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Six years ago Wikipedia started with a radical idea. That’s true. I ain’t promising you nothing extra. I’m just giving you life and you’re giving me life. And I’m saying that men can live together without butchering one another.

Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you’re not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. ‘Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That’s just the way it is.

Dyin’ ain’t much of a living, boy.

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(Photo courtesy Apple, Inc.)

By now, you’ve heard that Apple has secured the rights to sell the Beatles’ catalog on iTunes. People have been expecting that to happen for years now, so the announcement is fairly anti-climactic: more “about time!” and “finally!” than “awesome!”.

That’s not what I’m concerned with, though. I want you to take a good look at the picture.

I don’t know when the photograph was taken, but it had to have been at or near the apex of their creative powers – maybe around Revolver or The White Album. Regardless, two things struck me about that picture.

One, look at how Paul McCartney and John Lennon are standing – John’s back is turned to Paul, and you can viscerally feel the gulf between them.

Two, the picture is strikingly modern. If I didn’t know the Beatles, and the picture was enhanced to look more “contemporary”, I’d easily guess that they were a present-day band.

It’s this sense of “timelessness” that I suspect drove Apple to announce the acquisition with such fanfare. And yet…it’s been over 50 years since they arrived on the music scene. John and George are dead, Paul is now Sir Paul and Ringo is sort of the music world’s daft uncle. I can’t help but think that the fanfare is more elegiac than triumphant.

There are no words.

(photo credit Dominic Lipinski/PA)

By now, you know that at least 25,000 students protested an onerous hike in British university fees today. The Coalition government is proposing to increase tuition at British universities to about £9,000/year (or about $14,500/year).

I know that number doesn’t seem too onerous here in the U.S. – but, as in most things, it’s the United States that’s wildly out of sync. When I mention to foreign friends that American law school students can expect to graduate with around $250,000 (yes, a quarter of a million) of student loan debt, the universal response is revulsion. They’re used to comprehensive state subsidies for higher education.

Here’s the thing: any cogent arguments that were made at today’s demonstrations are essentially obliterated by the picture above. And that’s a damned shame.


Apt for today’s protest of fail

Today a mass demonstration took place in London as thousands of students (+ hangers-on) marched against the rise of tuition fees proposed by the Coalition Government.

Violence ensued as a minority of the protesters burned (their own) placards, smashed windows and attacked riot police.

A huge fail for the organisers, the movement and the students who will be affected by the fees rise.

I have never resorted to violence in a protest. Never. And why? Because I believe wholeheartedly in the power of non-violence (Ahimsa) to drive a message forward. The results of today’s protest are deeply, deeply disappointing. The right to protest does *NOT* extend to the right to violence.

* N.B. I don’t advocate thumping the chumps

That last sentence is key. The right to protest does not extend to the right to violence.

Looking down the way in Denver’s Art Museum District


This is Nicole Murphy.  She’s an American who traveled to South Africa with her brother, two of her sisters and her Dad, for the World Cup.

She was struck and killed by a car.  Her brother Brian, 19, was struck by the same car, and is in hospital with a critical head injury.

In order to get all of them home, they will require a special medically-equipped plane.  A fund has been established, details of which can be read about by clicking on Nicole’s photo.  Let’s hope they can gather the funds they need and get everyone home safely and soundly.

Very sad story.  Just trying to get the word out to the tumblr/footy community.

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