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M F

M F

Inquisitive, guitar playing and information overloaded guy based in London
BBC News - Olympic gatecrasher: India hunts woman in red - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
BBC News - Olympic gatecrasher: India hunts woman in red
"India's Olympic contingent is trying to identify a mystery woman who joined team members as they marched in the opening ceremony on Friday. The woman, wearing blue trousers and a red top, walked next to India's flag-bearer, wrestler Sushil Kumar. She stood out in contrast to athletes in yellow saris or blue blazers." - M F from Bookmarklet
$21tn: hoard hidden from taxman by global elite | Business | The Observer - http://www.guardian.co.uk/busines...
$21tn: hoard hidden from taxman by global elite | Business | The Observer
"A global super-rich elite has exploited gaps in cross-border tax rules to hide an extraordinary £13 trillion ($21tn) of wealth offshore – as much as the American and Japanese GDPs put together – according to research commissioned by the campaign group Tax Justice Network. James Henry, former chief economist at consultancy McKinsey and an expert on tax havens, has compiled the most detailed estimates yet of the size of the offshore economy in a new report, The Price of Offshore Revisited, released exclusively to the Observer." - M F from Bookmarklet
"According to Henry's research, the top 10 private banks, which include UBS and Credit Suisse in Switzerland, as well as the US investment bank Goldman Sachs, managed more than £4tn in 2010, a sharp rise from £1.5tn five years earlier." - Andrew C (✔)
"The detailed analysis in the report [...] suggests that for many developing countries the cumulative value of the capital that has flowed out of their economies since the 1970s would be more than enough to pay off their debts to the rest of the world. Oil-rich states with an internationally mobile elite have been especially prone to watching their wealth disappear into offshore bank... more... - Andrew C (✔)
But at least we are all in this together... - Son of Groucho
it's were cameron got his money from; his dad squirreled it away in tax havens. - Winckel
BBC News - Newham's fightback against bad landlords - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
BBC News - Newham's fightback against bad landlords
"Billions of pounds are being invested in regeneration, including new housing, however many older properties are in an appalling state and Newham Council is blaming bad landlords. There are 35,000 private rental properties in Newham and half do not meet acceptable standards, says Mr Moffatt. Of those around 5,000 are in a "diabolical" condition, he adds." - M F from Bookmarklet
I agree that bad landlords are bad but they have been allowed to get away with it. - M F
Private landlords are usually property developers with a large portfolios these days, out bidding 1st time buyers on homes, chopping them up into multiple occupancy tiny flats, then charging ridiculous rents, because they can. Also, interesting how the East End is being revamped, which is good, but Haringey is poor due to major cut backs from the government and has no money for repairs, let alone new homes :'( - Halil
Rome alone: 11-year-old boy flies from Manchester to Italy without passport | UK news | guardian.co.uk - http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk...
Rome alone: 11-year-old boy flies from Manchester to Italy without passport | UK news | guardian.co.uk
"An 11-year-old boy took a flight to Rome on his own from Manchester airport without a passport or boarding pass. Liam Corcoran passed through security without being checked, before making his way on to the Jet2.com flight on Tuesday." - M F from Bookmarklet
Tired of the crappy weather? - Eivind
Possibly, he could have come to London then, it's very hot now and we have the Olympics as well - M F
That plan to archive every tweet in the Library of Congress? Definitely still happening » Nieman Journalism Lab - http://www.niemanlab.org/2012...
That plan to archive every tweet in the Library of Congress? Definitely still happening » Nieman Journalism Lab
"A little more than two years ago, the Library of Congress announced it would preserve every public tweet, ever, for future generations." - M F from Bookmarklet
not completely surprising - Halil
Bat Facts You Won’t Find in The Dark Knight Rises : Wildlife Promise - http://blog.nwf.org/2012...
Bat Facts You Won’t Find in The Dark Knight Rises : Wildlife Promise
Bat Facts You Won’t Find in The Dark Knight Rises : Wildlife Promise
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"About one in every five species of mammal is a bat, which is to say, there are nearly 1,250 bat species out of about 5,700 mammal species (these numbers vary from source-to-source and time-to-time both because of the vagaries of classification and the discovery of new species)." - M F from Bookmarklet
Are Britons the worst whingers? | Poll | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk - http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment...
