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Dragoncon: Epic cosplayers gets Cease and Dessist letter for the vomitous Marriott carpet design they copied

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CONGRATULATIONS to the cosplayers at the 2013 Dragoncon who dressed as the hideous carpet at the Atlanta Marriott hotel. But when one of the carpet assassins offered to supply the outfit to others, the lawyers stepped in. The garish horror … READ ON

Posted: 23rd, September 2013 | In: Money, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Kickstarter needs to you to help book that says Obama is the Antichrist!

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CARTOONIST Rick Geary has launched a Kickstarter campaign we can really get behind. He wants fans to fund a book called ‘A is for Antichrist: Obama’s Conspiracy Alphabet’.

Of course, everyone loves a conspiracy theory (and the more outlandish the … READ ON

Posted: 21st, September 2013 | In: Money, Politicians, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Idiot governments and renewable power: the subsidy strike prices shambles

OK, so, let’s say that all this concern about climate change is correct. It’s happening, we’re responsible and we’ve got to do something about it. OK, fine, so, what should we be doing?

Well, obviously, we should be trying to … READ ON

Posted: 21st, September 2013 | In: Money | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The EU’s investigating those Google, Vodafone, Amazon and Apple tax deals

I’M not sure how far they’ll get though, based on what it is that they seem to be investigating.

This is all about the Starbucks n’ Google n’ Vodafone n’ Apple stuff. How can they be doing so much business … READ ON

Posted: 13th, September 2013 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Courtney Cox arrested for alleged naked swim in casino fountain

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GET A NEW X-rated Friends into (see above). News is that a Courtney Cox has been arrested for allegedly swimming naked in the fountain at the Horseshoe Casino Hotel in Bossier City. But it’s not that Courteney Cox.

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Posted: 13th, September 2013 | In: Money, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Small balls mean you’ll be a good father. Obviously

good dadTHIS might come as a surprise to some, that having small balls and a low testosterone level will mean that you’ll be a better father. But this is an obvious result of the economics of the mating game. A blindingly … READ ON

Posted: 11th, September 2013 | In: Money, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Five Cognitive Distortions of People Who Get Stuff Done in Silicon Valley

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MICHAEL Dearing has created The Five Cognitive Distortions of People Who Get Stuff Done in Silicon Valley.They are:

Some common patterns of automatic thought among those who get a lot of stuff done / create tons of value

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Posted: 11th, September 2013 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Why do men still have to pay for dates?

paying for datesTHERE really are some handwringing feminists who need to get out a bit more. This particular one is wondering why it is that it’s men that usually pay for dates. The answer is very simple but not one that seems … READ ON

Posted: 10th, September 2013 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Finding the Holy Grail in cutting emissions

I’D never really had the Mail pegged as a paper that particularly cared about climate change but they’ve gone overboard on this story about how someone’s found the latest incredible technology that will save us all from Gaia murdering us … READ ON

Posted: 9th, September 2013 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


And now for a really stupid investigation into a bank

THE Americans really do suffer from the not invented here syndrome. They’ve this really serious belief that the whole world is like the US: and if it isn’t that it should be made like it. One example is this, something … READ ON

Posted: 9th, September 2013 | In: Money | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


You’ve not lost 40% of the value of your house for a quick sale

THE Daily Telegraph reports:

‘I lost 40pc on my quick house sale’

Many firms will offer to sell your house quickly – but some sellers are losing up to 53pc of their property value. Anne Baker lost £40,000 on the

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Posted: 9th, September 2013 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


If Wonga doesn’t make massive profits then why are their interest rates so high?

WE’VE the news about how much profit Wonga made last year:

One million hard-pressed borrowers prepared to pay interest at up to 5,853% have propelled Wonga.com into the league of Britain’s biggest lenders after the controversial payday loan company

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Posted: 6th, September 2013 | In: Money | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


At work with the sewer divers of Mexico City (photos)

In this photo taken Tuesday, July 20, 2010, Mexican sewer diver Julio Camara goes down on a cage for a dive at the city's drainage system plant, on the outskirts of Mexico City. Camara, who makes less than US $ 500 a month diving in the city's sewage system clearing blockages and repairing infrastructure, says he is the only sewage diver in the Mexican capital, from where at least 1000 tons of rubbish are extracted per month, according to Alejandro Martinez, Mexico City's water system operator. (AP Photo/Carlos Jasso)

JULIO Cou Cámara (see above and below) is the Mexico City sewer swimmer. He is one of a handful of divers whose job it is to free the sewers of any blockages. They earn about $500 a month.

