» james delingpole ¦ What You Can Get Away With

Lecture to Oxford Farming Conference, 3 January 2013 – Mark Lynas explains how he moved from being anti-genetically modified food to being in favour of it. He makes an interesting point on how environmentalism can be extremely pro-science on issues of climate change, but then ignore it on others.
Obesity & ideology – Chris Dillow has an interesting take on how Labour’s inconsistent authoritarianism can be explained by managerialism.
Lib Dems, welfare and the art of negotiation – Very good piece by James Graham on the party’s current problems.
Lance Armstrong Wants To Tell Nation Something But Nation Has To Promise Not To Get Mad – From The Onion a couple of years ago, so yes, they’ve clearly been anticipating reality a long time before it happens.
Addressing the Daily Mail and James Delingpole’s ‘crazy climate change obsession’ article – The Met Office point out that James Delingpole is wrong much more often than they are.

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The old yoke – The legacy of 1066 and speculation over whether the ‘green man’ seen in many English churches originated as an act of subtle rebellion against the Normans.
Men of aspiration – BenSix on the Pootercrats. “They are would-be intellectuals and sycophants: the hangers-on of men with bigger wallets; better friends and grander dreams for the advancement of their interests or ideologies. They sit on the advisory councils of think-tanks with swanky websites and portentous titles. They write columns that present ambitions of the powerful as if they are nothing more than splendid ideas. They jet off to conferences and might, if they’re lucky, have the chance to sit behind the jugs of water and say a few words.”
James Delingpole – not very good – One thing he is very good at, though, is as an example of logical fallacies, as Five Chinese Crackers explains.
Too late for two degrees? – A PWC report (pdf) on how we’re nowhere near making the level of cuts in carbon emissions needed to restrict warming to an average of 2 degrees C.
“Beecroft by the back door”: a practical guide to using the government’s “shares for rights” scheme to totally screw over your employees – Does exactly what it says on the tin, and points out just one way how ‘rights for shares’ can easily be abused.

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Why you are wrong, by James Delingpole – Actually by Generic Parody, but indistinguishable from the original.
He’s Behind You – Adam Curtis looks at the story of Muammar Gaddafi.
David Miliband and the Labour art of speaking in code – John Harris on how Labour politicians are in the habit of writing lots while saying nothing. I’m quite sure I could find the samples needed for a Liberal Democrat version of this too, though. See also this post by Jamie at Blood and Treasure
A Warning about Matthew Brown – In the last Worth Reading, I linked to a story about American right-wingers backing an independent candidate for Lincolnshire’s police commissioner. The story gets weirder – and the candidate has now withdrawn from the contest – with the revelation that his campaign manager is a serial con artist and/or fantasist.
It stands to reason, skeptics can be sexist too – I’ve linked to similar pieces to this one by Rebecca Watson before, and so I wasn’t going to link to it. But then I saw some of the abuse she’s getting for it, and figured that it needs to be seen and read by as many people as possible.

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Earlier today, someone linked to this amusing Storify collection of James Delingpole exhibiting his usual debating style of blocking and ignoring anyone who dares criticise him – especially when they commit the ultimate sin of using facts to challenge him. Normally, Delingpole’s someone I ignore – until the final revelation of his role as a Morrisian agent provocateur proving just how much crap you can get published if you’re willing to ignore facts and appease the rich and powerful, he’s of no real interest to me – but something about this caught my attention.

Namely, Delingpole’s Twitter avatar: James Delingpole's Twitter avatar Not something I’d normally care about, but this sparked off a memory in me of another image that looked somewhat similar. Specifically, one from Charlie Brooker’s TV Go Home book:
Page from Charlie Brooker's TV Go Home showing a man sticking a fork into his face

Probably only me who spots the resemblance, but the idea of Delingpole harming himself with cutlery while advertising Downright Average Thick British Viewer Day seems kind of apt.

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Here we go again…

Future U.S. History Students: ‘It’s Pretty Embarrassing How Long You Guys Took To Legalize Gay Marriage’ – I’m surprised I took this long to link to something from The Onion, but maybe that’s because it’s not as funny as it used to be. Which, of course, they’ll also be stating as true in the 2080s.
What the EU Did Next – Interesting blog collecting a number of essays on the EU
The literature of ideas; or, please stop laughing at me – Very interesting post from Pornokitsch on the description of SF as the literature of ideas – “The phrase is made more pathetically self-congratulatory by its grandiosity”
Del Boy And The Shale Sale – Zelo Street puts the boot into the increasingly ridiculous James Delingpole
Android marriage, gay pirates, and other ways to poke fun at anti-gay activists – Towleroad on some of the more bizarre theories being proposed, such as how gay marriage will lead to people marrying androids, and how men dressed as pirates are abducting strangers. Sometimes, bigotry just satirises itself(via)

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The troll ladder

I wonder if there’s an ongoing notoriety competition between various of the right-wing professional trolls (or ‘prolls‘). Measured on some scale that calculates the balance Twitter outrage amongst the liberati, the number of outraged blog posts and PCC complaints generated, and – for the really accomplished – the number of huffy comment pieces generated in rival newspapers.

(While I’m not sure of the exact mechanics of the calculation, it’s clearly measured on the Moir Scale. Most outrages only normally register in milli-Moirs, of course, though all dream of reaching the heights of a full Moir)

Obviously, though, someone somewhere has the rather unenviable job of calculating the current scores in the ongoing contest and informing participants of their rank. This, of course leads to competition between the contestants and thus, the news that Telegraph columnist James Delingpole is about to be featured on television being humiliated for his lack of knowledge persecuted by the liberal elite for daring to counter their politically correct lies is clearly threatening either the Daily Mail or Melanie Phillips’ position in the table, so they respond by getting her to weigh in on the old favourite of the ‘gay agenda’, knowing that’ll create sufficient outrage to see off the young challenger.

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