Are Britons the worst whingers? | Poll | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
"A New York Times journalist has written that 'low-grade grousing is [Britons'] default response to life's challenges, and part of the national condition – as integral to the country's character as its Eeyoreish attitude toward the weather'. Are Britons the worst for whingeing?" - M F from Bookmarklet
Debunking The Dangerous “If You Have Nothing To Hide, You Have Nothing To Fear” - http://falkvinge.net/2012...
Debunking The Dangerous “If You Have Nothing To Hide, You Have Nothing To Fear”
"There are at least four good reasons to reject this argument solidly and uncompromisingly: The rules may change, it’s not you who determine if you’re guilty, laws must be broken for society to progress, and privacy is a basic human need." - M F from Bookmarklet
I wish i could like this post twice - Jeff (Team マクダジ )
Yes I was quite impressed with it - M F
"Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have 'Nothing to Hide'" By Daniel J. Solove, May 15, 2011 https://chronicle.com/article... [see also: http://docs.law.gwu.edu/facweb...] - Tinfoil 2.0
"The Eternal Value of Privacy" By Bruce Schneier, May 18, 2006 https://www.schneier.com/essay-1... - Tinfoil 2.0
Quite wise this grey bloke. - M F
Move Your Money UK · Bank On Something Better - http://www.moveyourmoney.org.uk/
Move Your Money UK · Bank On Something Better
I've been using a more ethical bank for over 10 years but I have to admit that due to convenience and my own laziness I have still an account with one of the big 5. Not for long though. - M F from Bookmarklet
I should really talk to the coop or someone. problem is, lots of my card use, payment and bank transfers are international, and most banks offer really lame rates/fees on that. But I should ask, who knows? - Iphigenie
London 2012 Olympics: Thousands of unsold tickets offered to Games sponsors - Telegraph - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport...
London 2012 Olympics: Thousands of unsold tickets offered to Games sponsors - Telegraph
"Hundreds of thousands of unsold tickets for some of the biggest events at the Olympics are being sold behind closed doors to corporate sponsors instead of the British public." - M F from Bookmarklet
The thing that got me was reading about some young athletes in their early teens who are showing talent, not having tickets to go and see their events. But no of course, Coca Cola employees are far more important than any future champions. - M F
and you're surprised by this why? - Halil
Not of course I am not surprised but I still get annoyed. - M F
What's your thoughts on Blair coming back as post Olympics sports adviser then? - Halil
The Shard has slashed the face of London for ever - http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment...
The Shard has slashed the face of London for ever
"So what of Thursday's bombastic celebration of the Shard's arrival on the London skyline? It too has drawn Unesco's ire for intruding on the Tower of London and Parliament Square. It will boast its hugeness with lights and lasers, and publicists will dismiss its critics as fuddy-duddies and aesthetes, proclaiming Shards for all time as angels of growth. I suffer from having found London's skyline a thing of beauty. The views from Parliament and Primrose hills, from the parks and from bridges over the Thames offered a vista that allowed the eye to spread, with no part dominating the whole. Even St Paul's did not crush its neighbours but floated above them at just twice their height." - M F from Bookmarklet
Don't like it, don't like the Gherkin or Canary Wharf either - Halil
I like its design but I don't like its location, as the article said it would have looked better in Dubai. Generally I am not a huge fan of skyscrapers. Canary Wharf is just scary. - M F
The Gherkin has grown on me. Haven't seen the Shard yet although I've seen lots of tweets about it tonight. - Spidra Webster
I like some of the buildings in that list, not McDonalds though but I like the Eiffel Tower a lot - M F
For most of the buildings on that list, the complaints were because of how badly they fit in with (or considered) their surroundings at the time. Washington in 1833 was very very different from Washington now, for example. In some cases, the cities grew up around the huge architecture and they fit in more. In others, not. As much as I like some of Gehry's work, I think what he did to... more... - Spidra Webster
I mostly don't like Gehry's work. =P - Andrew C (✔)
British democracy in terminal decline, warns report | UK news | The Guardian - http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk...
British democracy in terminal decline, warns report | UK news | The Guardian
"A study into the state of democracy in Britain over the last decade warns it is in "long-term terminal decline" as the power of corporations keeps growing, politicians become less representative of their constituencies and disillusioned citizens stop voting or even discussing current affairs." - M F from Bookmarklet
Scary times. - M F
How British are you? The alternative citizenship test | John Harris | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk - http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment...
