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100 suns

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

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

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.

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 two terms in office, but this was changed in a 2015 referendum, which had been brought following receipt of a petition signed by 3.8 million Rwandans. Through this change in the constitution, Kagame could stay on as president until 2034. Kagame was elected for a third term in 2017 with 98.79% of the vote. -- Wikipedia

In 2018 Putin got about 77% of the vote in Russia: Putin is still, perhaps, pretending to be democratically elected: Kagame isn't even doing that.

Here is a quote from the US state department's 2021 human rights report:

Significant human rights issues included credible reports of: unlawful or arbitrary killings by the government; forced disappearance by the government; torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment by the government; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions; arbitrary detention; political prisoners or detainees; politically motivated reprisals against individuals located outside the country, including killings, kidnappings, and violence; arbitrary or unlawful interference with privacy; serious restrictions on free expression and media, including threats of violence against journalists, unjustified arrests or prosecutions of journalists, and censorship; serious restrictions on internet freedom; substantial interference with the rights of peaceful assembly and freedom of association, including overly restrictive laws on the organization, funding, or operation of nongovernmental and civil society organizations; serious and unreasonable restrictions on political participation; and serious government restrictions on or harassment of domestic and international human rights organizations.

That doesn't look too good, does it? And the johnsonites are deporting refugees to this place: they are deporting refugees, quite likely, to their deaths.

So here's the thing: the royals are meant to be politically neutral, yes. But there's a limit to that: what the johnsonites are doing is sending people to concentration camps where they will probably die. That's what the nazis did. The johnsonites are not nazis – not yet nazis anyway – but they are not even pretending not to be fascists any more. And even the royals should be able to speak out about that.

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, transportations, war and persecution."

– Michael Rosen

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

Perfidious Albion

The johnsonites have announced plans to abandon some bits of the Northern Ireland Protocol, a protocol they agreed to as part of the brexit arrangements but now find inconvenient.

This will break international law. They say it will not but they are, yet again, lying.

Fuck Boris Johnson and his enablers.

The world Zuckerberg is building

Recently I went to visit people I once new, in a city I lived in for more than twenty years. I spent time walking through all the new building that had happened since I left a decade ago, and some that had already happened before I left. And it was not awful. But, also, it wasn't anything at all. It could have been similar developments in London ('more London', or most of Canary Wharf) or just anywhere really: identikit expensive-modern bland sameness, with no sense of place at all. The city I once knew is being slowly devoured by some kind of soulless meta-city, leaking into reality from who-knows where.

And I realised that it was like walking through some open-world video game. The surfaces were all suspiciously smooth because that's easier to render, and whatever algorithm was generating the buildings just wasn't very good.

And pretty soon you get lost but you realise it doesn't matter at all because, although you might not find the coffee shop where you were meant to meet your friend, you can just find another, almost identical, one from the infinite number that the machine will generate for you. And in it there will be someone who perhaps is not quite the friend you meant to meet but is close enough, and you don't need to worry that they too are being generated by the algorithm. And somewhere else your friend is meeting someone who is not quite you, somewhere in this vast pretend world.

And outside the simulation, if there really is an outside, the environment is collapsing.

Fatally wounded

Now we can all look forward to watching Johnson slowly bleed to death before being finally torn apart, still living, by the vampire hyenas who surround him, hungry for blood and power. We can hope that his meat will be sufficiently poisonous that many of them die from its consumption.

The real risk is that, just as for Putin a world without Russia has no purpose, so for Johnson a world without Johnson has no purpose. Thus there is no length he will not go to to survive: no policy too grotesque or immoral that he will not adopt it if it keeps him in power. The death penalty? certainly. Rounding up political undesirables and gassing themsending them to deathconcentrationlabour camps? without a second thought. Dealing with the Jewishgypsy 'problem'? Easy: we already have the ovenscamps, after all.

Oh yes, and that whole 'net zero' thing? The idiot faragists really hate it so, well, fuck our children (I mean, he's already fucking someone young enough to be his daughter ... oh, not that kind of fucking, right, sorry), let's burn everyone's future if it keeps some decrepit bigots happy snd so keeps Johnson in power, which is all he cares about.

Whatsoever things are honest

Boris Johnson read from Philippians 4 at the Queen's platinum jubilee thanksgiving service. From which:

[8] Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Why don't you think on those things then Boris, you lying, stealing narcissistic fuck?

... into fascism

Today, Johnson rewrote the ministerial code to say that ministers who break it won't lose their jobs. He also

[...] blocked his independent ethics chief, Christopher Geidt, from gaining the power to launch his own investigations, and rewrote the foreword to the ministerial code, removing all references to honesty, integrity, transparency and accountability.

It is not a coincidence that he has been guilty of multiple breaches of the ministerial code, as well as worse things: he is rewriting the rules to suit himself.

Mhairi Black is right: we are sleepwalking into fascism.

Sleepwalking ...

He wasn’t even honest towards his most intimate confidants [...] In my opinion, he was so thoroughly untruthful that he could no longer recognize the difference between lies and truth.

Who wrote this, and about whom?

I am the law

Similarly, judges, lawyers, and the law were among the things HitlerJohnson most despised, and his regime was one long assault on the rationality, predictability, and integrity of the law.

Adapted from The Death of Democracy by Benjamin Carter Hett

Strong central power

Authoritarianism is a form of government characterized by the rejection of political plurality, the use of strong central power to preserve the political status quo, and reductions in the rule of law, separation of powers, and democratic voting.

Wikipedia

What miserable drones

What miserable drones and traitors have we nurtured and promoted in our country who treat us with such shameful contempt. Will no-one rid us of them?

Rapture is coming

In the 185 days to 1st November 2022, UK retail energy prices will probably rise by a factor of more than two. Food prices will go up dramatically. And Boris Johnson will preen and lie and do nothing. People in the UK will start to starve and die of cold in large numbers, and Johnson will lie and drink and rut and lie again, while his enablers cheer him on and the heaps of dead rot in the streets.

It is time be done with them: time to obliterate them all, time for a new start.

Rapture: rapture is coming.

It is better

It is better to look away. It is not good to see too much in this more beautiful, happier England