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This is what “austerity measures” do.

August 18, 2011 5 comments

Nations choose to adopt policies that force their public into austerity.

The number of people unemployed in the UK rose by 38,000 to 2.49 million in the three months to June.

This took the jobless rate from 7.7% to 7.9%,the Office for National Statistics said.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance also rose, by 37,100 in July to 1.56 million, its biggest increase since May 2009.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-14555264

Of course, throwing thousands of public sector workers out of a job and squeezing the ridiculously low welfare benefits of the poorest were always going to lead to more jobs, well maybe if you had swallowed some serious drugs during your economics lessons as a Bullingdon Clubber. After all a riot is acceptable if you can throw the cash back at the place you trashed.

The official figures also showed that between April and June:

  • The youth unemployment rate rose to 20.2%, up from 20% in the quarter to March
  • There were 949,000 16 to 24-year-olds without work, a rise of 15,000
  • The number of unemployed men increased by 18,000 to 1.45 million
  • The level of unemployed women rose by 21,000 to 1.05 million – the highest figure since May 1988
  • The number of employees working part-time because they could not find a full-time job increased by 83,000 to 1.26 million – the highest figure since comparable records began in 1992
  • The unemployment rate remained the highest in the north-east of England, at 10%
  • The south-east of England still had the lowest rate of unemployment, with a rate of 5.8%
  • The unemployment rate in Scotland was unchanged at 7.7%, in Wales it jumped to 8.4%, and in Northern Ireland it crept up to 7.3%
  • Average weekly earnings, including bonuses, were 2.6% higher than a year ago
Just to add to the last point, inflation is nearing 5%.

Meanwhile, in the Countries that decided not to starve their poor, the economy is rebounding very nicely, thank you very much.

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Bronze age Mutant Ninja Turtle opts out of debt limit talks

July 12, 2011 4 comments

Bronze Age Mutant Ninja Turtle Mitch McConnell just can not put his name to the destruction of the World economy so desired by the drooling Tea-baggers he helped to elect in 2010.

After swimming through their tongue drippings McConnell has come up with a plan that could avoid him getting shot at by lunatics on his side. The Tea Party Terrorists of course want him hung drawn and quartered as a result and if it were a liberal site, “Red State” would be getting a visit from the men in black. They want him burnt in effigy. Of course as they are Rethugs they are more likely to burn themselves and end up as a blue suicide statistic.

Of course as a Rethug articles like this are perfectly acceptable to “leftist” media CNN.

The current Bronze Age Mutant Ninja Turtle proposal is to revert to from. Deficits do not matter. Even if it is a Democratic President. Republicans would agree to make a series of three debt ceiling votes this year, but the default on each of those votes would be that the debt ceiling would get raised unless the House and Senate denied the move by a 2/3rds vote. And that isn’t likely to happen, which means they all go through.

No cuts. No tax rises. No billionaire tax-loopholes closed. No need for Tea-baggers to propose second amendment solutions.

All proposals to increase the deficit would therefore be blamed on the President. The debt limit would be blamed entirely on the President and the Democratic Party. The Bronze Age Mutant Ninja Turtle could live with what he considers a conscience and happily blame the liberals.

The best of Weiner on this sadly avoidable day

Unlike Republicant perverts, Weiner did not drag his wife out in a show of “support”. Weiner apologised for “the embarrassment” that he caused and declared that he hoped to continue to fight for the causes dear to his constituents.

Republicants who have had numerous affairs with everything from animals to underage page boys, tend to get re-packaged for a Presidential campaign.

Liberal members of Congress, who never preach their morality over others do not get such leeway.

Weiner said “I make this apology to my neighbours and my constituents, but I make it particularly to my wife, Huma.”

Republicant Newt Ginrich who preaches morality for all but not for thee, in contrast told his cancer stricken wife – I divorce you for a younger fitter model.

Weiner declared he was resigning “so my colleagues can get back to work, my neighbours can choose a new representative and, most importantly, that my wife and I can continue to heal from the damage I have caused”

Republicant Mark Foley was at the same stage busy texting underage boys despite working on the committee to protect children.

Larry Craig was busy measuring bathroom stalls for his “wide stance”.

While we may joke, while we may laugh, I will miss the voice of Weiner in Congress, who to me had become more important after the gerrymandered loss of Rep Grayson.

Today, I am sad but Rep. Weiner has done the right thing. I feel for his family.

I hope he is and feels able to return to politics before too long. I for one will miss his voice.

Wow – a penis. Stop the presses and show me the real scandal.

The right wing of America is once again getting their white sheets all in a twist because supposedly Rep. Antony Weiner tweeted a picture of an erect penis hidden by underwear. The story is false and stinks of a Breitbart setup but of course the major news stations are all over it, like a fly to a  shit. Even though Yfrog accounts can be hacked easily.

A picture of an erect penis has got the right all in a twist. A penis. Covered in cloth.

Wow, how scary. How terrifying, it is almost as terrifying as the scary nipple thing that Janet Jackson revealed.

It requires a massive investigation taking up days and days of press coverage.

It requires all the talking heads to go after Rep. Weiner instead of a lunatic judge whose wife is married to a teabagger partisan hack.

The crate-loads of real cash lost in the fields of Iraq could not be investigated, never mind the over trillion dollars lost in blood and revenue.

War crimes could not be investigated.

The Republican agenda for 2010 – so obvious to all but the Press, could not be investigated.

The links of top Republican God botherers to the anti-gay murderers of Uganda could not be investigated.

The scandal of poverty and homelesness in America could not be investigated. Fuck sake, the only Presidential candidate who spoke about the poor and homelesness proved himself to be a dick and now faces prosecution for being a dick. He’s a goner but why did his message have to go?

A penis. Wow. Stop the effin press

Breitbart is a right-wing hack. His 15 minutes of fame vanished with Bible Spice, the Grifter from Alaska. He has no credibility. Stop giving him more importance than a cat stuck up a tree. The cat deserves better press coverage.

The DNC hits back – Republican “moderates” would have let Detroit go bankrupt.

May 24, 2011 3 comments

Where’s Breitbart now? 9 Top Republicans sentenced to 150 years for vote fraud.

The BRAD BLOG has reported on the Clay County election rigging conspiracy since the nine defendants — seven of them were the county’s top-ranking election officials, the other two a married business couple who made millions in contracts based on the outcome of the stolen elections — were rounded up and arrested in 2009 for what federal officials described as the tail end of “decades” of manipulated elections there.

In addition to buying and selling votes and falsifying election results reports in primary and general elections in 2002, 2004 and 2006, the conspirators were also found to have changed the votes of voters after they were cast on electronic ES&S iVotronic touch-screen voting machines once voters had thought they had finished voting.

Following one of the officials, Republican election judge Paul Bishop, changing his plea to guilty and cooperating with prosecutors shortly after the arrests, the other eight were charged in a federal racketeering conspiracy and found guilty in March of last year. This past March they were all finally sentenced to a total of 1,871 months — 156 years — in federal prison. (We were neck deep in Fukushima coverage at the time of their separate sentencing throughout March and hadn’t gotten the chance to report on it until now.)

http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8514

Why is Breibart not interested in this?

Could it be that they are not black, actually did commit vote fraud and are Rethugs? Racist POS.

President Obama’s speech on the US budget