How British are you? The alternative citizenship test | John Harris | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
How British are you? The alternative citizenship test | John Harris | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
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"As is currently the case, migrants will then have to sit a test based on what they’ve read: according to reports, among their key challenges will be reciting the first verse of the national anthem. But what else will be in there? If only to present a slight alternative to the Theresa May/Michael Gove school of history, here are 15 questions about Britain’s past and present – and if you don’t get more than 10 right, you’ll have to send us your passport, read some more books, and then try again. Possibly." - M F from Bookmarklet
Make Bradford British http://www.channel4.com/program... - Halil
I'm taking offense even at the titles of that series above... - Iphigenie
I find it offensive too, sounds like something from the BNP - M F
It wasn't the best doc, and the people were certainly full of BS, but I did feel sorry for the girl, she was nice and tried to fit in, but they were just horrible to her, but they were all naive imho on so many levels. - Halil
Five paranoid authority freakouts that could spoil the Olympics » The Metropolis | Snipe - http://snipelondon.com/metropo...
Five paranoid authority freakouts that could spoil the Olympics » The Metropolis | Snipe
Five paranoid authority freakouts that could spoil the Olympics » The Metropolis | Snipe
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"A month from the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games, It’s worth gathering together some of the restrictions, bans, and don’t you dares which seem so essential to defining the modern Olympic spirit. While these controls have been reported individually, it’s only by stepping back and considering them together that we can hope to understand the mindset which has produced them. As we shall see, it’s a mindset governed by two impulses: greed and fear." - M F from Bookmarklet
BBC Nature - Animal colour through animal eyes - http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature...
BBC Nature - Animal colour through animal eyes
BBC Nature - Animal colour through animal eyes
BBC Nature - Animal colour through animal eyes
"Scientists at the Royal Society’s annual Summer Exhibition are explaining how we can understand the visual world from an animal perspective, examining the hidden hues of some of nature's most colourful characters. "The idea is to explain why animals are the colour they are," said Dr Tom Pike from the University of Lincoln. " - M F
This cruel welfare system is steadily crushing lives – where is the anger? | John Harris | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk - http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment...
This cruel welfare system is steadily crushing lives – where is the anger? | John Harris | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
"Thanks to the increasingly cruel regime that now applies to benefits – which, we now know, David Cameron wants to make yet crueller – the latter seem to be increasing in number by the week, pushed into their predicament by a system that can summarily ruin lives, but offer only the most sluggish remedies by way of appeal. By and large, they remain invisible, but their fate is starting to intrude on the news media: last week, a man set himself alight outside a Birmingham jobcentre, reportedly thanks to a "dispute over benefit payments", an episode that occurred just as the Guardian was revealing rising concerns about suicides among people faced with so-called benefits "sanctions". For an intimate picture of the misery and anxiety that lies behind all this, have a look at this film by my colleague John Domokos, partly centred on a family reduced to fretting over their last dregs of electricity, and apparently surviving on a diet founded on budget baked beans. The benefits system refuses... more... - M F from Bookmarklet
I'm very angry. - M F
This article puts things into perspective: "Five Things for Cameron to Remember" http://cutswatchcymru.wordpress.com/2012... - Take3DVD
Exactly, many people seem to be happy to dismantle the entire welfare system based on hearsay and anedoctes (you know the legendary woman with a bad back who does not work and gets a free car, free holidays three times a year and she practises pole vaulting in her back garden) and do not realise that they are shooting themselves in the foot. No one can say that they will never be too ill to work. - M F
First Look: Jeff Koons Retrospective at Fondation Beyeler | HUH. - http://www.huhmagazine.co.uk/3953...
First Look: Jeff Koons Retrospective at Fondation Beyeler | HUH.
First Look: Jeff Koons Retrospective at Fondation Beyeler | HUH.
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I kinda love Jeff Koons. He came and spoke when I was in art school. - Derrick
Exclusive: Half of teachers forced to feed pupils going hungry at home | Society | The Guardian - http://www.guardian.co.uk/society...
