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    Rate the last TV Show you watched

    The book of the first 3 series is excellent (had it on audiobook) but haven’t seen the series itself. Ups and downs of cities and dodgy planning laws. Plus ca change.
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    The IPTV Thread

    I’ve held off posting asking for a recommend as my subs have been pretty solid, but my latest one isn’t working the last few days,and the contact is slow getting back even when I spell out the problem. Had a quick Google but don’t want one straight off the net without a recommend. Anyone PM me the details of decent app they’re using, I’ll give rundown of my setup there too, would be greatly appreciated. Cheers.
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    Tory Cabinet Thread

    How did it come to this? The country formerly known for mostly pastry based meat dishes and political stability now a 3rd World Banana Republic. Bacon butties be damned, nuke Eton.
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    Tory Cabinet Thread

    She’s responsible for policies directed at our most vulnerable; instead she’s filling her boots on expenses. What a shite country we are. Willing to fight foreigners for people who despise what you are. It will only get worse as well.
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    Tory Cabinet Thread

    Fucking scumbags with posh accents and well cut suits.
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    The Wire - Season 5

    Such sad news.
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    Liverpool's Hidden Gems

    Not been there yet myself but good luck to them. Venezuelan lads with a place in Fazak called NOSO. https://confidentials.com/liverpool/noso-venezuelan-streetfood-liverpool?fbclid=IwAR2lTT1zQISuEywKX3F7SD0ueSNllGobQzzxoDMd_yvyE4TkzPTfqhikSVI
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    The Conflict in Afghanistan

    Raab on the burner phone getting the gear moved via Naples.
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    The Conflict in Afghanistan

