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kruku
26 February 2017 @ 01:35 pm
I've recently had an interesting experience. Facebook deleted one of my posts two days. They've just asked me if the post was spam and they were removing posts that breached their community posting standards. Basically someone reported my post as spam. I'm including a link to the article I posted and a copy of the text that may have incurred the wrath of said troll.

Immigration authorities detain Muhammad Ali, Jr. at Florida airport, demand to know if he's Muslim

"You know the police have wanted to bust his dad like this for years :D

Ask anyone who has got on the wrong side of the police in the US. I have. They are no better than those found in some third world country plus they're heavily armned and backed up by a crooked Police Union and state attorneys. So many of them are racist and politically to the right of Atilla the Hun. The KKK made it policy to infiltrate the police from the beginning of the US Civil Rights movement. When there is a liberal (by US standards) governement in power the police relax their illegal activities a bit since they don't want to become a platform for US lefties to run on but the more right wing the US Goverment is the more they feel they can take the piss. This is not going to get better for the next four years."

I'll be interested to see if this happens here on Livejournal. Also if anyone wants to posts of similar experiences that would  be cool too.
 
 
kruku
18 January 2017 @ 04:21 pm
An Aussie journo(turns out to beCEO of Oxfam) pins the tail on the rich wealth worshipping culture we have.

It's good. But it's a rhetoric that Wat Tyler used to sell. Nothing wrong with the concept.
Freeing up all that wealth and get some qualified people in the driving seat of our commerce and industries would solve a lot of problems. Think about it. We've had the technological know how to mine asteroids for decades. But the present 1% and their, cowed, management aren't about to take any risks in case we see they have feet made of clay. That's why they let the muppet, trump, step up for the job of US Pres. They didn't want it because the new media is shining far too a big a spotlight on any big issues. It's getting so a mega corporation can't finesse disaster capitalism through wars in the middle east without half the world knowing about it. So some take some of their money and put some new people in charge

...but first the working class & poor & marginalised have to give up on the self-hate and we have to give up enabling propaganda we find mostly in the media that fuels this self-hate. That's what we should be working on, enabling the education and pride of the bottom 80% of humanity. It's no good scrapping the old structure until you've got the plans for the new one and there's no
point in sacking the old bosses until you have the new personnel ready to replace them. Look at the French & Russian Revolutions and the bourgeois societies they spawned. Also look at the Western hemisphere's response to any people's uprising from the Spanish Civil War to Syria. Educate a worker now and see five on the barricades when they're needed.
 
 
kruku
17 December 2016 @ 10:10 am
I didn't know how to post this as it seemed so raw and bizarre at the time. Going home late one night this week I saw a gentleman of colour who later turned out to be Asian or Middle Eastern. He was surrounded by policemen and other emergency services people in uniform. He was declaiming something loudly. It was dark and the traffic was busy so I couldn't make out too many details but I got closer, I had to pass the incident. It was on my way home, but not too close. One doesn't like to get involved with the constabulary's activities unless one attracts their attention. I then noticed he had no shirt and there was an ambulance nearby and the emergency staff were ambulance staff. Then I noticed he was holding his index finger aloft and seemed to be addressing the night sky. He was proselytizing! Then I noticed he had no trousers and the policemen surrounding him were very close. They had no fear of him. They were trying to make sure he didn't dash into the traffic. Did I mention it was rather cold last night? The poor fellow was mad, or desperate. I suppose you can be both(: I didn't hear his sermon. There were a lot of policemen and it was cold and I wanted to get home to my bed as I had to get up early next day. But it occurred to me he was probably distressed over the atrocious incidents in Syria. What was he to do? Middle Eastern states were involved, the West was involved^^ I believe he was trying to get our attention with an act of outrageous imodesty so we would stop to hear what he had to say. Upon thinking it over I was quite moved. He may have been just another poor soul given unto the care of the community. I think the poor fellow was quite bonkers, or desperate over the inhumanity in Syria. I think a person could be both. But if I'm right his act of imodesty, which hurt no one but himself, was his contribution to draw attention to the awful inhumanity being carried out in Syria. You might want to retell this story of a madman(?) trying to save the Syrians and the suffering of it's people and us from the sin of omission. You may be successful in moving people enough to lobby for an end to foriegn interference in Syria. I'd like to take that last thought through Xmas with me :)
 
 
kruku
Reader's Group Meeting is at Streatham Library Monday the 7 November. We will be meeting in one of Streatham Library's meeting rooms on Monday the 7 November. So just pop in to Streatham Library on the day and ask at the library staff desk which meeting room we are meeting in.

