Turkeys Twizzled

“Watching the establishment try and take down the Brexit Party is like watching the music and publishing industries in 2000 floundering in the face of internet-created competition. Tory and Labour are going the same way as Our Price.”Dominic Frisby, Twitter, 20 May 2019.

Little by little, we went insane

“It was begun in good faith, by decent people, out of fateful misunderstandings, American overconfidence, and Cold War miscalculation. And it was prolonged because it seemed easier to muddle through than admit that it had been caused by tragic decisions made by five American Presidents belonging to both political parties.”Peter Coyote (narrator),…

The psychotic freakshow rolls on

“I’m not guilty ? Does that include the time I stole a comic book when I was five years old ? I’m not guilty of the charges which have been filed against me.”Ted Bundy, quoted in Conversations with a killer: the Ted Bundy tapes. “Theresa May has admitted that she used to “run through fields of wheat” with a friend and…

The limited choice from Buffett’s buffet

“Abraham Lincoln once posed the question: “If you call a dog’s tail a leg, how many legs does it have?” and then answered his own query: “Four, because calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it one.”From Warren Buffett’s 2018 letter to shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway.

The shock wave reaches the shore

“When Roger Williams got his turn at the microphone earlier this month, his question for the bank CEOs lined up before the House committee on financial services seemed an unusual one to put to seven sharp-suited financiers. “Are you a socialist or are you a capitalist ?” the Texas Republican asked each of them, from Citigroup’s Mike Corbat to…

Behave !

“With reference to Philip Stephens’ column “Britain can now change its mind about Brexit” (April 12): would Mr Stephens mind not invoking the “Kamikaze” characterisation of those reckless and deranged Brexiters, please. My father flew a dive bomber in the Japanese Imperial Navy’s Special Attack Force, and was therefore a Kamikaze pilot…

Be surprised

“One can fly to Japan from anywhere, but from Japan one can only fly to the Third World, and it hardly matters whether one lands in Kinshasa, London, New York or Zurich: they are all places where one must be constantly watchful and distrustful, where one cannot leave a suitcase unattended even for ten minutes, where women strolling home through town…

Before the Fall

“I notice, talking to younger people, people who hit that Napoleonic moment of turning twenty since the crisis, that the idea of capitalism being thought of as morally superior elicits something between an eye roll and a hollow laugh. Their view of capitalism has been formed by austerity, increasing inequality, the impunity and imperviousness of finance…

Alternative views

One of the many joys of unshackling yourself from the confines of the mainstream media is that you get to hear interesting, intriguing and thought-provoking perspectives, in a long-form format. Two cases in point: Dominic Frisby and Rory Sutherland, both of whom can be heard in recent interviews here. (There’s a rich archive, too.)

EUnola May

With apologies to Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and their 1980 hit Enola Gay. EUnola MayYou should have stayed at home yesterdayOh-oh it can’t describeThe feeling and the way you lied.These games you playThey’re gonna end it all in tears someday.Oh-oh EUnola MayIt shouldn’t ever have to end this wa…