Britain’s ruling class has decayed not just to the point where Mr. Cameron is considered a man of exceptional talent, but to where its first priority is protecting its percentage on Russian money — even as Russian armored personnel carriers rumble around the streets of Sevastopol. But the establishment understands that in the 21st century what matters are banks, not tanks.
The Russians also understand this. They know that London is a center of Russian corruption, that their loot plunges into Britain’s empire of tax havens — from Gibraltar to Jersey, from the Cayman Islands to the British Virgin Islands — on which the sun never sets.
A real one: 3D printing. Tissue with blood vessels is on the horizon.
A new bioprinting method is reported for fabricating 3D tissue constructs replete with vasculature, multiple types of cells, and extracellular matrix. These intricate, heterogeneous structures are created by precisely co-printing multiple materials, known as bioinks, in three dimensions. These 3D micro-engineered environments open new avenues for drug screening and fundamental studies of wound healing, angiogenesis, and stem-cell niches.
I nearly forgot.
I want the UK out of the European Union. It’s a kleptocratic, anti-democratic distillation of everything that’s worst about its individual member states. I’d cheerfully see Europe as a free trade zone with free movement of people and capital, but not at the cost of democracy, and not as a vast bureaucracy specialising in technocratic overreach and corruption.
But I’m not prepared to support, vote for, or defend against groups like Hope not Hate a party whose leader defends casual public racism. Fuck UKIP.
That is all.
Last year David Thompson warned us of the dangers of racist hair. Today, I bring you news of racist dance.
Or, as the headline put it,
Why I can’t stand white belly dancers
This isn’t racist, mind. The writer is a Woman of Colour and, as such, is entitled to use any racial epithets and repeat any racial tropes she cares to. Her complaint is summed up in the phrase ‘cultural appropriation’, or as she puts it:
[White] Women I have confronted about this have said, “But I have been dancing for 15 years! This is something I have built a huge community on.” These women are more interested in their investment in belly dancing than in questioning and examining how their appropriation of the art causes others harm. To them, I can only say, I’m sure there are people who have been unwittingly racist for 15 years. It’s not too late. Find another form of self-expression. Make sure you’re not appropriating someone else’s.
Only Arab women can belly dance.
Only ethnic Indians can cook with garam masala.
Only English people can Morris dance.
Only Hindus can use the number zero.
I’m pleased to report that even at Salon where this was published, she’s getting monstered in the comments.
UPDATE: Volokh also discusses this.
So Vladimir Putin has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Fair enough. Obama was awarded one for not being George W Bush and thereby bringing the world peace.
Mr Putin is the peace he’s brought to the world, so this makes complete sense.
You noticed the recent headlines?
Have a glance at this. Among other things:
The final and corresponding author of this study is Victor D. Longo (VDL). If we look at the related info we see that:
- VDL designed the study and obtained funding from the Nation Institutes of Health (NIH)
- The NIH had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, or the writing or and publishing of the manuscript
- VDL has an equity interest in L-Nutra, a company that develops medical food.
That’s the headline, anyway. And the piece starts out as though that’s a reasonable description of what’s happened:
When Bosnia abandoned communism about two decades ago, officials devised a plan that wouldn’t mean mass layoffs for state workers. It was supposed to be a smooth transition after the 1992-1995 war that left 100,000 dead and devastated the country’s infrastructure.
But it has been a disaster for people like Munevera Drugovac, a 58-year-old widow, who works for a company that was bought by a businessman in 2004. She hasn’t been paid in 19 months.
“Back then, I didn’t have electricity and heating because of the war,” she said. “Now, I don’t have it because of unpaid bills.”
More than 80 percent of privatizations have failed, becoming a core reason behind Bosnia’s worst unrest since the end of the war. Many well-connected tycoons have swept into these companies, stripping them of their assets, declaring bankruptcy and leaving thousands without jobs or with minimal pay.
So that’s privatisation, is it? The problem here is the selling of state-run interests to the private sector, is it?
No. That’s not the problem:
The Bosniak-Croat Federation is further divided in 10 cantons, each with a similar set of institutions, meaning that nearly 4 million people are governed by more than 150 ministries on four different levels of government – an expensive and ineffective system that scares off foreign investors and is preventing the country from joining the European Union.
The monthly salaries of parliamentarians are the highest in the region — up to 3,500 euros ($4,750.55) — while average salaries don’t exceed 350 euros.
Corruption is widespread and high taxes for the country’s bloated public sector eat away at residents’ paychecks. Privatizations have decimated the middle class and sent the working class into poverty.
Some observers believe widespread corruption has been allowed to flourish, benefiting an elite group with political connections.
“They have penetrated the state, turning the government itself into a facade,” said Denisa Kostovicova, an associate professor of global politics at the London School of Economics. “What now appears as a dysfunctional state is in actual fact a very functional system that distributes the privileges, but only to the networked.”
The problem is a still over-powerful state, cumbersome bureaucracy and the habits of communism.
But glance at the headline and you’d think it was the opposite.
UPDATE: Tim points out the same sort of corruption happens here, largely among the Labour Party and Union movement.
Adams wheedles on. He talks with unintended irony of the ‘obvious futility of militarism’ in Syria and the Central African Republic. People wonder how he ever thought there was a need for it here. Ann Travers, tweeting ‘I love you Mary’ onto the website, wonders at the futility of the IRA putting a deadly bullet in her sister’s back on her way home from mass. The litany proceeds – Bloody Friday, La Mon, Kingsmills, the sheer number betraying the futility of the ‘war’ as a whole more than mere tragic exception.
Excellent piece here.
UPDATE: See also Suicide rates reveal true legacy of Provo violence
Both via Padraig Colman on Facebook.