"It’s been a nightmare and I haven’t slept in 34 hours, now. 4chan users are harassing me with non-stop phone calls and emails. They email me constantly, emailing saying they’ll hack my personal websites and keep calling my phone, calling me a fag and then hanging up. They also said they’ll hack my mum’s site, so I took it down," he told BuzzFeed.
Orwell – it’s said by [his] disciples – established once and for all in this essay that anything worth saying in English can be set down with perfect clarity such that it’s comprehensible to all averagely intelligent English readers," says Self. "The only problem with this is that it’s not true – and furthermore, Orwell was plain wrong.
I can’t read Orwell all the damned time.
If you are not prepared to take life, you must often be prepared for lives to be lost in some other way. When, in 1942, he urged non-violent resistance against a Japanese invasion, he was ready to admit that it might cost several million deaths.
This was the case on 3 March 1943, after British media reported a heavy RAF raid on Berlin on the night of 1 March. The air-raid Civil Defence siren sounded at 8:17 pm, triggering a heavy but orderly flow of people down the blacked-out staircase from the street. A middle-aged woman and a child fell over, three steps up from the base and others fell around her, tangled in an immovable mass which grew, as they struggled, to nearly 300 people. Some managed to get free but 173, most of them women and children, were crushed and asphyxiated.
Can you imagine that? 173 people died as the result of a fall on a staircase down to a bomb shelter in the Tube system.
[Judge Dredd] is an aggressive satire of what would become known as the broken windows theory of policing, in which focusing on small crimes against the social order—vandalism being the textbook example—was believed to reduce crime in general. In practice, of course, broken window policing became an excuse for police forces to focus on petty crime committed by poorer people, and was little more than an excuse for neoliberal crypto-fascists like Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher to arrest more racial minorities. Dredd predates both Thatcher’s Britain, which came to power in 1979, and the broken windows theory, first codified in 1982, but this only added to its power. It meant that when Thatcherism rose to power the artistic resistance to it was already worked out and ready.
Speaking at a dinner in Parliament House on Wednesday night, Australian Medical Association president Brian Owler said “the CEO of a large private health insurer” who was invited to speak at an AMA function “tried to tell us that they wanted patients with private insurance in a public hospital emergency department to receive priority”. “His question was if your son breaks his arm and goes to the emergency department, and you have private health insurance, why shouldn’t little Johnny get priority?”
Yeah, so there is an insidious cabal trying to gut the Australian healthcare system and we have to confront them at every step.
Helicopter take-off in slo-mo.
That is what I think is the modern ailment of coverage of Apple: people who remember it back from the day when it was a small underdog and have not adjusted the way they view it to account for the reality of today’s Apple. They are now big enough and powerful enough that you have to watch for their use of that power and that money much more closely.