29 Oct 2008

Peccadillos

You can always trust somebody who has peccadillos more than someone who claims to have none. People who have none probably have a collection of cupboard skeletons, or some kid's shoes at the very least.

I was pleased to find out that Obama used to smoke, and his bodyguard carries nicotine gum for him. I'll forgive him if he relapses, but not if he invades somewhere.

What a difference some news makes...

Estimated number of Iraqi deaths from March 2003-July 2006 based on survey of US citizens' estimates (survey by Associated Press):

9890

Estimated number of Iraqi deaths within same period based on survey carried out by World Health Organisation (M.Ali, 2006):

379,000

28 Oct 2008

Further Reading

Interestingly, in my research about This England magazine yesterday, it turns out that its a far more politicised publication than I previously thought. As well as the far-right New Britain party, various people were also involved in a fantastic group of nutters called the League of Empire Loyalists (if there were an acronym I would call them 'LOL').

The League were the thorn in the sides of the Tories during the 1950's, a bit like Militant were for Labour in the 1980's. They were founded by Arthur Chesterton, who didn't like the way 'we' were giving land back to the 'savages'. Oh yeah, many of the founding members also had involvement with Mosley's British Union of Fascists prior to WWII. They didn't like Jews, but rather inconsistently, didn't ban them from joining.

Some interesting names crop up from the membership register of LOL, such as John Tyndall. You may remember him from BNP broadcasts in the 1990's (stern face, white cliffs of Dover, interspersed with headlines about naughty immigrants).

I don't know why I thought any of this was particularly relevant, but it takes you out of your comfort zone a bit, know that cosy cuppa-tea-little-englander sensibilties are not that far off some pretty nasty shit.

So next time Grandma offers you a piece of tiffin, slap it out of her hand and call her a fascist.

27 Oct 2008

My Plan For 2009

I end up watching the Last Night of The Proms every year, as the humourous jingoism and rather lacklustre chintz-patriotism amuses me, and reminds me of a magazine that a great aunt used to read called This England.

I've only seen one copy of the journal "for all those who love England's green and pleasant land". To quote from Innaccura-pedia "It features articles against metrication, the European Union, multiculturalism and other issues which the readership may consider threats to English identity. In the 1990s, it lent its support to New Britain, a very small right-wing political group, which it praised as "the organisation which is campaigning for a complete revival of our country". Right up my street, obviously.

I own an anarcho-syndicalist flag. I bought it a few years ago because:

1. I didn't own a flag
2. I'm a real bore about anarchism -I've studied it extensively as a political philosophy. I wouldn't say I could provide a manifesto of how to make it work in UK 2009, but equality and freedom are cool, so I read about it.

So my ambition for 2009 is to take my anarcho-syndicalist flag and wave it patriotically at the Last Night Of The Proms. I don't know how I'm going to get tickets, I don't know if I can get anyone to come with me, and I don't know if I'll get chucked out of the Albert Hall for it, but its worth a go I reckon. This is an anarcho-syndicalist flag by the way...

26 Oct 2008

Best forum comment ever.

"WHO THE FUCK

EVEN GOES TO GIGS ANY MORE WHEN THEY COULD BE SITTING AT HOME CHECKING OUT BABES WITH DILDOS THE SIZE OF MY LEG ON SECOND LIFE AND EATING THE NEW-OLD-LOOK MONSTER MUNCH, WIPING THE CRISP DUST ON THE LEGS OF THEIR SIZE 34 LEVI'S JEANS THAT THEY WORE IN THE BATH AS SOON AS THEY GOT HOME OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHH GOD"
I saw these signs in a pub so photographed them.


25 Oct 2008

Sammy's Super T-Shirt


I must have watched this Childrens' Film Foundation film about 7-8 times in my life. From what I remember, at the end he casts off his magical shirt, and succeeds using his super vest or something.

Someone has also dedicated an entire website to this great film HERE...

24 Oct 2008

BBC licks its lips - its recession time



Economics has always annoyed me as a discipline. At A Level, I got a grade 'N', and I think a large part of that (as well as slacking off) was because I actually felt hatred for the subject. Part of what annoyed was the certainty with which economists and theorists spoke, as if economics was some sort of exact science with right and wrong answers. In the essay questions (it didn't matter what they were about) I'd use it as an opportunity to argue that Economics was a mostly pointless activity because it attempts to apply logic and science to what is essentially illogical (because humans don't always follow logic).

The image I've nicked for this posting reminded me of my hatred of economics because it seems that the BBC loves to talk about how awful everything will become. They've now decided to brand the recession with a little cheeky arrow coming from the word 'downturn'. Enjoy - I imagine we'll be seeing it a lot more. I name this brand 'Danny the Downturn Arrow'.

23 Oct 2008

I despair that these people even exist...



Thanks Mother Jones - you seem to be one of the few voices of sanity over there.

22 Oct 2008

Schadenfreude of the Zeitgeist



Tories? Involved with the sinister elite? Who'd of thought it?

Its quite satisfying seeing the sleazy tories of yore making a resurgence. Its been quite an easy for them so far, especially considering their efforts in marketing themselves as not Eton-educated and aristocratic. The mud seems to have stuck somewhat, although I get the impression that the slinger in question is Mandelson, who was busy brushing it off his own pink top hat. Can I have some more of the Guacamole dip?

21 Oct 2008

Is it going to be worth partying?

As a resident of the UK, its freaking impossible to avoid US election coverage, and if I'm honest, I do somewhat enjoy the spectacle. I don't think I've ever met or known anyone with big-R Republican sympathies, as they wouldn't get to say much before I covered them in my own vomit.

Like any decent person, I don't want to see a McCain-Palin Whitehouse, but I was pondering the other day whether I would actively celebrate an Obama-Biden win either, as I can't actually think of any significant policy changes that have been proposed by them that would really make an impact. In order for 'change' to occur, surely the US needs a congress and senate full of his clones, otherwise any decent policies will probably be scuppered by what are termed 'southern Democrats'. From what I understand, these are like northern Republicans, with a bit more apple pie, and a salt shaker worth of anti-abortion.

Plus, I don't know whether to go for cheap cava or champers. Perhaps if the decent guy does win, I can at least celebrate a greater turnout in US elections. Hopefully all those people in the middle of the US will stay at home, and the coasts make the decision. I think they're more likely to make the best choice. In fact, why not just let Canada choose.