I've just started reading Linda Tirano's 'hand to mouth'. There's a pretty big chunk of it up on Amazon as a pre-purchase preview (although the formatting is odd).
There's an interview with her here where she notes:
"I have a very close friend who votes Republican like clockwork. He understands the party doesn’t do much that is likely to help him as someone who might need welfare. So, as a social conservative, he’s going to vote according to which party supports his views on abortion, because that’s a thing that matters to him and he feels he can get movement on it, there will be a direct effect. Whereas if he votes on an economic issue, it’s just a different bunch of rich people doing a bunch of rich people things. [emphasis added]"
Now, with that in mind, explain to me again why everyone should be voting for Hillary?
As does railroad baron Jay Gould's purported remark during a major industrial dispute: "I can hire half the working class to kill the other half."
Not such a joke back then. It was fairly common in industrial disputes in the US between 1877 and 1927 to use machine guns on striking workers.
It is in the sense that it’s the rejection of institutions. It is worthwhile thinking about why we have those institutions.
And also worthwhile thinking about why these institutions are being rejected en masse.
In last year's Labour leadership contest, also-ran Andy Burnham chose to launch his campaign at a bank in the heart of London's financial district, with a speech about how Labour had 'got it wrong' on business.
Reports that he also asked why those on zero-hours contracts didn't just eat cake instead, if they couldn't afford bread, are at this time unconfirmed.
hate is dangerous
Fear is the path to The Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.
It's the same mechanism behind Brexit, behind Corbyn, and behind anything else where a bunch of frustrated people who feel (rightly or wrongly) that they've been marginalised and ignored and patronised and exploited by those in charge are suddenly presented with a lightning rod: the opportunity to scream 'FUCK YOU' as loudly as they possibly can into the face of The Establishment.
Of course, clearing up and dealing with the hangover after the festival of Misrule is always a hassle. But that's a tomorrow problem, right?
the sign saying no loan zone is terrfiying
As the old saying about mutually-assured destruction goes: 'never a borrower nor a lender be'.
the Independent (digital only now sadly) sounds a lot like the Herald.
I followed the indy for a while on facebook a year or two ago - most of the major papers in the UK 'stream' headlines into your news feed. I specifically stopped following the indy because every single headline was crafted in a 'one weird trick, and you won't believe what happened next!' style.
Yes! I have a friend who writes for the Mail Online and I have learned so many fascinating tricks about how to create good, fun, sticky articles. The Mail knows how to make their trashy entertainment news coverage very enjoyable.
Since this is the Friday music thread, and I don't think it's been mentioned previously, fans of dubby dadtronica might like to know that 'Pitch Black' are back in action after a nine-year pause, and have just released a new album.
They're back in NZ over your summer and are playing a couple of festivals: Northern Bass on December 30th, Rhythm and Alps on December 31st and Sundaise on March 10th.
I saw them play in Hackney a few weeks ago and they were really rather jolly good.
New album on Bandcamp here
Probably also worth pointing out that the radiation cloud from Chernobyl travelled far enough, and was toxic enough, that livestock monitoring on farms in some areas of the UK (about 1,300 miles from Chernobyl) wasn't fully lifted until 2012.