But The Oil Price Isn’t Controlled By Three Men – Not Even Three Companies Nor Countries

We have a rather blood curdling assertion from Bloomberg that three men now control the oil price. The only problem with this is that sure, Bin Salman, Putin and Trump have influence but the idea that they control the price is ludicrous.Two of them...

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From The Annals Of Idiot Facebook Business Ideas – They Should Charge For It

This is concerning Facebook itself of course, not the idiot nephew's idea of delivering meat flavoured ice cream via the Facebook accounts that dogs don't have. It's still a pretty silly idea though, based on a complete misunderstanding of how Facebook currently makes money: To save itself, Facebook must start...

How Disgusting, Justice Coming To Campus Sex Trials Via Betsy DeVos

This is distinctly shocking, Betsy DeVos is pushing through rules that will have actual justice, civil liberty, involved with the investigation of sexual allegations on campus. This wasn't the point at all of all that work done so diligently over the decades. If actual evidence must be presented, if...

Following Chinese Breakthrough Fusion Power Only 50 Years Away*

Chinese researchers have managed a breakthrough in the pursuit of fusions power - that promise of cheap, near unlimited and non polluting energy. This means that proper commercial reactors might only be as near as only 50 years away*. China has claimed a breakthrough in the race to develop cheap,...

False Reports Of Air Pollution Forcing Families To Move Out Of Cities

The Guardian, as ever, manages to get the story wrong, it's not air pollution forcing families out of cities. It's false reports of air pollution forcing families out of cities. This is terribly easy to prove too: An increasing number of parents are shunning good schools because of the local...

London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan, Proves Parkinson’s Law Once Again

Sadiq Khan, unfathomably currently London's Mayor, has managed to prove Parkinson's Law once again. This is not prove as in test, one meaning, but prove as in show correct, the other such. It's also not Parkinson's Plain, that work expands to fill the time available for its completion, but...
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The SEC’s Right, ICOs Are Unregistered Securities And Compensation Is Due

There really shouldn't be any surprise with this ruling from the Security and Exchange Commission over the Paragon and AirFox initial coin offerings. They were unregistered securities, ones that should have been registered. Thus the usual panoply of rules comes into effect. A fine, obviously enough, but also restitution...

Of Course Amazon HQ2 Will Increase Homelessness – Any Form Of Economic Growth Does

A particularly fine whine about Amazon's new HQ2 in Crystal City and Queens, NYC - it's going to increase homelessness in both places. Which is obvious. Obvious given the method they're using to calculate how homelessness is caused that is, for by their definition absolutely any form of economic...

The Lie In The UN Rapporteur’s UK Poverty Report

Philip Alston is the UN Special Rapporteur on poverty. He's been around the UK telling all how terrible poverty is here. It's not, obviously, as we don't have any poverty. We do have inequality, that's true, but not poverty. Still. In the report we get this: “The United Kingdom’s impending exit...

THE METROPOLITANS — Episode Thirty Seven

A saga of everyday life in the Big L and a wry look at contemporary culture By Tony Carden   Episode Thirty Seven   ‘You know Mary in the long game the winner is the one who is still standing.’ Sure, sure James. And you expect it to be someone other than me, don’t...

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Since you’re here … … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading the continental telegraph than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open...

Nazi Symbols Shouldn’t Be Banned – But If They Are, Why Not The Hammer...

It's true that certain parts of Europe ban the use of Nazi symbols, even any trade in artefacts. Sure, we understand why, even if basic freedom and liberty says they shouldn't. However, if it is true, as some will insist, that such symbols be banned why isn't the same...

The EU Says It’s A Take It Or Leave It Brexit Deal – OK,...

That dog's breakfast of a Brexit deal that Theresa May is trying to get through, the European Union has insisted that this is a take it or leave it deal. To which the correct response is sure, we'll leave it and we'll leave. What is actually being offered isn't...

Two Fork Handles

An occasional series highlighting what we consider to be blasts from the past. Nothing other than just what we consider to be decent stuff for general enjoyment and or edification. As it happens, a book of Ronnie Barker scripts crossed the editorial desk:

Perhaps The Feminisation Of Education Wasn’t That Good An Idea Then?

Some decades back it was noted that girls did rather worse than boys in our education system. Something must be done. Thus the education system was feminised. This isn't referring to the manner in which there are almost no men actually in the frontline, they being as rare as...

An Optimistic View Of Theresa May’s Brexit Deal

If a vote of confidence in Theresa May is triggered, it is likely that she will win it by a big enough margin to enhance her authority. The Commons vote on the Brexit deal presently looks short of numbers, but this could change. MPs might prefer the deal on the...

As Jeff Bezos Says, Of Course Amazon Will Fail One Day, Go Bankrupt, The...

Jeff Bezos has told Amazon's staff that the company will fail one day. This is of course true and obvious. Nothing human made lasts for ever, companies rather less than many other things. The world's oldest company lasted about 1200 years or so (A Japanese sake maker? Or was...

Brexit Uncertainty Reduces Business Investment – So, Let’s Have Certainty, Leave With No Deal

One of the complaints - a valid one as it happens - about Brexit is that the uncertainty over what will actually happen is preventing people from doing things. Uncertainty - as opposed to risk - being something that can't be wished away nor insured, hedged, against. Thus, logically...