The Monday Morning Quote #697

From the Letters Page of the Magazine, April 30th/May 1st 2022. The one sentence comment on the article in the previous magazine, “The evolution of Marine Le Pen” says a great deal and sums up a much of what is happening. “The willingness of people to believe that someone or something will make theirContinue reading “The Monday Morning Quote #697”

Fiona Hill on Putin and Nukes

“Putin is increasingly operating emotionally and likely to use all the weapons at his disposal, including nuclear ones.” From Yesterday’s “Politico”. Dr Hill is a UK born Russian expert who has previously drawn parallels between Presidents Trump and Putin, displaying their penchant for personal power, public performance and used public nostalgia to gain support. InContinue reading “Fiona Hill on Putin and Nukes”

…and politicians wonder why the professions don’t rate them…

or “The Moral of the Roller-Skating Christmas Pudding” From David Allen Green’s “The Law and Policy” blog. According to a National Audit Office report, the Crown court backlog increased by 23% in the year leading up to the pandemic, increasing from 33,290 on 31 March 2019 to 41,045 on 31 March 2020.  “The backlog increasedContinue reading “…and politicians wonder why the professions don’t rate them…”

“My week” by Dominic Cummings – an exerpt

A wonderful spoof via the essential John Naughton’s Memex Friday I’m walking by the Embankment when I see a man, in black suit and bowler with a briefcase standing by a tree. He says, “Hello, Dominic, it’s been a long time.” “Who are you?” I ask. “Don’t you remember me?” he says. “Were you onContinue reading ““My week” by Dominic Cummings – an exerpt”

Too much time wasted on one man.

Having some “free” time this morning before the Wren Boy run at the local GAA ground, I was browsing The Guardian online and completed “The Donald Trump Quiz of the Year”. The object is to answer 10 questions on “The Donald”. Here’s the link. Being a competitive sort of individual I was disappointed that IContinue reading “Too much time wasted on one man.”

Is progress linear or cyclical?

“I thought all my life that progress was linear. Now it’s very clear at best it’s cyclical and it’s very hard to tell we are at the bottom of the wave or are we going to have an upswing.” Louise Arbor (chief prosecutor of the Rwandan & Yugoslav war crimes tribunals) speaking to Alec Russell inContinue reading “Is progress linear or cyclical?”

Global Warning….

Taken from John Naughton’s blog post “Global Warning” about Nick Harkaway’s new novel Gnomon where he shares the author’s blogpost which you can read in full here. These paragraphs struck a chord with me. …..I remember the luxury of saying “we must be precautionary about surveillance laws, about human rights violations, because one day theContinue reading “Global Warning….”

The unexpected political power of (US) dentists…

Interesting article in The Washington Post about the reaction of the dental profession to the introduction of  alternatives to provide dental care in poor and rural areas. The alternatives include such innovations as dental therapists and “open access” to hygienist care. The bill establishing a new provider type ultimately passed, but “it was brutal, veryContinue reading “The unexpected political power of (US) dentists…”