    This is a free post. Consider signing up for a paid subscription if you haven’t yet and enjoy this. Ashes of American flag pins: We are in the ‘golden’ era of hot take history… Facts, we've often been told, don't care about our feelings. But those are *our* feelings. Columnists' feelings are a very different thing. Mic Wright Aug 19 There are two quotes that do the rounds far too often; one that “history is written by the victors”¹and the other Alan Barth’s observation from 1943 book review in The New Republic that “news is only the first rough draft of history. But I think there’s a third process at work: History carelessly, clumsily being rewritten by newspaper columnists and broadcast bloviators. The idea returned to my mind when I stumbled across a tweet by former baseball player turned Fox News correspondent Adam Housey who wrote: It doesn’t require much imagination as the US and UK did that multiple times. That’s how Werner Von Braun went from architect of the V-2 bomb for Hitler to mastermind of the Saturn-V rocket programme for NASA. It was also how Kurt Waldheim went from being a Wehrmacht intelligence officer — later claiming he’d had no knowledge of prisoner executions that happened yards from his office — to being the fourth General Secretary of the United Nations. Charlie Stross @cstross @adamhousley You’ve heard of Kurt Waldheim, yes? UN Secretary General, President of Austria, and former Nazi intel officer? Or maybe the Gehlen Organization, the West German intelligence agency, headed by a former Wehrmacht Major General? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurt_Wald…Gehlen Organization - Wikipediaen.wikipedia.org August 18th 2021 4 Retweets32 Likes But for people like Housey, raised on the black hat/white hat world of Westerns and the moral simplicity of post-war movies where Americans were always the good guys and moustache-twirling Nazis got their just desserts, the world of grubby deals, political pardons, and Operation Paperclip’s wholesale transfer of 1,600 German scientists, engineers, and technicians onto the American payroll is unthinkably complex. He’s far from alone. In today’s Daily Telegraph, Allister Heath — who has form for writing about America as a mythical city on the hill where the Coca Cola in glass bottles is plentiful and a Ronald Reagan sun shines beneficently from the blue sky — contributes another slab of ahistorical invective. Beneath a headline that reads as though he’s auditioning for a side hustle as a Taliban spokesman — Decadence and hubris have finally brought down the American Empire — Heath writes: His is an almost comical simplification of America’s late-20th Century. It avoids the psychological, reputational, and societal damage of Vietnam that led to the special pleading about American exceptionalism that dominated so many of the movies he clearly gobbled up at the time (“Hollywood held its head high”) and entirely ignores little things like Desert One and Iran Contra. The Telegraph @Telegraph "The American empire at least believed in freedom and democracy; what replaces it won’t even pretend to be liberal" | Writes @AllisterHeath Decadence and hubris have finally brought down the American EmpireThe US is in retreat on all fronts, and its incompetent politicians are incapable of reversing the declinetelegraph.co.uk August 19th 2021 14 Retweets41 Likes Heath has swallowed the propaganda image of America in the 80s and 90s, the notion that its cultural dominance was matched in military and political terms. He smashes together events and inventions as if they required nothing more than the collective will of the “American empire” and were not, in fact, products of complicated interactions between many people (lots of them not Americans). With his taste for one line summaries and simple slogans, Heath often gets close to a revelation then swerves away into the thickets of his thick-headed ideology again. Of the twenty years — in fact, far longer than that — which led to the events of the past week, he writes: This is the way Heath and many others at The Daily Telegraph, an increasingly ridiculous fanzine for reactionaries, see the world. It’s painted with such a broad brush it makes Rothkos look detailed; a perspective made up entirely of cliches (sleeping giants, groundswells of patriotism, the ‘baddie’ hunted down and killed) that chafes with exposure to the horrendous reality of the real world. Inevitably, Health diagnoses the ‘death’ of the American empire (honestly, the thing has been on life support since the Fall of Saigon) as down to The Daily Telegraph’s favourite and most abiding obsession ‘wokeism’: There’s no greater courage than that of a 43-year-old newspaper columnist with no fear of conscription. The newspapers groan under the weight of opinions from these armchair generals whose own children would swiftly develop bone spurs if they were actually called to fight in the wars their parents so delight in. Elsewhere in The Daily Telegraph, Tom Harris, the former Labour MP turned leftie hunter, identifies the real villains of the week. No, not the Taliban. The “hard left” — that shadowy collection of monsters he chases around in his Mystery Machine on a weekly basis — who Harris claims are delighted about what’s happening in Afghanistan. He time travels back to the anti-war marches of 2001 and writes: Of course, Harris focuses on the execrable SWP and boils down a march that included thousands of people to “middle-class warriors”. And inevitably he repeats the received wisdom that the only solution was war (“[They] never provided any realistic alternative to invasion in order to apprehend the mass murderer…”) President Bush’s rejection of a Taliban offer to negotiate handing over of Bin Laden in return for a cessation of US bombing is one of those historical footnotes that most people, Harris among them, choose to ignore. JohnJ - escapee from Plague Island @johnthebrexile For those wondering why Afghanistan is so important. Oil isn't the only strategic resource. August 19th 2021 11 Retweets21 Likes Instead, Harris is engaged in a rewriting of far more recent history — the history of the last few days — by distorting an already clumsy statement from the left-wing Labour MP Richard Burgon. Burgon tweeted: And it’s that word “reparations” that the bad faith brigade has seized upon with vigour. Harris, deliberately choosing not to directly quote Burgon, writes: Whether or not you agree with Burgon’s sentiments, the fact is that what he said and what Harris says he said are so far apart that even Evel Knievel would have doubts about leaping the gulf between them. Harris concludes his piece by declaring he and those who supported that war, the next war, and will support the wars to come are “the grown-ups” and that those who did not, do not, and will not are “children” in “the playground of hard-Left politics.” Tantrums, cheap name-calling, and the recollection of decades-old grudges are, of course, the signs of the most grown-up of grown-ups. Nick Shepley @NickShepley In the current climate of retrospective self justification on Afghanistan, I have used cutting edge search tools to find the only blue tick worth listening to #afghanistandebate August 19th 2021 1 Retweet4 Likes A single paragraph in Richard Littlejohn’s sprawling Daily Mail piece, sums up the simplistic thinking of the columnists’ hot take history hour. He writes: It seems that Littlejohn is one of the few British columnists not obsessed with The West Wing. Otherwise, he’d be familiar with the informal fallacy post hoc ergo propter hoc (“After therefore because of…”), which President Bartlett has to explain to his staff, rendered ignorant for plot purposes, in the series’ second episode (conveniently titled Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc). The idea that the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan led to terror attacks becoming less common is a fallacy. It’s a propaganda claim that doesn’t hold up when compared to the record of attacks in the 20 years following. That there has not been another attack like 9/11 illustrates merely how extraordinary that event was and how terror tactics changed and evolved in the post-Patriot Act age. Sangita Myska @BBCSangita Every single politician or military leader who suggests that the Taliban of 2021 may be more ‘reasonable’ than the Taliban of the 1990s has one thing in common - they are all men. #Afghanistan August 19th 2021 62 Retweets284 Likes 34 years ago, Ronald Reagan made a speech in the wake of Iran Contra that contained the seeds of today’s hot take history columnists. He said: Day in, day out, we are subjected to what columnists’ “hearts” tell them about foreign policy and war. The facts and evidence? Well, when they tell the columnists something different, they suddenly become awfully hard of hearing. Subscribe now Share 1 Often attributed to Churchill but, in fact, a far older aphorism with versions in French — “L’’histoire est juste peut-être, mais qu’on ne l’oublie pas, elle a été écrite par les vainqueurs..” (the history is right, perhaps but lets us not forget it was written by the victors…”) — and Italian — “La storia di questi avvenimenti fu scritta dai vincitori” (The story of these events was written by the victors”) from the 19th century. You’re on the free list for Conquest of the Useless . For the full experience, become a paying subscriber. Subscribe © 2021 Mic Wright Unsubscribe 12 Betts Court, Norwich, Norfolk
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    Joe Biden

