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Saturday Links from The Political Carnival

Bank of England: Bankers may have to return bonuses

Oklahoma Fox station removes evolution from ‘Cosmos’ by cutting only 15 seconds

Busting the myth of France’s 35-hour workweek.

How Well Do You Know The World? Play GeoGuessr To Find Out.

Bill Gates: The Rolling Stone Interview

Phoenix Residents Concerned Over Mysterious Surveillance Camera in their Neighborhood

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Photo: Vincent Jannink/EPA via aljazeera.com

Photos: Sochi Olympics day 13 highlights

'Significant Escalation': Tensions Flare in German-Israeli Relations

As Scotland Mulls Independence, A Stupid London Plays It Dirty

Archdiocese Closes School Due To Lack Of Funds, Then Builds Palace For Bishop

The Dark Power of Fraternities

Bob Corker Wants a Race to the Bottom for Tennessee Workers

Striking Back: Germany Considers Counterespionage Against US

The California Drought: Who Gets Water and Who’s Hung Out to Dry?

Pennsylvania ‘faith-healing’ couple sent to prison after second child dies

Indian Maidens and Waterfalls -1- (from 'Vanished Places of the Southern Appalachians)

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Video Overnight Thread: The Difference Between the UK, Great Britain, and England

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I've been watching a Netflix series recently called 'World Without End'.  It's very well done and represents, more or less, the early years of King Edward III's reign (1327-1377) as seen through events in the (fictional) town of 'Kingsbridge', and in London and on the battlefields of France.

I highly recommend it.

http://dvd.netflix.com/Search?v1=world+without+end&ac_abs_posn=-1&fcld=true&ac_rel_posn=-1&ac_category_type=none&raw_query=pina

A few years back my brother sent me a link to this video which explains the difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain, and England.

Hold onto your hats ! (It's so fast you have to listen very carefully!

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"Margaret Thatcher, Milk Snatcher" / The Wicked Witch is Dead

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Margaret Thatcher may be a hero to Quitter Sarah, who couldn't make it through even one term as Governor of Alaska with its 731,499 people, but she was no hero to millions of her fellow countrymen and countrywomen, at least of whom (if the accounts are true) danced in the streets upon hearing of her death. Apparently 'The Wicked Witch is Dead' is a major iTunes hit at the moment I read earlier today.

This account of life in Margaret Thatcher's Britain by someone who actually lived there when she was prime minister mentions Thatcher's decision to stop the school lunch program, something she apparently was very proud of, hence the name 'Milk Snatcher'.

From the 'Red Molucca' blogpost: "Tramp the Dirt Down"

The old saw that one shouldn’t speak ill of the recently dead cannot possibly apply to controversial figures in public life. It certainly didn’t apply to President Hugo Chavez who predeceased Margaret Thatcher amidst a blizzard of abuse.

The main reason it must not preclude entering the lists amidst a wave of hagiographic sycophantic tosh of the kind that has engulfed Britain these last hours is that otherwise the hagiographers will have the field to themselves.

Every controversial divisive deadly thing that Thatcher did will be placed in soft focus, bathed in a rose-coloured light, and provide a first draft of history that will be, simply, wrong.

More here:

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"Keep calm and rape them" tee shirt for sale on Amazon UK

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UPDATE: I ran a search today and it looks like these have been pulled.

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Was this intended to be some sick joke? Is the site for real? Is the tee shirt? Have I been punk'd? 

I don't think so. I Googled "UK Amazon" and did a search. The top photo is what I found, the other two links were sent to me by Twitter pal @samuelpeepses.

If it is, indeed, supposed to be "funny", then the "joke" is at the expense of women who have suffered traumatic, life-changing, devastating violence. If not, which is as unimaginable as hawking this dreck, does Amazon bother to screen their submissions? Why would they sell such an appalling tee? And profit off of it?

Nice message to send out to the kiddies, too, right Amazon?

