Category Archives: Satire [duh]

Headline of the day: Bibi’s new level of crazy

And even Germany agrees, via the Guardian:

Germany refuses to accept Netanyahu’s claim Palestinian inspired Holocaust

Germany says it has no reason to change its view of history after Israel’s prime minister blames mufti of Jerusalem for inciting Holocaust

Another German also disagrees, via EF Productions:

Hitler Finds Out That Bibi Thinks the Grand Mufti Convinced Hitler to Kill Jews

Program note:

Yes, this is another Downfall parody video.

From Banksy: Dystopian vacation destinations

Banksy, Britain’s renowned street artist and provocateur, has a couple of vacation destinations for your consideration.

First, if you’re truly adventurous, try this option, via banksyfilm:

Make this the year YOU discover a new destination

And if it’s a family destination you have in mind, try this all-inclusive destination, then has he got a vacation venue for you:


When Juice Rap News tackles the Internet

The Internet. . .what to make of it?

We leave that question to the Australian satirists at Juice Rap News, with the help of self described geeky British rapper Dan Bull {son of John?]:

THE INTERNET – Featuring Dan Bull

Program notes:

The time has come to turn our focus onto the very medium which allows us to connect: The Internet. As we know it today, it has only been around for a short time: it’s still an adolescent; still changing and growing. But even as we speak, powerful forces and interests are vying to influence and shape it’s nature as it reaches full maturity. And since humanity’s destiny and that of the Internet are intimately connected, it would be wise to be ask: how is the Internet doing? If the Internet could speak to us as a human today, what kind of person would it be? And most importantly, what kind of a person will it become in the future? Log in with Robert Foster as he poses these very questions to some of the most influential and powerful figures who are today shaping the Internet’s future. Featuring an world-exclusive, world-first appearance from the Internet itself. Only on Juice Rap News.

Written & created by Giordano Nanni & Hugo Farrant in a suburban backyard home studio in Melbourne, Australia, on Wurundjeri Land.

John Oliver takes on Big Pharma’s marketeering

A perfect follow to our previous post comes from John Oliver, whose show on HBO is offering the most interesting public interest reporting happening in today’s mainstream media.

By covering important topics in some depth, interspersed by a genuinely funny sarcastic humor, vital information is presented in a memorable way — memorable in part because the presentation evokes a range of emotions, contrasted at intervals in a way that makes a stronger impression that either straight informational [pedantic] journalism or uninterrupted and nihilistic sarcasm.

Oliver is a direct descendant of the Mort Sahl of the 1960s, whose memorable routines consisted of opening up a newspaper, reading from an article, and reacting.

Mort Sahl was print, John Oliver’s multi-media.

As for Saul himself, he cited an earlier predecessor:

“Will Rogers…used to come out with a newspaper and pretend he was a yokel criticizing the intellectuals who ran the government. I come out with a newspaper and pretend I’m an intellectual making fun of the yokels running the government.”

In which case John Oliver’s the alien open up the digital media and making fun of the sociopaths running everything.

Which brings us to the topic at hand. . .

While the proliferation of prescription drug ads on television might leave you suspecting that consumers are the main target of Big Pharma avarice, consider that those same companies spend six times as much hustling physicians.

And they do it through a unique system of seduction, bribery, and outright fraud.

From Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:

Marketing to Doctors

Program notes:

Pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars marketing drugs to doctors.

We have a few issues with that.

We would add that way back when esnl first started reporting a half century back [9 November 1964, to be exact], Big Pharma could only market to doctors, and then only in restricted circulation trade publications like the Journal of the American Medical Association, to which mere mortals couldn’t subscribe.

It wasn’t until 1985, under the aegis of the Reagan administration [that font of so much evil] that average Americans fell prey to Big Pharma’s seductive wiles.

Oliver isn’t the only one to concerned about the physician/industrial complex.

From the August 2009 Bulletin of the World Health Organization:

Direct-to-consumer advertising of drugs has been legal in the USA since 1985, but only really took off in 1997 when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) eased up on a rule obliging companies to offer a detailed list of side-effects in their infomercials (long format television commercials). Since then the industry has poured money into this form of promotion, spending just under US$5 billion last year alone. The only other country in the world that allows direct-to-consumer drug ads is New Zealand, a country of just over four million people.

