Linkblogging for 23/08/09

For those of you who aren’t interested in my very long hyperpost series, here’s some links to things other people are saying:

Holly has written about listening to Test Match Special. It’s better than when she insists on watching the bloody football, anyway…

Amypoodle has a rather good analysis of Ghost World (the comic, not the film), while in other Mindless posts, Zom has an excellent one on the Batcave.

Leonard Pierce is one of the few people making the point that the so-called ‘Lockerbie bomber’ was almost certainly innocent.

An Iraqi immigrant’s permission to stay in the UK has been removed because someone else has a similar name.

And Laurie Penny rightly castigates Germaine Greer for her awful transphobia.

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5 Responses to Linkblogging for 23/08/09

  1. Holly says:

    Oi! I’ve watched three football games ever, in my life — Chelsea v. Portsmouth, first game of last season, Portsmouth v. AC Milan on Thanksgiving, and Scunthrope v. Millwall on Relegation Sunday — and none in your company!

  2. Debi Linton says:

    “Very few”?

    Isn’t that the stance of the British organisation of victims’ relatives? That’s what the BBC news I’ve been listening to has been reporting.

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      It is, but the official stances of the British and American governments, and of the American families, is that he was a lone bomber, and that appears to be the line taken by most of the reports I’ve read…

      • Debi Linton says:

        To follow up with my actual thoughts:

        Although I’d add that I still think his guilt or innocence should be irrelevant when deciding whether to show compassion towards a dying man. I realise I’m in the minority here, but I think compassion is the greatest power we can wield, and there shouldn’t be an argument about it.

        However, the ‘compassionate grounds’ non-argument is utterly separate and much much less important than actually upholding justice, which is why I’m particularly saddened that he was required to drop his appeal when he got to the point where being able to die with dignity became more important than seeking the truth.

        The whole thing has made me very angry with the American Government – and ours, as well, but the Democrats valuing vengeance over compassion and either over justice are the biggest let down, for this idealist.

        • Andrew Hickey says:

          I absolutely agree with every word of this. If somebody is dying and in extreme pain, no matter what they’ve done you let them die with their family. That’s just basic humanity. And nobody should be forced to choose between dying with their family but still considered guilty of mass murder, or dying in prison in a strange country but with the possibility of clearing their name.

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