A pole-dancer, you say? Blimey!

Most middle-aged Brits keep fit by doing pint curls in the local pub. But this one‘s found another, and arguably healthier, exercise…which, coincidentally, is also done in a lot of bars: A father of two has found a clever way to watch pole dancers without getting into trouble – by becoming one. Happily married Paul ...

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Another satellite for Venezuela

Looks like Simón Bolívar will have even more company in orbit. In addition to his Bolivian and Ecuadorian counterparts, he’s going to be joined by another Venezuelan satellite, named after another independence hero: The new satellite, “Generalísimo Francisco de Miranda”, represents a great leap for the development of technological independence in Venezuela, said president Hugo ...

Chairman Mao rolls in his grave

150 computer factory workers had to be talked down from a “suicide jump” in protest of lousy working conditions at the infamous Foxconn. This would not have made the news when Mao Zedong was in charge of China… The workers were eventually coaxed down after two days on top of their three-floor plant in Wuhan ...

China: A village fights back

The story, courtesy of the UK Telegraph: For the first time on record, the Chinese Communist party has lost all control, with the population of 20,000 in this southern fishing village now in open revolt. The last of Wukan’s dozen party officials fled on Monday after thousands of people blocked armed police from retaking the ...

Toronto Zoo’s gay penguins go viral

By now you’ve surely heard of Buddy and Pedro, the two adorable little African penguins at the Toronto Zoo who’ve struck up an adorable little same-sex pair bond but are being separated in order to mate their “top-notch genes” with those of eligible females? Well, their plight has gone viral, thanks to the famous Taiwanese ...

Quotable: Confucius on poverty and wealth

Grope & Flail blames Chinese news agency for Tory zipper problems

Ahem. A little mood music, maestro David: And now, the sordid story: In his short political career, Bob Dechert has risen through the ranks of the Harper government to assume a role in brokering Canada’s relationship with the rest of the world, including China. That’s why it was all the more embarrassing when it was ...