Greed Will Eat Itself

A rift has opened up between the government and the financial authorities after a furious Alistair Darling was kept in the dark over the lifting of the ban on short-selling, which may have contributed to this week’s tumultuous crash in the value of banking shares. The chancellor is thought to have been given just one hour’s notice by the Financial Services Authority that hedge funds would once again be able to place bets that bank shares would fall. Darling believes the ban will have to be reintroduced, given the fragility of the financial system.

D’you think?

Joe The Fake Plumber Going To Israel

In case you needed more indications as to the weakness of the pro-war PR façade as the IDF get approved to intensify the attack (maybe this will stir some rather silent big dem blogs into noticing the slaughter, ahem)…

Joe the Plumber is taking on a new job. The Ohio man, who became famous during the US presidential campaign after asking Barack Obama about his tax plan, is heading to Israel as a war correspondent for a conservative Web site called pjtv.com.

Dubbed “Joe the Plumber” by McCain’s campaign, Samuel “Joe” Wurzelbacher was held up as an example of an American worker who would be hurt economically by Obama’s election.

Wurzelbacher says he’ll spend 10 days covering the fighting and explaining why Israeli forces are mounting attacks against Hamas.

He tells WNWO-TV in Toledo that he wants “go over there and let their ‘Average Joes’ share their story.”

Wurzelbacher later joined Republican John McCain on the campaign trail. At one stop, Wurzelbacher agreed with a McCain supporter who asked if he believed a vote for Obama was a vote for the death of Israel.

Homo Sapiens

Closeted hypocritical homophobe Pope Benny does it again-

Pope Benedict XVI has said that saving humanity from homosexual or transsexual behaviour is just as important as saving the rainforest from destruction.

Incidentally is there not some easy neologism for the obviously gay yet publicly rabid homophobic person? So you could say,”Hey that Pope Benny he’s a _____” (lousy date?). And anyway this-

Men significantly outnumbered women in the “out-of-Africa” migration some 60,000 years ago that eventually populated the rest of the world, according to a new study.

C’mon, men outnumbering women? That means our ancestors were all about the drag and ass fucking!

Oh The Humanity!

“People are horrified. They are frightened of being exposed. They don’t know how to go on,” said a Boston-area psychologist, cited in an interesting story by Svea Herbst of Reuters: “Many duped investors have been left with a sense of betrayal so strong that it will cause severe psychological scars, said Dr. James Grubman, a psychologist who counsels wealthy families in the Boston area struggling with the emotional issues of having money.”

Maybe if I get a paypal button we could all just pull together, collect some money and help these poor, poor lambs. Even if they don’t lose any money, they need help (is mo’ money, mo’ problems on his card?) . C’mon people, therapy doesn’t pay for itself!

[Note to self- Best scam evah! Treating rich idiots for being rich, why did I not become a psychologist? Dammit!]

Check his site –Family Wealth Consulting, absolute genius!

Dr. Jim Grubman of FamilyWealth Consulting works with families of wealth, family businesses, and the advisors who serve them.  Using skills developed as a psychologist for over 30 years, he helps individuals and families understand and overcome the natural dilemmas of acquired or inherited wealth.  He also teaches, trains, and collaborates with the many important advisors in clients’ lives.  The goal – to help those with good fortune achieve their greatest potential.

Pass the tissues, I’m overcome (steady).

Not Racist, But…

A high-ranking Metropolitan Police officer is starting a claim of racial discrimination against the force. Met Commander Ali Dizaei claims ex-Met commissioner Sir Ian Blair and chief executive Catherine Crawford colluded to suspend him from duty.

Mr Dizaei was suspended by the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) in September accused of misconduct. He has denied any misconduct. The MPA said it awaited official notification of Mr Dizaei’s actions. A Metropolitan Black Police Association (MBPA) spokeswoman said papers would be served at the Employment Tribunal Office in central London on Wednesday.

MBPA chairman Alfred John said: “The Metropolitan Police Authority will have difficulty explaining how an officer, who according to very senior police officers performs exceptionally well in his job, has been suspended from duty when white senior officers subject to more serious complaints remain on duty and are, in fact, promoted.”

An Independent Police Complaints Commission report into alleged misconduct by Mr Dizaei, in relation to the arrest of a man at a London restaurant, has been handed to the Crown Prosecution Service. Other inquiries are understood to concern the alleged misuse of a corporate credit card and claims that Mr Dizaei advised a defence lawyer in the case of a woman involved in a road traffic accident.

But Mr Dizaei claims one of the reasons he was suspended was to prevent him representing Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur, who last month agreed an out-of-court settlement in a race claim against the Met.

Meanwhile in an entirely unrelated story…

The father of 3-year-old Adolf Hitler Campbell, denied a birthday cake with the child’s full name on it by one New Jersey supermarket, is asking for a little tolerance. Heath Campbell and his wife, Deborah, are upset not only with the decision made by the Greenwich ShopRite, but with an outpouring of angry Internet postings in response to a local newspaper article over the weekend on their flare-up over frosting.

