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By Infosourcerer

Infosourcerer hangs out on the fringes of cyberspace, digging out snippets of information that (either accidentally or by design) don’t hit the mainstream headlines.

Those poor bankers

What with all the news of recession and banking collapse, spare a thought for the bankers. Like the directors of Lloyds Banking Group, recently bailed out by the British government, who have just asked for a pay rise. Their chief executive currently has a basic salary of £1.03 million, with a possible bonus of 225 per cent. Indeed, it must be hard trying to get by on just £2.3 million a year.

Of course these low-paid chaps must keep up with their colleagues, it’s only fair. Apparently there are 12 top bankers who together earned more than £1 billion in performance-related (sic) pay and shares in the run up to the credit crunch. The banks at which these guys were performing so well have subsequently collected more than £300 billion in losses, write downs and bailouts from shareholders and governments (aka you and me).

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Model 271

It all started at a press conference in Baghdad when a journalist threw his shoes at President Bush with a (translated) cry of “This is a farewell kiss, you dog. This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq.” The thrower, Muntadar al-Zaidi, is now in custody (amidst allegations of torture), while throughout the world this incident has become a cause célèbre. In Tikrit, Iraqis have erected a copper statue of the shoe and, on the day of President Obama’s inauguration,

there were Throw A Goodbye Shoe celebrations around the world. If you missed out, there’s a website (http://www.sockandawe.com) where you too can Throw A Shoe – and finally, at a time when jobs are disappearing faster than a ducking president, the factory producing the shoe has taken on an extra 100 staff to cope with the vast increase in demand for Model 271 – now known simply as Bush Shoes.

The Zeitgeist movies

If you fancy spending an evening or two watching some absorbing documentaries, pop over to http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/ and download Zeitgeist: The Movie and the newly-released Zeitgeist: Addendum. Be prepared for some startling information and radical ideas which might well change your world view for ever, and a look at what could be the beginnings of a fairer world for all.

Burning desire

Finally this week, if you want a he-man odour that gets the chicks hot, Burger King is the place to go. Pick yourself up a bottle of their new cologne, Flame, that makes you smell like flame-broiled meat. Wine, roses and soulful, seductive tunes are at http://flamemeetsdesire.com/