And To Think Whitney Houston Could Have Had More Years Of Addiction!

February 13, 2012

And To Think Whitney Houston Could Have Had More Years Of Addiction!

Dan Majestic writes from Los Angeles: Yes, Whitney Houston who passed away had everything to live for: a flagging career, a drug habit that came back with a vengeance, an inability to perform for longer than two minutes and absolutely no chance of getting another recording deal. Why, why did she need to die so young? What is 48 nowadays? It’s like 30 really. So she could have continued killing herself slowly for another twenty years at least. Yes, death struck Whitney when she least expected it. And to the millions of her fans, who have forgotten how she looks and sounds, it was a terrible shock to find out that their idol was actually still alive and not recording when they thought that she’s been dead for about ten years. How they will cope now, I really have no idea. But at least there’s... 

President Obama Says Gaddafi’s Death Is A Lesson To All Rulers. Let’s Hope So

October 26, 2011

President Obama Says Gaddafi’s Death Is A Lesson To All Rulers. Let’s Hope So

Dan Majestic writes from Los Angeles: President Obama went on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on Tuesday, as part of his pre-election charm offensive – he still thinks he might lose out to Mitt Romney or Rick Perry next year – mentioning among other things that Libyan tyrant Gaddafi’s death sent a strong message to dictators all around the world – let loose your grip on power or else. Wise words, spoken by a political leader in his prime. He could have actually widened the scope a bit and said that all politicians around the world, who are currently holding high office, himself included, should always remember that they were thrust into power not for accommodating their own personal ambitions and getting wealthy along the way, but to serve their people. And if they fail to do... 

I Bet All World Leaders Have Had A Nasty Moment When They Saw Gaddafi Get Whacked

October 24, 2011

I Bet All World Leaders Have Had A Nasty Moment When They Saw Gaddafi Get Whacked

Ted Obvious writes from Cairo: You know what I think? I think that every time some dictator gets whacked, all world leaders, including the ones who rule in the so-called democratic world – I say ‘so-called’ because I don’t really buy all this crap with democracy, to be honest – feel an unpleasant pang and think: ‘Could have been me, you know.’ I bet when Colonel Gaddafi’s demise was shown on the box around the world a lot of presidents and prime ministers, both former and current, felt seriously uncomfortable. It sure made a bad impression on former Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, who is now fighting for his life in a prison hospital, having slipped into a coma. He didn’t even see Gaddafi get whacked, but just heard the news about him, and still took it hard. So hard... 

Death Of The Spectator. By Someone Who’s Been At Its Funeral

August 22, 2011

Death Of The Spectator. By Someone Who’s Been At Its Funeral

Chris Gray writes from London: For the last four and a half years we, at Stirring Trouble, have been mourning the death of a once great British publication, The Spectator magazine. In fact, as our regular readers would know, we even staged its funeral on January 1, 2007, leaving a coffin with the latest issue of the day outside the old home of the deceased, at 56 Doughty Street in London. It was a sombre occasion. Only a few people attended, all great admirers of the late magazine, some too well known to be photographed for posterity and even mentioned by name. Our editor, Alexander Nekrassov, said a few warm words about the deceased, before the coffin was placed at the door and the members of the funeral party retired to a nearby pub, to drown their sorrows in beer and wine and, in Alexander’s... 

Dave Pays A Surprise Visit To Afghanistan. But Things Don’t Go According To Plan

July 5, 2011

Dave Pays A Surprise Visit To Afghanistan. But Things Don’t Go According To Plan

Ben Delicious writes from Kabul: Well, ain’t life a bitch! Prime Minister David Cameron pays a surprise visit to Afghanistan, to visit ‘our boys’ and look all statesman-like, and on that very same day a British soldier goes missing from his base in the south and is later found dead – shot in the back of his head, execution style, by the Taliban. Now who could have thought that such a high profile visit would turn all sour all of a sudden? Initially the plan was for PM Dave to fly into Afghanistan, tell everyone that there were no plans to pull out UK troops earlier than planned and jet off, feeling satisfied with the job well done. But just when it seemed that the visit was going according to plan, out of the blue came the news that a soldier had disappeared and that is when the... 

