Hospitals ‘run out of drugs as stocks are sold abroad’ by at least 19 trusts | Mail Online

Misleading Headline Of The Week.

My reaction (stupidly, this is the Daily Mail after all) was “how on earth can NHS Trusts be allowed to sell their drugs overseas when they need them for their own patients??!!”

You have to read a few paragraphs into this tabloid tat before you learn that the people selling the drugs are the wholesalers and pharmacists, not the trusts. And they’re presumably entitled to sell wherever they can find a market.

Nothing to see here. Move along…

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Elected Leaders are literally addicted to power

Hands up if this comes as a surprise…

Thinking in a Foreign Language Makes Decisions More Rational | Wired Science | Wired.com

intuitively makes sense but doesn’t offer much comfort as a means of promoting increased social rationality. Half the planet struggles to speak a single language competently; fat chance they’ll consider learning a second…

Proper History

Can’t embed this video, unfortunately (and it’ll expire in a few days anyway) but, if you can, you should download and watch it at your leisure. It’s my kind of history. The History of the real people, rather than the routine fantasy in which all our history is made by glorious leaders…

NASA Perpetual Ocean: The Ocean Surface Currents around the World – information aesthetics

more hypnotic data visualisation:
this time two years worth of ocean current circulation data

…if you think that’s cool, and you have the bandwidth, storage space and an HDTV linked to your computer, I strongly recommend downloading the full 20 minute HD Video (4Gb)

Its good enough to watch without getting stoned!

3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510582097494459230781640628620899862803482534211706798214808651328230664709384460955058223172535940812848111

I’m more fascinated by the fact that they’ve made this information marketable than by the information itself…

Right Wing Mouthpiece For Authoritarianism Notices The Class War Hasn’t Stopped Yet

This is one of those “Dog stands/walks on hind legs” stories. Not done very well but, given the source (Daily Mail), you’re astonished to see it done at all!

It is such a vitriolic attack on the privilege which accompanies money and class that it almost challenges the “Manufacturing Consent” paradigm. It’s as bizarre as Fox News doing a serious piece about media manipulation and cherry picking. So what is Dominic Sandbrook up to? And what are the Mail’s motives in permitting such a provocative piece to be published in their name?

Well it supports claims that they support a wide range of opinions, freedom of speech and that kind of thing, but it isn’t any kind of support for real democratic revolution. I say this despite their support for Tony Benn’s plea that we open up politics to wider participation. Indeed, his plea is the key. He was much more egalitarian but no more democratic than the Daily Mail. A fervent supporter of “Parliamentary Democracy” he always argued for the supremacy of Parliament – the Elected Dictatorship.

The Mail are also quite happy with that arrangement. What both the Mail and Benn are after is reversing the direction of influence. Rather than the system we’ve endured for a couple of thousand years where all Decisions and Edicts fall on us from on high, Benn and Mail want the elected Dictators to “Listen To The People”. And both Benn and the Mail favour such a change because they both believe that they can influence The People more easily than the real Decision Makers.

So, in the end, it really still is all about Manufacturing Consent…