CNN — purveyors of good taste, innit

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Screen grab from CNN on the announcement of Nelson Mandela’s passing

Well done CNN! The international news service has framed the news of Nelson Mandela’s passing with high-gloss Gucci ads — a juxtaposition lacking the taste Gucci would like to be known for, and which is apparently alien to CNN.

Another hideous resonance from this collision is the gap in wealth between black Africans and their former apartheid masters, and the wealth gap that exists between a great many African countries and the former colonial powers.

Is it possible that any punter tuning in to grieve Mr Mandela will stop and think ‘Hmm, must get a new designer cardigan while I’m here’?

If you are innocent, you have nothing to fear

image loadingI was sitting in the bath the other night when I was surprised to see a periscope rise out of the water at my feet. A glassy eye in the lens fixed on me while I attempted to preserve some dignity with my flannel.

‘Do not be alarmed,’ said the periscope.

‘Why not?’ I asked. ‘You’re in my bath.’

‘Just routine government surveillance,’ the periscope assured me. ‘We do it to everyone. If you’re innocent, you’ve nothing to fear.’

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Heads and balls ‹ the royal baby’s name explained

Interesting choice of names for the royal baby: George Alexander Louis.

George is an, old traditional name favoured by grandfathers, which ages the child by two generations before he is out of his cot.

George is also a kingly name and brings to mind George III who lost north America and his marbles, both.

St. George is also the patron saint of the English Defence League, the British National Party and UKIP.

Alexander seems to be a nod at Crewe Alexander and Scottish football, presumably in an effort to keep the separatists in the union.

And King Louis XVI had his head cut off in the French revolution and is presumably a nod (albeit a severed one) to republicans.

No disinformation or double standards over Gaza

A press release from the Israeli air force, reproduced verbatim by Global Security, claims that they have been aborting attacks on Gaza if they feel civilians might get hurt.

CG wonders then, who exactly killed dozens of Gazan civilians, including children, in shelling and air strikes.

Have the Palestinians been self harming?

Meanwhile, a number of governments, including those of the US and UK have affirmed their belief in the right of Israel to defend itself. The current violence began when Israel assassinated the leader of Hamas inside Gaza. CG wonders whether any world leaders will affirm the right of the Palestinians to defend themselves, because the message we are receiving here is that it’s OK for Israel to fire missiles into Gaza, but not for Gaza to fire missiles into Israel in response.

How edible are these military and political brains? Pretty cold and porridge-like — indigestible and vile.