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Opinion | The Malign Incompetence of the British Ruling Class - The New York Times
Pankaj Mishra wastes no time getting the boot into the ineptitude of the ruling-class Brexiteers. it's glorious
Politicians and journalists in Ireland are understandably aghast over the aggressive ignorance of English Brexiteers. Business people everywhere are outraged by their cavalier disregard for the economic consequences of new borders. But none of this would surprise anyone who knows of the unconscionable breeziness with which the British ruling class first drew lines through Asia and Africa and then doomed the people living across them to endless suffering.
britain  india  brexit  ireland  pakistan  asia  partition  history  colonialism  pankaj-mishra 
5 weeks ago by jm
Fraandship
Manish is definitely aware of how he and his other fraandship-seekers are perceived by Western women. But he says, “It’s a difficult problem to solve because men speaking to women they aren’t married to — or who aren’t in their families — isn’t usually allowed.” In fact, he later tells me that he’s spoken to very few women in his life, and that the internet has finally allowed him and others like him to speak to women without being worried about their parents or family finding out.

It’s this inexperience with women that leaves them defaulting to what they know best: “What we see in movies, [especially] Western movies.”

“We think if we talk about sex, or we try to act like people we see in films, we will be like them,” Manish explains. “So then, we get [upset] and confused when we’re blocked, or when these girls don’t talk back to us.”

Still, Manish and his friends are undeterred. Blocked or not, rejected or not, they continue to spend hours on other people’s Facebook and Twitter profiles, imagining what their lives are like — and how those lives could be theirs one day. “I will still go to America, or maybe London!” he says as we finish up our Skype call. “Soon, I will go. I do not want to stay here. I want to see the world. By [talking] to you, I’m already doing that.”
fraandship  fraands  south-asia  india  pakistan  internet  chat  dms 
may 2018 by jm
Donald Rumsfeld wrote the best memo ever: "Issues w/Various Countries"
Paraphrasing: "I have made a massive mess of US foreign policy and the whole world is falling apart. Have you fixed it for me yet?"

Right in the middle of the biggest Middle Eastern shitstorm ever created, April 7, 2003. Heck of a job, Rummie
donald-rumsfeld  inept  gobshites  korea  pakistan  issues  world-politics  funny  facepalm  george-w-bush  iraq  syria  libya  amazing 
april 2016 by jm

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