Well, no actually

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16 thoughts on “Well, no actually”

  1. theoldgreenfascist

    What the fuck?!
    Why are you commenting on this?
    Do you think l, or anyone else for that matter, is interested in what you think about some obscure online organisation going behind a paywall.
    I’m afraid you’ve got an inflated sense of your own importance.

  2. I used to read Hitchens’ articles on Slate, and they once had an amusing article a few years ago entitled something like “Can oral sex cure morning sickness?” but the rest of it was rubbish – the usual Leftist nonsense together with articles on why action movies no longer feature quicksand – that sort of thing.

  3. The Meissen Bison

    @theoldgreenfascist
    I can’t understand why you don’t you call yourself theoldgreenlightheartedfascist.

  4. “why action movies no longer feature quicksand”: ooh, bring it back – exploding helicopter sinks into quicksand; just the ticket.

    “Are you feeling lucky punk?” “Gurgle, gurgle, gurgle.”

  5. A lefty website for the proletariat, by the proletariat and of the proletariat wants money?

    Utterly delicious.

  6. Slate?
    Never heard of it. But if it is left/liberal, glad to hear it has disappeared behind a paywall.

  7. I doubt I’ve visited Slate 5 time in my life, yet alone in a week.

    If I want to know what liberal left folk are thinking, there’s pretty much an entire Internet to pick from, and all for free too. I’ve long suspected that’s why the Guardian is free to read online- trying to charge for leftist comment on the Web is like trying to sell sand in Arabia

  8. Isn’t Slate the one that’s edited by the Irish ex-Living Marxism fellow who used to write on the late Telegraph blogs?

  9. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Richard, do you mean Brendan O’Neill and Spiked? If so, that’s about as far off-beam as you can get.

  10. Ah, sorry. Yes, him. And they both begin with ‘S’. Never looked at either but read O’Neill in various places.

  11. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Brendan O’Neill is pretty sound. He pens the occasional piece for National Review Online these days so I think it’s fair to say his Marxist views have been somewhat tempered.

  12. A website I access 5 times a month is not a website that I can really be said to want to pay to follow

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