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The Guy Fawkes Vendetta Mask: Guess What Poor People’s Sweat Shop They’re Made In?

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YOU can buy a V for Vendetta Mask on Amazon for £1.42 to £4.85.

It’s the mask sported by anti-capitalist protestors. It is also the mask from the film V For Vendetta:

A shadowy freedom fighter known only as “V” uses guerrilla tactics to fight against his terrorist, totalitarian society. Upon rescuing a girl from the secret police, he also finds his best chance at having an ally.

The Warner Bros film cost $54m to make.


A cut of every mask sold goes to Warner Brothers. Another cut of every one sold on Amazon goes to Amazon – the company that paid £2.4m in corporate taxes last year, the online retailer’s accounts show, despite making sales of £4.3bn.

The tax bill was almost as much as the £2.5m in government grants Amazon received over the same period, according to a Companies House filing.

So. Buying that mask to wear as a protest against capitalism and corporate greed profits the very companies you dislike.

Rubies Costume Company, which makes the mask, sells around 100,000 a year worldwide, and 16,000 in the UK, according to spokesman Steve Kitt, who seems a little concerned that any association with activists might harm the company’s image.


They’re happy?

“We sell over 100,000 of these masks a year, and it’s by far the best-selling mask that we sell,” said Howard Beige, executive vice president of Rubie’s Costume, a New York costume company that produces the mask. “In comparison, we usually only sell 5,000 or so of our other masks.” The Vendetta mask, which sells for about $6 at many retailers, is made in Mexico or China, Mr. Beige said.

Mr. Beige said he did not know why the mask was so popular until recently. “We just thought people liked the ‘V for Vendetta’ movie. Then one morning I saw a picture of these protesters wearing the mask in an online news article,” he said. “I quickly showed my sales manager.”

The masks are being manufactured in bulk in a factory in Brazil.

Isn’t this all a little… hypocritical?

The pro-Anonymous account @youranoncentral tried to stem Twitter’s tide:

“Hey look everyone, our masks were made in some factory in a developing nation. We are the only hypocrites.” (see here)

And a number of people came out with views similar to Reddit user sayheykid24, who wrote: “How do people think the masks were made? Did they think they were lovingly handcrafted by anti-corporate artisans, or something?”

It’s true that Anonymous are not the only hypocrites. But not all hypocrites are entirely dependent on having a moral leg to stand on. Some, like big corporations, have other resources. But punishing other people’s bad behaviour is Anonymous’s recruiting message – join them, they suggest, and you are on the side of the good guys. This means that the group stands and falls on its integrity – and if it can’t afford to play by it’s own rules, it certainly can’t afford to break them.

How can Anonymous break out of the system?

Just be careful who you buy the ink, pinter, paint and paper off?

Posted: 10th, November 2013 | In: Politicians, Reviews, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Obamacare V Humana: Libertarians Were Right

HOW’S Obamacare working out for you?





Posted: 9th, November 2013 | In: Money, Politicians, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

David Cameron Looks Like: This Toy Train

REMEBR when we told you that Ed Miliband looks like a train, and other inanimate objects? Well Ruth Oswald Wareham tweets:

My friend’s son appears to own David Cameron in train form!

trains that look like david cameron

Posted: 7th, November 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Obama Caught Lying Over Obamacare: At Least Nixon Made An Effort


BARACK Obama is not a liar. He’s just economical with the actualité:

President Barack Obama told his enthusiastic supporters Monday night that he never promised what video recordings show him promising at least 29 times. The videos show Obama promising 300 million Americans that “if you like your health-care plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan, period.”

But that’s not what he really said, Obama announced Monday…

Here’s the chart:

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Says Obama to the “folks”:

Posted: 6th, November 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

The Official President Assad Instagram Caption Contest

PRESIDENT Assad of Syria is a cool guy.  His wife is a fragrant “rose in the desert“. On Assad’s Instagram account, we get this photo below of the man, the woman and the child who they are neither molesting nor murdering with toxic gases or bullets. Anyone who says they are is a dirty liar.

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Posted: 5th, November 2013 | In: Key Posts, Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

How’s ‘Making Government Cool Again’ Working Out For Obama?


HOW’S coolness working out for Obama?

On September 11, 2008, Ben mMith write in Politico:

“Barack Obama addressed the wide distaste for government… ‘Our campaign from the beginning has been about changing government,’ he said, recalling some great accomplishments of American government: Civil rights legislation, the interstate highway system, and the National Park system. Obama would, he said, ‘transform Washington’ and ‘make government cool again.'”


