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Friday October 27 2006

Okay this posting is just going to be lots of links, to interesting postings and writings by others, which it is extremely unlikely that you will have read all of, and which only have in common one thing, which is that I like them, or in one way or another found them of interest.  I don’t necessarily agree with everything linked to.

I don’t know where the urge came from to do this, but here goes, in no particular order . . .

The TaxPayers’ Alliance explains why taxcutter critics of David Cameron are wrong about how to argue for tax cuts.  You might have expected the TPA to lead the charge against Cameron on this.  Not so.

The Brazen Careerist dresses for promotion.

A. M. Mora y Leon reports – during and after (i.e. with the result: yes - 78-22 percent) – on the Panama Canal widening referendum.  Great pictures, and a good map.

Squander Two’s posting about how the NHS kills diabetics is getting a lot of attention in my corner of the blogosphere.  Don’t you miss it.

From a bit of a while ago, but short, illuminating and illustrated, is Alice Bachini-Smith’s explanation of why the Gaping Void man is doing so well.

Also illustrated and even shorter, Mark Holland: Whoops.

Jeffrey Archar (well he spelt her Hedda “Gablar") preferred A Moon for the Misbegotten to Spamalot, which he doesn’t get.  He probably does get a lot of spam.  Eve Best, he says, is the new Judi Dench.  I reckon, whenever anybody is described as the new Somebody Else Older and Better, that (a) the new Somebody Else Older And Better is doomed to fizzle out, and that (b) what you really want to be is the first You.

I’ve already linked to these Japan train station adverts from Transport Blog, but go see them if you’ve not done that yet.  Lots of photos.  Now that adverts are being chased out of our homes by new technology that skips past them on the telly, or just never alllows them in in the first place, advertisers are more and more on the lookout for captive audiences, and there is no audience more captive than a station-load of scarcely-if-at-all mobile commuters.

This would have been my Samizdata quote of the day, had the spot not already been taken:

“When he is interviewed by the Metropolitan Police, what innocent explanation will he offer for the fact that 80p in every £1 donated to the Labour Party came from people who were subsequently honoured?”

Great photo of Conservative front benchers in full cry.

Long Tail man Anderson explains how there will soon no longer be such a thing as a deleted album.

Did you miss Perry de Havilland’s classic Samizdata posting just after getting back from hospital last week?  If so, here‘s your chance to correct that.

London Daily Photo is always worth a look, especially today.  I greatly prefer London Dailly Photo to a lot of the other Daily Photo blogs.  Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner.

Johan Norberg reports on the encouraging progress of Capitalism in the Caucusus, Georgia to be exact.  The entire Johan Norberg site has suddenly stopped working for me, displaying no text at all, no matter what link I press.  (To get from the regular blog to the particular posting about Georgia, it insolently demanded to make changes to my “registry”, which I refused, and it has now gone on total strike, apparently permanently, main blog and all.  Bye bye Johan.) But maybe that link still works for you.  If not, the news is: Capitalism in the Caucusus is making encouraging progress, even if Johan Norberg’s blog is doing less well, according to my experience.  (UPDATE: Hello Johan!  It all seems to be working again!)

Amit Varma links to and quotes Michel Houellebecq in the Guardian, saying:

Life is painful and disappointing. It is useless, therefore, to write new, realistic novels. We generally know where we stand in relation to reality and don’t care to know any more.

Michael Anissimov foresees a nuclear reactor in every home.  Using thorium, apparently, whatever that is.  The countries with the most thorium are, starting from the top: India, Australia, Norway, USA, Canada, South Africa, Brazil.  A rather attractive list.

Matthew Parris hates the marketing-speak word challenge, as in “sorry we can’t do that”.  He also notes that when public spending is being increased it is called “investment”, but when public investment is being cut, it is called “spending”.

And if you want more links, remember that whenever Michael Blowhard entitles a posting Elsewhere, more links is what you’ll get in abundance.

I can’t believe you linked to me again. Thanks. This is why I can’t believe it: Because there are a lot of bloggers who think they are just blogging about anything and they’re casting a wide net. But really, most peoples’ nets are not that wide. We each have our interests, and we are not reading stuff way outside those spots. But you really do seem to have no bounds. I am constantly surprised by the broad range of what seem to be genuine interests of yours.

Posted by Penelope Trunk on 27 October 2006

Yes, I loved that Perry’s posting, too.
Rare one, in Samizdata’ terms.

Posted by Tat on 28 October 2006

Looks like we missed this link list, we at LMWN hereby vow to try to have something worthy for your next linklist.

Edwin

Posted by Edwin Hesselthwhite on 01 November 2006
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