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Book Review: Cloud Empires: How Digital Platforms Are Overtaking the State and How We Can Regain Control by Vili Lehdonvirta

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 01/10/2022 - 7:00pm in

In Cloud Empires: How Digital Platforms Are Overtaking the State and How We Can Regain Control, Vili Lehdonvirta argues that the internet has become ruled by Silicon Valley despots who govern new marketplaces and need to be held more accountable, writes James Muldoon. This blogpost originally appeared on LSE Review of Books. If you would like to contribute to the … Continued

Posties pile on the pressure: CWU’s new strike days - News from the Frontline

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 30/09/2022 - 8:58pm in

Counterfire’s weekly digest with the latest on strikes and workplace struggles

“The British pound is nosediving. Here’s why Meghan Markle is to blame,” by The Daily Mail

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 30/09/2022 - 11:25am in

Two weeks ago Meghan Markle landed in London for the Queen’s funeral. Nine days later, the pound crashed to its lowest ever level, sending financial markets into meltdown. Coincidence? Hardly.

Some have blamed Liz Truss’s tax cuts. But what’s the more likely cause of a currency meltdown – a huge, unexpected injection of extra cash into the economy during a time of out-of-control inflation, or an entitled mix-raced film star holding hands with her husband? That’s a rhetorical question.

When it comes to pinpointing the causes of the pound’s fall, two things become immediately clear: one, Meghan didn’t show nearly enough emotion in the days leading up to the Queen’s funeral; two, she showed way too much during the funeral itself. No wonder financial markets were confused.

The pure arrogance of the woman. Not content with trying to Americanise the British monarchy, she has tried to Americanise our currency – almost at parity, the two are barely distinguishable from each other now. That will be Meghan’s legacy.

And yet people want to blame the actions of our new Prime Minister – a white woman just trying to do her job. Sure, trickle-down economics may have been the cause of entrenched poverty, increased inequality and the rapid disintegration of essential public services, but at least it didn’t wear an ugly hat to the funeral of a British monarch.

One can only hope that, with Meghan now safely out of the country again, the pound will rebound. If it does, it will be because Kate Middleton knows how to hold herself in public.

Written by James Schloeffel, Headline idea by @PersiaPhotos

Public holiday for Coolio next Thursday, PM confirms

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 30/09/2022 - 9:22am in

Australia’s national day of mourning for US rapper Coolio will be held next Thursday 6th of October, Anthony Albanese has confirmed.

Wearing a Coolio t-shirt, and holding a limited edition vinyl press of 1994’s ‘It Takes a Thief’, the Prime Minister said Coolio had been a constant in the lives of all Australians, and the day of mourning would be an opportunity for all of us to pay our respects.

“He was there on our radios, on our TV screens and at my 40th birthday party actually – there’s a great story about that,” he said.

“I’ll always remember the Coolio concert I went to in ’96 when he asked me to get up on the decks and play a warm-up set. Although that could have been a dream. Hard to tell”.

The PM encouraged all Australians to reflect on Coolio’s remarkable contribution to Australia. “Who amongst us hasn’t sung along to Gangster’s Paradise, pretending to know all the words, and then getting a little bit louder for the ‘It’s goin on in the kitchen’ bit?”

A solemn Albanese said Coolio was a kindred spirit. “As he himself said, ‘I’m an educated fool with money on my mind. Got my ten in my hand and a gleam in my eye. I’m a loc’d out gangsta set trippin’ banger. And my homies is down so don’t arouse my anger, fool.’”

Local man surprised after anal beads fail to improve chess game

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 30/09/2022 - 8:12am in

72-year-old grandfather and amateur chess enthusiast Gavin Frampton said inserting a vibrating sex toy up his anus has not improved his win rate, despite chess prodigy Hans Niemann seemingly having success with the technique.

“I put the beads in, played 1.e4 as usual, and then waited for the magic to happen,” Frampton explained. “But after five minutes, it had had absolutely no impact. On the chess game,” Frampton explained.

He said from there everything unfolded as normal. “I lost within about fifteen minutes, and orgasmed within about forty”. He said he had lost control of his Queen and his erogenous zone by the tenth move.

Despite the anal beads not giving him extra ability on the chess board, Frampton says he doesn’t regret his purchase. “My chess game is still pretty average, but I’ve learned some things about myself that I otherwise wouldn’t have known” he said.

Strike days: let's go onto the offensive

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 30/09/2022 - 5:52am in

We need wider and deeper co-ordination and escalation to win the strikes, argues Unjum Mirza

Starmer is rewarming Blairism. Why are some on the left applauding?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 30/09/2022 - 5:07am in

Starmer at the Labour Conference broadcasted his commitment to free markets and fiscal austerity, argues Chris Nineham

Scotland After Britain: The Two Souls of Scottish Independence - book review

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 30/09/2022 - 5:04am in

Chris Bambery welcomes Scotland After Britain, which argues for a radical version of an independent Scottish nation, rejecting the neoliberalism of the SNP

Is it ethical to be friends with research participants?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 30/09/2022 - 1:00am in

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In qualitative research building a rapport and friendships with participants is often presented as a means to gain access and data from research participants. However, as Helen Kara discusses, using friendship in an instrumental way presents serious ethical issues for researchers. Trainee qualitative researchers, learning the most popular research method of interviewing, are routinely taught to use … Continued

Massive queue forms to say goodbye to British economy

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 29/09/2022 - 9:57am in

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Hundreds of thousands of people have joined a queue in London to pay their respects to the British economy, which is lying in state after dying earlier this week.

Some people have waited for more than 24 hours in the queue, which snakes along the Thames towards the Houses of Parliament.

Valery Mason, who travelled from Manchester to join the queue, said she wanted to say goodbye to the economy, which has served the British people for decades.

“The economy was such an integral part of our lives – I can’t remember a time without it. So I just wanted to say thank you,” she said.

The economy went into a sudden decline late last week; by late last night it was showing very few signs of life. It later died.

Keith Hamlet, from London, said it wouldn’t be the same without the economy. “It’s just always been there. Even though there have been ups and downs, the economy has always provided this sense of continuity. And now it’s gone – lifeless. I’m certainly going to miss it,” he said.

A funeral will be held next week.

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