Exclusive: Half of teachers forced to feed pupils going hungry at home | Society | The Guardian
"Headteachers and senior doctors are calling for needy children to receive a free breakfast at school after a Guardian survey found almost half of teachers have brought food in for pupils who arrive at school with empty stomachs. Four out of five teachers (83%) see pupils who are hungry in the morning and 55% said up to a quarter of pupils arrive having not eaten enough. More than half say the number of children involved has been rising in the past year or two, which have seen some families hit hard by the recession, unemployment and benefit cuts." - M F from Bookmarklet
As expected there are plenty of comments by people who blame the parents. There is the school of thought that says parents should not have kids that cannot afford which obviously does not take into consideration that things can go drastically wrong after the children are born. Then we have those who think that the parents are lazy/buy cigarettes instead of food/buy a plasma TV instead... more... - M F
Everyone can afford oats - it's usually the time to organise breakfast they don't have/can't find (or afford). Schools certainly could offer toast juice and cereal - and could probably find food lobbies willing to push their own products (eg: milk) - Iphigenie
I find this an appalling indictment of where we are as a country :-( - Winckel
Young people are sick of being pushed around | | Independent Editor's choice Blogs - http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2012...
Young people are sick of being pushed around | | Independent Editor's choice Blogs
"David Cameron has once again highlighted the proposal to cut housing benefits to the under 25s, the Coalition government’s repeated protestations that the austerity measures were designed so that the nation’s ‘children’ would not have to pay for the mistakes of the adults in the financial crisis looks increasingly weak. What their patronising attitudes disregard is the fact that we are already paying for the crisis now. One of the justifications trotted for raising tuition fees is that it should increase competition and thus standards in UK universities. However, along with their additional fall in spending and universities cutting corners by laying off lectures, reducing contact hours and cutting less high demand courses, this excuse has fallen flat on its face. Similarly, the idea that young people will not be put off going to university fails to account for the idea that young graduates are now expected to work for free for six months or more after building up all that debt or in... more... - M F from Bookmarklet
Food banks: 'People would rather go without and feed their children first' | - http://www.guardian.co.uk/society...
Food banks: 'People would rather go without and feed their children first' |
"The food bank is part of a network established by the Trussell Trust, which provides individuals and families with sufficient non-perishable food for three days. They are also given a menu guide if they need help in planning basic meals. People can't just walk in off the street – they are referred and given vouchers by professionals including housing officers, social services, health workers and jobcentre advisers." - M F from Bookmarklet
Poverty is Caused By The Rich Not The Poor | the void - http://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2012...
Poverty is Caused By The Rich Not The Poor | the void
"But there is more humanity and tolerance in this small part of London than the millionaires in Government could ever understand. People with nothing look out for each other, speak to each other, care for each other and help each other in ways the grasping businessmen who sneer at the poor would consider completely alien. Selfishness and greed are not virtues here. Yet these are the people that odious government ministers blame for their own poverty, ignoring the fact that the thieves in the city have stolen the entire world. Whether working for a pittance, or unemployed, whether single parents, disabled, unwell, or with poor mental health, people round here, and in thousands of other deprived areas of the country, survive despite the onslaught against the poor." - M F from Bookmarklet
London at dawn - News - Evening Standard - http://www.standard.co.uk/news...
London at dawn - News - Evening Standard
"The stillness and beauty of central London are captured in these aerial photographs taken as dawn breaks over the city." - M F from Bookmarklet
Online privacy: Home Office to write blank cheque for 'snoopers' charter' - http://www.guardian.co.uk/world...
Online privacy: Home Office to write blank cheque for 'snoopers' charter'
"The government is to offer a blank cheque to internet and phone firms that will be required to track everyone's email, Twitter, Facebook and other internet use under legislation to be published on Thursday. The Home Office has confirmed it will foot the bill, thought to run into tens and possibly hundreds of millions, for collecting and storing the extra social media and web browsing records needed to implement the scheme, which critics have dubbed an "online snooper's charter"." - M F from Bookmarklet
Let me get this right, we no longer have money for schools and hospitals but we have money to check what people write on Twitter? - M F
What ticket shortage? Packages still unsold – at £4,500 per person - Olympics - Sport - The Independent - http://www.independent.co.uk/sport...
