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Archive for September, 2008

Waste of an Advert

Posted by Ian Blyth on 19 September 2008

I was intrigued when I initially saw the advert from Ford for the Kuga using the theme of blank canvas. The town is covered in white and people are amazed as if it happened overnight. The ad talks about starting afresh but when you see the car it looks boring. Pity they could not have found a better product for such a brilliant concept.

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Justice

Posted by Ian Blyth on 11 September 2008

The people accused of planning to blow up planes (that created the stupid ban on liquids and the extra security on planes that has brought misery to millions of travellers every day so in one respect the terrorists have won) did not get the sentences that the prosecutors were hoping for.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7605583.stm

So much so that they are thinking about asking for a retrial. What are these people playing at? They put these people on trial and the jury came up with the verdict. As they don’t like the verdict they want to do it again. That is not British justice regardless how bad the crime is. They had their shot. If they can show the jury was biased or swayed unduelly then that is one thing but to go for a retrail because they did not get the right result is a monstrous assualt on our civil liberities. If they get a second trial and it does not go their way again how many more trials will they be allowed to have ?

And then the stupid politicians have to chime in as well.

“Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said the police and security services had saved “countless” lives by disrupting the group. ”

No they potentially saved some lives and even that is moot as the jury did not find them guilty of some of the charges.

Terrorism is serious. We don’t need the police, justice service and politicians removing our liberties and changing the rules in order to “save us”. If I need saving I will ask. You can not protect Freedom by removing freedoms.

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End of the World?

Posted by Ian Blyth on 11 September 2008

At first it was midly amusing that people would think that switching on a machine (the particle accelerator at Geneva – albeit a very large machine) would bring the end of the world. But after a while it just got annoying that this story would be picked up by the news comapnies and broadcast as if it was a real possibility. It was obviously a slow news day.

According the bit at the end of this article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_Hadron_Collider there has been a suicide caused by the reporting of doom and gloom. Sad. It may have happened anyway but shows the power of media to sway people.

A nice post by Eileen about it comments on experiments like this hopefully inspiring kids to become scientists.

http://blogs.technet.com/eileen_brown/archive/2008/09/10/recreating-the-big-bang-with-the-large-hadron-collider.aspx

We could certainly do with more scientists rather than politicians and lawyers!

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