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Heaven or High Water
She was very earnest, standing very close. I felt her beauty soak into me. “It’s Miami,” she said. “We are surrounded by water! There’s not a solution. But nothing is going to happen!”
environment  climate  city  decline  hubris  realestate  bubble  capitalism  ShellGame  culture  observation  USA 
7 weeks ago by amaah
Cast of grotesques grind out another day in Westminster’s Truman Show
The prime minister mumbled something almost unintelligible – English is her second language, bollocks being her first – at being proud of the expansion in the use of food banks. And that was pretty much that. Five more times the leader of the opposition asked an almost identical question and five times he got the same non-answer.
satire  England  Politics  humour  hatchetjob  rogues  culture  observation  perception  Europe  EU  democracy  hubris  huhudious 
9 weeks ago by amaah
YouTube -- Tommy Robinson: #Panodrama - An Exposé of the Fake News BBC!
Facebook deleted me because of this video, please share this! ... Taxpayer-funded BBC working alongside a radical far left organisation for Panorama to 'take down Tommy Robinson' #Blackmailing my former employees to invent stories #Hope not Hate on set with the BBC, calling the shots and intimidating my ex-employees during interview #BBC caught on camera telling an ex-employee the questions they would ask her in the interview and the answers that she needed to say for it to air (scripted fake interviews!) #BBC caught on camera suggesting they could edit and clip an argument I had with an ex-employee to portray a totally different angle and to quote John Sweeney on camera he could make it 'a gender, a sexual thing against Tommy Robinson'. (BBC creating fake #MeToo stories!) #BBC likening the working class to cannibals in the jungle whose vocabulary is limited to the words F*ck off. #BBC Journalists giving zero shits about your hard earned £150 licence fee and spending on midweek £220 champagne lunches. #Oh, and the BBC face of panorama being casually racist and homophobic. -- within 24 hours the establishment has come back at me with all guns blazing and deleted my facebook and Instagram. Please sign up at for free so I can keep in contact with you when they eventually shut me down like the fascists that they are.' -- Know your enemy and know yourself and in 100 battles you will never be in peril. ~ Sun Tzu
BBC  minitrue  journalism  elitism  hubris 
12 weeks ago by adamcrowe
Spiked -- Go to hell, Donald Tusk by Brendan O'Neill
'Tusk’s insistence that Brexiteers are headed for hell sums up the Brussels oligarchy’s elitism. -- It’s useful to be reminded every now and then just how much the Brussels oligarchy hates us. So let’s be grateful to Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, for his slipped-mask comment today. He effectively condemned to hell the 17.4million Britons who voted for Brexit. In a press conference with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who chortled along, naturally, Tusk wondered out loud what ‘special place in hell’ there will be for those who ‘those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan of how to carry it out safely’. The diplomatic facade fell and here we had Eurocrat elitism in all its rawness and nastiness: they really do view those who dissent from their illiberal, undemocratic writ as evil beings, sinners, disrupters of decency, destined for the furthest reaches of hell itself. -- Some anti-Brexit campaigners – finally feeling a twinge of embarrassment over this foul bureaucracy they’ve devoted their lives to defending – insist that Tusk was talking about Leave leaders, not Leave voters. His target wasn’t the former factory-worker in Stoke or the hairdresser in Essex who marked Leave on their ballot paper – it was Jacob Rees-Mogg and BoJo and the other poshos who ‘promoted’ Leave without thinking through its consequences. In short, he was ‘punching up’ rather than punching down. Do me a favour. Punching down is what the EU does. It punched down at the Greek working class, punched down at the Italian electorate, punched down at Ireland by imposing economic colonisers to dictate its financial agenda, and now it is punching down at ordinary Brits who engaged in the ultimate ‘promotion’ of Brexit by actually voting for it in June 2016.'
europe  elitism  hubris 
february 2019 by adamcrowe
Breitbart -- Delingpole: The EU Is the Mob. Never Get Involved with the Mob.
