Ooh isn't it getting late already? Ooh where did March go? This year's flying by. I'm turning into dad - which you should sing to the tune of "Walking in the Air" in honour of the marvellous Mik Artistik. I'm turning into dad... I'm turning into my old man...
Anyway. Look. That's nothing about links, is it? So here are some things I read and enjoyed and digested over the past few days. I read and digested and enjoyed many others which I've forgotten about, so if that's you, I'm very sorry.
Army of Dave - Dolphins and parliamentary privilege. Given my self-imposed exile from the Mail (on which I'll scribble more a little later), Dave wonders why it's only the politicians of a certain type who are accused of thinking they're above the law.
Malcolm Coles - Exposed: gaping holes in Facebook's procedures for reporting content. Yesterday I wrote about how Facebook had been on the wrong end of some reporting from the Mail which was at the very best shoddy and incompetent. But how does Facebook deal with misleading, offensive and defamatory content on its own site? As you'll see, the procedure for reporting problems is not always as good as it could be.
Chicken Yoghurt - David Miliband's peace plan flim flam. "Clearly I’m no expert on foreign policy. That’s why I’m typing this in the spare room and not ordering the bombing of villages in Afghanistan."
Cosmic Navel Lint - The Reagan Myth finally demolished. Received wisdom tells us that Ronald Reagan was a hugely popular president who was in step with the will of the American people on virtually every issue - but is that true?
Freemania - Latest sensational event probably poor guide to underlying long-term trend. Sounds about right to me.
Simon Singh at the Guardian - This is goodbye. Worth reading in the context of libel reform and how costly, in every sense, it is to fight.
And finally, a bit of stuff on boycotts. As I've explained before, I didn't want to be counted in last year's Total Politics Awards because I just didn't want to. There's no massive issue of principle as far as I'm concerned; I just didn't want to do it. Anyway, I daresay I'll do the same this year.
The decision by Total Politics magazine to interview Nick Griffin is, in my view, nothing too horrific. I don't care because I don't read Total Politics. I despise Nick Griffin entirely, but I don't mind if people want to speak to him. Anyway, there are a few different views on this, so read Though Cowards Flinch, and Obsolete and Bloggerheads to find out more and see what you think about it.
- Friday links 23/4/10: The arseoisie
- Friday links 17/10/08: What’s this below the Stars and Stripes – a Jolly Roger?
- Friday links 21/8/09
- Friday links 20/3/9
- Friday links 24/7/09