Cambridge Ana… Oooh! Squirrel!

Now, I am no great fan of Facebook. I’m pretty sure that the list of things they have done wrong is only going to grow. By the end it will range from the merely dickish to the really quite serious and they do need to answer for the more serious stuff.

Nonetheless, people need to remember that it is not Facebook that is accused of undermining the integrity of elections, and democracy more generally, in multiple nations. In this context at least, Facebook are just some dingbats who were too lazy/stupid to see that they were enabling the real bad guys to do this.

We are in danger of getting distracted here!

People who have knowingly engaged in conspiracies to subvert elections or referenda, whether in their own countries or elsewhere, are among the most dangerous people in the world. We need to see them go to jail for a very long time. We cannot allow them to wriggle out of their responsibilities by diffusing the blame over the internet in general, even if some parts of the internet have been culpably incurious about what their services were actually being used for. Facebook need to sort themselves out but this is not fundamentally about Facebook.

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March 30, 2018. IT, Law, Media, Politics, Rigged Polls, Sensible. Leave a comment.

Who done the Salisbury Poisonings?

All answers will be treated in the strictest confidence. Da!

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March 18, 2018. Politics, Rigged Polls, Silly. Leave a comment.

Groundhog Day

counterfeit cabbage

“I say. Have any of you chaps seen my cabbages?”

Every day is the same.

You wake up to the Today programme on Radio 4.

The News is more about what it is alleged is going to happen today than about what happened overnight or yesterday. The News says that today is the day that the government (in the form of Theresa May, David Bloody Davis, Boris Counterfeit Cabbages Johnson or some other dingbat) will finally announce wtf Brexit (means Brexit) actually means. Everybody gathers round to finally find out what the hell is going on and every day it is a complete waste of everybody’s time. There is a mixture of platitudes and vague denials but no solid, meaningful statement as to what the UK wants out of Brexit. Nothing! I honestly have less idea what Brexit means now than I did two years ago.

I don’t know. Michel Barnier doesn’t know. Donald Tusk doesn’t know. Angela Merkel doesn’t know. David Davis doesn’t know. Theresa May doesn’t know. Boris Johnson appears to be trying to remember where he left his trousers.

Maybe they will work it out tomorrow.

(Update: They didn’t. There was just some more waffle about the transition period which only departed from the vague to take a minor detour into the delusional. Was there ever anything simultaneously as terrifying and as boring as Brexit?)

You go to bed.

Every day is the same.

February 20, 2018. #Brexit, Counterfeit cabbages, Media. Leave a comment.

Quo Vadis, Dingbats?

To be honest, the American “Alt-right” scare me. Fortunately we don’t have much of that in the UK. In the UK we have a bunch of dingbats who have fallen out of their belfry, and fallen out with eachother.  Of course, I’m talking about UKIP.

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January 22, 2018. #Brexit, Politics, Rigged Polls, Silly. Leave a comment.

Guest Post: Brexit means Breakfast

counterfeit cabbage

“What’s for dinner? Can I smell boiled cabbages?”

Just not a very nice one…

Pour yourself a big glass of Filthy Green Muck™ from the pound shop knock off “Nutribullet” and our semi-regular guest author will explain.

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January 15, 2018. #Brexit, Counterfeit cabbages, Silly. Leave a comment.

Thou shalt not bear false witness

If we are going to talk about regretting stuff, I’m regretting giving this little twerp the benefit of the doubt last year:

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January 10, 2018. Politics, Sensible. Leave a comment.

Stable genius?

I think it is fair to say that if a person feels the need to release a statement in which they describe themselves as a “stable genius” then they are quite obviously neither of those things. Whether a self proclaimed “very stable genius” outranks a self proclaimed “super genius” is left as an exercise for the reader.

Note: The video is a clip from “Operation: Rabbit released by Warner Bros in January 1952. Donald Trump would have been 5½ years old when that was first released. Whether he saw it and decided to make it the basis for his whole life’s work is unknown.

January 6, 2018. Politics, Silly. 1 comment.

Interim Brexit Scorecard

I have been threatening this article for a while now so lets do the Brexit Scorecard.

Brexit snorecard more like!

Not helping…

OK. But how are you going to do this? We still don’t know what Brexit even is or when it is going to happen.

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December 29, 2017. #Brexit, Money, Politics, Sensible. Leave a comment.

The Little Baby Jesus: Another Apology

In what seems to be becoming a Christmas tradition, I have cocked it up again. I did manage to send the physical cards this year, which is better than last year, but my plan to send out the seasonal emails has foundered on the basic problem that I discovered at the last minute that the only computer with the distribution list on is not the one I am sitting at, or which going to be able to lay hands on before the deadline. Well, at least I tried to send the email on time this year…

On the subject of all things shambolically festive, have some of Mark E Smith’s Christmas complaining…

I don’t know anybody called Simon so that should be safe. At least, it should be no more likely to offend one person than any other, which about as good as it gets with The Fall.

In case that was not enough, there is much more here, so don’t say I didn’t give you anything.

Seasons greetings to one and all.

Terms and conditions apply. E&OE. Offer void where prohibited by law. Excludes Donald Trump, Theresa May, Boris “Cabbages” Johnson and David “David Bloody Davis” Davis.

Free bonus Xmas party tip:

If you are the sort of person who gets drunk at Christmas, try singing “David Bloody Davis” to the tune of Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2. It’s really annoying!

December 24, 2017. #Brexit, Daniel, Music. Leave a comment.

The Actual Point

Of the EU that is.

The Brexit talks seem to have ground to a halt again but that doesn’t mean that nothing is happening.

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December 23, 2017. #Brexit, Sensible. Leave a comment.

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