Channel 4 shows the good and bad of authority

Oct 29

Four years ago, when I was nowt but a scribbler on street gangs, I cited the work of Stanley Milgram in my research. I pointed out that one of the reasons that gangs held kids in such thrall was simply because of the power an authority figure and mob mentality can wield, in whatever form they come. Get kicked out of school, live on a bad...

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Standard Operating Procedure

Oct 29

Errol Morris’ 2008 film about Abu Ghraib is available in full on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3NKikNcHM4

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David Foster Wallace: This is Water

Oct 28

Fucking brilliant. This speech is up on YouTube. Part 1: Part 2:

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Eurozone: It’s the end of the world as we know it

Oct 26

What we have here is an almighty clash between the economic and the political. It’s worth unpicking what’s going on at the moment: 1) Political leaders are held in thrall by the markets, in that they have to convince them their solutions are credible. 2) Italy is too big an economy to save. The fear of contagion to Italy has...

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Notes for Nick de Bois

Oct 26

Nick de Bois MP: I want this amendment to go through so that we have mandatory custodial sentences. Waving a knife around is a threatening act. It can draw people into knife crime. I hope the Government will come around to my point of view. I’m pleased that with such a strong presence of support from backbenchers, I hope the...

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