- Introducing “The Money Oscars” – Jon Stewart on Davos and Financial “Journalists” (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Jan 25, 2014):
Once again, Jon Stewart knocks it out of the park with his unique style of hilarious and cutting social commentary. This time he takes on the orgy of crony capitalists, vacuous celebrities and corrupt politicians that is the World Economic Forum in Davos, or as he calls it, “The Money Oscars.” This is the best Stewart clip I have seen since he recently took it to Chris Christie.
- Jon Stewart on Chris Christie…Absolutely Hilarious (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Jan 14, 2014):
Regular readers know that I am no fan of Chris Christie. Just yesterday, I highlighted a post written by Chris Hedges on the New Jersey Governor, which is a must read expose if you haven’t already.
While Hedges’ criticisms of Christie are nothing to laugh about, Jon Stewart’s certainly are. Have fun with this hilarious clip!
- A convenient memory lapse (Ice Age Now, Jan 6, 2014):
Media “forgets” that the ship trapped in thick Antarctic ice was chartered by global warming scientists.
Actually, they seem also to have forgotten that the rescue icebreaker is also trapped in the ice, and the the US nuclear icebreaker, the Polar Star, is now enroute to rescue the rescuers.
Branco cartoon courtesy http://legalinsurrection.com/
- The 9 Words Every Democratic Congressman Dreads (ZeroHedge, Dec 8, 2013):
Following yesterday’s polls, we suspect this cartoon sums up the view of many ‘faithful’ as they head into the new year. Of course, no matter what faces change next year, the Fed will always be there…
“…if you like your seat, you can keep your seat…”
The table sheds light on just how difficult it can be for a foreigner to understand what the British really mean when they’re speaking – especially for those take every word at face value.
Phrases that prove the trickiest to decipher include ‘you must come for dinner’, which foreigners tend to take as a direct invitation, but is actually said out of politeness by many Britons and often does not result in an invite.
The table also reveals that when a person from Britain begins a sentence “with the greatest respect …’, they actually mean ‘I think you are an idiot’.
|WHAT THE BRITISH SAY||WHAT THE BRITISH MEAN||WHAT FOREIGNERS UNDERSTAND|
|I hear what you say||I disagree and do not want to discuss it further||He accepts my point of view|
|With the greatest respect||You are an idiot||He is listening to me|
|That’s not bad||That’s good||That’s poor|
|That is a very brave proposal||You are insane||He thinks I have courage|
|Quite good||A bit disappointing||Quite good|
|I would suggest||Do it or be prepared to justify yourself||Think about the idea, but do what you like|
|Oh, incidentally/ by the way||The primary purpose of our discussion is||That is not very important|
|I was a bit disappointed that||I am annoyed that||It doesn’t really matter|
|Very interesting||That is clearly nonsense||They are impressed|
|I’ll bear it in mind||I’ve forgotten it already||They will probably do it|
|I’m sure it’s my fault||It’s your fault||Why do they think it was their fault?|
|You must come for dinner||It’s not an invitation, I’m just being polite||I will get an invitation soon|
|I almost agree||I don’t agree at all||He’s not far from agreement|
|I only have a few minor comments||Please rewrite completely||He has found a few typos|
|Could we consider some other options||I don’t like your idea||They have not yet decided|
The table points out that when Britons say ‘I’m sure it’s my fault’, it actually means ‘it’s your fault’.