I FIND this very difficult to understand. Paul Mason is the economics editor for Newsnight at the BBC. And yet he appears to know very little about the subject of economics. I’ve not lived in Britain for decades so I’m not really sure whether this is normal for the BBC or not. He tells us that this generation is going to be poorer than the last one:
This generation of young, educated people is unique – at least in the post-1945 period: a cohort who can expect to grow up poorer than their parents.
Either he’s got some very secret information about what future economic growth is going to be like or he’s spouting nonsense.
MANCHESTER City and Italy’s maverick striker Mario Balotelli put in a more than decent effort at the Euro 2012 Championships. That Italy lost to Spain will, naturally, have disappointed him. We who had heard that rumours that at the moment of victory, Mario would have removed the Catherine Wheel he keeps trapped to his person, lit it and run around the stadium handing out sparklers to under 12s are also saddened. If there is one thing we know about modern football it is that you can never have too many fireworks. The pity is that no-one had the foresight to let Balotelli have a turn with the Olympic Torch, adding a touch of pizzazz and excitement as he ran around his hotel suite with the fully lit burner. Still, he left us with one abiding image. When he scored against Germany, Balotelli ripped off his shirt. A meme was born:
DRESSED TO DISTRESS – A history of the most offensive outfits and costumes:
When Mayoress Jill Makinson-Sanders dressed up as a sausage to welcome the Olympic torch to Louth, she had no idea that she was about to create a political storm. As Makinson-Sanders stood proud and erect among the excited crowd, observers branded her 8ft-high costume ‘obscene’.
Louth had campaigned for Lincolnshire sausages to be given designated protective status, but the government turned down the request. The Mayoress’s ill-judged gesture was an attempt to show her support.
If it is any consolation, she is not the first prominent personality to discover that sartorial faux pas can have unforeseen consequences…
GIFS of the day are presented by: Did you spill my pint? Did you out on weight? Did you ever smoke before? Did you wear Spandex? Did you ever fight a nun? Did you ever surf a cat? Did you ever race a sloth?…
MY mother loves Miami. Her friend – he’s 83 – drives a Honda Goldwing. His girlfriend wears leather trousers – green ones. They enjoy life. Gay Block loves it , too. She produced a series of photographs of old Jews who live in South Miami Beach. The images are in her book, About Love. She notes:
“When I saw Miami’s South Beach for the first time, in 1982, I was awed by the beauty of the small Deco hotels, but I was even more fascinated by the old people sitting on the porches. The first night, when I stopped at one of those porches, it was love at first sight. I knew right away that I would return again and again to talk with and photograph these people. There were the bubbes and zaydes (grandmothers and grandfathers) I had longed for. I was drawn to return again and again over the next four years, until gentrification changed South Beach forever and it became a place for the young and hip.”
THIS week’s defeat of former Wimbledon champion and current number two seed Rafael Nadal has been described as one of the greatest upsets in history. His second-round exit at the hands of world number 100 Lukas Rosol was certainly one of the most extraordinary games ever seen at the All England club, and deserves to take its place among the biggest shocks of the world’s top tennis tournament. But is it the greatest ever? Recent decades have thrown up a few serious contenders…
THE London Cable Car is go! Transport for London’s gondola lift cable cars are taking people across the River Thames, making the half-mile crossing between Greenwich and the Royal Docks that little starrier. From the 34 cabins you can see the Olympic Park, Canary Wharf, South London, the Thames Barrier, Brixton and my granny’s house. A one-way ticket on the ‘Emirates Air Line’ costs £3.20. Each pod holds up to 10 passengers.
ZOMBIE CANNIBALS are about to run legal in Barack Obama’s Chicago. The city has voted to decriminalise minor marijuana possession. Possessing cannabis is illegal. Now, however, owner will get a fine. Chicago joins Seattle, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia is approaching sense.
We’re still not there yet, though. The decision to fine and by how much will be left to the Chicago police service. Get caught holding less than 15g of weed and expect a fine ranging from $250 to $500.
The move was brought by Barack Obama’s old Chief of Staff mayor Rahm Emanuel. He was aided by Chicago police superintendent, Gary McCarthy, who said most of the 20,000 yearly arrests of marijuana possession create criminal cases that are dropped. This new way frees up police time to chase actual criminals and count all that money from fines, an estimated $7m.
So. As Chicago finds a legal way to tax illegal marijuana, we look at President Obama. Did he inhale?
An American mother went to a McDonald's with her two 6 and 8 -year old children.
She ordered two Happy Meals with chicken for the children and a hamburger with fries for herself. While they were eating, the 6-year old was more interested in the slide across the street than in the chicken nuggets which he didn't even touch. So the mother decided she would eat them. Without actually watching what she was doing she was bringing a chicken biggest to her mouth, just when her 8-year old son yelled not to eat it. So she looked at the biggest to find that -- despite the crust, it looked just like a chicken's head.The manager offered them their meal for free and two more weeks of free meals. The mother pressed charges and demanded 100,000 dollars compensation.
“The department has ruled out the most common drugs found in ‘bath salts,’ a press release from the ME’s office said. The toxicology testing “has identified the active components of marijuana,” the release said. “The laboratory has tested for but not detected any other street drugs, alcohol or prescription drugs, or any adulterants found in street drugs. This includes cocaine, LSD, amphetamines (Extasy, Meth and others), phencyclidine (PCP or Angel Dust), heroin, oxycodone, Xanax, synthetic marijuana (Spice), and many other similar compounds.”
