Mandela and Obama: Millions of Miles Apart

It’s always astonishing how funerals and memorial services can do two things to people. They make platform for public show and then they provide the opportunity for public speaking that knows no bounds in the hope that they will be remembered for eternity. Something that state funerals and public mourning have more than that is…

Volcker Rules, or Does He?

The Volcker Rule that has been released as approved today believes that it’s the world’s answer to protecting the clients against bankers’ fraudulent speculating on the financial markets. But, if you were to believe that, then you are probably married to Mary Poppins and the next President will be Dick Van Dyke, which will probably…

No Money, But Still on a Spending Spree

Nobody has any money, right? Well, nobody except the Federal Reserve and what they can print as fast as possible and what Ben Bernanke has stuffed in his pockets along the way perhaps for a job well done (!). The banks have the money and the banksters have made more money with the money that…

Brits Living on £20 a week Grocery-Bill

What will $33.88 a week get you for food? Think you could live on that much (or rather little)? Yes, live on that measly sum every week and yet still eat enough to stay healthy is a recipe for failure. The Brits were always criticized for their lack of culinary skills, ridiculed by the over-inflated…

Europe Recruits the Rich

Money has no smell it seems in the European Union these days. Although, one should wonder if there is a country anywhere where it might be different. Is there somewhere on this planet where money doesn’t let off a whiff of complacent eager contradiction and corruption; just a hint of the stench which is associated…

Government: Byword for Corruption

You know that game involving word association at the psychotherapists? The one where you have to say the first word that springs to mind. Imagine yourself prostrate on the coach, eyes closed and suddenly the guy dressed in the tweeds with the half-moon glasses and the beard peering over your forehead snaps out the word…