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Posted: 6th, September 2013 | In: Money, Reviews | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Beyond parody: The Ministry of Sound sues spotify over playlists

General view of Ministry of Sound, in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday February 1, 2013. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

THIS really does take the cake:

Dance music empire the Ministry of Sound is suing music streaming service Spotify to protect the value of its compilation albums, in an unusual test case of European intellectual property law.

The legendary

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Posted: 5th, September 2013 | In: Money, Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Why Mo Farah lost: the cost of banking regulation

File photo dated 17/08/2013 of Great Britain's Mo Farah. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday August 23, 2013. Mo Farah is to be the honorary starter of the Bupa Great North Run weekend. See PA story ATHLETICS Farah. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

I THINK we’re all agreed that Britain’s latest hero, Mo Farah, should be allowed to have what he wants. I think we’re all also agreed that we want to stamp out tax evasion, drub money laundering and the abuse of … READ ON

Posted: 5th, September 2013 | In: Money, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


They’re still wrong about Global Footprint Day

ONCE again we’ve the screaming about how we’re using everything up and soon ht planet will be nothing but a bare ball spiralling through space:

Humans have used up the natural resources the Earth can provide for the year

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Posted: 4th, September 2013 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Politicians are just too damn cheap to bribe, hire and lobby

A LITTLE story from across the pond explaining why people bother to bribe and lobby politicians (to the extent that there is actually and difference between the two acts).

So, there’s one of these nutty green things that petrol refineries … READ ON

Posted: 4th, September 2013 | In: Money, Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Economists are better at prediction than the weathermen

OK, so this isn’t going to be an argument about stunning accuracy in anything. But we’ve two massive chaotic systems: the weather and the economy. Chaotic systems, especially massive ones, are terribly difficult to predict. Yet people keep trying with … READ ON

Posted: 4th, September 2013 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


MP Mary McLeod entirely misunderstands the gender pay gap shocker!

mary_macleod payMARY Macleod MP has just shown that she’s got absolutely no clue at all about the gender pay gap:

“The gender pay gap should not exist. But it does, as we were reminded today by the Chartered Management Institute

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Posted: 4th, September 2013 | In: Money, Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


You can’t have safer banks and more spending at the same time

ONE of those little conundrums of life, that you can’t have two desirable things at the same time.

I think we’d all agree that we’d like to have safer banks. You know, ones less likely to go tits up when … READ ON

Posted: 4th, September 2013 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sex sells! seriously, who knew?

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ONE of the less surprising findings from Forbes magazine this year is that the top earning author in the world is EL James. You know, Shades of Grey stuff:

Then there’s “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

E.L. James — known

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Posted: 4th, September 2013 | In: Books, Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


This’ll annoy The Greenies: India needs supermarkets

IT’S a general theme here in the UK that supermarkets just ruin everything. You know the drill, you should buy your food from the local butcher and baker, patronise the high street, damn those clone towns and the industrial farming … READ ON

Posted: 4th, September 2013 | In: Money, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Why Vodafone won’t pay any tax on the Verizon sale

AS Robert Peston at the BBC reports:

That said, the profit for Vodafone looks to be many tens of billions of dollars.

Which of course begs the question how much capital gains tax Vodafone will pay to the British

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Posted: 4th, September 2013 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Microsoft buys out Nokia’s handset business: market freezes

The Nokia brand name is displayed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. On Tuesday, Microsoft announced it would pay $7.2 billion to acquire Nokia's line-up of smartphones and a portfolio of patents and services. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

SO. Microsoft has taken the plunge and bought out Nokia’s handset business. They didn’t pay that much for it, under £5 billion all in, which is a good insight into what a parlous state the business is in. This leaves … READ ON

Posted: 3rd, September 2013 | In: Money, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0