Only strong medicine will cure Cameron’s Olympic hangover

The Olympics have been a welcome and wonderful diversion from our national troubles. Ten days of golden success, with the promise of more to come, have left us exhilarated and united in a way that we can scarcely understand. The doomsayers are in retreat, those who ostentatiously timed their holidays to escape London may as well not bother coming back, and we now wonder how we might bottle this exquisite essence of gold, efficiency and jubilation for future use.

If only it could last forever. For most of us, Monday morning is the day we must all get back to work, and the national hangover can already be imagined. For David Cameron, however, the Olympic aftermath promises to be particularly difficult. Like most of the political classes, he will go away shortly for a few weeks of rest, but his preoccupations will follow him. The euro is about to go through another existential upheaval. His parliamentary party is having a fit of the vapours. Defeat in 2015 looks certain. Yet arguably his greatest task is to show that he is not impotent in the face of economic calamity, and that he has an answer to the unprecedented challenge we face.


Flood and famine hit North Korea, but first lady sports ‘Dior’ handbag

Ri Sol-Ju, the wife of leader Kim Jong-Un, was pictured accompanying him on a “field guidance trip” to an army unit.

Ri is wearing a white dress with black top and next to her is a small handbag, with the luxury brand’s “D” metal tag.

The clutch bag is popular accessory on the fashion house’s luxury range and is made from “richly quilted lambskin, finished with the signature Dior charm logo in silvertone”.

The bag is on sale in Seoul, South Korea’s capital for 1.8 million won (£1,022), a cost that is equivalent to the average annual income in North Korea.

Photographs, carried by state television and the official news agency, show the couple applauding while seated together watching outdoor art performances by soldiers.


This Is Your Captain Speaking…

Shortly after a British Airways flight had reached its cruising altitude, the captain announced:

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your Captain. Welcome to Flight 293, non-stop from London Heathrow to Toronto . The weather ahead is good, so we should have a smooth uneventful flight. So sit back, relax and….. OH, MY GOD !

Silence followed!

Some moments later the captain came back on the intercom.

‘Ladies and gentlemen, I’m sorry if I scared you . While I was talking to you, a flight attendant accidentally spilled a cup of hot coffee in my lap. You should see the front of my pants!’

One Irish passenger yelled…

‘For f*#k’s sake ……..
You should see the back of mine!!!’

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By Alan Caruba ~

The more the public grows skeptical of the global warming hoax, the more desperate the charlatans behind it become.

There is no global warming if by that one means a sudden, dramatic increase in the overall temperature of the Earth. It is not, nor ever was, caused by an increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth’s atmosphere; currently a miniscule 0.038 percent. Climate science has demonstrated that CO2 increases show up centuries after a major change in the Earth’s temperature, not before.

In recent testimony before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Dr. John Christy, Alabama’s state climatologist, a professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, said, “It is popular again to claim that extreme events, such as the current central U.S. drought are evidence of human-caused climate change. Actually, the Earth…

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By Frank V. Pabian and Siegfried S. Hecker/

Article Highlights

A new analysis using seismic information, previous reporting, commercial satellite imagery, and Google Earth tools and geo-positioning refines the locations of North Korea’s two nuclear tests and provides an improved basis for estimating their explosion yields. A recently completed tunnel in the vicinity is judged to be capable of accommodating another test in as little as two weeks, based on comparisons with features of the two test tunnels previously used by North Korea and publicly available data on the Pakistani test program. Similarities in publicized North Korean and Pakistani testing practices lead to speculation that Pyongyang may decide to test both plutonium and highly enriched uranium devices simultaneously. Although there are strong technical and military forces driving Pyongyang to conduct additional tests, so far it appears to have concluded that the political price of another test is too high…

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