In the article below which I wrote shortly before the news about Chelsea Manning’s transition, Manning is referred to as “Bradley” and she is referred to as a he. Her real name is Chelsea and she is a woman. Sorry to anyone offended.
Last night (well two nights ago now but it was last night when I started writing this) I went to see “We Steal Secrets – the Story of Wikileaks” with a mate from the save our services group I’d been part of a year or so ago in Oxford. Initially I would give it 3 and a half out of 5, as while I thought it was quite good there were some problems with it, mostly to do with how its rapey figurehead Julian Assange was portrayed, I thought they were a bit too kind to him for reasons I’ll say during the rest of the piece. He wasn’t happy about his portrayal though for reasons I will describe later in the piece.
If you don’t want to see a massive spoiler for a film, most of which was written when I was either drunk or stoned then stop reading now. I am right though. I looked at it sober and I’m still right! Still, if you disagree use the comments and tell me why 😀
Despite it’s name this pamphlet rather than endorsing pernicious conspiracy theories is an excellent expose of how the “Illuminati theory” developed and exactly what is wrong with it and it puts forward communist ideas as an alternative to both the “official story” and these theories in a non patronising and non hysterical way.
An excellent post about the medicalisation of basic human emotions and as the article puts it a system that:
“that devalues talking therapy and rushes to medicate, inadvertently sending a message that self-medication, too, is perfectly acceptable.”
i don’t usually do this kind of post but I often look at my page stats and I’ve found that people from many different countries visit this blog. As you’d expect most of the views are from the UK but I’ve had visitors from Guyana, the Palestinian territories, the Philippines, the Cayman Islands, Mauritius, Nigeria, and many others.
this case has had me in bits. 😦
and the certain knowledge that there are others like him out there and its going to become harder and harder for people to help them 😦
it’s only going to get worse too with the cuts and the destruction of social provisions, including jobs at schools and other agencies and people who do make some attempt at spotting this sort of thing. not to mention the destruction of our communities so that people are only living in an area for short periods and don’t/can’t see whats going on with their neighbours
what a world 😦
and then there was going back on the train today, some fuckin disembodied voice saying “there was a person hit by a train” and that’s why it was delayed.
what a brutal fuckin society we live in
getting food out of dustbins for fucks sake. its just unspeakable. and having the school just believe the parents when they told them that load of bollocks. this the “red tape” you were on about then gove?
sleep well little fella, i hope you’re in a better place now 😦