Hands across the ocean

Sep. 20th, 2017 02:00 pm
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Thanks to [personal profile] cesy for the heads-up -- Hope not Hate have launched a US site:

Hope Not Hate (Twitter: [twitter.com profile] hopenothate_USA)

By way of making a dramatic entry, this seems to have been timed to co-ordinate with the announcement of their epic undercover project: Patrik Hermansson, an extremely brave young Swedish grad student, infiltrated the alt-right and lived undercover in the movement in London and the US for nearly a year, wired for sound and carrying hidden cameras. This ultimately included being at Charlottesville and witnessing the car attack that killed Heather Heyer.

The documentary is coming soon, and the comprehensive report on the international alt-right (for which the infiltration was part of the research) is here:

The International Alternative Right

News reports:

New York Times: Undercover With the Alt-Right

Raw Story: ‘It’s gonna end with concentration camps’: Alt-right executive boasts of a future Europe with Hitler on their money

As you will have noticed, I love HnH. They have a long history working against fascist and far right groups in the UK, through research, infiltration, legal action, anti-racist/xenophobic education and campaigning, and their work seems to have naturally become international as the "alt-right" has (e.g. with the "Defend Europe" boat). I think their expertise (and the willingness of their reporters to put their necks on the line, holy fuck) will be a formidable addition to the US scene.

Also they will allow you to give them money to help sue Nigel Farage, and honestly I would love them for that alone. PLEASE TAKE MY MONEY, PLEASE.
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The Guardian: Medieval porpoise 'grave' on Channel island puzzles archaeologists

I love everything about this story:

Archaeologists digging at an island religious retreat have unearthed the remains of a porpoise that, mystifyingly, appears to have been carefully buried in its own medieval grave.


... and now I eagerly await the medieval monk were-porpoise shifter romance.

For a different kind of wonderful:

The Fader: This Artist Is Filling London With Murals Of Extraordinary Black Women

The art is gorgeous, but what I really love is that he's portraying his female friends, people who aren't famous but are ordinary/extraordinary people - a youth worker, a psychotherapist, and so on. And I love the shots of the murals with the real women posed next to them.
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Trump claimed on Twitter that the terrorist attack involved “sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard”, despite no such information having been released publicly by police. He also blamed it on “loser terrorists”, promoted his travel ban and advocated a “proactive and nasty” policy against Islamic State.

Note: since no information's been released publicly about whether the police even have suspects, let alone ones known to Scotland Yard, Buttercup is either a) violating the conventions on intelligence sharing (again), or b) completely making shit up.

Also note: almost all our terrorists recently have been home-grown, so a travel ban would do exactly fuck-all.

Also pre-emptively and doubtless ineffectively: DON'T EVEN THINK OF COMING AT OUR MAYOR YOU FUCKER.

So it looks like ...

Sep. 11th, 2017 09:42 am
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... Macmillan did more research to establish that someone who claimed to have written "My Immortal" had actually written "My Immortal" (she sounds pretty cool, btw) than the Times Literary Supplement did to establish that someone who claimed to have decoded the Voynich manuscript had actually decoded the Voynich manuscript.

2017, people.

(Yes, it probably is a women's health manual, but we knew that anyway.)

(I mean, maaaaaybe Gibbs has proof which he's holding back that his theory holds up, but right now it's pinging people's bullshit meters.)

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TPM: Report: Trump Is Refusing To Make Eye Contact With Gary Cohn

In fact, according to the linked NYT article, Buttercup "virtually ignored" Cohn at a meeting Cohn was supposed to be leading.

On which note, I think it's past time to start a White House deadpool, re: next person to resign and/or be fired.

I'm finding it fascinating trying to guess who'll be next, and I'm fairly sure (given plot twists so far) that any bet I make will be entertainingly wrong. I mean, Cohn would be the obvious bet, but maybe Mnuchin will crack first? But then apparently Omarosa is being crowded out by Kelly -- and even Kelly's got to have a breaking point ...

ETA: OMFG IT'S A REALITY TV SHOW. Week by week, members of the cast get eliminated! It's just a frustratingly post-modern reality tv show where we don't (as far as we know) have cameras inside the White House but have to piece together each ep's narrative from leaks in different newspapers/websites.

UK stuff

Sep. 9th, 2017 10:11 pm
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Mark your calendars:

The 3 Million: Mass Lobby 13 September

A mass lobby at Parliament (by people directly affected and their friends) to be followed by a rally in Trafalgar Square in the evening, in support of the rights of EU nationals in Britain (and the British in Europe).

The Guardian: Second day of action called to show migrants' contribution to UK

One Day Without Us are calling for a second day of events and action on 17 Feb 2018.

The Guardian: Opposition condemns government's Commons committee 'power grab'

Basically, Theresa May is trying another power-grab by attempting to change the rules on how standing committes are formed so that significant committees could be guaranteed a majority of Tory MPs, instead of composition having to reflect the composition of the House of Commons (where the Tories do not have a majority).

Here's the 38 Degrees petition against it:


If you've got a Tory MP, you might want to e-mail or phone (it's being debated on Tuesday, I believe, so probably too late for letters).