Monday, January 11, 2010

The Devil: pod person

No, weather is not climate—remember that the next time that we have a hot summer (ha!)—but it's an amusing, impressive and instructive picture anyway (from the Beeb). But, believe me, it will not be a rare one in years to come...

Last Monday, your humble Devil took part in the first House of Comments podcast of 2010—alongside Will Straw and organisers Stuart Sharpe and Mark Reckons.

Here's a brief overview of what we discussed...
  • The #KerryOut campaign to try and oust Labour MP Kerry McCarthy from her Bristol East seat at the next election. Is this a positive sign of the power of online grassroots action or a puerile spat between Twittering egos? Or a bit of both?

  • Climate change continues to provoke controversy in the blogosphere. Chris and Will (who regularly blog on the subject themselves) discuss the issues from different sides of the argument and in the process go for the world acronym quoting record!

  • Following the attempted bombing of a US bound flight on Christmas Day, it has been announced that full body scanners will be introduced at airports. We discuss the implications for privacy and civil liberties. Also, will they even work and could the money be better spent elsewhere?

  • And in a related discussion can racial or other sorts of profiling to screen bombers work?

You can find the podcast on the super new houseofcomments.com (memo: don't ever use Streamline for your hosting) or you can subscribe on iTunes.

And no, I haven't listened to it yet: I hate hearing myself speak. I shall do at some point, fear not, for training purposes...

3 comments:

Obnoxio The Clown said...

iTunes can't seem to find the podcast.

microdave said...

"can racial or other sorts of profiling to screen bombers work?"

Ask the Israeli's.....

Martin said...

A full body scanner wouldn't have stopped the Christmas Day underpants bomber. They're looking for THINGS instead of people, because to do so would shatter their multi-culti worldview that refuses to acknowledge plain facts; radical Buddhists are not bombing anybody.

Politicians are to a man weak and cowardly, unable to speak in plain terms on any given subject. They will continue to harass and inconvenience the law-abiding, while simultaneously ignoring more likely terrorist candidates in the name of fairness.

These people should be hanged from the nearest fucking lamp post, stat.