Category Archives: politics

Overdue update

Blimey, it’s been a long time since I updated this blog! There are all sorts of reasons: quickest way to sum these up and give you a clue as to what I’m doing next is to reproduce my latest newsletter… … Continue reading

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DOKTOR SLEEPLESS #5: The Authenticity Rant

Posted here for reference, one of the most important things I ever read in a comic book: the rant on the nature of ‘authenticity’ in music, personality and life from 2007’s Doktor Sleepless issue 5, “Your Imaginary Friend”. I gave a … Continue reading

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Update: Hyper-real in the Year of the Slenderman

It’s been a while since I put up a post – a lot’s been happening. For one thing, I turned fifty years old – and honestly, it feels pretty good. I have a new monthly column at the venerable occulture … Continue reading

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“My gaff…”

This has been kicking around in my head for a while… The more I think about it, the more the corporate/government interference with the internet offends me on a very specific level. Here’s why: It’s not their home – it’s … Continue reading

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The Right Man/Violent Male

I was googling for links describing the Right Man syndrome (for, of all things, a post to the AV Club’s review comments on this week episode of The Good Wife), and I found 2 things – there’s still not a … Continue reading

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A Citizen of the Internet – first thoughts

“A constitutional amendment was offered to create a new fourth branch of government for American citizens whose ‘primary residences were virtual networks’.” – Bruce Sterling, Distraction “Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come … Continue reading

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Voting

“Politics is the art of reconciling aspirations.” Bruce Sterling, Distraction Election day begins. And, for the first time in the 28 years I have been eligible to do so, I am going to vote. I always vowed that I would … Continue reading

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Guttershaman, "…of Jedi and jail"

So, like I was saying earlier – this Jedi walks into a Job Centre… Because it’s a British Job Centre and we’re the proud world leaders in intrusive CCTV surveillence, the staff ask our hero to lower his hood. (Of … Continue reading

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Sara Robinson's "The Truth about Consequences"

A truly outstanding and stirring piece by Sara Robinson, taking both sides of American politics to task over the CIA torture and other actions of the Bush regime that Obama has said he wants to move on past – starting … Continue reading

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Postmodernism in modern banking

Hmm… is this becoming a series of posts on ‘posts’? (Not a bad idea… lends me to fond recollections of Julian Cope and I backstage at one of his gigs, both utterly stoned as could be and him looking me … Continue reading

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