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After Parsons Green, sympathy for the bombers

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“Is THIS the Tube bucket bomber?” (Daily Star). Or to put it another way, “ON HIS WAY TO BOMB TUBE?” (The Sun). Or “Is this the Bucket Bombed On Way To Tube?” (Daily Express). To which the … READ ON

Posted: 18th, September 2017 | In: Key Posts, News, Reviews, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


RIP Greg Escalante maven of kustom kulture artifacts

Greg Escalante

Greg Escalante, co-creator of Juxtapoz magazine, has died. He was only 62. The OC Weekly profiles the pop culture maven:

A native of Los Alamitos and bond trader by profession, Escalante started scouring the art galleries and swap meets of

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Posted: 9th, September 2017 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Clickbait: Conor McGregor thrashes Game of Thrones TWICE

It will cost you £1 to read the Daily Telegraph‘s story “Why dragons and fantasy are ruining Game of Thrones“.

 

 

Rebecca Hawkes begins:

On the face of it, asking whether Game of Thrones has “gone too

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Posted: 24th, August 2017 | In: Broadsheets, Reviews, Sports, TV & Radio | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The greatest free speech sign this century

As seen in Boston, the greatest free speech sign in the age of narcissism, priggishness and intolerance:

 

free speech bostonREAD ON

Posted: 21st, August 2017 | In: Politicians, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Run, Rude Boy! Cracking commentary as GB’s 4×100 relay team wins gold

Run, Rude Boy!

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Posted: 14th, August 2017 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Donald Trump vows to hit North Korea with ‘Fire and Furry’

Last Wednesday’s Kennebec Journal featured a terrible threat to North Korea: “Trump warns of ‘fire and furry'”. Furry what?

 

 

Wednesday’s front page. —Kennebec Journal via Twitter

 

Journal city editor Susan Cover regret the error: “Our normally rigorous headline-proofing protocols broke down. We’re reviewing them … READ ON

Posted: 11th, August 2017 | In: Politicians, Reviews, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Medics kill twice as many Americans than strokes

The third biggest killer in the USA is death by medical error.

 

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You go into hospital – but will you come out?… READ ON

Posted: 18th, July 2017 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The G20-riots bicycle guy

So who was the bloke with the bicycle at the G20-Riots?

Queer Anarchism has the low down:

60 year old historian Martin Buehler (who is a member of the press , I do not identify activists without consent) ‘photobombed’ a

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Posted: 16th, July 2017 | In: Politicians, Reviews, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The essential Australian character in a single anecdote

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The essential Australian character in a single anecdote:

An Australian fellow asks his girl friend to fight, but she says she doesn’t want to because she
isn’t feeling well.
“Whatta ya mean, not feeling well?” he says.
“You know,”

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Posted: 14th, July 2017 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Nevada runs out of legal marijuana

 

It was good plan until it wasn’t. Forbes reports on a problem with marijuana in Nevada: “Woeful Government Incompetence – Nevada Running Out Of Legal Pot.”

This is what happens when you regulate the distribution of weed … READ ON

Posted: 13th, July 2017 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ms Sheila Michaels RIP

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Sheila Michaels has died. It’s largely thanks to her that people use the term “Ms.” for women. The term was adopted for women without a husband by the New York Times in 1971. The BBC:

“I didn’t belong to

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Posted: 9th, July 2017 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


After Grenfell Tower and ‘luxury flats’: milking the horror for clicks

There’s fake news and there’s regretful reporting. After Grenfell Tower, the Independent told readers in a big and shocking headline: “Grenfell tower was covered in material to keep luxury flat owners happy. That’s being blamed for multiple deaths.”