Direct-to-consumer advertising informs patients potentially suffering from disease and raises their awareness of treatment options, according to Ken Johnson, senior vice president of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), an industry trade group. But critics of the practice, and there are many, have their doubts. “The truth is direct-to-consumer advertising is used to drive choice rather than inform it,” says Dr Dee Mangin, associate professor at the Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Christchurch, New Zealand, pointing out that the ‘driving’ is typically in the direction of expensive brand-name drugs. New Zealand consumers then go to their doctors and the pressure to prescribe begins. Surveys carried out in New Zealand and in the USA show that when a patient asks for a specific drug by name they receive it more often than not. “In an era of shared decision-making, it’s much more likely that general practitioners will just do what the patient asks,” says Mangin. It goes beyond that, of course, because doctors are also being enticed by pharmaceutical companies to prescribe their drugs.

The net result is higher cost for the consumer or tax payer. It is the issue of costs that has put the issue of drug marketing and consumption firmly at the heart of the Obama administration’s current review of the USA’s health-care system. “Some of the more thoughtful people in the USA recognize that part of the reason they have a drug expenditure bill that is completely out of control is this kind of advertising,” says Suzanne Hill, a scientist working on rational drug use and drug access at the World Health Organization (WHO). Not so, says PhRMA’s Johnson in a statement in May this year: “[direct-to-consumer advertising] benefits the entire health-care system in the USA by encouraging patients to seek medical attention that may help them manage their conditions and avoid unneeded hospital stays or surgeries,” he says, arguing that fewer surgical interventions inevitably reduce costs.

Direct-to-consumer advertising is also blamed for encouraging so-called off-label uses of drugs; that is to say uses not approved by the FDA, the USA regulator. An example of this would be gels and fillers that had initially been approved by the FDA as dissolvable sutures that are being promoted as scalpel-free alternatives to cosmetic surgery. For Professor Alexander Capron, University of Southern California (USC) Gould School of Law, the use of direct-to-consumer advertising in the promotion of off-label uses has been if anything, “a more slippery slope”, than aggressive or misleading promotion.

#foxnewsfacts: Sharia Law rules in Old Blighty

First up, a stunning revelation about one of Britain’s leading cities from Fox News, America’s most trusted news network [no, really] via vlogger urbanimage:

Steven Emerson On Fox News – Birmingham is all Muslim

Program notes:

Fox News madness : Birmingham is a no go city for non-Muslims and London has police enforcing Sharia law .

Emerson has given evidence to at least one congressional committee, and reportedly been called as an expert witness on terrorism-related issues by at least six others.

The Hollywood Reporter covers what happened next:

Pundit Apologizes After Calling U.K.’s Birmingham “Totally Muslim” on Fox News

A commentator who appeared on Fox News has apologized after arguing that the British city of Birmingham was “totally Muslim” and a place where “non-Muslims just simply don’t go in.”

Steven Emerson, who was speaking as part of the news channel’s coverage of the Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris, also claimed that there were parts of London where “Muslim religious police” beat “anyone who doesn’t dress according to religious Muslim attire.”

The statements caused a firestorm on social media in the U.K., especially from residents of Birmingham. Approximately 80 percent of the city’s population of almost 1.1 million is non-Muslim. The hashtag #FoxNewsFacts began trending after being used by those mocking Emerson’s comments.

Others also reacted, reports the London Evening Standard, including one fellow who owes much to the support of the British arm of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire:

Fox News commentator Steve Emerson is ‘clearly a complete idiot,’ says David Cameron

David Cameron has hit out at an American terrorism expert who referred to Birmingham as a “totally Muslim” city, calling him “a complete idiot”.

The Prime Minister admitted choking on his porridge when hearing the comments made by Steve Emerson on Fox News.

Mr Emmerson also claimed that parts of London were controlled by “Muslim religious police”. He has since issued an apology.

Mr Cameron said: “Frankly I choked on my porridge and thought it must be April’s Fools Day. This guy is clearly a complete idiot.”

