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Huh. Bad crop yield expected this year

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Who could have predicted that? Same person who now predicts that yields will worsen over the coming years, year by year and decade by decade. That’s perfectly obvious. What’s hard to predict is what/when will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

Sorry to be gloomy, and I would love evidence to the contrary, but that seems to be the way that it’s going.

Written by LeisureGuy

11 August 2011 at 7:06 pm

Interesting post on Britain’s riots

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Quite interesting post:

“There’s going to be riots, there’ll be riots.” Less than a week before a police shooting in the North London neighbourhood of Tottenham triggered the worst social unrest to hit Britain in decades, these were the words of a young man predicting the effect of youth club closures on his community. While the wanton violence and destruction still occurring in London and other places within Britain has shocked the world, it has not been as much of a surprise to many UK residents who have been warning of growing anger and alienation within British society, especially among youth.

While the rioters have come from backgrounds which cut across lines of race and social status, in the broadest sense what most of them have in common is that they are young men from economically deprived parts of the country. While many individuals have rightly pointed out that much of the violence appears borne of opportunistic criminality, this does not address the observable correlation between lack of economic opportunity, cuts to social services and the attraction of engaging in these types of destructive behaviours. Not only does Britain have one of the highest violent crime rates in the European Union, its unemployment rate for those between the ages of 16-24 currently stands at 18%. As Matthew Goodwin, a politics professor at the University of Nottingham, explained to Forbes:

“There’s income inequality, extremely high levels of unemployment between 16 and 24-year-olds and huge parts of this population not in education or training…there’s a general malaise amongst a particular generation.”

The idea that we must not earnestly try to understand these actions is not only counterproductive but potentially suicidal in the long term. Far from being an isolated incident, these riots are but the largest and most recent incident of unrest to rock Britain in recent years. Most unrest has taken the form of protest, and has come in response to increasingly stringent government austerity measures and a perceived push to dismantle the social welfare state which has historically provided affordable healthcare and education to British society. In response to plans in 2010 to end government subsidies to UK universities, a move which would triple the cost of university education for the average student and largely destroy the meritocratic ideal of class mobility through education, tens of thousands of young Britons took to the streets in sometimes violent protests that in many ways appear to have been the harbinger of the riots we are witnessing today. Indeed, just a few months ago over 250,000 thousand people protested in London over further proposed cuts to social services, which nevertheless went ahead as planned. . .

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Written by LeisureGuy

11 August 2011 at 3:25 pm

Posted in Daily life, Government

Do you photographers know about this?

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11 August 2011 at 9:27 am

Posted in Daily life

Free book: Children of the Drug War

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From the Transform blog:

‘Children of the Drug War‘ is a unique collection of original essays that investigates the impacts of the war on drugs on children, young people and their families. With contributions from around the world, providing different perspectives and utilizing a wide range of styles and approaches including ethnographic studies, personal accounts and interviews, the book asks fundamental questions of national and international drug control systems:

  • What have been the costs to children and young people of the war on drugs?
  • Is the protection of children from drugs a solid justification for current policies?
  • What kinds of public fears and preconceptions exist in relation to drugs and the drug trade?
  • How can children and young people be placed at the forefront of drug policies?

Four thematic sections address:

  • Production and trade
  • Race, class and law enforcement
  • Families and drug policy
  • Drug use and dependence

The book is published by the International Debate Education Association (iDebate Press). It is available for purchase in hard copy from amazon.comamazon.co.uk and other outlets.

The book has a dedicated webpage here which includes a downloadable pdf of the full book, and pdfs of each of its four sections. It can also be read online.

Steve Rolles, Transform’s senior policy analyst, has written a chapter for the book titled ‘After the War on Drugs: How Legal Regulation of Production and Trade Would Better Protect Children’.

The book also forms part of the new Count the Costs initiative – the introductory chapter, by the book’s editor Damon Barrett, titled ‘Counting the Costs of the Children’s Drug War’.

Please help  publicise this brilliant new resource by linking the site, publicising it on your social networks, and drawing attention of key policy makers, professionals and media to the book.

Written by LeisureGuy

11 August 2011 at 9:18 am

Posted in Books, Drug laws

Another MWF shave

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A superb lather with the Vie-Long horsehair brush—I’m really enjoying horsehair brushes once I finally woke up to the quality of lather they produce. Three passes with the Edwin Jagger DE87 holding a Feather bade, a nice finish with Coral Skin Food, and I’m ready to face a day that begins with installing Microsoft Office 2010 on the Windows machine. After breakfast.

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11 August 2011 at 8:49 am

Posted in Shaving

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