Of Weird Things Happening That Basically Shouldn’t be Happening

September 30, 2011

Of Weird Things Happening That Basically Shouldn’t be Happening

R.F.Wilson writes from London: What goes on in the heads of drivers who approach a red light, but still continue to pick up speed. You must have seen that happen a lot. There they go, 400 yards left to the junction, and then the light turns red. There’s absolutely no chance of green coming any time soon. Not even half a chance. But does the approaching car/truck/van/ bus/motorcycle slow down? No, they a keep on speeding, as the famous singer/songwriter would have said . So I’m trying to figure out here: what’s the thinking behind it? Because it does seem frighteningly obvious that hitting the breaks hard would become a necessity at any moment. If you aren’t pissed or stoned, that is, and changing lights don’t really mean anything to you. Weird, very weird. And... 

The Trial Of Michael Jackson’s Doctor Should Have Been A Strictly Family Affair

September 30, 2011

The Trial Of Michael Jackson’s Doctor Should Have Been A Strictly Family Affair

Chris Gray writes from Los Angeles: Here we go again: hacks going nuts about another ‘trial of the century’, with the late Michael Jackson’s personal doctor, Conrad Murray, standing accused by the Jackson family of giving their son, brother, father, cousin too many drugs that eventually killed him. Wall-to-wall coverage of this historic occasion is brought to us by all major TV news networks and newspapers, filling in on every detail of the last days and moments of Jackson’s life. Just when we all thought we wouldn’t hear about Jackson anymore, having had to endure all that screaming coverage more than two years ago when he died, we’re now dragged into the nightmare of what was his life once again. The only conciliation is that the judge, bless him, is not asking to play any... 

Of Parents Who Praise Their Children’s Many Talents. And What’s It All About Really

September 30, 2011

Of Parents Who Praise Their Children’s Many Talents. And What’s It All About Really

Anton Goryunov writes from Moscow: I bet you probably met parents who would tell you that their children were remarkably gifted. Exhibiting raw talents of unique kind – from the earliest days of their existence. Multicapable, multicultural, multitalented, multilingual, erudite, quick learners, great communicators, articulate, deep thinkers, obsessed with reading classics and listening to classical music. Outstanding kids, perfect in every sense. Walk on water when they have a spare moment in their busy schedule of drilling through the granite of knowledge, learning new things every day and loving their mamas and papas to bits, preferring to spend more time with them rather than hang out with their friends or spend hours playing computer games or watching the box. I’ve heard stories... 

Is Syria Next On The West’s Hit List? To Cover Up The Mess At Home

September 29, 2011

Is Syria Next On The West’s Hit List? To Cover Up The Mess At Home

Ted Obvious writes from Damascus: But of course the Syrian regime is guilty of brutally suppressing anti-government protests. What else did you expect from President Bashar al-Assad and his cronies? But is it a reason to send NATO to impose a no-fly zone over it, to save innocent civilians, as some hotheads in the west are now talking about? No would be the answer, if you aren’t keen on setting the Middle East ablaze and yes, if you want a bit of a juicy regional war, to keep your own people distracted from the mess back at home, while the economy is falling apart and bankers continue to steal or gambling away money like there’s no tomorrow. Just think about it: why did bankrupt Britain get involved in a costly military operation in Libya? And why did France with its 40 per cent inflation... 

Crazy Goings On In The Bundestag: Angela And The Gang Vote With Their Wallets

September 29, 2011

Crazy Goings On In The Bundestag: Angela And The Gang Vote With Their Wallets

Ben Delicious writes from Berlin: Crazy goings on in the Bundestag. Angela Merkel and the gang have done their bit for keeping the euro afloat, approving more bail-out money for bankers to play with. A huge chunk of German MPs, including most of the opposition, followed Angela’s example, voting with their wallets for raising the nation’s contribution to the European bail-out pot from around €120 billion euros to €210 billion euros. (In case you’re curious, the idea is to raise the current €440 billion in the pot to €750 billion.) The day was full of tension and suspense as Angela and the gang were taking a principled stand against their voters and the European taxpayers generally, propping up the dying euro and with it all that money that is owed across the European Union to German... 

