Gagging law: Member meet up in Edinburgh
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“I’m an intellectual. I can’t help it, I was born that way. This doesn’t mean, alas, that I’m highly qualified or highly intelligent, it just means when I see something made of words (or images, or ideas) I just have to take it apart, to see how it works, to see how it evolved; how the different parts are joined up. Exactly the same as some geeky kid who has to take the back off his or her toys; ruins watches, tinkers with the software and hardware of any hapless useful appliance. Ever since I’ve been a writer, I’ve been a critic, which is not the same as being a reviewer, because usually I’m not really interested in whether the book should sell or not. I just find the activity of dissecting all kinds of narratives (trashy or literary, I don’t care), completely fascinating. I keep trying to give it up, because it’s trouble. You take somebody’s treasured novel, some revered best-seller, apart, you put it back together not exactly the way it was before, naturally readers and writers are going to get annoyed. . . But somehow criticism keeps sneaking back into my life. I really must quit.
This is a news website article about a scientific paper
In the standfirst I will make a fairly obvious pun about the subject matter before posing an inane question I have no intention of really answering: is this an important scientific finding?
In this paragraph I will state the main claim that the research makes, making appropriate use of "scare quotes" to ensure that it's clear that I have no opinion about this research whatsoever.
In this paragraph I will briefly (because no paragraph should be more than one line) state which existing scientific ideas this new research "challenges".
If the research is about a potential cure, or a solution to a problem, this paragraph will describe how it will raise hopes for a group of sufferers or victims.
This paragraph elaborates on the claim, adding weasel-words like "the scientists say" to shift responsibility for establishing the likely truth or accuracy of the research findings on to absolutely anybody else but me, the journalist.
if you are earning more than a million dollars a year and are complaining about a 3.6% tax increase, then you are by definition a greedy asshole.
And let's be clear: that's 3.6% only on income above 250 grand -- your first 250, that's still on the house.
you should be down on your knees thanking God and/or Ronald Reagan that you were lucky enough to be born in a country where a useless schmuck who contributes absolutely nothing to society can somehow manage to find himself in the top marginal tax bracket.
Last week Mayor Bloomberg of New York complained that all his wealthy friends are very upset with mean ol' President Poopy-Pants: He said they all say the same thing: "I knew I was going to have to pay more taxes. But I didn't expect to be vilified." Poor billionaires -- they just can't catch a break.
First off, far from being vilified, we bailed you out -- you mean we were supposed to give you all that money and kiss your ass, too? That's Hollywood you're thinking of. FDR, he knew how to vilify; this guy, not so much. And second, you should have been vilified -- because you're the vill-ains! I'm sure a lot of you are very nice people. And I'm sure a lot of you are jerks. In other words, you're people. But you are the villains. Who do you think outsourced all the jobs, destroyed the unions, and replaced workers with desperate immigrants and teenagers in China.
Republicans are holding America hostage to the cause of preserving the Bush tax cuts that benefit the wealthiest 1% of people, many of them dead. They say that we need to keep taxes on the rich low because they're the job creators. They're not. They're much more likely to save money through mergers and outsourcing and cheap immigrant labor, and pass the unemployment along to you.
Americans think rich people must be brilliant; no -- just ruthless.
Another of my favorites, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann said, "I don't know where they're going to get all this money, because we're running out of rich people in this country." Actually, we have more billionaires here in the U.S. than all the other countries in the top ten combined, and their wealth grew 27% in the last year. Did yours? Truth is, there are only two things that the United States is not running out of: Rich people and bullshit. Here's the truth: When you raise taxes slightly on the wealthy, it obviously doesn't destroy the economy -- we know this, because we just did it -- remember the '90's? It wasn't that long ago. You were probably listening to grunge music, or dabbling in witchcraft. Clinton moved the top marginal rate from 36 to 39% -- and far from tanking, the economy did so well he had time to get his dick washed.
