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...
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'.
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.
Tuesday, March 19. 2013
Having been interested in the old-time American hobo lifestyle for some time, it has come as a great surprise and pleasure to find a thriving subculture of modern hobos still riding freight trains across the US. PBS has a superbly evocative film about hobos here.
Sunday, March 17. 2013
A new investigative documentary by The Guardian and BBC tells a story of one Colonel James Steele, a veteran of the Latin American Dirty War and the Vietnam War and his involvement in the Iraq War. Apparently, Colonel Steele was involved in helping organize and finance Shia death squads, torture, helping to instigate, perhaps, the civil war in Iraq. His reports went directly to the desks of Rumsfeld and Cheney.
Friday, March 15. 2013
Having taken up the briar a little over a year ago (as a result of a few pals accusing me of being a 'Chap' and saying that "you should smoke a pipe"), I began investigating the unusual world of contemporary pipe smoking. What at first glance appeared to be a moribund pastime soon revealed a distinct, thriving, colourful, and even subversive subculture, with adherents from all over the world.
Monday, March 4. 2013
Cyberpunk and media theorist Douglas Rushkoff talks perfect sense, yet again, on the dangers of using Facebook. As he aptly points out: "The true end users of Facebook are the marketers who want to reach and influence us. They are Facebook's paying customers; we are the product. And we are its workers"...
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...
Friday, February 15. 2013
The surprise resignation of the PPPP (Paedophile Priest Protecting Pope) could open up new avenues for this odious little man to be sued. US court cases have already featured letters from 'Cardinal Ratzinger' linking him directly to the Catholic Church's cover up of their child sex abuse scandal. Bring it on!
Thursday, February 14. 2013
Well, okay, I maybe extrapolating things a bit here, but hell, the God Squad does it all the time. So, am I the first to link the resignation of Mr. Ratzinger with the hillarious story of a 'gay' dog called Elton and a Catholic gob-shite called 'Bill Donohue'? I think dear old Ratzinger read this story and said: "Right, fuck it, I've had enough of this Catholic shit, I'm off!" Enjoy. (Daily Kos article).
War company Raytheon has developed some software called RIOT (Rapid Information Overlay Technology) that is designed to deal with vast amounts of personal data on social networking sites etc, with the aim of giving anyone who wants to pay for it the ability to spy on and/or track people. Good! Now will all those Twitter and Facebook numbskulls out there, happily sloshing their personal information all over the internet, pay attention? Probably not, the me-me-me generation I fear is here to stay...
Saturday, February 2. 2013
GSK, the iconic Bad Pharma giant, has had it's arse well and truly kicked in the US for witholding clinical trails data for the dodgy diabetes drug 'Avandia'. GSK was fined $3 billion+ in the US and has since settled out of court in the US with numerous victims who have suffered heart attacks/problems caused by Avandia.
Tuesday, January 29. 2013
Upon hearing that Gangstagrass were coming to Europe sometime this year, Media Underground's very own Sergeant Matron decided to push his luck, contact their manager, and try get them to come to the incredible Glenuig Hall in remote West Lochaber, Scotland. To everyone's surprise, he seems to be making some headway and there's every chance the gig will go ahead providing the dates fit in with the band's schedule.
Friday, January 18. 2013
I downloaded Zero Dark Thirty off BitTorrent because I thought I’d review the film exclusively for Media Underground. I’m not going to pay one dime for a Lockheed Martin commercial and I knew how it ends so here’s my take. The film should be called Zero Fuck Movie. It begins with a retarded looking ginger anorexic pale Carrot Juice Maya bitch standing in the background during a torture scene, but you’re supposed to feel sorry for her because she can’t stand to watch torture. First thoughts: any CIA agent in that room is going to be a West Point graduate and a professional sadist and is not going to give a fuck about torture. When they keep cutting back to her with that Florence Nightingale compassion cunt-face, it’s utterly laughable.
Continue reading "Movie Review: 'Zero Dark Thirty' By James Inman"
Thursday, January 17. 2013
The tired myth of the 'non-meddling monarchy' is in tatters tonight, as even a snivelling, complicit No. 10 has failed to stop secret papers showing the level of influence our un-elected head of state and her idiot son has over the running of our country. When we have to put up with an un-elected monarchy being protected by a semi-elected government what chance has democracy in the UK got? We send people to die in Afganistan in the name of 'democracy' and we have to put up with this shit. Enough, Republic, NOW!
Tuesday, December 18. 2012
Prince Charles of the 'black-spider letters' is not shy in spewing his opinions on a range of issues. Funny that one of his little lobbying campaigns to ministers seems to be remarkably silent on the hot topic of large companies avoiding tax. Not so funny when you see his main cash-cow the Duchy of Cornwall does not pay corporation tax. Why is this the case, when quite obviously the Duchy is a "company" that, at the very least, makes overpriced biscuits? Well, the Duchy of Cornwall claims it is not a "separate entity for tax purposes". So let me see, Prince Charles and the Duchy of Cornwall are one in the same thing, and he just sells all the biscuits that he can't eat or throw to his servants as a a spin-off. I wonder if Cameron and the rest of the Eton posh boys will go after Charles with the same gusto that they've shown for the likes of Starbucks, Google and Amazon?
