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"And the spoils go to those with fewest fucks to give".

Posted July 22 into Politics by John Birmingham

This piece explainging "how trolls took the wheel of the clown car of modern politics", and which I found via Mike Carlton is a brilliant distraction as civilisation burns down around our heads.

So here we are at the Convention, where howling psychopath Donald Trump has just been confirmed as the presidential nominee, to the horror of half of the party and every remaining moderate conservative in America as well as the 15,000 members of the international press who flocked to see the circus in realtime. Milo is loving every second of it. He lost no time climbing on the back of the clown car of the billionaire demagogue who, with ghoulishly oedipal glee, he calls ‘Daddy.’

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36 Responses to ‘"And the spoils go to those with fewest fucks to give".’

JBtoo puts forth...

Posted July 22
Sharp, succinct, scary.

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dweeze mutters...

Posted July 22
Scary indeed. Nicely written - terms like "unscrupulous whorebaggery" make me chuckle a lot...and then cry becuase they are so accurate.

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Surtac puts forth...

Posted July 22
A wonderful piece.

I first became aware of Laurie Penny via a guest post on (of course) Warren Ellis' blog around about the time of the 2011 London Riots and have followed her writings asiduously since. She's always worth reading.

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DarrenBloomfield swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 22
"There is a dustbin fire behind the blank eyes of his human suit"

Best description of this Arseclown I've ever read.

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Rhino has opinions thus...

Posted July 22
And now for something completely different ... We'll send a conservative to the DNC and have them pontificate about the evil there.

w from brisbane swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 22
I think Fox News will be doing that and they will be sending more than one.

Christopher Biggs has opinions thus...

Posted July 31
To be fair, Laurie's next 2 articles about the Democtraic convention are far from complimentary. They're worth reading. You can't dismiss this as "well a leftie WOULD say that"

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NeoMorph mutters...

Posted July 22
John Birmingham is just hoping that Hilary wins the Presidency so that his Axis of Time series will go from Science Fiction to Science Fact(ish).

I wonder how long it will take for them to name a ship the USS Hillary Clinton?

insomniac asserts...

Posted July 22
Well according to JB, not long at all.

Murphy_of_Missouri ducks in to say...

Posted July 22
Remember. In that universe the third term president of the U.S. is dead by 2021.

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Dave W reckons...

Posted July 22
It seems that Hunter has a worthy successor.

Rhino swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 23
She couldn't carry Hunter's drool bucket. A throwback reference to him and calling people names ... meh.

Yeah, it was pretty prose. Pretty, but empty. More like a college kid trying to emulate the Master by dropping some acid and hitting the keyboard. Hunter dragged this kind of thing, kicking and screaming, out of the shadows. The masses didn't know that it existed. Today, our self-styled princes and princesses abase themselves on the altar of YouTube, leaked sex tapes, Twitter, ad nauseum, They revel in the shocking of the masses and the masses eat it up with a spoon and ask for seconds.

This isn't the pure, undiluted power grubbing of Johnson or Nixon ... nope. This is evil and power grubbing as slapstick. Both sides.

damian ducks in to say...

Posted July 23
Only because HST would have had nothing to do with guys like Milo or Roosh - he'd have talked openly about pulling their livers out through their mouths, but he wouldn't have dealt with them personally.

damian is gonna tell you...

Posted July 23
Of course when I say "deal with", I'm talking about personal interaction and not taking suitable measures in the execution of robust policy settings. Roosh in particular, he may have lured to Aspen and buried under rocks somewhere up above the snow line.

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DarrenBloomfield ducks in to say...

Posted July 22
Its you vs the creators of the Simpsons on this isn't it?

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Lulu puts forth...

Posted July 22
Trump: "We are going to build a border wall to stop immigrants"
Trudeau: "So are we"

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NBlob reckons...

Posted July 22
Nice.

USA seems to have a system that selects for sociopathy. I accept that wasn't the intent. I wonder what was the intent? What is it that this process is designed to achieve? Commonality of porpoise, uniting behind the anointed, spur donors?

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DaveC swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 22
Donald Trump and Boris Johnson.... do not have personalities, they have haircuts. Ugly ones. And we have fallen through the looking glass in which they see themselves reflected as small gods.

Brilliant. And so very, very scary.

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ShaneAlpha puts forth...

Posted July 22
Haven't the Mexicans figured out the a wall will not only keep them out but will also keep the Americans in...with Donald Trump...Forever!

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Barnesm puts forth...

Posted July 22
That piece reminded me - must read more Laurie Penny

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Murphy_of_Missouri mumbles...

Posted July 22
We can only hope that one of the Vice-Presidents is worth a shit and that the primary candidate's term of office is very brief.

For the security agencies reading this post and wondering, I might direct you to this historical example.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zachary_Taylor#Death

DarrenBloomfield mumbles...

Posted July 25
I'm with you Murph.

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Brown Couch swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 23
If you ignore it, it will go away.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon reckons...

