Fight The Power

I just sent this to a mate:

I just watched a not-great action film starring Michael B. Jordan. It's called Without Remorse and it's a miitary US action film, very loosely (ie nothing to do with it) based on a Tom Clancy thriller.
Well, I went to IMDB and the scores looked a bit low. I was gonna give it a 6/10 - it was alirght, bit braindead but it's an action film sooo ¯\_(?)_/¯
But then I read the reviews and guess what - they were all complaining about 'blackwashing' of action films and how dare they have a FEMALE SEAL member (who's also black, btw and amazing).
Yup, it was all racists and sexists giving the film 1/10, that's why the score was so low.
SOOO I gave it 10/10 to drive the average up and wrote a review setting out how it actually is as a film, not eh mewlings of some enraged gammon flipping his wig cos BLACK PEOPLE ARE IN A FILM! ARGHHH!!!
seriously, look at these fuckers:

Here’s an example of the idiotic Tory raving on IMDB:

The picture has reviews criticising the film for having female and black actors in it

Pure racism, pure sexism, pure flagshaggin, Brexiteer, Trumpet bullshit. These are the idiots who complain about black people in fantasy films or books – dragons, no problem. BLACK PEOPLE – HOW DARE THEYYY?

Similarly, military action-type films like this are always full of gaffes and goofs. They are not documentaries, they are pure popcorn. Everything is fake from the sounds of the guns to the never-emptying magazines. And yet… Without Remorse comes in for a kicking for “accuracy.” Yeah, sure, like “ethics in games journalism.” Where were all those fuckheads when CDPR blatantly bribed their way into huge hype for Cyberpunk 2077 before delivering a less-than-half-baked lumpy potato of a game? About as visible as Pro-Lifers on antiwar marches.

So, this is the review I left:

Not brilliant but a good romp, a decent teatime film
3 May 2021
Ignore all the Tories/Trumpets who are sooo triggered at the idea of a female SEAL or the surprise that MBJ is black, this is an *okay* action adventure film. Is it brilliant? No. Is it dumb in places - very. But then, have you seen First Blood? Inaccuracies and goofs galore, that's what the genre is like so why single out this film, hmmm? Ulterior motives...

It's no Predator or Hard Boiled but it's definitely worth more than the politically-motivated voting on here would suggest. There are plenty of tense fight scenes and Jamie Bell in particular puts in a great performance, making you actually loathe his character.

I was gonna give the film a 6/10 but I thought I should at least try to even out all the bile from Tory scum so I gave it a 10 instead. 🙂

Fuck racists, fuck sexists, fuck Tories.

Five Years

I can’t believe it’s five years today since my Daddy died. The time seems both too long and too short. I feel like too much time has passed and his presence is fading from this world, which feels horribly unfair.

I also feel it’s too little time and I still feel raw in my loss. It’s all too soon, too recent and I will get over it better and deal with my grief but what do you expect after a couple of months? Five years?

I miss him every day. I think about him every day. I have so much I want to tell him and show him, so many interesting geeky facts and ridiculous gadgets and silly stories and terrible jokes. There’s no-one else in my life I can share all that with, now.

If I could, I’d make a documentary about his extraordinary life. When I think of all he’d done by the time he was forty, it makes me wish I had his drive and ability. I certainly have some of his anger at injustice and I’m very glad of that. His values were deeply, passionately socialist, unlike most of his peers who were your classic Tory doctors. How anyone can work in the NHS and yet also support the party most seeking to destroy it was a puzzle for us both.

I don’t know what to do tonight. I feel unsettled. I used to love watching films with him, whether at home or in the cinema. I remember watching loads of Spaghetti Westerns with him when I was a little kid, he definitely helped foster that lifetime love.

I want to hug him and squeeze him till he grumbles for me to let go. And then not let go.

Kill The Bill

study by the Human Rights Watch variously accused 83 governments of having “physically assaulted journalists, bloggers, and protesters… arbitrarily banned or broken up protests… enacted vague laws and measures that criminalize spreading alleged misinformation or other coverage of COVID-19… [and used] counterterrorism and other measures pre-dating the pandemic, to arbitrarily arrest, detain, and prosecute critics.”

