jimllpaintit:

A lovely picture of the QueenAs requested by Paul Stinson

jimllpaintit:

A lovely picture of the Queen

As requested by Paul Stinson

11 January 2014 ·

Looks like a LOT of fun :-)

8 November 2013 ·

theatlantic:

How to Think About Drones

The most ardent case against drone strikes is that they kill innocents. John Brennan has argued that claims of collateral carnage are exaggerated. In June 2011, he famously declared that there had not been “a single collateral death” due to a drone strike in the previous 12 months.
Almost no one believes this. Brennan himself later amended his statement, saying that in the previous 12 months, the United States had found no “credible evidence” that any civilians had been killed in drone strikes outside Afghanistan and Iraq. (I am using the word civilians here to mean “noncombatants.”) A fair interpretation is that drones unfailingly hit their targets, and so long as the U.S. government believes its targets are all legitimate, the collateral damage is zero. But drones are only as accurate as the intelligence that guides them. Even if the machine is perfect, it’s a stretch to assume perfection in those who aim it.
For one thing, our military and intelligence agencies generously define combatant to include any military-age male in the strike zone. And local press accounts from many of the blast sites have reported dead women and children. Some of that may be propaganda, but not all of it is. No matter how precisely placed, when a 500-pound bomb or a Hellfire missile explodes, there are sometimes going to be unintended victims in the vicinity.
Read more.

theatlantic:

How to Think About Drones

The most ardent case against drone strikes is that they kill innocents. John Brennan has argued that claims of collateral carnage are exaggerated. In June 2011, he famously declared that there had not been “a single collateral death” due to a drone strike in the previous 12 months.

Almost no one believes this. Brennan himself later amended his statement, saying that in the previous 12 months, the United States had found no “credible evidence” that any civilians had been killed in drone strikes outside Afghanistan and Iraq. (I am using the word civilians here to mean “noncombatants.”) A fair interpretation is that drones unfailingly hit their targets, and so long as the U.S. government believes its targets are all legitimate, the collateral damage is zero. But drones are only as accurate as the intelligence that guides them. Even if the machine is perfect, it’s a stretch to assume perfection in those who aim it.

For one thing, our military and intelligence agencies generously define combatant to include any military-age male in the strike zone. And local press accounts from many of the blast sites have reported dead women and children. Some of that may be propaganda, but not all of it is. No matter how precisely placed, when a 500-pound bomb or a Hellfire missile explodes, there are sometimes going to be unintended victims in the vicinity.

Read more.

15 August 2013 ·

Ghosts EP Snips - Mark Pritchard Warp Records Out June 24th 2013 by Mark Pritchard http://bit.ly/15B1WxS

13 August 2013 ·

Stephen Fry: The Daily Mail and Lord Dacre appeasing again

stephen-fry-me:

DM can stand for Direct Messages in Twitter or the Daily Mail out there in the big bad world. I don’t read either, and all my friends know that I never read British newspapers of any kind.

Nonetheless there are always those that like to sympathise: today I’ve had plenty of, “Ooh you seem to have…

13 August 2013 ·

13.05.13 (A1) by Happa. http://bit.ly/12YAc6t

18 July 2013 ·

[PREVIEW] Excluded - Excluded 1 EP [LSNDS05] by Ryuji Takeuchi http://bit.ly/12XRpNn

18 July 2013 ·

Us Vs Th3m: The Tory policy on single mothers is... literally nonsense?

usvsth3m:

The Conservatives care deeply about single mothers. Not quite enough to write any actual words in the policy on their website, though.

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Quick, quick, go have a look before they notice and take it down.

(Well spotted by @belovedsanspoof)

Wondering what the nonsense text is?

It’s called

15 July 2013 ·

Reach Out (Demo) by Jake Flowers UK http://bit.ly/14ofNcm

25 June 2013 ·

Kevin Saunderson LIVE on Mixify - May 14, 2013 - FULL SET by Kevin Saunderson http://bit.ly/14uvkaS

25 June 2013 ·

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