If Fox News is “tired of hearing about racism in America”, imagine what it must feel like to be on the receiving end! (video)


The Daily Show and the Colbert Report returned from their summer hiatus’ with a blistering attack on Fox News’ coverage of the events in Ferguson and the problem of racism in the U.S. First up was a return to form for Jon … Continue reading

Ebola panic! Are you scared yet? (video)


“We tape the show at 7 O’clock, so by the time you’re seeing this, you’re probably dead.” Thus began Stephen Colbert‘s segment about the ridiculous scaremongering by the Western media reporting the ‘threat’ posed by the Ebola virus to those of us living … Continue reading

Propaganda wars: the loaded language of media bias in reporting the Gaza conflict (video)


Recently, I received a comment criticising my “journalism”.  It should be obvious to readers of this blog that I am not a journalist and the posts herein are not offered as news.  What is presented here are my opinions or those … Continue reading

With ‘poor doors’ you get to live in a great building in a great neighbourhood, what else do you want? Dignity? (video)


“Reformism in local government has a Faustian history, often involving shady deals, compromised principles and unexpected outcomes as much as successful attempts to establish social justice in cities. Play your cards right and you can, like Herbert Morrison’s London county … 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

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

Econ 101: maximum rage about the minimum wage (video)


On Tuesday morning, Radio 4’s Today Programme and a number of centre left papers ran a story about the ‘living’ wage.  Unfortunately, this important story was then swamped by the hacking trial circus later in the morning. The reality is that the … 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

Gameover Zeus – there’s always someone who will click on anything on the internet (video)


Most of us will never have to suffer the effects of a Gameover Zeus internet attack but there is always one person who will open anything on the internet!  Due to copyright restrictions in order to watch the clip you need to type … Continue reading

This is Colbchella goddammit and it’s time to dance! (video)


I read, watch and listen to a lot of news – far too much in fact. Most news these days is either about heart breaking disasters or, more often, anger inducing acts of people and governments; either way, as a news … 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

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

Drones will be used to enforce ObamaCare….apparently (video)


According to Fox News there could be as many as 30,000 surveillance drones filling the US sky in the not too distant future. There are some that think that these unmanned vehicles could be used to enforce “any” law “including ObamaCare”.  Fortunately, … Continue reading