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MarkGB 

"Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world" - Henry Kissinger

and yet...

"Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences" – Robert Louis Stevenson

Aliens not prepared to risk a visit

In response to an FT article by Martin Arnold on 24th March 2015, entitled 'Investors snap up European bank loans'

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/d1ebff8c-d171-11e4-86c8-00144feab7de.html#ixzz3Vsok7TAO

A conversation between two Advanced Life Forms (ALFs), currently visiting our neighbourhood, who would prefer to remain nameless:

ALF1: Shall we give the humans the benefit of the doubt and pay them a visit?

ALF2: No, they haven't learned a thing since we were last in this galaxy

ALF1: What are they up to now?

ALF2: They're increasing their debt to buy bad debt, using money that is issued as debt.

ALF1: They're not very bright are they?

ALF2: No, they tend to value being 'clever' at the expense of noticing how the universe functions

ALF1: You're right, shall we come back after the next crash?

ALF2: Why not…not long to wait

House of Commons Speaker abused by the sandwich man

It's election time. I wonder who's had their hand in the cookie jar?