Linkblogging For 27/09/09

I’ve got a few things I want to write about over the next couple of days – I want to do a Wednesday Comics review, a Spotify playlist and a Doctor Who post, just for a start – but for now here’s some links (one or more of the above will be posted tonight).

My friend Jazzhandsseriousbusiness (I haven’t had a chance to ask him/her yet if s/he is hiding hir real name for good reason a la ‘Costigan Quist’ or has just not posted it yet) is starting a series of posts aimed at Lib Dems who are disengaged from the party, telling them how to get more involved. I’ll definitely be reading this, as since I moved from my old constituency to the one next door my involvement has dropped down to almost nil (one constituency meeting, one delivery round for a local candidate who’s also a friend, and a couple of days’ volunteering for the Euro elections, in the last six months, not counting non-party activism like No2ID and Hope Not Hate), but I suspect it’ll be handy for anyone who wants to get more active within the party.

Jonathan Calder asks “Will the real Nick Clegg please stand up?”

Anton Vowl on the Mail’s disgraceful attack on ‘comedy Lib Dem MP Lembit Opik’ for having a great-uncle who was evil scum.

And some non-Lib-Dem links:

J.H. Williams III walks us through the stages of composing a Batwoman cover. It’s a cliche, but nonetheless true, that Williams’ work is enough by itself to justify the continued existence of the Big Two comics companies.

David Mitchell argues, quite rightly, that the current plans to fund only ‘useful’ research are the acts of barbarians and savages who want to make *absolutely certain* that Britain develops absolutely no new ideas and anyone with two brain cells to rub together will emigrate as soon as possible…

Absurdist literature seems to make people better at pattern-matching.

The New Yorker has an excellent, if harrowing, essay on how Texas executed an innocent man a few years ago. Of course, with Supreme Court Justices like Scalia saying guilt or innocence shouldn’t matter when it comes to execution, it’s amazing that any guilty people get executed. And even if everyone who was executed was guilty, it’s still a barbaric, inhuman practice. Join Amnesty and help put a stop to it.

And Gavin Burrows talks about girls’ comics of the 1970s.

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4 Responses to Linkblogging For 27/09/09

  1. burkesworks says:

    Complaint against the Mail now fired off to the PPC. I’m no fan of Lembit’s as you know but that was about as low and disgusting as political smearing gets, and rich indeed coming from a journalist employed by a Harmsworth paper. I don’t remember the Heil writing much in those terms about, for example, Julian Amery of the Monday Club, brother of the only British Nazi executed after WW2, but then again Amery wasn’t a Lib Dem.

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      Unfortunately, the PPC are unlikely to do anything unless the complaint comes from Lembit himself… and I’m not a huge fan of Lembit either, but that would get my back up even if it was about Norman Tebbit…

  2. jazzhandsseriousbusiness says:

    To be honest, I haven’t quite decided what to do about a name myself. I’m not intending to be part of the “blogosphere”, become a personality and engage in long protracted debates about liberalism.

    I set up the blog because I wanted somewhere independent of my other web presences to publish articles about being a Lib Dem activist and campaigner. I’m a believer in compartmental web presences – I don’t want the baggage of one to carry over to others.

    OTOH, I think that JHSB is a silly “name” – it’s just the caption which leapt to mind when I saw the photo I’m using as a masthead, in the Guardian. So maybe I will need to think of something…

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      I couldn’t agree more about the compartmentalisation thing. Unfortunately, for a whole variety of reasons, that’s never worked for me – there tends to be leakage between online identities no matter how hard I try, which is why I’ve decided in the end just to post everything on one site. (Which is also why I would never consider becoming a candidate for anything – too much of my personal life is readily accessible online for anyone willing to take the time to search it out).

      (I don’t consider this blog part of the ‘blogosphere’ either – for almost the opposite reasons from yours. I can’t focus enough on one thing to bring the site to the attention of any particular group of people for any length of time. I just dump my thoughts up here and hope the dozen or so people I know who read it regularly will be interested).

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