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Anyone in Chester, United Kingdom, or the surrounding areas, interested in working on a #hyperlocal wiki? We're using #DokuWiki software; it's dead easy to get involved ... and the link to the site is as follows ... :-)
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"So it is that the Prime Minister, MPs, support staff and Her Majesty’s Official Opposition suddenly run out of things to even apparently do.  In order to justify their salaries for the next four years and seven months – and out of a residual sense of twisted responsibility, I suppose – they collectively decide to retire to the countryside and spend their days hunting foxes, shooting pigeons, evicting the disabled, cleaning moats, building duck islands, flipping mortgages, gassing badgers and closing down any food banks which have the temerity to set up stall in their constituencies.
In the meantime, the state runs itself very nicely, thank you.  Some weird people protest; get blackmailed into silence, probably via carelessly administered #caredata and #DRIP intel; ultimately accept their lot; and, quite understandably, find themselves dying in front of theirgoggle boxes Google boxes when their time ineludibly comes."

http://21stcenturyfix.org.uk/2014/07/diktat-2015/
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"On the back of an Open Rights Group campaign on protecting/enshrining the right to parody in a modern digital world which came my way about ten days ago, I sent the following email to Vince Cable a few days ago:"

http://error451.me/2014/04/01/cameron-co-now-planning-to-restrict-april-fools-day-right-to-parody/
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Updated post on the "leave of absence" timeline we've just experienced:

"Update to this post, 28/03/2014: yesterday morning I thanked the school for their reply to my complaint email asking for a revision of the original decision and I also contacted via email the clerk of the Board of Governors."

http://blinkingti.me/2014/03/26/the-english-education-system-how-its-taken-leave-of-its-senses/
Here's how the English education system has taken leave of its senses.  (I've tried to be as calm and collected as the situation allows me to be.  I suppose I would do my own case no good at all if...
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On being honest about choices - that's the Left I want to see ...
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"I received an email this afternoon on a new report by the Fabians.  I am a member of this grouping, though a rather passive one.  I suppose it would be fair to throw the accusation of armchair socialist at me.  I like my armchair, it is true.  But what I really like is words.  Their order, their relationship with other words, their choice and their juxtaposition."
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This evening I tweeted two connected posts.  I’ve been finding it impossible to comment on three significant news items recently: Gaza, Ukraine and Syria.  So I tweeted these two connected posts as some – perhaps insubstantial – attempt on my part to say, at a distance, some of what I was feeling.

http://21stcenturyfix.org.uk/2014/07/a-matter-ultimately-of-language/
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"First off, I’d like to draw your attention to a Facebook friend and real world acquaintance’s call for support in the Madrid Half Marathon tomorrow.  His name is Charlie Small.  He’s running on behalf of Cancer Research UK.  You can find more about his reasons for running here.  As you may see from the donation list, I have my own very personal reasons for wanting to donate.  I’ll expand on these reasons now."

http://error451.me/2014/04/05/paco-pedro-luisi-and-tuga/
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Following up on my previous posts on leave of absence for compassionate reasons not being legal for English schoolchildren any more, a post on why taking unauthorised absences is wrong.

http://blinkingti.me/2014/03/29/why-its-important-parents-should-not-be-encouraged-to-take-unauthorised-leaves-of-absence/
Those of you who've been reading this blog and elsewhere too recently will know that we have had a death in the family, and that my wife was given compassionate leave by the same institution which ...
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How knowledge no longer empowers us but makes us evermore fragile ...

"If the revolution, whether constructive or destructive, is ever to take place, it will only take place when social networks are taken away from us.  Not because such software beasts allow our lords and masters to lord over and master us more, though: no, knowledge of what we say and do always existed; manipulation always existed; discombobulation was always present, ever since the instinct to government crept out of the sea and emerged fully formed in our lives.  Instead, much more, social networks serve to rid us of the desire to take to the streets, because precisely in the daily revelation of truth and its terribly sad underbellies we consider that we have become more than those who would rule over us (who do, in fact, rule over us).  Through believing that our knowledge somehow gives us the edge in a world where knowledge is manifestly a sop and not power, it clearly doesn’t make for a society where right is might at all."
What's become a kind of Twitter experiment has, for me, ended up a most revealing exercise. Twitter does play on addictive hormone-related impulses of the brain, of that I am sure.  From an almost ...
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Chris finishes off an involved piece on the internecine battles over Labour’s fiscal dilemmas with the following, almost off-hand, remark:

"[...] The challenge for fiscal conservatives, then, is how to combine fiscal austerity with job creation?"

Which brings me to ask a fairly obvious question, though not one I hear asked too much these days.

At least not in the limited circles I move.

What is the point of jobs in the first place? [...]
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"[...] If the poor are deserving right now of receiving “tainted” beef, if – as the German development minister argues – “unfortunately there are people [in Germany] for whom it is financially tight, even for food [...]“, then these very same disadvantaged were also just as deserving before recent events took their sorry course.

"That the powerful now argue the poor have suddenly become deserving of our charity, and at exactly the same time that metric tonnes of mislabelled horsemeat need to be summarily shifted, is a rank duplicity of the very worst sort.  One hardly needs to be an expert in stratospheric spin to understand that heavy business interests will be pulling in all sorts of favours from their meek and puppet-mastered politicians, as someone tries to salvage as much resource as possible from the disaster.  And what better way than make the poor pay for their poverty?

"What better way than via taxpayer-funded graft?"
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