March 16th, 1968

This is the real face of war. This is what every pro-war person thinks is justified; this is what every pro-war politician, be it George W. Bush or Barack Obama, is responsible for. This is what is happening right now in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Pakistan; what has happened in …

Are you talking about me, human?

Little Tiger, burning bright With a subtle Blakeish light, Tell what visions have their home In those eyes of flame and chrome! Children vex thee – thoughtless, gay – Holding when thou wouldst away: What dark lore is that which thou, Spitting, mixest with thy meow? – H.P. Lovecraft This …

The Religion of Capitalism

Certain types of people – often, but far from always, libertarians – like to refer to socialism as a religion. Some academics are also into this, referring to it as having a “teleological conception of history.” This kind of thinking is right up there with “socialism is a nice idea, …

Zero Punctuation

Most of you probably know Zero Punctuation. It’s rude, it’s funny, and in many cases it’s true. It just occured to me that despite its widespread popularity, some of you may not be aware of ZP. The internet is like that – it’s surprisingly easy for hugely popular things to …

Revolution & Evolution

More or less exactly 200 years ago, two truly great men were born: Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. In the modern world, as then, their achievements are attacked every day; but the truth remains the truth, no matter how loudly their enemies howl. This article at the World Socialist Web …

Happy Birthday, Eddie!

Today is Eddie Izzard‘s birthday. And since Eddie Izzard is probably the funniest man alive, here’s a clip from Definite Article, my favourite show of his. I tend to quote this rather a lot. And I will stop posting YouTube videos now. Maybe.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss…

From: Obama’s program of war Gates told the senators: “There is little doubt that our greatest military challenge right now is Afghanistan. As you know, the United States has focused more on Central Asia in recent months. President Obama has made it clear that the Afghanistan theatre should be our …

Change? Sorry, we’re all out.

It’s depressing to see so many people going wild over Obama. It’s nice, of course, to see that what people are expecting of him is all very progressive and left-wing (he was voted as the anti-war, anti-everything-Bush-stands-for candidate, after all, and mostly that’s left-wing sentiment, even if people don’t want …

from Israel

14 Jan. ’09: Israeli Human Rights groups: Clear and present danger to the lives and well-being of tens of thousands of civilians The level of harm to the civilian population is unprecedented. According to the testimony of residents of the Gaza Strip and media reports, military forces are making wanton …

Choices

A couple of weeks ago a review of Desert Bridge apepared at the an occasional player’s review blog. It’s mostly very positive, but there are a couple of criticisms that are addressed directly at me, so I thought I’d respond. A couple of things I’d like to bring to Jonas’s …