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blakewoad.jpgDavid Maddox has a piece in today's Scotsman about the limited number of participants on the Scottish Government's so-called "National Conversation". George Foulkes is quoted in the article discussing "the small army of cybernats who bombard media and political websites in Scotland".

Anyone ever visiting the Scotsman or the Herald's political articles is familiar with the phenomenon.

So is it any surprise that the army strikes in the comments to this very story, and strikes hard? You have to laugh at their touching faith in the power of ranting to deliver independence.

Ranting, and also always renaming. Even more than the Trots, this particular section of the Nat ecosphere loves to rename. It was always Tony Bliar, from Nu Liebour (even in this set of comments), however dull and pointless that kind of "humour" sounded the nineteen thousandth time. So in this story the Scotsman becomes "DeadManWalkingsMan" or the "CringeMan", Foulkes becomes "Lord Zebedee" and "Lord Foulking Drunk", while Wendy is "Bendy Wendy" and the "Mouth of the South."

The irony is I can't imagine anything more likely to drive the floating voters away from the SNP as they float across the websites of our national papers. Keep it up, troops!

Internet people for Obama

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This is the strangest political banner ad I've ever seen. Presumably it's intended to run on World of Warcraft discussion sites or similar. Thanks to Aaron for this. Story starts with wolf.

Update: it's apparently a Neil Gaiman quote. So not dorky at all.

The Breeders

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thebreeders.jpgI found out last night that they still rock very hard. Kim gave me a beer and her Pixies playlist at the Queen's Hall in 1988. Kelley has given up heroin and gotten into knitting, which has to be progress. The two coolest sisters in modern music, except perhaps Kristen Hersh and Tanya Donnelly.

But was Frank MacAveety there? I didn't see him, but surely he wouldn't have missed it? I still remember being flushed with pride at our devolved institutions when he was still Culture Minister (bear with me), before the little local difficulty in the canteen. Holyrood Magazine asked him who the most influential band of the last 20 years was, and he said the Pixies. 

Anyway, here's a little bit of Breeders to brighten up my Wednesday.

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