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Soylent Green

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When I read the recent news about the horse meat scandal it always crops to my mind the movie I saw 40 years ago, fantastic, science fiction at the time, but as the years go by, looking more and more like reality. The movie is Soylent Green. Here's a brief synopsis taken from IMDB.

In the year 2022, the population has grown to 40 million people in New York City alone. Most housing is dilapidated and overcrowded, and the homeless fill the streets and line the fire escapes, stairways of buildings, abandoned cars, subway platforms, etc. Unemployment is at around 50%. Summers are oppressively hot and humid with temperatures over 90F during the day and night due to Earth's recent climate change resulting from the Greenhouse Effect. Food as we know, it in present times, is a rare and expensive commodity. Most of the World's population survives on processed rations produced by the massive Soylent Corporation, including Soylent Red and Soylent Yellow, which are advertised as "…

Coverupland

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At the end of the 19th century a famous Portuguese writer, journalist and diplomat Eça de Queiroz, wrote these words regarding his contemporaries: "In our democracies the aim of the majority of people is to obtain in seven lines utter praise from the newspapers. In order to get those blessed seven lines in print, men and women will resort to any kind of deeds — even good ones."These words could have been written yesterday. They could also be adapted to present life in general with the amount of bad news we see on a daily basis... "In order to get those blessed targets, men and women will resort to any kind of deeds — even legal ones." It is the Lance Armstrong principle. In order to win, a race, a conviction, a pip in LIBOR, an investigation to a football disaster, a target in an hospital, a cheaper lasagna, a knighted broadcaster, perverting the course of justice... people will use the law to interpose and nullify (as Martin Luther King said 50 years ago) any sense…

Perverse

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The famous phrase "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" by William Congreve has been fully applied today. Chris Huhne got the full blast of it this morning as he found no option but to plead guilty on an original miser speeding offence of £60.00. His scorned wife blew the whistle a couple of years ago, when found out he was having an affair and suddenly vividly remembered her civic duty.  She had "been coerced" to sign a declaration regarding a speeding offence that took place 10 years before!!!

Funnily enough, the sanctimonious brigade, including media, police and the rest jumped on this "horrific" fact to give Mr. Huhne a well deserved punishment. If he gets a custodial sentence (as some media are already mentioning it is worth life imprisonment) Mr. Huhne will become technically a political prisoner for a mere £60.00 fine. Perversion at its best.
Today he came clean, literally, pleading guilty and by doing so, becoming cleaner than all characters invo…