A blog by Patrick Crozier

Miscellaneous

November 20, 2004

Read Non-Trivial Solutions now
Patrick Crozier

OK, you don't have to but while reviewing Andrew's latest output for just the one good piece I found there was a whole bunch of them. For example, on the 16 year-old train bomber:

Six years? 6? In a juvenile detention centre? For trafficking the explosives used to kill 191 people? Bargain. How much bird do you reckon I'd get for doing the Houses of Parliament?

See what I mean?

October 13, 2004

Weird and wonderful optical illusion
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…just here. Via Dave Barry.

October 11, 2004

Let's all play…
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…Moonbat Bingo. Here's the current leader:

"Busted are my favourite band. Previously, I was considering voting for the Lib Dems, but now I will vote Tory. They've really changed my mind."

Can you beat that?

October 10, 2004

The secrets of socialist seduction
Patrick Crozier

Peter Briffa reveals all:

Only the other night me and the wife went into a smoked-filled room, and, after several hours of meaningful dialogue, sustained by copious amounts of beer and sandwiches we returned with a composite resolution that, by a show of hands, was put to the floor and passed unanimously.

From birds and bees to beer and butties.

October 01, 2004

Michael Moore promotes freedom…
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…in Iran. My Left Wing Girlfriend notes:

Interesting post from Daimnation! titled Unintended Consequences regarding Iran and Fahrenheit 9/11. A past example being a Soviet propaganda film which showed the misery and violence of America, however, audiences noticed that even the poorest Americans had their own cars, apartments, television sets, and based on their size, had too much to eat.

A similar thing is happening in Iran…

…"It sure is a great country, where someone like Moore trashes the president and gets away with it -- and makes so much money!"

Fnarr, fnarr.

September 30, 2004

Domestic bliss…
Patrick Crozier

…may not be the most familiar of things to the author of "Things my girlfriend and I have argued about". As he explains:

Combine utter, polar disagreement on everything, ever, with the fact that I am a text-book Only Child, and she is a violent psychopath, and we're warming up. Then factor in my being English while she is German, which not only makes each one of us personally and absolutely responsible for the history, and the social and cultural mores of our respective countries, but also opens up a whole field of sub-arguments grounded in grammatical and semantic disputes and, well, just try saying anything and walking away.

And then follows up with a long, and I mean long, list of examples.

September 29, 2004

Crozier's "10 Ways to Spot a Bogus Argument"…
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…looks like it's going to have to wait. Some chap called Madsen Pirie beat me to it.

September 26, 2004


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John Hudock lays into the Che Cult.

September 22, 2004

Are you a blubber?
Patrick Crozier

Mark Holland informs us that Englishmen on average cry 17 times a year. At first I was incredulous and then I started making a list:

  • Kelly Holmes winning her second gold medal
  • Any time I hear Nimrod
  • Any time I hear the Japanese national anthem
  • When they sing Abide with Me at Cup Finals
  • Sometimes when I am listening to Vashti
  • Occasionally when I think of friends far, far away
  • Even the other night watching Wicker Park

Though, not girls or relationships, obviously. But even so, this is not an exhaustive list. I could easily get to 17. Frankly, it's pathetic. I am letting the side down. Badly. The sooner I remove myself from the British gene pool the better.

September 12, 2004

Pet theory: why Bush will win
Patrick Crozier

There is only one real question in the US election: is terrorism our fault or theirs? Bush and the Republicans are clear: Kerry and the Democrats are all over the place. QED.

August 15, 2004

What about the losers?
Patrick Crozier

I am a libertarian. I believe that freedom leads to a better world in the long run. But not necessarily in the short run. If the state were removed from the picture tommorow, it is not difficult to think of people who would be losers and often big losers.

So, what should be done? Should anything be done? After all, if anything is to be done it is to be done by the state. But we know that the state screws things up, so why should we think it is any less likely to screw up the transition? And then, if compensation is the order of the day, there is a good chance that the state would be unable to pay it.

A further problem is the length of time and hassle involved in creating a fair system. In a democratic system, you don't have much time to get results. And I don't want to get rid of democracy.

Are there, perhaps, some generic ways of disengaging the state and making that transition a smooth one; a set of principles that could be applied quickly and cheaply to all situations? Or do we just have to say "tough"?

August 06, 2004

Why will Bush win?
Patrick Crozier

Because he's the sort of guy you'd like to have a beer with. Cafe Hayek's Russell Roberts takes his Presidential Election Ready Reckoner out for a test ride.

August 02, 2004

Spot the difference…
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…between:

Ilkley Moor baht mitre - headline from the Telegraph leader column

and:

On Ilkley Moor baht mitre - headline from the Times leader column:

July 28, 2004

Croziervision quote of the day
Patrick Crozier

I'll take a leaf out of the great Kelvin MacKenzie's book. A reader who rang The Sun to compain about something or other was told 'you're banned from reading The Sun'.

Stephen Pollard finds inspiration.

July 26, 2004

New blog: Antoine Clarke's Election Watch
Patrick Crozier

Just in case you are interested in that sort of thing...link