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The SL-1 reactor incident

"3 January 1961: A reactor explosion (attributed by a Nuclear Regulatory Commission source to sabotage) at the National Reactor Testing Station in Idaho Falls, Idaho, killed one navy technician and two army technicians, and released radioactivity "largely confined" (words of John A. McCone, Director of the Atomic Energy Commission) to the reactor building. The three men were killed as they moved fuel rods in a "routine" preparation for the reactor start-up. One technician was blown to the ceiling of the containment dome and impaled on a control rod. His body remained there until it was taken down six days later. The men were so heavily exposed to radiation that their hands had to be buried separately with other radioactive waste, and their bodies were interred in lead coffins."
- http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/rlmckinl.htm

Fear the Batmen

Witch Demdike

"She confessed that, about twenty years ago, as she was coming home from begging, she was met near Gouldshey, in the Forest of Pendle, by a spirit of devil in the shape of a boy, the one half of his coat black and the other brown, who told her to stop and said that if she would give him her soul, she would have anything she wished for.

She asked his name, and was told ‘Tib’. She consented, from the hope of gain, to give him her soul.

For several years she had no occasion to make any application to her evil spirit; but one Sunday morning, having a little child upon her knee, and she being in a slumber, the spirit appeared to he in the likeness of a brown dog., and forced himself upon her knee, and begun to suck blood under her left arm, on which she exclaimed, ‘Jesus! Save me!’ and the brown dog vanished, leaving her almost stark mad for eight weeks.

On another occasion she was led, being blind, to the house of Richard Baldwin, to obtain payment for the services her daughter had performed at his mill, when Baldwin fell into a passion, and bid them to get off his ground, calling them ‘whores and witches’ and saying he would burn the one and hang the other.

On this, Tib appeared, and they concerted matters to revenge themselves on Baldwin; how, is not stated.”

From Lancashire Folklore, 1882 
John Harland and T.T. Wilkinson.

Witch Demdike

"She confessed that, about twenty years ago, as she was coming home from begging, she was met near Gouldshey, in the Forest of Pendle, by a spirit of devil in the shape of a boy, the one half of his coat black and the other brown, who told her to stop and said that if she would give him her soul, she would have anything she wished for.

She asked his name, and was told ‘Tib’. She consented, from the hope of gain, to give him her soul.

For several years she had no occasion to make any application to her evil spirit; but one Sunday morning, having a little child upon her knee, and she being in a slumber, the spirit appeared to he in the likeness of a brown dog., and forced himself upon her knee, and begun to suck blood under her left arm, on which she exclaimed, ‘Jesus! Save me!’ and the brown dog vanished, leaving her almost stark mad for eight weeks.

On another occasion she was led, being blind, to the house of Richard Baldwin, to obtain payment for the services her daughter had performed at his mill, when Baldwin fell into a passion, and bid them to get off his ground, calling them ‘whores and witches’ and saying he would burn the one and hang the other.

On this, Tib appeared, and they concerted matters to revenge themselves on Baldwin; how, is not stated.”

From Lancashire Folklore, 1882 
John Harland and T.T. Wilkinson.

Propaganda in favor of action dictated by the impulses that are below self-interest offers false, garbled or incomplete evidence, avoids logical argument and seeks to influence its victims by the mere repetition of catchwords, by the furious denunciation of foreign or domestic scapegoats, and by cunningly associating the lowest passions with the highest ideals

- Aldous Huxley

Sep 2

The things I’d do as PM of Great Britain

Public services

1.) Build the world’s fastest internet network.
2.) Create universal access to public parks, libraries and gyms. 
3.) Reintroduce national service, but for roles in the public sector rather than the armed forces. 
4.) Slowly phases out cars from inner cities by improving rail and tram networks.
5.) Build more low rent public accomadation.

 Research, education and culture

1.) Deregulate universities and divert more of their funding into scientific research.
2.) Build much larger schools and give them much much better facilities. Merge primary and secondary education and organise classes by ability. Revise the definition of literacy to include fluency in a second language and in computer science.
3.) Set up smaller sixth forms in the grammar school model. Make some of them boarding schools.
4.) Integrate apprenticeships with higher education and employment in public services.
5.) Allow people to move easily between school, six form, apprenticeships, uni and employment regardless of their age.
6.) Heavily tax large sporting clubs and entertainment venues, spend the money on the arts.

 Crime and punishment

1.) Reorganise prisons around productive penal labour.
2.) Increase the punishments for drug possession.
3.) No more community orders.
4.) Relax piracy laws and deregulate the internet.

Foreign policy and security

1.) Say sorry for all the shit we’ve caused and take a less interventionist stance.
2.) Decommission Trident. Disband the Army, Navy and Airforce. Redirect military funding to the police, border control, elite special forces and cybercrime protection.
3.) Stop giving foreign aid and start making better trade deals.
4.) Strengthen our economic ties with the commonwealth.
5.) Strengthen our cultural ties with the EU.

Energy

1.) Build a load of Nuclear Power stations and start selling electricity to Europe.
2.) Reopen the coal mines and expand fracking. Export what they produce, while building a fossil fuel reserve.
3.) Subsidise the construction of woodchip based biomass boilers.
4.) Start to modernise the national grid.

Taxes, employment and welfare

1.) Get rid of the benefit system and the minimum wage. Replace them with a citizen’s income. 
2.) Cut most taxes. Get rid of VAT. Have a much harsher inheritance tax. Raise taxes on booze, betting shops, cigs, sweets and video games.

Immigration: public services and local communities have been stressed to their breaking points by mass immigration. Put in place a temporary freeze, followed by a strict quota system which can gradually be relaxed as immigration becomes more manageable.

Devolution: increase the powers of local government and regional democracy in the English counties and larger cities.

In the last couple of year 80s kid shows have been making lots of money as blockbusting movies. Transformers, Smurfs, TMNT, GI Joe.

Next up is a Power Rangers adaptation slated for 2016, but the mighty morphers were definately more of a 90s thing. A new era is on the way guys. Micheal Bay is coming to harvest the tears of 90s kids to fuel his eternal film career. Micheal Bay is gonna do a live action Animorphs. Micheal Bay is gonna do a live action Gargoyles. Micheal Bay is gonna do a live action Pokemon film, with Shia Labouf as Ash and Megan Fox as Misty. Micheal Bay is gonna blow up your childhoods and take your money. Good luck Bay-san.

"Oblomovitis"

Def: A chronic feeling of indolence and apathy leading to death.

trlcom:

An Aphex Twin Is Blimp Flying Over London

Shoot that thing down before he escapes with the new LP

Da ba dee dabba da-ee

Da ba dee dabba da-ee

Metal Gear Solid 5 and the HD remake of Resident Evil 1 are both coming to PC.

PC has won Japan. RIP PS4.

I can now save that $500 I was going to waste on a next gen console and put it towards the much larger amount of money I’ll have to waste on a new PC :).