Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Measure the Thickness...

Where a lot of effort seems to be concentrated...

Via Ambush Pusscat, this excellant post detailing the fallout from NooLaybah's wholesale sodomisation of the education system.

STUDENTS who failed to understand the words “despotic tyranny” have been complaining about their history A-level exam.

It is claimed the question “How far do you agree that Hitler’s role 1933-45 was one of despotic tyranny?” was too confusing for some students to understand.

A protest group called Despotic Tyranny Ruined My Life has been set up on Facebook.

So far 1,151 people have joined the group, leaving comments such as “My life is DESTROYED because of this exam. Seriously” and “This exam made me sad”.

The essay question featured on an Edexcel A Level exam paper sat last week.

A number of teachers have also posted comments on an online history teachers’ discussion forum, claiming that their students would not know what the words “despotic” and “tyranny” meant.

My sympathies lie entirely with the students in this. Yes, they sound like whining ninnies, and yes it looks as though the application of simple context is beyond them; but how were they brought to this?

People are not born knowing how to think. By thinking, I don't mean the inchoate stream-of-consciousness mental muzak that bounces aimlessly around the cranial vault like an endless game of 'pong'; I mean critical, logical, analytical thought.

This is a discipline that must be imparted through education. The political class doesn't like that stuff however, as it leads to their words and deeds being deconstructed by a literate and intelligent electorate, and that would never do.

Every effort of this double and thrice damned pack of boob-jobs has been concentrated on converting young people into docile, malleable sheep. Bulk stock churned out as fodder for the service industries, incapable of cogently questioning the predigested toss spewed by the government and the MSM. Just ask anyone under the age of twenty-five about any issue, from global warming to passive smoke and listen to the soundbites and clich├ęs spill forth. Neatly programmed all.

Nice one Tony, Ed and the rest of you fuckwits. You've created a generation of young people who can't find their own arseholes with both hands and a searchlight.

I feel sorry for them, and for the rest of us.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Retribution Revisited

Must try harder...

Two comments in an earlier post:

Great Big Billygoat Gruff said...

Wouldn't argue against ritual beheading for mendacious politicians but, we would need to turn it into a spectator sport, pour encourager les autres.

The Dome would do just nicely and has recently just become available.

We could franchise to Ticketmaster and al Jazeera as appropriate.

Who will be Mme Tricoteuse?

2:49 PM

Faux Cu said...

I second

They reminded me that I've been here before. My own (admittedly over engineered) solution to garbage disposal was floated here.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

A Palpable Hit...

Polly Toynbee, earlier today.

I can't off hand remember who linked to a thoroughly excellent piece of Toynbee fisting yesterday, so apologies for no HT. It led to Juliette who skipped nimbly into my daily reads list at first sight. Deliciously acute, enjoy.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

In the Blue Corner...

Do you like scary FoIA requests?

I've dropped a line to the Information Commissioner this evening, now to twiddle my bone-white skeletal thumbs...


Anonymous in the comments quite rightly asks what this relates to. Answer here.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Is it Really Just Me?


Does anyone, anywhere actually find Alan Carr funny?

My, That Was Quick...

Not strictly relevant, but I've been dying to use it

No sooner had I posted than:

FOI Enquiries
British Broadcasting Corporation

4 June 2009

Dear Mac the Knife

The Information Commissioner's Office has agreed that the BBC is not
required to offer an internal review under the Act when the Act does not
apply to the information requested, as in this case.

You may appeal directly to the Information Commissioner's Office; the
details of how to do so are set out in the Appeal Rights section of the
letter. As noted in the letter, the Information Commissioner's Office
has already considered similar requests and decided that information
about the resources allocated to a particular story is not covered by
the Act.

Yours sincerely
Rachel Hallett

BBC Information Policy and Compliance
Room 2252, 2nd Floor, White City
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TS, UK

Website: www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: mailto:[BBC request email]
Tel: 020 8008 2883
Fax: 020 8008 2398

Do I detect a slight hint of world weary impatience at my obtuseness? Perhaps I'm just getting a little sensitive in my old age.

No matter. Off to the Information Commissioner I think.

Tune in again, same Mac time, same Mac channel.


*Reference for readers old enough to remember when Batman aired on Saturday and Sunday nights consecutively...

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

So, Farewell...

Squirrel Nutkin, earlier today

So it ends, as Hazel falls on her acorn. No doubt she'll give the reason that it will enable her to spend more time raiding bird-tables.

Seconds Away, Round Two...

Here I come again

I know I'm pissing in the wind, but here we go...

To: British Broadcasting Corporation
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Total costs incurred in television coverage of the United States Democratic Party Electoral Primaries, 2008

Dear Sir or Madam,

Thank you for your reply to FoI Act request ref: RFI20090631.

I am not satisfied that your grounds for invoking the Corporation's
derogation under the Act are either relevant or valid, and on that
basis request that you instigate an internal review of your

Yours sincerely,

Mac the Knife.

How I do wonder what the outcome will be...