Idiocy? It’s When People Allow Their Politicians To Commit Treachery

September 29, 2011

Idiocy? It’s When People Allow Their Politicians To Commit Treachery

Thomas Mathew writes from London: We are a humorous website, but once in a while we have a god at serious subjects, like the idiocy of people who allow their politicians to commit treachery and treason, and get away with it. How about British politicians of the past 40 odd years plotting to dismantle the constitutional monarchy and create some hideous republican arrangement that would make life easier for them to do their nasty deals behind the scenes and have no responsibility for anything. It all started with Prime Minister Edward Heath conning the people in 1972, with remarkable ease I must say, into thinking that Britain was joining the Common Market to make trade easier with its European partners. The real plan, of course, was to drag Britain into a political union that would gradually... 

The Wealth Delusion: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

September 29, 2011

The Wealth Delusion: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

R.F.Wilson writes from London: As paper assets prove to be an unreliable investment, with so many of them seemingly losing their value before they even come out of print, including paper money, it would be a good time to talk about the wealth delusion: as in here today and gone tomorrow. Let me give you an example so that you understand better where I’m coming from on this. The former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, in his day as Chancellor, had made a crucial mistake of selling a large chunk of the nation’s gold reserves, when gold prices were relatively low, mistakenly believing that they will stay that way. Instead, the then Iron Chancellor, as he liked to call himself in the privacy of his own home, bought loads of foreign currencies, blue chip shares and foreign government... 

Cynical Glance Around The World. And At Some Of The People Who Run It

September 28, 2011

Cynical Glance Around The World. And At Some Of The People Who Run It

Dan Majestic writes from Washington: Let’s cast a cynical glance at some of the people who are running things in this world of ours. Take the most powerful politician, US President Barrack Obama, who is currently busy raising $1 billion to fund his re-election campaign: is he lacking confidence in his chances of getting elected for the second term or does he just need the money? Last time round Mr Obama spent $750 million on getting elected, even though his opponent, Senator John McCain, had only about $250 million in his election war chest. But now, after nearly three years of supposedly outstanding achievements, Mr Obama needs a cool billion to convince American voters that he is just the right man for the job. It might actually prove to be more than a billion actually, once it comes to... 

More Pearls Of Wisdom. From The Boys At Stirring Trouble

September 28, 2011

More Pearls Of Wisdom. From The Boys At Stirring Trouble

Today we present more humorous pearls of wisdom and witty observations from the boys at Stirring Trouble. On all sorts of subjects. Even a quick glance at world politics tell you that it sucks. Bad acting all over the place. Not one sincere politician in sight. Should be banned really. So ‘no’ to discrimination of gays in weightlifting. Trust the Japanese to keep quiet about the radiation leak at the Fukushima nuclear plant. Secretive little bastards. Don’t want to upset the world too much. Bankers stand to make a couple of trillion at least during the debt crisis in the Eurozone. Maybe even three or four. The EU will see to it that they do. US President Barack Obama is raising $1 billion to pay for his election campaign. Is it a sign he’s not confident about winning or that he just... 

Carla Bruni Reveals Her Husband Knows Latin Names Of Flowers. And Dildos

September 27, 2011

Carla Bruni Reveals Her Husband Knows Latin Names Of Flowers. And Dildos

Ted Obvious writes from Paris: In a move to portray her husband as a caring, gentle person, who spends his spare time learning Latin names of flowers, Carla Bruni, the French President’s wife, has given a wide-ranging interview to a leading radio network, trying to dispel the obvious truth that her hubby is an arrogant, pompous man, who would do anything to stay in power, even wear elevated shoes and start wars to boost his standing. In parts of the interview that were left on the cutting floor during editing and picked up by people with no morals, who passed them over to Stirring Trouble, Ms Bruni, who is also known as Mrs Sarkozy, talks about the romantic side of her husband that most people don’t know about. She tells a moving a story of how she once walked with him in the garden... 

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