Massive GRUMP

Nov. 25th, 2015 05:52 pm
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Meeting of council of Learned Society went ON and ON, and caused me to think of the missing Beatitude: Blessed are those who, having nothing to say, keep shtumm.

Also, stealth pesto in the chicken sandwiches served for lunch: DO.NOT.WANT.

Also, when I finally got to the British Library on my way home, found that a passport + expired reader's card does not constitute adequate proof of identity and I shall have to go back.

From my very first visit I have had bad mojo with the BL, though the first time it was perhaps not entirely their fault but to do with not knowing the different conventions of French and English indexing (but this would not have been so critical had the volumes turned up more expeditiously, but by the time I'd sussed it it was time to go and catch my train.)

There was the Incident of the Photocopying for which I paid for Express Service as it was needed for a class presentation (and had no utility to me apart from that), which arrived several days after the class.

There was the Matter of the Manuscripts I Needed to Consult for My PhD Thesis which were in the storeroom that had been found to have asbestos in the walls, no, no idea when they're likely to be available again.

The many many problems of decoding catalogue entries for periodicals and serials and usually ending up by finding that they didn't have the particular issue I required.

The Old North Gallery.

That thing where I ordered a periodical and when I went to collect it from the desk was told that I'd have to look at the microfilm, oh not, they hadn't actually brought that up, I'd have to order it.

WAAAAAAAAH. This is why, given a choice, I would go anywhere but the BL to do my research

Hang on a fucking minute - what?

Nov. 25th, 2015 03:06 pm
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I don't like the blogger who blogs as "Archbishop Cranmer" and "His Grace" and I trust him about as far as I could spit a medium-sized capybara. However, he's just posted this on his blog with a link to Twitter, and the emails he quotes in it are mind blowing (if true). READ THE DATES:

From: David Woolford [ ] Sent: 03 July 2015 16:10
To: Arun Arora <>
Subject: RE: Star Wars advertising

Afternoon mate,

I hope you’re well? Great catching up with you earlier.

Please could you fill out the attached form so I can get you on our system in order to draw up some paperwork?

Right, I’ve spoken to my boss and after a lot of toing and froing I’ve managed to get you a better offer. We’re offering 55% off if you were to sign this campaign off in the next 2 weeks. Obviously we need to move quickly to get the sign off anyway (the reel is 60% full for Star Wars already) but we’re extending this offer as a one off to incentivise an initial spend. This is the absolute limit of what we’re able to offer (I’m very surprised I’ve managed to get you this!) so let me know if you’re happy to go ahead, and I’ll put the paperwork together.


David Woolford
Agency Assistant

From: Arun Arora
Sent: 27 July 2015 19:34
To: David Woolford
Subject: RE: Star Wars advertising

It’s a yes from here
Can you call me tomorrow and talk me through what we need to do in terms of next steps ?
Speak soon

Rev. Arun Arora
Director of Communications

But a week later:

From: David Woolford
Sent: 03 August 2015 10:08
To: Arun Arora
Subject: RE: Star Wars advertising

Hey Arun,

Hope you’re well and had a good weekend?

Massive apologies for the delay in getting back to you, it’s been crazy here over the last few days! Just tried to give you a call but couldn’t get through but will try again in an hour or so.

Mate, I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news, it looks like we’re going to be unable to carry your ad in our cinemas. Really sorry about this, as I know a lot of work has been put into the planning of this from both ends and it’s a really disappointing outcome for both of us. We initially thought it would be fine as long as the BBFC and CAA approved the copy (which would be more than likely). However, after our exhibition team spoke to our exhibitors themselves, Vue, Odeon and Cineworld have told us that they can’t carry any ads of a religious nature. It’s similar to the rules about political advertising- basically the exhibitors can’t be seen to have any manifesto or motive of their own, be it political or religious. Our hands are tied by these guys so it’s a massive shame and I’m pretty gutted about it, apologies again for any inconvenience this has caused.

Please give me a call if you have any questions about this or would like any more information.


David Woolford
Agency Assistant

On 26 Aug 2015, at 11:06, Andy Edge <> wrote:

Dear Arun,

I was sent an email by my Head of Brand Marketing, Delia Atkinson, this morning that you had sent to her a few weeks ago but seems to have been held in our email filter.

