I must confess, as pop artists go, I thought Ke$ha was great. Such a lovely personality, that always came through in her songs. Her lyrics weren’t typical mindless pop; there was always something to think about, a story, an opinion, irony, humour. She’s very much out of the limelight now, choosing instead to concentrate on writing for other people, and I wish her all the very best with that. So, when I show a parody like this, I don’t do it out of spite, I do it because I find it genuinely funny!
Perhaps the recent rise of ISIS, ISIL, IS, Daesh or whatever they’re calling themselves this week (and I can think of a few Anglo Saxon phrases) is just coincidental, who knows? But the world run by a bunch of corporate fascists isn’t so different to the world being run by a bunch of religious fanatics!
The Polecat, one of the most hated small mammals in Britain is making a steady comeback. Almost completely wiped out a hundred years ago due to it’s taste for chicken, it has, until recently, only been spotted in the Welsh countryside and a very remote area of Scotland.
They are now spreading out across the southwest and south of England, and into Suffolk and Norfolk.
This is seen as a victory for conservationism. However, I’m not convinced that these disease carrying, sometimes even rabid bundles of fur should be any more welcome than a plague of rats! The Wikipedia pages on the polecat make for some interesting, somewhat horrifying reading
It occasionally cripples its prey by piercing its brain with its teeth and stores it, still living, in its burrow for future consumption.
Not so cute now! And when it comes to diseases,
In mainland Europe, it is a carrier of trichinosis, leptospirosis, toxoplasmosis and adiaspiromycosis. Incidences of polecats carrying rabies are high in some localized areas
So pretty much like rats then! I guess the pelts are more valuable than rats’ though…
The European polecat is a valuable fur bearer, whose pelt (fitch) is more valuable than the steppe polecat’s. Its skin is used primarily in the production of jackets, capes and coats. It is particularly well suited for trimmings for women’s clothing. The tail is sometimes used for the making of paintbrushes. One disadvantage of polecat skin, however, is its unpleasant odour, which is difficult to remove. The European polecat was first commercially farmed for its fur in Great Britain during the 1920s, but was only elevated to economic importance in Finland in 1979. It never became popular in the USA and Canada, due to import laws regarding non-native species. It did gain economic importance in the USSR, though.
MoneySavingExpert.com blogger, Jordan Cox said: “I always go the extra mile to save money, but last week I went the extra 1,017 miles and saved £7.72 by getting back to Essex from Sheffield via Berlin – I even had enough Euros spare for a currywurst sausage by the Brandenburg Gate… Wunderbar !”
Global grocery retailer, Tesco, hit the news today after an investigation found that they knowingly delayed payments to suppliers.
According to The Telegraph,
The Groceries Code Adjudicator has accused Tesco of falsely inflating its profits by delaying or deducting millions of pounds from its suppliers while also billing them twice for sums owed.
Amazing what you can get away with when you’re the third largest retailer in the world measured by profits and second-largest retailer in the world measured by revenues.
During the investigation, The Guardian reports that evidence was uncovered that Tesco:
took more than two years to pay back a “multi-million pound” sum owed to a supplier as a result of price changes being incorrectly applied over a long period
It took about two years to repay a supplier who was owed a multi-million pound sum for products it never supplied, due to data input errors
A supplier waited for more than a year for a £2m repayment due because of duplicate invoicing
Tesco required one supplier to pay more than £1m to maintain its target profit margin on the account
A seven-figure sum was unilaterally deducted from a supplier in order to meet a margin target
Tesco deliberately delayed payments at key financial reporting periods to bolster its bottom line, even if suppliers requested payments.
At least one of those pictured above is corrupt.
Could it be Putin? According to the US Treasury, who are no strangers to corruption themselves, Putin’s the one. After all, so The BBC report, Adam Szubin, who oversees US Treasury sanctions on Russia, says
We’ve seen him enriching his friends, his close allies, and marginalising those who he doesn’t view as friends using state assets. Whether that’s Russia’s energy wealth, whether it’s other state contracts, he directs those to whom he believes will serve him and excludes those who don’t. To me, that is a picture of corruption.”
