1970s Nostalgia

The 1970s were great. We had a declining economy, random power cuts and everybody looked like they had got dressed in the dark. This was only partly explained by the power cuts causing them to actually get dressed in the dark. Yeah. The ’70s were great!

[FX: Rotary dial telephone rings.]

“Hello…”
“Yes…”
“Oh…”
“Right.”
“OK. Thanks. Bye.”

[FX: Brrrrrr. Click.]

Apparently all that stuff happened today.

If anybody sees the Bay City Rollers, call for help and start erecting barricades.

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August 9, 2019. History, Politics, Silly. Leave a comment.

YouTube Recommendations

I know I have been slagging off YouTube lately for its failure to protect people from bullying by its very worst denizens. Despite this, YouTube is a platform with an importance that transcends the utterly shitty way in which the platform is operated. YouTube is where you have to go to get the good videos from the good people.*

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July 13, 2019. Administrivia, Links, Media, Politics, Sensible. Leave a comment.

What Is The Plan For The US Border?

I really hope that I am wrong about this, but I think I know what the plan is on the US southern border. When I look at what is happening, I don’t see a lack of funding. I don’t see isolated incidents. I don’t see negligence or incompetence. I see something far, far worse.

Content Warning: I’m putting this all below the fold as it is fucking grim.

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June 29, 2019. Law, Money, Politics, Sensible. Leave a comment.

War with Iran: What you need to know

This is so simple that even Trump should be able to work this one out.

  • Iran can’t win. America is the richest nation on earth with military technology decades ahead of Iran.
  • America can’t win. Iran is bigger and has a higher GDP than Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam combined. It has a huge and coherent military and, unlike Iraq, it would put up a real fight if invaded.
  • The entire middle east could kick off. Nobody would win.
  • Millions could die for absolutely nothing.

Any questions?

June 20, 2019. Politics, Sensible. Leave a comment.

People Like Me

Um… Are you sure about that?

Hold on. Let me check my grammar…

No. I’m sorry. What I actually meant the title to convey was “People demographically similar to myself”. Should I change it?

Can you be bothered?

Not really.

OK. So, what is this all about, then?

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June 8, 2019. Daniel, Media, Politics, Sensible, Social Media. 2 comments.

Woo Yeah!

What is this strange, unfamiliar feeling? I feel that I remember it from the distant past. Oh yes! It the unexpected joy of waking up to election results that are, so far, not completely shit.

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May 3, 2019. #Brexit, Politics, Sensible. Leave a comment.

Is Huawei Safe?

The Huawei story is infuriating to me because there is no way to tell whether their equipment really is compromised. As far as I know, nobody has actually found any suspicious devices or malicious code hidden in their products. It is just that they seem like they might be corruptible. Trouble is, so do a lot of other companies.

The real issue is to work out how we can trust anything when technology is insanely complicated and we are just stupid, ignorant apes with an inflated sense of our own abilities?

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April 27, 2019. IT, Politics, Security, Sensible. Leave a comment.

So how do we sort out Brexit then?

Brexit has gone a bit quiet. It is almost like nobody knows what to do next. There is clearly no majority in Parliament for any option. So… What then? Just snooze into “no deal”? Screw that! Here is my plan.

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March 2, 2019. #Brexit, Politics, Sensible, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Tactical Homophobia

It takes a lot to make me angry enough to talk about anything other than Brexit, and normal service will be resumed shortly, I promise. In the meantime get a load of these sick fucks:

The cynicism here is staggering!

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February 20, 2019. Politics, Sensible. Leave a comment.

No-Deal Brexit Plan

I have done all my no-deal Brexit contingency planning. I am willing to share this with you but the plan relies on absolute secrecy so you must sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement not to tell anybody. Please tick the box below, print and sign the article, and then fax it back to me before reading further.

☐  I agree to be legally bound by this bullshit NDA.

_______________________________________________
(Sign your real name, and not “Mickey Mouse”, here)

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February 16, 2019. #Brexit, Politics, Silly. Leave a comment.

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