A Brit explains the incredibly baffling, totally catastrophic, utterly unnerving rise of Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson: From principal bungler to Prime Minister of Britain by Stuart Messham It’s summer 2019, and the excruciating heatwave in the U.K. this week can only be preparing us for one thing: going to hell in a handcart with a bungling, right-wing prime minister at the wheel. Thanks to the quirks of British politics (which we’ll explain later), 99.87 percent of us didn’t even vote for him, yet here he is, ready to bring his “British Trump” clownery to the world. As we wait for … Continue reading WHO THE FUCK IS BORIS JOHNSON, ANYWAY?
image edited by F. Kaskais by Tyler Durden Half of England is owned by less than 1% of its population, according to new data shared with the Guardian that seeks to penetrate the secrecy that has traditionally surrounded land ownership. The findings, described as “astonishingly unequal”, suggest that about 25,000 landowners – typically members of the aristocracy and corporations – have control of half of the country. The figures show that if the land were distributed evenly across the entire population, each person would have almost an acre – an area roughly the size of Parliament Square in central London. Major owners include the … Continue reading Half Of England Is Owned By 1% Of The Population
By Tim Smedley Despite its rainy reputation, the UK’s water reserves are seriously strained – and its insatiable demands are putting pressure on other countries too When it comes to water scarcity, the last place on Earth you’d think of is rain-soaked England. Winter here is cold and wet. It rains for what feels like weeks on end. Lawns squelch with saturated soil and garden water butts overflow, likely to be unused until April. The UK’s average annual rainfall is a sopping 1200mm, compared to the 300s in Afghanistan, or just double-figures in Egypt. In the South-East of England, the average annual … Continue reading Why Britain’s rain can’t sustain its thirst
FILE PHOTO © Reuters / Daniel Becerril Children as young as five are being groomed and abused on Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook, with 5,161 incidents reported in the UK in 18 months. The number of children targeted on Instagram has tripled in just one year. Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram were used to target children in 70 percent of recorded incidents, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) reports. While 12-15-year-old girls were the most common targets for pedophiles, about 20 percent of the victims were under 11 and the youngest victim was just five years old. Groomers … Continue reading Pedophiles are hunting children as young as 5 on Instagram as grooming triples on social media
A pioneering new study in Bristol is using MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to help alcoholics break the cycle of addiction. By Russell Deeks Alcohol is dangerous. Its abuse accounts for around 8,000 deaths in the UK every year, while the societal cost – in terms of the strain on the NHS and the police – is enormous. It costs £3.5bn a year for the NHS to treat alcohol-related illnesses and injuries, while 70 per cent of violent incidents occurring during the evenings, nights and weekends involve alcohol. Many people are, of course, able to enjoy a drink without coming to any harm, or … Continue reading Can party drug MDMA help treat alcoholism?
image edited by Fernando Kaskais By PETER HITCHENS FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY One of the things I most enjoyed about living in Russia was the absence of prissy health and safety. The doors on the Moscow metro slammed shut with a vicious crash, after a single warning, and if you were caught in them, too bad. No pathetic reopening of the doors. So nobody ever was caught in them, and trains ran fast and frequently. On ferociously freezing days when any Western airline would have given up, Russian internal flights took off without hesitation, and arrived on time. This is nothing to … Continue reading Britain’s so soppy we can’t even fight off a toy helicopter
Posted by Soren Dreier Author: Mol Millions of people face severe side-effects when trying to come off anti-depressants, a major review has concluded. For years health officials have played down the difficulty of withdrawing from antidepressants, insisting side-effects are ‘mild’ and last no more than a week or two. But a review of medical evidence today shows 56 per cent of people suffer withdrawal effects if they try to come off the drugs. The worst-hit experience nausea, anxiety, insomnia and agitation, with many people put back on antidepressants as doctors mistake the symptoms for a relapse of depression itself. The issue is … Continue reading COMING OFF ANTI-DEPRESSANTS? – WELCOME TO HELL
by Soren Dreier Author: Mol The shocking extent of the threat to children from online sex offenders is revealed today by the Home Secretary. Thousands of youngsters are in danger of being groomed, exploited and blackmailed by sexual predators on the internet, warns Sajid Javid. He says at least 80,000 paedophiles are using websites including social media. In a flagship speech today, he will call on technology giants to do more to remove vile photos and videos. An alarming indication of the scale of the menace to children: The National Crime Agency said the number of tips about online child abuse … Continue reading OVER 80,000 PAEDOPHILES ARE OPERATING IN BRITAIN
image edited by Fernando Kaskais Georgia and Sam on series four of the UK’s Love Island. Photograph: ITV/REX/Shutterstock by Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore Society is obsessed with happily ever afters, and it’s not just on reality TV shows that walking out alone makes you a loser Strapped to a lie detector in the final week of Love Island, contestant Dom was asked a simple question. “Did you come here just for a root?” “No,” the hunky project manager said. The machine beeped. A lie! What struck me about this scene was not that a young, virile 26-year-old man might come on a TV … Continue reading What does Love Island have in common with a surrealist dystopia? Quite a lot, actually
Los Angeles, 1952. Photo by J R Eyerman/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty More than a century of death notices have not diminished the achievements and the necessity of liberalism by Daniel H Cole is professor of law and public and environmental affairs at Indiana University in Bloomington. He is a founding member of both the Midwest Law and Economics Association and the Society for Environmental Law and Economics. He is the author of seven books. by Aurelian Craiutu is professor of political science and adjunct professor of American studies at Indiana University in Bloomington. His most recent book is Faces of Moderation: The Art of … Continue reading The many deaths of liberalism