Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Three Things

1. My album of the decade is Through The Window Pane, by Guillemots.

2. From Friday I'll be embarking on my friend Claire's 2010 project, RAoK365.  I'll be attempting to perform one random act of kindness a day for a whole year.  I'll be making occasional and very brief blogs over there, but mostly I'll probably be posting my RAoKs on Twitter, with the hashtag #raok365.

3. I'm not going to blog very much on here for a while.  I have far too many other things I'd like to get on with.  Like gardening.  And being healthy.  In fact I'm going to spend far more time unplugged from the Internet.  I'm going to unplug myself from a couple of other things I'm involved in too.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Was The Holocaust Really All That Bad?

Well, yes, of course it was.  Why would I even bother asking?

You might say the same of the BBC's new Have Your Say debate, which is breaking new ground by asking "Should Homosexuals Face Execution?"  Except that the answer in this case would be "No".

Yes yes, Have Your Say is always populated by bigots and morons, so it's no surprise that some people are actually supporting Uganda's proposed gay death penalty, but that's not really the point.  Why are they being given a platform at all?

I'm not a no-platformer - I supported the Beeb's decision to put Nick Griffin on Question Time - but this is simply an open invitation to post seemingly unmoderated bile on a publicly funded forum.

Thankfully by now the most offensive comments have been voted down a bit.

Another thing about Uganda's proposed law is, it's not just the death penalty for gay people.  It's jail terms for anyone who talks about (or "promotes") homosexuality.   They're going all out on this one.

via @antonvowl, @SohoPolitico

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