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BleakRefs

Member since Sep 2008 • Last active Oct 2020

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    Also, it's not exactly a lie to say that Starmer came across as dismissive of BLM in that interview—the most significant political mobilisation of a generation.

    It's also pretty far from the truth. I watched that interview. He was not in the least bit dismissive. He clearly meant 'moment' in the 'pivotal moment' sense.

    It's also patently not a lie to say that he abstained on a bill that can effectively decriminalise war crimes, even if it was only in its second reading.

    It's also patently not a lie to say that we have been moving against that bill in the media for weeks now or that Starmer's shadow cabinet have done more to expose its weaknesses than those people attempting to paint a second reading protest vote as being anything other than symbolic protest student vote bullshit.

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    Ex-Corbyn loyalists approvingly posting hot takes by Rishi Sunak has to be the weirdest thing about 2020.

    I think Starmer has done an excellent job. I think it's especially excellent given the sheer volume of unfair criticism levelled against him by failing blogs like Canary and Skawkbox, desperate to paint the guy as some kind of far right lunatic. I don't think he's got everything right - I think he could stand to show a bit more passion and really focus on the Tories more than on Johnson - but compared to what we had before it's night and day. We're level with the Tories for the first time in years, and those stats are only going one way.

    I think in a way it's a mark of the guy's competence that those blogs have to lie about him - paint him as pro torture, or dismissing BLM as a 'moment', or what have you - and I think the sooner they go under the sooner we'll have a left wing government again. It's blown my mind how it's always those same blogs who were so horrified that parts of the party machinery undermined Corbyn who've been spending their 2020 undermining Starmer. Irony not big in the blog world I guess.

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    Are the Timex Q ones as loud as the regular ones? I've loved my Timexes but they're so loud I've not been able to wear them long term.

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    I thought it was a really well pitched speech. Broad setting out of stall of reclaimed values, emphasis on competence, family, hard work, fairness. I'm very glad to know we're not going to be walking into the culture war rakes that the Tories have been so good at laying at our feet.

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    Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for the help with buying a car - I ended up buying a little petrol Polo and I'm really happy with it. Maybe the convertible midlife crisis vehicle can wait until my 50th!

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    I think 1watt is just too quiet for cleans really, unless it's whisper quiet. Fun to build tho. The specs were on the Vyse Amps website, well worth a look.

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    Nice! Can't wait to hear it. We still blast 3 Miles Down round this way.

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    Ha that's very similar to mine. Mine doesn't have a master volume or separate EQs (just a high / low dial) but otherwise the same. I think for me it was too dirty to really enjoy playing - I like a clean sparkling tone that makes reverb shine, and it didn't really do that - but they are very fun to make.

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    I’m thinking of building a little 1w valve amp for the living room. Same front end as a blackface Fender but without the reverb and trem. Would go in a Vibrochamp chassis and cab, with a 10” speaker. Looking at all the bits it’s definitely going to cost a few hundo to put together - good idea?

    I built one with Vyse Amps identical to that and I've never used it since. If building it is something you're excited about it's a great project but if you just want the amp you could buy mine.

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