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When I came down for breakfast this morning [personal profile] magister was watching an episode of Twin Peaks. I never saw Twin Peaks on original broadcast, but I remember everyone going on about how brilliant it was. My impressions from this morning's increasingly amazed viewing were as follows:
  • The writing is pretentious to the point of comedy, and the plot is waffer-theen.
  • The acting makes some of the cheesy 80s horror movies I've seen look like cinema verite - seriously, it's not even ham, it's gammon steaks.
  • The direction is pedestrian at best.
  • The lighting is truly awful. It takes a special talent to both over AND underlight a scene at the same time.
  • Not one of the characters I saw was in any way likeable.
The thing is, I'm left with the nagging feeling that future generations will say the same stuff about stuff that's really zeitgeisty now. Take Hannibal. I LOVE Hannibal. It's food porn with bonus men-in-great-suits and really good murders. The thing I love about it is how slow and langorous and, well, like arty porn it is over everything from the murder scenes to the cookery scenes to the fight scenes to - yes - the sex scenes. Lots of gratuitous slowmo and interesting theremin music... And yeah, I can see how future generations will decry it as a load of overly slow pretentious wank.

So if you love Twin Peaks, good luck to you. But if you didn't see it at the time, and weren't embedded in the culture surrounding it, don't bother now, because you just won't get it. Become a Fannibal instead. It's worth it for the cookery scenes alone.
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"Have you seen this news story? Clegg urges restrictions on migrants?"
"Yeah, that's a thing that's made me angry"
"Have you blogged on it?"
"No. It'd not bring anything to the debate if I just posted a great long stream of invective"

And that, ladies and gentles, is why I ain't been blogging much. Because, at the end of the day, if what you've got to say brings more heat than light there's not much point in saying it. And I'm feeling VERY heated these days.
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So, a couple of years ago Labour pulled out of a stable Lib/Lab coalition on Calderdale council despite the agreement having a year still to run because they thought they could go it alone in a minority administration. Last night that administration was finally toppled, after a series of scandals where the cabinet appointed by the minority administration kept ignoring the will of full council, in a no confidence vote. Labour are screeching about this in very personal terms in every medium that will afford them airspace. Apparently toppling Swifty from his rightful seat of supreme executive power that he gained without even a majority* is a betrayal, and a conspiracy cooked up against Swifty and the rest of Labour by foul evil nasty people.

This only makes sense if you understand one thing: Labour people think anything Labour = objectively, unquestionably good and anything not!Labour = bad. A moral judgement has already been made before any action is ever taken. Tories, of course, are ALWAYS evil, but Lib Dems and Greens can be acceptable; IF and ONLY if we are doing whatever Labour want us to do. As soon as we show any sign of not-supporting Labour in any way they scream that we are BETRAYING them. Because obviously, the fact that we all joined another party doesn't mean we don't support Labour REALLY, it just means we like other coloured shirts or something. And as soon as we become BETRAYERS we are automatically WORSE than the Tories. Tories can't HELP being evil, you see, but we made a CHOICE to be evil by not supporting Labour.

So it was OK for Labour to stab us in the back and kick us out of coalition because Labour are good and Lib Dems are bad.
But it's a BETRAYAL for us to vote against them in a no-con, even after they have stabbed us in the back and kicked us out of coalition, because if we want to be good we should be supporting them, not our own political beliefs.

I would laugh at this sort of "logic" were it not that so many of the electorate accept it unquestioningly :/



*or even a watery tart throwing a sword at him.**
** honestly, if I went round saying I was an emperor just cos some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me, they'd put me away***
*** and I'm not even called Dennis.
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What is your opinion of Crocs?

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They are horrific evil footwear that should be consigned to the bowels of hell
5 (45.5%)

I am clinically insane
6 (54.5%)



(there might be an element of push-pollness here)

((also, knowing my f-list, several of you will want to tick "both" there, won't you...?))
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I have been thinking for about 24 hours now that I should post about the Labour party's response to the domestic violence statistics and how nonsensical, counterproductive, and stupid it is. Given that I have been in that situation, and so has my mother, I think I can come at it from a position of some authority of experience. Given that I have also worked for the CAB and seen how the system fails victims of all genders and ages, I think I can say I have some authority there too. And as a feminist and activist, I could point to how topdown solutions implemented by powerful mostly-white mostly-het mostly-men groups rarely work to help the oppressed, and the Labour party are worse for this than most because they have good intentions and are therefore blind to their own flaws, and take any criticism of the way they go about things as a criticism of principle.

But frankly, what would that acheieve? It wouldn't help any of the people (elderly, children and partners alike) who suffer from domestic violence, and it would take up valuable time that could be better spent doing something else. Yes, domestic violence DOES need tackling politically, but not like this, and there are people suffering DV who need help NOW, not whenever some possible putative law comes through.

So if you REALLY want to actually help people suffering from domestic violence, here are two links for you.

Volunteer for Refuge
Donate to the Survivors Trust
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If you are, there's a questionnaire going around from the sustainable transport folks that you might want to fill in. Drop me a comment or a tweet if you want a copy and I'll email you one over.
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There are some people whose emails I always want to read - parents, partners, daughter, close friends. There are some people whose emails it is important for me to read - my PPCs, my treasurer, my council group leader, stuff from work, or from region. Maybe 1% of the email I get falls into both of those categories; 95% of the email I get does not fall into either one.

I use gmail labels extensively, and this has worked very well for me. So, while I was in Devon, I put the vacation responder on. I'd seen other people do it. How hard could it be?

The reaction of most people not covered by the two categories above (hereinafter referred to as "those on the list") was astounding to me. Huge numbers of them seemed to take the vacation responder as a reason to send me MORE email. Whereas the people on the list, they generally sent me less email. So the overall effect of vacation responder was to increase the amount of crap and decrease the amount of nice and/or useful email.

Now perhaps I shouldn't have said "Don't worry, I'll be checking my email when I get back" but "if you email me during this time it will be automatically deleted and you'll have to send it again when I come back so don't bother". Perhaps I should have used the vacation responder in conjunction with actually turning email notifications off - but then I would have missed the ones I actually wanted, or were important for me to get.

Or perhaps I should just delete my entire email address and start again from scratch...

The thing is, I now have an inbox full of shite I don't want, have undoubtedly missed some stuff I *did* want, and am intensely annoyed, and thus I want to do something about it. I'll certainly not be using the vacation responder in the way it's currently set up again, but in general, there are decisions to be made. And this is where you come in:

Poll #15723 What Should I do About Email?
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What Should I do About Email?

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Skip inbox for everyone except *list*
7 (63.6%)

Set up separate email address for people on *list*
4 (36.4%)

Kill it all with fire and move to a place where email can't get me
0 (0.0%)

Something else
0 (0.0%)



Do feel free to repond on twitter as well as in comments ;)
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