Entries from June 2009

In Which Our Honduran Homework Is Done For Us

I did say the other day that I’d have to go cram on Honduran politics since their coup, but I confess, I never really did… Wheat & Weeds – Obama’s First Foreign Policy Failure Lots of folks have noticed the President’s decision to stand with OOOgo & Fidel against the Hondurans, who chose in the [...]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Defending Vicky

The Times – Victoria’s age is the greatest in our history, by Michael Gove In a meeting last week a colleague mentioned, in passing, a report he’d read that referred to an institution’s “Victorian” approach. Was that, another colleague asked, intended as a compliment? The laughter was spontaneous, loud and long. Well, harrumph. Read the [...]

Categories: History

Ding, Dong, The Islamic Republic Is Dead

Times Online – The fight for Iran’s future is far from over<br/> The Islamic Republic is dead. But will it be replaced by a Taleban-style emirate or democracy? By Amir Taheri The moment of truth for the death of the Islamic Republic came when Ayatollah Khamenei broke with tradition and declared Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the victor [...]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Trains! And Cultural Massacres

Brett McS sent this to me a little while ago and I never got around to it (ah, remodeling), and then I found it somewhere else and thought, ah hah! So anyway, here it is: Infrastructurist – Demolished! 11 Beautiful Train Stations That Fell To The Wrecking Ball (And The Crappy Stuff Built In Their [...]

Categories: History

Jaw Drop

I love these visualizations of government, and tend to watch a lot of them, but this… this… And he doesn’t even say how pointless it all is! (Unlike, say, WWII) Curtsy: Daniel Hannan, who points out that Gordon Brown is spending even more, per capita, than we are.

Categories: Politics

Universal Health Care: Ripping the Most Vulnerable From Their Mothers' Arms

Corner – Mark Steyn: Congratulations, it’s a …cross-border incident! [F]rom Hamilton, Ontario: Hamilton’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) was full when Ava Isabella Stinson was born 14 weeks premature at St. Joseph’s Hospital Thursday at 12:24 p.m. A provincewide search for an open NICU bed came up empty, leaving no choice but to send the [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

Hate History, Love Entitlement

This is from last week, but oh well: The Times – Past notes: Should princes be seen and not heard? By Graham Stewart The Prince of Wales has done it again. Hundreds of locals campaigned against the erection of uncompromisingly modern buildings opposite Sir Christopher Wren’s Royal Hospital in Chelsea. Yet it was the Prince’s [...]

Categories: Art and Literature

Laugh, and the Good Guys Laugh With You

The Sunday Times – RIP Michael Jackson: your passing has shown the power of Twitter, by India Knight I’d gone out to supper last Thursday and came back at about 11pm, made a cup of tea and logged on to Twitter, as you do, whereupon I found hundreds of people were posting about Jackson being [...]

Categories: Business & Media

After Three Days of Ubiquity, I Concur

Times Online – Good pop is about sex or authenticity: Jacko had neither<br/> His squeaky voice was maddening, his music abysmal; I’d rather be torn apart by werewolves than listen to Thriller or Bad, let alone the later stuff, ever again, by James Delingpole No, go on then: if you think his music is that [...]

Categories: Entertainment

Meanwhile, What We Used to Care About

It’s Friday again! Time to go to church and hear about God’s love for his flock (à la iranienne)! Times Online – Hardliner says Iran protesters should be punished ‘without mercy’ A hardline cleric seen as a mouthpiece of the Iranian regime today demanded that opposition demonstrators be punished “without mercy”. Even as Ayatollah Ahmad [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

I Don't Even Know What To Blog About

I think this about sums the day up, from Twitter: Iranian agents, to divert media attention, blow Mark Sanford’s cover. He, in turn, has Michael Jackson killed. Behind it all: Freemasons! Seriously tho. Who owns the Beatles catalog?

Categories: Entertainment

Peter Recommends CXIII

Best review ever. io9 – Michael Bay Finally Made An Art Movie Critical consensus on Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen is overwhelmingly negative. But the critics are wrong. Michael Bay used a squillion dollars and a hundred supercomputers’ worth of CG for a brilliant art movie about the illusory nature of plot. The Chinese characters [...]

Categories: Entertainment

The French First Lady Fashion Watch Develops

I was going to Twitter this, as I often do, since I like to point out Carla Bruni’s nicer frocks. Daily Mail – Bowled over! So was it the sight of stunning Carla Bruni make this Republican guard go weak at the knees? So the lady in the second picture is fairly decorative as well, [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

Trading Diplomats and the Neda Effect

Times Online – ‘Outraged’ Brown and Obama condemn Iran as election crisis worsens Mr Obama said: “I strongly condemn these unjust actions, and I join with the American people in mourning each and every innocent life that is lost.” He called accusations that Britain and the US was instigating huge protests against Mr Ahmadinejad and [...]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Defending the Aesthete Prince

Telegraph – Who, apart from the Prince of Wales, ever speaks up for beauty?<br/> On the subject of the Prince of Wales, Nigel Farndale lacks courage; he cheers inwardly, but hesitates to say anything in print. The Prince did all he could behind the scenes to scupper the development. Lord Rogers came out fighting, accusing [...]

Categories: Art and Literature