I’d be more than happy to discuss the DCM position on this as a Board Member of DCM but also as a member of the ODEON (UK & Ireland) management team. My contact details are below. I am travelling up to Manchester at the moment but could make a call later if you are free at all ?


Andy Edge | Commercial Director (UK & Ireland) ODEON Cinemas, St Albans House, 57-59 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4QX


From: Arun Arora
Sent: 26 August 2015 11:08
To: Andy Edge
Subject: Re: Your Email.

Many thanks indeed for this email.
Would you be free anytime between 2-3pm today to talk ?
With many thanks

Sent from my iPhone


From: Arun Arora
Sent: 26 August 2015 18:19
Subject: Go Pray Update

I have just got off the telephone with Andy Edge Commercial Director for Odeon (who jointly own DCM with Cineworld) and a Board Member of DCM.
I go into some detail below as this note serves as an aide memoir of the conversation.
He began by saying that this was a straight decision on the basis that DCM had a policy which is that they don’t carry religious or political advertising.
I pushed a little on whether it was a “policy” given that this policy seemed to be unknown to their account executives.
I explained that at the outset of our negotiations with DCM we had clarified that as long as it had approval form the Cinema Advertising Authority there was no issue with DCM carrying the ad.
Andy suggested that the matter had been discussed by the Board of DCM at their q1 2015 meeting ahead of the General Election and they had decided that carrying political or religious adverts might offend people and they didn’t want to do that.
I (gently) raised the issue as to whether he can considered that the “policy” might not be legal given that it might be arguably discriminatory and used the B&B owners case as an example where businesses need to offer their services to all without discrimination.
He recognised the issue immediately, conceded that there had been no legal consideration of the policy, that it might not be so much a policy as a “steer” and that he could understand entirely where we were coming from.
He thought it was an interesting issue and volunteered that the cinemas might be offending people who had lost loved ones in road traffic accidents by carrying car ads and hence was alive to the “philosophical” nature of the decision and where lines had to be drawn. I suggested that this might be in a different category that “philosophical” given the legal requirements on businesses to offer services to all those covered by equality legislation on an equal basis.
He took the point and wants to works with us to resolve the issue.
He asked to see the ad letter we sent to the CAA which he will take to his managing director and discuss with her tomorrow.
He is keen for a resolution next week and we have booked a conference call to follow this up on 8.30 Wednesday morning next week.
We may yet be in the Star Wars ad reel.

On 8 September 2015 at 21:33, Arun Arora <> wrote:

Evening Andy
Wondering whether there had been any progress as yet ?
Would be very grateful for a response.
Many thanks

Sent from my iPhone


From: Andy Edge
Sent: 09 September 2015 09:37
To: Arun Arora
Subject: Re: Progress ?


One of the DCM Directors, Paul Maloney, has been looking into this and he told me yesterday that according to the ASA, as a media owner it is at the discretion of DCM as adverts that it decides to carry or not carry. I am also speaking to our legal council today just to check that it’s her interpretation too.

I have also spoken to Paul and said that I would like to discuss as an agenda item at our board meeting on Friday.


Andy Edge | Commercial Director (UK & Ireland) ODEON Cinemas, St Albans House, 57-59 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4QX


On 14 September 2015 at 14:13, Arun Arora wrote:

Dear Andy
I hope this email finds you well.
I have a meeting this Thursday where I need to make some final decisions about the ad in terms of funding and would therefore very much welcome an update from the board meeting on Friday and update from your legal counsel.
Consequently I would be very grateful indeed if you might be able to update me on your decision whether to carry this advert or not.
With many thanks

Rev. Arun Arora
Director of Communications


From: Andy Edge
Sent: 14 September 2015 17:32
To: Arun Arora; Paul Maloney <>
Subject: Re: Progress ?


We did indeed discuss this at the board meeting as promised. I have copied Paul on this note so that he can give you the DCM policy situation so that you have clarity ahead of your meeting on Thursday.

