Thursday, 3 April 2014

Slaughterhouse 5:
Harrison Starr: “Is the novel an anti-war book?”

Vonnegut: “Yes, I guess so.”

Harrison Starr: “You know what I say to people when I hear they’re writing an anti-war book?”

Vonnegut: “No, what do you say Harrison Starr?”

Harrison Starr: “I say 'Why don’t you write an anti-glacier book instead?'"

What he meant, of course, was that there would always be wars, that they were as easy to stop as glaciers. I believe that, too.


Buy-to-let a house 14:
Phil Knight: “Is the novel an anti-Neoliberalism book?”

Vonnegut: “Yes, I guess so.”

Phil Knight: “You know what I say to people when I hear they’re writing an anti-Neoliberalism book?”

Vonnegut: “No, what do you say Phil Knight?”

Phil Knight: “I say 'Why don’t you write an anti-glacier book instead?'"

What he meant, of course, was that there would always be spivs, that they were as easy to stop as glaciers. I believe that, too.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Interesting one this. If the Establishment have cottoned on to the inevitability of permanent economic decline (and in a totally artificial QE, ZIRP and Help-To-Buy economy, how stupid would they have to be not to?) then I expected them to just subtly increase the Demoralise-To-Death policies that they are currently enacting.
On Monday, the House of Lords votes on plans that would give Theresa May the power to strip Britons of their citizenship without due process, even if doing so would leave them stateless – deprived of any nationality or the protections it carries.

It is a power that, before this government came into office, had been relatively narrow in scope and little-used. Even during the second world war, Oxford academic Matthew Gibeny notes, "only four people were stripped of citizenship." Already, he says, "Theresa May has denaturalised more than four times that number".

But now it appears the home secretary wants to go still further. The measures she is pushing would massively expand the number of Britons vulnerable to being stripped of their citizenship to an estimated three or four million people. This is the approximate number of people who hold a British passport but were not born in the UK. If May gets her way she will be able to deprive them of their citizenship, regardless of whether or not they hold any other nationality or have committed any crime.
A smaller economy will need a smaller population. It's not sufficient enough apparently to economically squeeze people into the post-Soviet model of population decline by dissipation. Other measures are necessary.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Good to see the Tories institutionalising their spiv ethic:

Field claims that many jobseekers have been robbed of large sums of money by a sham company that advertised fake jobs and actually conducted bogus interviews inside a jobcentre. He said the victims were informed that their new employer was a nonentity and that they had been ripped off on arrival at what they expected to be their first day of work.

"The heart of the government's welfare reform programme is bedevilled with fraud and, in its current state, it is out of control," he said. "Anyone can place an advertisement on the site in the space of five minutes by ticking a few boxes. Ministers need to get a grip before more people fall victim to fraudsters preying on them with the helping hand of a major government department."

Field has now asked the National Audit Office to investigate the scale of job fraud as a "matter of urgency".
It's spivvery all the way down in The Land Of The Black Range Rover.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014



Latest Strangled here

This is going to be the last free bit, alas. You'll have to buy/rent/steal the book to see what happens to our intrepid unheroes.

Monday, 3 March 2014

How non-Londoners reply to e-mails:
Hello Phil,

Thanks for getting in touch. I've got some of the information you need, which you'll find attached. I'll have a dig around my files over the next couple of weeks, and send the rest of the stuff you need. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if there's something I've missed.

Best Regards,

Dave Johnson.


How Londoners reply to e-mails:
hi phil thanks will contact you tomorrow cheers dj

*doesn't make contact ever again*

Monday, 24 February 2014

Latest Strangled here

Also as the theme is increasingly the synchronous, Greyhoos is back with his own take on canonisation.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

This is the sort of thing that probably only me and Carl remember:



For the record, they pretty much invented the overdriven-to-the-point-of-blurring guitar sound tho'.