Monthly Archives: February 2021

Nine months in the long limbo of long covid

A description of what it’s like to suffer from “long Covid” by Ed Rooksby, a college lecturer and writer who died recently at the age of 45. I sincerely hope I do not get this horrible disease.

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Nearly 70,000 cases of covid infection were reported yesterday, 8th January. Of course that’s officially confirmed cases and the real number of infections will be much higher. A small but significant proportion of those people will go on to be hospitalised and a small but significant proportion of them will die in the next few days. As we are often reminded, as if to reassure us, most of these victims will be over 60 and/or have various ‘underlying medical conditions’, but there are at least a couple of important ways in which this narrative of reassurance is both troubling and misleading. First, this narrative, intentionally or not (and I think it often is intentional when seized upon by various covid deniers and ‘lockdown sceptics’) effectively relegates people over 60 and those with ‘underlying conditions’ (and the list of these conditions is much more extensive than people normally realise) to…

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My Ideal of a Film Reviewer

I used to review films, but I’ve largely given it up. Why? Nobody reads film reviews and it’s a waste of time to write them. I was also a pretty shitty film reviewer. Once in awhile (usually about a film that traumatized me as a child) I’d write a decent review. For the most part, I was only going through the motions.

This woman is one of the best film reviewers I’ve seen online. She’s been at it for about ten years. There’s nothing fancy or elaborately produced about her reviews. She doesn’t even show clips. All she does is sit on the floor next to her book shelf and talk for 10-15 minutes. In this video she absolutely nails the aesthetic of Brian De Palma. We need more film reviewers like this and fewer blockheads like Roger Ebert or shallow talking heads like Mark Kermode. By all means if you have the money buy her art or donate to her patreon.

Maybe the most independent and original film critic online.

The (New Normal) War on Domestic Terror

I’m ambivalent about this writer. I disagree with his argument that Covid is a hoax or that the danger is exaggerated. I think he’s spot on about how the ruling class is using Covid to institute more repression. So I guess I’ll just say that if Covid didn’t exist the ruling class would have to invent it.

Consent Factory, Inc.

If you enjoyed the Global War on Terror, you’re going to love the new War on Domestic Terror! It’s just like the original Global War on Terror, except that this time the “Terrorists” are all “Domestic Violent Extremists” (“DVEs”), “Homegrown Violent Extremists” (“HVEs”), “Violent Conspiracy-Theorist Extremists” (“VCTEs”), “Violent Reality Denialist Extremists” (VRDEs”), “Insurrectionary Micro-Aggressionist Extremists” (“IMAEs”), “People Who Make Liberals Feel Uncomfortable” (“PWMLFUs”), and anyone else the Department of Homeland Security wants to label an “extremist” and slap a ridiculous acronym on.

According to a “National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin” issued by the DHS on January 27, these DCEs, HVEs, VCTEs, VRDEs, IMAEs, and PWMLFUs are “ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority” and other “perceived grievances fueled by false narratives.” They are believed to be “motivated by a range of issues, including anger over Covid-19 restrictions, the 2020 election results, police use of…

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