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November 20, 2006

Yes! Yes! Yes!!!

I think the world’s been reading a little bit too much spoof news and taking it seriously.

Two peace activists have planned a massive anti-war demonstration for the first day of winter. But they don’t want you marching in the streets. They’d much rather you just stay home. The Global Orgasm for Peace was conceived by Donna Sheehan, 76, and Paul Reffell, 55, whose immodest goal is for everyone in the world to have an orgasm Dec. 22 while focusing on world peace.

There’s more, more, MORE!!!! on the official website.

How not to stop bullying

I’m normally a fan of Alan Johnson, the Education Secretary. But I can’t even stifle a laugh at his ridiculous suggestion today of fining the parents of school bullies up to £1,000.

The government seem to have a fascination with fining people for things, to the extent that you think it must all have been dreamt up by Gordon Brown in a bid to make more money.

But if there’s one way not to stop bullying, it’s by hitting people in the pocket. For one thing, it’s displacing the blame onto parents when the immediate issue is with their child. But it also breeds the idea that you can get away with bullying someone as long as you’re willing to stump up £1,000 afterwards.

A much better idea would be for community service for under-18s. Or to run courses for trouble-makers during school holidays.

The search for truth

American scientists, prompted by 9/11, are searching for a ‘truth serum’, some fifty years after it was declared a nonsense by scientists. They’re hoping to use it on terrorism suspects, but haven’t quite cracked it yet.

It’s like NASA trying to invent a pen that would work in space all over again.

Where the Russians used a pencil to solve that problem, millions of Britain have already discovered truth serum for themselves.

It’s called “beer”.

George Osborne's debt plans

I was going to try and write something interesting about this story but I actually don’t think it’s possible.

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In a continent that loves regulation, drivers give anarchy a go

One of the new 'regulation-free' roundabouts (c) SpiegelConsidering Europe’s passion for regulating anything that moves (and most things that don’t), it’s a bit surprising to see European cities so specifically do away with rules. But that is what’s happening.

Planners in seven European cities are experimenting with motor vehicle anarchy, and the results have been surprising. From the article -

They want drivers and pedestrians to interact in a free and humane way, as brethren—by means of friendly gestures, nods of the head and eye contact, without the harassment of prohibitions, restrictions and warning signs.

Where else could we apply this idea?

Still deluded

Blair in Afghanistan

Here in this extraordinary piece of desert is where the future of world security in the early 21st Century is going to be played out.

When’s he going to realise a civil war in the Afghan mountains has nothing to do with the security of 60 million people he’s supposed to be governing?

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