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So then is Groper Don the Con going to hire



Read this from start to finish - it's that good

Leonard Cohen’s recent death meant a lot to him. His first experience of Cohen’s music was someone giving him a copy of his track ‘Last Year’s Men’, at a time when Zephaniah rarely listened to music by white people.

"The same thing happened with Bob Dylan, with his song about a black boxer ['Hurricane']. And I thought ‘my gosh, this white Jewish guy is writing about a black guy who was wrongfully imprisoned'. And it might sound naive but at the time I was like, ‘white people care about us!'."

One of the most poignant things Zephaniah remembers about Cohen was an interview where he spoke about splitting rhymes, and noted that the people who were doing that best at the time were rappers and hip hop artists.

"And I thought that was very great of him just because he noticed… there’s a kind of intellectual type that complains and says people aren’t engaging in poetry like they used to.

Zephaniah has been put off mainstream politics of late - and what that political system delivers to the public - after recent events in Britain and in the US.

"You’ve got a lot of people who don’t understand politics themselves... so when someone similar comes along and starts blaming the blacks, the Mexicans, the lesbians… you’re gonna vote for them."

"I think the bottom line is… Trump does not know much about politics," he adds, becoming more specific. "He can shout slogans and have ideas like the man in the pub - someone who doesn't think about politics unless it’s over a pint at the weekend. But he doesn't really know what he’s doing.

"Sometimes people say to me, why don’t you get involved in politics properly? And I say absolutely not - I’m an artist, and when you go into political office, the reality is that you have staff and… it’s different from campaigning.

Since the EU referendum, Zephaniah says that he has experienced the kind of racism that he hadn’t since the 80s - an incident where, days after Britain voted to leave the EU, a man driving past shouted: "The Europeans are going and you’re next n****r."

And it’s troubling to watch the documentary that he made 11 months ago, where he speaks about Enoch Powell and the National Front. Because you realise that the rhetoric they used sounds awfully similar to certain politicians today.

Magnitude 7 earthquake strikes off El Salvador

A MASSIVE earthquake has hit off El Salvador and a tsunami alert covering 300km of Central American coastline has been issued.

The United States Geological Survey said the quake, which hit at 12.43pm local time (5.43am AEST) was centred 149km southwest of Puerto El Triunfo, at a depth of 33km.

Puerto El Triunfo is located about 80km southeast of the capital San Salvador.

The tsunami threat has passed

ROFL - Usain Bolt drops the mic on James Corden


Happy Thanksgiving!

Cat 2 Hurricane Otto - spare a thought for the folks in Costa Rica and Nicaragua

This latest in the season of all recorded hurricanes is moving very slowly so expect flooding and landslides

Do DUers understand the meaning of 2million more votes?

This has never happened in history - something serious went on here

Poor Nickki Haley is sooooooooooooo screwed

I almost feel sorry for her

Hey Groper Don the Con

GO Cheney yourself with that Thanksgiving message - it doesn't work that way.

GEMNBComcast about to discuss call for recounts in three states


Guardian: Hillary Clinton urged to call for election vote recount in battleground states

A growing number of academics and activists are calling for US authorities to fully audit or recount the 2016 presidential election vote in key battleground states, in case the results could have been skewed by foreign hackers.

The loose coalition, which is urging Hillary Clinton’s campaign to join its fight, is preparing to deliver a report detailing its concerns to congressional committee chairs and federal authorities early next week, according to two people involved.

The document, which is currently 18 pages long, focuses on concerns about the results in the states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

“I’m interested in verifying the vote,” said Dr Barbara Simons, an adviser to the US election assistance commission and expert on electronic voting. “We need to have post-election ballot audits.” Simons is understood to have contributed analysis to the effort but declined to characterise the precise nature of her involvement.

A second group of analysts, led by the National Voting Rights Institute founder John Bonifaz and Professor Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan’s center for computer security and society, is also taking part in the push for a review, and has been in contact with Simons. Bonifaz declined to speak on the record.
Meanwhile the ReTHUG governor who lost by more than 8.,000 votes in North Carolina refuses to concede - Dems better challenge these results
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