…ti, dt, tg or rt? either way…

…things keep going further downhill, especially when the US Secretary of States speaks…

As the US MSM continues to circle the wagons for self-deception and to relive glory days that cannot be lived again, traditional media elsewhere have started to confront the reality of the decline. From the ever loyal UK comes this from the Independent, as the chaos, the shambles of US foreign policy is examined.  The low stakes of Biden’s visit to Cyprus show Obama’s failures in the post-Arab Spring world Read the rest of this entry »


…invitation lost in the mail?…

…but even with it, having that ID is very important to be among the very important…

Those of us who have ever attended village festivals would know that feeling. Even here, that’s a problem, Bilderberg conference: Ed Balls refused entry. Someone must have thought, ‘labourer’, instead of ‘ Labour MP’?

 The annual Bilderberg gathering of the global elite is so secretive that even Ed Balls can’t get in, it would seem.

A reporter for Infowars captured the moment Mr Balls was turned away by security at the heavily fortified, five-star Marriott Hotel in Copenhagen where the conference was being held because he did not have a security pass.

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In an uncharacteristic gesture of transparency, the Bilderberg organisers have published a list of all the prime ministers, chief executives and military chiefs in attendance at Copenhagen, which include Mr Ball’s counterpart George Osborne.

And no opportunity for selfies. The indignity of it all…


…equal opportunity for the more equal…

…talent and tenacity will always prevail?…

Chris Giles of the Financial Times (pay wall after a few views) in an article of 23 May had launched a broadside against Thomas Piketty’s book, where he sought to discredit Piketty’s work, in particular the data. In examining one element of Piketty’s argument, he would famously observe,  ‘…I discovered that his estimates of wealth inequality – the centrepiece of Capital in the 21st Century – are undercut by a series of problems and errors. Some issues concern sourcing and definitional problems. Some numbers appear simply to be constructed out of thin air.’

So then, a dishonest economist. An economist who, in collaboration with colleagues, has had all the data, code, and references readily available online? The issue? Basically, Piketty had asserted wealth in the US and the UK has been increasing for the tiny minority. But we leave the fine points aside to attend to some useful distractions. From the Independent, an observation, Britain’s land is still owned by an aristocratic elite – but it doesn’t have to be this way Read the rest of this entry »


…sunday evening, a pleasant whirl…

…stepping lithely into the night…

[thanks!!! new to me, which isn’t saying much…]


…while the 99% slept…

…well, not quite – for some, that thing about ‘the unexamined life…’…

[And to overkill that title of JFK’s book.]

But before we get there, a glance at something to lift the spirits but for later perusing. You can blame student debt for America’s inequality and shrinking middle class. Nothing like deteriorating standard of living to sharpen one’s focus.

In any case, if we remember Gil Scott-Heron and his, with some updating,  famous observation, we can move to this paragraph from a blog post, Read the rest of this entry »


…a taste of the brew, and thoughts of another one…

…and, clearly, not a sedate one…


…us plebs, mens, tabula rasa?…

…or has the rubicon been crossed on this one?…

One would think that some of the exceptionalists would believe that the US plebs is an inseparable, indistinguishable, unthinking mass that would see no linkage to anything that obviously has some linkage? When will enough be enough? Before we get there, we look at this.

The greatest US economist ever, greater than even Adam Smith and John Maynard Keynes, British or not, shines the light on himself – after some rehabilitation work by Paul Krugman who had mentioned that talk on ‘secular stagnation’. Here the Great One reviews Piketty’s work, ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’. We cite couple key passages from this auspicious review. The Inequality Puzzle, The excerpts: Read the rest of this entry »