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The BBC using tax payers money to put a none study by a reviled hate group on a pedestal to continue peddling their anti-trans nonsense. God I hate this wretched country.

Excellent rebuttal addressing in detail the utter nonsense in that article can be found here.

Of course, none of the people who actually need to read it, will.

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Off Topic / Re: Thought Police: Are we allowed to query 'woke'?
« on: 26 October, 2021, 07:59:22 PM »
How big an issue this is is certainly questionable and it does appear as a peculiar one.  If anything though it highlights the core problem right now as I see it; there is a zero-sum game going on in which the needs / rights of every group is seen as infringing rather than recognising that a way of accepting / respecting them needs to be found.

This is the crux of it, sadly.

Trans Person: [makes perfectly reasonable request about basic rights]

Other Person: Yeah, but… [insert vanishingly rare and/or ludicrously unlikely scenario] therefore trans rights are a terrible idea!

It shouldn't be beyond the collective wit of a political/legal system to formulate equitable rights for all members of society and then deal with the edge cases rather than say: "Look! Edge cases! We must therefore do nothing to give this group the sort of rights basic decency demands!"

I think it's also important to remember that the entire 'gender critical' assault on trans people right now is a construction of the American Christian right. They feel they've 'lost' the battle on gay rights, so they decided to peel off trans rights as a wedge issue that they might have a better chance of winning. Make no mistake — they win on this one, they're coming after gay rights immediately after that, and womens' rights after that.

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 26 October, 2021, 06:29:38 AM »
I thought that you'd shun the publicity and attention Jim. What could I add to torrent of historical documents and reflections  on the moment you joined Tharg's army of Droids. I still remember the roar of the crowd at the ticker tape parade and how embarrasssed you looked!

YOU ARE FORGIVEN. :-)

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 25 October, 2021, 10:58:58 PM »
I note that you have failed to mention the most significant occurrence in the prog's history, which occurred during the period you've covered in your last couple of posts.

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Off Topic / Re: Real life accidents on film/tv sets
« on: 22 October, 2021, 12:55:43 PM »
Doesn't need to fire bullets, it's often blanks that kill people

Isn't a blank more or less the propellant part of a round without the actual bullet bit? If there's anything in the barrel when the blank fires, it'll get shot out much the same as a bullet. As was the case, tragically, with Brandon Lee.

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General / Re: Promises, Promises...
« on: 21 October, 2021, 11:58:21 AM »
the last that we've seen to date of Fr1day and Venus Bluegenes.

They leaked back out as Hawking radiation.

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Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 20 October, 2021, 06:50:01 PM »
I had a friend who had a Viking funeral.  His ashes were put in a ship on Tate Hill Sands, Whitby (site of many a beach party) and three women fired burning arrows at the ship until it caught fire.

One of my earliest 'online' friends (from the heady days of Usenet, no less) did something similar.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 20 October, 2021, 08:49:01 AM »
What’s curious is this doesn’t typically extend to long-form investigative reporting. While imperfect, shows like Panrorama are still doing good work.

*coughcoughcough*antisemitism hit piece*coughcough*

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 19 October, 2021, 11:15:26 PM »
I do however think that it is a little unfair to single out the BBC when the ownership of the rest of the British media leaves us with serious questions about the impartiality of the information we are presented with.

Not really. I'm an instinctive supporter of the BBC, since I'm generally in favour of the idea of a public service broadcaster as a principle, but they have form for this going back to the 80s. The rushes of the disorder at Orgreave, for example, clearly showed that the BBC cut the disorder from the miners to appear before the police mounted a cavalry charge against them, when the exact opposite was what actually happened.

Fast forward to stuff like David Kelley, and we see an organisation cowed by nothing less than government intimidation, followed by the 2010s where we see the still-ongoing revolving door between the Tory establishment and senior positions in their news organisation and we have a systemic problem that renders the BBC news entirely untrustworthy.

Right now, we have flagship BBC news programmes talking about how we deal with issues in the "post-pandemic era" when we're right in the middle of a fucking pandemic with the worst case rates in Europe. They're literally capitulating to the government's desire to define the news agenda and failing in their most basic responsibilities as a public service broadcaster.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 19 October, 2021, 11:30:05 AM »
The BBC’s main issue is one of resource.

…And the revolving door between Conservative Central Office and senior positions in their news organisation, I'd suggest.

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General / Re: Art Star Comp Winner - Angel Gang
« on: 18 October, 2021, 01:54:27 PM »
Gorgeous.  Is it just me or are there shades of Hicklenton in Bates' submission?

Definitely, with a smidge of Carl Critchlow's painted work into the bargain, I think…

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 18 October, 2021, 08:11:54 AM »
Hellraiser 2 is a fantastic film, a direct sequel written by Barker.

Notwithstanding the bizarre shift where they try to pretend that the first film had been set in the US all along, despite the whole film being unmistakably set in England.

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Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 17 October, 2021, 09:27:12 PM »
I'm still conflicted about deciding to give up on a career that I've spent nearly 20 years on but if it is going to kill me then f*** it.

My dad quit a teaching career that he unreservedly loved for the same reasons. It bought him maybe an extra fifteen years of life.

Don't feel bad about making the best decision for you. We're encouraged to define our lives in terms of our profession, but that's bollocks. Don't feel bad about your choice — if it's killing you, then you've absolutely made the right decision.

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Off Topic / Re: Real life accidents on film/tv sets
« on: 15 October, 2021, 11:32:57 PM »
DiCaprio on the set of Django, cut his hand and it ended up in the film.

Mark Hamill was mauled by a Wampa and then had to fake a car accident to explain the facial injuries. TRUE STORY.

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Off Topic / Re: Real life accidents on film/tv sets
« on: 15 October, 2021, 08:23:49 PM »
I'm not familiar with anything else happening on LOTR other than Sean Bean has a fear of flying and would have to hike in his costume to the shooting locations.

Well, there's Viggo Mortensen breaking his toe, and Sean Astin cutting his foot on some glass at the bottom of a lake, but they hardly seem in the same league as dropping a helicopter on three people.

(I don't think Sean Bean has a general fear of flying, so much as not wanting to get in the helicopter that flew the cast halfway up a NZ mountain to shoot the Caradhras "Such a little thing…" scene!)

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