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A Great Book: Strange Days Indeed.

Posted by Jason O on Nov 5, 2011 in Books

A great read, indeed.
A great read, indeed.

I enjoyed it so much that I just have to give five stars to Francis Wheen’s “Strange Days Indeed: The Golden Age of Paranoia.” The book is a look at some of political and social madness of the 1970s, primarily in the UK and the US, and is great fun, being both informative and laugh out loud funny.

Wheen takes the reader through Richard Nixon’s mental breakdown during Watergate to the OZ obscenity trial (where the British State attempted to draft in experts to determine what size Rupert Bear’s penis was. I’m not joking) to the British cabinet secretary stripping off naked and having a nervous breakdown in front of the Governor of the Bank of England, to various plots to overthrow the British Govt using the army, the police, and by placing ads in the Daily Telegraph!

Add in Idi Amin and Uri Geller and you have one of the most enjoyable books of the year. Check out Wheen’s videos at the Amazon links above to get a taste of the books.


Alien invasion of Earth cancelled due to economic crisis.

Posted by Jason O on Nov 5, 2011 in Not quite serious.

Alien Invaders fear the bond markets.

Alien Invaders fear the bond markets.

The Imperial Vorgon Empire has announced that it has shelved the planned military conquest of the planet Earth due to the economic crisis. A Vorgon High Command spokeswarrior, Commander Klakk, revealed the decision following the latest news from Greece.
“We reckoned that we could have had a fair chance with the Earth’s military forces. Your nuclear weapons and fighter aircraft would have been crushed like ants. But we weren’t so sure about dealing with Italian bond yields.” Speaking from the flagship BoneGrinder, Klakk continued: “Our war ministry was ready to take out NATO headquarters, the Pentagon and the Chinese Central Military Commission in the first hours of the glorious conflict. But then the economics ministry started talking about the effect on our currency, the Vorg, and whether we could afford to take on Earth’s debt. The galactic bond markets started having doubts, talking about contagion, and before you knew it the Imperial Planet Devastator Fleet was ordered to halt in mid-space. Then someone saw something on Bloomberg about Bernanke projecting low job growth, and the whole thing was scrubbed. We’re thinking about invading Skaro instead. You have to give the Daleks that. They run a tight fiscal ship. Or the Vulcans, they run a budget surplus as a matter of course. Safest home for capital in the galaxy. Not counting Switzerland, of course.”

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