FPTP doesn’t mean your vote is wasted – just ask a Scot

The UK's New Economics Foundation, who style themselves as nef because that's the sort of thing that was cool in 2003, are one of the worst think-tanks going [1]. With a couple of weeks to go before the 2015 General Election, they have jumped on the election news bandwagon. Their effort is well up to their normal … Continue reading FPTP doesn’t mean your vote is wasted – just ask a Scot

Don’t get your Germanwings over France

Regular readers will be aware that France is to air safety what Scotland is to gastronomy and New South Wales is to probity in government. Today's news, though, had me genuinely shaking with incredulity and rage. Not the fact that Germanwings flight 4U9525, flown by 23-year-old A320-200 D-AIPX crashed mid-morning on 25 March (Europe time), … Continue reading Don’t get your Germanwings over France

Some men never learn

As I noted last week, celebrated male feminist Sam de Brito wrote an extremely embarrassing article in 2005 praising the pick-up artist seminars organised by RSD, the company that now employs borderline-rapist Julien Blanc. After online political magazine Crikey picked up my story, frog-in-a-sock de Brito issued a petulant denial, both in the comments to … Continue reading Some men never learn

Time to sue Henry Ford for complicity in car bombings

There's an absolute stinker of an article in today's New York Times, emotively talking up an terrible lawsuit. When stripped of irrelevant interviews with soldiers' widows and scary quotes from showboating neoconservative lawyers, here's the actual story. The US didn't take the news very well when its puppet state in Iran had a revolution in … Continue reading Time to sue Henry Ford for complicity in car bombings

Memory hole? Fixed that for ya

This Sydney Sunday Telegraph piece from a few years back has disappeared down the News Corp memory hole, oddly enough. Before you give it a read, here's a bit of context on the protagonists. RSD is the pick-up artist company that later hired despicable pro-rape arsehole Julien Blanc, of #takedownjulienblanc fame [1]. Sam De Brito … Continue reading Memory hole? Fixed that for ya

No, white people, we don’t get to decide what’s racist

Boston Review editor Simon Waxman wrote a piece this June in the Washington Post, saying that the US Army's decision to name its weaponry after Native American tribes - like the Apache helicopter above - is worse than the Washington Redskins' decision to keep its gross racial slur name. Waxman is white and not of Native … Continue reading No, white people, we don’t get to decide what’s racist

The death of the banana republic

US-based banana producer and importer Chiquita, the world's largest banana company, is almost certain to be bought by a Brazilian consortium, after the collapse of its attempted tax-dodge reverse takeover of Irish-based banana importer Fyffes. In some ways, this is an entirely normal business story. It features the collapse of the easy, painless [1] tax … Continue reading The death of the banana republic