Expanders v restrainers; garlic bubbles; AJ Ayer v Mike Tyson; cash on delivery and martial ping pong: links I liked

Copenhagen round up to follow tomorrow, but in the meantime…….

A couple of Copencurtain raisers worth reading: ‘Humanity is no longer split between conservatives and liberals, reactionaries and progressives. Today the battle lines are drawn between expanders and restrainers.’ George Monbiot gets better and better (and I never thought I’d say that). HelpAge International’s Copenhagen briefing argues that older people are both a (neglected) reservoir of experience of climate change, and among the worst affected.

China’s garlic bubble. Ugh.

rule of law Chris BlattmanThe rule of law, spotted by Chris Blattman

AJ Ayer and Mike Tyson fight (or at least spar) over Naomi Campbell. How I hope that this actually happened. [h/t Alex Evans]

Owen Barder responds to some good questions from my former NGO, CAFOD about the proposal for making aid Cash on Delivery

Finally, it’s the end of the world, but hey we’ve still got youtube. 100 highlights from 2009. Still working through them, but Bruce Lee (allegedly) playing ping (with nunchucks, and winning) has to be a) up there and b) fake

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One Response to “Expanders v restrainers; garlic bubbles; AJ Ayer v Mike Tyson; cash on delivery and martial ping pong: links I liked”
  1. M. Almeida

    A comment on G.Monbiot article, which is quite interesting – even though it is written from the perspective of a(tamed)ape.
    But I would like to point out that there is another “species” around: one that finds passion and power WHEN cooperating with others; who sees attending to the collective needs as an natural and instintive source of fullfillment, not mainly a “restrain”; and whose neurons (and guts and …) have been revolting for ages against the craziness and desconnecteness of the …”expanders”.

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