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Posted: 5th, November 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Progressive Party Posters Do Down The Municipal Reformers In These 1907 Posters

IN 1907, the Progressive Party campaigned for the London County Council Elections.

It was founded in 1888 by a group of Liberals and leaders of the labour movement. It was also supported by the Fabian Society, and Sidney Webb was one of its councillors. In the first elections of the London County Council (LCC) in January 1889 the Progressive Party won 70 of the 118 seats. It lost power in 1907 to the Municipal Reform Party (a Conservative organisation) under Richard Robinson.

The Westminster Gazette featured this advert from the Party. “Electors, beware of false names and Vote Progressive’,” declared the message.

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Posted: 5th, November 2013 | In: Flashback, Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Obamacare Call Centres Screening People With Certain Names

JIM Angle of Fox News, recalls his experiences calling Obamacare’s 800 number:

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

Brent Is A Fracking Free Zone But Cattle Ranchers Eye Barnet

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THE London borough of Brent is now a fracking-free zone.

A council spokesman said: “This is where it gets a bit hazy. Theoretically, Brent Friends of the Earth should let us know…It probably would not happen in Brent because it’s quite a built-up part of northwest London, although there are a lot of parks.”

This is good news for Brent Friends of the Earth, which had used placards and shouting to picket the council’s office. Their spokesperson adds: “I’m trying to remember the source. But I think Edgware was one of the areas being considered, along with Croydon.”

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Posted: 2nd, November 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Chinese Official Shrinks 103-Year-Old Woman In Epic Photoshop Fail

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TO Ningguo, a city in Anhui province, China, to see Chinese Communist Party official and deputy mayor Wang Ju meet an elderly constituent. You can see this photo of Wang meeting the 103-year-old Cheng Yanchun in his in-house organ at the Civil Affairs Department, which he is in charge of.
Wow. She sure is small.

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Posted: 31st, October 2013 | In: Politicians, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Flashback: Little Lord Franklin Delano Roosevelt And Budgy Ride His Pet Donkey In A Short Skirt

FLASHBACK 1884:  Future President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 2, perches on a pet donkey with his dog Budgy.

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Before The Trumpet:

At five months, Franklin was put into short skirts, “as he liked to kick and feel free to move about.” He had cut two teeth by the end of his first summer, but his mother worried that he was “rather too thin, not as fat as a baby ought to be”; he would, in fact, remain remarkably slender until middle age. By November he was trying “to imitate Budgy [Mr. James’s white spitz] and the cats and manages to say a semblance of papa and mama.” That same autumn he was taken to his first adult party on a nearby estate. “Baby wanted to dance,” Sara wrote. “I could hardly hold him.” In May of 1883, Franklin walked unaided for the first time and “was quite proud of his accomplishment.”

Franklin had the bad luck to have been born at the height of the fever of sentimentality kindled in American mothers’ hearts by Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel Little Lord Fauntleroy. In emulation of its precious hero, Franklin’s mother kept him in dresses and long curls until he was nearly six. Then she dressed him in Scottish kilts and highland caps, and finally reluctantly permitted him to wear.


Posted: 30th, October 2013 | In: Flashback, Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

October 30: On This Day Father Jerzy Popieluszko Is Found Murdered By Poland’s Secret Police


ON This Day: October 30:  Jerzy Popieluszko was found. He’d been murdered.

Photo above: Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa appears on the stage of a Warsaw theater in 1980 under a large solidarity banner. Date: 01/01/1980.



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Posted: 30th, October 2013 | In: Flashback, Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Ed Miliband: Private Dinners For Wealthy Donors Are Why We Need A Free Press

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LAST week, the Financial Times revealed a story many missed. Ed Miliband, the Labour Party leader was talking at a “private dinner” for Labour donors at the Phoenix Palace, a smart eatery in London. There, a bowl of soup can set you back £18.

Ed was talking about newspapers and media coverage of his party and his family:


“We’ve got to be willing to call these people out. They are less powerful than people ever thought and they are less powerful now than they were.”

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Posted: 28th, October 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Al Gore’s Climate Reality: 707

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DID you see Al Gore’s 24-Hour Global wARming TV spectacular? No. One of the 707 people who tuned in should own up.

