Category Archives: Personal

What a brilliant man

This is a must-read. And watch his 4,000 dollar questions and the subsequent ads. Mind officially blown. Must find out more.

He participated in several arctic journeys (including a 1000-mile dogsled trip across Greenland), starred in an Oscar-winning film, wrote more than a dozen books (novels and nonfiction, including his Famous Book of the Eskimos), had a peg leg (he lost his leg to frostbite in 1926; he amputated his gangrenous toes himself), was involved in the Danish resistance against Germany, was imprisoned and sentenced to death by the Nazis before escaping to Sweden, studied to be a doctor at university, his first wife was Inuit and his second was a Danish margarine heiress, became friends with Jean Harlow and Mae West, once escaped from a blizzard shelter by cutting his way out of it with a knife fashioned from his own feces, and, last but certainly not least, won $64,000 on The $64,000 Question.

 

IPNAS and the loss of freedoms in the UK

Wow, some must-read articles on new legislation working its way through the UK parliament. I get and salute the need for simplification of existing legislation, but we should not approach this through over-generality and vagueness.

Descent into 1984 (because I don't like the article's title).

There are legal articles on the IPNAS and related legislation.

They [IPNAS] will arguably continue to be seen by some as a very draconian measure – not least because they can be granted indefinitely (or for a period of up to 12 months in the case of under 18s) and because it appears that there is no safeguard of reasonableness which you would usually expect to see in legislation of this kind.

The PSPOs are as bad.

Local authorities will be able to impose a PSPO if there are persistent activities in a public place that have “a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality” or if it is likely those activities might occur.

This would apply to Occupy, but why not Falun Dafa and marches for whatever?

My biggest complaint is that in most cases the legal framework already allows the police or relevant powers to take action. More, wider, vaguer, sloppier legislation is not the answer. Let's hope the House of Lords works its checks and balances.

Thanks to Katherine for the pointer.