 

grenfell tower was covered in material to keep luxury flat owners happy

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Posted: 30th, June 2017 | In: News, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The NRA vows to fight a coming US civil war with a ‘clenched fist’

The NRA will fight the domestic US enemy with a “clenched fist” . And a gun. Lots of guns:

 

 

If you want to know the Right Way With Guns, read this.… READ ON

Posted: 30th, June 2017 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Grenfell: a failure of local journalism

Emily Bell points to why no-one was listening when the residents of Grenfell were campaigning for improved safety. The horror as preventable. But no-one was listening. No-one was reporting things in a local newspaper the powerful didn’t want residents to … READ ON

Posted: 26th, June 2017 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


After Grenfell: 600 deathtraps, party political boomerangs and another lousy inquiry

News is that Grenfell Tower was not the only building swaddled in flammable cladding. The Sun leads with “600 Fire Traps”. It sees “thousands of families living in fear” that what happened in North Kensington could happen to their home. … READ ON

Posted: 23rd, June 2017 | In: Key Posts, News, Reviews, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


‘Tell her we’re coming’: A firefighter who attended Grenfell Tower writes an open letter about that night

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A firefighter who attended Grenfell Tower has written on the Facebook ‘Save the Fire Service’. It begins: “Sent to us at STUKFS, powerful and emotional story from a firefighter who attended Grenfell Tower.” STUKFS is: Save the UK Fire … READ ON

Posted: 20th, June 2017 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Extremists’ demands for collective guilt unite Grenfell, Manchester and London

Grenfell Tower: Get angry, stay angry. Overthrow the Government. ‘Blood, blood, blood on your hands.’
Manchester and London: Don’t get angry. Let’s love one another.

 

 

Horrific events have claimed many lives in London and Manchester. But … READ ON

Posted: 18th, June 2017 | In: Key Posts, News, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


After Grenfell: Tory haters are using the victims’ graves for a political slogan

Much nastiness has been written about the Tories since the horror at Grenfell. As I’ve said, the race to blame, to point the finger and scream “Murderers” at people who clearly aren’t is degrading. However tempting it is to … READ ON

Posted: 17th, June 2017 | In: Politicians, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


After Grenfell Tower arrests and party politics: ‘life is a game with many rules but no referee’

After Grenfell Tower the media and politicians are demanding that we find someone to blame. The horror invites many questions about the 24-storey tower block’s cladding, sprinklers, fire-alarms, house building, the cost and availability of new homes, social-housing, gentrification that … READ ON

Posted: 16th, June 2017 | In: News, Politicians, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In 2010 Labour wooed the DUP and lost

Let’s have another look at Labour Party links to those “crackpots” at the pro-British DUP, the Northern Irish party that articulates a sense of discontent and dissatisfaction with Westminster and the Peace Protest. The DUP is the only … READ ON

Posted: 13th, June 2017 | In: Politicians, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Labour’s youth voters crave conformity

corbyn bib youthToday’s Radio 4 chatter about social media connecting with yoof was mind blowing. Replace social media for ‘newspapers’, ‘magazines’, ‘John Lennon’, ‘football’ or ‘TV’ and we were once more being told the cool kids have outgrown the old ways and … READ ON

Posted: 13th, June 2017 | In: News, Politicians, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Taking your cannabis plants for a walk in Westminster

Dank of England,

 

This is what happens when you take your cannabis plants for a walk on London, a place the weed walker calls new Babylon:

 

 

Spotter: Dank of EnglandREAD ON

Posted: 11th, June 2017 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


For the unlucky not the few: Michael Lewis narrates the parable of the lucky man and the fought cookie

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In 2012 Moneyball author Michael Lewis gave addressed Princeton University. He tells the gilded youth arranged before him that they “owe a debt to the unlucky”.

I now live in Berkeley, California. A few years ago, just a few

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Posted: 11th, June 2017 | In: Money, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ignacio Echeverria – there went a hero

Ignacio Echeverria

 

As Anorak forms a new political party – three point plan for success: Hire a Santa Claus look-alike to front the campaign and woo the cool kids with promises of free stuff;  Appear strong and stable by repeating the … READ ON

Posted: 10th, June 2017 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


GE17: low-key Russian influence in Stoke Newington polling station

To the Tyssen Community Primary School polling station in Stoke Newington, Hackney, London.

(Please excuse the repetition but there’s some kind of echo on our communications devices. Hello, Moscow… Over….)

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Posted: 8th, June 2017 | In: Politicians, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0