Stick it up your arse
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danorpugs
I'm watching a news story on the BBC about sanctions on Iran due their nuclear program.

I'm being fed some bullshit about why Iran is an extreme rouge state and that they can't be trusted with the same nuclear capabilities as countries that have broken international law and acted bilaterally without UN backing in waging illegal wars based on exactly this kind of bullshit premise. Or the same nuclear weapons as a country that occupies an area of land on the grounds of religion (but not Islam, so it's okay!) and subjugates the population and perpetuates their poverty with a blockade, creating the hatred which it uses as its justification for repeated and disproportionate attacks. As well as shooting unarmed people trying to bring those people some relief. That is fucking okay. No fucking sanctions there.
Why punish a state that is committing actual outrages and crimes when you can manufacture your enemies based on myths you've created in your public's minds?

For some reason I'm being told not to like Iran repeatedly, based on the same reoccurring news stories that aren't actually based on any new real events, whereas a disgraceful act by Isreal only last week has been all but forgotten because they're "OUR" friends, and because "WE" are their allies.
There's your impartiality, you, the public who is supposed to make up your own mind based on reporting of the facts is assumed to be part of this "WE" and "US", rather than as sentient beings who can make up their own minds who they adds their support to.
Impartiality from the BBC? Please. I find it necessary to watch the same stories on Russia Today, Al Jazeera and Channel 4 news just to keep me sane so I don't feel like I'm being completely brainwashed by the entirely one-sided points of view of the news that I have to pay to perpertuate.
Thanks BBC for giving me my monies worth.

I live in a world where my clothes are made in China, my car comes from Germany, my TV comes from Japan, my computer from USA, my coffee from Brazil, my dinner from New Zealand. Free movement of people from one European country to another, the breaking down of borders on business lines, money markets are global. But when it comes to the news on my TV and in the newspapers the national boundaries are as strong as ever, I'm still given my "international" news from the perspective of "us" and "them". I am supposed to be a part of a community that acts with a single will, even though the only things  all its members have in common is a geographical accident.

Happily there is the internet, where you are not assumed to be of a certain viewpoint based on which bit of land you occupy on the planet, you can join communities of like minded people based on the opinions you have reached rather than those imposed upon you, and implanted in your mind from the moment you became conscious.

Bring down the borders.

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danorpugs
Hope everyone is having a Merry Christmas.

Cheers Gaz for getting me back on LJ.

It was sad to see the birthday reminders pop-up just now when I logged in. Stuart would have been 26 today. That's part of the best thing about Livejournal though, and why it's a great idea to get everyone back on here. It's a record of our personalities. It's nice to see pictures of your friends, but to get a real reminder of their personality through their posts is fun to see when you look back at our posts back in 2000 and see how mad we all were, but invaluable when friends are no longer around.

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Cantona
danorpugs
Urgh.
Just been for a job interview, and I'm back home before 10am. Seriously what the fuck?
Anyway, seems I am going to be working at Manchester City College in Northenden on a temporary basis for a while, not sure how long, possibly getting a permanent job by the end of it. Which is a bit dirt, I mean it's good, but it's dirt because I don't know whether to quit at Somerfield or not with this new job being temporary and having rent to pay.
I've done the sums and if I work at the college, and do the nights at Somerfield I will actually be minted, like Rolls Royce minted, but on the downside I might actually die at 35 working 09:00-16:30 in the days, then 17:30-22:00 at nights on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 14:00-22:00 on Saturdays. Which not including breaks into account breaks is 55.5 hours a week (I currently do 70 hours in a Month!), and I'm not even a nurse.
Well I will try it for a few weeks at least. Even if I have to quit at Somerfield, I will still make up what I would have earnt there for the rest of my time in this house in a month or two.

(Parenthesis for my benefit-
I want to write it down somewhere so I don't end up being a hypocrite, or so I can see if I am being one in the future. I enjoy living the life of a bit of a pawper, it feels good to just scrape along with the bare minimum, I feel like I can make sensible decisions with my money like not buying an i-pod or whatever just because that's all that most people talk about, and generally denying myself simply materialistic rubbish, I have learnt to cook more things, which taste awesome by just buying loads of mega-cheap veggies and throwing them in a pan together. Obviously, spending as much as I do on booze is not sensible, but I don't spend as much as I used to. I only go shopping with things in mind, not in order to find things that I might want. I don't have a car because I don't need a car.
Therefore I pledge-
Not to buy a phone with a camera on it.
Not to buy an MP3 player.
To try and live off around £50-£60 a week still, but I do need to try and go out in Manny a bit more often.... Not that I'll have any time to!

The only problem is when other people come into the equation, presents etc, hmm special dispensation shall be granted.
end of.......)

United yesterday, oh dear, I listened to it on the radio it buzzed me up so much. I thought there was definitely 3 points there for the taking, but not in such a way that Rio and John O'Shea were fighting over who wanted to be in net by the end of it!

Stu, please report progress on the ticket sitch.

Me Ridgway and Salisbury are buzzing it up with 3-way Champ over the network at the mo, it is quality. Waiting for them both to wake up to put some hours in with Liverpool...

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danorpugs
I really hope that West Ham get relegated this year. Simply because every single commentator, news presenter, pundit, supports them! Well here's something to laugh at for any anti-hammer buzzers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4amafCxxqgg

awesome video
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danorpugs
http://www.convergecult.com/noheroes/

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Cantona
danorpugs
POISON THE WELL Manchester University Manchester FRI 16/03/2007 19:00

I've not heard anything about them for ages, and the last album was only moderate compared to the other 2, but they kick ass live! It's gotta be worth going.

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Cantona
danorpugs
Did the lion's share of my christmas shopping today. Honestly, I was dreading it, I thought Market Street was going to look like Matt Busby way, but it was no worse than your average Saturday shopping.
Urgh, I feel sick. I went to "Madrid" for a pizza, got a 12" Americano and shoveled it down watching Bruce Almighty. Not a great film but it had its moments.

Anyway....
Hope everyone has a merry Christmas, I'm going away to my dad's over New Year so I'll wish everyone a good one of them too.

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danorpugs
I don't want to keep doing this but...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8FLxDL88sw
This is just genius.

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danorpugs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fwxH7BqiDE
Another amazing Matias Fernadez goal. Are you watching Alex?

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Cantona
danorpugs
I'm really fucked, not just a little, but really fucked. I came back from work on Saturday night, watched MOTD, and ever since, I have been snotting, sneezing, gurning, and generally feeling like shizzle. Soooo... As I didn't have a Vindaloo, but I did have the other half of the patented Danny Steinegger cure for a cold, I just hit the whiskey... And through School of Rock 6.5/10 and Zoolander 6/10 (don't get me wrong I enjoyed them, it's just that the gap between a 10/10 is so much, that I'd say anything over a 5 is a good film.) I think I have had about 3/4 of a bottle. I'm not proud of myself, I write only to recommend this course of treatment to any budding cold-sufferer.
P.S it especially helps when the Whiskey is free :).

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