Monday, August 02, 2021

The Joy of Six 1019

"You can mock Lindell, dismiss him, or call him a crackhead, but none of this will seem particularly funny when we truly have an illegitimate president in the White House and a total breakdown of law and order." Anne Applebaum meets the billionaire who is funding Trump's fantasies about stolen election.

Lewis Binnie explains why he has joined the Liberal Democrats and left the Scottish National Party.

"The vast pictures of the battles of Waterloo and Trafalgar in the Royal Gallery also convey images that disappeared from 'England’s story' in the century that followed. Waterloo is presented as a joint British-Prussian victory, with the Duke of Wellington shaking hands with Field Marshal Blucher on the battlefield.  The dying Admiral Horatio Nelson is surrounded by black as well as white sailors, with women also on board HMS Victory." William Wallace looks at the contested history of the Palace of Westminster's artworks.

Older workers are at risk of being dumped as furlough comes to an end, reports David Hencke.

"As cities invest in green infrastructure to ameliorate environmental harm, wildlife is increasingly occupying novel niches including green roofs and constructed wetlands and colonizing former brownfields and vacant lots." Janet Marinelli says cities can play an important role in fostering biodiversity.

Jane Nightshade on The Innocents, the extraordinary film Jack Clayton made from Henry James's The Turn of the Screw.


nigel hunter said...

The young are 'cheap labour' those over 50, wages are higher.No1 for redundancy.However it means less tax income from the young so pensions will be less. As people get older health issues come to the for leading to more pressure on the NHS.I cannot see any options but taxes to rise to pay for the future.

Phil Beesley said...

Lots of unanswered questions there, Nigel.

Why are the transferrable skills of older workers, people who may have worked in many roles, less recognised?

Sick time or tardiness? Older workers, healthy regular grafters, suffer from conditions known as oldness and family commitments. Younger workers suffer from complaints which have become euphemisms for too much booze, drugs or sex. Or they just might be poorly.

My guess is that the value of older workers is recognised more in smaller communities.

Frank Little said...

I just got a 404 from the Lewis Binnie page you linked to. Has the SNP hit squad reached him?

Phil Beesley said...

"Anne Applebaum meets the billionaire who is funding Trump's fantasies about stolen election."

Billionaire Donald Trump feels that it would not be pertinent to fund his campaigns himself. That is one way of thinking. Maybe somebody else might pay. Another billionaire ought to pick up the bill.

Matthew Kilburn said...

It also looks as if Lewis Binnie's blog has been eaten...

Jonathan Calder said...

Lewis has deleted all his blog posts. That hit squad must have got to him.