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By TheophileEscargot (Wed Mar 09, 2016 at 01:21:41 AM EST) Reading, MLP (all tags)
Reading: "A Calculated Life". Links.

What I'm Reading
A Calculated Life by Anne Charnock. Near-future science fiction with a genetically engineered human who begins to test the limits of what she's permitted. Really liked this book: appealing and believable characters combined with great world building. Not sure if the "Mundane SF" movement is still going, but this would be a fine example of how it could work.

I really liked the way the dystopian society is gradually revealed. It starts off with characters going to work in offices in an apparently normal way, and lets you work it out yourself. It's also a believably soft dystopia, like Octavia Butler's "Parable" series.

Well worth reading.

What I'm Watching
Saw Bugsy Malone on TV, which I haven't seen since I was a kid: spoof gangster movie with an all-child cast and custard pies and "splurge guns" instead of gunfights. Thought the toddler might like it: he was mildly interested but drifted off. I think because the custard pie fights are played straight he didn't realise they're supposed to be funny. Somewhat entertaining: was amazed at how the songs have stuck in my head despite not having seen the film in decades. The chorus girls seem pretty dodgy by the twenty-first century standards though.

Socioeconomics. The road to full employment. Did cutting the top rate really raise £8bn? (duh). What McDonald's and Walmart Can Teach Drug Cartels.

Politics. Benjamin Zephaniah on fighting the far right. Plan to axe 90 per cent of Tory associations . The "Clean for the Queen" campaign is Tory Britain at its worst. Homeless Man Owes Government Over $110,000 In Fines For Being Homeless. Britain's EU Referendum – Lessons in Successful Trench Warfare.

Articles. 20 New Lines from The Epic of Gilgamesh Discovered. Ghostbuster Winston Zeddemore was a better character in original script. Rules for uſing long s. Guide to posture. General Custer not that hostile to Indians.

Sci/Tech. Sea pirates hack into shipping servers. Beepocalypse not now.

Video Ostrich chases cyclists. Cleopatra 2525 intro. Drone flight over Arthur Kill Ship Graveyard.

Pics. King Alfred musters at Egbert stone.

Random. Monty Python and Censor. Founding Fathers' writing boxes.

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full employment by Metatone (4.00 / 2) #1 Wed Mar 09, 2016 at 02:23:26 AM EST
Disappointing that the Res. Foundation (not surprising given their Tory affiliations, but disappointing given their pretensions) takes the "employment" figure at face value without inquiring into underemployment. Many part-time workers have been surveyed as wanting more hours but unable to get them. So just counting them as "employed" isn't accurate. And there are more part-time workers than ever before in the UK labour market.

Lessons from the EU referendum... by Metatone (4.00 / 1) #2 Wed Mar 09, 2016 at 02:54:21 AM EST
good read, thanks.

The remark about being willing to burn the town to save it seems particularly interesting relative to the struggles inside the Labour party.

One commenter raises the influence of Farage and I think it does highlight some dynamics.

  1. He has a weird charisma and some level of "charismatic leader" does help.
  2. That said, it's the fundamental friendliness of prominent media owners to Brexit that helped get Farage the ongoing oxygen of publicity for the "long trench warfare campaign." It's not at all clear that you can have the same kind of success without that media support.

Equating the EU with neoliberalism by Scrymarch (4.00 / 1) #9 Tue Mar 15, 2016 at 01:33:18 AM EST
Seems a bit of a stretch? I mean, the EU is a pretty concrete thing, legally and physically. You can literally go to its office.

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Litter by gmd (4.00 / 1) #3 Wed Mar 09, 2016 at 06:05:30 AM EST
I find the leftist logic on litter very telling  "Britain has a problem with litter because local councils have been forced to cut their budgets by up to 40 per cent in two years"

Could it be that Britain actually has a problem with litter because the filthy peasants refuse to put their littter in the bins provided? The left never wants to take responsibility, which in a way is exactly why such initiatives as clean for the Queen strike such a chord with the majority of right-thinking people. Pick up your litter, you socialist scumbags.

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It's probably immigrants by georgeha (4.00 / 2) #4 Wed Mar 09, 2016 at 07:34:56 AM EST
who don't love the land like the doughty English who've lived there for thousands of years.

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So by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 2) #5 Wed Mar 09, 2016 at 10:52:50 AM EST
You've signed up and we'll see you out and about in your Clean For the Queen Hi-Vis vest and purple rubbish sack soon?
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It's interesting by Scrymarch (4.00 / 1) #8 Tue Mar 15, 2016 at 12:55:48 AM EST
There are so many parallels with Clean Up Australia, right down to the nationalist branding, that it seems it must have been an inspiration. The differences are striking too though - Clean Up Australia started as a civic organisation and all sort of community groups like scouts and corporations were involved - one of the big Australian banks was a sponsor for many years and their employees would get out on the ground with rubbish bags and gloves.

The government involvement came only as cheerleading and facilitation. The Hawke government was pushing through various economic liberalising measures, which was causing upheaval. But they weren't following an austerity policy. In fact they increased unemployment benefits during the transition, even though unemployment was up at 10%+.

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Custer by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #6 Wed Mar 09, 2016 at 11:18:59 PM EST
Not sure that article is all that surprising.  Custer's reputation in the public eye wasn't as an Indian hater but rather was as an arrogant idiot blowhard.

I was also put off from the first sentence as "Red Indian" is an offensive term on par with the controversial "Redskins".   Best to stick with the new "Native American" or older "American Indian".
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everyone remembers Little Big Horn by wumpus (4.00 / 3) #7 Thu Mar 10, 2016 at 10:07:53 AM EST
Fewer remember that Custer's victory in Gettysburg let the Union fight on Cemetery ridge and lead to Picket having to charge uphill (and ending Confederate hopes for victory). My guess is that Custer's top sergeant got him drunk and took over that day.


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