So sure there is a crisis, but let’s name it for what it is. The crisis is that Germany and the EU cannot accept the democratic right of a sovereign state to reject neoliberal economics. That’s what all this is about.

Not quite how I would describe Greece Ritchie. For example, what’s neoliberal about the euro, the cause of all of this?

Odd question

How much are Egyptians Arabs?

Not for any particular reason but just pondering. In the same sense that we English are a mixture, Celt, Anglo Saxon, Jute, Viking, Norman and so on. But there’s a very great chunk of it that is still Celt. The rulers may have come in but the population (perhaps, at times, only the female) endured.

And with Egypt. How much are they Arabs, from the conquest, and how much Egyptians from before?

And, actually, I could imagine that the Circassian and Alan genetic influence is greater than the Arab. Imagine that is, not prove. For the Mamluk armies etc were all recruited, first generation, from the steppes as slaves. And children of them could not join the army at all, or administration, so must have gone off into the general population. So I could imagine that that influence was greater than the Arab.

Anyone know?

Truth hurts does it?

The former CEO of Disney has sparked a ferocious Twitter backlash after he told a festival in Aspen that funny, beautiful women were impossible to find in Hollywood.
In a discussion with actress Goldie Hawn about why she had been so successful, Michael Eisner said: “From my position, the hardest artist to find is a beautiful, funny woman. By far. They usually — boy am I going to get in trouble, I know this goes online — but usually, unbelievably beautiful women, you being an exception, are not funny.”
Mr Eisner, who served as CEO at Disney from 1984 to 2005, was right about getting into trouble. But he went on.
“I know women who have been told they’re beautiful, they win Miss Arkansas, they don’t ever have to get attention other than with their looks,” he said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“So they don’t tell a joke. In the history of the motion-picture business, the number of beautiful, really beautiful women — a Lucille Ball — that are funny, is impossible to find.”
His comments provoked outrage on Twitter.
Actress Mindy Kaling called the comments “pitiful”.

Beauty is rare, that’s why it is valued. Proper comedic timing is rare, that’s why it’s valued.

Possession of either is not correlated. Thus possession of both is extremely rare.

John Belushi (when off the coke) was a great comic. Handsome not so much. Discuss.


You know you want to photoshop this:


Myself, in normal times, I would happily  say Nai, but perhaps when she’s a little less angry.

So, just how cheap are Nigerian sofas?

Kids Company, the youth charity founded by the flamboyant campaigner Camila Batmanghelidjh, could face an inquiry from the charity watchdog amid concerns over how millions of pounds of public money have been spent.

Are we talking about the charity having simply splurged the money by giving it to the teenagers sa “pocket money” or are we considering other diversions?

It ain’t for you to say Dearie

Police have condemned people stuck in traffic who taunted a distressed woman as negotiators tried to save her life by talking her down from a bridge.
Officers said it was “completely unacceptable” after members of the public made offensive remarks as officers tried to help the woman to safety.
The incident forced the closure of the M3 at Sunbury in Surrey for more than two hours after emergency teams were alerted just after 11am.
One Twitter user, Frankie Maicourt, tweeted Surrey Police: “Tell her to get on with it. Bloody ruining everyone’s weekend. Sat in this for an hour and a half now.”
Another user, Sara Russell, wrote: “To the person causing traffic jam on the M3/A316, you selfish, selfish t**t.”
She added: “Surrey police, can’t you rubber bullet the jumper on M3/A316 and get the traffic moving? Or get net ready & charge her? Ridiculous.”
The woman was detained under the Mental Health Act after being helped to safety from the pedestrian bridge, Surrey Police said.
Inspector Julie Hillman said: “Having members of the public taunt somebody who is clearly in a distressed state as we did earlier today is completely unacceptable.

It’s rude, crude, callous and all the rest of it. But you’re a police officer Dearie. you don’t get to decide what other people can say.

Strange idea, this free speech shit, but that is what it does mean. The freedom to be a complete twat.

Massive shock!

Using computer modelling which factors in shifting birth rates and family sizes over around 200 years, the group estimates that a typical Briton has 193,000 living cousins – if everyone from first cousin through to sixth cousins are included.

Genetically related populations are genetically related.

Who would have thought it, eh?

I’ve five first cousins (people I share a grandparent with), don’t know the number of second cousins (people I share a great grandparent with) but there’s certainly 50 or more of them out there and so on. using Terry Pratchett’s idea of 30 years being a grandfather 6 th cousin takes us back to a marriage contracted in 1835. and there’s been something of a population explosion since then, only part of which is immigration.

Not, really, a surprising number. Although the story is pretty good PR for the website, they’re good at that, I have to say. They get such a story in every few months…..

Ooooh yes, please, please, puhleeze!

Labour MPs’ decision to help the leftwinger Jeremy Corbyn enter the party’s leadership race appears to be backfiring after Britain’s biggest trade union told members to vote for him.
Mr Corbyn, who has been on Labour’s hard Left for decades, only made it onto the ballot paper last month with minutes to spare after MPs lent him their votes to broaden the debate.
However, Mr Corbyn has now had his chances of winning boosted after Unite, Labour’s biggest donor, told members to vote for the Islington North MP to be the party’s leader.
Five unions – including the Fire brigades Union and the RMT rail union – are now backing Mr Corbyn to beat rival Yvette Cooper, Liz Kendall and Andy Burnham to be Labour leader this September.

