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Russia: Seriously, WTF?

Who is running Russia these days? I'm wondering because, whoever it is, they need to cut back on the mid-afternoon drinkies. The debacle in Georgia was one thing. A massive over-reaction to Georgia's internal events, harkening back to Soviet times and using arachaic phrases like 'Sphere of Influence'. They're still there, throwing their weight around ...

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Mugabe still has some friends…

So those two great bastions of human rights - Russia and China - vetoed the proposed UN sanctions against Robert Mugabe's despicable regime. Why am I not surprised? From this morning's Guardian: Russia's UN ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, said there was no mandate to impose sanctions on Zimbabwe because there was no threat to international peace ...

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Avert your eyes…

...if you have a weak disposition. I just came across this page, thanks to the wonders of StumbledUpon: The 5 Most Horrifying Bugs in the World. Scary and educational in equal measure. No. It's more scary than educational. And you must watch the videos. Then like me, you won't sleep tonight. For god's sake, I ...

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Dawkins Imposter…

Sadly, I read this on Friendly Atheist this morning: Yet again, some impostor is pretending to be me. I do not Twitter, I had never even heard of Twittering until a thread on RichardDawkins.net alerted me to it, and I most certainly have not signed up for it. I am told there are numerous Facebook ...

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Happy Bloomsday!

Happy Bloomsday, one and all...the day we commemorate James Joyce's Ulysses, which was set in Dublin on this very day in 1904. By way of celebration, I'm going to don a boater and striped blazer, walk with a cane and have impenetrable conversations with everyone I meet. Or maybe, I'll just continue to work... it ...

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Lisbon: the hand-wringing begins…

As I predicted when the 'No' votes won it in Ireland, several European commentators have decided to ignore the democratic wishes of the Irish people, indicating that only one response to the Lisbon Treaty was acceptable... and it wasn't 'No'. From this morning's Sunday Times (my emphases in bold): The initial official reaction to the ...

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Looks like Ireland…

...has rejected the Lisbon Treaty, according to the BBC. Irish Justice Minister Dermot Ahern says substantial vote tallies across the country show the European Union Lisbon reform treaty has been rejected. Tallies are not official, but Mr Ahern says it is clear the No vote is ahead in a vast majority of constituencies. This would ...

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I’m sold…

Yes, I know... you were possibly expecting a post-WWDC post on Monday, but it was late by the time I'd finished frothing at the mouth, and I still hadn't cooked dinner. In a word, it was superb. Not the iPhone (though that looks fantastic), I'm talking about the new MobileMe service that's replacing .Mac. I've ...

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It probably won’t have any effect…

...but you could sign this petition and tell Gordon Brown you don't approve of Iris Robinson's blatant homophobia. Mind you, this is the same Gordon Brown who bought the DUP's votes this evening, in order to pass a disgusting piece of legislation that goes against everything British society is supposed to stand for. I wonder ...

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