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McBride, that irrelevant muppet and the faux outrage he caused

11 Apr

This really is much ado about nothing — it’s no different to the expenses nonsense. They’re all at it. It’s what they do. They fiddle and they scheme, and one or two, might actually do some work once in a while.

Politicians like to claim that they’re morally superior to us, or that they’re in the know about things we’ll never comprehend, but in reality they’re like the rest of us: a mix of shirkers, workers, liars, pervs, twats and smart-arses (have I missed anyone?). MPs are no different to that bunch of goons and loons you work with. No better, and probably no worse. It’s the anthropology, stupid.

Guido’s desperate to make this a big deal because it feeds his gargantuan ego. Is it really news that politicos scheme against one-another? No, don’t be so daft you silly hypocritical gonad.

If the political blogosphere really is going to be the antidote to the MSM, rather than its desperate echo-chamber, we really have to be better than this.


the irregular photo of the day II

3 Mar

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fs50-50 (Murmansk city), originally uploaded by fukel.

Follow through to the photographer’s flickr stream for more cool snowboarding shots.

Kosovo referred to ICJ

8 Oct

From the BBC ::

The UN General Assembly has voted to refer Kosovo’s independence declaration to the International Court of Justice.

The ICJ will be asked to give an advisory, non-binding opinion on the legality of Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia in February.

Seventy-seven countries voted in favour, six against and 74 abstained.


Most EU countries abstained – Britain called Serbia’s request primarily political.

This is something of a diplomatic coup for the Russians (not to mention the Serbs).

As the United States and Russia continue to manoeuvre politically and militarily across Eastern Europe and Central Asia, many countries will again be forced to pick sides in what could become a new Cold War.

This is not lazy hyperbole. Who could have predicted that 5-years ago Russia would openly attack a US ally? It happened this summer, and many Eastern European countries are getting jittery as Russia continues to rebuild itself, thanks to its oil and gas receipts.

American primacy is over. Iraq, Afghanistan and the crisis on Wall St. have seen to that.

Internationalists hoped that globalisation, and the interconnectedness of international markets and trade, would lead to a peaceful transition from behemothic empire to collective prosperity and security. However, greed and hubris has meant this dream has collapsed.

We now see the nascent state of Kosovo referred to the International Court of Justice. Whether or not the case is legitimate is not for me to discuss, but to watch Russia and the U.S. use Kosovo as a political football is deeply worrying.

Rightwing sense

15 Aug

How would we have reacted if Moscow had brought Western Europe into the Warsaw Pact, established bases in Mexico and Panama, put missile defense radars and rockets in Cuba, and joined with China to build pipelines to transfer Mexican and Venezuelan oil to Pacific ports for shipment to Asia? And cut us out? If there were Russian and Chinese advisers training Latin American armies, the way we are in the former Soviet republics, how would we react? Would we look with bemusement on such Russian behavior?

Pat Buchanan’s piece over at the US conservative site, Human Events, is worthy of your time. The comments, from the rabid “nuke now” readership, are much more scary…


11 Aug

US warning to Russia over Georgia (BBC).

C’mon Vlad, don’cha geddit?

No-one likes to see dead white people on TV.



10 Aug

Image via. BBC. No authority requested.

James Traub’s piece in the NYT Review is worthy of your time and attention – all six pages of it.

russia-georgia links

10 Aug

More on the Russian-Georgian war ::

Amused Cynicism has a take. Along with two roundups. Here and here.

The view from Back Towards The Locus is here.

Douglas Muir is in Georgia (although plans are afoot for his evacuation), and has penned this interesting post.

And finally, Lenin’s Tomb’s excellent post looking at “the big picture”.