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NY jelly
11 January 2022
New York mayor, Eric Adams, has endorsed a bill allowing non-citizens to vote in local elections. It's not a universally-embraced decision. Opponents argue that the bill gives influence to people who have no commitment to the community, and who haven't put in the work and tax dollars. (more…)
11 January 2022
Protesters on the French overseas territory of St Pierre and Miquelon have attacked their MP, by pelting him with seaweed. Stéphane Claireaux took his ordeal stoically. (more…)
Green sky thinking
2 January 2022
Following COP26, now is the time for politicians to make bold pledges; irrespective of achievability. Because grand but empty gestures are just what the world needs. Forget the implementation and actual impact, we'll fix that in post. Or not. (rolleyes) (more…)
Levelling up?
18 December 2021
A story of further embarrassment for BoJo's government, over restrictions-busting office Christmas parties, is remarkable only for bringing to my attention the fact that there's a Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities within HMG. What the actual fuck is levelling up supposed to mean? (confused) (more…)
Gagging order
17 December 2021
Russia's authorities like to throw their weight around. One of the ways that they do this, on the internet, is by demanding the removal of social media content that they deem to be illegal. Their definition of illegal, though, extends to content that is simply critical of them, or supportive of the opposition. Who could've possibly guessed? (thinking) (more…)
Take THAT, Pooh!
17 December 2021
The US has previously accused China of genocide towards the Uighur muslims. Now, Congress has passed a bill, by an overwhelming majority, to prohibit imports from the Xinjiang region produced with forced labour. (more…)
Give me the reason
16 December 2021
In an effort to slow the spread of Chongvirus Omicron, French Prime Minister Jean Castex has announced tightened travel restrictions for visitors from the UK. (more…)
Dutch oven
16 December 2021
Thierry Baudet, a right-wing Dutch MP, has been ordered by a court to remove Twitter posts likening restrictions against the unvaccinated to the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust. (more…)
A tale of two cities
1 December 2021
Tel Aviv has pushed Paris into joint second place, alongside Singapore, as the most expensive city in the world in which to live. Less than 300km away lies Damascus, which claims the title at the other end of the scale. (more…)
That's a turnip for the books!
1 December 2021
BBC News' Maddy Savage explains how Magdalena Andersson became Sweden's first female Prime Minister, twice! Except she didn't, really. (more…)
Me, myself, I
30 November 2021
During his pre-trial hearing for participating in the US Capitol riot on 6 January, James Beeks claimed that the court had no jurisdiction over him because he had divine authority. I'm not sure whether he's claiming to be directly related to god, or just a messenger. Perhaps his stage role as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar has gone to his head; although, from my limited knowledge of the Bible, playing Judas doesn't sound particularly divine. (more…)
The piggy premium
26 November 2021
With news that a highly-mutated Chongvirus variant has been detected in southern Africa, the UK transport secretary, Grant Shapps, announced new travel restrictions as a safety-first approach. It at least demonstrates that lessons from the delta variant have been learned. Which is something, I suppose. (more…)
27 down...
26 November 2021
The drowning of 27 illegal migrants in the English Channel is followed by the predictable handwringing from the great and the good. I wonder how many of them would actually turn their own back yards over to a camp? (more…)
This little piggy...
26 November 2021
BBC News' quiz of the week starts off with a question about BoJo's enjoyment of a children's theme park. I hadn't read the article, so I didn't know the answer… (more…)
Let's go...
