Friday, December 01, 2006

Friday Forecasts - Spartacus edition

An anonymous commenter below asks about our Friday Forecast feature, which had fallen into abeyance of late. Fair enough - I hereby resurrect it. Come and have a go if you think you're hard enough. I think:

Nick: Muggers who do it for kicks
Aaro: The Russian poisoners among us.

NB that everyone gets a free play this week; if the anonymous commenter's prediction of "Robin Hood and how it shows the BBC are dhimmi dummies" comes up, we can all claim it was us.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re. Robin Hood - Nick must also have missed The State Within, which I suspect lacks a Decent jut-jawed hero (though it does have a woman called 'George Blake' [some kind of conspiracy in-joke?])

Nick might go for Victim Impact Statements and TV in courts.

DA: Road pricing? The Iraq Study Group report?

12/01/2006 12:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lazy guess: an each way on the international criminal trade in radioactive deadly stuff and how it could easily fall into the hands of terrorists, and then we'll be sorry.

12/01/2006 01:14:00 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Re: Robin Hood - given that Melanie Phlipps wrote a piece a few weeks ago about how Spooks shows that the BBC is full of anti-semites, would writing it be a Seal of Dacre being broken, or just laziness?

12/01/2006 02:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cor, this is hard (especially after a good lunch..)

I vote for Nick on the Islamofacist Polonium threat, and Dave Does the BBC.

12/01/2006 02:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nick: the liberal left is up in arms over Putin now, but where were they when Russia opposed the liberation of Iraq? and further riffing on the topic of Putin and the liberal left essentially being as evil as each other.

12/01/2006 03:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what's this blog all about?

12/01/2006 04:48:00 PM  
Blogger Backword Dave said...

I think it would be extremely foolish for either Nick or Aaro (and their editors) to write about Litvinenko. Neither are knowledgeable about radioactive isotopes, smuggling, espionage, or Russian affairs. Almost anything anyone guesses is probably wrong. Polonium is "exceedingly rare" according to Wikipedia. It's expensive, dangerous to keep, and short-lived. Terrorists traditionally use cheap, easily available weapons (eg fertiliser, box-cutters, commercial flights).

12/01/2006 06:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talking of Mel, Zoe Williams had the following in the Guardian today:
"In this particular instance, since you ask, a social scientist is arguing with Melanie Phillips about CCTV cameras (Moral Maze, Radio 4). She says, "People say there's less crime." He says, "a Home Office report actually doesn't support that, it reports better detection but no reduction in crime." To which she retorts (and I think the gloves really do have to come off here; the woman is losing cognitive sophistication so steadily that, if it weren't for her frothing views on the subject I'd have to assume she was on hard drugs), "And that's what you're going to believe, is it? Some piece of paper! I suppose normal people don't mean anything to you."

12/02/2006 12:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"How I had a few free lunches with the Iraqi National Congress, wrote some articles in favour of invading Iraq and my career took a nose-dive"?

12/03/2006 11:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was something even more appalling in that edition of the moral maze than mad mel foaming at the mouth. And that was Steven Rose referring to mel's "lovers". The thought sent a ice-age like blast through my blood and bones. It's the sort of thing you think of to stop ejaculating too soon.
Also in addition to Clare Fox there was another Furedite brought in as an "expert witness", based no doubt on the fact he writes for a website that no one reads. Rose seemed to be the only one who seemed perturbed about the civil liberties angle of increased surveillance, mel and friend all in favour, Fox and co-thinker believing it was going to make middle class people less friendly.
Still I suppose it'll teach me for staying sober on a Saturday night.

12/06/2006 12:21:00 PM  

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