Leave have faith

This is an intelligent unpicking of BJ’s lies by @UKLabour. The problem I fear is that we’re not dealing with intelligence, or logic, or even truth. We are dealing with belief. We’re dealing with faith.

Leave have faith, despite all the evidence, that leaving the EU is the right thing to do. For me faith is just a short bus journey to Zealot Town. I have no idea how to counter their belief. They don’t listen to reason.

Despite their best efforts I have no desire to make them my enemy. But that’s what I am. I am other. A none believer. And not to believe, not to have faith, is heresy. I can live with being a heretic. But no amount of faith will put food on the table, or pay my rent.

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The Conversation: Armand D’Angour: Socrates in love: how the ideas of this woman are at the root of Western philosophy

This is just another example of the phrase that may or may not have been said by Napoleon Bonaparte.

What is history but a fable agreed upon?

QI

It’s not hard to see how or why patriarchy has marginalise Aspasia of Miletus.

Interestingly the website Quote Investigator: QI, who investigate the source of quotes, attributes it to someone else. Ironic.

Open Culture: Ayun Halliday: Nigerian Teenagers Are Making Slick Sci Fi Films With Their Smartphones

This is both interesting, and a little worrying. It’s great for these filmmakers. They’re making films. They’re exhibiting their talents, and learning their craft. It’s getting them noticed. How long before someone comes along, and gives them a budget, lets them make something bigger? My worry is, this kind of filmmaking doesn’t automatically translate. How many times has a great passion project been the last we ever see of a filmmaker? I can think of a few more talents, who’s work seemed to suffer when they were given a budget. They didn’t know what to do with the money. It’s as if the energy needed to make the passion project gets lost. The pressures of making no budget films are not the same as making something where you’re responsible to someone else. These young men need professional mentoring if they’re going to progress. But with the right care and guidance, they could be the next Spielberg. Remember he started out making war movies on 8mm film when he was a kid.

A secondary worry for me is the pressure this kind of work puts on those who are trying to be an industry professional. How can anyone make a living from projects like this? It’s not a sustainable model. It’s great that people can make a film with only their enthusiasm. It doesn’t bode well for those who need to make a living from the industry. This model is being repeated around the world. Enthusiastic individuals enticing (and or exploiting) other enthusiastic individuals to work for nothing. I’ve been on the wrong side of that equation once too often. It hurts, and can be hard to recover from.

Watched In Fabric (2018)

Imagine if a Seventies Italian horror film had a child with Tales of the Unexpected (1979-1988), and you’ll get a feel for Peter Strickland’s films. This one is full with absurdist dialogue, and eccentric characters. It depends heavily upon the sound design, and layered images to tell the story. Strickland should’ve directed High Rise. He has a better feel for the material than Ben Wheatley. I get the feeling a version by Strickland would’ve been gritty, and heavy on the attack. In Fabric is a good film that needs to be seen to be believed.

Ken Clarke and Europe see though Boris Johnson. Do you?

A couple of days ago I watched Ken Clarke unpack Boris Johnson’s strategy towards the European Union. Clarke thinks Johnson wants to make no deal inevitable, while blaming the European Union, Parliament, and the Opposition. He will then fight a “flag waving” general election before anyone realises the vat of shit we’re in.

This morning I watched the interview with Philippe Lamberts on Channel 4 News. He confirmed everything and more that Ken Clarke said. Ken Clarke can see though Boris Johnson. The Europeans know what Boris Johnson is up to. Do you?

I find it interestingly that I could only find two clips of Ken Clarke’s comments on Twitter. Why is that? Ken Clarke’s analysis seems accurate. I know the news in chomping it’s way through the feast that is removing rebels, but to me that’s a distraction. It’s important but should be ignored. Why aren’t they unpacking Boris Johnson’s strategy the way Ken Clarke did?