What an Omnishambles: Discussing the state of the Brtish media with Ian Hislop – An interesting and very open interview with the Private Eye editor.
Invasion of the cyber hustlers – “The cyber-credo of “open” sounds so liberal and friendly that it is easy to miss its remarkable hypocrisy. The big technology companies that are the cybertheorists’ beloved exemplars of the coming world order are anything but open. Google doesn’t publish its search algorithm; Apple is notoriously secretive about its product plans; Facebook routinely changes its users’ privacy options.”
The Innocent Man, Part One (and Part Two) – Very long but fascinating tale from Texas of Michael Morton, who was convicted for the murder of his wife in the 1980s and then proved innocent of it in 2011.
Town planning: Infrastructure – A hypothetical from Mark Wadsworth that makes some interesting points.
Newtown and the madness of guns – “So let’s state the plain facts one more time, so that they can’t be mistaken: Gun massacres have happened many times in many countries, and in every other country, gun laws have been tightened to reflect the tragedy and the tragic knowledge of its citizens afterward. In every other country, gun massacres have subsequently become rare. In America alone, gun massacres, most often of children, happen with hideous regularity, and they happen with hideous regularity because guns are hideously and regularly available.”

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Do Not Hire John Brown Advertising – Andrew Hickey gets plagiarised. Plagiarist turns up in the comments to provide a great example of chutzpah.
It’s Official: Austerity Economics Doesn’t Work – “Having adopted the policies of Keynes in response to a calamitous recession, the United States has grown more than twice as fast during the past three years as Britain, which adopted the economics of Hoover”
We are all Alliance now – Spineless Liberal responds to the threats against Alliance politicians in Northern Ireland.
502: French conservatives temporarily unavailable – Alex Harrowell explains at A Fistful Of Euros how a close leadership election has split the French right.
Why we are calling for an end to the war on drugs – Julian Huppert explains the position of the Home Affairs Select Committee.

And don’t miss this special message from Alan Partridge:

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Some more things from the interwebnets that have caught my attention:

Mail gets it wrong on US broadcast of ‘Downton Abbey’ – Tabloid Watch reports on how Downton Abbey isn’t being dumbed-down for American audiences. I’m shocked – shocked! – that there’s inaccurate and badly researched reporting going on in the Daily Mail.
A Con-LibDem merger? I will not be a member of such a mongrel party – Oh, so many reasons to link to this angrily mad piece (with some even more bonkers comments) by Roger Helmer MEP on Conservative Home, not least the author’s picture which looks as though it should be illustrating ‘harrumph’ in the dictionary. It’s like someone distilled the essence of Conservative Home into a single page.
Man of Mystery – Interesting article from the New Yorker on why Steig Larsson’s novels have such an appeal.
Tilting Towards Israel – A guest post on Media Lens about the subtle biases in the reporting of Israel and Palestine in the British media.
Quite contrary: Inside the Battle of Ideas – For New Humanist, Richard Wilson looks at the Institute of Ideas, and some of the other groups and organisations connected to the old RCP

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