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By TheophileEscargot (Sun Jul 03, 2016 at 12:23:43 AM EST) Reading, MLP, Watching (all tags)
Reading: "The Blade Artist". Watching: "Independence Day 2: Resurgence". Links.


What I'm Reading
The Blade Artist by Irvine Welsh. Another entry in the increasingly implausible series following the characters introduced in "Trainspotting". In this one, chaotic psychopath Begbie has given up violence and alcohol and become a successful artist in California, living an idyllic life doting on his beautiful wife and two daughters. When his estranged son dies, he returns to Edinburgh where everyone expects him to take revenge.

It's a compelling read which I got through quite quickly. The characters are interesting, there's tension over what will happen, and the ending is lurid but effective.

However as it's got more satirical it's harder to suspend disbelief in the characters. There are some slightly awkward excuses in the text as the narrator defends some artistics changes.

Overall though, a decent book, worth a read if you want a follow-up. I thought it was a bit better than "Porno".

What I'm Watching
Saw Independence Day 2: Resurgence at the cinema. 20 years on, the aliens attack again but this time Earth has partly mastered their technology and has space fighters and laser cannons.

Not my choice, but better than I expected. Tongue-in-cheek fun, with some of the old cast gleefully hamming it up alongside some younger guys. Pretty entertaining.

Links
Video. Jack Russell beats world record time for a dog popping 100 balloons.

Pics. Tilt-shift effect Van Goghs.

Articles. Headless bears. 18 century female boxers. Graham Greene's "The Little Train".

Politics. Diane Abbot: This is not Labour MPs vs Corbyn. They’re at war with party members. Jeremy Corbyn Plans ‘Mandatory Reselection Of MPs’ If He Wins Fresh Leadership Mandate. We need more sortition.

Brexit. Markets have been hit hard by Brexit but they have not crumbled – politics has. "A 51.9% to 48.1% vote is actually pretty decisive... President Obama won reelection over Mitt Romney with 51.9%, and that isn't thought of as a narrow marginal victory". Huge spanner in works for negotiation.

Sci/Tech. My Activity shows what Google knows about you, via.

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That WTO article by hulver (4.00 / 1) #1 Sun Jul 03, 2016 at 06:13:36 AM EST
We really are fucked.
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Cheese is not a hat. - clock
Yep by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #5 Sun Jul 03, 2016 at 10:09:14 AM EST
Project fucking fear, my angry sweaty arse.

Bunch of children.

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Well, yes by Herring (4.00 / 1) #6 Sun Jul 03, 2016 at 05:43:28 PM EST
One of the frequent complaints I heard on the media was "The Remain camp keep telling us we're stupid and we're wrong".

It's difficult to think of an answer to that - aside from the obvious. But we live in a world where "stupid and wrong" is a "legitimate point of view" deserving of "equal airtime". See also vaccines, climate change, creationism etc.

I fear for the future and particularly what will happen when the post-Brexit utopia fails to materialise.

The facts have been out there all the time. The fact that there are a greater proportion of EU migrants working in the NHS (10%) and using it (5% tops). That there is a greater proportion of EU migrants building houses (12% of the construction industry) than buying houses.

As you say, bunch of children. But children only learn by facing their mistakes.

Herring - Official HuSi diarist of the 2016 European Korfball Championship (October 22nd, Dordrecht, Netherlands)

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Every year, for many years... by ana (4.00 / 1) #2 Sun Jul 03, 2016 at 06:58:12 AM EST
 On the 4th of July, National Public Radio here would get their recognizable voices to read bits of the Declaration of Independence, which they edited together into one complete reading.

And then this historical factoid:

"On July 4, 1776, King George III wrote in his diary, 'Nothing of importance happened this day.'"

It made me laugh even though I knew it was coming (and of course it's unfair, given the speed of communication then).

Or get rabies. Also don't do that. --scrymarch

Obama's victory was 332 to 206 by lm (4.00 / 3) #3 Sun Jul 03, 2016 at 07:04:19 AM EST
It's not considered decisive because of narrow victory in the national popular vote but because of large victory in the electoral college.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
WIPO by priestess (4.00 / 2) #4 Sun Jul 03, 2016 at 08:01:47 AM EST
1998 - The day before the flying saucers landed and destroyed the world at 7am July 5th 1998. Praise "Bob".

I always said it would take something as dramatic as Tony Blair removing clause four (but in the opposite direction) in order to tempt me back to Labour. That kinda shakeup to make the members sovereign might be the kinda thing I had in mind, assuming those members then backed a proportional electoral system.

I doubt this would lead to Labour government though, the voters don't often seem to agree with me.

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