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Carbomb

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  1. Would you mind elaborating on that viewpoint? Genuinely interested, as whilst I personally like the film, I could also see why his emotional investment in the book might cause him to react badly to the film's divergence at the time. I'd definitely welcome another perspective on that.
  2. Lots of authors do that, though. Stephen King hated The Shining (although he had good reason, as there were personal issues tied up in that), and merely announcing the cinematisation of any Alan Moore work is 100% guaranteed to draw his ire.
  3. Nice song to kick off the Bank Holiday weekend with. The Staunton Lick - Lemon Jelly
  4. "Nobody who does Germans can be an evil man."
  5. Probably - it was either Universal Uproar or NOAH European Navigation. Both times, I was hired as a translator, so it would've made sense. If I looked casual, though, I must've done well, because I was anything but - Kobashi's one of the greatest of all time for me personally, so I was internally more excited than Mick Foley in the front row of an EVE show.
  6. True story: last year I stuck my toe back in the wrestling waters with some announcing for WCPW, and also some translation work for the NJPW guys. Liger's a nice guy, daft as a brush. Before the show opened (the venue was called Bowler's, I think), I saw him, a 50-something year-old man, drawing moustaches on all the promo merch photos at the young lads' tables.
  7. Should've gone for Zywiec. Much nicer.
  8. Classic burn from @Thunderplex. Nothing against D-Mal, I just love it. To be fair, Plexy deserves to get one back at least for all the Flair-Bombing he gets.
  9. Another thing to bear in mind is that often people watch videos from opposing political viewpoints because they want to familiarise themselves with those opponents' arguments. The more you know about those arguments, the easier it is to research and counter. I do it once every so often - can't sharpen a knife without a whetstone to grind it - although I do find myself aging a lot quicker than I'd like because I end up getting so angry at the thought of these ideas actually having mainstream currency.
  10. Carbomb

    Brexit

    I said we haven't seen them go after them with the same level of relentlessness, and I stand by that. Of course we've seen questioning - but the questioners, at least visible ones, seem to give up after being fobbed off with answers that in any other situation would be considered completely unaccept I've already acknowledged that. Doesn't change that Leave are the ones championing a direction that is potentially very damaging to the UK if it's not dealt with properly, and they've not only not given us any reason to believe they'll do that, the government themselves have actually demonstrated that either they're unwilling to do that, or, more likely, haven't the intellectual capacity to. And if Remain had won, exactly how much worse would people's lives have been? Can anyone honestly say that remaining in the EU would've had the same negative impact as a badly-managed or No Deal Brexit would have had? That should be a point of satisfaction, but it won't be because so many people will be hurt by it. Also, I find it odd that your cynicism about people's responses doesn't extend to how people will respond to a post-Brexit government's inevitable fuck-ups. Do you honestly believe, in light of everything you've seen so far, that people in this country will accept any responsibility for any shitshambles that will occur, or hold to account the officials who let it happen? Because I don't. I think Teflon cunts like Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg were born into a society built for them, and that society will continue to fail to bring them to account for any and all of their shithousery. It's not quite the same thing, but I posted earlier that I think a lot of this has become personal, partly because of how long the suffering from economic downturn has gone on. People no longer care about the reasons, they just want someone to blame, and people like Farage have been very good at channelling that resentment and aiming it at people who don't deserve it.
  11. Carbomb

    Brexit

    Thanks for that. Thing is, though, things like devolution were planned for, and there wasn't necessarily a downside so significant that Welsh voters might not accept either result through worry about severe damage to their lives, no? Happy to be corrected if wrong, but it doesn't seem like there were many pitfalls for Welsh people having their own government. With Brexit, plenty of people have actually stated that their lives will be negatively impacted, whether it be personal or business. Remaining is a known quantity, Leaving isn't - it's therefore on the Leave side to persuade people that what they were worried about can be addressed and dealt with, and not to constantly yell "YOU LOST, DEAL WITH IT". Basically, the Leave position appears to be "well, we won, so fuck everyone else, right?" I've said this before, but people kept banging on about Labour's "magic money tree" for all their policies; it seems nobody is willing to go as relentlessly after the Leave side's "Believe In Britain" bullshit - the "magic patriotism tree", so to speak. We could leave the EU safely as the world's 5th biggest economy, but it requires time, patience, intelligence, and planning. The government and the Leave campaign's major figures have shown absolutely fuck-all of that. The right-wing side of Leave have behaved like fucking children with their "WE WANT BREXIT RIGHT NOW", and it's gone and provoked similar reactions in the Remain side as a result. Of course, the crying shame of all this absolute clusterfuck is that, whether we do end up Leaving or Remaining, none of the grievances aired will be addressed, because very few of them were actually caused by the EU. It has plenty of shit in its locker that needs addressing, but none of this will do any of that.
  12. Carbomb

