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Recreational nastiness sets internet freedom in flames

The internet is emerging as one of the big heroes of the pro-democracy, anti-despot movement in the Middle East. It’s regarded as being right up there with that courageous Muammar Gaddafi impersonator who has been suggesting absent members of the Libyan army are simply retreating to rest and relax.
Thanks to the cybersphere, Arabic members of generation [...]

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The etiquette of “after you” planet-saving

GREETINGS fellow climate change deniers/sceptics/believers-but-smelters-of-far-too-much-aluminium-to-admit-it. As you know, one of the best things about our position is the ease with which we can clear-fell our opponents.
When faced with shiny, happy hustles such as last weekend’s Hour of No Power, for example, it’s all too cinchy to accuse participants of self-righteous tokenism.
“Instead of sitting in the [...]

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So what if happiness is a warm McMansion?

KARL Marx bombed as a soothsayer. The workers’ revolution, the dictatorship of the proletariat, the grand victory of whatsit over the other thing … at the time of going to press, none looked imminent. In fact, instead of producing its own gravediggers, the bourgeoisie has just produced more and more of itself. 
The extent to which [...]

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The Oasis an oasis from simplistic junkie stereotypes

IN government television campaigns, just saying no to drugs is a simple business, an easy decision made by well-fed, well-clothed young people who just want to have a good time.
“Hmmm. Friday night again. It’s tempting to try ice, but picking imaginary scabs in nightclub toilets doesn’t really go with my new flamingo zippered leggings (heroin [...]

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Wanted: One nanny state

IF you’re downwind of Doug* you can smell him before you see him.
Partly because the main road he sleeps beside is one of those icy, inner-city wind tunnels, but mostly because he reeks.
If Doug’s seen a roof over his head or bar of soap lately, he’s hiding it well.
Everything about him is black: his minced [...]

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Bad brain days

WE live in skin city, a place where no billboard, bus rear or fried chicken protest is complete unless someone (usually someone with a Pam-tastic set of knockers) gets their kit off.
Yet in the peep show of contemporary pop culture, one incredibly sexy organ remains coyly hidden from view. Its not allowed out of the [...]

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The case for civilised behaviour in a barbarous world

THE earth is having hot flushes, terrorists are using fertiliser to blow up trains, and petrol now comes with carat ratings. In times like these, agonising about which fork to use with fish seems like the height of indulgence.
Yet good manners — saying “no, please, after you” at the dinner party of global citizenship — [...]

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