I hope that all is well with you,


Andy Edge | Commercial Director (UK & Ireland) ODEON Cinemas, St Albans House, 57-59 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4QX


On 15 Sep 2015, at 07:51, Arun Arora wrote:

Dear Andy
Many thanks for your email. It sounds like we are nearing some form of resolution.
Paul I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Many thanks


From: Paul Maloney
Sent: 16 September 2015 13:30
To: Arun Arora
Cc: Andy Edge
Subject: Re: Progress ?

Dear Arun,
I write further to your contact with one of our Members Andy Edge.
Having now fully looked into the matter, I am afraid that we will be unable to take forward the proposed Church of England advertising campaign.
As I think you are aware, DCM has a policy not to run advertising connected to personal beliefs, specifically those related to politics or religion. Our Members have found that showing such advertisements carries the risk of upsetting, or offending, audiences. We at DCM had first-hand experience of this risk recently when we and our members received considerable negative feedback from audiences following our decision to allow both Yes and No campaigners to run adverts in the lead up to the last year’s Scottish independence referendum.
Having learned from this episode, as well as paying close regard to our obligations under the CAP Code and equality legislation, the Board of DCM took the decision not to run any advertising promoting any religion or political views in the future.
For this reason, we are unable to take your request forward. I know that this will come as a disappointment; however, I hope you can understand and accept the rationale for our decision.
Kind regards

Paul Maloney

Finance and Operations Director DCM


From: Arun Arora
Sent: 17 September 2015 10:21
To: Paul Maloney Cc: Andy Edge
Subject: Re: Progress ?

Dear Paul
Many thanks for your email.
You are right, of course, when you say this news comes as a disappointment.
You refer to “a policy not to run advertising connected to personal beliefs, specifically those related to politics or religion”.
Reflecting the spirit of openness and amicable (dis)agreement in which Andy and I have approached this matter I would be very grateful if you might send me a copy of the policy so that I can further understand the reasons for the decision. Whilst understanding your actions in relations to political campaigns following the comments you received after the Scottish referendum I am unclear where the link to religion comes in and am hopeful the policy will make that a little clearer to me.
I look forward to hearing from you.


From: Paul Maloney
Sent: 17 September 2015 18:23
To: Arun Arora
Cc: Andy Edge
Subject: Re: Progress ?

Dear Arun

Many thanks for your email. There is no formal policy document that I can share with you, but the policy is as set out in my earlier email, in which I also explained why it was adopted.
I am sorry not to be able to help further.

Kind regards


Paul Maloney Finance and Operations Director

The last email cited - with a date over TWO MONTHS AGO - is the last I have seen in the chain.

Over to you, I rather think, Church of England.

Are they covered by FOIA, anyone?

ETA If this turns into a contractual dispute, and the above emails are real, I can think of all sorts of juicy arguments which can be run. For instance: was DCM's offer still open at the time when the CofE purported to accept it? Fascinating stuff.

Trying to keep life in order

Nov. 25th, 2015 07:18 am
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Ever since I ended that relationship (and apparently managed to flush a 25-year friendship away with it; never my intent or desire though I have to wonder -- if I was so easily dismissed with an "All the best" and no follow-up to my providing contact info (with an additional absence of "I'm looking forward to getting my stuff back" which makes me remarkably reluctant to bother sending it, quite frankly!) -- just how much of a friendship there was), life has been improving on so many fronts.
Cut for what some would call woo )

I am continuing to lose weight (though of course most of that is studiously avoiding gluten, but it's also about my revised understanding of just how much food it takes to power this body of mine, and how much food it wants, when it wants it, and so on), I have a developing friendship (well, friendships given that it also comes with boyfriend, brother, and dogs; I'm becoming part of a family!) that is going remarkably well and we're even learning how to manage the inadvertent button pushing (I love that I have the freedom to just walk out of a situation without any words... just get me out of there before some explosion or implosion or whatever happens... and the only thing that happens as I'm outside pacing the circle is "No words! Just please wrap yourself up!" as I'm handed a fuzzy blanket -- which I rejected as I was more than warm enough; once I came back in, there were apologies from both of us and a request that if I'm at all capable of rational thought the next time it happens to please go pace in the backyard instead of in front where all the neighbors can see... to which I replied, "The problem was I wasn't sure if I wanted to walk or drive and if walking how it was going to come out..."). I do want to talk to her about what I might be doing that is making her nuts... I'm feeling free to just express and emote and whatever but I don't know if she's sublimating anything. And we're working out some of my other buttons as well. Very very good.

