This Whole Panic Over Swine Flu Is Becoming Ridiculous. It’s Time To Get Real

October 31, 2009

This Whole Panic Over Swine Flu Is Becoming Ridiculous. It’s Time To Get Real

R.F.Wilson writes: I wonder, I just wonder who was it exactly that suggested to President Barack Obama to introduce a state of emergency in the United States over the swine flu epidemic? Was it, by any chance, one of his slick advisors who has been talking to the giant pharmaceutical companies that are so keen on getting all those juicy contracts for producing billions of vaccines that are supposedly needed to save mankind from the worst disease since the plague? The madness surrounding swine flu reached fever pitch in New York where the local authorities have actually made it obligatory to have an anti-swine flu vaccine. Will the rest of America follow suit, now that the President himself has declared war on the H1N1 virus and even had his two daughters vaccinated? The thing about swine flu... 

More Breaking News Items. From The Stirring Trouble Team

October 30, 2009

More Breaking News Items. From The Stirring Trouble Team

We present a new selection of breaking news items. From the Stirring Trouble team. Breaking News: US President Barack Obama admits that one of the policy options on the table as regards Afghanistan is to run like the wind. Breaking News: US Treasury Secretary, Tim Geithner, manages to keep a straight face while announcing that the recession in America is over. Breaking News: US Vice President, Joe Biden, reveals that his rugged good looks are a result of spending many hours in the White House’s make-up room. Breaking News: White House says that it is looking at a possibility of starting a couple of new wars. To keep the American people on their toes. Breaking News: Pentagon reveals that the war in Afghanistan could be won if all Afghans are killed. Right down to the very last one. Breaking... 

Yes Minister: The Origins Of The Car In British Political Life

October 29, 2009

Yes Minister: The Origins Of The Car In British Political Life

R.F.Wilson writes: The Second World War threw into sharp focus a need for the conscription of women into civilian work. A new spirit of egalitarianism (up to a point, women rarely received the same wage as men) saw a select league of young women, as loyal as a naval salute and assorted Kensington debutantes among them, get behind the steering wheel of government and military vehicles. Back in the peacetime groove, austerity remained the lot of all. Former wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill was rumoured to be ‘aghast’ at the expense of taxi and private car hire charges chalked up on government business and his influence led to the emergence of an official car service (now the Government Car Service) in 1946. Many of ministerial rank came to enjoy being chauffeured about by ‘well... 

A Cynical Glance At World Events: Would Someone Tell These People…

October 29, 2009

A Cynical Glance At World Events: Would Someone Tell These People…

Adam Lovejoy writes: Would someone tell President Barack Obama that he can keep as many US troops as he wants in Afghanistan but he’d still not get the result he hopes for. That is, the resistance to the presence of foreign troops would not subside. It is all very fine for US and NATO commanders in Afghanistan to claim that more boots on the ground would allow to smash the insurgency and, bizarrely, ‘win the hearts and minds of the Afghan people’ – at least that is what the Pentagon seems to think – but the fact of the matter is that the majority of Afghans still treat their ‘liberators’ as invaders. That’s why some of the Afghan government troops who are trained by NATO to ‘protect democracy’ in the country actually switch sides, once they... 

More Breaking News. From The Stirring Trouble Team

October 28, 2009

More Breaking News. From The Stirring Trouble Team

We present a selection of breaking news items. From the Stirring Trouble team.Breaking News: U.S. president Barack Obama admits that he is scared shitless of visiting China next month and telling his hosts that they can use their U.S. Treasury Bills to wipe their asses with. Breaking News: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says it’s spooky to be ‘just one heartbeat away from the presidency’. Sometimes I get crazy ideas, he says. Breaking News: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admits that she flirts on twitter under a false name of Angela Merkel. Breaking News: Fears grow that the U.S. Federal Reserve has gone mad after it says: ‘La,la,la, we’ve turned the recession into an economic boom!’ Breaking News: American Right says it’s ready to swap places with... 

China Launches A Diplomatic Offensive

October 27, 2009

China Launches A Diplomatic Offensive

Martin McCauley writes: China is engaged in a diplomatic offensive. Immediately after the October 1 extravaganza to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China Prime Minister Wen Jiabao set off for a week in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) while Vice President Xi Jinping went on a five nation East European tour. In the run up to President Obama’s visit to China next month, a Politburo member and the Vice-Chairman of the Central Military Commission will travel to Washington. Visitors to China include Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and the Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. The fact that China may register an 8 per cent growth of... 

We Present Another Favourite Dish Of Joseph Stalin: The Famous Uzbeki Plov

October 27, 2009

We Present Another Favourite Dish Of Joseph Stalin: The Famous Uzbeki Plov

We continue publishing the recipes of some of the favourite dishes of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. Today we present the famous Uzbeki rice and meat dish, plov. It is well documented that the Soviet dictator had a special liking for plov and ate it at least once a week.Ingredients: diced lamb (800 grams, not too lean), two cups of rice, 3 large carrots, 2 large onions, several cloves of garlic, dried herbs, salt and pepper. The dish has to be prepared in a large heavy pot with a thick bottom. (The reason being that the meat would burn in a normal pot.) Cut the onions and the carrots very finely in advance. Put the rice into warm water and leave to soak. Pour the vegetable oil into the heavy pot, roughly 1 centimetre in depth. Heat the oil for a while. It must be very hot before you put the... 

Tony Blair Becoming EU President? Two Considerations Come To Mind

October 27, 2009

Tony Blair Becoming EU President? Two Considerations Come To Mind

Thomas Mathew writes: Two considerations come to mind when confronted with the prospect of seeing former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, getting appointed to the post of the first ever President of the European Union. First of all, if the 27 EU leaders elect him under the terms of the Lisbon treaty, they would basically be showing their total contempt not only for the people of Britain, where Blair is hated and despised like no other living politician, but for all the Europeans as a whole, as in all honesty in political terms Blair is seriously damaged goods. He is no world statesman and no outstanding politician, and never has been one. He is a chancer and an opportunist, who used every vile trick in the book to sneak into parliament and then become leader of the Labour party and, consecutively,... 

President Obama Gets A Wake Up Call In Iraq

October 26, 2009

President Obama Gets A Wake Up Call In Iraq

Anton Goryunov writes from Moscow: So, U.S. President Barack Obama has had a wake-up call yesterday when a double suicide attack killed at least 147 and wounded 700 people in Baghdad, near the Green Zone. It was the biggest atrocity since 2007 and reminded everyone that the so-called peace and stability in Iraq were more a fantasy rather than reality. It is worth remembering that the recent attacks took place in the area of heightened security, with a heavy police and military presence. Imagine how vulnerable Iraqis living in other areas in the country must be feeling, especially as the insurgents have already threatened to become more active as the January parliamentary elections in Iraq approach.It was only just over two months ago that insurgents staged a series of spectacular attacks in... 

More Breaking News. From The Stirring Trouble Team

October 26, 2009

More Breaking News. From The Stirring Trouble Team

Today we present the latest selection of spoof breaking news items. From the Stirring Trouble team. Breaking News: U.S. President Barack Obama admits that he announced a state of national emergency over the swine flu to look important. Of course I know that swine flu is no big deal, he says. Breaking News: President Obama reveals that he is learning Chinese to be able to beg for financial aid during his visit to Beijing next month. Breaking News: Former Vice President Al Gore says he got interested in climate change when he was told that it was a sure way of making loads of money. Breaking News: Buoyed by all the publicity that the leader of the far-right BNP, Nick Griffin, has provided by his appearence on it, the BBC decides to make a 50-part drama The Lighter Side Of Hitler. Breaking News:... 

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