KatnissA new daily series of ‘postcard’ micro blogs: a random selection of the best of the web in under 250 words.

The Fear Factory
First up the giant figure of a man that is David Mundell rekindles Project Fear with some spectacularly stupid ‘Pooling and Sharing’ rhetoric. ‘Safer Together’ never sounded so stupid.  As Iain Macwhirter points out: “…it was the invasion of Baghdad that started this latest cycle of violence. Is there anyone who still disputes that the Iraq War and its chaotic aftermath are what created the seed bed in which IS incubated?” Being shackled to a rogue state like Britain with its reckless foreign policy is what endangers Scottish citizens, as we might see again in the near future. Meanwhile the Intercept’s Murtaza Hussain reports on how our allies have created  ‘an institutional culture callous to the death of children and other innocents’.

Irony Overload
As the Hunger Games laps-up well-deserved plaudits everywhere, one weirdness stands out. The storyline, of how a megacity is fed by slave labour brought from the surrounding districts in some kind of outlandish dystopian capitalist nightmare is to launch a theme park in Dubai a megacity fed by slave labour brought from the surrounding districts in some kind of outlandish dystopian capitalist nightmare. Calling Katniss?

The Spy Who Loved Me
The Mark Kennedy case has finally come to a conclusion with a heartfelt “We’re sorry” from the Met. Aw, sweet. A different kind of Kochs seem less repentant across the pond.

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