I have other friendships that are increasing in importance... and I'm still the go-to temp receptionist for Major Non-Profit, which is very cool... looking forward to being there today and hoping to hear more about this open position.

In sum, life is pretty decent at this point, for which I'm so grateful.

Old Hickory II

Nov. 25th, 2015 05:26 am
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The usually astute Charles Pierce is offended that National Review compared Donald Trump to Andrew Jackson. But they’re right: Jackson, like so many populists, loved all the Just Plain Folks, unless of course they were Black (to be owned) or Native American (to be run off their lands).

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Nov. 25th, 2015 09:43 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] ellen_fremedon, [personal profile] marymac, [personal profile] nja and [personal profile] truepenny!

Making farewells

Nov. 25th, 2015 09:27 am
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The Contessa seems sincerely affect’d by the intelligence that we propose to return to our native shores, even weeps a little over me and declares that do I ever return to Naples, her palazzo is entirely open to me. She also conveys to me certain messages and packages for exiles in London. Sure she does excellent work for the revolutionary cause, while appearing to the world as a silly old woman of high rank that takes doating fancies. I kiss her very fondly and say does she ever visit London, I shall make her known to my circle, that includes the sister of the Duke of M- and his new Duchess, and go about to give a soirée in her honour. I also promise to send her some English novels, of which she is very fond, for she reads English quite fluent tho’ speaks it but haltingly.

She sighs that perchance her travelling days are over, to which I laugh and say sure she is quite ageless. We part as excellent friends as well as conspirators.

I think I have gone about to convince Roberto that while a mad English milady may be very fine for an episode of amuzement, such a one is perhaps not what he would desire for any longer acquaintance. For I make scenes, that now we are shortly to depart, he offers to neglect me, sure, he only made up to me in order that I might convey messages for him. (I mind me of Miss A- as a model.) I also complain that he has never endeavour’d to introduce me to his mother - at which thought his colour turns somewhat sickly.

In between making scenes and scolding, I become very passionate towards him, to such a degree that I daresay he would be glad to call upon the aid of the Royal Navy. I am in some confidence that he will not think of me with any great wistfullness and will be very glad of some convent-bred bride, tho’ 'twould not surprize me did he in future go boasting in masculine company concerning our amuzements.

Altho’ I confide that he will be reliev’d to see the back of me, he nonetheless expresses himself very civil concerning the aid I have given to the cause: no doubt he considers that I may yet be of use. I also express myself entirely pleas’d with the way he deals with the various business to do with my late husband’s estate. Thus we part on good terms but without lingering longings.

Marcello also seems affect’d by our intentions to leave. The villa now, indeed, belongs to him, tho’ he most civilly says that do we ever wish to visit again, we are all most entirely welcome.

One morning I come across him standing in the room that was the late Marquess’s study, looking very mournful. He sighs and says he greatly misses his dearest master here, where everything reminds him, as he did not in London where everything was strange. I say to him that should he find it necessary to quit Naples for a time he must know that he will always be welcome to take refuge in London.

I make mention of various continuing matters to do with the Marquess’s estate, such as that certain portions of the annual income that has been left to me for the purpose will be passt along. I also convey to him Euphemia’s request concerning the very excellent olive oil that is made in this part of the world, that she would be most exceeding gratefull could he see his way to sending us a good quantity of after the pressing each year, also some olives. Hector has also desir’d me to remind him to keep his left up and mind that defence is as important as offence in the pugilistick art.

Marcello gives a little laugh, then throws himself to kneel at my feet, takes my hand and kisses it and declares that he will ever be at la bella signora’s service.

That is most extreme kind of you, Marcello – please, rise, sure you go about to embarrass me quite – and do I ever find myself in requirement of your talents, be assur’d that I will let you know.

I look down at him, and add: I apprehend that matters are very different here from what they are in England, and I would not forbid you the use of your stiletto should it be necessary in the cause, but I should be in hopes that you would give due consideration to the employment of other methods and stratagems before you deploy it.

