MailOnline - Inside Gaddafi's mountain lair:... →
“The villa itself is a preposterous combination of luxury and chintz.”
The Guardian - Serge Gainsbourg's 20 most... →
“While recovering from his heart attack, Gainsbourg began to miss the spotlight so called a press conference from his hospital bed during which he claimed he would reduce the risk of suffering a second heart attack by “increasing his intake of alcohol and cigarettes”.”
Felix Salmon, "Wall Street's Dead End" →
“What the market is not doing so well is its core public function: allocating capital efficiently. Apple, for instance, is hugely profitable and sits on an enormous pile of cash; it is thus very unlikely to use its highly rated stock to pay for any acquisitions. It hasn’t used the stock market to raise money since 1981, and there’s a good bet it never will again. Meanwhile, the companies...
George Monbiot, "To us, it's an obscure shift of... →
“Our political system protects and enriches a fantastically wealthy elite, much of whose money is, as a result of their interesting tax and transfer arrangements, in effect stolen from poorer countries, and poorer citizens of their own countries. Ours is a semi-criminal money-laundering economy, legitimised by the pomp of the lord mayor’s show and multiple layers of defence in...
Lluís Bassets, "El naufragio mediterráneo de... →
“Si estamos a tiempo, debiéramos convertir la UpM en una unión para la democracia y la libertad en todo el Mediterráneo.”
Michael Lewis, "When Irish Eyes Are Crying" →
“A banking system is an act of faith: it survives only for as long as people believe it will. Two weeks earlier the collapse of Lehman Brothers had cast doubt on banks everywhere. Ireland’s banks had not been managed to withstand doubt; they had been managed to exploit blind faith. Now the Irish people finally caught a glimpse of the guy meant to be safeguarding them: the crazy uncle had...
Dean Baker, "The Great British austerity... →