Obama Takes Blame For Bush

Amnesia was rampant during mid-term US elections this week. Candidates espousing reductions in the size of government, taxation, healthcare reform and financial regulation enjoyed astounding success, including extremist Tea Party politicians. Despite the substantial achievements of the Obama administration in restoring America’s public image in the world, reducing American involvement in costly, failed conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as implementing reform in healthcare and financial institutions during the arguably worst period in American history since the Great Depression, droves of poorly informed, easily manipulated and evolutionarily suspect Americans voted for a return to the grand policies of the George W. Bush era.

A vast number of Americans clearly don’t understand that it takes years to recover from the excessive spending, lax regulation and limited taxation on corporations and high net worth citizens that characterized the unmitigated disaster that was the W. legacy. Instead, they seem to have expected Obama to conjure new jobs, stimulate economic growth and bail out Wall Street, Main Street and unscrupulous and/or incompetent businesses like AIG and GM, all without increasing deficits or taxes.

So, they voted for former Lehman Brothers partner John Kasich and lobbyist lap dog, John Boehner, in Ohio and for the Tea Party in backward places throughout the country. I wonder how many people know that the Tea Party is a political action organization financed by the billionaires Rupert Murdoch and the nefarious Koch brothers to serve corporate interests? There is no patriotism there. Just self-serving sadism executed on unwittingly masochistic morons. As the French philospher Joseph Marie de Maistre stated: “Every country had the government it deserves.”

How Google Limits Tax Exposure

It’s amazing what you can do with good lobbyists and clever lawyers. Check out how Google achieves a 2.4% tax rate:

Nifty interactive depiction of the cash flow

The whole story, courtesy of Business Week

So, despite the fact that Google Ireland Limited declared a turnover of €7.9 billion in 2009, they paid €18.3 million in Irish taxes.

Source: Profits at Google subsidiary in Ireland up almost five-fold, Irish Times

Take it and Like It

This is more or less what Justice Floyd told the American owners of Liverpool Football Club, Hicks and Gillett, in court today. I’m thrilled to hear the knees on their pants will be well worn once the £70 million loss is pounded out of each of them.

Inevitably, there will be an appeal. The outcome should not alter much though. Hicks and Gillett no longer have the power on the board to control the club or its destiny. That’s all that matters. Good riddance, fools!

That August Day

Cover art for Fringe Player - That August Day

My second official podcast is a tribute to an extraordinary, singular day spent with my wife, family and friends last August. It is also available on the music blog Ultramagnetique here.

The set grows from slow, melodic tech house beginnings to the faster progressive house beats of Carlos Fox and the outstanding tribute to pioneer house DJ Ron Hardy, before closing on a funky techno high with formidable remixes from Paul Nazca and the perpetually excellent French producer Julian Jeweil.

Hope you enjoy it. Let me know your thoughts.


1. Paul Kalkbrenner – Since 77 (Original Mix)
2. A Ldric – Birds On Tree (Original Mix)
3. Fritz Kalkbrenner – Wingman
4. Oliver Koletzki, Fran – These Habits (Lexy Remix)
5. Kollektiv Turmstrasse – Mondschein Primaten (Chopstick & Johnjon Remix)
6. David Keno, Jaxson – Bel Vista (Original Mix)
7. Hot Chip – Touch Too Much (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix)
8. Carlos Fox – In The Corner (Original Mix)
9. Paolo Mojo, Jim Rivers – Ron Hardy Said (Eric Prydz Remix)
10. Christian Fischer – Advanced Panorama (Paul Nazca Remix)
11. Moby – Stay Down (Julian Jeweil Remix)

Download :: Fringe Player – That August Day

Happiness is Earning 75k

According to an analysis of poll data from 450,000 US residents, reviewed in the New Scientist here:

“Comparing people’s happiness against income, the researchers found that the more money people earned, the higher their overall life satisfaction. But people’s day-to-day emotional state rose with average annual income only until about $75,000, after which additional income made no further difference.”

Dancing Pigeons – Ritalin

Dancing Pigeons – Ritalin from Blink on Vimeo.

Check out this video for the track “Ritalin” by Dancing Pigeons. Great concept, fantastic execution, cool tune. Thoroughly satisfying.

Hipster Hitler

Thanks to the death threat I received for my post on April 1 about Humour and Controversy, I have decided to expand my range of posts to provoke even more idiots to come out and debate with me.

So, here’s one that should generate some hysteria: Hipster Hitler

I think it’s bold and funny. If you are too stupid to understand the difference between dark humour and implied support of an immoral idea, then you should join the Tea Party movement. It’s where you will find lots of like-minded individuals.

Colonel Gaddafi

Famous for bizarre statements and resilient in control of Libya, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi rarely fails to astonish with his outlandish ideas. This particular story though exceeds all previous benchmarks. What a charming pair Berlusconi and Gaddafi make…

According to BBC News excerpted below:

Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi says the EU should pay Libya at least 5bn euros (£4bn; $6.3bn) a year to stop illegal African immigration and avoid a “black Europe”.

Speaking on a visit to Italy, Col Gaddafi said Europe “could turn into Africa” as “there are millions of Africans who want to come in”.

“We don’t know what will happen, what will be the reaction of the white and Christian Europeans faced with this influx of starving and ignorant Africans,” Col Gaddafi said.

“We don’t know if Europe will remain an advanced and united continent or if it will be destroyed, as happened with the barbarian invasions.”

Col Gaddafi’s visit to Rome was overshadowed by another controversial speech he made – to two groups of several hundred young Italian women, hired at a fee of 70 or 80 euros each from a local modelling agency.

He told them that Islam should become the religion of Europe and gave them free copies of the Koran, after he had lectured them for an hour on the freedoms enjoyed by women in Libya.

Jabulani World Cup Ball

After a slow start, the World Cup has become highly entertaining with brilliance of Brazil, Germany and Spain on the positive side and the spectacular collapse of France, England, and Italy on the negative.

A recent development of note is that the American space agency Nasa has joined in the criticism of the Jabulani World Cup ball. Aerodynamic experts from Nasa’s Ames Investigation Centre stated the ­Jabulani becomes unpredictable at speeds above 44 mph and also blamed the ball’s light weight of only 440g for its poor flight and lack of ­consistency – known as the ‘knuckle effect’.

It will interesting to see what that Federation of Incompetents, FIFA, does about it.

Time to Learn English

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