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The Mao Zedong Thought Department

IN China:

Mao Xinyu (毛新宇), the grandson of Chairman Mao Zedong, looks set to become dean of China’s first undergraduate level university department to be dedicated to the study of Mao Zedong Thought.

A compulsory course entitled ‘An Overview of Mao Zedong Thought’ (毛泽东思想概论) has been taught in all mainland universities for years out of respect for the erstwhile Chairman, but the establishment of a Mao Zedong Thought department presided over by the Great Helmsman’s own grandson is an entirely new development.

Nepotism rules. They’re not so different…

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Posted: 22nd, October 2008 | In: News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Barack Obama on SNL

Barack Obama on SNL? – Mollygood

Posted: 22nd, October 2008 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Naked Spurs Fan Caught Up Tesco Chinmey

TO the Tesco store in Ormskirk Road, Pemberton, where a naked man has been found wedged in the chimney.

Police attend, so too firefighters.

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Posted: 22nd, October 2008 | In: News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


We Are All Keynesian Now

ANOTHER proud titan of the financial world lies prostrate beneath the corpse of the Nordic Kitten; Barnsley Building Society is no more.

But lets have a round of applause for the Yorkshire Building Society, which has taken in the bereft Barnsleyans, in a heartwarming outbreak of mutuality which suggests that we are all Keynesian now.

Apart from the Bullinghams, of course…

Chenier

Posted: 22nd, October 2008 | In: News | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Caylee Anthony: Making Money From A Missing Child

CAYLEE Anthony is missing. Tabloid Baby, Anorak’s man in LA, hears a rumour that missing white chidlren make for good telly:

Word comes this afternoon that NBC News has paid $5,000 for an exclusive interview with Cindy Anthony, the mother of Casey Anthony, that woman in Florida who’s in jail on charges she murdered her daughter Caylee Anthony, who’s been missing for months.

Crime does pay. Who knew?

Paid for an interview?

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Posted: 22nd, October 2008 | In: News | Comments (18) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Say what you like about Peter Mandelson

SAYwhat you like about Peter Mandelson…as long as he doesn’t ever get to hear about it…say what you like, but My Goodness! Golly Gosh Chaps! he knows how to have a good birthday.

Mandeleson is an utter…

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Posted: 22nd, October 2008 | In: News | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Size Of The Crowd Is Inversely Proportional To The Number Of Journalists Who Show Up

MARK Steyn:

Byron, yesterday in Grand Junction 22,000 people turned up to see Sarah Palin, which if memory serves is rather larger than the numbers Jack Kemp was drawing back in ’96. If my experience in New Hampshire is anything to go by, the size of the crowd is inversely proportional to the number of journalists who show up.

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Posted: 22nd, October 2008 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Israel’s Elite Pigeons Attack Iran

LEST it not be said that there is anything beyond the capabilities of Israel. Release the kosher pigeons:

Security forces in Natanz have arrested two suspected “spy pigeons” near Iran’s controversial uranium enrichment facility, the reformist Etemad Melli newspaper reported on Monday.

With their hooded eyes and hooked beaks, they were also going to raise suspicions…

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Posted: 22nd, October 2008 | In: News | Comments (12) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Britain Faces Danger From Middle-Aged Muslim Extremists

LORD ‘Don’t Ask Me’ West is talking about young radical British Muslims.

Says the Sun:

“Britain will face a threat from radical young British Muslims for another 30 years Security Minister Lord West warned yesterday.”

At which time the radical young British Muslims will be middle-aged or even old British Muslims.

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Posted: 22nd, October 2008 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


George Osborne’s Pain

IT must be pretty rotten waking up and discover that one of your bosom buddies has written a letter to the Times about you in less than flattering terms, all the more so if you had been hoping that your bosom buddie would make unflattering remarks about another person altogether, so perhaps we should pause for a moment to recognise George Osborne’s pain.

And then we can get back to laughing our heads off…

Chenier

Posted: 21st, October 2008 | In: News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


inSPOT: You’ve Got SDT

THE inSpot email says your lover has an STD:

Since 2004, a free Web site, inSpot.org has allowed users to anonymously notify their partners to get tested for STDs such as HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis.

It may not be the most personal way of delivering the news, but researchers say it beats not saying anything at all.

“When you weigh the importance of getting people notified, that’s ultimately what needs to be done,” said Jeffrey D. Klausner, director of STD Prevention and Control Services in San Francisco, California’s Department of Public Health. “By notifying them — even if it’s done anonymously, even distantly, even with an e-card — the benefits of getting someone diagnosed and treated outweigh the concerns of insensitivity.”

The electronic cards deliver the news in a variety of styles. Some are flirty: “You’re too hot to be out of action. I got diagnosed with an STD since we played. You might want to get checked too.”

Some are somber: “Who? What? When? Where? It doesn’t matter. I got an STD; you might have it too. Please get checked out.”

Meg Ryan was wrong…

Posted: 21st, October 2008 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Dolemite RIP

DOLEMITE has died:

The comedian, musician, singer, film actor, producer and Blaxploitation legend died in Akron at 81. Tabloid Baby pal Ross The Boss Guidici directed the definitive Rudy Ray Moore documentary, The Legend of Dolemite: Bigger & Badder.
IS that RIB?

