How much existential fear can your computer bestow upon you? I noticed an error earlier. No big deal, just one of my feeds glitching, or else the feed checky thing thinking it was. But what poetry in the error, or perceived error. It was error 999 unknown actions you can take. 999 unknown actions you can take? Whoah! That's like - what a lyric - or something. Ugh. I'm finding it quite hard to continue to write this and not be paralysed with the knowledge that there are 999 unknown actions I can take. Are these actions that I should be taking or shouldn't be taking? What happens if I take them? What happens if I don't? Admittedly it spoils it a bit that I know that it was an error message I can just ignore. I'm tempted to do a bit more about error messages but as I'm not short of other stuff I'll put it on the back burner - maybe tomorrow!
With sexually transmitted diseases on the rise a Tory MP thinks the answer is less sex education, as presumably if people don't know about sexually transmitted diseases they will take more care to avoid them, or something. "Very disappointing news on STD rates in Peterborough. No doubt our liberal friends will tell us we need more sex education - as it's worked so well!" he tweeted. And "Touched a raw nerve with shrill intolerant pro-sex education lefties who don't like debating the issues. Wonder why not?" Curse those pro-sex education lefties! Presumably when the obesity statistics next come out he'll be moaning about shrill intolerant pro-nutrition education lefties wanting kids to know which foods are fattening, because if they don't know that just eating chips isn't good for them then they'll stick to lettuce. Or something. I hear he's in court soon on assault charges, after knocking out the Green Cross Code Man for trying to teach kids to cross the road safety.
You expect all kinds of pathetic tittle-tattle from the tabloid newspapers. But you expect a higher standard of reportage from the BBC, and especially from BBC Radio 4. So I was shocked to heard on the Today programme yesterday morning James Naughtie (it's pronounced 'nochty', international readers) saying that Rowan Williams has had a very rough passage the last three or four years. Why is this in the public interest? Leave the guy alone! Sure, he's the Archbishop of Canterbury, which is a stupid thing to be, but he's not all bad. He said that Tony Blair should have read mor Dostoyevsky, to have more of a sense of his own absurdity, which is pretty intellectual and cool. He's right that people in positions of power should have a sense of their own absurdity, but it's incredible to think that someone could think that and still end up the Archbishop of Canterbury. That would be like if Tony Blair had been aware of his own absurdity and as a result invaded somewhere at random. But still - that's no reason to tell us all about his intestinal discomforts! A man's bowels are his own business, surely - unless they're saying that they effected the quality of his work? Are they saying that he did some shitty Archbishoping because of shitting problems? If so, they should say so - quality news is not the place for vague insinuations. If you're going to start running with stuff like "that Nicolas Sarkozy has never been seen eating cheese - I'm saying nothing, but, makes you think, eh? eh?" Well, you might as well be Fox news!
that's all from me for now
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