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PCism gone mad or a moral outrage?

deesmadmondaybigaaLet’s face it, footballers tend to be meatheads in general and that is possibly doubled downunder.

With the home and away season over, some teams have followed Geelong’s lead and done a thing called Mad Monday, where they dress up in some sort of iconic costume to make a point.  Sometimes players combine to be a duo.

The best known prankster was Matthew Scarlett of Geelong [now retired] who went as Hannibal Lecter, various politicians and so on.

Well this pair of Melbourne players got it into their heads to be Rolf Harris and a little girl [LOL]:

MELBOURNE will speak to Dean Terlich and Alex Georgiou on Tuesday about their choice of fancy dress outfits at ‘Mad Monday’ celebrations.

The teammates attended the function with Terlich, 24, dressed as disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris and Georgiou, 24, dressed as a girl. A photo of the pair posing together was posted on Instagram. Harris was sentenced to jail in England after being found guilty of indecent assault on victims aged between eight and 19 between 1969 and 1986.…

Why are people renouncing U.S. citizenship?

Haiku points us to this one:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertwood/2014/08/28/u-s-hikes-fee-to-renounce-citizenship-by-422/

And mighty curious it is too.

Over the last two years, the U.S. has had a spike in expatriations. It isn’t exactly Ellis Island in reverse, but it’s more than a dribble. With global tax reporting and FATCA, the list of the individuals who renounced is up. For 2013, there was a 221% increase, with record numbers of Americans renouncing. The Treasury Department is required to publish a quarterly list, but these numbers are under-stated, some say considerably.

To leave America, you generally must prove 5 years of U.S. tax compliance. If you have a net worth greater than $2 million or average annual net income tax for the 5 previous years of $157,000 or more for 2014 (that’s tax, not income), you pay an exit tax. It is a capital gain tax as if you sold your property when you left. At least there’s an exemption of $680,000 for 2014.

The Donbass

A key to the Donbass issue is its strategic importance:

“Donbas” refers to a larger supranational region including a part of neighbouring Rostov Oblast in Russia (the “Russian Donbass”) also specialized in coal mining. This is explained by the fact that the Donets Coal Basin geographically extends into that area. But the “Russian Donbass” is of lesser economic importance compared with the part belonging to Ukraine since 1991.

The issue for many years was the fight between the local areas and the Soviet authorities in Moscow for better working conditions in the dangerous mines. There was a push for Russian language adoption over the period of the Soviet Union and herein lies the issue. Since at least 1869, when a Welsh steel magnate set up Donetsk from scratch, it became obvious that the Donbass was an engine room for whoever controlled it.

By 2014, the area had become vastly Russian speaking, which was reflected in support for Yanukovich and a referendum was held as to the future direction of Donetsk:

On 11 May 2014, a controversial referendum was held in Donetsk in which voters could choose political independence.

Wiggia on Monday

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# The new Doctor?

http://www.brentwoodgazette.co.uk/Unpopular-20k-Doctor-toilet-breaks-twice-weeks/story-22783120-detail/story.html

There’s a whole new storyline here LOL.

# Tough for them:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2732422/May-bring-anti-extremist-laws.html

Asbos for jihadists, when they have worked so well for the local yoof, despair.

# In order for things to change, things must remain the same:

http://www.thecommentator.com/article/5194/italian_doctor_joins_the_bureaucrat_hall_of_fame

Italy, where less means more, after revelations, as an example, that a southern town had more people claiming benefit for being blind than actually lived there, you would think the shit state of the economy would bring about swift and urgent change, how they laughed.

# Italian given foreign policy job for Europe

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28989875

Never before has my heart been filled with so much hope ……

Vulpis Invisibilis in Van Diemen’s Land

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When is a fox cull not a good thing? When it becomes a cause celebre and $50m is given to Greenies for it.

Now one might suppose that getting the farmers to take care of their own pestilences would prove fruitful, given their track record, but… as a group they are to a man and woman Conservative and have real nature conservation in mind rather than the city-dweller sort so favoured by Greenies.

Giving a farmer $1000 for every fox pelt might sound a fine idea and all 11 to 19 of the elusive beggars (the foxes, not the farmers) could have been rounded up for a total public outlay of less than half of one average Tasmanian person’s weekly wage.

But that would lose an opportunity to push $27,000 000 to greenie mates employed in shonky gummunt department.

They are ‘creative’. Although they fall short of actually making anything.

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