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.

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.

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.

Is Tate Membership Good Value for Money?

Here is something I was thinking about writing for a while.

Oh, dear god, no! It’s not the “Brexit Scorecard” piece you threatened us with, is it? Not at Christmas! Have you no pity? We’re trying to drink here!

No. It is not. I will do that one, but not right now. So let us repair to the Tate Members bar and…

Oh, dear god no! Have you seen how much they charge for a glass of…

Alright, lets sit on the swings then?

Oh, dear god no! I’ll throw up.

Enough already! Just forget about the booze for a moment. I have not posted anything in the Art category for ages. Lets talk about art.

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December 29, 2017. Art, Money, Sensible. 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.

Shooting people…

Unarmed people…

People who have their hands up trying to surrender…

[Apologies for the sudden change in tone. One minute I am joking about Boris and cabbages and the next I want to discuss the rule of law. In my defence, such changes in tone reflect what goes on in real life. There are some people who’s lives experience a sudden, and fatal, change of tone seemingly for no good reason. It does not seem right to just keep on joking about cabbages like this doesn’t happen.]

I was struck by the similarities between the recent case of Daniel Shaver, shot, with his hands up, by what we are pleased to call a “police officer” while trying, albeit drunkenly, to surrender and the most notorious recent example of…

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December 9, 2017. Law, Sensible. Leave a comment.

Trump Trump Trump

I was going to express my disgust with Trump’s open promotion of a Fascist, and borderline terrorist, group in the UK. I was going to talk about how this, and our less than adequate response to it, demeans both our nations and also democracy itself. But the anger did not carry over into the ability to say anything particularly coherent about a situation so obscene as to defy language.

Fortunately, the BBC’s James Cook pretty much nailed it so I don’t have to:

Instead, I have pop videos…

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December 2, 2017. Music, Politics, Sensible. Leave a comment.

Keeping your nose out of other people’s business (and their noses)

I see that we are measuring people’s noses again:

This never ends well.

September 11, 2017. Politics, Sensible. Leave a comment.

Correct Horse Battery Staple

BBC reports: Password guru regrets past advice.

“For example, the more often you ask someone to change their password, the weaker the passwords they typically choose.”

And I have only been screaming this for the last 20 years! Nice to see that these shibboleths are finally getting re-evaluated.

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August 9, 2017. IT, Security, Sensible. Leave a comment.

The headline you never thought you would ever have to read

You remember how we spent almost every breath from the rise to the fall of the Berlin Wall berating the Soviets for their restrictions on free movement? Well, weep in shame because this is currently the headline on the BBC News:

Yes. That is the UK talking about itself. Not Stalin talking about Ukraine. Not Mao talking about China. Not Hitler talking about pretty much everywhere. That is the UK talking about itself.

Take a moment. Stare at it. Notice how it looks like it fell in from another century, from another continent, from an aberrant parallel universe. Well, it didn’t. That is us. Right here. Right now.

It is the betrayal of everything that we are supposed to be. It is the betrayal of everything we ever pretended to believe in. It is a particularly vicious sort of hubris that ensures that when nemesis comes (and oh boy is it ever coming!) not one of our former friends will feel inclined to lift a finger to help us after what we have done to them. We are now the people we despised when we were children.

But don’t worry, Donald Trump still loves us. I’m sure that chlorinated chicken will soon be the very least of our worries.

July 27, 2017. #Brexit, Politics, Sensible, Travel. 1 comment.

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