How doth the story change

Why Sri Lanka attackers’ wealthy backgrounds shouldn’t surprise us

Lots of terrorists with lots of causes have come from educated/wealthy backgrounds. Therefore:

Taken together, this teaches us that neither education nor economics can help explain any one individual’s violent activism.

But back when we didn’t know that they came from educated and wealthy backgrounds it was said that economics explained it all. The righteous anger of the proletariat at the capitalist and bourgeois classes.

Is it that we iz learnin’? Or we’ve changed the story when it became inconvenient?

So why you paying out £800,000?

It is understood the striker has now agreed to settle the matter out of court and will receive a payment in the region of £800,000.

A spokesman for Brabners said: “We are glad that Ched Evans has agreed not to pursue this case, which we believe was entirely without merit. Brabners put forward a strong defence of Mr Evans claim following a thorough process and we were prepared to vigorously defend our handling of the case.”

Presumably your insurers thought you were bang to rights and 800 large was cheap to get out of it.

Yeah, I know, cheap headlines and all that but still

A woman who broke her wrist in a car crash involving the Duke of Edinburgh has said she feels “safer” now he has given up his driving licence.

Emma Fairweather, 46, who was a passenger in a Kia Carens that collided with the Duke’s Land Rover last month, said: “He’s making the most sensible decision he can. It’s a shame he didn’t make it a bit sooner but it’s the right thing to do.”

Sure, victims should have a voice and all that. But that’s enough, eh?

Calling BiS

Lucia Palacios, 22, was consistently top of her class at home in Maracay, Venezuela. Her grades were so good she gained a place at one of the country’s then coveted medical schools, training to become a specialist nurse.

But today Ms Palacios – not her real name – is working as a prostitute, selling sexual favours to British and German holidaymakers on the Costa del Sol.

She is one of 208,333 Venezuelans that the Spanish authorities record as having fled the failed central american state for Spain over the last few years.

The true figure is thought to be much higher and many educated women, like Ms Palacios, have been forced into prostitution to make ends meet.

Is there an observable increase in Venezuelanas?

Quite why?

Twinning nurseries with care homes for the elderly would boost children’s literacy skills, according to a thinktank that is calling for every childcare provider and school to build links with older people.

Children who regularly mix with older people see improvements to their language development, reading and social skills, something that is most easily achieved at “intergenerational care” centres highlighted in the Channel 4 series Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, says a report by United for All Ages.

Well, yes, but quite why it has to be the State that takes care of this is uncertain.

Why not just send the kids around to granny for the occasional afternoon? After all, isn’t this simply an agreement that the human family has some value to it?

It’s not about being homeless

The number of homeless people dying in England and Wales increased by a quarter over the last five years, with 597 deaths recorded in 2017.

Campaigners said figures published by the Office for National Statistics were a “source of national shame” with 115 more deaths last year than in 2013.

The data also showed the average age of the homeless men who died was 44 and for women it was just 42 while more than half of all deaths were because of drug poisoning, liver disease or suicide.

Those rough sleeping regularly have one or more of metal health, drug or booze problems. These aren’t things solved by having more houses.

Business rates on pagan burial grounds

We both know and like Tim Daw around here.

A farmer who built the first new long barrow tomb in the UK in more than 5,000 years has been told that he must pay thousands of pounds in business rates on it.

Tim Daw, the owner of the burial ground used by Pagans, has been told by the Valuation Office Agency that he must pay between £4,500 to £5,000 a year in business rates for his burial mound where people pay to inter the ashes of their loved ones.

Long barrows were in widespread use in the early Neolithic period and examples still exist today, but the burial method fell out of use.

Usually, church graveyards and burial grounds are exempt from the tax as they are seen as places of worship. But Mr Daw has been told that his long barrow is a commercial storage facility that must pay the tax, as it falls above the rateable value on a business property of £12,000.

Mr Daw, from Devizes, Wiltshire, said the decision means mourners visiting his tomb will have to “pay to pray” and that the move discriminates against non-Christian forms of worship.

The interesting part is, well, how have they defined that value? Given that it’s the only one what comparator have they used to work it out?