President Obama Should Have Kept Quiet About Bin Laden’s Demise. But He Chose The PR Option

May 2, 2011

President Obama Should Have Kept Quiet About Bin Laden’s Demise. But He Chose The PR Option

Dan Majestic writes from Washington: US President Barack Obama has wasted no time in telling the world that the most wanted man on America’s hit list, Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, had been killed by US commandos in a raid on a luxury villa outside Islamabad in Pakistan, on his, Mr Obama’s that is, personal orders. Yep, the Commander-in-Chief of the US armed forces made it perfectly clear that he had given the order to capture or kill Bin Laden, having been preoccupied with his elimination from the first day he’d entered the White House. The gist of the message that the US President had delivered was: it was my personal crusade and I take full responsibility for it. We ar Stirring Trouble have always argued that President Obama’s advisors were no good. They have been making one mistake... 

India Mourns The Death Of Sai Baba, Its Coolest Guru. Reincarnation Eagerly Awaited

April 25, 2011

India Mourns The Death Of Sai Baba, Its Coolest Guru. Reincarnation Eagerly Awaited

Anton Goryunov writes from New Delhi: Have you heard the terrible news? The greatest spiritual leader and the reincarnation of God, Sathya Sai Baba, is dead. Yes, dead. As God he let himself live for 82 years, leaving this world a young man basically. Big, big sorrow has erupted in the whole of India, so that you know. Even Sonia Ghandi, who rules the country from behind the scenes with an iron fist, has broken down in sorrow, according to people who know things. (Read more about her reaction to the passing away of Sai Baba further down in this piece.) By all accounts, Sai Baba was a cool dude, no offence to his followers who number about 30 million worldwide. He was known as a holy man, claiming that he was the incarnation of God. He had a cool John Lennon type of main slogan ‘Love All,... 

For All You Cat Lovers: How My Late Cat, Puss, Taught Me The Secret Of Life And Death

August 16, 2009

For All You Cat Lovers: How My Late Cat, Puss, Taught Me The Secret Of Life And Death

This is an article for people who love cats. Those of you who do not like them, will not understand what I am about to tell you. So you might as well not read this at all. Go do something worthwhile, like watch Big Brother on the box or eat some frozen food with an expired ‘use by’ date.Right, now that we have disposed of people who have no idea what cats are about, let me proceed with my tragic and yet life ascertaining story. I had a cat called Puss, who walked into my house out of nowhere one day, in December 1999, when I was very ill, having collapsed from nervous exhaustion, aggravated by a mild heart attack. The cat, a grey long haired tubby, walked in from the garden and sat there, looking at me. I was at the time downstairs, in the dining room, taking some medicine. I... 

It’s Time To End This Madness. The Death Of Michael Jackson Has Turned Into A Farce

July 1, 2009

It’s Time To End This Madness. The Death Of Michael Jackson Has Turned Into A Farce

Adam Lovejoy writes: I suppose Sodom and Gomorrah, before they were wiped out from the face of the earth, had their own Michael Jacksons, averagely gifted singers, who were entertaining crowds with their weird dancing moves and gurgling vocals and dying predictable deaths. And there was also the press in S&G that musr have been covering the lives of celebs and getting all wound up when one of them died. (And I bet you that S&G had their publicly funded media, run by deeply unpleasant individuals with their vile agendas.) But it all ended in tears: S&G were destroyed and no one figured out that Mother Nature had simply had enough of all that stupidity and decided to end it. And now, many thousands of years later, we have Jackson mania supposedly sweeping the world. It is all a joke... 

Jade Goody’s Death: Reality TV’s Absurdity Has Spread Outside The Box

March 23, 2009

Jade Goody’s Death: Reality TV’s Absurdity Has Spread Outside The Box

Adam Lovejoy writes: After several weeks of slowly dying under the glare of publicity former reality TV star Jade Goody finally succumbed to cervical cancer and passed away yesterday. The media immediately went into a frenzy, having been well prepared in advance for the tragedy to strike. The editors seem to think that there is still enough interest to move printed copy and attract TV viewers? Which is a bit odd if you think about it: why would anyone in their right minds follow the last days of a faded reality TV star? It probably has all to do primarily with people’s fascination with death that has triggered this unhealthy interest. And the ‘anything that makes money goes’ attitude of the marketing men. Let’s just hope that Goody’s death will not make it ‘fashionable’... 

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