Apparently, he hasn’t read a piece in The Independent about British corruption
Yet recent British scandals can compete with the best Europe can offer. Besides MPs fiddling their expenses and Jimmy Savile’s history of paedophilia, racing has been hit by Frankie Dettori’s six-month drugs ban, we’ve seen London-based banks Barclays and UBS embarrassed by the Libor rate-fixing scandal, and BAE Systems has been investigated over its arms deals.
The police have become embroiled, too, with Detective Chief Inspector April Casburn jailed for offering to sell information to the now defunct News of the World and evidence of a cover-up on the Hillsborough disaster. And while none of our Prime Ministers have yet had to stand before a court, MPs including Jonathan Aitken and Margaret Moran have been convicted and Neil Hamilton famously lost his libel claim against Mohamed al Fayed over the cash-for-questions affair.
And, I guess he just turned a blind eye to The Economic Collapse Blog, when it cited
shouldn’t we all get hopping mad when we learn that the Federal Reserve sent billions of dollars in bailout money to addresses in the Cayman Islands? Shouldn’t we all be furious when one of the leading candidates for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney, declares that he is “not going to spend my time focusing on the Federal Reserve”? Shouldn’t we all be alarmed when Nancy Pelosi gives a speech in which she says that “elections shouldn’t matter”? Shouldn’t we all demand that someone be held accountable when we find out that a CBO analysis shows that the “$38.5 billion” in spending cuts will only reduce the budget deficit for this year by $352 million dollars? On top of everything else, shouldn’t we all be absolutely horrified when the TSA gropes little 6 year old girls and virtually none of our politicians demand change?
Silly Symphony – the skeleton dance 1929 Disney short.
According to The Guardian, 80% of MPs in the UK have been the victim of an aggressive public at some stage in their career. While I don’t condone violence, I fail to see that throwing eggs, paint or custard at someone can possibly be called an act of aggression: next, they’ll be banning clowns from the circus!
Psychiatrists working with the Home Office have advised that MPs need greater protection after a groundbreaking study found that four out of five had been victims of intrusive or aggressive behaviour, and 36 even fear going out in public.
Marriages have been left on the brink, MPs have felt forced to take time off from work, a dozen have seen health professionals and several have resorted to seeing therapists or are on medication for anxiety or depression due to their experiences at the hands of members of the public, according to the study.
I bet that more than a few have got their therapy at one of the many heavily subsidised Westminster bars!
This may come across as statist nonsense to some of you: to be honest, I don’t care; the truth isn’t always easy. It really won’t surprise me if I get hate mail, and accused of xenophobia and racism: again, I don’t care; if you’re too scared of the truth to face it, that’s not my problem.
I’m not going to confine this to asylum seekers, I’m including all immigrants. I don’t particularly care where people come from; people are people. In fact, much of what I have to say about integration should be taken on board by many British people, both here in Britain, and those ex-pats living in far flung non English speaking countries.
Let’s start with a short history lesson. Courtesy of Wikipedia, immigration is nothing new here. People have been setling in Britain for longer than we’ve been drinking too much!
Modern humans first arrived in Great Britain during the Palaeolithic era, but until the arrival of the Romans (1st century BC) there was no historical record. With the fall of the Roman Empire, Anglo-Saxons (c. 5th century AD) and Vikings (8th century AD) migrated to Great Britain. In 1066, the Normans successfully took control of England and, in subsequent years, there was some migration from France. In the 19th century, immigration by people outside Europe began on a small scale as people arrived from the British colonies. This increased during the 20th century.
So immigration really is nothing new. I can trace my roots back to the Normans, and there’s a possibility that if I went back further than that, I’d find both Roman and Viking heritage too. I am married to a Lithuanian; her history can be traced back to the Vikings and the Saxons. Our son inherits all this!
Hello! After a mix of back sprain, bronchitis and some of the most powerful drugs I’ve taken in years (and these were on prescription), I think it’s time I at least attempted to write something! So what better than a quick assassination of the Litvinenko story?