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  1. In Topic: Identity Politics

    13 February 2020 - 08:09 AM

    This is my bi-yearly post about how you're being fucking had by far-right grifters about 'political correctness', as either being politically important (its not, in any positive way, and positive being the universal emancipation of the working class, and the oppressed colonized people of the world, here), or even politically corrosive. I read this, frankly, bizarre thread since I last posted, and I'm sure you don't give a shit, but I do. I care, partially, because I genuinely care about the various weirdo regulars who post here after the fact (shout-out if you remember when worrywort had a suicide scare, that literally kept me up all night refreshing the page to see any updates), I care to the point that I actively think that believing any of the claptrap in this thread will be actively hurt you, unless you're a millionaire, or billionaire, in the long run. Andrew Yung, a man who wants to replace all social assistance in America with a 1000 dollars is a technocratic dirtbag. People will die because of that policy, no if, ands, or buts about it. Someone will get hurt.

    Other champions of 'anti-political-correctness', Trump, Boris, various mass-shooters around the world, actively hate the working class, hate the oppressed, and when you champion 'anti-political-correctness' you champion them. And why? Sincerely why? I'm First Nations and I know one of the big fights here in North America is religiously significant war bonnets. What do you gain arguing for young white festival goers to wear war bonnets beyond arguing for a far-right political agenda? What is fucking worth that?

    I think this might be my last 'bi-yearly' post because I geniuely just don't understand the bleeding of humanity out of this sub over the years, despite our shared interest, and in some cases, as in mine, devotion to Malazan stories. The world is burning, people are being hurt, and you're cheering on the people who have the noose around the neck of the most vulnerable.
  2. In Topic: Antifa and the Alt movements

    15 July 2019 - 12:26 AM

    Politics is about organizing power, and power is about violence--violence is power at its most base form. As the neoliberal post-cold war consensus collapses, the legitimacy of a system of governing, which was never really 'legitimate' in any real sense, it just could project the most power and violence across the world, ends, political violence becomes inevitable. Don't be naive about it. A system that inherently supported by violence will never peacefully give away its power. And as the old saying goes, fascism is just capitalism in decay.

    You can either use violence as a way to protect your neighbours, your friends, your family, the marginalized, the vulnerable, the oppressed, from the coming of the fascists (which are on the rise the world over), or you can be some bloodless coward and be the man screaming 'first they came from the socialists' as jackboot thugs smash in you door when they decide it time to drag you away. My ancestors fought, and I plan to do as well if it comes down to it, and being a radical first nation man I'm going to be very high up the list of the undesirables these people want to exterminate. You want to debate the peoples who's politics are very much the continued extermination of my people, you go ahead, but it won't do you no good, and it never was going to, and it certainly won't do me any good.
  3. In Topic: The USA politics thread -

    23 April 2019 - 04:19 AM

    Nico is clearly on the libertarian-to-fascist pipeline which has had, lets say, oversized effect on American politics in the last four or so years. Before most Republicans were fine playing the game of 'civility' with establishment Dems, even if it was only ever the veneer of civility, but now most of them are completely mask-offs. Extreme anti-immigration measures that will lead to ethnic cleansing supported. Craven tax cuts for the super rich just because. Overt, and violent, xenophobic zeal. Even a crooked and corrupted distrust of 'elites' that completely misses the point of the problem of a political elite in favouring of coding them as black or gay.

    Nico, or at least the type of person Nico represents, is extremely important to politics in America (unless, of course, you think politics is just two teams playing a game, which is an incredibly stupid way to think about politics, politics is about organizing power). The personal, of course, is political, for most people in which the personal is medium in which the political engages them on (I'm personally poor, and im native, so that means living in a system that punishes poor people for their poverty, and living in a settler-colonial state that at best wants to forget the genocide that empowered them, and at worst want to celebrate them). Understanding Nico is extremely important to understand the politics at play right in the right, and he has slowly descended into basically excepting fascist policies, and the exact opposite of his old (as of three years ago) libertarian framework, but that is by-and-large, the meaty center of Trump's political base, the people who'll never say no to Trumps actions.
  4. In Topic: The Comics Thread!

    14 April 2019 - 01:49 AM

    Definitely. Its only 8 issues so it isn't really an epic, but its a very good story, and the art is amazing.
  5. In Topic: The Comics Thread!

    12 April 2019 - 11:47 AM

    Months later (lol):

    The Wild Storm: by the incomparable Warren Ellis who is in the pantheon of comic book writers, and Jon Davis-Hunt who is amazing. A bunch of great stuff has already been said on this one here, so I'll focus on a singular point. The Wild Storm conveys action in a way that most American comics don't, that is to say good. Its control of space, and pacing of panels create a incredibly mind-blowing sense of kinetic movement in which the reader never gets lost. Actually two points--Jon Davis-Hunt's character work, which could be akin to acting, is top notch and really sells these characters the kicks the story to another realm of good.

    Sword of Ages: written and drawn by Gabriel Rodriguez and coloured by Lovern Kindzierski. This is a Gabriel Rodriguez joint so no surprise its one of the best looking books that came out in 2018, buts not why I love it. I love it because its a well-down retelling of Arthurian myths in a science-fantasy setting, and I really can't get enough of retellings of Arthurian myths. One of the stand outs here, however, is the designed work, something I've been thinking about lately. Rodriguez clearly put a lot of time into designing this world and the look of the characters, and its shows, they distinct and honestly a bit iconic.

    Coda: written by Simon Spurrier, and drawn by Matias Bergara. So Simon Spurrier is who I consider to be the premier fantasist in comics that often writes small self-contained fantasy series that are often both very good, and really utilizes the visual medium to its fullest extent. Matias Bergara is no exception in terms of doing this. The story is set after a apocalypse in a more standard fantasy world in which nearly all magic disappeared, and follows the story of a former, and grouchy bard named Hum. As you can tell by my pervious comments I get really excited for the art, and while the story is very good (his best next to the Spire), the art is like a techno-coloured fevered dream that just gets the appeal of the fantastic.

    Domino: written by Gail Simone and the primary artist being David Baldeon. Domino is one of my favourite X-characters, and I'm a huge fan of X-Men so its a crowded list, and the voice Gail Simone brings to her is one of my favourite interpretations of the character yet. In a way its very Gail Simone: snarky, snappy dialogue, and the like, but instead of sounding out of place it just works. I never liked the interpretation of her as a female fatale, or as a 'hard operator', her power is luck, which is extremely fun, and built of death-defying stunts, which David Baldeon really delivers on. Its not just best work (see the Spirits of Vengeance miniseries, which I am sure is forgotten which makes me sad), but its still very good.

    Giant Days: written by John Allison and art by Max Sarin. What I'd call this book, which is a slice-of-life comedy about three girls in university and their friends, is 'wholesome' and 'very funny'. The voices, while a smidgen exaggerated feel genuine, and John Allison has excellent comedic timing. Underneath it all, as well, it can hit those emotional beats that help all slice-of-life stories feel heart-warming. The art is more cartoony than realistic, but it help sells the characters and the comedy, while never being so cartoony as to break the reality of comic (not Bugs Bunny type hi-jinks)

    And that's all for now, I mean to get back to it sooner this time but I'm sure we'll you in a couple months.


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