Scrooge Motherfuckers

Thousands of workers are being short-changed by firms who refuse to pay the national minimum wage, a survey for union organisation the TUC found. Around 150,000 staff are being denied rate of £5.52 an hour for adults and £4.60 for 18 to 21-year-olds, it says. Those in restaurants, hotels, cleaning, hairdressing and childcare were said to be the most likely to be underpaid.

But y’know let’s not then also make the mistake of taking the minimum wage as a living wage. It is the least legally possible to pay a human being, not an amount to aim at thinking ‘wow what a great business I run, I pay my people the least legal minimum, aren’t I a genius’.

Helpline to report Scrooge McBastards – Employers can be reported to the minimum wage helpline on 0845 6000 678.  

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Blair’s Indulgence

As noted elsewhere, he’s converting just in time to obtain a Get Out of Purgatory Free card, so by his new beliefs he’ll be all absolved an’ shit of being a huge warmongering criminal mass murderer. Frankly this might seem simplistic and unfair (stop sniggering) but…a conservative reactionary ex-Hitler Youth, ex-Inquisition Pope selling clean souls to war criminals…are all my calendars just wrong? They say 2007, I have a computer, plastic things, electricity! Doesn’t seem like the fifteenth century, yet…

Even for an atheist this does kind of make me wish the one true faith is Islam, the look on Tony’s face when he finds that out…priceless.

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Oh Do Shut Up

Iran needs to “confess” to running a past nuclear weapons program or its claims of cooperating with a U.N. investigation of its past clandestine activities will be a sham, the chief U.S. envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency said Friday. In Washington, meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tehran must do even more to end present U.N. sanctions and avoid new ones — halt uranium enrichment and related activities that could make the ingredients for a bomb.

Fantastically illogical, astronomically arrogant and just plain batshit warmongeringly insane. But y’know persistent & dedicated and they wrote ‘bomb’ result! So they have that going for them. Empires don’t expand themselves people.

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