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From the NYT today.

Resolution: I will stop using the Sainsbury’s self-checkout machines, even if I finally have snooped the code that allows me to buy booze without waiting for “approval” from the employees. Here’s for maintaining the inefficiencies (and employment) involved in Actually Existing Human Presence!

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January 18, 2011 at 9:27 am

london…

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… can be slightly depressing at times. What saves it only is the fact that the chicken bits die daily for our sins.

Or I could make a Septimus Smith joke here. Tough call.

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January 18, 2011 at 9:10 am

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“not an option”

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Laurie Penny, in an ad for a researcher on her site:

I wish I could afford to pay the living wage for this rather than just minimum wage, but that’s not an option for me at the moment.

Malcolm Grant, UCL provost, responding to the queries of The Evening Standard a few months ago:

I am advised that paying contract cleaners the living wage would cost UCL £500,000 to £1 million a year. That’s a big slug. And what I haven’t got is a spare £1 million, okay?

Hmmm… I’m telling you, watch. Cultivating one’s own garden the right way and with the gardeners at the right wage isn’t the only thing, but given the parameters of the situation, it’s a big thing. And the fact that she runs around London telling people that she’s going to be “the next Christopher Hitchens” (?!?) is pretty much all the entrails inspection we need on this one…

(via oy….)

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January 18, 2011 at 8:20 am

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