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Sunday April 11 2010

Am working on long piece about IPL cricket, which will be up here Real Soon Now.  (UPDATE Monday: Here.)

Meanwhile, for here here, here is a vapour trail, rotated through ninety degrees and sharpened somewhat, which I snapped earlier this evening:

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The photos I took of this pleasing effect spanned about half a minute.  It went from almost straight, to what you see, to nothing, with amazing speed, so I was lucky to catch it.

I remember thinking as I left for the nearest food shop to buy bread and milk and meat and cheese, well, I’ll take my camera not because I will have any use for it but because that’s my rule.  And that’s why that’s my rule.

You’re in London, aren’t you?

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Posted by 6000 on 12 April 2010

Brian, I posted a comment at S-D on your IPL post, which is stuck in moderation, to the effect that the broadcast rights for the IPL cricket are held by Google, and all matches are available live and other, on Youtube.

A number of commentors at S-D were bemoaning the fact that they had no local broadcasts of the matches.

Chuck

Posted by Chuckles on 13 April 2010

Chuck

I’ve used my editing privileges there to free up your Samizdata comment.  Thanks for alerting me to it.

This posting seems to have turned into a open thread.  No harm in that.  Any other interesting but non vapour trail related thoughts?

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 13 April 2010

Thanks Brian, hopefully some poor souls in agonising cricket withdrawal will get some relief. The Google/Youtube acquisition of the broadcast rights for the IPL is interesting apropo your thoughts on the USA and 20/20 cricket?

Other thoughts…
Well with our numbingly dreary election looming, I suppose the only question is ‘Does the country hate the political set/ruling class enough to do something untoward. Answer, almost certainly no. As Neil Innes put it, ‘No matter who you vote for, the government always gets in.’
Other choice is a la Obnoxio, re-elect Labour, and see if we can trigger a revolution. It’s several hundred years since we had a good one, and one gets out of practice so quickly. pour encourager les autres and all that.

Much maneouvering at World Bank meetings, as the USA, UK, Netherlands and Italy shyly abstained from voting on a $3.75 bill loan to South Africa, which was granted. Trouble was, it was for a coal fired power station. Shock horror. Can’t possibly be seen to be backing those. Trouble is it’s desperately needed, and the BASIC countries have already told the western block to get stitched with their carbon emissions limits. Hoist petard etc.

Very little being said about the fact that the Greek loans that are the cause of all the huffing and puffing and talk of default at the moment, have many of the good folks in the City - UK banks, as the lenders.

And the Gorbal Worming creechah feechah totters on, trying to lurch anywhere to be born, but they have effectively lost the public in the UK, USA, Oz and much of Europe.
Interesting discussion spread over Climate Resistance, the Graham Stringer thread at Bishop Hill, Tom Fuller at the sfexaminer, Klimazwiebel and initforthegold, with side ventures elsewhere, over whether it is a scientific or political problem that needs to be solved. Side issues of the faithful and their attack dog savaging of any questioning of the dogma, and refusal to countenance any dialogue with close kin in the ‘lukewarmers’ etc. Could probably throw in bits of the toil and aftermath of the VS lectures at bart verheggens blog, where the acolytes were simply mouthing dogma, and no dissension allowed.

And a question for the economists from wildly out in left field, why do people harp on about the costs of things e.g. treatment costs for some wonder drug on the NHS, or the cost of building a nuke or two to keep the lights on, when it is all paid for in fiat money?

Rgds,

Chuck

Posted by Chuckles on 13 April 2010
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