Marcello rises to his feet, and declares that my wish is his command, and indeed, his late master had made some such similar request of him. But that there are times when philosophickal arguments will not answer.

Indeed they will not, says I. I confide, I go on, that Guiseppina is one of your confederates, and that her reputation as a strega, that I understand to be what we would call in English a witch, tho’ of course in England we no longer have any superstitious beliefs in witchcraft, is most materially usefull in keeping the local peasantry away from the villa. I have given her a suitable compliment for her kitchen services, but should there be anything else proper that I should give her, or if any sudden need should arise, I should much desire than you would tell me.

Marcello indicates that la bella signora hits off the matter very precise. He adds that he has already spoke to il bello scozzese about the possibility of setting up a secret printing press, and perchance persuading Alf to come and teach him the business.

I am about to say Alf? and then mind that this must be the journeyman printer of the brotherhood that was so very helpfull in the matter of Mr O’C-.

(I do not reveal my amuzement at the appelation of il bello scozzese but sure I shall go about to teaze Sandy with it.)

That is a most excellent idea, say I, for I had rather Marcello was getting his hands black with ink than red with blood – sure I am really become quite fond of him tho’ my mind will be much easier does he remain in his native parts.

After this interview I go out to the terrace, where Lord G- R- and il bello scozzese (that indeed shows the signs of sunburn from neglecting to wear his hat) are drinking wine. They are quite sighing with relief over having at last dispatcht the late Marquess’s collection, that was a tiresome business requiring considerable amounts of bribery and the intervention of the British Consul. Sure they wish they had thought of seeing whether the Admiral might have been able to contrive sending the cases under naval escort.

Hector brings me a glass of wine, and I look over the olive groves. Sure this has been – in spite of the business with the Junker - a most agreeable change. But now I am entirely hankering to be at home, even tho’ I know that this will not be reacht until we have undergone an exceeding tedious journey at an adverse time of year.

I find my mind making a pretty picture of my darlings and their family in this place – sure I think the children would like it most extremely - and tears come to my eyes, for I miss them so much. But then I think of the dangers from the sun, and the risques of diseases, and really, 'twould not be the best of ideas.

I must ask Euphemia whether she will let me send copies of her fine Neapolitan receipts to my dearest one.

O, pretty fellows with fine eyes are all very well, and the dear Admiral will always be a great favourite, but indeed they cannot compare with my very dearest belov’d F-s, that are the darlings of my heart.

Also I long to see how Flora does.

The Conductor, Jacqueline Berger

Nov. 25th, 2015 08:32 am
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There's no mention, of course, in the program
that the conductor has Parkinson's.
He enters the stage, stands for a moment
facing the audience,
his hands by his sides, tapping air.
Then he holds them together, an act of gratitude
—we are gathered, we can do this—
and of firmness, each hand forcing
the other to be still.
His expression, darkly bemused,
the good news/bad news:
I've lived long enough to lose so much.
Or maybe he's staving off our sympathy,
don't clap because of this.
Then he turns his back to us, begins his work.
Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony.
No baton, and from behind
his body is jerky as a boy's,
jumpy with excitement.
His hands shake when they scoop
the sections of the orchestra,
as though pulling a weighted net
from the sea. Still, I wonder if this work
is easier than taking on the ordinary
objects of a day—
buttons, keys, and pens.
I am an old man
he must think when he looks
in the mirror,
briefly naked before trading
the bathrobe for the tie and tails.
And when he turns to us again
after the last movement, he looks both
old and young, his face washed
of the expression in the program photograph,
clearly taken years before,
one eyebrow slightly raised,
his smile more satisfied than happy.
Now he shows us his innocence,
if innocence is what the face
unconstructed can be called.
What else can he do,
while his fingers tap their useless code,
while the audience, in rows, rises from their seats,
still clapping, what can he do
but show us who he is,
a man standing too close to the edge,
edge no one can call him back from.

Take a Break

Nov. 24th, 2015 09:28 pm
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I decided to take tomorrow off from both my jobs, so Thanksgiving vacation begins now. Baking tomorrow, dinner with family on Thursday, craft fair on Saturday, and second Thanksgiving with friends on Sunday. I should be buckling down to work on my Dragon Age Reverse Big Bang story (I'm close on wordcount but the story has quite a bit to go yet), but I'm having a hard time with motivation tonight. Probably I should post this and close the window and get working. Probably...

baby I'm a witch

Nov. 24th, 2015 10:09 pm
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Watching Hannibal 1.08.

