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The collected detritus and flotsam from my internet browsing ends up collated at www.beta57.com. Here’s what I’ve been linking to recently:
- Temporary Light Murals Enliven the Streets of Copenhagen
- Yanis Varoufakis: The Euro Crisis as a Spectacular Political Failure
” In short, a dreadful monetary design was defended by toxic remedies. For three years now Europe’s response to the discovery that it had created a monster was an all-out assault on reason.”
- It’s Time for a Tax to Kill High Frequency Trading
- This Devilish Alligator Has Not Been Photoshopped
- Sputter and Spittle :: Vanity Fair
“The commentariat is so snugly, smugly entrenched that it doesn’t need higher-ups to act as enforcers; editors come and go, but the pundits remain in continuous orbit, decoupled from Newsweek to join Huffington Post or Politico or the Atlantic online or Bloomberg, it doesn’t matter, they always end up in the same Green Room where David Gergen is gargling furniture polish to give his opinions a mahogany veneer and Peggy Noonan forever is holding a novena.”
- In defence of the structural deficit :: Stumbling and Mumbling
- Bill Clinton Has One Last Golden Opportunity to Screw America
- More completely unjustifiable police brutality
” Calling the cops, who presumably have more training and more authority, was exactly the right thing to do. But what’s amazing about the video is that the only training the cops actually display is the ability to swiftly mete out violence. I can grab ten dudes off the block to do that. Let’s give them pensions, too.”
- Porn For Teens?
- Privacy | Maggie Mayhem Speaks
- Canadian Sex Work Laws and Indigenous People
“We know that if you are an Aboriginal woman, you are four or five times more likely to die as a result of violence, you are racially profiled by police, least likely to get bail.”
Decriminalisation isn’t just there, as is often asserted by abolitionists, to help white, middle class, “Belle du Jour” style “high class hookers.” It’s there to keep women safe.
- 1 in 3 new jobs "created" last quarter are under 15 hours
“For millions of people in work the downside of generating jobs in a stagnant economy is therefore low hours at low pay and with little prospect of getting a pay rise big enough to keep pace with price inflation. A surge in low paid mini jobs may be better than no jobs at all but this is not a sign that the economy is experiencing anything like a proper recovery.”
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