I-Spy Surveillance Books: a child's first Snoopers Charter


A timely entry from the Scarfolk blog, which documents the doings in a small, sinister English town caught in a loop between 1970 and 1979: the I-Spy Surveillance books, which "transformed the tedium of surveillance into play, encouraging children to routinely observe and record the actions, speech and private correspondence of people who the government deemed to be enemies of society. These included 'free-thinkers, beneficiaries of welfare and other degenerates. [...] Extremists, potential extremists, and those whose profound lack of extremist attributes is extreme in itself, are also worthy of suspicion and censure.'" Read the rest

Funny because it's true: "Tories to build thousands of affordable second homes"


The UK humour site Daily Mash nails the UK's transformation into a Torified, bank-centric place where the need for shelter is a vulnerability to exploit in order to enrich yourself at the expense of the people around you with a brilliant short piece: "Tories to build thousands of affordable second homes." Read the rest

Security theater: ha ha, only serious


Adam Conover latest "Adam Ruins Everything" is five depressingly hilarious minutes on aviation security, security theater, privacy, and ritual humiliation, with a guest-appearance by Bruce Schneier. If you didn't laugh, you'd have to cry, although you can always do both, right? Read the rest

Colbert: women should run the world

His hilarious, bathetic op-ed in Glamour is full of sneaky, countersunk gender ha-ha-only-serious humor: "Women havesmart, resourceful role models -- Marissa Mayer, Michelle Obama, Sacajawea, and the green M&M." Read the rest

Sen Lindsay Graham promises a fine future for "white men in male-only clubs"

Ha-ha-only-serious: He was speaking to the all-male Hibernian Society of Charleston, making a ribald speech peppered with (telling) humor, when he promised them that under a Lindsay Graham presidency "white men who are in male-only clubs are going to do great." Read the rest

Spoof "honest candidate" campaign in Kentucky's $100M Senate race

Brian from Mayday.US writes, "Represent.us, a campaign finance reform and anti-corruption group, is running a satire candidate, Gil Fulbright, (though for the right amount of campaign donations, he's willing to change his name to Phillip Mamouf-Wifarts), in the Kentucky Senate race that is expected to cost more than $100 million." Read the rest

Alaska senator on a comedy news video about NSA surveillance

Pat sez, "Alaska Robotics News is a political satire series covering the Alaska legislative session. We've had good luck at engaging law makers and have had several notable guests on the show. U.S. Senator Mark Begich recently joined us to talk about NSA dragnet surveillance and precognitive policing. We have a small group of writers contributing the the show and enjoy a lot of support from our community. This segment was a good opportunity to get outside our local issues and poke at the boiling frog of government surveillance." Read the rest