Gratuitous Schadenfreude

We live in a world that seems to be sliding ever closer to outright fascism. That is deeply depressing but we also live in a world where teenage K-Pop fans can successfully troll the imbecile President of the United States of America, from the comfort of their own homes, and leave him flailing around with absolutely no idea of what actually happened. Trump is currently blaming everything on a completely nonexistent mob allegedly besieging his half arsed attempt at a combined Nuremberg Rally and plague party.

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June 21, 2020. Tags: , . COVID-19, Politics, Sensible. 1 comment.

Harry Potter and the Gobshite of Ire

Well, Pride month is not exactly a barrel of laughs this year, is it? Everything fun is cancelled and then there is… ugh… this…

I feel for all the Harry Potter fans. If it is any help, I share your bewilderment that somebody who wrote characters who argued so well for inclusion and against prejudice could fall headlong into one of the most dangerous targeted hate movements currently around. There had been clues for quite a while that this was coming but I’m sure that many fans had no idea about this until very recently and many others were just hoping against hope that it wasn’t what it seemed to be.

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June 11, 2020. Books, History, Politics, Sensible. 1 comment.

Life on…?

Maybe lockdown is getting to me but I had a weird thought.

Suppose aliens show up in your back yard and want to know about humans. Obviously our technology is of no of great interest to them, as they are an interstellar civilisation, but they are intrigued by something we have that they do not. The aliens ask you about music.

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June 7, 2020. Music. Leave a comment.

Advertising

I’ve been watching YouTube and my Mum is now under the impression that the most frequently advertised product on the platform is something called “Fuck Off Grammarly”.

Oh, and the thing about fractional shares can piss off too.

May 19, 2020. Blatant shitposting, Media. 2 comments.

Where Fascism Ends

As we celebrate, no, not “celebrate”, but mark, VE day, it is worth reflecting on where Fascism inevitably takes its adherents.

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May 8, 2020. History, Politics, Sensible. 1 comment.

Is This… Nostalgia?

So, I checked my Wikipedia watchlist, to make sure that nobody was dicking around with any of the articles that I watch, and saw that somebody had (legitimately) edited the article on the 2013 horse meat scandal and I was hit by a wave of… what? Nostalgia?

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April 19, 2020. COVID-19, Food, Silly. Leave a comment.

There is no prioritisation of the elderly

You will no doubt have received hundreds of very similar emails from various companies telling us all about what they are doing “at this difficult time” making a big deal about prioritising the elderly and vulnerable and generally auditioning for sainthood.

This is all bullshit and I’m calling bullshit on it. I’m naming names. There is no prioritisation of the elderly! It is all just PR! I give all this corporate autohagiography a D-. It is unreadable drivel. More to the point, it isn’t helping anybody!

(Oh, yes. And there will be swearing. I guess I should have mentioned that before.)

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April 17, 2020. COVID-19, IT, Politics, Sensible. Leave a comment.

Self-improvement?

Everybody else: Reading improving books. Learning languages. Searching for meaning in the dark chaos of these troubled times.

Me: Binge-watching UNHhhh, because I am trash.

April 4, 2020. COVID-19, Media Picks, Personal, Silly. Leave a comment.

Soylent Groan

I am not an economist. Nonetheless I would like to start with an economic point so basic that it should be completely uncontroversial irrespective of your economic philosophy:

The idiots who are saying that we should sacrifice people to save the economy are economic illiterates because they fail to grasp that the economy is made out of people.

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March 31, 2020. COVID-19, Money, Politics, Sensible. 1 comment.

Thoughts on Unity and Forgiveness

As we approach the fateful hour when all British people lose our rights as EU Citizens, and we skulk off to face our bleak future alone, I feel the need to type something. If nothing else it stops me from punching the wall. And I do have some thoughts. They might even make some sense…

Unity and forgiveness are often portrayed as universally good things. The reality is a bit more complicated.

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January 31, 2020. #Brexit, Politics, Sensible, Social Media. 3 comments.

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