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“Sit on my face…”

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The Authority for Television On Demand (ATVOD) is the not so new UK regulator (quango) for on-demand programming and the reason for its existence can be traced back to how the UK.gov decided to implement the EU’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive. As always if there is an easy way to do something and a hard…

The fluffy bit at the end of the first movie

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Do you remember the end of The Followship of the Ring? Of course you do. After a long walk – a very long walk, actually – Sean Bean’s character, a human general, makes a play to take the ever-so-tempting Ring of Power from Frodo just as some Orcs arrive looking for the Hobbits. There is…

Huzzah for the voluntary sector!

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Hurrah, civil society is not dead! It warms one’s heart to know that there is still a great deal of compassion and get up and go amongst the British public. Just over six years ago an economic catastrophe of the kind not seen since the 1930’s sent us spiralling into a major recession. We are…

Britain should be proud of food banks

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby has been saying that he was shocked that a family in Britain, whose own national statistics show its taxes it’s poorest at a rate of 71%, might be forced to skip between 2 and 6 meals a week (approx 10% of it’s meals), to ensure enough food gets to the…

The work of Nathaniel Branden

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Paul Marks wrote: As I understand it (correct me if I am mistaken) the most important thing for an Objectivist is their work. So I hope that this gentleman achieved things of value in his work, and was able to work up to the conclusion of his life. Nathaniel Branden, I believe, did keep working…

What do basking sharks eat?

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Alex is passing through the Lizard, a picturesque chunk of rock on the South coast. On Facebook, it seems as if Alex, wants us to understand what he’s going through. From the weather at the Lizard: To what he is physically walking on: The amazing work of other fundraisers he meets: To the obscure facts…

Nathaniel Branden has died

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Nathaniel Branden, an important figure in Objectivism, has died. Nathaniel was noteworthy for many reasons. I have heard it said that Atlas Shrugged would not have been completed were it not for his “affair” with Ayn Rand – at one time he was Rand’s second romantic partner. The Huffington Post – of all places – has an early obituary…

Full Video: The Causes of the Cost of Living Crisis

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The cause of the cost of living crisis in Britain is Government. That is the overwhelming message of our October 23rd panel event. The panel discussed the origins of the meme, the origins of the crisis. We agreed that a decent standard of living is to be earned, not taken from others. On food pricing,…

Oh Falmouth!

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Falmouth is somewhere I visited as a boy several times. I remember walking up and down it’s streets in the evening, yellow light spilling out into the road. I don’t really remember why my parents were keen to explore -I was too small to appreciate it – but I remember the feel of those roads.…

Use caution over “Consequentialism”

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Originally posted as one of several comments elsewhere [Ed]I think we need to be careful with this term “consequentialism.” I used in the very loose sense that what it is reasonable or “sensible” to do is what seems to be required given objective X and set of conditions Y. This is to me the in…