“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Is Kelly Brook hot? Can we agree on this?


  1. Well, I think that's about all you will get your bar TO agree on.

    hm...i wonder where she bought the bra and panties

  2. "Yep..."

    Are you speechless? That's about as little as I've heard you say forever.

  3. Too good for a doo doo head like Doug, for sure.

  4. Rufus, wouldn't it be easier just to write shithead and eliminate that extra word?

    Just askin'

  5. Aw, Doug's a frind o' mine. He's worth a little extry work. :)

  6. Thanks Whit, I'll stick with Victoria's Secret. But next time I'm in Kentucky or Cuba or India, I'll remember to look them up.

  7. Well, I'm super stoked for the weather by the end of the week, 77 for Thur and Fri and a whopping 82 for Sat.

  8. If it's any consolation, I enjoy your off topic posts not that there's much to talk about, of a half naked lady, but it does leave it open for idle chit chat which I find it's hard to do around here.

    But the Gypsy in me really doesn't care.

  9. I guess it's an incentive to get back on my elliptical.

  10. Do you like my new profile picture? It couldn't be a more fitting, huh?

  11. Y'all think I'm drunk, don't ya?


    Kelly Brook doesn't look like just because of some good photo shop, I'm sure she gets plenty of sleep.

    Peace out.

  12. Breaking News...

    March 28, 2010
    Shanghai, China

    Chinese Woman Gives Birth to Septuplets, Has One Week To Choose


  13. Myth 1: Chinese people are no longer impoverished

    Fact: The big ticket item purchases that often make the headlines, as previously discussed, are made by the upper class consumers in China. But this group comprises less than one percent of the Chinese population.


    Myth 2: The richest in China are predominantly old business people

    Fact: Remember the Hurun report that shows China has the second most billionaires in the world? Well, 94 of the 130 billionaires in China are under the age of 40.


    Myth 3: Chinese are big spenders

    Fact: Some believe that saving is deeply rooted in the Chinese culture while others begin to question this notion after witnessing purchases made by the Chinese that often make the headlines. Chinese consumers actually have one of the highest savings rates in the world at over 30 percent of household disposable income, while Americans stand at around 6 percent (much lower before the financial crisis).


    Myth 4: Just sell to the Chinese, they are all the same

    Fact: This is actually far from the truth as the market is extremely segmented. The rate of growth, consumer retail habits, and level of economic and social development differ widely from region to region, and the ones that were growing yesterday may be lagging tomorrow.


    Myth 5: Companies that can penetrate the Chinese market will prosper

    Fact: Any businesses that wish to expand internationally (especially in developing countries) have to understand this basic concept: If the local Government wants you dead tonight, you won’t live to see the sunrise the next morning. Challenges that foreign businesses encounter in China include restrictions on foreign investments, widespread counterfeiting, and segmentation of local markets.

    5 Myths

  14. “The blast hit the second carriage of a metro train that stopped at Lubyanka," Irina Andrianova, a spokeswoman for the emergency ministry, told Reuters.

    In September 2004, a suicide bomber killed at least 9 other people and wounded more than 50 outside the Rizhskaya subway. In February of that same year, a woman carrying a bomb destroyed another subway car, killing at least 41 as the train moved between the Paveletskaya and the Avtozavodskaya stations at one of the busiest times of the day.

    The Lubyanka station, where the latest explosion occurred, takes its name from the infamous Lubyanka prison that also served as the former headquarters of the KGB, the Soviet-era secret police.

    Deadly Blast