What ticket shortage? Packages still unsold – at £4,500 per person - Olympics - Sport - The Independent
"Research by The Independent has established that thousands of corporate hospitality packages for the most popular days of the Games – likely to feature the likes of the sprinter Usain Bolt and the diver Tom Daley – are still unsold with just 69 days to go. With Britain slipping into a double-dip recession, companies appear unwilling to pay the typical £4,500 per ticket for blue riband events demanded by Prestige Ticketing, which has sole rights to provide business hospitality at venues." - M F from Bookmarklet
is it just me or does that structure on the left look like a nargile? - Halil
very much so. - Big Joe Silence
I've never heard of Tom Daley. Is that one of the two biggest names of these Olympics? - Eivind
♪ Daley Diver, you've been down to long in the midnight sea... ♪ - Eivind
He is still only 18 - M F
Rock music under threat as small venues go bust across Britain | Music | The Observer - http://www.guardian.co.uk/music...
Rock music under threat as small venues go bust across Britain | Music | The Observer
"Venues where top bands started out are shutting down as rent rises and falling audiences spell crisis for gig promoters" - M F from Bookmarklet
sign of the times :-( - Winckel
new and alternative venues will be found - the hunger for live music is there. The time is gone though where gig promoters can keep most of the cash in and venues are expected to make their profit from the drinks alone. - Iphigenie
We've created a society for non-doms, but not for children in our schools | Peter Lampl | Comment is free | The Observer - http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment...
We've created a society for non-doms, but not for children in our schools | Peter Lampl | Comment is free | The Observer
"The latest evidence from an international summit the Sutton Trust is hosting with the Carnegie Corporation in London sheds new light on these drivers. It reveals how greater income inequality leads to a cycle of ever-increasing opportunity gaps between rich and poor. At the same time, educational qualifications have increasingly become the golden tickets to the professional elites and higher earnings. And so the cycle goes on. Income inequality and educational inequality reinforce each other in an endless generational feedback loop leading to an increasingly ossified society." - M F from Bookmarklet
The myth that Canary Wharf did east London any good | Owen Hatherley | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk - http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment...
The myth that Canary Wharf did east London any good | Owen Hatherley | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
"Canary Wharf has been for the last 20 years the most spectacular expression of London's transformation into a city with levels of inequality that previous generations liked to think they'd fought a war to eliminate. Very, very few of the new jobs went to those who had lost their jobs when the Port of London followed the containers to Tilbury; those that did were the most menial – cleaners, baristas, prostitutes. The new housing that emerged, first as a low-rise trickle in the 80s and 90s followed by a high-rise flood in the 00s, was without exception speculatively built. Inflated prices, dictated by the means of a captive market of bankers, soon forced up rents and mortgages in the surrounding areas, a major cause of London's current acute housing crisis." - M F from Bookmarklet
When all things are considered Friendfeed was the best social network ever. I would like to say IS but it is very quiet at the moment. I've tried many places , was briefly keen on some but this is the only one I still feel like visiting after many years. Art by Modigliani.
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Friendfeed is quite chatty, actually. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
So there are still some people left :) - M F
I'm here :-) - Halil
Hi Halil :) - M F
I'm here, too! - Son of Groucho
I'll be always returning to ff. - Franc, a rememberer
it is quiet, but quiet or noisy there is no other social network as ff. if anyboy wants to invest some money here, ff users would be able to make a huge return - svinho dos santos
Matteo! :) - Eivind from Android
Good morning Eivind :) - M F
I'm still posting quite a bit although I'm beginning to rethink it because I feel like I'm posting in a void sometimes. (Me likey Modigliani.) - Spidra Webster
I think it's the best, too. :) - Jenny H.
Good to know so many of you are still around, nearly enough to fill a restaurant or a bus. After all we know that it's quality and not quantity that counts. - M F
Friendfeed was my favorite, but people pay attention to me on the evil FB - MiniMage
Tabloid Watch: 'We don’t report pregnancies unless confirmed by the subject' - http://tabloid-watch.blogspot.co.uk/2012...
Tabloid Watch: 'We don’t report pregnancies unless confirmed by the subject'
Tabloid Watch: 'We don’t report pregnancies unless confirmed by the subject'
"In his witness statement to the Leveson Inquiry, MailOnline publisher Martin Clarke talked about reporting pregnancies: For instance the other month a US website broke the news of Sienna Miller’s pregnancy which was swiftly followed by all our American rivals but not by us because we don’t report pregnancies unless confirmed by the subject." - M F from Bookmarklet
That is so reassuring - M F
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