Infamy, infamy, they all have it infamy

Happy May Day to you and all your comrades! I've spoken before about other holidays and celebrations, and how most of them are either festivals of crass consumerism, are based on something not worthy of commemoration, or are a combination of both. May Day, or International Workers Day, is notable for not being either of … Continue reading Infamy, infamy, they all have it infamy

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Christ has Risen! Let’s Celebrate with Some Slavery and Environmental Destruction

The silly holiday weekend has now come to an end. Not that public holidays* themselves are silly, but the reason for this one is a based on a load of mythological claptrap, starting with the death of a Middle-Eastern magician, and ending with his resurrection a couple of days later. At some point after this … Continue reading Christ has Risen! Let’s Celebrate with Some Slavery and Environmental Destruction

Illegitimate State of Ignorant Savages

When picking up the newspaper on Saturday morning, a theme splashed across the tabloid headlines momentarily caught my eye. Most the rancid redtop were carrying the headline 'Isis Party Girl' or some drivel like that. I skimmed the article about the subject in the actual newspaper (not front page news), and learned that these headlines were … Continue reading Illegitimate State of Ignorant Savages

The Venezuelan Smiler, and his Bloodthirsty Backers

Though the situation has been deteriorating rapidly for a few years now (since at least 2014), Venezuela has only started to get major coverage in the media here in the last couple of weeks. The plight of the Venezuelan population had been ignored in Western circles, until a couple of weeks ago when the bloviating … Continue reading The Venezuelan Smiler, and his Bloodthirsty Backers

The One and Only Working Class

The phrase guilty pleasure pops up a lot when we discuss pop culture. It's an odd phrase, as its intended meaning suggests something that one enjoys, but feels as if they shouldn't. Whether it's a pompous muso secretly liking a Miley Cyrus track, or a cinephile binge-watching the Transformers series, a guilty pleasure supposedly involves enjoyment … Continue reading The One and Only Working Class

My first ever post on a Wednesday in February in the Year of the Pig

The overly-long title of this piece is deliberately abstruse, and effectively meaningless. It is an exaggerated example representative of the proliferation of empty and uninformative statistics we regularly stumble across. Admittedly, I seem to mostly encounter this in the realm of sports broadcasting. During the weekend that just passed, I heard one example that prompted … Continue reading My first ever post on a Wednesday in February in the Year of the Pig