Thought for the day

"We're so self-important. So arrogant. Everybody's going to save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save the snails. And the supreme arrogance? Save the planet! Are these people kidding? Save the planet? We don't even know how to take care of ourselves; we haven't learned how to care for one another. We're gonna save the fuckin' planet? . . . And, by the way, there's nothing wrong with the planet in the first place. The planet is fine. The people are fucked! Compared with the people, the planet is doin' great. It's been here over four billion years . . . The planet isn't goin' anywhere, folks. We are! We're goin' away. Pack your shit, we're goin' away. And we won't leave much of a trace. Thank God for that. Nothing left. Maybe a little Styrofoam. The planet will be here, and we'll be gone. Another failed mutation; another closed-end biological mistake." -- George Carlin

On the one hand, the Bank of England just hike rates by 50bps, reupped its warning of a recession, and warned that it will have to be much tighter for a long time to come. On the other, in an apparent complete failure in communication, the Truss government and its motley crew of cartoonish officials just cut taxes by the most in almost 50 years, a tax cut which will be funded with more debt.

Battle of Britain in rare pictures, 1940 libraryhist Fri, 09/23/2022 - 15:27

In the summer and fall of 1940, German and British air forces clashed in the skies over the United Kingdom, locked in the largest continuous bombing campaign to date.

The Luftwaffe's victory in the aerial combat would have exposed Great Britain to an invasion by German forces, which at the time were in control of French ports just a few miles from the English Channel.

RAF pilot getting a haircut during a break between missions, 1942 libraryhist Fri, 09/23/2022 - 15:18

A Royal Air Force pilot getting a haircut and reading Greenmantle by John Buchan. There are a lot of interesting things about this picture, the color, the apparent stillness of these two men during the war, the young pilot smoking a pipe, and also the fact that he is reading a book in World War I during World War II. Is. war.

The pilot's name was Francis Mellersh and he was twice awarded Britain's Distinguished Flying Cross and recommended for the Victoria Cross.

China Mocks Japan and Britain as Dead Empires: Little Brothers of the U.S. MikeRivero Fri, 09/23/2022 - 09:27

China’s Global Times government newspaper expressed outrage on Wednesday at the fact that the prime ministers of Japan and Britain — Kishida Fumio and Liz Truss, respectively — made time to meet with each other at the United Nations General Assembly, dismissing both countries as “little brothers” of America.

Britain, Poland and Ukraine will develop trilateral co-operation including by strengthening their defence capabilities and the NATO Eastern flank, according to a joint statement from their foreign ministers on Thursday.

The foreign ministers of the three countries met in New York on Wednesday and also agreed to continue the support of Ukraine by Poland and the UK against Russia, the joint statement issued by the British government said.

A new cache of leaked Labour documents shows how Israel lobby operatives worked against former leader Jeremy Corbyn from within the UK’s main opposition party.

Israel lobbyist Luke Akehurst intervened to help save suspended right-wing Labour activist Luke Stanger from expulsion – despite a series of complaints of harassment and intimidation.

The embattled British pound fell more than 2% against the dollar Friday, after the new U.K. government announced a radical economic plan in a bid to boost growth.

Sterling dipped as low as $1.1029 at 12:20 p.m. London time, a couple of hours after the measures were unveiled in the House of Commons.

iz Truss met Yair Lapid, the Prime Minister of Israel, at the UN General Assembly in New York yesterday. Among the things they discussed were strategic priorities, including defence, cyber security, trade and green technology. Downing Street highlighted progress on a new Free Trade Agreement and reiterated the commitment to “signing a high-ambition deal which delivers for the digital and services sectors”.

What caught Guido’s eye in the official statement was that