;I’m loving the BBC’s documentary series Why Voting Brexit Is The Best Thing We Ever Did. -- It’s really called Inside Europe: 10 Years of Turmoil but my title’s better and truer. -- As I mentioned last week, never have I seen a documentary so utterly damning of the EU project, the ruthless technocrats who run it and the complicit politicians who keep their reluctant citizens enslaved within it. Yet amazingly, it was made with these people’s full consent. -- No one tricked Donald Tusk, Nicholas Sarkozy, Timothy Geithner, George Osborne, Manuel Barroso, and co into sitting down in front of a camera and revealing how self-serving and arrogant they are, how utterly contemptuous of the ordinary people they are supposed to serve. If the European Union is a conspiracy against democracy — and it is — it’s a conspiracy in plain sight in which most of the key players are more than happy to boast about their role in it. -- ... The EU’s price for bailing out Greece’s bankrupt economy, in other words, was a Carthaginian peace. Greece was to be crushed so utterly that no matter what it did to rejuvenate its economy, no matter how much it cut spending, it could simply never recover. It would languish in perpetuity as the EU’s whipped slave — an example to all the other southern economies (Spain and Italy especially) as to what happens when you are foolish enough to defy Massa. -- Not unreasonably, the Greek people objected somewhat to this weird arrangement into which they’d been dragged by Tsipras’s socialist predecessor George Papandreou. They wanted out. -- I don’t normally root for governments led by Marxist student types. But on this occasion it was definitely: “Go, Reds! Go!” -- Instead — just like Warsaw ’44, Hungary ’56, and Tiananmen Square ’89 — the uprising was mercilessly crushed. -- Sure the EU doesn’t dirty its manicured fingers with actual killing — no one wants blood on their Brioni suits — but what its commissars did to Greece was all too redolent of the way ruthless powers such as Rome or Nazi Germany treat conquered states. -- Greece was forced to sell its government assets. There was talk at one point that it might even be forced to sell the Parthenon — a particularly cruel twist of the knife. -- It had had its chance to escape — but Tsipras lost his nerve and the country reluctantly acceded. The threat of being driven out of the EU and the Eurozone and becoming what Tsipras called a “failed state” was just too scary for a struggling economy of 9 million people. --Somewhere in a parallel universe, I’m writing a piece about the economic miracle of post 2010 Greece; about how, after taking a massive haircut when it crashed out of the Euro and restored the drachma, and after considerable chaos, Greece was now experiencing an extraordinary tourist and export boom — the result of its cheap currency. Yes, Greece had suffered. But the cradle of democracy had got its pride back. -- Not in this world, unfortunately. -- Don’t let’s be Greece. Don’t let us ever, ever forget what kind of people we are dealing with here. They’re the kind of people who, when the head of the International Monetary Fund threatens to overturn their plans the man gets conveniently arrested under threat of sexual assault charges; the kind of people who chuckle, self-approvingly, at how they put a sovereign nation in its place by reducing it to penury and satrapy. -- These people are the Mob. Never get involved with the Mob. And if you’re foolish enough to do so, get out as fast as you can.'
europe  totalitarianism  hubris 
february 2019 by adamcrowe
Breitbart -- Delingpole: Brussels in Denial over Impending No Deal Brexit
'...Something has to give, though, if Britain is not to “crash out” – as the Euro weenie propaganda would have it – with No Deal. -- It’s a question of which side blinks first. -- My bet – or rather my hope – is that it won’t be Theresa May. -- Yes she’s useless but the one quality she does have is bovine stubbornness. And I think, in this, she has the full support of the British people (who right now are being very poorly represented by their parliament). -- As Nigel Farage told the EU parliament when he was finally allowed to get a word in: “Unelected bureaucrats have been talking down to and humiliating the leader of our nation and the British public don’t like it.”'
history  UK  europe  hubris 
february 2019 by adamcrowe
The Onion -- Onion Social CEO Appears Before Hague Tribunal To Be Tried For Crimes Against Humanity, Promote New Website Features
'THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS—Called before the International Criminal Court to address charges of breaching the Geneva Conventions as well as to publicize the game-changing innovations his website has recently introduced, Onion Social CEO Jeremy Rosenbaum appeared before a Hague tribunal Thursday to be tried for crimes against humanity and to promote new website features. “That I stand here before you today accused of heinous and inhumane acts is an abomination, an outrage, and an exciting opportunity to give the world an exclusive first look at the new functionality coming to Onion Social,” said Rosenbaum in his opening statement, stating that the charges—which include genocide, unethical human experimentation, forced disappearances, military use of children, and the development and deployment of WMDs—hold no merit; however, the CEO did confess to colluding and conspiring to create new Onion Social photo filters that make connecting with friends and family even more fun. “These baseless accusations and groundless criminal charges are merely a way for my critics to drag the good name of Onion Social through the mud. But try as they might to sully the new donation app that shines a spotlight on causes you care about, I place my trust in the process and am confident in my ultimate vindication.” At press time, video of the judges delivering Rosenbaum’s guilty verdict could be seen on Onion Social’s new live-streaming function.'
TheOnion  facebook  hubris  satire 
june 2018 by adamcrowe

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