Wealth inequality madness: tax policy is made by the few for the few at the expense (and with the support) of the many (video)


Any time a politician, or any public figure for that matter, tries to discuss the subject of wealth and income inequality they are immediately castigated in the right-wing media as being engaged in “class warfare“. Even president Obama, who had … Continue reading

Did Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page plagiarise Stairway to Heaven? (video)


“A lawsuit has been filed claiming that the iconic Led Zeppelin song “Stairway to Heaven” was far from original. The suit, filed on May 31 in the United States District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, was brought by the estate … Continue reading

What’s in your food? POM Wonderful vs Coca-Cola (video)


“Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy didn’t mince words during oral arguments in April between Pom Wonderful and Coca-Cola (KO). He said he found the labelling of a Coca-Cola product called Pomegranate Blueberry Flavored Blend of Five Juices misleading. That’s because it … Continue reading

Net neutrality update: FCC thinks freedom of speech is for the dingos (video)


The US Federal Communications Commission website reported technical difficulties because of heavy traffic this week hours after comedian John Oliver called on viewers to share their thoughts with the agency about what he called “cable company fuckery”. On Sunday’s episode … Continue reading

Amazon exploits book sales monopoly position in dirty war with Hachette (video)


Amazon is engaged in a “war” on publishers.  Currently in negotiations with publisher Hachette in the US, Amazon is refusing to accept pre-orders for Hachette books, delaying deliveries by up to 4 weeks and even advising customers to purchase books by … Continue reading

The FT’s take-down of Thomas Piketty is no Thomas Herndon moment (video)


Almost exactly a year ago, the core argument used by right-wingers around the world to justify accelerated budget deficit reduction, Reinhart and Rogoff’s “Growth in a Time of Debt”, was fatally undermined by Thomas Herndon, an economics graduate student, when he … Continue reading

Tax dodging Amazon patent’s “displaying things” (video)


According to Stephen Colbert, “patents are a fast-track to money town.”  Global billion dollar tax-avoider Amazon agrees with him and that is why they applied for and were recently granted “a patent for photography against a white background.” Yes, that is … Continue reading

FIFA: the ugly face of the beautiful game (video)


Fifa’s sponsors have raised the pressure on football’s governing body following fresh bribery allegations surrounding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Sportswear giant Adidas warned that the “negative tenor of the public debate around FIFA” caused by the scandal was damaging … Continue reading

Now Amazon’s involved in the drone wars! (video)


We all know that Amazon’s overnight delivery system takes forever so it was a welcome relief to hear about their plans to speed-up the process. Last Sunday Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, announced on 60 Minutes that he intends to launch what he … Continue reading

Do you want the truth from your government? (Part 2): The evidence free Beecroft Report (video)

This is what the Tories want your boss to be able to do without any liberal rights laws getting in the way. (Modified Image: Original photo by Reuters via Daily Telegraph)

In May 2012, the government asked British workers to give up their employment protections in exchange for cash or shares in the company that employed them. “Employees will be given between £2,000 and £50,000 of shares that are exempt from … Continue reading

Tim Geithner fails the Jon Stewart stress test (Daily Show extended interview video)

Jon Stewart was exasperated by Tim Geithner's analysis

Whilst up to 10 million home owning Americans continue to face foreclosure as a result of the irresponsible and predatory bank lending that characterised the period up to the Lehman’s bankruptcy, the banks that caused the crash are once again in … Continue reading

When it comes to cutting the budget deficit, why do conservatives think tax cuts for the wealthy are different to welfare cuts for the poor? (Video)


It is said that what happens in the US happens in the UK shortly afterwards. This clip of the Daily Show shows US conservatives making the argument that it is ok to attack the incomes and the dignity of the weakest and the poorest … Continue reading

What has Goldman Sachs got in common with the new version of Monopoly? (video)


Goldman Sachs has been accused, yet again, of running a criminal financial markets scam. This time by controlling the distribution of aluminium (from warehouses that it owns) to affect the market price in a way to favour its own market positions … Continue reading

How banks have hoodwinked you over high frequency trading (video)


I have just heard one of the poorest interviews on the subject of high frequency trading that I have had the misfortune to come across on the usually excellent Today programme on BBC Radio 4. The interviewer, Evan Davis, had the … Continue reading

Do you want the truth from your government or just what a minister says he ‘believes’ to be true? (video)


“The Prime Minister doesn’t want the truth, he wants something he can tell Parliament” (Sir Humphrey Appleby, Yes Minister) First published 27 July 2013 Last week David Cameron made the most of the opportunity to claim that his party’s policies on … Continue reading