So, how would Dáil Éireann deal with a post-apocalyptic scenario? – Jason O’Mahony asks the question for the Irish political system, and I’m sure someone can fill in the blanks for the British one.
A slice of London so exclusive even the owners are visitors – A look at who lives in some of the most expensive property in London, and how often they actually use it.
Entrenching inequality – Stumbling & Mumbling on a report that shows “Inequality undermines the confidence of the disadvantaged and boosts the condence of the advantaged.”
You cannot run a public service like a business, and here’s why – Are businesses and public services fundamentally different? (via)
Iceland’s ‘crowd-sourced’ constitution is dead – An explanation from an Icelander of what’s really happened there, which isn’t the same as some of the more excitable commentary from outside.
North Korea, Ireland, UKIP, revolutions and the end of the world. Enjoy.
Don’t be fooled: UKIP is not a libertarian party – Alex Massie in the Spectator points out what should be obvious, but ‘libertarian’ has been so abused, people sadly think they are.
Stand Still for the Apocalypse – Chris Hedges on the latest World Bank report on global warming, which is predicting all sorts of nightmares for the rest of the century.
It really is that bad: A powerful speech on North Korea – “One challenge I always have when I speak about North Korea is I run out of adjectives for how bad things are.” What’s happening in North Korea, and how we’re letting it go on. (Watch the video too)
On social change – Chris Dillow asks if we’re going through a revolution right now
10 things that are different about British and Irish politics – An interesting illumination by Jason O’Mahony. “Whereas hardly any Irish TDs rebelled over paying billions to bank bond holders, they did break ranks over dog breeding and the inspection of septic tanks.”
One of these is obviously a day late. Can you guess which?
One genre to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them – There’s been some interesting discussion recently about the claims of literary fiction, and how this one genre dominates media coverage of books and reading. Here’s an interesting take on it all. (via)
Meat Lover! The Scariest (True) NYC Sublet Story You’ve Ever Heard – Does exactly what it says on the headline. Probably not to be read if you’re squeamish, easily offended or are about to eat Chinese food.
One cold may morning in June – Phil Edwards on the difference between Adams and Pratchett.
Ireland and Doctor Who – For St Patrick’s Day, Nicholas Whyte chronicles the connections. “There is occasional confusion about whether Gallifrey might be located in Ireland.”
If Cameron can’t explain AV, his education was wasted – “So for Cameron to blithely claim he is not able to explain AV suggests one of two things to me. Either he is not being honest, or his extremely privileged education was wasted on him.”
The website’s back, so have some more links to celebrate:
Richard Drax and questionable sexual standards – It’s the twenty-first century, surely even Tory MPs (from outside Bedfordshire, anyway) are meant to be past this sort of idiocy?
Irish Politics: A Pre-Election Primer – a useful introduction to the issues from Crooked Timber’s Henry Farrell
Come Dine With Me: how do they find these people? – Alex Foster explains how it came to be that you’ll get to watch him cooking on Channel 4 next month
Journal of Universal Rejection – “After submitting your work, the decision process varies. Often the Editor-in-Chief will reject your work out-of-hand, without even reading it! However, he might read it. Probably he’ll skim. At other times your manuscript may be sent to anonymous referees. Unless they are the Editor-in-Chief’s wife or graduate school buddies, it is unlikely that the referees will even understand what is going on. Rejection will follow as swiftly as a bird dropping from a great height after being struck by a stone. At other times, rejection may languish like your email buried in the Editor-in-Chief’s inbox. But it will come, swift or slow, as surely as death. Rejection.”
Confessions of a Sexaholic – Dan Savage (of the Savage Love column) gives some advice to Silvio Berlusconi