We don't hate rich people, but have a little humility about how you got it and stop complaining. Maybe the worst whiner of all: Stephen Schwarzman, #69 on Forbes' list of richest Americans, compared Obama's tax hike to "when Hitler invaded Poland in 1939." Wow. If Obama were Hitler, Mr. Schwarzman, I think your tax rate would be the least of your worries.
Joe Bloggs is mean because he's black/Jewish/Northern/insert stereotype of your choice here
All Jews/Blacks/heterosexuals/Northerners are mean.
The phrase 'all Jews are mean' could be challenged under accuracy but, insofar as Clause 12 goes, it could not be considered a breach. This is the same for all groups, be they ethnic, religious, gender etc etc.
Bono's ONE campaign had blitzed the New York media with fancy gift boxes. These contained several items, from designer water bottles to $15 bags of Starbucks coffee, as well as information explaining that poverty-stricken African children live on less than $1.25 a day – "about the cost of the cookie in this box".
in 2008, the most recent year for which tax records are available, ONE took $14,993,873 in donations from philanthropists, of which a thrifty $184,732 was distributed to charity. More than $8m was spent on executive and employee salaries.
I would like to draw your attention to the statement made by Mr Paul Uppal MP (reference: Hansard • Citation: HC Deb, 15 September 2010, c896)
Paul Uppal (Wolverhampton South West) (Con): Without simply reiterating the sentiments expressed by my hon. Friends the Members for New Forest East (Dr Lewis) and for Chichester (Mr Tyrie), I ask the Minister to take on board my deep concern about postal voting fraud. Although I welcome individual registration, I fear that it will not wholly tackle that problem, to which I have referred before.
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In my constituency-I must choose my words carefully, because the case is currently being investigated by the Electoral Commission-200 more votes were cast than electoral ballots were issued. I want to impress on the Minister a point that was raised with me recently by a constituent. He said that Labour Members were going from door to door asking if people wanted them to help them to fill out postal voting forms.
I am concerned that Mr Uppal (who has repeatedly made reference to being the victim of electoral fraud) has knowingly or unconsciously misled the house.
I contacted the Electoral Commission to ask about investigations relating to Wolverhampton South West in the 2010 General Election. Their reply (September 17th), which I reproduce below, makes it clear that they investigated an 'error' - not electoral fraud - and the problem was resolved with the acquiescence of all the candidates.
Dear Mr. Vole,
Thank you for your email to the Electoral Commission.
The Commission is not investigating any allegation of fraud in Wolverhampton South West. We made initial enquiries about an error in the count at the 2010 general election. However the matter was closed with no further action as a result of all parties accepting the result of the count.
I hope this answers your question and please let me know if you require any further information.
Public Information Adviser
The Electoral Commission
Great Peter Street
London SW1P 2HW
Tel: 020 7271 0592
Fax: 020 7271 0505
They told me in a subsequent email that they have written to Mr Uppal to remind him of the situation.
I can only infer that Mr Uppal knew that an inquiry into an error had been opened, and agreed that the matter was closed, yet chose to claim otherwise in the House. I wrote to him on an earlier date to ask whether he has reported his suspicions of electoral fraud to the police, but he has not replied. The local press contains no references to complaints or inquiries.
I am concerned that Mr Uppal has abused his position as a Member to pursue some kind of political vendetta without regard for truth or accuracy, and I would be grateful if you could investigate the matter.Update: hello again Tory Central Office - nice of you to drop by.
I'm A Barbie Girl In The Barbie World
And these dreams reminded me that, since I wished, some day, to become a writer, it was high time to decide what sort of books I was going to write. But as soon as I asked myself the question, and tried to discover some subjects to which I could impart a philosophical significance of infinite value, my mind would stop like a clock, I would see before me vacuity, nothing, would feel either that I was wholly devoid of talent, or that, perhaps, a malady of the brain was hindering its development.
Stop talking the country down Fintan.
They stopped making land a long time ago Fintan.
This is not a time to apportion blame Fintan.
Rent is dead money Fintan.
We are where we are Fintan.
