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The loophole loometh #UK #Brexit #PeopleAsCommodities
[A short one this Ides of March as Life momentarily heats up] In last Sunday’s paper, I came across an interesting article entitled “May impatient for divorce”. The story, from AFP, was about how British Prime Minister Theresa May will not “keep paying ‘huge sums’ into the EU budget after Brexit.” She’s impatient to start […]
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If you prick a #Yakuza does he bleed? #Fukushima #Daiichi
I have been looking at the radiation maps of the Pacific Ocean following on from the Fukushima disaster and, people, it’s not good. The “plume” stretches across half the planet although we’re assured by many authorities that there’s nothing to fear. The Los Angeles Times, for example, had this to say in 2014: The amount […]
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Poor #wogs and #wops can’t seem to catch a break #Plato
As is usual with my essays, I need to backtrack a bit before attacking the main point. I did my schooling in Australia and it wasn’t a happy place for me. There was much name-calling, for instance. I was a “slope”, “brown mongrel” and “black monkey”, while others were wops, wogs and i-ties. I could […]
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I want to respect #Russia but it’s difficult #Tupolev
While it’s true that I have a Masters degree in International Politics, it’s not worth a helluva lot in this world because of all I wasn’t taught. I wasn’t taught that the United States and the United Kingdom (together with their fellow Anglo wannabe dictator nations that make up the “Five Eyes”) use their influence […]
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Who writes this shit? #Google #GoogleHome #Amazon #Alexa
Consumerist tells me that the internet is “transfixed” by two Google Home devices talking to each other. It uses the words “amused”, “befuddled”, “delighted”. Interestingly, one word it doesn’t use is “horrified”. Reading the transcript of these two devices is an exercise in how brainwashing works. Before we get into that, though, we have to ask: […]
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Post-US election and a topsy-turvy world #Clinton #USA #Trump
Happy New Year! After the Electoral College’s December vindication of Trump’s November election last year, it’s now pretty much over bar the shouting. All my USian friends are so-called “liberals” and have deplored the election of Trump. I can see their point, but I also tried to bring some balance to the equation by pointing […]
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My doubts about #FidelCastro
Fidel Castro died recently at the ripe old age of 90. It seems that all left-leaning commentators must praise the man who defied the mighty United States for half a century. As I’m somewhat left of Che Guevara it must follow, then, that I do the same. But Fidel Castro isn’t passing the smell test […]
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Recounts, #Myanmar and a World moving cautiously
(Damn, I’ve been trying to put together an essay on how Russia is holding Syria’s feet to the fire in order to establish its dominance in the Middle East but Reality keeps intruding. Anyway, bowing to the inevitable…) Let’s backtrack a little to last month’s post. In an interesting twist, Pizzagate came out right on […]

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