Posted July 25
“If he can only perform good or only perform evil, then he is a clockwork orange—meaning that he has the appearance of an organism lovely with colour and juice but is in fact only a clockwork toy to be wound up by God or the Devil.” And if we are talking trump, orange is an understatement! I can just see him or Milo calling his mates droogs as they go out for a bit of the old ultraviolence :)

Gives me the shivers that piece. But the USofA will do what the rest of the western world has done. Divide itself right down the middle with the right coming out with a slim majority. Broken model . . . or is that a working model? I can never decide. Either way it is the decimation of the middle that has landed us here.

Timmo would have you know...

Posted July 28
I think you've hit on the perfect analogy with A Clockwork Orange. That's the exact same sense I get from this story - a scenario in which the banality of mindless violence (if only metaphorical in this sense), becomes super-scary due to the complete disconnectedness of the perpetrators.
When politics becomes frenzy, with bile and hatred whipped up just to drive the ego of some bit-part players who see it all as a game, I get quite disturbed. And maybe it's not just the bit part players who see it as a game - I'm yet to be convinced that The Orange One is playing for anything more than to soothe his fevered ego.
One positive though is the article does make me stop and think about how I play the twitter/internet game - pure reaction and unrequited opinions help no-one and perhaps contribute negatively to social discourse.

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GhostSwirv mumbles...

Posted July 25
My wife, who I will kindly designate as GODDESS EARTH-MOTHER, for the purposes of CheeseBurgerynessness, (she's too feisty to be Mrs Ghosty) and I are off to the USA later this fiscal year.


We will be Halloweening in NYC before heading ways south onto DC during ELECTION HUNTING SEASON and are both starting to lose our shiny eyeball glintyness of whoa, we're going on a cool holiday to a mood more becoming of what the hell were we thinking and can we still cash in our tickets!


Does anyone have any advice on how to survive the impending opening of the HELLMOUNT that the eastern seaboard of the US seems to be precariously teetering on?


FormerlyKnownAsSimon would have you know...

Posted July 25
Apparently entree isn't entree sized - its much bigger and could feed two. Wholefoods also might be a good idea if you can find them. Stay away from tv and social media and the kerfuffle will seem like it doesn't exist. Pay attention to ground animals - if they are all running in a certain direction follow them at speed. That's all i got.

Therbs would have you know...

Posted July 25
If needs be Canada is to the north. Montreal's a pretty cool place and Toronto has some good pubs. Although it'd be a bit brisk up there early November. Mebbe Mexico, the Baja peninsula.

NBlob swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 25
Americans breakfast & BBQ far better than us. I happily lived on 2 meals a day there. Intercity trains rock, underground metros are excellent, all other public transport should be disregarded. Relative to Au cabs are cheap, 2 arses make them viable for much intercity type movement. Town cars and courtesy coaches are also excellent options. A nice fella at the arrival lounge with a sign saying "Mr Ghost", a van and a winning smile after a 18 hour flight is a beautiful thing. But the cities are massive. NYC and its Burroughs, cling ons, bedroom suburbs etcetera is fully 10 times the size of Melbourne.

NBlob puts forth...

Posted July 25
Tipping: default to anyone who does something for you gets a couple of bucks. Waiter & barman %15. Guy who takes your bags to hotel room $5. It's shit, but it's how their kids eat & they don't know any other way.

NBlob puts forth...

Posted July 25
Americans are generally as generous as Arabs, more courteous than Brits, far more Gullible than Danes and as patriotic as the French -I think with more reason. They love a laugh and will frequently insist on offering you hospitality above & beyond. You can slag off their NFL, Hockey, ball, Basketball or NASCAR team and they'll usually accept it as good natured ribbing. Imply that the USA may be a touch intervention-happy (Chile, Granada, Cuba, Vietnam, Iraq & the Stan oh my.) and you may cross a line. That old thing about "don't talk about money, religion or politics" may be an astute option, at least until you've assured yourself your new friend isn't armed.

Rhino mumbles...

Posted July 26
All of us are armed.

Murphy_of_Missouri would have you know...

Posted July 26
Yeah, being armed has advantages.

Therbs mutters...

Posted July 26
Its great how you can go into a bar in the U.S. ask a couple of dumb questions about the ball game which is being shown and all of a sudden become involved in a beery sports fest. Sometimes you need to repeat yourself given how the Strayan accent can confuse people.

Murphy_of_Missouri mumbles...

Posted July 26
Therbs, any accent in this country confuses people here. Even the American accents have that effect.

GhostSwirv is gonna tell you...

Posted July 26

Golly gee, shucks you guys - thanks a bunch. This is way more useful intel than I anticipated. Suddenly feeling much more prepared, although there was that little reference by RHINO and MURPH to the extra arms thingy ... given that Little 'Man o' Steal' Johnny Howard was George WubbleU's Deputy Dawg do we have to lock n' load and open carry - or can we just strangers in a strange land?

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