In short, the virus provides a convenient excuse to silence, disperse and disempower the masses in struggle.

(Source: Socialist Appeal)

What irks me about conspiracy theorists is that they’ll invent stuff about vaccinations and Bill Gates blah blah at the same time as our right to protest IS being attacked under the pretext of pandemic safety. It’s not hidden, there’s no secrecy – it’s completely visible.

‘Unlawful assembly’ – a repressive and terrible edict in HK, totally fine here.

Check Out These Science Fiction Authors

So, I did a list for a mate of SF authors I think everyone should read. I tried to stay away from the obvious greats (like Iain M. Banks) and very huge names but a few slipped through, of course.
Please take the time to check out these authors if you love science fiction:


Justina Robson

Greg Egan

Ann Leckie

James S.A. Corey

Cixin Liu

Arkady Martine

Tony Ballantyne

Kage Baker

Nancy Kress

Alastair Reynolds

Martha Wells

Ramez Naam

Gareth Powell

Rudy Rucker

Megan O’Keefe

John Scalzi

Mike Cobley

Elizabeth Moon

Neal Asher

Adam Roberts

Becky Chambers

Annalee Newitz

Alex Lamb

Carolyn Ives Gilman

Dave Hutchinson

Philip Palmer

Tricia Sullivan

Get Out There!

doing leftism exclusively on the internet gives you brainworms. like yeah read theory, talk to people on social media, but at some point you have to go outside. please. the things you say and believe about politics have repercussions in the real world and you have to live in that world to understand what those repercussions could be. find out who’s doing mutual aid in your community. join the iww or food not bombs or a community garden or a street medic collective or a prison letter writing campaign or something helpful that forces you to talk with real human beings directly about and in the context of their actual lives – source: crowleyraejepsen

A million, billion times THIS.

I’ve been actively involved in politics, in demonstrating and protesting for the last 30+ years. Yes, reading is important, theory is important. But don’t get lost in the petty internecine feuding of armchair socialists.

Get out there! Meet people, organise buses to demos, support local BLM groups.

And if you can’t do that because of social anxiety issues, do online stuff that you feel comfortable with, organise that way.

But arguing on the internet… it’s just pissing in the wind.

The Genius Of Turing

(In response to a thread on Tumblr)

The appalling homophobic hatecrime that was carried out by the British government against Turing must never be forgotten. 

If you really want to delve into Turing’s life and also realise the horrendous extent of the straightwashing surrounding his history / erasure from history, please, please read this book: 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/150731.Alan_Turing

I can honestly say that this book changed my life and the way I think about both maths and physics. If you’re a science wannabe like me, this book is gentle enough that you can grasp the big concepts. But if you’re a bit more hardcore, you’ll be glad it doesn’t baby the more difficult ideas. 

However, the reason I most love this book is that it’s also a book full of love. Love for Turing, love for the beauty of nature but also love of love itself. Inevitably, it is tragic in parts but overall, it’s a celebration of the life of a brilliant gay man who helped defeat world fascism and whose ideas define huge parts of the world we live in now. 

1 In Every 625 Americans Has Died Of Covid

I thought, ‘naahh, surely not?’ Soo… off to google and as of 15/3/2021:

So, 534 thousand dead. 

Then: 

US population 382.2 million. (THIS IS WHERE I WENT WRONG, EVERYONE, I SWAPPED 328 for 382!)

So then, what percent deaths in the US population: 

What is that percentage as a fraction? 

So, as of today, one in every 769 Americans has died of Covid. Only slightly off the original, tbf, still grimly horrible

( WARNING – I may be wrong as I have dyscalculia, hence all the googling. Please do check my maths!)

THANKFULLY:

God, what a stupid mistake to make… typical of me and numbers! Thanks to sadabeuk, I can now correct my error and:

One in every 625 Americans has died of Covid.