There’ll be more from me on the Mindless Ones’ site tomorrow — part two of our three-part look at League 2009. Those posts are *hugely* time-consuming — there’s an old saying that when two writers write together they both end up doing twice the work, and there are six of us on this, so you can see why blogging’s a bit light at the moment. But I’m hoping to have the next Kinks post up here over the weekend, too, on why Preservation Act 1 is actually quite good, not rubbish like you think.
Red Drag Diva’s updated list of Chuck Norris facts
The Olympic Committee apparently reneged on a promise to promote a campaign against violence against women, though the Guardian, in typical fashion (it’s getting as bad as the Mail) can’t decide if it’s a campaign against violence against women, domestic violence, sexual abuse or sexual violence. One thing that really stood out to me was the claim that there’s a Home Office report showing that violence between partners increased by as much as 30% on days during the 2006 World Cup when there was an England match on. Precisely *because* this confirms every single prejudice I have against football and those who watch it, I’m fairly sceptical about this — anyone know more?
Texas Republicans want to ban critical thinking in schools.
Mark Pack on the possible ways Labour may plan to block Lords reform.
Another Mark, Mark Thompson, on why we can’t trust MPs over Lords reform.
Millennium on Cameron’s statements about what the Tories would do with benefits if they were governing alone.
Alex Wilcock on why the Tories’ ideas about censoring the web are stupid
And finally I was sad to hear of the death of Nikki Thomson, who I didn’t know personally but who was a major force in Lib Dem politics and who was a friend of many of my friends. Caron has a post about her.
There was a similar statistic going around a few years back about domestic violence increasing on Super Bowl Sunday, and that was pretty thoroughly debunked, so I think you’re right to be skeptical.
(It doesn’t even make sense, really–even if “sports fans” = “domestic abusers”, why would the actual game cause the rate of violence to increase?)