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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."
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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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"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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So you miss aggregators like Bloggers4Labour - as well as their dependent communities?  How about the extreme makeover Speaker's Chair has just undergone?  It may - ultimately - renew your faith in the future of political blogging ...

"So now we come to February, 2013.  And whilst the domain’s been running for a while, with a fairly traditional blogging platform behind it, SpeakersChair.com – a cross-party political blogging website on which I have had some of my recent posts published – has suddenly had the audacity to suggest, through a massive makeover of functionality, that political blogging might not be as defunct as we thought."
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