Everyone needs to go and see The Wire: The Musical, even if it doesn’t appear to feature a one-word duet between Bunk and McNulty:

You should also, of course, make sure you’re fully familiar with the 19th century work that it’s based on.

From the sublime to the ridiculous, here we go again:

“When It’s Not Your Turn”: The Quintessentially Victorian Vision of Ogden’s “The Wire” – The Wire is often compared to Dickens, but what might it have been like if it actually had been a 19th century serial novel? (via)
Poll: Nearly 4 in 10 Americans Say Natural Disasters Sign from God – (warning: link takes you to Fox News) “The perceived increase in the number and severity of natural disasters is evidence to 44 percent of Americans of what the Bible calls The End Times”
The threat of America’s nativist far right – A look at the threat to America from the terrorists they don’t like to call terrorists.
The Creationist Brain Zap – Ken MacLeod on growing up in a creationist household, and how he learned to question it.
Friday music link, here on a Monday – D-Squared Digest on the economics of music videos and the lifestyle of journeyman rappers

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The Wire finished its run on the BBC last night, and proved itself to be every bit as good as the hype that had surrounded it. Rather than delivering yet another encomium as to how good it is, I shall attempt an original comment regarding it instead. (Well, one that a brief Googling doesn’t seem to reveal having been made before)

I’ve noted some similarities between The Wire and some of the versions of Batman – Miller’s Year One springs most to mind, but there are no doubt others – in that both depict cities that appear to be fundamentally corrupt, where crime and supposedly legitimate business are deeply intertwined and a despairing police force (save for a few determined officers) has effectively given up on anything other than managing the situation. Into this situation, a seemingly non-corrupt police officer manages to rise up through the ranks to become Commissioner, while a crusading new District Attorney attempts to prosecute corrupt officials and a small group of police try to bring down the kingpins of crime. Meanwhile, on the streets, a man clad in dark clothing attempts to take on the crime lords, while having a complicated relationship with the police.

Yes, it’s tenuous, but I suppose I could have photoshopped pictures of Stringer Bell as the Penguin to really make the point if I’d wanted to.

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Update: You know what they say about something being too good to be true? Yes, this was. Nicely done fake, though.

The Mayor of Baltimore responds to Chris Grayling’s comments, and proves that she’s got a sense of humour. Or humor, given that she’s American.

o present a television show as the real Baltimore is to perpetuate a fiction that dishonours our city. It is as pointless as boasting that Baltimore has a per capita homicide rate a fraction of that in the popular UK television show Midsomer Murders.

(via Liberal Conspiracy)
At this rate, I give it a week before Boris Johnson is putting out a statement claiming responsibility for the fact that London hasn’t suffered an alien attack at Christmas since he was elected.

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So, Chris Grayling has declared that parts of Britain are ‘like The Wire‘. Interestingly, BBC Two are now showing series 5 of that, where we see that a smooth-talking politician who was elected on a promise of change and a ‘new day’ turns out to have no answers to a crippling financial crisis other than cuts, cuts and more cuts.

In the same spirit, I’d say Chris Grayling is like Party Animals – poorly researched and unconvincing.

UPDATE: It turns out that Grayling has only seen a few episodes from the first series, so he may in fact not own a TV. So please regard this post as being titled ‘Gotta keep David Davis way down in the hole’ from now on.

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