Wednesday, December 12. 2012
I love hard facts that stick it to the god-squad, and they don't get much harder that the census for England & Wales. People who claim to be Xtian have nose-dived, whilst people who say that they have no religion has risen to 1 in 4 and it also appears that the Jedi have had a really successful recruitment drive. I wonder when Xtians will ditch the rosary for light-sabres.
Tuesday, December 11. 2012
A succinct article from George Monbiot detailing some depressing examples of the pointless consumer-fest that Xmas is, ensuring that even in a mega-dip recession we can keep on consuming our way to sawing off the branch that the human race sits on.
Friday, December 7. 2012
So an over-priveleged woman who has married into the royal family has been promoted from a mere clothes horse to a sausage machine. The royal response to all this is go into panic mode and quickly change the act of succession (something that campaigners have been urging for decades) so that any resulting girl-sprog can wear some metal and gems on her head. The real insult, aided by the snivelling David "I'm sure they will make great parents" Cameron is that the change is dressed up in a cloak of 'equality'. Still, with the country falling apart at the seams, I guess the Eton posh boys in charge are desperate for anything to take peoples' minds off of the fact they they can't afford to heat their home this winter.
Saturday, November 24. 2012
The Tories have said in public that they will clamp down on tax avoidance, and to this end their slime-ball-in-chief George Osbourne has stated that tax avoidance is 'morally repugnant'. However, it looks like our duplicitous Tory Government is ensuring that the wealthy can happily evade tax all they want by signing dodgy deals, or 'Rubik Agreements', with the tax-haven of Switzerland, therby undermining serious European attempts to get the rich to pay their fair share in tax. Does anyone seriously believe that the Tories, who after all exist to keep the rich rich, will ever effectively clamp down on the tax avoidance of the wealthy?
Friday, November 23. 2012
People like me often get branded 'aggressive secularists' (a badge of honour) by the various brands of god-squad, whose claptrap we so often have to listen to. They then accuse aggressive secularists of 'marginalising their faith'. Really? Well this week, with all the stuff about the Church of England allowing only men to wear frocks, I think the god-squaddies in the C of E have done a fine job themselves of 'marginalising their faith'. In fact, I think any secularist, agressive or otherwise, would love to have been able to bash such a massive nail in their coffin.
Thursday, November 22. 2012
Once again Sam Harris deploys his incisive intellect discussing near-death experience or NDE. In doing so he puts the boot in simultaneously to Newsweek magazine and neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander.
Monday, October 29. 2012
How exactly is it that SpaceX can do everything so cheaply? Well, it would seem from this recent interview with Elon Musk that there are a couple of reasons in particular. The first being that there’s a tendency for big aerospace companies to outsource everything to subcontractors who then, bizarrely, outsource work to other subcontractors who subsequently - in what seems to be little more than an utter bureaucratic shambles by this point - outsource to other subcontractors and so on and so forth... ad nauseum. As one commenter aptly points out at the foot of this Wired article: "One reason for all that expensively administered subcontracting is that it pleases exactly those committees [who control NASA's funding]. The large projects they favor can subcontract in many different districts, whose congressmen then have a good reason to vote for NASA's budget. This means the committee members need not trade away any more of their political capital to get the projects that support contractors in their districts."
Thursday, October 18. 2012
I remember The Medusa Touch having quite a profound affect on me the first time I saw it as a child. It's possibly even an earliy influence that was responsible for steering me towards the works of Aleister Crowley in my teens. (The Pirate Bay magnet link).
Wednesday, October 17. 2012
It is no secret that Prince Charles abuses his position of influence and power routinely to meddle in the politial affairs of the UK. This meddling often takes the form of writing self-interested letters to ministers. The British people forever hear the lie that the royal family, and particularly the monarch, are 'politically neutral'. The other great lie is that the royal family and monarch have no 'real' power. So, this week in brazen demonstration of these lies, the establishment has closed ranks in the form of the Attorney General blocking the disclosure of Charles' letters to ministers following a FOI request from The Guardian.
Tuesday, October 16. 2012
I've been hearing this phrase "Petrodollar Warfare" floating around recently on the intertubes and did a little searching. It seems it's a phrase coined by William Clark from his book Petrodollar Warfare: Oil, Iraq And The Future Of The Dollar. I wasn't able to find the eBook anywhere on BitTorrent so I may have to buy it, but I did find an interesting essay he wrote in 2005. I know this may seem like old news but reading it now the guy seems like he pretty much nailed why we're hearing all this crap about Iran today. I also found a neat little video from Etopia News Now (you won't find it on YouTube) if you want to hear him speak. To me he doesn't seem like he's got an axe to grind, he's just a little nerdy and pointing out in simple terms why we have been at war for the past 100 years. It's always good to have everything summed up if you can't get it from the mainstream news networks who control 90% of all information in the U.S...
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