Friday, January 16, 2015

Sorry Obama Couldn’t Be Bothered, But Here’s James Taylor

John Kerry reaffirmed his status as international diplomacy’s leading pillock this afternoon with his excruciatingly embarrassing apology to France. After no senior American official could be bothered to attend the unity rally in Paris last week, John Kerry stowed James Taylor in his hand luggage for his visit to the French capital. Taylor was paraded at a press conference to sing “You’ve got a friend…” Which wasn’t at all awkward…

Digital Dave Isn’t Working

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The Prime Minister was keen to show off his enthusiasm for all things digital today when he stopped by 1776, a “global platform for connecting entrepreneurs”, in DC. “So how do we un-encrypt this…”

Friday Caption Contest (Vaizey Eyes Up Pussy Edition)

Comments in the comments please…

Left Swipe: Government Deny Tinder Voter Registration Drive

This curious profile on the dating app Tinder has been raising eyebrows among Londoners looking for love:

Despite its mysteriously official appearance, both the Cabinet Office and the Electoral Commission have denied they are behind the profile encouraging people to register to vote.

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If, like Reg, high turnout turns you on, swipe right…

H/T @nero

IPCC in Climate Change Exaggeration Shocker

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shagging-snowmanA major peer-reviewed paper in Science Bulletin, a respected academic periodical, has accused the IPCC’s climate model of being riddled with errors. The authors of the paper -Why models run hot: results from an irreducibly simple climate model’ – have presented a new “simple model” that suggests the doubling of CO2 emissions could warm the planet by 1°C- significantly less than the IPCC’s predicted 3.3°C rise.

As seen in the chart above, the simple model proposed in the paper is closer to observed real world temperature change than the IPCC’s current and previous models. One particularity egregious error the paper’s authors level at the IPCC, is that it has been running made up figures in its climate model in order to pump up projected climate change projections – they overestimate population growth by over two billion.

If further proof is needed, it’s also a bit nippy out today innit…

Labour Youth Branch Abolished at Ed Yoof Speech Venue

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“We will ensure that young people do not lose their voice,” Ed Miliband will tell his audience at Sheffield Hallam university at noon, as he tries to convince traditionally left-leaning under-35s to register to vote. Perhaps not the best choice of venue given the Labour Students branch at the very same university was abolished just six months ago, because they didn’t have enough members to fill their committee positions.

If Labour can’t win over students in Nick ‘Tuition Fees’ Clegg’s own backyard…

Purr Minister: Westminster Cat of the Year 2015

The claws are out for for the most important election of the year: who will be the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Purr Minister 2015? This likely tail is litterally the purrfect internet story, and here are the contenders:

[Top row, from left to right] Archie, who belongs to Stephen Hammond; Billy, who belongs to Annette Brooke; Mango, who belongs to Simon Kirby.

[Bottom row] Rigel, whose owner is Caroline Spelman; Ripley, who belongs to Graeme Morrice; and Tibbs, whose owner is Mark Spencer.

Sadly Jacob Rees-Mogg is not taking part, his cat wasn’t feline up to it. The big pussy. Who will be found in-fur-ior? The challengers have a meowntain to climb tabby crowned the winner. They’ll be having kittens the night before. It’s going to be pawsome. Guido is going to stop with the puns now. He wouldn’t want to milk it… No cheetahs.

Dave: Obama Does Call Me Bro

The big news from Dave’s trip to the States: confirmation that the leader of the free world does call him “bro”.

“It’s normally Barack and David, I hasten to add… well, it’s been said.”

“Call me bro…”

via BBC

Where You Can Buy a Copy of Charlie Hebdo This Morning

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The English edition of the new Charlie Hebdo hits the shelves this morning. Here are the places where you might be able to pick up a copy, if you get there before it sells out.

The French Bookshop - 28 Bute Street, South Kensington

JL News kiosk - Golders Green, next to the tube station

Good News - 23 Berwick Street, Soho

Forge Newsagents – 2 Church St, Cheltenham

St Pancreas Eurostar Terminal – If you can’t find it at the station, it’s only two and a half hours to Paris

Only 2000 copies are coming to the UK,  you better be quick…

H/T Business Insider

Thursday, January 15, 2015

BREAKING:  Greens Say Party Surpasses LibDems in Members

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Combined UK Green Parties’ membership passed that of the Liberal Democrats overnight according to Green HQ. The Greens are now claiming to have 44,713 members in England, Wales and Scotland whilst adding new members at a rate of 2,000 a day. Given they are standing candidates in 75% of seats, is this a green version of Cleggmania or something real? “The politics of the future does not have to look like the politics of the past” says the Green Party’s leader Natalie Bennett…


Seen Elsewhere

Liz Kendall For Leader | Indy
Bashir Booted Out By Respect | Respect
Americans Try Haggis | Guardian
Page 3 and the Art of the Self-Pity Statement | Guardian
Steven Woolfe For UKIP Leader? | Asa Bennett
Mohammed — in Pictures | Speccie
Leon Brittan’s Accusers Must Show Their Evidence | Dan Hodges
New Saudi King Renames Roads While Body Still Warm | TechnoGuido
In Davos, Carrying a BlackBerry is a Status Symbol | Business Insider
New Labour in Peep Show Quotes | Telegraph
Here is What a 7 Way Debate Sounds Like | BBC


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George Galloway says of his former Respect candidate the UKIP MEP turned Tory, Amjad Bashir…

“Clearly Bashir does not have any real political principles or commitment, only naked opportunism and self-interest. He represents the revolving door principle in politics. The Tories are welcome to him because he will cause them embarrassment. Fortunately Respect was able to act before he did it to us.”


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