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Theresa May is reduced to begging someone - anyone - to take back control from her, but nobody will | The Independent
I have written many times that Theresa May has ascended to the superhero level. She is immortal. She cannot be defeated. She always finds a way to survive. But rare, perhaps non-existent are the comic book characters invincible even to their own powers. Here was Theresa the Terminator, descending into the open flames and still not melting.
hatchetjob  england  culture  satire  Politics  Europe  rogues 
march 2019 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 
march 2019 by amaah
Letter from Africa: How to get Ghanaians to pay their taxes
A modest proposal:
"So, instead of saying you can't have a drivers' licence, passport, free secondary school education for your children, or even go on dates unless you have a TIN number, the new rule should be, you can't get an undertaker, buy a coffin, dig a grave, keep a body in the morgue, have chief mourners and hold a funeral of any kind unless and until you can produce a TIN."
taxes  Ghana  Africa  Development  Regulation  culture  humour  observation  perception  Economics  informal  policy  strategy  satire  funerals  mum 
december 2018 by amaah
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria warns Nigerian citizens of the continuing risks of travel to the U.S. and recommends that Nigerian citizens avoid all travel to Texas, Nevada, Missouri, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Arkansas, Idaho, California, New Jersey and Tennessee because of the large number of hate groups and/or the situation in those states being fluid and unpredictable. Due to the persistent threat of domestic terrorism by lone white wolves with mental health issues the Nigerian government restricts travel by Nigerian government personnel to all areas where civilian Americans are allowed to freely purchase automatic firearms and limits the activities of Nigerian government and personnel and their family members while in New York, Atlanta, and Houston. (To be clear, they have guns and they kill people, especially black people.)
Humour  satire  hatchetjob  usa  nigeria  guns  violence  culture  race  politics 
november 2017 by amaah
Functional Defenestration
on editorial genuflections in the internet age and the importance of satire
SmallThings  web  attention  capitalism  values  commerce  satire  commons  communities  culture  observation  groups  hustle  marketing  media  rant  whimsy  perception  DarkMatter  toli 
september 2017 by amaah
The Loneliness of Donald Trump
The man in the white house sits, naked and obscene, a pustule of ego, in the harsh light, a man whose grasp exceeded his understanding, because his understanding was dulled by indulgence. He must know somewhere below the surface he skates on that he has destroyed his image, and like Dorian Gray before him, will be devoured by his own corrosion in due time too. One way or another this will kill him, though he may drag down millions with him. One way or another, he knows he has stepped off a cliff, pronounced himself king of the air, and is in freefall. Another dungheap awaits his landing; the dung is all his; when he plunges into it he will be, at last, a self-made man.
satire  hatchetjob  culture  trump  politics  power  rogues  observation  perception  tyrants  usa  democracy 
june 2017 by amaah
Taibbi Reviews Thomas Friedman
You're still grappling with that when you learn "there are a herd of environmental black elephants out there." Friedman names at least four: global warming, deforestation, ocean acidification and mass biodiversity extinction. He quotes Sweidan as saying of these: "When they hit, we'll claim they were black swans that no one could have predicted, but in fact they were black elephants, very visible right now."

Friedman just got finished telling us that a black elephant is half black swan, and half elephant in the room that will inevitably become a black swan. But now that half-swan, half swan-within-an-elephant is being contrasted with a black swan: in the near future, things that are really black elephants will be misidentified as black swans.
hatchetjob  review  language  rogues  observersareworried  culture  literature  humour  satire 
december 2016 by amaah
Nihilistic Password Security Questions.
On what street did you lose your childlike sense of wonder?
lists  humour  satire  culture  technology  observation 
october 2015 by amaah
Windows is Shutting Down by Clive James
Windows is shutting down, and grammar are On their last leg. So what am we to do? A letter of complaint go just so far, Proving the only one in step are you. Better, perhaps, to simply let it goes. A sentence have to be screwed pretty bad Before they gets to where you doesnt knows The meaning what it must of meant to had.
humour  satire  language  technology  culture  observation  perception  grammar 
may 2015 by amaah
We could be heroes
A woman missing inside her home for more than 48 hours was found Monday morning when she emerged from the front door for work. It was unclear whether she’d been hurt or was deliberately missing.
humour  satire  literature  poetry  culture  observation  perception  life 
april 2015 by amaah
Satire Punches Up
a very american view of satire and its importance... Garry Trudeau's Full Remarks on Charlie Hebdo at the Polk Awards.
satire  censorship  literature  culture  observation  perception  media  journalism  responsibility  terrorism 
april 2015 by amaah
Why Satire Matters
in the wake of Charlie Hebdo, everyone is revisiting this notion
satire  literature  culture  observation  perception  politics  social 
february 2015 by amaah
The Limits of Satire
an essentially conservative view of satire by Tim Parks
satire  humour  censorship  culture  perception  observation  history  france  usa  terrorism  religion 
january 2015 by amaah
Render / Rendition
"Color-coded threat"
"Stress position"
satire  humour  language  bureaucracy  torture  policy  USA  security  culture  erustication  CIA  rogues  politics  ExtraordinaryRendition  poetry  TheRoughBeast  ThingsFallApart  toli 
december 2014 by amaah
Sufficient for each day is its own DFID grants.
aid  development  humour  satire  africa  Nigeria  culture  perception  observation  dysfunction  pathology 
november 2014 by amaah
Ebola: What It Is
Is Ebola the ISIS of biological agents? Is Ebola the Boko Haram of AIDS? Is Ebola the al-Shabaab of dengue fever? Some say Ebola is the Milosevic of West Nile virus. Others say Ebola is the Ku Klux Klan of paper cuts. It’s obvious that Ebola is the MH370 of MH17. But at some point the question must be asked whether Ebola isn’t also the Narendra Modi of sleeping sickness.
humour  satire  ebola  language  media  usa  hatchetjob 
october 2014 by amaah
Women’s Bodies, Corporate Property
contraception is controversial apparently
humour  satire  cartoon  usa  politics  law  gender  culture 
july 2014 by amaah
Pottery Barn Catalogue Descriptions Written by an Aspiring Crime Novelist.
Look closely at the Morgan Cachepot across the room, and you will see reflected in its gentle curves the silhouette of an escaped maniac hiding inside the wardrobe. Quick thinking and a rustic iron latch will hold the madman until the police arrive.
humour  culture  satire 
october 2013 by amaah
Waiting for the Barbarians
Why isn’t anything happening in the senate?
Why do the senators sit there without legislating?

Because the barbarians are coming today.
What laws can the senators make now?
Once the barbarians are here, they’ll do the legislating.
satire  humour  literature  poetry 
october 2013 by amaah
Russell Brand and the GQ awards: 'It's amazing how absurd it seems' | Culture | The Guardian
Now, I'm not typically immune to the allure of objectified women, but I am presently beleaguered by a nerdish, whirling dervish, and am eschewing all others. Perhaps the clarity of this elation has awakened me. A friend of mine said: "Being in love is like discovering a concealed ballroom in a house you've long inhabited."
journalism  politics  celebrity  england  observation  humour  perception  media  culture  satire 
september 2013 by amaah
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