    Indeed, I had an audiobook about it recently. Basically got asset striped.
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    Joe Biden

    Spot on, and we’ve mostly followed along apart from Vietnam. The US can’t function without a “bad guy” hence the ratcheting up of tensions with China. What a world, hey?
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    Joe Biden

    Nicely presented timeline of Biden’s career. https://theintercept.com/empire-politician/?fbclid=IwAR0vKwEItD7MqCs_f0yoyxNhV347pBsCn6zdStvY4IjTJc3T5K6mxCrN5F8
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    The Conflict in Afghanistan

    Tell me President tell me if you will How many people does a smart bomb kill? How many of 'em do you think we got? The General says, we never miss a shot And we never ever ever keep a body count We killin' so efficiently we can?t keep count In the Afghan hills the rebels still fightin' Opium fields keep providin' The best heroin that money can buyin’ And nobody knows where Osama Bin hidin' The press conferences keep on lyin' Like we don’t know……
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    Rate the last TV Show you watched

    I’ve only discovered it recently by chance. I used to watch the Sullivan’s and always remember the Dad and the lads going to North Africa in WW2.
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    Rate the last TV Show you watched

    ANZACs 8/10 Bought this series on DVD. 6 episodes, watched 2 so far. Excellent drama about Australia and WW1. Paul Hogan is in it. One for our resident “colonial hooligans”. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088479/ Follow it up with some lefty propaganda in the shape of The Monocled Mutineer, roundly despised by the Daily Mail when it came out. Another solid 8/10. https://m.imdb.com/title/tt0092404/
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    The Conflict in Afghanistan

    I saw the recent CIA one where the non binary Hispanic person proudly boasted of plotting drone strikes and how good the pension was.
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    The Conflict in Afghanistan

    Can’t be stated enough that the vast majority of the cryarsing cunts in parliament today all condone arms sales to Saudi to bomb Yemenis into oblivion because something something women and girls’ education is important.
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    Rate the last film you watched...

    Bitches leave! https://screenrant.com/robocop-1987-timeless-scenes-still-work-today/amp/
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    The Conflict in Afghanistan

    It’s pretty straightforward. Areas of high unemployment send recruits to the Armed Forces because of a lack of other opportunities. Do the Liberal Democrats still back austerity and cuts of public services that have hit those same areas harder, while clamouring for democracy and human rights in another country?
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    The Conflict in Afghanistan

    Do the Lib Dems back massive increases in defence spending to equip our men and women with all the kit they need to win wars paid for through massive tax increases on billionaires or through a vast reduction in spending on the public services those same men and women rely on at home? Or are they living in the so called real world where the good people of let’s say Birkenhead are expected to conjure new industry out of their spare bedrooms when a generation before their dad’s built Ark Royal and Poseidon class submarines for the Royal Navy? After all, it’s just the work ethic they’re lacking according to you.
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    The Conflict in Afghanistan

    Ghengis Khan lowered global temperature, got to be a contender.
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    The Conflict in Afghanistan

    Send Tom Tugenhat, Tobias Elwood and Marc Francois to assassinate the Taliban leadership. Only way to be sure.
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