Wednesday, February 01, 2023

The Joy of Six 1106

Ann Moody says Britain is on the brink of a corporate takeover: "Whatever the outcome of the next election, certain figures in the current administration and their financial associates may well remain at the political helm, not in Westminster, but in control of new structures and administrative bodies, as government landlords or service providers and decision makers in a new, corporatised Britain, where elected bodies have been replaced by private sector interests and over which central government has diminished control."

A review of its own economics coverage commissioned by the BBC, reports Bron Maher, has found that too many of its journalists lack a basic understanding of the subject.

Jeff Roquen reviews a book on the rise of fake news in the US. I has a long history, but "since the arrival of the internet age, the exponential increase of phony news outlets, conspiracy-promoting feeds, blogs containing disinformation and the frequent replacement of facts with agenda-based narratives have engulfed our world to the detriment of our societies."

"By allowing New Mexico’s children to be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole and equivalent sentences, we are literally condemning them to die in prison. We ignore the potential for growth and change that every young person possesses. We say to our children: 'It does not matter the ways in which you commit yourself to rehabilitation, healing and accounting for the harm that you caused. Nothing you do matters. You will never be welcomed back. There is no mercy and no hope for you.'" Helen Prejean on the campaign to abolish life sentences without parole for children in the state.

Paddy Docherty watches Ice Cold in Alex, which he says is "widely regarded as one of the best war movies of the 1950s." 

After researching the ghost stories surrounding a girl called Polly Mayas, who was gruesomely murdered in 1883, Amy Boucher found herself wanting ensure that the child's life and death are remembered.


Frank Little said...

With reference to the Santa Fe article, the justice system of England and Wales is not guiltless in this area. There are still many people practically incarcerated for life on indeterminate sentences and whose danger to life was minimal or illusory.

Jonathan Calder said...

Quite right, Frank. Blair's government had a very authoritarian side.

Matt Pennell said...

It's a measure of the malaise at the BBC that a detailed knowledge of Economics and Economic History aren't considered a necessary pre-requisite for business or current affairs journalism. John Maynard Keynes explained the difference between household and government debt via the popular press in the 1930s - it's astounding that this has to be explained again to BBC staff, supposedly the crème de la crème, 90 years later!