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I'm the baddest man alive and I don't plan to die...
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  1. In Topic: The USA politics thread -

    Yesterday, 01:29 AM

    View PostMacros, on 02 August 2020 - 11:54 AM, said:

    I dunno Tiste, chances of a black PM are pretty fucking low in Britain.

    we had a female PM sure, posh as fuck, privileged elite Tory scum.

    To be fair to her, Thatcher wasn't that posh... She married into poshness, and a lot of dodgy money.

    We'll see an Asian Prime Minister before we see a black one. For a few reasons, and not all of them racist. And let's not forget that Rishi Sunak and Pritti Patel are in the Cabinet, and they'd both kill for the job - although I do suspect, based on her apparent character, that Pritti Patel would probably kill over a parking space.

  2. In Topic: Identity Politics

    04 August 2020 - 12:21 AM

    HP Lovecraft remains one of the most important writers in 20th century fantastic fiction: he was also a racist, anti-semite and misogynist (who, ironically enough, married a Jewish woman). And therefore, as such, he's very problematic.(in much the same way as say Wagner is problematic) He didn't quite invent Cosmic Horror, but without him it would probably have been a very different non-Euclidean, tentactacled, rugose, abomination of a cyclopean, eldritch beast indeed. He's also very important for the affinity group of authors who corresponded with him - Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, August Derleth and Robert Bloch among them.

    If you read his stories you are left with no doubts about his views (all of them awful) on a number of topics. People should read his work, and once past one's initial conclusions of "Wow! He's super racist" and "He obviously never met a sentence of prose that he could resist making more purple", it's easy to see why he is so important.

    I'd argue that he probably should have had his posthumous lifetime achievement award decades ago. Giving it now, in the climate we have, and however unwittingly, sends a message imo. And I'm not sure it's a good or welcoming message.
  3. In Topic: Music

    31 July 2020 - 06:23 PM

    Open Mike Eagle's bars on this one are hilarious - and you can't really go wrong with MF DOOM and Czarface together:

  4. In Topic: The USA politics thread -

    31 July 2020 - 06:07 PM

    He gets to throw shade on the results of the election this way. If, closer to the time, Trump says "Don't go and vote, it's too dangerous" and then loses, he gets to say, however inaccurately, that he'd have won had his supporters showed up. And therefore he gets to not be a loser in his mind. Now that it appears that he might lose the election itself, and not simply the popular vote, then he has to have a strategy for calling its legitimacy into question. His efforts to cast aspersions against postal voting are another prong of that strategy. His comments about "busloads of illegal voters" in 2016 were basically the same thing. This is all about his ego.
  5. In Topic: Ferguson / USA Race Violence / Etc

    25 July 2020 - 10:37 PM

    US conservatives essentially get annoyed just by literally seeing Black people. The imaginary, and yet for some all too real, crime of Walking (or Driving, or Being President, or any one of a number of things) While Black is enough evidence of that.

    Black people are hypervisible in popular culture because they invented (and have continually reinvented) modern popular music. They're hypervisible in sports because sporting prowess was, for a very long time, they only way for many black people to gain any kind of recognition in a field that wasn't music.

    They're visible in these areas because they are really the only areas in which the broader white society allows Black Americans to excel i.e. to entertain them. And in both these areas white US society has often very vocally hungered for a "Great White Hope" to come along and put those uppity Blacks in their place.

    And yes, while not American, I have literally been the black kid reading a book who was told by more than one white person that books "weren't for me".



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    11 Nov 2019 - 19:41
    and again
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    11 Nov 2016 - 16:06
    Happy birthday you old bastard :)
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    17 Jan 2014 - 06:30
    I wrote "linguistically" even though it's technically only about language not vocabulary because I couldn't find a way to use "lexicon" with so few characters available. Good thing I don't use Twatter then.
    Maybe "palaver", "cant" (there's a word the Yanks have ruined) or "glossary" ... ? Nope. :P
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    07 Feb 2011 - 06:22
    The BBC link to Infinite Jest talk seems to be down already. I am in the US though. Does it still work for you?
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    31 May 2010 - 09:44
    Heya SM,
    At least you don't kill threads :P
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    stone monkey 

    30 Apr 2010 - 23:52
    I guess no one wants to speak to me... I feel so alone :(
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