everything and nothing. not really sure yet.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Bush Rap

This is too easy

p.s. You can find others like this at the Huffington Post's Contagious Festival.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Well, who could have predicted that?

You Are 4% Capitalist, 96% Socialist

You see a lot of injustice in the world, and you'd like to see it fixed.

As far as you're concerned, all the wrong people have the power.

You're strongly in favor of the redistribution of wealth - and more protection for the average person.

I knew it!

You Are Midnight

You are more than a little eccentric, and you're apt to keep very unusual habits.

Whether you're a nightowl, living in a commune, or taking a vow of silence - you like to experiment with your lifestyle.

Expressing your individuality is important to you, and you often lie awake in bed thinking about the world and your place in it.

You enjoy staying home, but that doesn't mean you're a hermit. You also appreciate quality time with family and close friends.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Outlaw Idiocy

I think the proposed European ban on Shoah denial is a great idea, but it does not go far enough. I want a ban on all lies, truth distortion and just plain stupidity. Anyone found guilty of Lying/Distortion/Being a stupid idiot will, under my system, spend between 10 and 15 years in a maximum security prison. After getting out, all Liers/Distorters/Idiots will have to wear chicken hats any time they are in public to alert the general population. That ought to teach them.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Another reason for Amir Peretz to stay

This is another reason for Amir Peretz to stay on as Israeli defence minister.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Ruth Kelly

I am annoyed at the idiotic reaction of many towards Ruth Kelly's decision to send her son with special needs to an independent school. Tower Hamlets (the inner London borough of which Kelly is a resident) has one of the most overstreched education systems in the country, particularly when it comes to special needs schooling, which is more expensive than regular schooling. By going private, Kelly can ensure that her son gets the level of care needed and that the council's money goes to those who need it most. It is worthy to note that all of her other children go to state schools. Since 1997, there has been a great improvement in the level and provision of schooling, but it is not enough. Considerably more is needed, particularly with regards to special needs pupils, to ensure that everyone gets the level of education they deserve.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Why Amir Peretz should not be fired as Defence minister

A while ago, I wrote a post condemning Amir Peretz and his actions since entering government. Recently, there have been stories suggesting that Ehud Olmert is on the verge of asking his Defence Minister to resign. Whilst I feel that he should never have taken the position, he's there now and I wouldn't want to see him fired - at least not until after the Labor Party primaries. If Peretz were forced out, he would take the Labor Party and its 19 MKs with it. This would undoubtedly result in the complete collapse of the government. Now if there was a chance that Labor, Meretz and Kadima might be able to form a government (with maybe the Pensioner's Party), led by Labor, then I would support the end of Ehud Olmert's prime-ministership. However, all polls indicate that the majority of Israeli voters would not vote fo Kadima nor an Amir Peretz-led Labor, but Netanyahu's Likud. This would probably result in a Likud-Yisrael Beitenu right-wing government, the expansion of settlements and the resumption of military attacks on anyone that gives them as much as a dirty look. So for the moment, an Israeli government that at least talks about peace is better than nothing.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Saddam Hanged (Mobile Phone footage)

Here is the full mobile phone video of Saddam's execution, courtesy of Slate. WARNING, it's pretty gruesome. (Christopher Hitchens described it as a lynching. Which is a description I would pretty much agree with.)

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

We know this is what old Mel is really thinkning ...