Friday, April 22, 2005


The French government is probably one of the most prolific when it comes to creating new taxes. The last trick from those ENA boffins is to abolish a bank holiday (they picked a Catholic celebration called "lundi de Pentecôte" (aka Withmonday in English), make employees work for free (guess what, unions are not happy and will call strikes for a change) and allocate the taxes for that day to a fund aimed at providing benefits to poor pensioners. This is in fact a knee-jerk reaction to the 2003 "canicule", when 11.400 people, most of them pensioner were killed in a heat wave that scorched Europe.

They just have won the the gold medal for stealth tax creativity!

The greatest irony, is that in 2000 the socialist governement abolished the car tax that was initially first levied in 1956 tomeant to fund... the pensions!

Check also this link on the subject:



A link for my cousin Sté :

One for my folks:

This one for the Brits:

And lastly, if anyone on the planet still thought W had some form of intelligence:

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Spin Bunny

Can you gag a blog? Well, some have tried, with no luck thankfully!

Great attitude Spin Bunny!

Dan Gillmor on Grassroots Journalism, Etc.

Great blog by Dan Gilmour, a SanFran based journo, aimed at "encourag[ing] and enabl[ing] more citizen-based media".

  • Links to a 90% crud blog post on how Apple screws its customers by removing features from iTunes. Don't you hate that too?
  • Good collection of links and a detailed wrap-up on Apple vs. ThinkSecrets, or how BigCorpsInc are making their best to dismantle what's left of the First Ammendment. On that subject, this c|net article is not bad, but just stops short of a conclusion. Mine is that most of the news we read is pre-digested, planted or even created by the big corporations and governements.
  • And a great "draft" on the "End of Objectivity".

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

The Randy Register

Hey, welcome to my blog!

Now you thought enlargement spams were gross, wait till you read the punchline from that Register paper....