The Campbells’ other two children also have unusual names: JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell turns 2 in a few months and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell will be 1 in April. Heath Campbell said he named his son after Adolf Hitler because he liked the name and because “no one else in the world would have that name.” He sounded surprised by all the controversy the dispute had generated.

The Campbells ultimately got their cake decorated at a Wal-Mart in Pennsylvania, Deborah Campbell said. About 12 people attended the birthday party on Sunday, including several children who were of mixed race, according to Heath Campbell. “If we’re so racist, then why would I have them come into my home?” he asked.

Campbell said his ancestors are German and that he has lived his entire life in Hunterdon County. On Tuesday he wore a pair of black boots he said were worn by a German soldier during World War II. He said he was raised not to avoid people of other races but not to mix with them socially or romantically. But he said he would try to raise his children differently.

“Say he grows up and hangs out with black people. That’s fine, I don’t really care,” he said. “That’s his choice.”

Gosh “several children who were of mixed race”, what a total non-racist… and y’know ignore the names, the Nazi boots and the thing about interracial mixing, because he said he’s going to “try“.

Pretending not to be a racist wanker- FAIL! And that’s my choice.

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Careerists

“What did I do wrong? Sure, I acted in films in the Third Reich, entertainment films, which distracted countless people inside and outside Germany from daily life during war,” he wrote.

“Sure, I wanted to make my career and I remember well at the time how many people in the Netherlands were proud that I made a career in the huge neighboring country … But apart from my career – and the fact that, through no fault of my own, Adolf Hitler was one of the fans of my art – what have I done?”

It’s what he didn’t do.

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Stephen Colbert’s Satire Mimics Justin Webb’s Actual Reporting

Remember this…cue wavy lines signifying a flashback as I quote..er myself-

Never one to leave hitherto undiscovered shallows alone the Beeb’s own emissary to Washington Justin Webb (nice but dim, actually not even that nice but makes up with extra dimness, bless) latches onto the stupidest right wing scam since Obama won, wingnuts are suggesting his victory means people of colour can no longer claim ‘victimhood’ or racism has aflicted them. Yes, because a black president means all racism has instantly been extinguished throughout American society…

And now Mr Colbert playing his fictional alter ego of a right wing fool…

Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert [click for video] wants to proclaim that “Racism is Over,” and he celebrated that victory on Thursday with a cascade of uniformly pale gray balloons.

“Obama’s election is just the latest of many victories for a new generation of African-American leaders,” Colbert explained, “like Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Alabama Congressman Artur Davis, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and Justice League President-Elect Black Lightning — who beat Aqua-Man, after the failure of his slogan, ‘Yes we clam.'”

“Some say these victories shouldn’t be lumped together … but I say they won because Racisim Is Over!” Colbert claimed as balloons rained down on his head.

So just what do you do when your actual serous work is demonstrably a ludicrous joke? Move to ITV?

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Dense

The Grauniad have done a clever thing regarding the BNP membership list, they have created an interactive map showing the density of BNP membership nationwide, see it here. Avoids personal persecution but does display the metastasising of the nazi retards.

nb. I will not post links to the list or let comments include links, should any slip through they will be deleted when I find them. It is not impossible to find the list on the intertubes if you must, no one should be persecuted or molested because of their membership but asking people to justify their views and membership of a racist fascist organisation with ties to terrorists is perfectly legitimate. They should be challenged and debated openly. I am happy to rock my politics out in the open as should anyone. And if they are in a sensitive job (of course some professions prohibit membership anyway) it would be correct to review their behaviour and terminate employment if they were manifesting their racist and fascist beliefs to those they have power over or their work colleagues have felt to be discriminated against, as the law sets out.

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Entire BNP Membership List Leaked Online

Via Unity@LC. Lancaster UAF have the story, excerpts-

…this breach of data security is startlingly bad for the BNP, not simply for the fact that the party has lost data – almost everyone seems to have managed to do that recently – but for the nature of that information.

Not only does the data, now available online, include the entire membership list with full names (and former names where there have been changes for any reason), addresses, contact numbers, email addresses and in many cases the member’s age, particularly where those members are under eighteen. Yes, that’s right. This list includes members as young as fourteen, male and female. Where a family membership is bought and paid for, the whole family is listed.

As if this isn’t bad enough, the notes that are attached to many of the entries leave a lot of the members open to difficulties in their jobs, some of them being in the armed forces or the police and the BNP too – an illegal combination, and where not illegal, frequently frowned upon. Other members are noted as construction managers, receptionists, district nurses, lay preachers, police officers, company directors and teachers among many others.

Like this wasn’t enough, the BNP has also listed hobbies or interests where for some reason they are deemed relevant. Thus we have short-wave radio hams, amateur historians, pagans, line-dancers and even a witch (male).

It’s been suggested that the party’s former treasurer John Walker is responsible for posting the list up publicly. We wouldn’t know but by doing so, the poster has stuck a stick of dynamite under Griffin’s rear end. The consequences and the repercussions may be interesting to watch.

