If anyone in the US is curious about what May is doing with Brexit, #newsnight’s Political Editor quoted a cabinet minister on the BBC, saying: “Fuck knows. I’m past caring. It’s like the living dead in here.”— Julia Macfarlane (@juliamacfarlane) March 29, 2019
SO. Instead of dwelling on that, I bring you one of the single most delightful things in existence. The sort of thing you don't know you need until you come across it - the Fifth Doctor & companions to Last Friday Night. Enjoy:
Yesterday: The Guardian: Put it to the People march: a formidable sea of humanity and powerful strength of feeling
They came to London from across Britain and Europe, filled with enthusiasm for the new three Rs: revoke, remain, reform
Last week: Christchurch shootings: The people killed as they prayed
In order to remember the victims, not the killer.
(Not to mention all the other news from around the world. *hands*)
On the other hand, The Umbrella Academy is a thing that exists in the world, so not everything is bad. I am watching it for the second time, remembering what it's like to fall in love with a show and a [weird and wonderful] world and a whole bunch of characters. And what characters!! I can't even. There are SO MANY, and I love them all. (Even the stupid/annoying ones.) Although Five and Klaus were basically custom-made to hit alllll my buttons. Like ticking off everything on a list of 'Stuff that elisi loves'. That hasn't happened in a long, long time.
There are many excellent shows out there, but there are very, very few that hit me in that way, so this was a most wonderful surprise. ♥
ETA: There will likely be spoilers in the comments...
ETA2: THE MUSIC! I can't believe I forgot to mention the music. The music (and how it's used) is just incredible!
Brexit: Theresa May's deal is voted down in historic Commons defeat
(Not that I expected this to pass, but ye gods, the incompetence of... everything.)
ETA: Nice summary:
Whatever the results, there are now three options - leave the E.U. with no deal (most of parliament doesn’t support this), remain in the E.U. as is (most of parliament doesn’t support this without a mandate from the country), renegotiate a deal (no one believes it’s possible) /8— Tom Coates (@tomcoates) January 15, 2019
classics_lover - you totally called it.
From the article: This was obviously just a bit of fun, but there was something weirdly dystopian about this segment. Almost as if we had already plunged out of the EU years ago and have been reduced to nostalgia acts who masquerade as political experts in an attempt to make the nation feel better about their impending doom.
The 15-Year-Old Labour Activist Right-Wing Twitter Don't Believe Is Real
America: 2018 National Prisoner Strike and Organizing Support
Statement regarding the ongoing Nationwide Prison Strike
Issued August 28, 2018 (week two of the strike) by the Prison Strike Media Team
The John McCain Phenomenon
The political establishment needed a war-hero fetish object—and so it invented one
(Long, but interesting & even-handed)
Forget Louis C.K., Watch These Padma Lakshmi–Approved Comedians Instead
Father James Martin: Tracing the causes of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church
But he has moved away from just making fun of people. (And to be honest, Borat must have been ten years ago, have no idea what he's been doing in the mean time...) But NOW? Now, he's gone after American politics. Please watch the clip below, where Republicans Endorse Arming Preschoolers. Yes really. YES REALLY.
For this new show (Who Is America) he has also interviewed Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney, that pedophile (I can't remember his name, and can't be bothered to look it up).
America, you're welcome. :)
Omg. He also interviewed Bernie Sanders! Poor Bernie, the look he shoots the camera when his 'interviewer' starts sprouting complete nonsense is amazing.
(If you’re European, in a couple of weeks you will be denied any and all access to fandom contents on Tumblr and everywhere else on the internet. Here’s why.
From this Tumblr post <- obviously the internet won't DISAPPEAR. However, it could be the very slow start...)
Why You Need to act NOW! To save the internet.
I hate 2018. There's never a 'Surely it's not that bad' option. :( I mean, maybe everything will be fine, but WHAT IF?
(As an EU citizen living in the UK, my rights are already questionable.)
ETA: Bless the OTW (with thanks to my flist): EU Copyright Developments and Fans
And they say basically the same as the links above: Contact your MEP! Make your voice heard!
Lots of gorgeous pictures. And v. helpful for anyone wanting to do banner or anything else with the characters having aged. :)
Vox: 70 days in, Donald Trump’s presidency is flailing
Trump’s campaign rewarded him for breaking the rules. His presidency has punished him for it.
And although it looks like an Onion headline, it's 2017 and the link goes to The Independent...
In far happier news (I'm pointedly ignoring British politics) here is the new Doctor Who trailer:
ETA: Lovely post here with MORE: 10 Beautiful Moments at the Oscars That Were Basically “Fuck Yous” to Donald Trump
Also, this website, via 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... )
Not surprising with stories like these:
British Muslim teacher denied entry to US on school trip
Calgary seniors shocked at being fingerprinted, photographed by U.S. border officials
I Was a Muslim in Trump's White House
When President Obama left, I stayed on at the National Security Council in order to serve my country. I lasted eight days.