And a headline from the Guardian describes the reaction at ground zero:

Birmingham laughs off Fox News commentator’s caliphate claim

  • At central mosque and in Balti Triangle, there is bafflement over suggestion that city is a no-go zone for non-Muslims

The train passengers’ calm consumption of crisps and bored checking of emails on the 11.43am to Birmingham suggested they hadn’t heard the news. Their destination, a city of more than a million people, had shockingly become Britain’s first caliphate and a no-go zone for non-Muslims – at least, according to an “expert” on Rupert Murdoch’s US-based Fox News channel.

“There are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in,” Steve Emerson, a commentator on terrorism, told millions of viewers on Sunday.

“You know what it sounds like to me, Steve?” said the show’s concerned host Jeanine Pirro. “It sounds like a caliphate.”

Emerson, who describes himself as one of the leading authorities on Islamic extremist networks and who regularly briefs the US government and Congress, made the staggering comment as millions marched in Paris against the Islamist attacks last week that claimed 17 lives.

The Independent’s Dave Brown offered his own satirical take on the Foxspurt’s bodaciously bilious blatherskite:

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More from France 24:

Fox News expert mocked for saying UK’s Birmingham ‘totally Muslim’

A self-proclaimed expert on Islamic extremism who told right-wing US news channel Fox News that the British city of Birmingham is “totally Muslim” has issued a grovelling apology that has so far failed to save him from widespread ridicule online.

Steven Emerson, an American whose website describes him as a leading authority on Islamic extremist networks, told Fox News in a live broadcast Sunday that in Britain “there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim, where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in.”

Emerson, who was discussing last week’s terror attacks in Paris with host Jeanine Pirro, went on to claim that in parts of London, “Muslim religious police [attacked] anyone who doesn’t dress according to Muslim religious attire.”

Another graphic response, via the #foxnewsfacts Twitter feed:

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And yet another Tweet from #foxnewsfacts:

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And finally, this one:

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Emerson better not head to Birmingham anytime soon or those religious police might have just the place for him, as Leadbelly can attest:

Rap News: Tacklin’ the New World Order

Direct from Melbourne, Australia, we bring you the latest edition of Juice Rap News, created by Giordano Nanni and Hugo Farrant, this time targeting yet another powerful meme.

From their YouTube channel, thejuicemedia:

The New World Order [RAP NEWS 30]

Program Notes:

The New World Order: They control the world’s governments; THEY rule over all of us from the top of the pyramid. While WE suffer at the bottom. Right? Today we blow open the truth about the NWO in order to shed light on this widespread conspiracy which has frequently been invoked to explain the state of our world. Join intrepid host Robert Foster as he takes control of the lever of critical inquiry, alongside special guests Russell Brand, conspiracy guru Terrence Moonseed, and NWO representative William De Berg, in order to ask: who is the New World Order? And how can we stop it?

Warning: This episode of Rap News has been in the making since we started the show, 5 years ago. No punches will be pulled, no quarter will be given, and no depth will be left unplumbed on this arduous quest for the harsh truth. Welcome to the New World Order, bitches.

Written & created by Giordano Nanni & Hugo Farrant in a suburban backyard home studio in Melbourne, Australia, on Wurundjeri Land.

The pyramid of the hierarchy of control/power is posted here, and worthy of your consideration [click on the image to enlarge for legibility].

Charts of the day: Low end jobs in the U.S.A.

First,  a look at minimum wages in the U.S. from Reuters, which notes that the “current Federal minimum of $7.25 per hour comes out to just $15,080 a year—well below $22,283 poverty line for a family of four”:

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Next, from the Pew Research Center, a look at the ups and downs of seasonal holiday jobs, with dismissals after the holidays rising about the holiday hires, As the report notes, “Retail payrolls typically fall 5% to 6% between December and February, as retailers with disappointing holiday sales lay off staff and close unprofitable stores. (This past year, retailers shed a combined 880,000 jobs in the two months after Christmas.)”:

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Clearly life is hard for the increasingly large numbers of us at the bottom, a precariat in every sense of the word.

The flextime worker, scrambling from job to job, has even inspired the creation of a notional and satirical “saint” in the Catholic countries of the European South, embodying the endless angst of life at the bottom.

Welcome, then, San [and sometimes Santa] Precario, an icon surely right at home here in the U.S.A.:

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