Posts by Kumara Republic

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Bar None, and…, in reply to linger,

    Also influenced-by, to the point of using his actual equipment: the Pet Shop Boys’ So Hard. It’s probably true to say Giorgio’s main contribution over the last 25 years has been his influence on other musicians, but that in itself is no small thing.

    Harold Faltermeyer, Moroder's long-time session keyboardist/understudy, composed some gems in his own right.

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  • Hard News: Trump 2018, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Aaaaaaaaand … Bannon has stepped down from Breitbart.

    When a monster breaks free from Dr Frankenstein's lab and runs amok...

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  • Hard News: Trump 2018, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    The GOP Gerrymander and the Tea party base was meant to entrench the Republicans basically forever. But Trump has mobilised the opposition like nothing else. Even a top 10 Gerrymandered state like Arkansas can’t resist a motivated turnout that has segments voting up to 98% against you.

    The racist revanchists who rallied around Trump got lucky with the Democrat’s selection of Clinton. As Stephen Colbert so memorably put it, they were the only two possible candidates who could lose to the other.

    Maybe the USA could do with a few outside electoral observers. Oh wait…

    https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/11/election-observers-united-states/506717/

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  • Legal Beagle: If Australia Jumped off a…, in reply to Craig Young,

    Family First, the Conservative Party and other referenda boosters appear to have nothing more than nihilist contempt for representative, deliberative democratic government.

    So they basically want illiberal democracy instead. They'd be right at home with Trump, Putin, Erdogan, Orban, Netanyahu, Duterte, Modi et al...

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  • Hard News: Trump 2018, in reply to Rob S,

    Yes indeed, but if the car is the USA who will have the ability to fix the nation which is so divided and dysfunctional at its highest level?
    It's not Trump, in fact he can be viewed as a symptom of what is ailing the US.
    The " city on a shining hill" is starting to look like a shit can.
    The US political system needs some serious attention however I don't see how these will be addressed in a satisfactory manner. I hope that the post Trump America takes a good long soul searching look at itself.
    I fear that it's teetering on the edge of a very dark fall.

    As the Economist Intelligence Unit observed when it demoted the USA from "full democracy" to "flawed democracy" for the first time ever:

    The downgrade was not a consequence of Donald Trump, states the report. Rather, it was caused by the same factors that led Mr Trump to the White House: a continued erosion of trust in government and elected officials, which the index measures using data from global surveys. In total, it incorporates 60 indicators across five broad categories: electoral process and pluralism, functioning of government, political participation, democratic political culture and civil liberties.

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  • Hard News: The climate changed,

    There was one other sector that frustrated out commentators: agriculture. The farming lobby – and its intransigent press, which remains stubbornly outside the mainstream – continues to resist reform or, in many cases, even acknowledge a roblem.

    Another sector causing frustration: coastal real estate owners who'll protect their valuations at any cost, even when it means the censorship of critical public data.

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  • Capture: Besties,

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    My latest CGI pic, commemorating nearly a year to the day. Best viewed with the accompanying video/audio.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    PostNeoliberal

    Inspired by Brian Eston and the mazing exhibition by Simon Denny on at at Michael Lett Gallery.

    There was a fascinating reaction to this at the IRL , not least the hosts, who viewed it as a term of abuse. I suppose polite people would say PostLibertarian. Not as much fun I think.

    There's definitely an unavoidable whiff of "post-something", regardless of what it's called.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Brexitrump (global)
    Jacindamania (local)

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  • Hard News: Abroad and Home, in reply to Rich Lock,

    For those who want an update, the British Prime Minister Teresa May has just had her legs kicked out from under her by the DUP, a bunch of swivel-eyed religious loons who would rather cut out their own tongues than think the word 'compromise'.

    Theresa May could well become this century's Anthony Eden.

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