Linkblogging for 07/12/08

Those of you who use GNU/Linux might be interested in instalinux.com, a site that lets you roll your own distro using just point-and-click, based on several popular distros. Looks like it’ll be very handy for creating ISO images of custom Debian (or whatever) installs that only include the software you want.

Millennium Dome, Elephant has a superb post about liberty including the liberty *not* to go to work.

Jennie is quite rightly furious that her ISP, like mine, has been censoring access (to material which I have no especial desire to view) and lying about it (giving 404 errors instead of actually letting people know what’s been blocked and why). Pledgebank have a pledge up about this…

The Independent has a story headed “Landlords Demand Relief on Buy-To-Let Mortgages: The Homeowner Mortgage Support Scheme should be extended to cover those who are behind on buy-to-let repayments, say groups representing landlords.” To which I’d like to reply:
“Renters demand landlords fuck off. Residences belonging to landlords who can’t even do the one thing landlords are meant to do – take money from tenants, pay the mortgage and keep the change – should be taken from the landlords and given free of charge to the people living there who have, after all, been actually paying the mortgages even when the landlords haven’t, say groups representing tenants”
I’m not a fan of landlords…

And via Eddie Campbell, a rare coherent essay from Roger ‘Pop-Eye’ Scruton, Kitsch and the modern predicament . Unsurprisingly, I don’t agree with the implicit cultural politics here (that the Enlightenment was a bad thing) but I agree with the aesthetics of it…

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3 Responses to Linkblogging for 07/12/08

  1. ““Renters demand landlords fuck off. Residences belonging to landlords who can’t even do the one thing landlords are meant to do – take money from tenants, pay the mortgage and keep the change – should be taken from the landlords and given free of charge to the people living there who have, after all, been actually paying the mortgages even when the landlords haven’t, say groups representing tenants”

    And is that official Liberal Democratic policy, Andrew?

  2. Alas, no…
    I just get infuriated at situations like that, when the very people who caused the problem (buy-to-let landlords) are now trying to claim entitlement to money that is meant to help the victims. I’m sure angry gut reactions make for bad policy, but after the last flat I lived in (where the floor actually fell through around the toilet, the cooker didn’t work, there was a rodent infestation, and the ‘handyman’ employed by the landlords did nothing about these things, and we paid nearly half my income for the privilege of living there) I’m not entirely unbiased on the subject of landlords.
    (To be fair, our current landlords are mostly very reasonable. But some of the others I’ve had…)

  3. I just get infuriated at situations like that, when the very people who caused the problem (buy-to-let landlords) are now trying to claim entitlement to money that is meant to help the victims

    This has already happened in the case of Bankers!

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