“As soon as I arrived in the Indies, on the first Island which I found, I took some of the natives by force in order that they might learn and might give me information of whatever there is in these parts.”
The information that Columbus wanted most was: Where is the gold?
“Most citizen journalism strikes me as nothing to do with journalism at all. A lot of bloggers seem to be socially inadequate, pimpled, single, slightly seedy, bald, cauliflower-nosed, young men sitting in their mother’s basements and ranting.
They are very angry people. OK – the country is full of very angry people. Many of us are angry people at times. Some of us are angry and drunk. But the so-called citizen journalism is the spewings and rantings of very drunk people late at night.“
Bloggers and MSM journos are like French and Australian wines. If the bloggers are the French wine – then the best are magnificent and much better than any MSM hack. For a start, they usually get it right. The worst are the pits.
JD and the dilemma of dance:
I came across this in the Telegraph blogs, Stephen Hough asks is this dancing or gymnastics or circus. See what you think.
I thought the effortless artistry and athleticism was impressive whatever label you wish to put on it. So I decided to ask the expert, my friend TheDancingGirl. This was her reply –
… definitely dance. It’s all about the music not just throwing in acrobatics. They are very fit and strong but they work at making the moves fit the music and those ballets are written down and are exactly the same for each dancer. Fantastic to watch.
I will not tell you what her comments were about the synchronised clapping from the audience, it is unprintable.
JD‘s profile and a list of his posts can be found in the left sidebar at this site.
Mark Wadworth‘s next instalment on the LVT goes to Kashmir:
A common response to the proposal to scrap taxes on incomes or production and to tax land values instead are the cries of “It’s my land! An Englishman’s home is his castle! What right does The State have to come along and make me pay tax or rent on my own land?”
I would like to counter this well rehearsed bit of propaganda with the following example/analogy:
1. When India was originally partitioned, areas of land had to be allocated to one country or the other, and there was mass migration of Muslims to areas allocated to Pakistan (incl. what is now Bangladesh) and of Hindus to India (and lots of random killing along the way).
So the proxy war that has been fought ever since over control of Kashmir illustrates the general principle that wars are fought over land rather than over anything else – I have no reason to assume that either side has the intention of enslaving the population of any territory it might gain.
Damn! I wish the Independent hadn’t run the lunar hoax again. Having looked through their arguments as to why it was real, the next move, obviously, was to check other sites and of course, you’re getting either totally sceptical of the landings or totally sceptical of the sceptics.
Right, let’s get to it: