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  •  And of course them reality-based scientists (1+ / 0-)
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    are criminals and bribe-takers.

    Bribery makes the world go around. That and righties getting sociopaths elected to high office.

    Examples from the Bullingdon Club, an apparent gateway to top positions in England:

    -- David Cameron breaking windows at a restaurant

    -- Nick Clegg committing arson by burning down two major cactus collections in Germany

    -- Gerald Kaufman, ministerial maven under Labour, looted  £9,000 for a a 40-inch teevee (scammed despite a £750 limit in the legal allowance)

    -- Boris Johnson getting caught for the window breaking spree with Cameron

    Lara pawson catches the theme HERE.

    Top dogs walk. It's the George Anderson Era all over.

    Angry White Males + Crooks + Personality Disorder psychos + KKKwannabes + "Unborn Child" church folk =EQ= The Republicans

    by vets74 on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 08:26:33 AM PDT

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    •  Lara Pawson -- first posting (3+ / 0-)
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      Pambazuka News - Features

      Riots, royal weddings and recession

      Lara Pawson
      2011-08-18, Issue 545

      Starting out:

      Riots, royal weddings and recession. We have been here before. In 1981, when unemployment was at its highest level in nearly half a century and state racism was rife, a riot erupted in Brixton, south London, sparked by the death of a black teenager in police custody. The disturbances spread across the country, mostly in areas of economic deprivation and high racial tension. In the midst of all this, Lady Diana Spencer married Charles, Prince of Wales; 30 years later, undeterred by his parents' messy divorce, their son, William, has married Kate Middleton. Did the Royals hope to distract us from the spectre of job losses and increasingly privatised lives lived in debt? We shall never know.

      On Thursday 4 August, I was delivering a gift to a friend in Tottenham, north London. The area has one of the most ethnically diverse communities in the country and, at 8.4 per cent, the highest unemployment in the capital. It was dusk by the time I boarded the bus home to nearby Walthamstow. Barely had the journey begun when the driver announced an emergency diversion. As we swung off the usual route, we saw stacks of police cars, flashing blue lights and police tape demarcating a no-go area. Unbeknown to us, beyond the tape lay the body of 29-year-old Mark Duggan. The father of four, a black man, had been shot dead by police.

      Forty-eight hours later, relatives and friends of the dead man marched to Tottenham police station, demanding to know why he had been killed. After several hours, they were none the wiser. Frustration at this display of contempt for Duggan's life tipped some of the protesters into rage. Before long, sections of Tottenham High Road were in flames. The following night, I lay in bed listening to sirens and helicopters as police attempted to quash a smaller riot and looting spree on Walthamstow High Street. Other neighbourhoods followed suit, not only in London, but across the country. In total, five people have died and 2,511 have been arrested during 160 incidents of rioting and looting. ...

      Brilliant.

      A younger girlie-writer version of Meteor Blades, sorta. This Lara's been around for a while:

      The Next Fix
      Lara Pawson

      -- Poisoned Wells: The Dirty Politics of African Oil by Nicholas Shaxson
      Palgrave, 280 pp, £15.99, May 2007, ISBN 978 1 4039 7194 4
      -- BuyOil Wars edited by Mary Kaldor, Terry Lynn Karl and Yahia Said
      Pluto, 294 pp, £17.99, March 2008, ISBN 978 0 7453 2478 4
      -- Untapped: The Scramble for Africa’s Oil by John Ghazvinian
      Harcourt Brace, 320 pp, $25.00, April 2007, ISBN 978 0 15 101138 4

      African oil is sweeter and lighter than Middle Eastern crudes and in recent years it has begun to look increasingly desirable. For political reasons, it became especially attractive after 9/11, and today the US imports more oil from Africa than from the entire Persian Gulf. But there is competition...

      London Review of Books

      Angry White Males + Crooks + Personality Disorder psychos + KKKwannabes + "Unborn Child" church folk =EQ= The Republicans

      by vets74 on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 08:48:34 AM PDT

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