Everyone lost the run of themselves Fintan.
There will be a soft landing Fintan.
Leave it to the experts Fintan.
No one could have foresaw the collapse Fintan.
The bank guarantee will be the cheapest bank rescue in the world Fintan.
No one could have foresaw the costs that Anglo would incur Fintan.
Ireland is different Fintan.
We will all share the pain Fintan.
NAMA is the only (holy) show in town Fintan.
The banks are well capitalized Fintan.
We need to recapitalize the banks to get credit flowing again Fintan.
We need to adequately reward the wonderful entrepreneurship of our best and brightest Fintan.
The fundamentals of the economy are sound Fintan.
There is no evidence of any wrongdoing Fintan.
The banks are fine, it's only a short-term liquidity problem Fintan.
Regulation is strangling innovation Fintan.
We need to protect the bondholders or our borrowing costs will go up Fintan.
Everything we do is in an attempt to protect taxpayers Fintan.
We can't expect to keep the best talent if we don't pay them these wages Fintan.
The losses are very annoying but they are manageable Fintan.
I don't know why people who talk the economy down don't go and commit suicide Fintan.
The economy has turned the corner Fintan.
People are just playing politics here Fintan.
We have a job to do (going forward) Fintan.
Our European colleagues support us fully Fintan.
We need to don the green jersey and drive it on Fintan.
The Taoiseach was only a little hoarse and he has my full support Fintan.
Each Trident submarine carries up to 48 nuclear warheads, each of which can be sent to a different target. Each warhead has an explosive power of up to 100 kilotons, the equivalent of 100,000 tons of conventional high explosive. This is 8 times the power of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, killing an estimated 140,000 people.
Can't believe the snow in Wolverhampton. Will the Wolves match be on tonight?
6:48 AM Feb 10th via web
Paul said: “It was great to meet the team behind delivering the London 2012 Games to mark ‘2 Years To Go’. It’s important that the benefits of the Games are felt across every nation and region, including Wolverhampton South West, but it’s just as important that people grasp the opportunities that are already taking place now. There are lots of ways for people to get involved and I really want to make sure that communities are aware of what’s out there – across sport, culture, education and business.”
Seb Coe, Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee said: “I was delighted to meet Paul Uppal at our event. It is important that MPs across the UK help us get the message out about the opportunities generated by hosting the world’s greatest sporting event on these shores. At the Organising Committee, just as with the athletes themselves we are now accelerating our planning, and we want the public to start planning their Summer of 2012 – signing up for tickets, or applying to be a volunteer.”
Nick said: London 2012 will be a fantastic experience in which
and Woolwich will feature prominently. There are all sorts of ways people can get involved, not least through the volunteering programme. Anyone who’s interested can find out more by logging on to London2012.com. There are lots of ways for people to get involved and I really want to make sure that communities in Greenwich and Woolwich are aware of what’s out there – across sport, culture, education and business.” Greenwich
Seb Coe, Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee said: “I was delighted to see Nick at our event. It is important that MPs across the
help us get the message out about the opportunities generated by hosting the world’s greatest sporting event on these shores. At the Organising Committee we are now accelerating our planning, and we want the public to start planning their Summer of 2012 – signing up for tickets, or applying to be a volunteer.” UK
Stephen Hammond said: “It was great to meet the team behind delivering the London 2012 Games to mark ‘2 Years To Go’. It is important that the benefits of the Games are felt across London and in every nation and region, including Wimbledon, but it’s just as important that people grasp the opportunities that are taking place right now. There are lots of ways for people to get involved and I really want to make sure that communities know how to make the most of them – across sport, culture, education and business.”
Seb Coe, Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee said: “I was delighted to meet Stephen at our event. It is important that all MPs help us get the message out about the opportunities generated by hosting the world’s greatest sporting event on these shores. Just as athletes are getting ready for the Games, at the Organising Committee we are now accelerating our planning and we want the public to start planning their own Summer of 2012 – sign up for ticket information, or apply to be a volunteer.”