20 November 2021
I've paid little attention to the Kyle Rittenhouse case. It's too mired in US politics, race relations, and gun law to be of even passing interest. Besides, polarising doesn't exacty float my boat. (more…)
No mobile while mobile
19 November 2021
Things are getting tougher for the UK's drivers. (more…)
3 November 2021
Because we've all been there, haven't we? (more…)
Acid tongue
14 October 2021
Claudia Webbe, ex-Labour and currently independent MP for Leicester East, has been found guilty of harassing Michelle Merritt, between September 2018 and April 2020, with, among other things, threats of acid and sending naked photos of Merritt to her family. The basis for these attacks was a relationship that Merritt allegedly had with Webbe's partner, Lester Thomas. (more…)
Just passing through
25 September 2021
File this wanton idiocy under dumb things press secretaries say. (more…)
Let the punishment fit the crime
24 September 2021
The Taliban have announced that extreme punishments, including execution and amputation, will resume in Afghanistan. Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, who has an infamously zealous history in the pursuit of justice, claimed that amputations were necessary for security. (more…)
23 September 2021
Lithuania's National Cyber Security Centre has reported security flaws and built-in censorship tools, in 5G mobiles from Chinese manufacturers. As a consequence, the country's Defence Ministry has recommended that its citizens not purchase new Chinese smartphones, and replace their current ones as soon as feasible. (more…)
Learnons-nous Franglais avec BoJo
22 September 2021
In the wake of French outcry over the Aukus military pact between Australia, UK, and the US, Boris Johnson demonstrated linguistic skills that match his capacity for tact and diplomacy. Speaking from Washington, en Franglais, he had this message for Emanuel Macron: (more…)
Not forevergrande
21 September 2021
With the potential collapse of Evergrande, the world's most indebted real estate developer, the outlook for China's economy is looking a little precarious. They'll have to churn out more Chongmasks to compensate. (more…)
When Supreme Leader says 'jump'...
3 September 2021
It must be easy to be a dictator. All you have to do is tell your minions what to do, and they'll do it. Job done! (more…)
Too much too young
19 August 2021
While the Catholic League mither over a Muppet Babies episode fostering transitioning among preschoolers, the Scottish government is going all-in once they get to school. It has published guidance for schools on supporting transgender young people; with young people defined as children or young people who are of school age. (more…)
Idiots 0 : 1 Taliban
16 August 2021
Following the removal of allied forces from Afghanistan, the Taliban curiously reneged on their promise not to be naughty, and have rapidly captured most of the country, including the capital, Kabul. Twenty years of sacrifice, for nothing. I suppose Grandpa Joe now wishes that he'd asked for a pretty pinky promise with a bow on top. (more…)
Too close to call?
12 August 2021
Flordelis dos Santos de Souza has been expelled from Brazil's lower house of Congress, for allegedly plotting her husband's murder in 2019. (more…)
Karaoke should be illegal
11 August 2021
China is to ban karaoke songs with illegal content, including songs which incite ethnic hatred and ethnic discrimination. (more…)
Take me home, racist roads
10 August 2021
Tucked into US President Joe Biden's expansive infrastructure bill is a plan to knock down racist roads - but its success is an open question. (more…)
Sore losers
3 August 2021
It appears that Weibo's nationalist shitheads don't take kindly to China's Olympic athletes unpatriotically losing out on gold. From behind their keyboards and keypads, they fulminate and humiliate their fellow countrymen and -women for failing at something that they could never achieve themselves. And the athletes, like dumfux, accept it. (more…)
Time is running out
3 August 2021
And it's a race to the finish line! (more…)
China doesn't do naughty things on the internet
20 July 2021
Several governments have accused China of hacking Microsoft Exchange. China, in return, has strongly denied these claims, and has always maintained that it opposes all forms of cyber-crime. (more…)
Home aid
11 July 2021
The UK government has recently announced a reduction in its foreign aid from 0.7% to 0.5% of national income, to compensate for the pandemic. In her response, Kate Hampton, chief executive of the Children's Investment Fund Foundation, referred to past years' British taxpayer generosity. (more…)
Kim Jong-un, when him gon-un?
30 June 2021
North Korea's gluttonous glorious leader, Kim Jong-un, has castigated his top officials for lapses with severe consequences related to the Chongvirus. (more…)
Make mine an hypocrisy on the rocks
25 June 2021
The UK's Health Secretary, Matt Hancock—emphasis on the cock—has been a naughty boy. He's been caught flouting his very own social distancing guidelines, by kissing an aide who he hired. As if he could have had an affair her while maintaining social distancing requirements FFS! (rolleyes) (more…)
Disunite the right!
25 June 2021
A statue of George Floyd—career criminal and patron saint of fentanyl—situated in Brooklyn, New York, has been vandalised. Presumably by an art connoisseur. It was daubed with the website address of a far-right group called Patriot Front. So far, so what? (more…)
E or H2?
