Some lovely exchanges to kick off here between the BBC's Mark "Guns & Ammo" Urban and the mild-mannered assassins at Media Lens. I particularly enjoyed this:
You seem obsessed with the issue of victory and defeat. Do you think the Iraqi people care about the "prestige" of the British army in southern Iraq?
Your blog makes no mention of these victims of the war. We notice that one of several books by you on the military is titled "Big Boys' Rules: SAS and the Secret Struggle Against the IRA." It seems to us that you are excessively focused on the "Big Boys" and their games, and far less interested in the civilian victims of war.
A Very Public Sociologist on the ethics of debate is a nice bit of John Stuart Mill for a Friday afternoon, always welcome.
Adam Bienkov on whether Boris's bluster over being Tory leader is just a preparation for a hasty exit. People are talking about the achievements of Barack Obama's first 100 days - Boris has had 365. Any Londoners care to venture a list of achievements?
Eric the Fish on the delights that Google Ads throw up. I say 'throw up' because one of mine had the bloody BNP on it the other day, even though I've blocked them twice already. The little weasels keep using new addresses. Naughty!
Rhetorically Speaking on the crassness of the BBC giving equal weight to a complete dillon who thinks homosexuality can be cured as the entire rest of the human race, who don't. Is it what you'd call 'balance'?
Chris Dillow on cheap (and pointless) shots at hate figures from Alistair Darling and DaveCam.
BenSix on yet more thinly veiled racism about immigration at the Daily Mail. It's getting to be quite a pattern, isn't it? No wonder their readers appear to be such big fans of Nick Griffin.
If you've not seen the marvellously crazed David Starkey's audition on Question Time for a part in panto this winter as an ugly sister, then here it is. Watch and marvel at the bonkersness of it all.
A splendid Family Guy song & dance about the joys of a bag 'o weed is over here thanks to D Notice.
Here's a wonderful selection of photos taken on a night out in Cardiff. Although when you look at them you'll see it could be any town anywhere in Britain on a Friday or Saturday night... beautiful images of everyday life.
Charlie Brooker responds cheerily to a request from multi-billion-dollar publishers to nick one of his tweets for a
shitty Christmas book.
And if you've got a few hours to spare, you really must try this gorgeous little whimsy. Hypnotic.
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