Someone really should test this assertion

So Serrato started digging, looking for information on every Chemnitz-related video published on YouTube this year. What he found, according to a New York Times report, is that the platform’s recommendation system consistently directed people toward extremist videos on the riots — then on to far-right videos on other subjects. “Users searching for news on Chemnitz would be sent down a rabbit hole of misinformation and hate. And as interest in Chemnitz grew, it appears, YouTube funnelled many Germans to extremist pages, whose view-counts skyrocketed.”

Nobody who knows anything about YouTube will be surprised. Time and again, researchers have discovered that when videos with political or ideological content are uploaded to the platform, YouTube’s “recommender” algorithm will direct viewers to more extremist content after they have watched the first one. Given that most people probably have the autoplay feature left on by default, that means that watching YouTube videos often leads people to extremist sites.

So, how many iterations of the recommendation engine gets you from a Jezza speech to an insistence that we’ve got to starve 8 million Ukrainian kulaks? Is it more or less via Seumas Milne or Andrew Murray?

Well, we could always ask London for advice

Britain’s first unmanned trains have sparked a safety row as politicians and union officials voiced concerns about football crowds on match days.

The new Glasgow Subway trains were announced to much fanfare this week, designed to be driverless and completely unstaffed by 2021. As well as having no drivers, they will also have no door staff.

While some lauded this as the future of transport, others worried that passenger safety was not being prioritised.

Pat McIlvogue, a regional officer for the Unite union, said there were worries about overcrowding and rowdy passenger behaviour on match days.

He told The Telegraph: “Match days are a well-used situation and how they’re going to manage the influx of traffic and people piling into doors when the doors are shut, what happens then?

Well, Mr Union Officer. Have you gone and asked those nice people at the Docklands Light Railway how they do it?

Well, this is good then

So, all we’ve got to do then is examine any claims to power using socialism and egalitarianism for actual realites of corruption, resource curse, kleptocracy, petro-narco dictatorship.

Gonna make running Scotland on he whiskey and oil revenues difficult, no?

This is joyous

Boris Becker’s diplomatic passport is a “clumsy fake”, a Central African Republic foreign minister has claimed, in the latest instalment of the former tennis star’s bankruptcy saga.

There appears to be a difference of opinion between the country’s foreign ministry and its Brussels outpost, and the foreign ministry appears to be contradicting a statement attributed to the president, Faustin Archange Touadéra.

As someone with a little experience of third world diplomats.

Thinking of there actually being the one government with the one view or set of actions is not the right way to think about things. There are various little groupings. Think of them as baronies perhaps. Each of which have their own independent – and often contradictory across the entire system – freedom of action in their territory. That territory can be a field of action, rather than actual piece of land.

One Baron has issued the passport in return for, well. At least one other is disputing their right to do so or angling for a share of the, well.

Because there’s more money in dogs than the disabled

A harsh thing to say but true all the same:

Why are there more clothing lines for dogs than disabled people?

Interestingly, there is a solution:

Toronto-based designer Izzy Camilleri is best known for her work styling celebrities such as David Bowie, Angelina Jolie and Meryl Streep. But her latest collection, released this month, has one major difference: it is designed for people with disabilities.

After doing some custom work in the early 2000s for a client who was quadriplegic, Camilleri had her “eyes opened” to how existing clothing did not necessarily work for women using a wheelchair. For example, having a “seated frame” meant that many traditionally designed trousers rode down or dug into her client’s waist. At the time, “adaptive clothing” – clothes made with disabled people in mind – barely existed; when it did, it was not aimed at fashion-conscious young adults. “Most of what was out there were clothes for [older people] living in long-term care facilities,” Camilleri says. “I realised there was nothing for younger people. [I was] motivated to fill this void.”

It’s known as “the market economy.”

As society becomes richer more resources are available, some of which are devoted to those desires of the disabled perhaps. After all, we’ve stopped that exposure on the hillside thing, haven’t we, which is a useful sign of rising up above a subsistence society.

We can also take a Marxist view. Capitalism is, by its very success, collapsing profit margins so ever more frantic attempts to find a profit take place. Including making pretty clothes for the wheelchair bound.

What is interesting though is that we’ve a Guardian article insisting that a problem is being solved without government having been involved.