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100 suns

A machine made of wood, metal, paint, bone and magic

It's not power that corrupts

it's being a god. ...
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Poor Elon Musk

He thought he was a god, but he was just another rich, entitled, fuck who got lucky in the dot com boom. ...
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Filmhouse

How can it have died? I spent half my life there thirty years ago: I suppose 'thirty years ago' is why. Nothing that has happened in the last five years makes me think we're not in the final years of civilization. ...
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Poor, poor Elon Musk

It must be so hard to face the reality that are not the golden god you believed you were, but just another entitled fuck born into money, the same as all the others. And that the castle of mud which you built turns out to to be unable to bear the weight of your monstrous ego. We will all enjoy your self-pitying public whining as it dissolves under you. ...
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The report

The report is the 13th edition in an annual series that provides an overview of the difference between where greenhouse emissions are predicted to be in 2030 and where they should be to avert the worst impacts of climate change. The report shows that updated national pledges since COP26 – held in 2021 in Glasgow, UK – make a negligible difference to predicted 2030 emissions and that we are far from the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to well below 2°C, preferably 1.5°C. Policie...
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Bird

Elon Musk, a narcissistic idiot with a substance-abuse problem who thinks he can magically solve Russia's war of aggression in Ukraine, now controls Twitter. This is going to end so well. ...
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Cosplay

Liz Truss is a person who does not understand that cosplaying Margaret Thatcher is not the same thing as being Margaret Thatcher. ...
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spattlehoe abstentionist unitedly frenular

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Liz Truss: a stain on the United Kingdom

Liz Truss will not allow King Charles to go to COP27. Charles, then Prince Charles, gave a speech at COP26, and is well known to be very concerned about climate change and other environmental matters. But Liz Truss isn't: not content with fucking the UK economy, she wants to make very sure she sends a message that she wants to fuck the entire future as well. The world would be a better place if Liz Truss had never been born. ...
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Bonus

Kwasi Kwarteng, a former investment banker now chancellor of the exchequer, has removed the cap on bankers' bonuses. The current government stands no real chance of winning the next election1 and when it loses he will, very probably, return to investment banking. How very convenient that all will be for him. Unless it has successfully subverted democracy by then, which is very possible. ↩ ...
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London bridge has fallen

An era has ended ...
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Declassified

Trump claims that the documents retrieved from Mar-a-Lago were declassified as, while he was president, he had the right to do that. That's true: he did have the right to do that, although there seems to be no evidence he followed the process for doing it. So, all that needs to happen now is that one or more expert witnesses who are familiar with the content of the TS/SCI documents should testify that, if they were to be declassified, this would cause significant harm to the national interest ...
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Giant brain

The Giant Brain speaks. Net Zero has nothing to do with fighting climate change. I see. Stopping net greenhouse gas emissions will not prevent a process caused by the emission of greenhouse gasses. The Giant Brain speaks, and we must listen. Never mind that climate scientists tell us otherwise: they are merely experts, not Giant Brains. Many of them are, you know, members of the hidden elite: do not trust them. It cannot have any effect unless the big countries get onboard; China, Indi...
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Vilify

If Rishi Sunak is the next prime minister he will, apparently, make 'vilifying Britain' a terrorist offence. You know what? Fuck Britain. I was born here and have lived most of my life here and just fuck it: any country that can end up with a choice between Rishi 'plutocrat' Sunak and Liz 'moron' Truss as prime minister is a country which I want nothing to do with. I'd like to say that these prople were cryptofascists, but they're not: they're fascists, and England (which is what they mean wh...
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James 5 1-6

Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. / Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. / Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. / Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into th...
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NHS

The NHS has a really serious staffing crisis. This is, obviously, partly a result of brexit, and was widely predicted. But in the fantasy world we all now live in – the world where our next prime minister will be a plutocrat or a moron, and probably the moron because she's white1 – we are not allowed to say that. Because truth now counts less than slavish adherence to ideology, and we must all dutifully believe that the catastrophically bad brexit deal Johnson and 'lord' Frost2 arranged for u...
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Death cult

In the real world the UK is in the middle of a heatwave and may record the highest ever temperature seen here. In the real world climate change will cause events like this to become increasingly common. In the real world, people will die, in significant numbers because of this. In the real world, it is really fucking obvious that addressing climate change is an urgent problem. Meanwhile, in tory-wannabe-leader fantasy world, they're saying that, well, net zero may be too expensive. Because...
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Family

