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Saturday, February 23, 2008
Update. I still haven't quite got used to the way that old blog posts are not thrown away. The story can be picked up again by anyone who shares your interest. Back in 2002 I wrote a post called The Gift of Life about a girl conceived in order to give a life-saving transplant to her older sister. I defended the practice, and mentioned some pictures I found when googling the girl's name. I had forgotten all this. Now (er, not exactly now, see below) Andy Behrens writes:
The Marissa Ayala who drew the pictures that you refer to in your posting The gift of life is not the one who donated bone marrow to her sister.There is a second timeslip to this story. Mr Behrens' email was written on the 11th February.
"Superficially, the stance is wryly apologetic, but the substance is a non-apology: sorry for being so clever, I should have realized that I needed to say it in words of one syllable for the benefit of those dreadful oiks in the media."
Another one likely to send me to the Yellow Pages to look up an affordable contract assassin is "I'm sorry you were upset." It glides past the questions of whether "I'm sorry" means "I am saddened by" or "I apologise for", and whether your upset was reasonable or hysterical.
Go to this Cuban government site.
Click "Estructura del estado Cubano".
Click "La Asamblea Nacional del Poder Popular".
Click "VI Legislatura".
COMPOSICIÓN DE LA ASAMBLEA NACIONAL VI LEGISLATURA
Half a century of socialism and yet whites are still overrepresented in the corridors del poder popular?
Clearly, the involuntary option has failed.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
When the history of Fidel Castro's rule in Cuba comes to be written all that stuff about the excellence of the healthcare system will turn out to be lies but the claim of high literacy rates will be more or less true.
Communist education gets results because force is near to the surface. I acknowledge but do not approve. See previous post here (scroll down to "Two education stories from Poland"), quoting Brian Micklethwait, or you can get more recent Micklethwait here. A further advantage of communist education is that the wishes of the teachers are given almost as short a shrift as those of the pupils.
Force works well in education because the forcers can look at the forcees all the time they are doing the forcing. It works less well in healthcare and very badly indeed in agriculture.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
The view from my office looks just like this.
As I was saying to Linda from Accounts, the existence of a volcanic peak arising from an inland sea used to be described, along with the Two Brewers Hotel, as "the best kept secret in Hertfordshire," but they stopped doing that in order to keep the secret better.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Nostrils remain unfanned! Anthony Cox has a very proper job yet still manages to blog and worry about Rob Hinkley to whom absolutely nothing has happened.
A favour for a friend in the database state - a post I wrote for Samizdata.
Whatever happened to her?
She got a proper job.