Ain’t this fun? Labour third in Wales

Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party stormed to victory in Wales, knocking Labour into an embarrassing third.

Mr Farage’s movement claimed 32 per cent of the vote in the country, more than 10 points ahead of their nearest rivals.

Sure, it’s not quite the knock out the SNP delivered in Scotland but wouldn’t it be fun if the Celtic vote simply abandoned Labour at Westminster. We’d have to fear them a great deal less, no?

Comment in The Guardian

“In state prisons, the mortality rate was 275 for every 100,000 people, the highest since data collection began in 2001.”

That’s about the same as the mortality rate for men 35 to 45 years old in the general population:

https://www.statista.com/statistics/241572/death-rate-by-age-and-sex-in-the-us/

And the prison population trends older than the general population:

https://www.bop.gov/about/statistics/statistics_inmate_age.jsp

I’d say the large number of deaths in US prisons is mostly because there’s lots of people in US prisons. Sure, that incarceration rate is a problem that should be solved. But the death rate doesn’t seem out of the ordinary at all.

A fuller explanation here.

You just wait honey, you just wait

Damn, luvvies can be just so annoying. So, there’s a Guardian headline:

Patricia Arquette: ‘I don’t want to play the ingenue for ever’

To which the correct response is don’t worry honey, you won’t.

ingénue
/ˈãʒən(j)uː/
noun
an innocent or unsophisticated young woman, especially in a play or film.

Just wait a few years and you really won’t.

So, all nicely lined up to have a snarl:

“It’s really liberating,” she says. “I feel like my whole career, I’ve had to operate within boundaries of what’s a likable woman? What’s attractive to society? There were a lot of people before I did Escape at Dannemora who said: ‘Oh my God, don’t gain weight for that, don’t let them make you look like that or you won’t be able to get jobs.’ I was like: ‘I’m an actor, just let me act!’… I don’t feel that we put that on males and I don’t want to carry it around any more.

“I don’t want to be the ingenue for ever – you can’t,” she continues. “We see people my age still trying to be ingenues, and at a certain point, you look… otherworldly. How are you going to play a 50-year-old woman in the real world?” Arquette isn’t judgmental about plastic surgery (“It’s your face; you get to look like whatever you want to look like”). She just feels that it affects on-screen credibility. “If some dude who looks like he works out four hours a day plays some regular dad, I have a hard time believing that too. You’ve got to look realistic for a part like that.”

Bugger, isn’t that annoying? An actor who is actually an intellectual adult?

This isn’t decimation

Nigel Farage’s party came top in the North East, North West, East of England, Wales, West Midlands, East Midlands, Yorkshire & Humber, the South West and South East.

This came largely at the expense of the Conservative Party. Theresa May’s party have lost a huge share of the vote across all regions, so far losing 15 MEP seats to a total of three.

Them’s the results. Described as:

The Conservatives have been decimated in the European elections and recorded their worst result in history as Nigel Farage’s six-week-old Brexit Party triumphed.

Closer to a nonagintamation, no?

An interesting question

One I don’t know the answer to:

Blast furnaces such as the one at Scunthorpe make steel from scratch and, once shut down, are more or less impossible to replace. Greener, less energy-intensive electric arc furnaces, of which the UK has four, can make steel by recycling scrap. At present, though, they do not achieve the quality levels that a blast furnace can, at least not without incurring great expense in removing impurities.

And the ability to make such high-grade steel domestically is crucial to a nation’s defence capability. Steel is used in aeroplanes, ships, guns, tanks – more or less everything the military uses. If Scunthorpe were to close, the UK would be left with one blast furnace, at Port Talbot in Wales, which does not make the same products.

They’re right about the difference between a blast and arc furnace. Sorta right about the quality – the big change in modern steel is how much closer an arc can now get to the quality of blast furnace steel.

But military steel? High quality? Not really sure about that at all. Anyone know?

Better abolish the equality watchdog then

The increasing tendency for people to define themselves by their faith, gender, sexuality or race is undermining empathy among Britons, says the chair of the country’s equality watchdog.

David Isaac, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, told the Observer that identity politics had been hugely important in advancing the civil rights of many groups. But he warned of a danger that “individual interests” were narrowing people’s views and diminishing their connection to wider society.

Simples, innit?

How plural need we be here?

Transgender swimmers will be granted full access to Hampstead Heath’s ladies’ pond following a local authority ruling which has sparked protest from feminists and Orthodox Jewish women.

People who identify as transgender now have the right to bathe in the womens-only pond in London which is used by celebrities including the model, Kate Moss and actresses Emma Thompson and Helena Bonham-Carter.

Those who swim in ponds are a minority of course. And so are trans. So, our minority of a minority ends up as being how many people? Something we need to use plural for?

This aside from the manner of the description. Apparently all trans – at least the way they describe it women by source but now not, women by destination but not originally. Which is rather cake and eat it, isn’t it?

Eh?

After which, let me assure all Lexiteers, there will be no upsurge of socialist support in which Corbyn will be swept to power. A government fully committed to a fascist narrative, that it will only amplify when in power, will exist.

Now, as a matter of objective reality, who is the more fascist? Nige or Jezza?

Rilly?

Twonkeys! Donkey gives birth to Britain’s only known living twins who have now been named Ronnie and Reg after the Kray twins

Well, it’s true that Ronnie and Reggie are no longer with us but I’m really pretty sure there are other twins out ther………

Oh, you mean twin donkeys?

Pendantry lives!

Didn’t know this

The key to many of the health benefits of sex is the love hormone – oxytocin. Also sometimes called the cuddle hormone, it can even be released when petting your dog. The same hormone causes contractions in childbirth and is in the pessaries given to induce labour. It’s even in sperm. It’s not a myth that sex can help an overdue baby get going.

Isn’t that wondrous? A sex column in The Guardian that is actually about sex not either the feelz or the patriarchy?

Ah, yes, the far right

Austria’s crisis is a lesson for Europe: far-right parties are unfit to govern
Julia Ebner

That particular party does indeed seem to have had more than just the one scumbag in it.

Leaked video recordings show the now-resigned vice chancellor HC Strache and parliamentary whip Johann Gudenus offer Austrian contracts and assets, including the country’s most widely read media outlet, Kronen Zeitung, to Russian oligarchs in return for campaign support.

So different from offering contracts and assets to prop up Cuba, as Chavez and Maduro have done, isn’t it? Corruption and idiocy being an entirely far right wing construct, obviously.

Amazing how few argue for more freedom

A Conservative peer has criticised the beauty industry, suggesting its “obsession with perfection” is fuelling social media abuse of people with disfigurements.

Minister for Equalities Baroness Williams of Trafford called for tougher regulation of websites so vulnerable people are not targeted by internet trolls.

So, before we had a mass media beauty industry with these impossible standards…..people with disfigurements never were abused, right? Elephant Man didn’t wear a sack over his head?

Ah….