Posted: 21st, October 2008 | In: News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


2013 And The Climate Crunch Will Squash Us All

IT’S not when the ice will melt and drown us all that triggers any debate, but why we are being made to wait so long for the big flood.

The Indy’s Johann Hari looks into this crystal ball:

We are living through two great meltdowns – the credit crunch, and the climate crunch. The heating of the planet is now happening so fast it’s hard to pluck a single event to fix on, but here’s one. By the summer of 2013, the Arctic will be free of ice. How big an event it [sic] this?

Climate crunch…

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Posted: 21st, October 2008 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The End Of The Financial World

I HAVE written an awful lot on credit default swaps, those miracles of financial engineering, claimed by Alan Greenspan to have almost eliminated risk from the financial markets, but I felt I should mention that tomorrow is the day when the outstanding credit default swaps on Lehman Brothers are due for settlement.

Chenier has more…

Posted: 21st, October 2008 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Scare Stories: iPod, Gastric Bandits And Killer Surgeons

MEDIA SCARE STORIES: THE Daily Mail searches news wires, medical reports and research notes for scare stories, and finally its quest bears dividends:

TUESDAY:

“SWEETENER ‘makes you fat’”

“The Ipod generation – That’s insecure pressurised, over-taxed and debt-ridden”

“THE GASTRIC BANDITS – Increasing numbers of women are going abroad for radical weight-loss surgery they can’t have here because they’re not fat enough. As this woman found, the results can be disastrous”

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Posted: 21st, October 2008 | In: News | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Harry Mount On All The Queen’s Horses

TO the Daily Mail, where the royal horse correspondent is called Harry Mount:

Other staff:

Anna Recksiek – health scares

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Posted: 21st, October 2008 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Lloyd Webber’s Eurovision Of Hell

COLUMNIST insight of the day: Sue Carroll on Eurovision:

Just because Andrew Lloyd Webber will compose Britain’s entry for next year’s Eurovision song contest, do not assume the show is in the bag

Well, OK, then…

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Posted: 21st, October 2008 | In: News | Comments (8) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sun Seeks To Drive Afghan Refugees From Home

A WIN for the Sun as Toorpakai Saindi and her seven children are to be kicked out of their home.

The Sun says the home in Acton, West London, is worth £1.2milion – and falling in value all the time. The single mum gets the “equivalent of £170,000 a year from the taxpayer”.

The paper makes no mention of why Ms Toorpakai moved to the UK, only that she was placed in the home because the council had a shortage of alternative accommodation.

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Posted: 21st, October 2008 | In: News | Comments (26) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


David Cameron Employs Tony Blair To Save His British Business

DAY 2 of the Daily Mail’s campaign to help small firms, and the drive is already bearing dividends.

What are the odds that the campaign that coincided with the Government and Opposition’s drive to help small business would be such an instant hit?

If only the politicos listened.

“First day of the Mail campaign brings action from the Government and key pledges from the Tories.”

Hurrah!

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Posted: 21st, October 2008 | In: News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Omar Bakri Declares War On The X Factor

SLOW News day. Then call Omar Bakri. Come in Omar Barki… Do you read me?

The Sun picks up its walkie talkie and tunes into the Bakri cackle. The result is nothing less than “THE X FATWA – Terror alert as Bakri slams troops charity song”.

Eat your heart out Mazher Mahmood, News International’s fake sheikh. Bakri is the real deal, bringing front-page exclusives on a daily basis.

(If you call, he’ll rant about whatever you like. Omar, if you’re reading this, set up a premium rate RANT LINE. I’ve got ideas, call me.)

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Posted: 21st, October 2008 | In: News, Tabloids | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Plastic Greens: How the Daily Mail Loves A Plastic Bag

THE Daily Mail’s Ban the Bags campaign is in line for an award, the Press Gazette Environmental Press Awards campaign of the year.

It was terrific idea. And had it only been the Mail’s the paper would deserve the gong.

As Alex Lockwood writes:

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Posted: 20th, October 2008 | In: News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Celebrity Links

JENNA Jameson and her plastic stomach – Celebitchy

Vadge stays put –  I’m Not Obsessed

Jennifer Aniston is with a child – Just Jared

Katie Holmes speaks

Simon Cowell causes Depression

Posted: 20th, October 2008 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Scare Stories: Beware Of Paranoia, Eating Polar Bears And Bisexual Baby Milk

MEDIA SCARE STORIES: THE Daily Mail searches news wires, medical reports and research notes for scare stories, and finally its quest bears dividends:

Monday

“THE age of paranoia – Lonely city life and work worries leave us racked by irrational fear” – Headline of the year.

“Warning of a diabetes ‘epidemic’ as cases hit 2.5m”

“Planet Earth and the world we live in now”. Keith Waterhouse looks out of his window – “It’s not a question of saving polar bears. We could be bearing polar bears before we are finished”

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Posted: 20th, October 2008 | In: News | Comments (16) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Art Tanks

IT’S not all bad news as the financial markets totter; prices for contemporary ‘art’ are in freefall, sales over the weekend reached about half of the estimates, according to Bloomberg, and Andy Warhol’s grinning skulls sum up the plight of those idiots, sorry, artistic patrons, who bought into the delusion…

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Posted: 20th, October 2008 | In: News | Comments (11) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Heart Attack Grill Diet

EAT. Die! It’s the heart attack grill diet centre…

Via

Posted: 20th, October 2008 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0