Who knows? Who hopes? Who troubles? Let it pass! He sleeps. He sleeps less tremulous, less cold Than we who must awake, and waking, say Alas!

Asleep

 

Under his helmet, up against his pack,

After the many days of work and waking,

Sleep took him by the brow and laid him back.

And in the happy no-time of his sleeping,

Death took him by the heart. There was a quaking

Of the aborted life within him leaping …

Then chest and sleepy arms once more fell slack.

And soon the slow, stray blood came creeping

From the intrusive lead, like ants on track.

 

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Whether his deeper sleep lie shaded by the shaking

Of great wings, and the thoughts that hung the stars,

High pillowed on calm pillows of God’s making

Above these clouds, these rains, these sleets of lead,

And these winds’ scimitars;

—Or whether yet his thin and sodden head

Confuses more and more with the low mould,

His hair being one with the grey grass

And finished fields of autumns that are old …

Who knows? Who hopes? Who troubles? Let it pass!

He sleeps. He sleeps less tremulous, less cold

Than we who must awake, and waking, say Alas!

 

Wilfred Owen

Eurosceptics: We Have Been Tories Longer Than Cameron
Mark Pritchard Denies Defection Rumour

Dave “zapp brannigan” Cameron strikes again…

“A disaster? Get back to me when it’s a catastrophe!”

George “kif” Osborne: ssighhhh

The worst American president ever

It’s a big bus, and sooner or later everyone’s going under it.

#AmericanNero #ObamaHatesAmerica #WarOnTruth

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I guess on this one he can’t blame George Bush so he blames someone else:

President Obama largely blamed the United States’ intelligence community in an interview broadcast Sunday for giving an incorrect assessment of the capabilities of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“Our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that, I think, they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” Obama said on CBS’s “”60 Minutes.” . . .

Obama’s remarks served as an acknowledgement that the United States in recent years has been largely unaware of the power behind ISIS, which has been characterized as a terrorist group with some qualities of state-backed military forces. . . .

Obama also admitted that the United States overestimated the willingness of allies such as Iraq to join in the fight against ISIS.

Golf and shooting hoops is not the kind of work…

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Kill the Moon Promo Pics

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Here are the latest promo pics from this week’s episode of Doctor Who, Kill the Moon, and wow, they look gorgeous. I have high hopes for this episode. We’ll see how well it delivers though. My review for last week’s episode, The Caretaker, to be released shortly.

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Steven Moffat, Doctor Who, The Caretaker and soldier bashing

If nothing else this moronic soldier bashing is highlighting how few people still serve, as well as the general abysmal ignorance about volunteerism, conscription and what you’re “made to do”.

Even during conscription, anyone objecting to fighting is given an equally or more dangerous job to do if they go to the front- ambulance driving for example.

Volunteerism shows a level of commitment no civilian would achieve. Least of all television writers given the opportunity to run a show they once regularly described in the 1990s as “rubbish”.

In terms of volunteer soldiering, it’s basically exactly what the Doctor has been cast as since the Patrick Troughton moonbase speech onwards.

In terms of the culture which pays the licence fees so the BBC can make Doctor Who, it’s extremely poor taste and rather anti-English to have a go at armed services personnel, especially when they’re now regularly dragged into corporate wars around the world.

Doctor Who doesn’t have to go to the “my country right or wrong” fascist support the troops rhetoric of American progamming, but flabby civilians whose idea of a war is arguing on a forum (or in the case of Moffat secretly reading every word on this one) should just leave it right out.

It’s as bad in its way as the right-on politics and tone deaf socialistic claptrap of the seventh doctor.

If the Pink character supposedly just did his turn as a squaddie or similar and never rose up the ranks, as well as the odious reference to “officers” as being something out of the Sharpe series- evil English lords etc. – whoever is writing this needs to get out more. A guy who never earns a promotion in reality is a hopeless soldier. Hopeless. To never qualify as a specialist etc. let alone drift through as a dog soldier- not representative.

But then we had the stupid acrobatics so perhaps he was some kewl commando and they had a secret mission and it all went wrong and he shot civilians because OFFICERS! Not hackneyed or trite at all then. Also in this day and age if civilians quote unquote were shot, he’d have been disciplined, prosecuted probably.

Load of tripe from beginning to end.

And for a cartoon parody of a Doctor whose catchphrase seems to be :shut up: this is another unneeded layer of unpleasantness.