Thursday, January 22, 2015

Six of the Best 489

Stumbling and Mumbling is characteristically interesting in looking at the global onper cent: "If you want a picture of the global 1%, a bien-pensant 50-something in a house in north London might be more accurate than a billionaire hedge fund manager."

"Third-party surveillance tools have grown from a virtually nonexistent industry in 2001 to one raking in over $5 billion annually. It’s also enabled countries around the world to cheaply establish a crude surveillance state, one that manipulates citizens and threatens their privacy." Aaron Sankin on the unstoppable rise of the global surveillance profiteers.

"Do not imagine that the effects of any change in American standards will not ultimately affect you, wherever you are. Standards are increasingly international – what is decided in one jurisdiction pretty quickly affects others." Bernard Spiegal believes that TTIP and the harmonisation of standards pose a danger to play provision in Britain.

Flashbak has some wonderful photographs of the Home Front in the Second World War.

Just One More Ten Pence Piece ... on the practical and emotional work of clearing a house.

Limited-overs cricket is increasingly loaded in favour of the batsmen, argues former bowler Mike Selvey.


Helen Pender said...

Lord Brittan died 22 January 2015. William Hague, not David Cameron delivered the news and eulogy to the House of Commons. Can we assume it's because Hague is not standing in the General Election and had no future political career to blight. Perhaps Cameron is wary about what might emerge now.

Anonymous said...

That would be William Hague, leader of the House of Commons and Leon Brittan's successor as MP for Richmond wouldn't it.

Seems entirely appropriate to me.