(I've been feeling frustration and dissatisfaction with my family; I do not know if it is legitimate. I feel as though I am not seen. But I'm less interested in proving the reality than I am in simply noticing the presence of my emotions.)

A (potential, theorized) central tragedy of human life, artfully demonstrated by Bryan Fuller: no one can save you but yourself. Even when it is not reasonable to expect anyone else to save you, help always seems to come with strings. Hannibal wants to Save Will Graham; Alana wants to Save Will Graham; Jack wants Will Graham To Already Have Been Saved so that he can remain useful and able to work. But each of these outside agents have agendas for Will, agendas that are their own and not his.

This is inevitable; how could they not? Only Will can have his own interests at heart purely. But ... he doesn't, I don't think he does. He makes gestures toward survival - he clearly knows where he needs to go vs. where he shouldn't, he tells people things like he's trying to remain accountable for his own well-being - but he doesn't follow through. (and yet, it's his self-sacrificing aspects that I find admirable. what does that say about me?)

I don't know - this all seems quite clear to me, but I've been trying to convince myself that "you've got to cross that lonesome valley, you've got to cross it by yourself" is no kind of a life-philosophy.

I wonder if it's good for me, to live within reach of my parents. I dunno that it really is.

My apologies

Nov. 24th, 2015 05:46 pm
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I apologize to everyone I hurt with the posts I made recently. I really regret making them. You will not be seeing anything else like that from me in the future. I could go on, but I feel like this is the sort of thing where the more I apologize, the worse I make it. So I'll leave this one and the last one up (even though the last one probably counts as more of the same) and am private-locking the rest. I'm locking comments for the same reason. Of course, anyone is always welcome to email or PM me.

ETA: Sorry AGAIN, I now see that I cut off conversations in a post. I will unlock it but edit it to make it less alarming.

Requiescat in Pace

Nov. 24th, 2015 03:29 pm
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 I just heard that Cynthia Robinson has died.   Link to obit when it appears. ETA: It took way too long for me to remember the existence of Wikipedia, which had two links: Billboard's obit; Rolling Stone's obit.

Have I mentioned that I used to hear this music at three a.m.?

Princeton has a Woody

Nov. 24th, 2015 04:57 pm
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Woodrow Wilson wasn’t just the first great promoter of the idea that we should send Americans to get killed in the effort to enforce democracy on the whole world. He was also a degenerate racist who undid most of the modest progress Roosevelt and Taft made in desegregating the American government. Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses.

Well, that was annoying

Nov. 24th, 2015 06:49 pm
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Making a trip down to the library I have been doing research at and finding that it is closed this week.

Okay, you may say, you should have checked their website.

Except that last week I handed back my books and said I would likely be in again this week.

Did they say, don't forget, we're closed next week?

Did they heck.


This was particularly annoying because I had carefully organised myself so that I was only carrying my laptop bag and not my handbag: had I had my handbag with me, it would have had the card-holder thingummy with my British Library expired reader's card in it, and I could have hiked along the Euston Road and renewed it, chiz, chiz.

(Though I was planning on going tomorrow to do that thing anyway, after meeting of council of Learned Society I Have The (somewhat dubious) Honour To Be On.)

Also annoying: card through door from postman saying tried to deliver signed-for mail package, you may collect it from the sorting office (which is way in the back of beyond, or at least, not helpfully located in relation to public transport). For some while now deliveries have been habitually going to next door, including that time when they did that but didn't leave a card with the information. Maybe no-one was in next door.

And while I'm in this frame of mind, is it just me, or does it annoy other people, that thing where you sign an online petition for a Good Cause and a) get endless updates b) solicitations to spread the message (particularly irksome if one has already posted on FaceBook and Twitter) c) have them bugging you about other Good Causes?

On a related matter, I looked at that thing on the NHS and was overcome with existential despair, because this was really not something I felt I could usefully respond to within the framework provided.

