Saturday, December 14. 2013
'China says it has successfully landed an unmanned spacecraft on the moon, in what represents a major achievement for the country's space programme.
Friday, December 13. 2013
...since the fucking courts are not going to. The Supreme Court of the UK has now promoted Scientology from being a McReligion to a 'real' religion, thus potentially qualifying it for a tranche of misguided god-subsidies that 'real' religions are entitled to. This fact however - bad enough though that it is - is not the source of my main beef here. What I really object to is that ANY religion gets ANY form of preferential treatment in our society. Christ on a bike, we are actually giving tax breaks to loads of religious fruitcakes whilst people are eating out of food-banks.
Wednesday, December 4. 2013
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has put a list of detailed questions concerning documented child sexual abuse to the Vatican. Of course the Vatican has, depressingly though predictably, failed to answer. Hiding behind 'canon law' and the bullshit 'fact' the the Holy See is not the Catholic Church, the Vatican has declined to answer the UN questions. Whatever happened to 'real law' where child abusing scum receives justice and punishment?' Looks like the cuddly new guy in the frock is just a better PR man than Ratzinger was...
Sunday, December 1. 2013
'Today I found out that during the height of the Cold War, the US military put such an emphasis on a rapid response to an attack on American soil, that to minimize any foreseeable delay in launching a nuclear missile, for nearly two decades they intentionally set the launch codes at every silo in the US to 8 zeroes.
Saturday, November 30. 2013
RT America's Abby Martin hits the nail on the head (see video stream below) concerning the sickness of needless Black Friday consumerism - a sickness that also appears to have spread to the UK, which is unusual given that we don't even celebrate Thanksgiving in this country.
Thursday, November 28. 2013
John Harris of The Guardian seems to understand the benefits of Scottish Independence - notably that a vote next year in favour of Scotland leaving the Union is the only opportunity that this country is likely to have of escaping the tyranny of the Tories, forever...
Friday, September 20. 2013
'Scientists in Spain have reported the first self-healing polymer that spontaneously and independently repairs itself without any intervention. The new material could be used to improve the security and lifetime of plastic parts in everyday products such as electrical components, cars and even houses.
Saturday, August 31. 2013
'Two days after the world learned the National Security Agency logs practically every American phone call, the agency had started cracking down on entrepreneurs who made fun of it. That’s according to Dan McCall, founder of politically themed T-shirt company Liberty Maniacs.
Monday, August 26. 2013
To use journo-speak the 'land reform question' in Scotland is 'gaining traction', and it can't come soon enough. For too long has public money been shoveled to super-rich landowners simply for having land or for at best a bit of environmental tinkering. Just as the Scottish Parliament is discussing land reform, a 28,000 acre estate is on the market for a cool £11.4 million. So what you might ask? Well, a major selling point, as advertised in the sales particulars, is the fact that this estate is guaranteed £12,000 a week in agricultural subsidies and forestry grants. In other words we are giving someone who can afford an £11.4 million estate £624,000 income.
Wednesday, July 24. 2013
Our friends over at Republic.org.uk want your examples of the most cringeworthy, tasteless and sycophantic royal baby-related programming across the BBC...
Saturday, July 20. 2013
'Recent studies by psychologists and social scientists in the US and UK suggest that contrary to mainstream media stereotypes, those labeled “conspiracy theorists” appear to be saner than those who accept the official versions of contested events.
Monday, July 8. 2013
'WikiLeaks just threw some gasoline onto the conspiracy fire. On Wednesday night, they Tweeted: “Michael Hastings contacted WikiLeaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson just a few hours before he died, saying that the FBI was investigating him.”
Saturday, July 6. 2013
Just like Bradley Manning and Julian Assange, Edward Snowden is being hounded by a vengeful US as a 'fugitive'. John Pilger hits the nail on the head in a superb essay exposing the lies and hypocrisy of the US and it's puppet allies.
Wednesday, June 26. 2013
It's not often that I am surprised by how low the Metropolitan Police will go, but today I am totally flabbergasted. Those of you who have followed the harrowing story of the horrific racist-murder of a black lad waiting for a bus in Eltham by some racist scum in 1993, will know of the appalling response by the Met, which ultimately led to the damning Macpherson Report that labelled the Met as "Institutionally Racist". It now looks like the Met not only botched their investigation into the murder of Stephen Lawrence because of their inherent racism, but, they actually spied on his friends and relatives in a despicable smear campaign. It also looks like they deliberately withheld details of this appalling operation from the original Macpherson report.
Thursday, June 13. 2013
This might seem like small beer in the greater scheme of things, but this story illustrates very well how the UK has a long way to go before it becomes a true secular democracy.
Monday, June 3. 2013
'It has launched illegal and unjust wars with catastrophic human consequences; it has helped overthrow democratically elected governments; it arms and backs some of the most brutal dictatorships on the face of the earth; and it has a track record of supporting terrorist organisations. Even many of its ardent supporters admit that the US foreign policy elite has a somewhat chequered history.