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Posted: 28th, October 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Barack Obama Makes You Faint: The President As Actor And Medic (Video)

BARACK Obama makes you go weak at the knees. But worry not. Obama is always quick to spot you. He has a microphone. He has water. He stops short of touching the sick to heel them, but chances are he’s just saving that for when someone’s really ill:

Posted: 27th, October 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Washington Times and New York Post Spread BS That Obama Wants US Marines To Look More ‘French’

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DID you read the news “Obama Wants Marines To Wear Girly Hats”?

The Washington Times told us:

U.S. Marines turn up noses at Obama’s new ‘girly’ hats; some fear it looks too French

He loves the French.

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Posted: 25th, October 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

John Major Backs The EU And Appraises His Former Tory Colleagues


ANORAK always liked John Major. This week he revisited Britain’s place in the European Union. He wants the country to remain in it. Says JM:

“Calling ….. a number of my colleagues ‘ba*tards’ was absolutely unforgivable… My only excuse is that it was true.”

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Posted: 25th, October 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

All Hail President Klitschko! And First Lady Hayden Panettiere!


BOXERS usually don’t quite know what to do with themselves after the hang their gloves up, and usually end up back in the ring too old, too hittable, and get battered by some upstart for a big purse.

However, Ukraine boxer and former world heavyweight boxing champ Vitali Klitschko has confirmed he will run in the country’s 2015 presidential election.

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Posted: 24th, October 2013 | In: Politicians, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Al Gore: Rich On Tobacco And Oil Money Trusty Al Gore Links Australian Bush Fires To Global Warming

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AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the NSW bushfires were not linked to climate change. Was it the 11-year-old boys?  No. It was the military firing ordnance that started the State Mine fire. But they all said it was global warming. Were those experts wrong? Al Gore says not. He says anyone who says the bushfires aren’t a result of global warming is like a fool who believed smoking wasn’t harmful:

“Well, it’s not my place to get involved in your [Australian] politics, but it reminds me of politicians here in the United States who got a lot of support from the tobacco companies and who argued to the public that there was absolutely no connection between smoking cigarettes and lung cancer...

“For 40 years the tobacco companies were able to persuade pliant politicians within their grip to tell the public what they wanted them to tell them, and for 40 years the tragedy continued.

“And bushfires can occur naturally and do, but the science shows clearly that when the temperature goes up and when the vegetation and soils dry out, then wild fires become more pervasive and more dangerous. That’s not me saying it, that’s what the scientific community says.”

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Posted: 24th, October 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Boris Johnson Can’t Keep His Legs Together In China – Photos

BORIS Johnson, the London Mayor, has been on a student seducing mission to China. We’re flicked through Boris’s photos and can’t help but notice his seating position. He is not demure. He is not refined. He is the big beast. The thighs seem all the more wide apart whenever he’s near George Osborne, the Chancellor.


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Posted: 18th, October 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Police Warn EDL Convert Tommy Robinson To Leave Luton For His Own Safety

HOW’S life treating Tommy Robinson since he left the EDL for the Quilliam Foundation? Well, he’s tweeted this letter from Bedfordshire Police.

He adds:

Tommy Robinson @TRobinsonNewEra

 Police advice,take your family and leave Luton,we cannot protect u.After I’m on terrorist Al-Shababs latest video 

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Posted: 17th, October 2013 | In: Politicians, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Me and David Miliband: Once upon a time the the Daily Mail loved ‘evil’ Ralph Miliband


FUNNY how newspapers work. The Daily Mail called Ralph Miliband “the man who hated Britain”. The paper used the world “evil” in a hatchet job on Ed Miliband’s dad. But when in 2008, high-flying Mail staffer Ted Verity wrote about David Miliband, Ed’s big brother, Ralph got a different billing. (Only two Mail online articles are linked to Verity and both are about his mate David):

First impressions were underlined later that evening when David and I – who were both studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) – went for our first Oxford drink together.  We headed for The Turf pub off Holywell Street, a favourite of Hardy’s Jude The Obscure, and I led the way to the bar. ‘I’ll have a half of bitter,’ said David…

But there was something else, too. David, although thoroughly middle-class, was the heir-apparent to a Labour dynasty…

Despite his self-confidence, his academic qualifications were distinctly underwhelming – two grade Bs and a D at A-level. David, it turned out, was one of three Corpus PPE students who had arrived on an Inner London Education Authority scheme to get pupils from the capital’s comprehensives to Oxford.  A worthy scheme, no doubt, but it’s hard to imagine that David Miliband was the kind of deprived inner-city pupil the founders had in mind.  His father was the eminent Marxist historian Ralph Miliband, whose work loomed large on our syllabus.

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Posted: 16th, October 2013 | In: Politicians, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0