It’s one member one vote these days, isn’t it?

And wouldn’t it be fun if Corbyn does win? That would be swathes of the North going UKIP at the next election…..

Darwin Awards start with “Hold my beer and watch this”

A 22-year-old man who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, killing him instantly, authorities said Sunday.

Devon Staples and his friends had been drinking and setting off fireworks Saturday night in the backyard of a friend’s home in eastern Maine, said Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety.

Staples, 22, of Calais, a small city on the Canadian border, placed a reloadable fireworks mortar tube on his head and told his friends he was going to light it, McCausland said. But his friends urged him to stop.

“Apparently, he thought that was a great idea,” McCausland said. “His friends they thought dissuaded him from doing it, and the next thing they knew, he ignited the fireworks and he was killed instantly.”

They’re not called rednecks up there but the effect is the same.


So, Christie Brinkley takes a photo of her ex-husband, Billy Joel, at his most recent wedding:

Congratulation to the glowing bride and groom.. And to my daughter Alexa, who has a wonderful friend in Alexis! Wishing the growing family every happiness!

Spot the subtext? My ex-husband’s new bride is only 3 years older than my ex-husband’s daughter with me. And she’s pregnant: the bride, not the daughter.

Or is that just me spotting things in this day of blended families?

Well, you know…..

“I want the UK to stay in the EU, and I cannot even imagine an EU without the UK. I don’t want to imagine it,” he said.
“In particular, for us it’s not good because the UK is a partner promoting a free-market economy, much more than the southern hemisphere in Europe. [Some of these countries] want to have a more state-regulated economy, and the UK is more like us, for instance, like Holland and the northern hemisphere, so we would not be very happy to see it go.”
Mr Fuchs described Brussels as a “huge” bureaucracy that needed to be scaled back. “I fully agree with certain statements of [Prime Minister] David Cameron saying that Brussels need not be such a huge bureaucracy, with so much red tape.
“That’s quite important, I think, and we need Cameron’s help to change it.”

Why not just tell the bureaucrats to fuck off yourselves?

Or, if they insist om the bureaucracy, leave yourselves?

And if the system as a whole is always going to move toward a more statist, bureaucratic, system as a result of the inevitable compromises with said Latins, why have the organisation at all?

So Schultzie is lying again

Big surprise, eh?

Greece risks a collapse of the medical system, power black-outs, and an import blockade, if the Greek people reject creditor demands in a make-or-break referendum tomorrow, the EU’s highest elected official has warned.
Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, said the EU authorities may have to prepare emergency loans to keep basic public services functioning and to prevent the debt-stricken country spinning out of control next week.
“Without new money, salaries won’t be paid, the health system will stop functioning, the power network and public transport will break down, and they won’t be able to import vital goods because nobody can pay,” he said.

That this fat fucker has risen to the top of the system is all we need to know that we have to be out of it.

Mr Varoufakis angrily dismissed “malicious rumours” that Greece’s banks are drawing up plans to seize a share of all deposits above €8,000 in a so-called “bail-in”. This is far below the EMU-wide deposit guarantee of €100,000.
The claims have been widely aired by Greek television and the conservative press, though no sources have been identified.
Louka Katseli, the head of the Greek banking association, said the reports were fiction.

My word, I wonder where the rumour did come from? Someone trying to influence the vote perhaps?

It has emerged that European members on the board of the International Monetary Fund tried to suppress the publication of a report by the IMF showing that Greece’s debt is “unsustainable” and that the country is in grave need of debt relief.
This validates the claim by Syriza that a deal without debt restructuring fails to go to the root of the problem, and merely ensures another crisis later. Angry staff members at the IMF leaked parts of the paper to the German press, forcing full publication.

Shoot them all say I.

Facepalm with Caroline Lucas

GIQE could contribute to strengthening the UK economy via a carefully costed, nationwide programme to train and employ a ‘carbon army’. This army would be at the frontline of the fight against cold homes by making all of the UK’s 30 million buildings energy efficient, and, where feasible, fitted with solar panels. This would, in the first instance, dramatically reduce energy bills and fuel poverty, whilst also cutting greenhouse gas emission and cutting current dependence on imported energy.

How does putting in a more expensive method of energy generation reduce fuel poverty?

U2’s Van Diemen’s Land

Is there actually a recorded version of this song that includes the final verse?

Still the gunman rules and Widows pay
A scarlet coat now a black beret
They thought that blood and sacrifice
Could out of death bring forth a life


On the Greek Referendum

Seriously, it’s not language that is really conducive to a quick explanation down the taverna is it?,” says Tim Worstall, writing for Forbes, after pointing out sentences like this one:

“Amend legislation on installments to among others exclude those who fail to pay current obligations and introduce a requirement to shorten the duration for those with the capacity to pay earlier and market-based interest rates; The large debtor unit and KEAO will assess by September 2015 the large debtors with tax and social security debt above 1 million EUR to verify their capacity to pay and take corrective actions”.

Original here.