Monthly Archives: October 2012

Brian and Antoine on the US Election

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I though I should share this excellent podcast where Brian Micklethwait catches up with Antoine Clarke over the US Election. If, like me, you like Brian’s style you can hear more from him in person on another topic on Thursday, although with 28 RSVPs you may need to sit on the floor. Incidentally, I did…

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Freddie’s resistance to refis highlights a central conflict of interest that plagues both Freddie and Fannie. That conflict is even more pronounced now that they are owned by taxpayers. The companies, which own or back about 60 percent of U.S. home mortgages, have a mandate to help expand homeownership…

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Emphasis mine.

“Miserabilism”

The following from Tim Stanley via Johnathan Pearce: All in all, I’m predicting Skyfall will have the charm and good humour of a night spent manning the phones at the Samaritans. Its miserabilism reflects a culture that thinks suffering automatically creates credibility – a world where X Factor contestants weep for our votes because last…

Video: Free Will Determinism and Politics

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Mark Gullick joined us at the Rose and Crown to introduce the audience to the concepts of free will and determinism, to highlight schools of thought in which they have become dominant and implore us to fight for the “standard bearer” of free will: free speech As you will see in the video below, Mark…

Tech: Americans Can Now Jailbreak Phones, But Not Tablets

Whiles the European Union is doing everything in it’s power to cripple the abilities of the already handicapped to consume media, the US has announced some new exemptions to the DMCA that are to be applauded. Americans Can Now Jailbreak Phones, But Not Tablets A series of new exemptions by the Librarian Of Congress to…