Friday Links

Happy Friday! I’m off today to spend some time in Watford, Ma and I are going up to help B out while Laura goes on a hen weekend, has fun without the children and with adult beverages and hopefully gets a much deserved lie in. We have pizza making, football, Strictly and general mayhem with the Dempsey boys who are all trouble (even or should that be especially, my brother!). It’s going to be fun.

Here are this week’s links…

Gut Reaction: the surprising power of microbes. This is fascinating…

Why the Syrian war will only get worse.

A ‘would you rather’ with some of the cast of Brotherhood. I don’t claim at all to get Noel Clarke or where he’s from ’cause Dad was from White City not me and culturally (and generationally) we are poles apart but this reminded me of being at school. Guys just talking ridiculous shit! The whole thing about nail guys for arms or hammers for legs..

While I’m thinking about Shepherds Bush, the massive fire a couple of weeks ago was caused by a tumble dryer with a known fault. Wow…120 firefighters had their life put at risk, families need to be rehoused, the advice needs to change asap

Change of tone. John Green in voting, he’s talking about US elections but most of it is applicable to the UK too

The truth about superfoods.

This, a thousand times, this. If my headphones are on, I’m not interested.

Colin Kaepernick’s True Sin. I’ve been seeing stuff about this all week and I’m still a bit confused about the negative reaction because confession time, I don’t stand when they play ‘God Save the Queen’. The negative reaction seems to be mostly because Kaepernick is black although that’s been called into question as way to delegitimize him. You can’t really put that aside, but whatever the colour of your skin, exercising the right of free speech that your country grants you to protest about something that you believe is wrong, is the opposite of being unpatriotic. It’s doing what the right to free speech is supposed to do, namely protect citizens from tyranny and question the status quo. I’m always suspicious of people who wrap themselves in a flag when questioned or challenged, to quote G.K. Chesterton

“My country, right or wrong,” is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying, “My mother, drunk or sober.”

 

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