Just as a complete aside, I should point out that we do not have a copy of this list, nor do we want one. The information we had was obtained online and appears suddenly to have been removed, at least for the moment…

nb. I will not post links to the list or let comments include links, should any slip through they will be deleted when I find them. It is not impossible to find the list on the intertubes if you must, no one should be persecuted or molested because of their membership but asking people to justify their views and membership of a racist fascist organisation with ties to terrorists is perfectly legitimate. They should be challenged and debated openly. I am happy to rock my politics out in the open as should anyone. And if they are in a sensitive job (of course some professions prohibit membership anyway) it would be correct to review their behaviour and terminate employment if they were manifesting their racist and fascist beliefs to those they have power over or their work colleagues have felt to be discriminated against, as the law sets out.

Justin Webb Continues To Give Morons A Bad Name

Never one to leave hitherto undiscovered shallows alone the Beeb’s own emissary to Washington Justin Webb (nice but dim, actually not even that nice but makes up with extra dimness, bless) latches onto the stupidest right wing scam since Obama won, wingnuts are suggesting his victory means people of colour can no longer claim ‘victimhood’ or racism has aflicted them. Yes, because a black president means all racism has instantly been extinguished throughout American society… The stupidity is breath taking, you expect it of the hateful right but what does it tell us about a BBC hack bringing it up? He’s an idiot? We knew this. He’s a conservative? Well duh! His appreciation of the complexities of race and culture is roughly that of a mouldy brick? Bingo! At least though he posits this foolishness on his BBC ‘blog’ (and yes he does the Fox thing of chucking on a question mark at the end and quotes! –An end to “victimhood”?–  y’know he’s just asking, about a quote, he didn’t say it, he’s just saying is all…no need to get upset at his blatant right wing idiocy folks, he’s not a racist, he just disseminates their talking points “victimhood” ). So I say set Hazel Blears on him, what better than having two idiots scrap with each other, you can’t lose.

Not The Brightest

Police officers put vehicles out of action 26 times in the space of a year by filling them with petrol instead of diesel, a force has admitted. North Wales Police say officers made the mistake even though the majority of its new vehicles have bright yellow filler caps marked “diesel”.

Repairing the vehicles cost the tax payer more than £2,700. The figures, released under the Freedom of Information Act, cover the period from April 2007 to March 2008.

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American Military ‘Analyst’ Provides The Rationale To Attack America Itself

Jotman caught this in the Washington Post regarding the Empire’s attack on Syria-

The military’s argument is that “you can only claim sovereignty if you enforce it,” said Anthony Cordesman, a military analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“When you are dealing with states that do not maintain their sovereignty and become a de facto sanctuary, the only way you have to deal with them is this kind of operation,” he said.

One word- Kissinger. Gear up people, we leave at dawn! Hey, they started it.

Stupid, Stupid, Stupid

Acolyte of Ayn Rand Alan Greenspan (initiated into her cult of objectivism in her apartment in New York in the early 60’s if I’m not mistaken, cue JK Galbraith quote- The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.) figures he might be wrong about unregulated free markets (even Adam Smith advocated a regulatory framework fer chrissakes) even as Peter Mandelson launches a pre-emptive strike against any ideas of questioning the free market gods as we say hello to a recession caused by those very same beliefs (insanity?). Clearly these people should not be in charge and are a danger to themselves, you needn’t look on it as a revolution, it’s an intervention for their own good.

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Incompetent & Vulgar

Not only can’t the rich run their own system for making themselves rich, they have no taste-

Swiss luxury accessories brand DEOS launched these diamond-encrusted covers designed for iPod and iPhone earbuds. Prices for these handcrafted covers, which slip on earbuds, start at $4,500, for black and white diamond versions, climbing to $60,000 for earbuds dripping with pink, yellow or black diamonds. Sure, they cost more than the actual device. Which is why some of the models, like the DEOS 32W, which has a full carat of diamonds and costs $5,000, comes with a complimentary Shuffle.

You see whatever the crisis, there is still plenty of money for certain people.

Lamenting A Tumour

Oh Noes! Teh Hej Funz R :(!

The temporary British ban on short selling is troublesome for hedge funds here and is another factor that could help undermine the city’s pre-eminent position in Europe as a base for hedge funds.

Short selling is a crucial trading strategy for hedge funds as they aim to make money, whether a stock is rising or falling, and these curbs come as rival financial centers are seeking to attract hedge funds to bolster their own sectors.

Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Scandinavia have begun to emerge as alternative locations for hedge fund operators looking for lower taxes and a higher quality of life.

But don’t worry oligarchic betting fans-

The European hedge fund industry “most certainly is expanding,” said Kinsey-Quick of the Thames River fund. “There are great managers in Oslo, Stockholm; we’re seeing now some starting out in Amsterdam and Copenhagen.” According to the news and data group HedgeFund Intelligence, the number of hedge funds based in continental Europe and the amount of money they run is showing signs of growth.

Phew, they metastasised. Looking forward to the next crash already, although obviously we’ll be a lot poorer and they’ll be a lot richer, progress! Trikle Up Roolz :)!

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