Gotta love the new t-shirt from Philosophy Football!
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:: Monday, February 23, 2009 ::
Long Hot Summer
Did you know that 11.5 trillion dollars worldwide are held by the rich, offshore and untaxed? If that was taxed at a low 30% it would net 255 billion dollars. Among the better know tax dodgers are charity-mongers Bono and Bob Geldof who have non-dom status. The U2 guys didn't even want to pay the low rate of tax of Ireland which is practically an offshore banking centre itself.
Info from economist John Christiansen on the Mark Thomas podcast.
In other news the Met police are predicting mass unrest both organised and unorganised this year as a result of the economic crisis. I tend to agree, levels of anger against the banks and in fact the system itself are rising. The 100-200 thousand on the streets of Dublin are a sign for the near future in the UK.
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:: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 ::
Emmy the Great
Emmy the Great Live at Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire, 16th February 2009. A rising star for 2009 we are told, Emmy the Great play acoustic folky tunes with rather angsty lyrics. Check out the myspace link above to hear some examples. Cabaret Voltaire was certainly busy for a Monday night. I get the feeling that this artist will be a bit better in a few years time with more experience and perhaps less teenagey lyrics, although I liked the song about New Kids on The Block :
"My head hurts
I wish I'd never woke up
I feel worse
than when S Club 7 broke up
I hate the day
It hates me
So does everybody else".
Although the audience enjoyed the gig they weren't blown away and the lack of an encore was telling.
P.S I did like the anecdote about playing Leith FM and thinking it was called Life FM and was a Christian rock station
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:: Saturday, February 14, 2009 ::
Red is the new Black
My local MP Alistair Darling (sounds like something that should be whispered to me on Valentine's Day) said today, in an attempt to dampen speculation about HBOS nationalisation, that the banks are better run in the private sector. Yes Alistair we noticed how brilliantly run they are. What great geniuses are in charge of them. Better leave them to it, eh? Not like they brought the world economy to its knees and precipitated a global depression or anything, is it?
He is clearly not reading Newsweek (hat tip to Duncan for the pic.)
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:: Friday, February 13, 2009 ::
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Seven Year Itch
I've been doing this blog for an unbelievable seven years now. The old blog needs a bit of updating here and there. One area which needs work is the blogroll. In the meantime here are some links to new blogs worth your attention.
The Idyll of Garturk
Another Witch To Burn
Independent Republic of the Caltongate
Feel free to post any other interesting newbies in the comments.
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:: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 ::
Thanks to some greedy, short-sighted capitalist fat-cats I have a bit more time on my hands than I used to have. The upside of this is that I can go for walks and see stuff like this.
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:: Monday, February 09, 2009 ::
Darwinist Propaganda on the Council Tax. Good.
One event I have enjoyed for the past few years has been the One Book - One Edinburgh campaign. This event focuses on one particular book and makes it available for free from libraries in a variety of formats including graphic novels and audiobooks. The past few years has seen Treasure Island and Kidnapped featured. This year we have a double anniversary, the 150th anniversary of Edinburgh author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin. So if you go to your local library in Edinburgh you can get a free copy of Conan Doyle's The Lost World and a graphic novel biography of Darwin. If you go to the lost world site you can also get a free mp3 download of the BBC production of the Lost World. Top stuff.
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