Friday Links

Happy Friday!  I have back to work exhaustion but the prospect of one more week at work before the last Bank Holiday until Christmas. As ever I’m writing this on Thursday so I can’t be held accountable for any additional madness that Trump might inflict on the world overnight….

Here are this week’s links.

Phillipa Gregory shows that she’s a snob and doesn’t really get her work or that of others. I read The Other Boleyn Girl and it was genre fiction. Just because you get asked on Radio 4 to talk about your books, it doesn’t mean you don’t write genre fiction and there is nothing wrong with genre fiction either…

Let’s hear it for the four hour working day 

Trains are too expensive. But transport’s real problem is subsidies for London. This is bollocks. Ok not all of it. Transport outside of London and the SouthEast is shocking and it’s ridiculous that people in Amble have to pay a £6 return to get to Newcastle on a bus. I argued that HS2 should have been started in the North and should have been focussed on connecting the northern cities together. However, transport in London is important and more importantly struggling to cope with the amount of people in London.   You don’t solve the problem by making transport equally worse. You properly fund transport all over the country and stop letting failing train companies pay their shareholders dividends and you renationalise the railways.

The president of the USA is a neo-nazi.

What’s happened in Charlottesville over the weekend is simple. Racist people marched through a town to try and intimidate and harrass people of colour and everyone else who wanted to change the name of a park and remove a statue. My country’s history on race and slavery is also pretty terrible but it is different so I’m reluctant to wade into this. Then I remember that the prevent strategy (for all it’s many issues) treats white supremacist organisations as it treats ISIS. So I can say this with a knowledge of my country’s failings on this (and its much smaller victories). What happened in Charlottesville is wrong, it was terrorism, there are not two sides to this story. White supremacists caused this, they betray the values of the country they claim to love, they caused a woman to be killed. They are responsible. Trump is a racist, ignorant buffoon, who has empowered, emboldened and generally given comfort to white supremacists and any decent citizen of the USA should be ashamed of their president.

This letter from the great, great grandsons of Stonewall Jackson is how you own your history and it’s good and bad parts.

Through our upbringing and education, we have learned much about Stonewall Jackson. We have learned about his reluctance to fight and his teaching of Sunday School to enslaved peoples in Lexington, Virginia, a potentially criminal activity at the time. We have learned how thoughtful and loving he was toward his family. But we cannot ignore his decision to own slaves, his decision to go to war for the Confederacy, and, ultimately, the fact that he was a white man fighting on the side of white supremacy.

Dishwasher or tumble dryer? I have neither so it makes no difference to me. I have a fridge/freezer and a washing machine and they are essential! The addition white goods item I need is another freezer because of the allotment….

This transcript of the jury selection for the Martin Shkreli trial is a delight

juror no. 59: Your Honor, totally he is guilty and in no way can I let him slide out of anything because —

the court: Okay. Is that your attitude toward anyone charged with a crime who has not been proven guilty?

juror no. 59: It’s my attitude toward his entire demeanor, what he has done to people.

the court: All right. We are going to excuse you, sir.

juror no. 59: And he disrespected the Wu-Tang Clan

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