22 April 2017 04:12 pm
elisi: (Democracy)
THOR 3: Ragnarok Trailer + a surprise British election =

SNAP ELECTION (facebook video. Worth your time oh yes)

elisi: (Democracy)
Article I have been meaning to share for a while (might have shared it before, but it's worth reading twice). American, but the sentiment is universal:

Stakes is High
Money quote:
That’s what politics is — the way we distribute pain. It’s not a sport or a fraternity or a game. It’s how we determine who gets medication and who dies young, who learns in a class of twenty kids and who learns in a class of thirty, whose school has a counselor that’s trained to look for signs of sexual abuse and who doesn’t.

And, just to add a more local, current spin (i.e. the NHS):

Facebook post re. 'Virgin Care'.
elisi: (Democracy)
From The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:

You mean they actually vote for the lizards? )
elisi: (Democracy)
The Independent: Brexit is not the high point of democracy – it's the greatest fraud ever perpetrated in British politics
An irate local farmer told me he voted to leave as a protest against EU bureaucracy that delayed payments of his subsidies. He thought Defra was an EU department. He didn’t realise it was The Department for Rural Affairs and that the EU had fined our governmental department for its incompetent administration of subsidies
elisi: (Eleven/Amy (foreheads) by meathiel)
I keep feeling like I should write something... more.

But there are no simple platitudes. Yes the London attack was terrible, but UN fears 200 died in coalition airstrike on Mosul, Brexit grinds on, Trump's healthcare reform failed (\o/ for now at least), and Red Nose Day raised £71 million...

And the sun is shining on a beautiful and somewhat crisp spring day.

(Subject line from Kipling's Kim, which is my favourite book of all time)
elisi: (Default)
Bill Gates takes his campaign against “America First” directly to Donald Trump today
Worth reading.

ETA: Make that two:

The FBI probe into Trump and Russia is huge news. Our political system isn’t ready for it.

elisi: (Clara (FACE))
If you (British you) would be so kind as to sign this, I'd be very grateful:

Ask your MP to stand with EU citizens in the UK
Regardless of whether you voted to ‘leave’ or ‘remain’ in the EU referendum, we need to use the next two years to build a society which treats other people with dignity and our environment with respect. That means we shouldn’t be treating the lives of the three million EU citizens in the UK as bargaining chips in the Brexit negotiations.

As one of those three million, I can't help but agree...

ETA: Although there are good news now and again: Brexit: Government suffers second defeat in Lords
elisi: (Democracy)
First of all, the Best Picture Oscar mix up made my day! :D

ETA: Lovely post here with MORE: 10 Beautiful Moments at the Oscars That Were Basically “Fuck Yous” to Donald Trump

Also, this website, via [profile] lynnene:

President Hillary Rodham Clinton
News from the Real America, Where the Majority Rules

It's hilarious, and apparently makes Trump supporters really mad!!

So many links, I'm sure a lot are out of date by now... )
elisi: (Missy)

In case there is any doubt, everyone in the UK loathes Piers Morgan. Jeremy Clarkson once said that he thought they should put Piers Morgan on the 4th plinth on Trafalgar Square, as he is clearly impervious to any attacks, and it'd be nice to let pigeons shit on him daily... Oh and J.K. Rowling of course is spot-on as always:

elisi: (Democracy)
And there was much rejoicing. \o/

It's a weekly column rather than a constantly updating blog-thing, encompassing most of the internet, but goodness, I've missed him. First article here:

The Madness of King Donald

Andrew Sullivan is one of my favourite writers, partly because I don't always agree with him. But he is always questioning, and searching and asking questions, and he has a very unique perspective.
elisi: (Chess)
I'm not sure what. So here's a random selection.

Alec Baldwin Just Destroyed Trump & Bannon On SNL
This made me laugh so much that my 15 year old came to ask what the matter was. (Yes you have probably all already seen it.)

And here is a video that... well, was rather prescient:

Donald Trump's Fascist Week: The Daily Show

Via Tumblr:

Before Dr. Seuss did children’s books, he did anti-fascist political cartoons. Remember Trump’s slogan is America First.


People have also been posting festivids links, and oh, there is one for Attack the Block. Perfect, perfect, perfect song:

'When they come to destroy the Earth, they'll have to go through you first.'

Plus, speaking of movies:

Vox: Some say Hollywood is out of touch with America. 2017's Best Picture nominees say otherwise.
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This genuinely made me happy. Particularly the end with Hasan Minhaj. Good things have come out of this terrible mess.
elisi: (Women's March)
SLATE: The Lawyers Showed Up
And because we still live in a country where the law matters, they won.
(Not completely, of course, but they're fighting back.)

VOX: Thousands of people are protesting Trump’s immigration order at airports across America


And here is the Pope, speaking in October:

Pope Francis: You can’t defend Christianity by being ‘against refugees and other religions’

I also found it especially apt that today's gospel was the Beatitudes. (Full readings here)

I want to quote everything, so go read...

OK, just the psalm:

The LORD keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free.

The LORD gives sight to the blind;
the LORD raises up those who were bowed down.
The LORD loves the just;
the LORD protects strangers.

The fatherless and the widow the LORD sustains,
but the way of the wicked he thwarts.
The LORD shall reign forever;
your God, O Zion, through all generations. Alleluia.

Ps 146, 6-10
elisi: (Tea)

Although if you want to do something - other than attend a women's march - you could always donate to Mandy's Go Fund Me as she still needs all the help she can.
elisi: (Grandma Clinton)

Warren embraces her role as a top Democratic foil to Trump

The “Women’s March on Washington,” explained
It was organized to put the Trump administration on notice about women’s rights — and it could draw more attendees than the inauguration itself.


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