Daily archives: May 31, 2006

IM here

I’m trying this instant messaging lark again. As almost everyone I know is on MSN Messenger I’ve signed up for Hotmail (I’ve been online for near a decade and I’ve only just got a Hotmail account!!!!!). I’m feeling silly talking to Clare when she’s just on the other side of the living room so contact me- spinneyhead{at}hotmail{dot}co{dot}uk

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A trip into the Daily-Mailiverse

Just a few Daily Mail stories from the last few days.

Holy diversity! Look what’s happened to Batwoman

Holy sad comics news story cliche number one!

The new Batwoman is to be a “buxom socialite” lesbian and (Gasp! Choke!) comics in general are becoming a bit less white.

(Wikipedia’s Batwoman page)

Harry Potter heroine ‘encourages violence in girls’

I haven’t read the books, but I have seen the films and Hermione is portrayed as a geek most of the time. So why isn’t there a shocking rise in girls studying as a result? I think someone has a book to sell.

Professor James Garbarino, author of the book, See Jane Hit: Why Girls Are Growing More Violent and What We Can Do About it

There’s a surprise.

(Harry Potter stuff on Amazon)

Farmer who builds gallows accused of profiting from death

So it would be okay if he did it for charity? From that offended headline they managed to twist the story round to suggest the return of capital punishment mightn’t be so bad, especially for child murderers.

Brown’s billions are ‘sovietising’ the north

Wythenshawe just looks like a gulag, okay. I know, let’s privatise everything.

Downloads of Net porn hit record high

More than nine million men – almost 40 per cent of the adult male population – logged on to sex websites last year, more than four times as many as the estimated two million in 2000.

The number of women downloading Internet porn soared 30 per cent to 1.4million.

So more women are looking at porn but, somehow, it’s only the men who have “unrealistic” expectations because of what they see? Is Britain a country of hot studs with big dicks and perfect six packs?

And no, dear Daily Mail reporter, adult pornography does not lead to child porn addiction.

Why won’t internet bosses stamp out web porn?

Or, rather, “Why won’t they do what we tell them to do?”

Old graves may be used for double burials

The idea involves reopening untended graves more than 75 years old and transferring the remains to a smaller container, which would be buried deeper in the same plot.

Another coffin could then be lowered into the original space.

Why does Ken Loach loathe his country so much?

Because of people like you?

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Livingstone's Green London plans

Ken Livingstone has proposed a “London Plan” to cut carbon dioxide by 20 per cent by 2015, and by 60 per cent by 2050. We need the Government to be this ambitious.

Planners and developers will be required to connect new buildings to decentralised local energy supplies, meet high sustainable building standards and achieve a 20 per cent emissions reduction using onsite renewable energy.

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Spri-i-i-ingtime for Genghis and Mongolia

It’s a big Khan news week. After finding that there were Marras descended from him, tody I’ve found out about a Mongolian rock opera about the beardy raper and pillager.

“He was a good husband, a good son, and a good friend and I wanted to show him that way,” said the lyricist, Dojpalem Ganzorig. “Not as a tyrant or someone with a bad character which is how some people see him.”

Non-Mongolian historians beg to differ; they say Genghis and his Mongol hordes murdered about 40 million people as they created an empire from Asia to eastern Europe, raping and pillaging as they went.

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In the Green corner, Jonathon Porritt

In the rather nasty, smelly, smoking brown corner Jeremy Clarkson.

Sir Jonathon Porritt stepped up his campaign against Clarkson by branding him an “outstandingly bigoted petrolhead” whilst opening a classroom at Rendcomb College in Gloucestershire.

Previously: The Case Against Clarkson

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