Here are the comments posted about this vile product:


Keep Calm and Rape Them (Black) Fine Jersey T-Shirt (Apparel)


Average Customer Rating: (1.0 / 5.0)
Most Helpful First/Newest First


Are you kidding?
Customer rating 1.0/5.0
1 Mar 2013 By Andrew Banks
18 out of 18 found this helpful

Are you serious?
Customer rating 1.0/5.0
1 Mar 2013 By Anonymoosh "morgainuk"
9 out of 9 found this helpful

This has to be a joke...
Customer rating 1.0/5.0
1 Mar 2013 By Devin
8 out of 8 found this helpful

Awful unfunny product
Customer rating 1.0/5.0
1 Mar 2013 By S. Tippins "Sam"
6 out of 6 found this helpful

WTH???!!!
Customer rating 1.0/5.0
1 Mar 2013 By Pamela Watters
4 out of 4 found this helpful

Ban this
Customer rating 1.0/5.0
1 Mar 2013 By kitehkate "kate11982"
2 out of 2 found this helpful

AWFUL! CRIMINAL! Disgusting.
Customer rating 1.0/5.0
1 Mar 2013 By Steel Ranger

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Top UK cardinal accused of "inappropriate" and "intimate" behavior with priests. #FamilyValues

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You've heard of Rock the Vote, you've heard of rock the boat, but have you heard of rock the church?

WaPo:

LONDON— On the same day as his last public blessing Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI confronted the threat of a fresh scandal within the church hierarchy, with Vatican officials informing him of new allegations that Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric had engaged in inappropriate behavior with priests.

In Britain, the accusations against Cardinal Keith O’Brienhead of the church in Scotland and one of this nation’s most strident opponents of gay rights—were already escalating into a national controversy. The controversy revolved around a report first published Saturday night on the Web site of Britain’s Observer newspaper, saying that four men – three current and one former priest — had denounced O’Brien earlier this month for engaging in “inappropriate” and “intimate” behavior. Through a spokesman, O’Brien denied the charges and was said he was seeking legal counsel. [...]

[O]ne of the alleged victims claimed O’Brien had instigated a “relationship” with him in the 1980s that resulted in the need for long-term counseling. Another of the men said O’Brien had initiated “inappropriate contact” during nightly prayers, according to the paper.

O’Bigot O'Brien has referred to marriage equality as a “grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right” and has let it be known that he thinks gays are immoral.

But "inappropriate, intimate" behavior with men of the cloth works for him. During prayer time. Got it.

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And don't get me started on Roger Mahony.

UPDATE: O'Brien resigned.

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It’s official: Austerity economics doesn’t work

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John Cassidy at the New Yorker wrote an article that had me at "Austerity economic doesn't work." It's more than a little frustrating to watch and listen to Republicans insist on austerity measures which, as we've witnessed and is painfully evident overseas, do. Not. Work.

Nor would they work here in the U.S. no matter how many times the GOP repeat their Cut Cut Cut mantra... and you know how reliable their judgment has been, up to and including the 2012 elections and beyond.

And don't get me started on raising the Medicare eligibility age. Besides, what’s the rush?

Cassidy:

With Republicans in Congress still intent on pursuing a strategy similar to the failed one adopted by the Brits, this is a story that needs trumpeting. Austerity policies are self-defeating: they cripple growth and reduce tax revenues. The only way to bring down the U.S. government’s deficit in a sustainable manner, and put the nation’s finances on a firmer footing, is to keep the economy growing. Spending cuts and tax increases can also play a role, but they need to be introduced gradually. [...]

That austerity has led to recession is undeniable. ... consumer and investment spending have remained depressed. [...]

In adopting a fiscal stimulus of gradually declining magnitude over the past four years, the Obama Administration has administered what was, until recently, the standard medicine for a sick economy. As one would have expected on the basis of the textbooks, the American economy, while hardly racing ahead, has fared considerably better than its British counterpart. [...]

Having adopted the policies of Keynes in response to a calamitous recession, the United States has grown more than twice as fast during the past three years as Britain, which adopted the economics of Hoover (and Paul Ryan). 

Clear? Clear.

By the way, why aren’t we talking about a Wall St. transaction tax and much, much more? Hmm?

More of Cassidy's article at the link.

H/t: @42bkdodgr

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