Candidate: "FAMILY its about family you see yes family. Traditional values yes family." Person with brain: "But candidate what about net zero" Candidate: "Oh no none of that green hippy nonsense no. FAMILY its about traditional white FAMILY yes. Send the immigrants home burn the gypsies and the wogs. FAMILY." Person with brain: "But, candidate, unless we deal with climate change, which means net zero, then most of our grandchildren will die. That's not 'family' is it?" Candidate: "Yes ...
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Giant brain

Suella Braverman wheels out her giant brain: In order to deal with the energy crisis we need to suspend the all-consuming desire to achieve net zero by 2050. If we keep it up, especially before businesses and families can adjust, our economy will end up with net zero growth. Right, right. let's burn the entire fucking future on the altar of the present, shall we? ...
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It can get worse

Johnson is at last on the way out. And Johnson was awful: a dishonest, incompetent, narcissist who was and is quite willing to sacrifice anything at all on the altar of his own glorification. A man caused tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths, who has probably destroyed the tory party and who has at least badly damaged and possibly destroyed democracy in the UK, and perhaps the UK itself. But that's all he was: Johnson was simply a machine for making more Johnson. For him nothing else matt...
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Like furniture

Boris Johnson is like a vast bit of unwanted furniture in Downing Street. No-one wants him there any more, but the only way to remove him is pretty clearly to saw him up and take out the bits. ...
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Fighting for the future

Johnson is not 'fighting for the future': he's fighting against the future. He is directly damaging the futures of billions of people in order that he might spend a little more time feeling all big and important. Every fucking day we spend staring at his shitshow is another day we spend not paying attention to climate change, not paying attention to what is happening in Ukraine, not paying attention to what the US supreme court is doing to women's rights, not paying attention to anything but Bo...
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In the name of God, go

It is not fit that you should sit here any longer. You have sat here too long for any good you have been doing lately. In the name of God go. – Cromwell ...
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Shitshow

When I checked the BBC news a few hours ago, the top five stories were about various aspects of Johnson appointing Pincher, whether he knew (hint: he knew) and so on and so on. In the meantime, while Boris Johnson's fuckwittery and lying distracts us, the US supreme court, not satisfied with removing women's rights over their own bodies, has ruled to greatly reduce the US government's ability to limit carbon emissions from power generation. Between 2016 and 2020 we all watched in horror and am...
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Chris Pincher

The allegations against Chris pincher are not that he drunkenly groped two men. They are that he sexually assaulted two men. It's not groping or fondling – it is sexual assault Using euphemistic language downplays the severity of an offence and enforces a dangerous message: it isn’t a big deal, and victims won’t be taken seriously Numerous high-profile cases of sexual violence and abuse have have been exposed in recent years, with the same words cropping up again and again: "groping", "fondl...
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All you need to know

All you need to know about the legal theories at work in the current supreme court is that if states want to restrict your ability to carry a handgun, they are grotesquely exceeding their powers, but if states want to outlaw abortion, well, it is only fair that states have that power. – Hamilton Nolan ...
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A vast, white, pulsing worm

Johnson 'will listen to voters', he says. The only person Johnson has ever listened to is himself. For Johnson it could not be otherwise: he has only the vaguest notion that people other than himself exist, how could he listen to their vague, distant cries and murmurings over the vast, warm, glutinous sound of his own wonderful voice. For Johnson, the world is only Johnson: a vast, white, pulsing worm consuming all it encounters to turn it into more segments of itself. ...
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Politically neutral

Boris Johnson intends to defend the plan to deport refugees to Rwanda to Prince Charles. Prince Charles is reported to have called the policy "appalling". And of course the johnsonites are up in arms about this, because members of the royal family are meant to be politically neutral. Like Putin's Russia, Rwanda is a corrupt dictatorship wearing the clothes of a democracy, except that in Rwanda the process has gone further: Article 101 of the constitution had previously limited presidents to...
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Fascism arrives in fancy dress

I sometimes fear that people think that fascism arrives in fancy dress worn by grotesques and monsters as played out in endless re-runs of the Nazis. Fascism arrives as your friend. It will restore your honour, make you feel proud, protect your house, give you a job, clean up the neighbourhood, remind you of how great you once were, clear out the venal and the corrupt, remove anything you feel is unlike you... It doesn’t walk in saying, "Our programme means militias, mass imprisonments, transpo...
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Lest we forget: the johnsonists are racist shits

The exodus of Ukrainians exceeded 2.2m, making it the fastest-growing refugee surge in Europe since the second world war. More than 1.3m have entered Poland. Britain told refugees to apply for visas, and made it bureaucratically difficult for them to do so. The European Union is allowing all Ukrainians in for a year, no questions asked. – The Economist, March 12th, 2022 ...
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