And a further question in my mind about political matters: these various good cause sites tend to send me exhortations to email my MP about this that and the other. Living in the constituency I do, I tend to ignore these because I am pretty sure that Jezza is already for/against (delete as applicable) the matter. However, it occurs to me that maybe MPs like to say they have had X no of emails from their constituents?

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...are the Church of England actively trying to destroy the Equality Act 2010 (and give the Tory party a massive boost in its current attempt to dismantle the anti-discrimination structure of the country and the Human Rights Act, to boot) or will it just be a happy accident arising out of blind arrogance and contempt?

As we have been forcibly reminded this month (again) the Church of England has a vast swathe of exemptions under the Equality Act, allowing it to block people's employment opportunities for getting married or for being the wrong gender for the top jobs - small stuff like that, mostly.

But now, it appears, the hypocritical muppets are planning to bring proceedings against DCM under the Equality Act.

DCM's policy can be found here and gives a blanket ban on political and religious advertising, in some detail, with definitions.*

I have seen (but frustratingly can't lay my paws on at the moment) someone connected with the CofE arguing that actually, they need a two-way exception to the Equality Act - one that says that because of equality and freedom of speech, the Church of England needs to be given special privileges as the Established Church to advertise in cinemas, but the non-established churches or non-churches don't. The mainstream argument from the CofE, though, is that a blanket ban on religious and political advertising contravenes their rights under the Equality Act not to be discriminated against and the more the merrier who jump on the bandwagon.

I commend people to the discussion over at Miss S-B's place on the question of the CofE's chances in such an action (not least because there's a spectacular put-down of some mansplaining twerp who shows up to explain to us the concept of indirect discrimination. Wrong.)

What I'm more worried about is, what if the CofE win? If they do, it's going to put all private businesses such as DCM in an acutely difficult position because it would seem to me that they've got a much harder job selectively refusing political or religious advertising than generally refusing it, and if the CofE choose to force that door open, I think they need to be very worried about what comes through it. Speaking strictly for me, there are very few films indeed that I'd sit through a minute of Nigel Farage to see in a cinema, still less Stephen Green.**

ETA The Bishop of Chelmsford, one of the 26 representatives of the Church of England in the House of Lords, proposes to raise a question tomorrow in the House about the lack of freedom of religious organisations to express their beliefs in the public sphere: See tweet

ETFA And with the announcement from the DUP that they're now raising a question in the Commons, requiring DCM to reverse their decision, things now descend into farce. Honestly, who would want to supply anything to the CofE at the moment? One contractual dispute, and suddenly you're all over the front page of all the Press and there are questions being asked in both Houses. Better not to mess.

*There is some discussion about whether the policy was not made known to the CofE before they commissioned the advert. If that is based in fact, and frankly from the number of blatant lies senior members of the CofE have been coming out with over this one, including claims that DCM said the Lord's Prayer itself was offensive, I'd want any evidence to be gone over with a small-tooth comb, but if it is based in fact then the CofE have a perfectly respectable case in breach of contract and if they want to bring it, good luck to them.
** The CofE was one of the pillars of the state censorship apparatus until 2008 when the blasphemy law was abolished. Read this if you want an eye opener as to how many specific concessions they screwed out to accept the abolition of blasphemy. Even those - the Lord Bishop of Chester complained - weren't adequate to silence dissenters:
We have recently enacted the Racial and Religious Hatred Act. The most reverend Primate said that we were in uncharted waters and my noble friend and kinsman—I am married to his sister—the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Portsmouth said that the law was adequate. However, it is untested and I have a feeling that it will be just as useless as the blasphemy laws. It is qualified by a provision whereby it shall not,

“be read or given effect in a way which prohibits or restricts discussion, criticism or expressions of antipathy, dislike, ridicule, insult or abuse of particular religions or the beliefs or practices of their adherents”.

With that on the statute book, the recent law might well turn out to be absolutely as hopeless as some people think the blasphemy law is.

But it is on the statute book and when, specifically, Giles Fraser in his "nonsense on stilts" article in the Guardian suggests "It’s a 60-second ad, for goodness sake. Just munch on your popcorn and ignore it" he's ignoring the fact that your average beer or car manufacturer can't get you banged up for eating your popcorn funny at the Lord's Prayer. The Church of England can.

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