Even if I do not cancel at the last minute I want you guys to discuss replacing me. Due to work pressures(I'm on call now & not in any position to turn down the work) and I live the other side of London all of which makes chairing & running & campaigning for the reading group much more difficult. I have canclled the last two meetings because of my probelms and I think the reading group derserves better than that. I'll still turn up as often as I can. Also I will be happy to co-chair for any provisional chair and coordinator until they they decide they want to take on the position.  

Also everyone is welcome. Now more than ever the group needs new people in the area that can tell us what they like in comics and what comics they want to see in their libary. So please turn for a chat about comics & graphic novels and what we would all like to see in our Streatham Library graphic novel collection on Monday the 5 September.

Oh and if you're late we reconvene at about 20:00 in the Holland & Tringham pub just down the road :)


Venue:
Streatham Library
63 Streatham High Road
London SW16 1PL
After Meeting drink:
Holland and Tringham
107-109 StreathamHigh Road
London SW16 1HJ
Printable Map Printable Map


Cross posted to lambeth_comics and to
our Facebook Group
 
 
kruku
Reader's Group Meeting is at Streatham Library Monday the 5 SeptemberWe will be meeting in one of Streatham Library's meeting rooms on Monday the 5 September. So just pop in to Streatham Library on the day and ask at the library staff desk which meeting room we are meeting in..

Everyone is welcome. So please turn for a chat about comics & graphic novels and what we would all like to see in our Streatham Library graphic novel collection on Monday the 5 September.

Oh and if you're late we reconvene at about 20:00 in the Holland & Tringham pub just down the road :)


Venue:
Streatham Library
63 Streatham High Road
London SW16 1PL
After Meeting drink:
Holland and Tringham
107-109 StreathamHigh Road
London SW16 1HJ
Printable Map Printable Map


Cross posted to lambeth_comics and to
our Facebook Group
 
 
 
kruku
We will be meeting in one of Streatham Library's meeting rooms on Monday the 1 August. So just pop in to Streatham Library on the day and ask at the library staff desk which meeting room we are meeting in..

Everyone is welcome. So please turn for a chat about comics & graphic novels and what we would all like to see in our Streatham Library graphic novel collection on Monday the 1 August.

Oh and if you're late we reconvene at about 20:00 in the Holland & Tringham pub just down the road :)


Venue:
Streatham Library
63 Streatham High Road
London SW16 1PL
After Meeting drink:
Holland and Tringham
107-109 StreathamHigh Road
London SW16 1HJ
Printable Map Printable Map


Cross posted to lambeth_comics and to
our Facebook Group
 
 
kruku

Our first meeting of 2016 we will be in one of Streatham Library's meeting rooms on Monday the 4 July. So just pop in to Streatham Library on the day and ask at the library staff desk which meeting room we are meeting in..

Everyone is welcome. So please turn for a chat about comics & graphic novels and what we would all like to see in our Streatham Library graphic novel collection on Monday the 4 July.

Oh and if you're late we reconvene at about 20:00 in the Holland & Tringham pub just down the road :)


Venue:
Streatham Library
63 Streatham High Road
London SW16 1PL
After Meeting drink:
Holland and Tringham
107-109 StreathamHigh Road
London SW16 1HJ
Printable Map Printable Map


Cross posted to lambeth_comics
and our Facebook Group
 
 
kruku

Our first meeting of 2016 we will be in one of Streatham Library's meeting rooms on Monday the 6 June. So just pop in to Streatham Library on the day and ask at the library staff desk which meeting room we are meeting in..

Everyone is welcome. So please turn for a chat about comics & graphic novels and what we would all like to see in our Streatham Library graphic novel collection on Monday the 6 June.

