One could argue that the users of the public’s airwaves have a higher responsibility to properly inform the public that outweighs the need to chase ratings and give airtime to clown acts, but that ship sailed a long time ago. Ask any reporter who’s tried to make the news less stupid at any time over the past 40 years. Most of those people end up begging ProPublica for lunch money, while the horse-racers and celebrity-humpers get panel shows. Ask reporters like Juan Carlos Frey, who struggled to get anyone to pay attention when he reported on mass graves of undocumented immigrants discovered along the border of Texas. Such stories about the mass deaths of foreigners or minorities usually get less ink than a cat stuck in a tree or a model who falls off a runway. Matt Taibbi

18.09.2016 • Permalink

Here’s what I expect to happen between now and October.

First, and fastest, the economy will tank. We’ll see real-world job losses and the closure of factories and offices.

Second, the government will begin informal negotiations with the EU about forming an exit treaty.

Come October, there’s quite a rational case to say, “having agreed to Leave the EU, the electorate should decide on what form that exit takes” and present the exit treaty as a new referendum.

Right now there is a correlation between the regions most dependent on the EU and the regions with the largest share of the vote for Leave. So it’s not unreasonable to imagine that those regions will be subjected to “Project Fear” quite heavily between now and October.

Equally, there are lots of (admittedly anecdotal right now) Leave voters expressing surprise that they won and fear about what happens next. As always happened, some people voted in a way calculated to stick two fingers up at the establishment, not expecting to be on the winning side.

So come the “Confirmation Referendum” in October, there will be an awful lot of people who switch sides with the benefit of hindsight and hard realities.

Cameron’s legacy will be a short, very sharp recession and the fuss-free accession of Boris to Number 10.

And fucking a pig. Fra kommentarfeltet på Antipope

26.06.2016 • Permalink

Catherine the Great

Det er ingen overdrivelse å si at jeg gleder meg overordentlig hver gang Neil Hannon trekker på seg The Divine Comedy-buksene sine. (Ikke at jeg ikke elsker The Duckworth Lewis Method, da.) Catherine the Great heter den nye singlen, og viser den lettere siden av bandet – det er melodisk og avslappet, nynnbart og smilfremkallende – altså perfekt for milde sommerkvelder. Jeg håper dog at den ikke er toneangivende for hele den neste utgivelsen – det er få som gjør det grandiose like bra som Hannon, og det ville vært synd om han satser på altfor streit pop. På den annen side er første singel ut sjelden det sterkeste bandet byr på, så det er bare å smøre seg med tålmodighet til september.

22.06.2016 • Permalink

Crimson Peak

Crimson Peak er vakker, men ufullendt – det er i bunn og grunn en ganske enkel fortelling, men innpakket som bare Del Toro kan gjøre det.

Det er virkelig veldig, veldig vakkert, og selv om det er «over the top», er det på en mer troverdig og betagende måte enn f.eks. The Woman in Black (Som jeg forøvrig syntes var ganske underholdende).

Det er forøvrig litt artig at britene spiller amerikanere og omvendt – aksentene fyker til tider veggimellom. (Charlie Hunnam gjorde en bedre jobb her enn i Pacific Rim, men har langt igjen til Elba-nivå.)

Source: Blunderverk

19.06.2016 • Permalink

House Republicans are helping shape that Republican vision by offering a bold policy agenda, by offering a better way ahead. Donald Trump can help us make it a reality. Paul Ryan (The Party of Personal Responsibility)

03.06.2016 • Permalink

She stood so that I had to practically push her mammaries out of the way to get through the door. She smelled the way the Taj Mahal looks by moonlight. The Little Sister, Raymond Chandler

01.06.2016 • Permalink

Harlan Ellison improbably turns 82 today. Happy birthday, Harlan. You’ve taken raging against the dying of the light to a whole new level. Not to be outdone, affable New Zealander and musical genius Neil Finn turns 58. Don’t stop now, I guess.

28.05.2016 • Permalink

You discover, later, that you’re not good enough, or not lucky enough, or not present enough, and you made too many important decisions on the fly because you were too busy or too scattered or too tired, and that you’re never going to be that person who writes one of those inspirational blog posts about success. You’re in your 40s and you’re still standing on the shore, keeping a wary eye on the riptide, because you know that all the small things you’ve built could be swept away overnight. Warren Ellis

27.05.2016 • Permalink