    Brexit

    "PROJECT FEAR! BELIEVE IN OUR ABILITY TO MAKE UMBRELLAS"
  13. Carbomb

    Brexit

    True. Either way, it does show how much the quality of political debate has lowered, if it ever was high in the first place. Both sides have been arguing in very bad faith, IMO, although I think the right-wing side of Leave more so than any of the Remain side, and because of how long it's gone on and how personal it's got, people of both stripes are now even more entrenched and tribal, wanting more to be right than what's good for people. Yeh, but Blair had a habit of not listening to any dissenting voices, and now look what's happened. That said, not knowing enough about grassroots Welsh politics, I would be interested to know how the winning side would have dealt with the concerns of those who didn't want devolution.
  14. Interesting. Sort of halfway between a Rumble and a Battle Royal. A Battle Rumble?
  15. If they were going to get Punk in, they should've had a Rumblus instead of a Battle Royal, and go for a Cena-type moment. That'd be the optimum pop. Poptimum.
  16. Carbomb

    Brexit

    Normally, I'd say that might be the case, but given how many people have turned out to be Brexiters, particularly MPs and other political figures, I'm more convinced now we'd get a lot of pressure to campaign for EU reform. Going from how the Brexiters have behaved post-referendum, I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have been the last we'd hear about it. Although they'd probably be going on about how the ref was fixed.
  17. Carbomb

    Brexit

    A big part of why this has all gone tits-up is because they've allowed people who shouldn't have much power to dictate the narrative. The Brexiters have gone on about how this was "the biggest exercise in democracy in British history" because of the turn-out, but others have failed to challenge them with the simple fact that a win of 52% to 48% is not a huge political mandate. They should've been challenged on their attempts to, as I mentioned before, make it into a zero-sum win, and get everything their way via a narrow margin. There are a lot of people that Brexit screws over, and what the Leave side should've done from the outset was attempt to work with Remain voices to come up with solutions that might mitigate or even negate the impact of Brexit on those people. That would've shown they actually care about what happens to people in this country, rather than getting their agenda through to satisfy their basest political and social impulses.
  18. Carbomb

    Brexit

    Given how this mess has played out, they should've held another non-binding referendum to ask what sort of Brexit people would want if it did go ahead, options only "Deal or No Deal". That would shut up the hard Leavers all trying to play this as a zero-sum game and claim all of it for their side.
  19. Welcome To The Machine - Pink Floyd
  20. Even knowing what had already happened, reading this I felt awful right at my very core. Makes me so angry and sad.
  21. Satin Jackets ft. Eric Cozier - Hollywood
  22. When it comes to the shit going on in the Caucasus, best to leave well alone. Even more than the Middle East. That way madness lies.
  23. Yup. There's some complete tosser up in Scotland (goes by the handle of "Chat Chatterson") who runs a blog called "Belly To Belly" or something shit, was basically making out that Massaro "never wanted this narrative, she said that lawyers pushed her to lie, and she apologised for the court case". I didn't bother engaging with him, because last I checked he got a couple of likes and that was it - thankfully he's been largely ignored like the rape-apologist nobody he comes across as.
  24. Carbomb

    Brexit

    Something that occurred to me is that it's possible this situation is much like any other adverse scenario when it comes to people, like war for example, in that the longer it's been allowed to go on, the less it becomes about the original reasons that it arose in the first place, eventually becoming personal. The suffering and general "feelbad factor" that has come about from the economic crash in 2008 (over eleven fucking years ago) has gone on for so long that, given an opportunity to have a direct hand in things rather than leave it up to the people who landed us in this shit in the first place, they're now taking that opportunity to enact their anger and resentment, instead of actually dealing with the problems and the causes of those problems, because at this point they just don't care any more. They just want someone to blame and castigate, and sly operators like Farage know how to channel and direct that energy at the targets they want to aim it at.
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