11 June 2021
The BBC's chief environment correspondent, Justin Rowlatt, tells us Why it's the end of the road for petrol stations. (more…)
Pleasies don't comsies
11 June 2021
While on an official vist to Guatamala, US Vice President Kamala Harris has urged its citizens not to make the journey to the US to enter illegally. (more…)
The fifteen percenters
5 June 2021
Finance ministers from the G7 group of leading economies are meeting in London to come to agreement on taxation of multinational companies. Some nations are upset that their taxation greed is driving multinational companies to find more tax-efficient countries to establish themselves. (more…)
Ba-da-Bing ba-da-bong
5 June 2021
Tank Man was an iconic symbol of the 1989 student protests in Tiananmen Square. A lone, unidentified man stood in front of a column of Chinese PLA tanks, only moving as the lead tank tried to manoeuvre around him, to once again block its path. China has censored all reference to this protest within the country. The L in PLA is as ironic as Tank Man is iconic. (more…)
Asparagus: too exciting for lawyers
2 June 2021
Belgian lawyers discovered a six-step recipe for asparagus hidden within the French text of the nation's official journal, Moniteur Belge. (more…)
Annihilation of conscience?
1 June 2021
A Chinese blogger, Qiu Ziming, has been jailed for slandering heroes and martyrs after criticising Chinese soldiers who died during clashes at the border with India. (more…)
My mum's newspaper, as an audiobook
27 May 2021
YouTube's algorithm is broken. Again. Or possibly it's because I can't set preferences, since I'm not signed into an account that I don't have. Whatever, the borg keeps bringing up The Podcast Of The Lotus Eaters and, worse, Alex Bellend Belfield, the self-styled voices in his head voice of reason in my recommended videos. For the love of the children, why? (more…)
When is not a ban, a ban?
25 May 2021
Following his deplatforming from social media, Donald Trump's bestie, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, has signed a bill to penalise technology companies that deplatform politicians. This legislation is, apparently, for everyday Floridians. As long as they're politicians, presumably. (more…)
The new Thinkpol in training
5 May 2021
Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, head teacher at Anderton Park primary school, is instilling a nice little Orwellian ethic in her pupils. Children have been taught to call out sexist language and even to identify sexist stereotypes in books and worksheets. And the programming training starts at the age of three years in the nursery school. (more…)
The transporting life
3 May 2021
In the same interview in which he announced his surgical diminution, Elliot Page objected to bans on transgender girls playing in girls' sports. (more…)
Mmmmm-mmmm minty!
30 April 2021
Menthol cigarettes, apparently, are disproportionately harmful to black smokers, which is why the Biden administration aims to ban them. Opponents of the ban, which include rabble-rouser Al Sharpton, claim that banning a product that is most popular among African Americans is discriminatory. So, one side wants to ban menthol cigarettes because they discriminate against blacks, while the other side opposes the ban because it discriminates against blacks. At least that's clear. (more…)
Friday on my mind
22 April 2021
As India reports the highest daily number of new Chongvirus cases anywhere—314,835 in the last 24 hours, as well as a new mutant strain—London Heathrow Airport is refusing to increase the number of flights from the subcontinent before it's added to the UK's red list on Friday. Meanwhile, the UK's former chief scientific adviser, Prof. Mark Walport, believes that the addition of India to the red list may already have come too late. (more…)
Political football
20 April 2021
For reasons that are too boring to recount here, a select few top-tier European football clubs are planning an exclusive European Super League. For other reasons, that are similarly too boring, many people are upset by the proposal. A third group cannot give a shit one way or the other; this is a mark of disinterest, not constipation. (more…)
My statistics are better than yours
2 April 2021
If the impact of air travel on climate change is to be tackled, then I can't help but think that there are more effective approaches than nibbling at the edges like this. Let alone whether that goal is even meaningful in the wider context of environmental degradation. (more…)
Curfew quarrel
25 March 2021
Following the abduction of Sarah Everard in south London, police officers working on the case in the area advised women not to go out alone and to be careful; which doesn't seem too unreasonable, since the perpetrator was still at large at the time. But Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb's response in the House of Lords upset a number of people, and was widely ridiculed: (more…)
Dodging a bullet?
8 January 2021
As Trump Republicans invade the Capitol, outgoing US President Donald Trump snubs the inauguration of President-Elect Biden, while also facing calls for a second impeachment and to be thrown out of office. And, thus, one of the most divisive US presidencies comes to an inglorious end. Not that it was too auspicious at the best of times. (more…)
How many Republicans does it take to confirm a judge?