The ME’s office said it sought the help of an outside forensic toxicology lab, “which has confirmed the absence of ‘bath salts,’ synthetic marijuana and LSD.” The ME’s office said that “within the limits of current technology by both laboratories,” marijuana was the only drug found in Eugene’s system.
GIFS of the day are brought to you by: fat cat rolls; self-defence for women; topless magic; the inevitable runner; the kitten hoover; cycling for death; that cute rabbit; the model falls; and the dog surfs the pillar…
THE 1970s were at the cusp of the sexual revolution. The magazines, the film reels and the go-go shows were there to put the joy into sex, which since ancient times had been functional and very possibly accidental. We’ve pulled together a collection of images that preceded the racy action sequences. One reason these cats wanted to rips each others clothes of is clear: the clothes. You didn’t have to be plain with puckered, goose-bumped, sweaty skin to have sex in the 1970s – it just helped…
THERE was little racism in evidence at the Euro 2012 Championships in The Ukraine and Poland. The BBC and the tabloids had warned England fans about neo-Nazi gangs waiting to murder blacks, Asians and Jews. In “Anarchy in the Ukraine – ‘Nazi’ militia train yobs to fight our fans“, the Sun showed us local thugs rehearsing for murder with wooden knives. But Ashley Young’s family sat in the stands for England’s match with Italy came home not in coffin, as Sol Campbell told BBC viewers black fans might, but on the smart seats of a passenger plane.
A CHILD has died on the Gaza Strip. She was just two-years-old. How did Achhad Hadeel Ahmed Al-Haddad, aka Hadil al-Haddad, die?
The PalTimes – a “Palestinian news site working to address and follow up on all political issues and daily committed to accuracy” – reports:
Zionist war planes bombed a house just west of Al Farouk Mosque near al-Zaytoun neighborhood, which led to the death of Achhad Hadeel Ahmed Al-Haddad, 2, and wounding her brother, 3, was slightly wounded.
HOW bright do you need to be to be an MP? In this masterclass, Kevin Brennan, Labour education spokesman and MP for Cardiff West, says three in 10 pupils achieved good GCSEs in 1997. As any fule knows that’s “60 per cent.” As he said:
”It was we who inherited a weak system on maths and English from the Tories. Only three in 10 pupils, that’s 60 per cent because I know the Secretary of State is not very good at maths, only three in 10 pupils got a good GCSE in 1997.”
All funny stuff. If an Oxford graduate and former economics teacher can’t do the sums, who can?
EGGED on by the State-sanctioned war on the fat, the kids on board the Greece School District bus in Greece, N.Y, set about abusing (surely, encouraging her to lose weight – ed)Karen Huff Klein, a 68-year-old bus monitor.
The most popular terms of abuse if “fat ass”. A playground wit tells her ”you don’t have a family because they all killed themselves because they don’t want to be near you.” Her son killed himself ten years earlier. The nippers knew this. They advise her that she will “die of diabetes.”
It’s all pretty much the usual expert-inspired stuff, in which the fat are told to objectify themselves and their roly-poly kids, who are responsible for draining the health system of funds and killing the planet. Kids, he, they really do just pick up adult prejudices.
JIMMY Carr has become the face of the wrong-minded tax-dodger. You’d think that a satire-mined comic would revel in this, using it as a chance to be the baddie, goading the right-minded with his legally earned cash and how he and Take That are being blamed for the collapse of the financial system. “Sod it,” says Carr. “I’ve hit the easy liberal-friendly targets (women, Christians, bankers), been BBC compliant and made a mint as the on-message TV panel show stalwart.” Now I’ll do the risky stuff. I won’t be on the telly, for sure, but I’ll make you laugh.”
It gets better when marketing man David Cameron calls Jimmy Carr “not morally right”. Has there ever been better badge of honour? Wear it with pride, Mr Carr. Use it as slogan for your nationwide tour. Jerry Sadowitz is knocking on a bit. It’s time for a new pariah.
TO Royal Ascot with the Daily Mail, who having led with blonde Joanna Southgate’s tattoos (arms), today leads with blonde Zoe Neilson’s ring (nose) and bra strap (black). Fot added raciness, the paper tells readers that Neilson attended St Mary’s boarding school, Oxfordshire (£29,000 per annum). Like a school girl on her way home via the precinct, she tells readers:
“I knew my dress was too short so I tugged it down just before I went through the gates.”
And then, presumable hoisted it up again once out of site of Miss and Sir.
JOHN Richards, of Boston, Lincolnshire, has been told that he faces arrests if his post decrying relgions as “fairy stories” causes offence. Because anything can cause offence to those who seek it out, Mr Richards is doomed.
According to Lincolnshire Police, the 1986 Public Order Act states that “a person is guilty of an offence if they display a sign which is threatening or abusive or insulting with the intent to provoke violence or which may cause another person harassment, alarm or distress.”
That nonsense is followed by the police’s laughable lines:
“This is balanced with a right to free speech and the key point is that the offence is committed if it is deemed that a reasonable person would find the content insulting.”