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Quotable: Arundhati Roy on the ghosts of capitalism

“Though capitalism is meant to be based on competition, those at the top of the food chain have also shown themselves to be capable of inclusiveness and solidarity. The great Western Capitalists have done business with fascists, socialists, despots and military dictators. They can adapt and constantly innovate. They are capable of quick thinking . . . → Read More: Quotable: Arundhati Roy on the ghosts of capitalism

Quotable: George Carlin on incentives

Economics for Dummies: The scariest poet in Britain?

Funny, he doesn’t look so intimidating to me:

But then again, I’m not a corporate tax dodger.

Economics for Dummies: I got 99 problems, and the rich ARE one

If this is not THE song of the year, I will be severely surprised. Download it and crank it…OFTEN.

Stupid (Anti-)Sex Tricks: The American Lie League, and other hilarious crapagandroids

Need a good laugh tonight? Here ya go:

Mmmmmm, penis cupcakes and vagina macaroons! Yummy!

Jezebel calls this “the most hilariously lewd thing you’ll ever see”, and they’re not far from the truth. This hysterical video inadvertently gives away the makers’ own creepy fetishes. Calling Planned Parenthood a pusher of sex-as-drugs-to-children, and then offering . . . → Read More: Stupid (Anti-)Sex Tricks: The American Lie League, and other hilarious crapagandroids

FUX Snooze gets pwned by Muppets

And as usual, Miss Piggy gets the best lines.

Royally disgusting

Ahem. A little mood music, maestro:

Ah, that was lovely. And a timely reminder of the class of person we’re dealing with here: an unelected monarch who dares to try to shut up a democratically elected leader confronting him over Spanish support of a coup against democracy in Venezuela. Yes, that was Chavecito, and . . . → Read More: Royally disgusting

MerCHEdes? Of atrocities and apologies (still owing) from Mercedes-Benz

Yes, the above is an atrocity, and a gross violation of rights. But not for the reasons the gusanos of Miami claim. Cubadebate explains what’s really horrible about it:

The luxury-vehicle company Mercedes-Benz apologized this week for having used the image of Che Guevara in a publicity campaign. Its apology, however, is for the . . . → Read More: MerCHEdes? Of atrocities and apologies (still owing) from Mercedes-Benz

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 . . . → Read More: Chairman Mao rolls in his grave

Keystone XL: Dirty oil barons threaten Obama

The clearest, most concise explanation yet of why the Keystone XL pipeline project, which would ferry dirty tar-sands oil from Alberta to Texas, must not proceed. Yes, all this talk of “ending our dependence on foreign oil” is a LIE. Shocking? Wait, it gets worse. The pipeline would also threaten a geologically unstable area . . . → Read More: Keystone XL: Dirty oil barons threaten Obama

Orwell Rolls in His Grave

A documentary made a few years back, but still broadly relevant today. It’s all about how corporate lobbyists control government, and how corporate interests control media, and the dangers to democracy that result from this high degree of corporatization. The specific example here is that of the United States of Amnesia, but the implications . . . → Read More: Orwell Rolls in His Grave

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 . . . → Read More: China: A village fights back

Spyware for Arab despots: Germany’s latest source of shame

Wikileaks just keeps exposing the imperialist underside of western “democracy”. And one of the latest to be embarrassed by revelations is Germany — an unlikely player in the imperial game, seeing as it’s been officially out of it since World War II ended. But what used to be done overtly by governments has since . . . → Read More: Spyware for Arab despots: Germany’s latest source of shame

What is up with Ol’ Pineapple Face?

Russia Today has the backgrounder; the CBC has the story:

Former military strongman Manuel Antonio Noriega was flown home to Panama on Sunday to be punished once again for crimes he committed during a career that saw him transformed from a close Cold War ally of Washington to the vilified target of a U.S. . . . → Read More: What is up with Ol’ Pineapple Face?

Economics for Dummies: Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

A little holiday hymn from the true gods and messiahs of the world: the 1%ers. Hallelujah!

Quotable: Naomi Klein on the so-called free market

Peter Kent, ignorant SupposiTory hack

Q. How does one get to be Minister of the Environment without any scientific knowledge whatsoever?

A. By being a faithful, appointed HarpoCon hack beforehand, and then coasting into office on that.

BTW, Peter Kent hates Venezuela. So it’s no surprise that he has scant respect for anything on Earth that he . . . → Read More: Peter Kent, ignorant SupposiTory hack

Aloha, APEC. Love, the 99%.

Hawaiian singer Makana actually slipped this one below the radar on the 1%er leaders yesterday. Here’s the story: Honolulu – A change in the programmed entertainment at last night’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) gala left a few world leaders slack-jawed, though most seemed not to notice that anything was amiss. During the gala dinner, renowned […] . . . → Read More: Aloha, APEC. Love, the 99%.

Poor Pippa.

You really have to feel for this girl sometimes. Apparently her much-scrutinized on-again-off-again romance is off, for good: She is one of the most desirable women in the world, the beautiful younger sister of the future Queen of England with an appealingly mischievous glint in her eye. So when it was reported last week that […] . . . → Read More: Poor Pippa.

Quotable: George Monbiot on wealth

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Piñera’s prostitute

Oh, Chile. What is happening to you? When the capitalist whores are literally coming out of the woodwork, you KNOW you’ve got a corrupt, ruined country. And look! Here comes one now: The famous “lady of company”, María Carolina, was invited to appear on the TV program, “True Lies”, where, true to her style, she […] . . . → Read More: Piñera’s prostitute

Harper Government™ in pocket of NRA, gun manufacturers. Also, stupid on crime.

It’s getting shittier than ever to be a Canadian, and we are all hanging our heads and shaking them in shame. Because “free” trade (note the quotes) isn’t enough to sell our asses downriver, now Harpo & Co. have sold us out to the gun lobby. Yes, really. The powerful Ruger Mini-14 semi-automatic rifle used […] . . . → Read More: Harper Government™ in pocket of NRA, gun manufacturers. Also, stupid on crime.

Quotable: Dwight D. Eisenhower on the social safety net

Man, that Ike. What a commie-pinko socialist. How the hell did he ever become a Republican? (And speaking of which: Why is that party not deader than the friggin’ dodo by now?) . . . → Read More: Quotable: Dwight D. Eisenhower on the social safety net

Why Iceland isn’t in the news nowadays

Michael Hudson has some hints: More at The Real News Basically, it has a lot to do with fucking those who have fucked you, and using a splintery broomstick to do it. Yeah, Icelanders got up on their hind legs and raised a ruckus. And the banks backed down. Iceland has made a rather dramatic […] . . . → Read More: Why Iceland isn’t in the news nowadays

Stupid Sex Tricks: Banking and wanking, together at last

No. Oh, no. NO: In case you were wondering what that was all about, Copyranter explains: Komerční Banka is a member of the Société Générale Group, and is one of the leading financial institutions in the Czech Republic. Copy translation, according to the YouTube poster: “Enjoy the first banking transaction.” There’s another of these spots […] . . . → Read More: Stupid Sex Tricks: Banking and wanking, together at last