27 October 2020
Orange Don's nomination for the US Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, has been confirmed by the US Senate in a 52-48 vote. According to the BBC's report, Mr Trump's fellow Republicans voted 52-48 to approve the judge, overcoming the unified opposition of Democrats. (more…)
Silly sausage
21 October 2020
One of the, ahem, meatier subjects to be debated by the European Parliament this week is when is a sausage not a sausage? (more…)
Losing your head
19 October 2020
In the wake of the brutal murder of a French teacher by an Islamic fundamentalist, thousands have rallied across France to support and honour him. (more…)
Disney Minus
6 September 2020
Reviews of Disney's live action remake of Mulan have been generally mixed to favourable. I like the story, and I was looking forward to this release. But…hnnng, I can't. (more…)
Sponger sponging
26 August 2020
The UK government's scheme to get more people eating in restaurants during August has not been an unqualified success. Some hospitaliers have complained about abuse towards staff; that the influx of custom is focussed between Monday and Wednesday, when the scheme is in effect, leaving the weekends quiet; and that support would have made more impact during the off-season period, when it's more needed. (more…)
Pas de chokehold, pas de mort
16 July 2020
Whereas in the US, the public protests when police are accused of racially-motivated excessive use of force, in France it's the police that protest. (more…)
The elixir of youth. Or not?
19 March 2019
Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev has resigned at the insanely young age of only 78. He has been the sole president of the oil- and mineral-rich nation since its independence from the Soviet Union in 1990. (more…)
President Pooh
4 February 2019
Winnie the Pooh is one of my youngest daughter's favourite characters, so I don't know she would take it knowing that his name is censored on Chinese search engines and social media. Apparently, naughty people have been likening Christopher Robin's silly old bear to Chinese dictator President Xi Jinping, which is quite ridiculous since they look nothing like each other. (more…)
Trump vs. Trudeau
16 January 2017
The BBC has run a fluff piece on five areas where Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President-elect Donald Trump have common ground. (more…)
A Mormon moment (not really)
16 November 2012
During the 2012 US presidential election, much* was made of Mitt Romney's Mormon faith, and how it was seen as a negative trait for his candidature. But it's useful to reflect on the fact that not all Mormons are the same, and their faith doesn't dictate an identical world view. (more…)
Good caption
9 November 2012
In an otherwise boring article about Conservative MP Nadine Dorries' unscheduled sojourn to the Australian jungle, this caption struck me as pretty sage advice. (more…)
Hubris: how gay!
9 November 2012
In a perhaps unguarded moment during a light-hearted radio interview, New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key referred to a presenter wearing a gay red top. This outraged some who construed it as a slur against the homosexual community. Key later defended himself, stating that he used the word gay to mean weird rather than as a deliberate offence; although the Oxford Dictionary only notes its use in this manner to mean foolish, stupid, or unimpressive. (more…)
Obama re-elected. Twice.
7 November 2012
According to the BBC, Obama has been re-elected, and in addition he's been re-elected as US president. I'm not sure what the first election was for, but I'm sure he's very happy nonetheless. (more…)
Tits oot fer the lads! A political protest by the PHWOAR! Party
24 October 2012
Femen, a Ukrainian radical feminist movement, is fighting against patriarchy, in its three manifestations: sexual exploitation of women, dictatorship and religion. They accomplish this by radically protesting while topless, which has got to hurt during the Ukrainian winter. (more…)
Fiction becomes reality?
18 September 2012
There's something about Mitt Romney, Republican nominee to challenge Barack Obama, that reminds me of Greg Stillson, The Dead Zone's batshit-crazy US President. Creepy, and scary. (more…)
Tits oot fer the lads! Or 'hubris, thy name art Royal scandal'
18 September 2012
After some innocent holiday snaps taken of a picturesque French chateau were shown to include views of Kate's knockers, they were offered for sale to the British press.* According to the BBC: (more…)
4 September 2012
Ever since the Watergate scandal, lazy journalists and politicians have referred to controversies as whatevergate. The Iran-Contra affair was Irangate, there's been more than one memogate, while the UK had both hackgate and murdochgate for one affair, and France had Twittergate. And there are many, many others. (more…)
Honour and offer
29 August 2012
The Great British Members of Parliament are whinging again. This time it's that too many honours go to the elite few—businessmen, politicians, and celebrities—for just doing the day job. (more…)
Burgers or babies?
25 June 2012
Experts at Nuffield Health state that more than half of British women have waists that are larger than the recommended healthy size. (more…)
Do as we say, not as we do!
