archive of posts from February, 2016

My iPod [29/02/2016]

Last Week’s Most Played Track:
Mesmerism | Dead Can Dance | 1985

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With Hope In Our Hearts…

  • Liverpool's ups and downs
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  • Liverpool 1(1)-1(3) Man City
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Suggestion Schnippet

If you want to control people, you control what they read and hear. They [those in power] tried to do it with the Welsh, the Scots and the Irish, but they only succeeded with the English.

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Foundation Stones

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With Hope In Our Hearts…

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  • Liverpool 1-0 FC Augsburg
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Looking Back Schnippets

He isn’t much interested in nostalgia for the era. “It was like having a holiday. I’d been in the dark post-punk world of shadows and neon in the rain. And suddenly I’ve been given this drug that makes me love everybody and, ‘Oh, this music’s quite uplifting.’ But I didn’t become a casualty of it. At some point I stood back and went, ‘Hold on, the only thing I’ve got in common with these people is that we’re in the same room and on the same drugs – I’ve tried talking to them outside, we’ve got nothing in common.’ So I’m not too big on the reunions. It’s like, those fucking people were horrible 25 years ago and now they’re not taking ecstasy, they’re taking cocaine. So they’re going to be even fucking worse.”
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I See No Ships Schnippets

Let’s talk about the reality tunnel that we live in today. And let’s talk about the idea of whether it is possible for people like me – by which I mean privileged, white, rich, arseholes – to live moral lives.

So what is Britain’s reality tunnel? I think they key to understanding Britain and America are that they view themselves as exceptional. As being an exception even to things like international law, and the rules of war. American exceptionalism comes from the fact that it developed it’s imperial tendencies in the era of modern warfare, or possibly because it only exists because it perpetrated genocide against its own indigenous inhabitants. It could roughly be expressed as we alone have a moral right to use force. Britain’s exceptionalism is similar, but slightly more colonial in tone. I think it can be summarised as: we are civilised and other people are not.

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