Tuesday, May 14. 2013
This story should come, sadly, as no surprise. In a nutshell: our very own Prince Charles of our unelected regime is helping out another (highly repressive) unelected regime with a spot of 'good publicity' for some cash (£700,000) for one of his hobby groups of chums. So when Charles is not talking to plants, baking biscuits or helping his dear old open parliament, he's now filling his time with activities usually left to other sniveling toadies like Prince Andrew or Mark Thatcher.
Saturday, May 11. 2013
Big bad pharma megalith GSK is banging the PR drum in Africa about a partnership with the charity 'Save The Children'. Call me cynical, but are GSK's motives really about saving sick kids in Africa when the very same company has fought tooth and nail to deprive this continent of affordable life-saving drugs for decades? Or is it more likely to be a response to more recent bad publicity over GSK buying-off competition to its extortionately priced anti-depressant 'Seroxat'? Also, reading between the lines, 'Save The Children' is definitely edgy about whoring it with GSK, so it looks like this story may not have a happy ending...
Friday, May 10. 2013
'Kathryn Bigelow's Osama bin Laden revenge-porn flick Zero Dark Thirty was the biggest publicity coup for the CIA this century outside of the actual killing of Osama bin Laden. But the extent to which the CIA shaped the film has remained unclear. Now, a memo obtained by Gawker shows that the CIA actively, and apparently successfully, pressured Mark Boal to remove scenes that made them look bad from the Zero Dark Thirty script.
Thursday, May 9. 2013
As if there was ever any doubt about this man's advanced intelligence, superbrain Stephen Hawking flips the bird to Israeli president Shimon Peres over Israel's treatment of Palestinians. Way to go Stephen!
Saturday, May 4. 2013
It is common knowledge that Prince Charles, our hereditary heir to the throne, is well known to be on a nice little earner selling biscuits from Cornwall that 'earns' him about UKP 18 million a year. What is much less well known is that when someone dies down in darkest Cornwall without a will, this blood-sucker gets their assets too. However, keen to be altruistic he then generously shovels some of this unearned dosh to worthy causes like private schools and his other hobby 'charities'.
Tuesday, April 30. 2013
George Monbiot analyses the role of the new UK Government Chief Scientist Mark Walport regarding the proposed EC ban on neonicotinoids because of the rapidly declining bee population that is essential for crop pollination.
Sunday, April 28. 2013
'It's time, if you're so inclined, to plunk down a reservation for a one-way ticket to Mars. The privately funded Mars One foundation recently opened up applications for astronauts to take a journey to the Red Planet in 2022/23. Return trips, the organisers said, just aren't feasible with the technology we have.
Thursday, April 18. 2013
The machines are coming for us and we are all doomed...
Monday, April 8. 2013
Woo hoo! Good riddance to bad rubbish! Thatcher has finally died from a stroke (a stroke of good luck). And not before time. Great news like this demands a celebration. Now stock up on coal and get ready to lob it at her hearse during the forthcoming state funeral!
Thursday, April 4. 2013
On the very day that our disgusting coalition government gives a huge tax cut to millionaires and hammers the poor, one little old lady billionaire has had a tidy little top-up. Yes, our unelected head of state has just trousered a UKP 5 million pay rise, raising the bundle of public money that our royal parasite gets from UKP30 million to UKP 36 million per annum.
Wednesday, March 20. 2013
What the fuck? Is CNN looking for street cred? Or maybe the surveillance state wants everyone to know we're being watched...
Tuesday, March 5. 2013
This is the kind of bat-shit crazy pioneering spirit that is sorely needed in the 21st century if humanity is ever to become a multi-planetary species. Sceptics said that man would never walk on the moon before 1970, but the same bat-shit crazy pioneering spirit that took hold during the space race of the 60s proved them all wrong. More power to the Inspiration Mars Foundation. I want to see this and more before my time on this backward little planet has expired. Go Fever!
Monday, February 25. 2013
It's pretty obvious that Mr. Ratzinger did not quit because he's old and infirm. There's definitely bigger things brewing; money laundering and child sex-abuse scandals, threat of arrest if he leaves the Vatican, etc. But the latest theory revealed in the Italian press about a 'gay network' in the Vatican, if true, could really see the wheels come off of the Catholic Church. Fingers crossed.
Tuesday, February 19. 2013
It looks like Mr. Ratzinger is so rattled by the prospect of being held to account for his cover-up of the child sex-crimes of Catholic priests on his watch, that he is going to stay holed-up in the Vatican after he stops being God's representative on Earth. Of course someone, someday, might put a stop to the nonsense about the Vatican being a 'state', and then he's toast but I'm not holding my breath. Contrast the international kid-glove treatment of this vile individual to the hounding of Julian Assange, and one gets a good insight into the priorities of powerful western nations...