Advertising for Love

Ξ May 29th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

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    A young gentleman in all respects favorably situated in life, as life is commonly estimated, but still wanting the essential element of happiness; of prepossessing appearance and manners, elevated aims, and, he trusts, no ordinary capabilities and attainments, independent in thought and action, enlarged, liberal and charitable in views, to whom all modes (if honorable) are alike, so they achieve the desired end, despising the narrow bigotry and conventionalities of society, which, by interposing barriers to the free intercourse of the sexes, and thus limiting our choices, condemn multitudes of even the most favored to lives of celibacy and misery; regarding the world as his matrimonial field, and believing that it contains somewhere the congenial spirit - the "bright particular star" - the light of whose blessed presence and sweet influence his social confines, extensive as contracted souls would consider them, have shut him out from, adopts this method as the only one open to him of testing the reality of his faith and hopes. He makes worldly advantages, beyond unquestionable respectability, no condition; but none who, to an agreeable person, expressive face and engaging manners - in short, an attractive tout ensemble externally - do not unite brains and heart (the latter especially) of no common order, need reply; and none such, however high their positions, need fear to do so, for their incognitos will of course remain in their own keeping should not a correspondence lead to an acquaintance, in which case the world will be none the wiser as to the means. He is no wife-seeker on easy terms; he intends this for no husband-seekers of the same class, but only for those who, with resources of soul and wealth of affection greater than their opportunities however great, can (at least in an exceptional case, as this claims to be,) rise above the prejudice of mode and tyranny of custom in the search for happiness, and in the hope of escaping the relentless social constriction which crushes our best aspirations within the folds of its "circles" and thus dooms us to become the helpless victims of mere matrimonial chance or accident. Full letters (including description, personal and mental,) solicited, as indicative of character and capacity. Address BERTRAM" - June 4, 1864


NHS Choices – Health News – Index

Ξ May 28th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Science |

Mental health care for the media, from the NHS.

    Behind the Headlines provides an unbiased and evidence-based analysis of health stories that make the news.

    The service is intended for both the public and health professionals and endeavours to:

    * explain the facts behind the headlines and give a better understanding of the science that makes the news,
    * provide an authoritative resource for GPs which they can rely on when talking to patients, and
    * become a trusted resource for journalists and others involved in the dissemination of health news.

    Behind the Headlines is the brainchild of Sir Muir Gray, chief knowledge officer of the NHS and a lifelong advocate of patient empowerment.

    "Scientists hate disease and want see it conquered," said Sir Muir. "But this can lead to them taking an overly optimistic view of their discoveries which is often reflected in newspaper headlines.

    "Our service has more time to examine the science behind the stories. Independent experts check the findings and assess the research methods to provide a more considered view."

Ξ May 26th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ 1 |

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    This is a person who thinks the world is 4000 years old
    Y'know, 'cos she's into why…
    Do a bit of How, …of how it happened, and the why'll go oot the window. You'll realise the Why is bullshit; and take your Invisible Friends with you.

    It's crap.
    It's JuJu.
    It's "Chk'a, chk'a, chk'a, Aeaaaaaaaaeaeaeaea!"


Download details: Expression Web SuperPreview for…

Ξ May 26th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

Preview sites (side by side, if so it takes your fancy) in IE 6, 7, and 8; ...without the hassle of using virtual machines, multiple real machines, or remote services.

Finally, MS start to ameliorate the long term existential damage done to innocent web developers with their bastard browser (no offence to bastards, or, indeed, rat-pigs).…

Ξ May 25th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

From the PDF: "Dissing Oneself versus Dissing Rivals: Effects of Status, Personality, and Sex on the Short-Term and Long-Term Attractiveness of Self-Deprecating and Other-Deprecating Humor"

Thank goodness I lack the wit to engage in self-deprecating humour is all I can say.


Friends and Subscribers | StumbleUpon Help Center

Ξ May 22nd, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

    What's friendship? The hangover's faction,
    The gratis talk of outrage,
    Exchange by vanity, inaction,
    Or bitter shame of patronage.

--Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin


Memories of Matsuko

Ξ May 21st, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ 1 |

YouTube Preview Image Beautiful and strange. – Dynamics of Bigotry Table of Content

Ξ May 18th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

    The conspiracist analysis of history has become uncoupled from a logical train of thought. . .it is a non-rational belief system that manifests itself in degrees. Conspiracism blames individualized and subjective forces for economic and social problems rather than analyzing conflict in terms of systems and structures of power. Conspiracist allegations, therefore, interfere with a serious progressive analysis--an analysis that challenges the objective institutionalized systems of oppression and power, and seeks a radical transformation of the status quo. Bruce Cumings, put it like this:

    "But if conspiracies exist, they rarely move history; they make a difference at the margins from time to time, but with the unforeseen consequences of a logic outside the control of their authors: and this is what is wrong with "conspiracy theory." History is moved by the broad forces and large structures of human collectivities."

    The subjectivist view of conspiracist critics of the status quo is a parody of serious research. As Lyons observes, "To claim, for instance, that the Rockefellers control the world, takes multiple interconnections and complex influences and reduces them to mechanical wire pulling." As one report critical of right-wing populist conspiracism suggested:

    "There is a vast gulf between the simplistic yet dangerous rhetoric of elite cabals, Jewish conspiracies and the omnipotence of "international finance" and a thoughtful analysis of the deep divisions and inequities in our society.

    Separating real conspiracies from the exaggerated, non-rational, fictional, lunatic, or deliberately fabricated variety is a problem faced by serious researchers, and journalists. For progressive activists, differentiating between the progressive power structure research and the pseudo-radical allegations of conspiracism is a prerequisite for rebuilding a left analysis of social and political problems.


Ξ May 16th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

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Taken the other morning near Brig o'Turk, in the Trossachs.


sp!ked: humanity is underrated

Ξ May 16th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

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Radical neo-liberal corporate appeasers, apologists, lackeys, and lickspittles populist crypto-libertarian clothing.

Monbiot has the story:

    But there is a group which has travelled even further, from the most distant fringes of the left to the extremities of the pro-corporate libertarian right. While its politics have swung around 180 degrees, its tactics - entering organisations and taking them over - appear unchanged. Research published for the first time today suggests that the members of this group have colonised a crucial section of the British establishment.

    The organisation began in the late 1970s as a Trotskyist splinter called the Revolutionary Communist party. It immediately set out to destroy competing oppositionist movements. When nurses and cleaners marched for better pay, it picketed their demonstrations. It moved into the gay rights group Outrage and sought to shut it down. It tried to disrupt the miners' strike, undermined the Anti-Nazi League and nearly destroyed the radical Polytechnic of North London. On at least two occasions RCP activists physically attacked members of opposing factions.

    In 1988, it set up a magazine called Living Marxism, later LM. By this time, the organisation, led by the academic Frank Furedi, the journalist Mick Hume and the teacher Claire Fox, had moved overtly to the far right. LM described its mission as promoting a "confident individualism" without social constraint. It campaigned against gun control, against banning tobacco advertising and child pornography, and in favour of global warming, human cloning and freedom for corporations. It defended the Tory MP Neil Hamilton and the Bosnian Serb ethnic cleansers. It provided a platform for writers from the corporate thinktanks the Institute for Economic Affairs and the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise. Frank Furedi started writing for the Centre for Policy Studies (founded by Keith Joseph and Margaret Thatcher) and contacting the supermarket chains, offering, for £7,500, to educate their customers "about complex scientific issues".

    In the late 1990s, the group began infiltrating the media, with remarkable success. For a while, it seemed to dominate scientific and environmental broadcasting on Channel 4 and the BBC. It used these platforms (Equinox, Against Nature, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Counterblast, Zeitgeist) to argue that environmentalists were Nazi sympathisers who were preventing human beings from fulfilling their potential. In 2000, LM magazine was sued by ITN, after falsely claiming that the news organisation's journalists had fabricated evidence of Serb atrocities against Bosnian Muslims. LM closed, and was resurrected as the web magazine Spiked and the thinktank the Institute of Ideas.