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The centre has, it seems, fallen. Again.

3 July 2008 13:11

Henry Farrell has a new paper on blogs, blog readers and political polarisation (Pdf here). Finding: First – blog readers seem to exhibit strong homophily. That is to say, they… Continue reading

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Better (and braver) Administrators Please

2 July 2008 17:11

One of the sadder constants in international sport is that any major decision made by the International Cricket Council will, more probably than not, damage the long-term best interests of… Continue reading

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Damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t…

1 July 2008 15:13

Kathryn Jean Lopez at National Review Online: The front page of the Washington Post (yes, I sometimes read paper newspapers) has the headline “Obama Fiercely Defends His Patriotism.” Isn’t there… Continue reading

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Statistics in a cloud of smoke

1 July 2008 14:19

If Philip Morris commissioned research which found that the smoking ban in England & Wales, a year old today, had been a dismal failure many, perhaps even most, people would… Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Canada!

1 July 2008 12:55

To all my Canadian pals – and especially those far from their native heath – here’s some video for you to enjoy.

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Whither Bond?

1 July 2008 12:10

Via Chris Orr and Ross Douthat, I see there’s a trailer for the new Bond flick Quantam of Solace. First impressions? Could be good! Anyway, it has to be better… Continue reading

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McCain’s War Record

1 July 2008 0:12

So, General Wesley Clark mouths off about John McCain on TV today, thusly: CLARK: He has been a voice on the Senate Armed Services Committee. And he has traveled all… Continue reading

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Department of Wildlife

30 June 2008 16:45

SM, a friend from college days, draws my attention to this gem: Australia’s top treasury official is taking five weeks leave to look after endangered wombats. Ken Henry, treasury secretary… Continue reading

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The stars were bright, Fernando…

30 June 2008 15:23

Memo to the Associated Press and the New York Times: describing Fernando Torres as a “slumping striker” and claiming that he had “been invisible in this tournament” makes you look… Continue reading

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England, Their F***ing England

30 June 2008 11:16

Amazing. Pupils are being rewarded for writing obscenities in their GCSE English examinations even when it has nothing to do with the question. One pupil who wrote “f*** off” was… Continue reading

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Footballing Question of the Day

30 June 2008 0:01

James Hamilton from the superb (if infuriatingly-often-on-hiatus) football blog More than Mind Games has a question that merits pondering: If you had to name one player who, in your opinion,… Continue reading

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L is for Lloyd

29 June 2008 19:15

It’s Clive Lloyd’s turn to lead a side in this series. So here is the L XI, to follow those led by Armstrong, Benaud, Constantine, Dexter,  Edrich,  Fry, Gower,  Hutton, … Continue reading

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The Dreary Downfall of Wendy Alexander

28 June 2008 12:10

Briefly*: So, Wendy Alexander is resigning as leader of the Scottish Labour party. In the brave new Scotland even our political scandals are pygmy-sized and fourth-rate. In normal circumstances scandal… Continue reading

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As go newspapers, so goes the Top 40

27 June 2008 20:44

Responding to a reader’s suggestion that pop music became terrible once folk could just download (legally or not) any music they desired, Megan McArdle sensibly disputes the premise, writing: I’m… Continue reading

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When the Oval Office meets “The Office”…

27 June 2008 16:58

David Frum has an interesting piece in this month’s Prospect on the lessons Barack Obama (or, I suppose, John McCain, will learn from the structural short-comings of George W Bush’s… Continue reading

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Debating Issues

27 June 2008 15:01

Julian “heterodox and hard to label” Sanchez (David Brooks, today) asks a terrifying question. Looking back to undergraduate debating days, he wonders: How many of us are unwittingly broadcasting our… Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary Gordon…

27 June 2008 14:19

The Henley by-election result is striking: John Howell (Cons) 19,796Stephen Kearney’s (Lib Dem) 9,680Mark Stevenson (Green) 1,321Timothy Rait (BNP) 1,243Richard McKenzie (Lab) 1,066Chris Adams (UKIP) 843 Admittedly, Labour didn’t run… Continue reading

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Always the Germans…

27 June 2008 13:31

The New Republic, America’s most football-friendly political magazine, asked me to write something mean about the Germans: Today’s question then, is: Does Germany’s record in international soccer confirm: (a) the… Continue reading

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Returning to Brideshead

27 June 2008 2:14

Back to Brideshead! Last month I took a fairly relaxed view of the forthcoming Miramax travesty. The only real question would seem to be whether it is enjoyably or enragingly… Continue reading

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Robert Mugabe is Right

26 June 2008 23:32

About some things anyway: “The demons in number 10, Downing Street, must be exorcised by someone,”

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Department of Firearms

26 June 2008 15:22

Good news from Washington: a common-sense interpretation of the Second Amendment prevails at the Supreme Court: WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says Americans have a right to own guns… Continue reading

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Department of Fatigue

25 June 2008 20:37

An email from a friend in Washington who's active in Democratic politics: Honestly, I haven't been paying attention to the Presidential race at all. I'm sick of it and the… Continue reading

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The View from Montparnasse

25 June 2008 19:57

In Paris, Byron York ponders the foreigners' view of the American presidential race:“But why wouldn’t you vote for Obama?” I’m having lunch with an Obama supporter at La Coupole, the… Continue reading

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Beyond The Lunatic Fringe

25 June 2008 12:46

So, yes, there's been a mini-hiatus around these parts. Cricket and an unexpected trip to Edinburgh for a first meeting with my godson were largely to blame. Plus, you know,… Continue reading

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Appeasement Watch: Harare Edition

20 June 2008 15:38

Michael Ledeen despairs over Condi Rice's condemnation of Robert Mugabe: This is Darfur all over again. And Iran all over again.  And Syria all over again.  Stern language, with the… Continue reading

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