Quote of the week

Both the constructive disagreement intrinsic to science and the adversarial scrutiny necessary to politics disappear in this invocation of science as the ultimate authority – this trick will become familiar in the coming months. An extraordinary emergency requires extraordinary powers; no one disagrees with that. But it is politics, not science, which grants these powers legitimacy. How long will they endure?

James Butler
London Review of Books
29 April 2007

Banned Sowetan Freedom day add

The SABC has declined to broadcast the Freedom Day advert from the Sowetan saying that it borders on hate speech. This is, of course unadulterated rubbish. The mandarins at the SABC obviously banned the add because it could be interpreted as criticising the government for not doing better…
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