Oh and if you're late we reconvene at about 20:00 in the Holland & Tringham pub just down the road :)


Venue:
Streatham Library
63 Streatham High Road
London SW16 1PL
After Meeting drink:
Holland and Tringham
107-109 StreathamHigh Road
London SW16 1HJ
Printable Map Printable Map


Cross posted to lambeth_comics
and our Facebook Group


 
 
kruku
18 May 2016 @ 11:44 pm
Tonight I played a very well behaved White Dragon. Did I mention I was in a tabletop roleplaying game tonight?
It started with taking down Hedron, a powerful witch & avatar of a diety of ice & death in an ice fortress by reasoning with her. However she had to be divested of her curse imbued ice powers. Which Adran, the Cleric of the milk & water god took on himself, to his fatal detriment upon turning into a ice statue. Then while my character, Sala, found a way out of our icy prison the leather clad philosopher, Ratskin ( Sala calls him Ratso out of affection) set about philandering with the now powerless ice witch. We found ourselves stranded on an ice shelf, our ship, froze solid. So the "clever" wizavard, Zeno, said he could temporarily turn one of us into a giant flying beast to carry us to civilisation before we starved to death. What could go wrong? Once a White Dragon Sala forgot who he was and after literally dropping the ship & it's crew by the coast ravage the territory of all tasty protein. Barring that I surprised at myself insomuch as having all the power of a massively powerful mythical creature I was looking for ways for Sala the dragon to fit into the game rather than running amok. I managed to find excuses not to ravage sentient settlements & towns and Sala the Ice Dragon, squatted an old Ice Dragon's lair. However, as the dragon, Sala did manage to bitch-slap the annoying "clever" wizavard, Zeno before being turned back into a boring old Elf Ranger :)

Edit: Because turning into a White Dragon was the most intersting thing that happened to my character I didn't bother to mention this earlier but Adran, the Cleric turning into a ice statue when he took on Hedron the Ice Witch's curse was a major game changer and narrative event. The Ice Witch had been using her powers to freeze half a continent and starve the population in doing so. By removing Hedron as the Ice Witch Adran the Cleric had changed the that part of the world for the better and foresseable future. If the game were to run as an 'epic' campaign new 'epic' challenges would have to be introduced to it. This is also true of any narrative.

 
 
kruku
07 April 2016 @ 12:24 am
I enjoyed a RPG tabletop game tonight. New Steve masterfully tolerated our carry-on gaming style to run an excellent game.
In an investigation of a dwarven cavern the sneaky, urbane, Ratskin managed to wake up two arboreal Giant Spiders, a necromancer and his small army of zombies. The cleric of the milk and water diety, Adran,  & the Wizilvard, Zeno, decided the best course of action was run in with surprise. We were surprised. Ratskin had sneakily allowed himself to be wrapped up in the arboreal G‌iant Spiders' webs overhead. Zeno the Wizilvard fireballed the Giant Spider webs. Adran the cleric turned the necromancer (who now appeared to be undead) and his horde of undead minions while standing underneath the burning webs. The Giant Spiders having their webs burned promptly fell upon Adran the cleric & Zeno the Wizilvard. Sala the elven ranger, cursed with unmanageable hair, attacked the Giant Spider savaging Adran the cleric. The sly urbanite, Ratskin. freed himself of charred webbing and sneaked up to stab the Giant Spider on Zeno the Wizilvard but Ratskin cunningly headbutted a flailing Giant Spider limb waved in his direction and then tumbled into a nearby chasm to distract his foe. Zeno the Wizilvard dispatched the Giant Spider with a blast of eldritch energy and then joined the cunning rogue in a pretence of aiding him to climb out of the chasm but "falling down" into the chasm with Ratskin. While Sala the ranger battled the last remaining Giant Spider Adran, in a spectacular feat of tactics, fetched a rope to the chasm threw it down to the others and let himself get pulled into the chasm with the weight of the rope! So Ratskin is holding onto the side of the chasm with one hand and Zeno with the other. Zeno has Adran’s rope in his other hand from which Adran is dangling from. Sala the elven ranger, always a little slow off the mark, fussily tied off his rope and descended to help the others. But he did manage to entertain everyone by doing it upside down and losing all the daggers & handaxes he had gathered for use as missile weapons.
There was more but for dignity’s sake I draw a veil over the scene here. You know who you are :)