12 March 2012
There is a programme on Henan Legal Channel—one of the Chinese state-run TV channels—entitled Interviews Before Execution, in which Ding Yu interviews prisoners before they're executed. Contrary to being exploitative, the programme makers claim to find cases that will serve as a warning to others. Indeed, the programme calls for human nature to awaken and perceive the value of life. (more…)
Wot you lookin' at?
27 January 2012
Those sons of fun at the USAsian FBI plan to develop—or, rather, have developed for them—a handy-dandy tool that will sniff its way through social networks and suck up all the terrorist plots. Certain keywords that are only used by bad people plotting naughtiness can be added. These will trigger the hairs on the backs of their necks, and bring their righteous wrath down on the sorry arses of Osama and his like-minded friends. (more…)
Glad I'm a freeloader
17 January 2012
The English version of Wikipedia/Wikipaedia/Wikipædia will be offline for 24 hours as Jimmy Wales and like-minded friends protest anti-piracy legislation in merka. This is after he stated that he wouldn't use Wikipædia for political purposes. All of which makes me glad that I didn't give the little shitstain any money after all. (more…)
Kim Jong-il: 'im gone-il
19 December 2011
Merry Christmas everyone, the funniest part of Team America: World Police has finally done the decent thing! (more…)
Gone with the wind
4 February 2011
Heinz's bullish predictions for boosting baked bean sales in Africa took a turn for the worse when Malawi's justice minister interpreted environmental fouling legislation as criminalising farting. That's right kids, cracking one off* in public could become a misdemeanour in Malawi. (more…)
Not so anonymous
27 January 2011
Ahh, yes, Anonymous, that eclectic band of spineless ne'er-do-wells selfless heroes righting wrongs on t'internet. (more…)
Poor Kate (sad)
10 January 2011
Those heartless commie bastards at ASLEF are threatening to call a tube strike on the day of the Royal wedding. It seems that poor Kate will have to make alternative arrangements to get to the church. (more…)
29 October 2010
I can't recall how I came across herstory, but it made me laugh anyway. As a politically correct term for history viewed through a feminist lens, or a demasculinisation of history, though, it's nonsensical. It seems to be predicated on the notion that history is somehow innately masculine. (more…)
Oooooer Matron!
6 July 2010
One of Kensington and Chelsea Council's hospitals hired out a closed, but fully-functioning, ward to a porn company, presumably one looking for authenticity in its art. The council's director at the time, and now Conservative MP, Penny Mordaunt responded: (more…)
Plant a tree, save a child
15 June 2010
Okay, not quite, but I liked this story nonetheless. (more…)
Ungrateful little arsewipe!
4 June 2010
Following the shootings in Cumbria, the United Kindom's very own, finely-coiffured Prime Minister has visited the area to get his face in the news and pretend he cares show solidarity with the local populace. But some tosser has the temerity to complain to the BBC's reporter: One man told me he was angry that it has taken a shooting for the prime minister to visit the town. (more…)
The irony is almost touching!
6 May 2010
A KKK leader has shot dead a recruit named Lynch. (more…)
Financial crisis? What financial crisis?
30 April 2010
Apparently, senior staff at the US Securities and Exchange Commission have been taking some downtime from the financial crisis with a little pr0n-fuelled R'n'R. (more…)
The Queens' Regiment
19 March 2010
Gen. Bonkers (retd) claims that Dutch leaders had told him that Srebrenica fell due to openly gay soldiers in the defending Dutch army. So far, so mundane, but this quote from the BBC puzzled me: (more…)
OMG, there's more of them out there, just waiting...waiting...
16 March 2010
Just when you thought that the interwebz were awash enough with dumb yanks, it turns out that a third of the poor souls don't have broadband at home. But they shall not weep, for the US government shall provide. Although perhaps this is over-egging the pudding a tad: (more…)
You tell 'em Nige!
25 February 2010
Nigel Farage, MEP for the UKIP, has launched a tirade against the grey mouse, Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European Council. Go get 'em tiger! (more…)
I'd like a 'P' please, Bob
20 April 2005
Strangely, I was looking for ways to make yummy processed peas, like tinned marrowfat peas, because we can't get them easily in Switzerland. Anyhow, I happened across guidance from the Food and Agriculture Organisation and World Health Organisation on processed pea standards. I kid you not. (more…)