Moon River alerted me to something by The Nonist on Flâneurs:


This is a map by de Lauwe of all the movements made during one year by a student living in the 16th Arrondissement of Paris. Her itinerary forms a small triangle with no significant deviations, the three apexes of which are the School of Political Sciences, her residence and that of her piano teacher, illustrating, according to de Lauwe, the narrowness of the real Paris in which each individual lives and which, according to Debord, ought to provoke outrage at the fact that anyone’s life can be so pathetically limited.

MOON RIVER: Theory of the Dérive

Immigration ‘small benefit’ to UK


The central tenet of those who support unrestricted mass immigration has long been its putative economic benefits.

When the social costs of mass immigration were pointed out, the Homo Economicus argument would be deployed.

I have long seen through the sham of this argument and I am on record slamming it regularly.

See or example:

Today I read of a vindication of sorts. It turns out that people like Robert Henderson and I were absolutely right all along.

From the BBC:

Record levels of immigration have had “little or no impact” on the economic well-being of Britons, an influential House of Lords committee has said.

It says competition from immigrants has had a negative impact on the low paid and training for young UK workers, and has contributed to high house prices.

The peers, including two ex-chancellors and other Cabinet members, say there should be a cap on immigration levels.

…In their report, “The Economic Impact of Immigration”, the peers said the government “should have an explicit target range” for immigration and set rules to keep within that limit.

…And they rejected claims by ministers that a high level of immigration was needed to prevent labour shortages as “fundamentally flawed”.

BBC NEWS | UK | UK Politics | Immigration ‘small benefit’ to UK

Inside the Tokyo Traffic Control Center


“Tokyo traffic can be crazy. Perhaps not as crazy as it is frustrating, but it’s certainly a lot easier to get through the mess on a Monkey rather than in a car.

However, despite our gripes about traffic lights that seem very poorly timed, it turns out that the entire system is much more centralized than we could have imagined.”

Trends in Japan » Inside the Tokyo Traffic Control Center

Serbian hooligans attempt to torch cop

The Serbian press has spent most of the week soul-searching in the aftermath of a truly terrifying attack that took place on Sunday.

A plain clothed police officer from the elite Gendarmerie Unit – Nebojsa Trajkovic (42) –  was identified in the stands by hooligans from Red Star Belgrade’s notorious “Delije” (heroes) firm who attacked him with broken chairs and attempted to set him on fire with flares.

The entire incident was broadcast live on TV. The terrified and badly injured policeman was forced to fire warning shots into the air to save himself from the mob.

Eventually colleagues managed to get to him and save his life. The fighting continued both inside and outside the stadium.

Several hooligans have been arrested and charged so far. They face charges ranging from public violence to attempted murder.

Officer Trajkovic suffered 1st and 2nd degree burns (non scarring ) to his face and body, as well as lacerations, bruising and mental trauma. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Football hooliganism is a massive problem in Serbia, where an under-funded and partially reformed police force are up against hordes of unemployed and angry young men – the lost, disinherited “war generation” that is bearing the brunt of Serbia’s economic and social hardships.


Read on…

Red Star to be held responsible – Blic

Two arrested over brutal stadium attack – B92

High time to deal with hooliganism – Blic

Injured police officer in stable condition – B92

Hooligans seriously injure policeman during match – B92

Hooligans clash with police – Blic

MSL: Week of shame for Serbian football – B92


Superb "Wake Me Up" stickers

From the brilliant PopGadget weblog:


“If you are a late night subway train user, or an early morning commuter, you might find these Wake Me Up At stickers quite handy. Fall safely asleep on the subway and just pray for someone to wake you up on time. Right now the Wake Me Up At stickers are available only for the major stops on the London tube, but the pack also contains some empty stickers on which you can write your own stop. If these stickers prove to be successful, I am sure it won’t be too long before a New York version is offered.

Wake Me Up At stickers can be ordered directly from www.wakemeupat.com

What is really takes to earn $100k plus as a service professional

What does it REALLY take to make 6-Figures as a service professional? by Catherine Franz

Over the past 30 years, I’ve read so much on how to make money that I know I can write a series of books on the topic, books that would cut through the junk and you don’t have to buy 101 things for each area.

Most of the information repeats itself — same author, different title and packaging or different author repeating someone else’s list. All the how-this and how-that was driving me crazy as to what is REALLY required to make $100,000 or more in revenue.

A few months ago, I decided to go on a pilgrimage to create a quick and easy-to-see, all-in-one-place list of whatit REALLY takes to generate a six-figure income as a service professional — accountant, coach, consultant, and other solopreneurs? Of course, the list is easy to read, but takes conscious awareness and consistency to achieve.

What this list did for me — it freed up valuable time that I was chasing for what I could possibly need in the future, it kept me focused, it increased clarity, and best of all I was able to narrow down my reading time. I also had a plan. Here’s the list of what I consider the top 50 — the list was actually 350 — but I chose the top ones and removed the repetitions. MORE

A commentor on Steve Pavlina’s blog added these:

1) Read a relevant book every two weeks so you know what youre doing
2) Ask questions and challenge unarticulated assumptions
3) Be thorough and meticulous
4) Guard against arrogance and inappropriate emotional investment
5) Relocate to a suitable city, if necessary
6) Maintain an orderly work area
7) Maintain above average grooming
8) Maintain above average dress
9) Dont let your weight get out of control
10) Smile