George Michael

‘My fault’ admits George Michael
“Singer George Michael has admitted that he was in possession of Class C drugs when he was arrested in London’s West End on Sunday.”
From BBC NEWS

I’ve mentioned my respect for George Michael before, and this article merely confirms it. He is a pretty cool guy.

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PM urges progress on UK pay gap

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PM urges progress on UK pay gap

A ‘massive amount of work’ remains to be done to close the pay gap between men and women, Tony Blair has said.
His comments followed a report by the Women and Work Commission which found that women in full-time work were earning 17% less than men.”

BBC NEWS

Partly this doesn’t surprise me, and partly it does. So much for being a world leader, so much for labour being a party of the people.

The US ports deal.

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Dubai Ports will be taking control of six US ports
High Court bid to block P&O deal (BBC)
Review agreed in P&O takeover bid (BBC)

This baffles me. Once again, a show trial. Suddenly where previously no connection existed US “lawmakers” are insisting that nationality equals ideology. In the many countries in the world who have hired American firms to perform important state tasks, has a single government raised the spectre of compromised security, even though the American ideology demonstrably accompanies every step US commercial interests takes upon foreign soil? No. Well, apart from those government with whom the US constantly argues, like Venezuela. Argued with, denounced and threatened.
And yet simply because a company based in the United Arab Emirates seeks, in it’s US-inspired capitalism, to buy a lucrative American contract, the prejudices and fear-mongering of the current US government snaps its jaws like a sprung trap, calling down wrath upon the image of itself.
And now they’re trying to stop it with a technique designed to assert American imperialism over foreign competition – the hampering of the ability to trade.

Iraq makes terror ‘more likely’

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Iraq makes terror ‘more likely’
US soldiers uncover a weapons cache in Iraq
The US has ruled out any hasty withdrawal
People across the world overwhelmingly believe the war in Iraq has increased the likelihood of terrorist attacks worldwide, a poll for the BBC reveals.
Some 60% of people in 35 countries surveyed believe this is the case, against just 12% who think terrorist attacks have become less likely.

From BBC NEWS

A friend of mine recently wondered “Is anyone listening” – it seems he’s not the only one wondering…

PM urges progress on UK pay gap


PM urges progress on UK pay gap

A ‘massive amount of work’ remains to be done to close the pay gap between men and women, Tony Blair has said.
His comments followed a report by the Women and Work Commission which found that women in full-time work were earning 17% less than men.”

BBC NEWS

Partly this doesn’t surprise me, and partly it does. So much for being a world leader, so much for labour being a party of the people.

The US ports deal.

Dubai Ports will be taking control of six US ports
Dubai Ports will be taking control of six US ports

High Court bid to block P&O deal (BBC)
Review agreed in P&O takeover bid (BBC)

This baffles me. Once again, a show trial. Suddenly where previously no connection existed US “lawmakers” are insisting that nationality equals ideology. In the many countries in the world who have hired American firms to perform important state tasks, has a single government raised the spectre of compromised security, even though the American ideology demonstrably accompanies every step US commercial interests takes upon foreign soil? No. Well, apart from those government with whom the US constantly argues, like Venezuela. Argued with, denounced and threatened.
And yet simply because a company based in the United Arab Emirates seeks, in it’s US-inspired capitalism, to buy a lucrative American contract, the prejudices and fear-mongering of the current US government snaps its jaws like a sprung trap, calling down wrath upon the image of itself.
And now they’re trying to stop it with a technique designed to assert American imperialism over foreign competition – the hampering of the ability to trade.