrushy Trial Part 1


This video gives some more background on the corrupt Siegelman trial…


One of the more egregious examples of the Police State in action. But it does look so blatant that it is likely to backfire and cost a judge or two their jobs. We watch with interest…

German high court throttles government net snooping • The Register


The Germans have obviously learned the lessons from their totalitarian past. Equally obviously, the USA and UK (and many others) haven’t benefited from that experience. I’d still prefer a Jury for oversight rather than Judges, but I’d certainly have far more confidence in a Judiciary which is prepared to make rulings like this…

The Pembroke College Winnie-The-Pooh Societys Letter To McVities – 10/12/2000


How can we complain at the absence of democracy when such vital debates as this can still freely take place?


example of Trusted Surveillance in operation and biting the Surveillers! (it was the police camera which recorded this footage and earned them the conviction) Thanks to Mostly Cloudy for sending me to the video…

AI prof: The robot terrorists are coming! Aiee! • The Register


This is the story I’m talking about here. Be sure to read the comments as well. As you can see, the tone is overconfidently sceptical.