X-Factor rivalry…

If there is someone in your home that is a fan of the X-factor you become, by default, a fan of the X-factor. It’s like living with a vegetarian…without thinking about it, it seems to worm its way into your life…and the next thing you know you’re sat in front of the TV, soy-burger in hand, cheering on some wanna-be.
Now I really try and fight against what the X-factor brings to the music world… essentially a bunch of glorified cover artists suppressing their own creativity to jump through hoops at the prospect of a recording contract (if they play up to the media…in the right way).
However every once in a while there comes along an act with some balls – or in this case some diva attitude.
Two weeks ago Misha B (X-Factor wanna-be) had to sing for her survival in the competition.
So she’d lined up a modern number by the artist Jessis J; search on youtube – she’s fairly forgettable…and really can’t sing without auto-tune. 
I digress – the song little old Misha picked wasn’t an established hit…no it was the song that Jessie J was launching for the big Christmas chart push….which also involved an appearance on the X-Factor this week.
So you had the spectacle of Jessie J being introduced to sing the same song that had been covered two weeks previous.
Well it’s the only entertainment I can find in the awful show…

There’s no escape….

I was catching up on some blogs the other evening and came across an article pointing out that facebook now reminds you that you can….

“Connect with friends faster, wherever you are.”

…and it occurred to me that there is now only one place where you can escape the constant preasure to tell the world what you’re doing…

Occupy Wall-street

From across the pond it seems the US authorities have had enough of the Occupy Wallstreet campaign.
While the British version is to camp outside the church and discuss the evils of capitalism over tea and crumpets the US takes a more direct approach…

“You saw what happened in Oakland, California. Oh my God, the police fired tear gas. You gotta love that mentality. They’re there with a crowd of people holding up signs saying ‘We can’t find a job,’ ‘we’ve lost our home,’ ‘we can’t pay for college,’ and they think, ‘let’s make them cry.'” –Bill Maher

So much for the first amendment…it’s ok to protest, just be good citizens and go home to bed when you finish.

Read more: http://technorati.com/politics/article/all-tent-and-no-action-youre/#ixzz1e0dOCzrG

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The European Autumn

The Arab Spring
The people rose up, demanded democracy and removed unelected dictators…

The European Autumn 

The bond markets rose up, removed elected officials and demanded the appointment of unelected technocrats.

…progress?

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James Murdoch tries the Helen Keller defence

In his second appearance before the Commons culture committee, James Murdoch broke down and finally admitted the true reason for not knowing anything about what went on at the News of the World.

It transpired that he was in fact both blind and deaf.

This is why he was oblivious to the level and scale of phone hacking
This is why he knew nothing of the out of court settlements in relation to phone hacking
This is why he was staggered by the widespread use of private investigators to trail 14 year old school girls…

In an emotional tear-filled confession James admitted keeping his disability secret for years using elaborate deceptions to maintain his image of a media tycoon. It had started when James was a lad with his mother worried that Murdoch Senior would dis-inherit her precious boy. So after consulting some of the best doctors who had worked with Helen Keller they began their ruse.