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Lord Bell, Bell Pottinger & Image Makeovers For Dictators

by Joseph W
Lord Bell is a Conservative Peer who was previously the top PR adviser to Margaret Thatcher and formerly a PR adviser to General Pinochet.
Bell is now working for Chime:

Tim Bell is one of the best known figures in the United Kingdom communications industry. He helped found Saatchi & Saatchi in 1970, and as International Chairman he took Saatchi [...]

France, Germany, The Guardian, the FTT and the “coalition of the willing.”

On Sunday I pondered whether the editors of The Observer lived in fantasy land based on their editorial supporting the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT), a tax sometimes referred to as the Robin Hood tax. The Guardian Comment is Free has joined in the madness championing the tax with its own article written by Ha-Joon Chang, [...]

The FTT, The Observer, and Fantasy

When a journalist writes a silly article, that journalist can be ridiculed, but when an idiotic unsigned editorial is published by a newspaper, then the whole newspaper can be ridiculed. And that is the case with today’s editorial published in The Observer, one which promotes the implementation of the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT).
On March 30, [...]

AV and the Extremists: Why I Am Voting “No.”

In an interview provided to the Christian Science Monitor (published on November 5, 1963), former President Eisenhower said, “The middle of the [political] road is all of the usable surface. The extremes, right and left, are in the gutters.”  I concur with the sentiment.  What concerns me now, and what has always concerned me, are [...]

Egypt? Yemen? Who cares?

Laurie Penny has been frequently discussed on this blog.  The New Statesman has accompanied her recent article with a picture:

The caption underneath the picture reads:
A protestor waves a GMB union flag alongside an Egyptian flag from a statue in Trafalgar Square. Photograph: Getty Images.

This is the Yemen flag:

One would have thought the New Statesman would [...]

Employment opportunities

–Charlie Sheen is looking to hire an intern.
As if the star’s antics as of late weren’t enough, he Tweeted on Monday saying: “I’m looking to hire a #winning INTERN with #TigerBlood. Apply here – http://bit.ly/hykQQF #TigerBloodIntern #internship #ad”
–Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is looking to hire computer hackers.
“Regarding the cyber issue, we welcome the presence of those [...]

Sheen or Gaddafi: who said it?

I got eight out of 10 right. See how you do.
(Hat tip: Terry Glavin, who got a perfect score.)
Update: New York magazine adds Glenn Beck to the mix. This time I only got nine out of 15.

Two LSE Lectures

The prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) does not only put on numerous  lectures that the public can attend, it also provides MP3 recordings of each of them and videos of some of them. Anyone with access to an internet connection can listen to or watch playbacks of these lectures without any [...]

A correction was required

The following article appeared in The Morning Bulletin (Queensland, Australia) on January 7, 2011.

Hat Tip: Victoria Raimes via Anthony Cox.

Isn’t It Weird How Some People End Up Looking Like Their Condoms?

This is a guest post by “Harry’s Place TV Burp”:
This is Julian Assange’s condom, leaked to the internet:

Look what happens when you turn it sideways:
Bizarre: