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Need to post the lyrics up man, sounds great!

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This will probably be lost in the deluge of other comments.

I have to admit, I've been very depressed since the election result on Friday.  More than depressed, there have been feelings of anxiety, distrust, hate, isolation - all of the things that I imagine many of you can relate to in the last few days.  To make things worse; everything Tory seems to be united, everything else seems to be falling apart.  But then I found this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learned_helplessness

The jist of it is that after repeated forced pain/trauma, there is a psychological instinct to accept it; to believe that there is no way out and thus no reason to fight it, even when there are ways available.  

We fought a good fight.  Russell and The Guardian Endorcing Labour; Ed Milliband saying that we need to deal with non-dom's and tax-dodging corporations abroad was all good.  We were doing the right thing, and working together is still the way forward.

For a moment at the end there, we saw a glimpse of unity by the left and the liberals.  Now that the election is over the right's first attack has been on just that.   Talks of dismantling the BBC; the Tory group selfie; scrapping the human rights act and talk of leaving Europe are all there to make a clear statement: "We are in charge now; and you are helpless" 

Which brings me back to the study I mentioned earlier.  Learned helplessness happens when we start to believe we are powerless; and when we believe we are powerless, we make ourselves powerless.  

Just think about that for a minute; let it sink in.

I say that, because that is going to be a regular point of attack for the Conservatives in the next 5 years, and they know it.  Being aware is your first step to being immune, and it will help on the bad days.

Russell, if you read this - I work around Hoxton and I'd love to meet you for lunch one day:  I feel like we could learn a lot from each other.  Your endorsement of the Labour party, and telling people to get involved in voting and political activism was spot on; it wasn't a mirage, or some trick they played on you.  You do have influence, but there are influences on both sides across a great deal of demographics.  What we need to do now is grow that influence; get people shouting like they did for the Scottish referendum.  

Ed Miliband had good ideas, but he was not the voice of social justice we needed.  What we need now could be many things, but more than one voice, we need many liberal voices, across all regions of the UK.  We need social media; demonstrations; posters; campaigns; marketing efforts, and we need them loud.  Neither Labour, the Greens, nor the SNP can handle this one on their own, and we need to get the left wing message back out there and on the map, regardless of political affiliations.  

If we've learned anything from UKIP's popularity it's that loud voices work.  Well we have a lot more supporters, and a lot more loud voices.  What we need to do now is shout. Shout till the streets vibrate.  Call out every backhanded tactic and slimy law the Cons try to slip through.  Let's make the most turbulant 5 years in the history of Austerity.  We need to rock the conservatives and show them they will not get out of this one easy.  

We have the movements from before.  Let's build them into the giants they were born to be.

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Wait... what's a Yes reference doing in a popular culture show?

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I'm surprised there wasn't anything mentioned about Billy Connolly's role in the movie.  He was recently diagnosed with parkinsons, and being a fan of the big yin I felt like that fact brought a very poignant part to the movie.  As I watched, I felt like I was getting Billy Connolly's views on death, and in a glimpse of a man coming to terms with his own mortality.  Whether or not it was an act, It really tied the movie together for me, and gave some real weight to both the comedy and the sadness. 

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First thing I thought of was 'Prascilla Queen of the Desert', but then then 'Rocky Horror', and 'The Good, The Bad,and The Ugly' came to mind

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1,156 Israelis and at least 7,810 Palestinians have been killed since the year 2000 in this little defense of yours, and they can't even afford sirens.  http://ifamericansknew.org/
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Yes... yesssss..... YEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAHSSHSHSHSSSSSSSSSS

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When I'm alone...
I make Dream Theater noises too. (o_o)

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I hate to be a burden, but the intro song is actually from 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly', and the scene is from Dirty Harry.  GET IT RIGHT!

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The Miracle of (Minor) Thirds, as made famous by yo' mamma. #yomamma
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Getting to the topic of the video, I don't think it's a faesable solution just to say 'Don't click it'.  The reason clickbait articles exist is because they work.  Their wording is designed to elicit a response.  We are designed to seek out the unknown, and the different, and it's so easy to click a link that our logical brains don't override the urge.

The real way to avoid clickbait is to find your news through smaller, more focused sources, where you know the news is relevant to you.  If there are clickbait links in a site I want to read anyway, I don't care how the links are worded. 

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Sorry about all the spammy links that have been getting through everyone.  I've been clearing them up where I can, but honestly google+ has been pretty naff at filtering out spam.  

To be honest I don't see g+ communities lasting much longer, there's a big problem with involvement, as in most people aren't really that involved in the communities they join.  I mean, we have 3.5k members, and most posts are lucky to get a +1! Imagine the same thing on Facebook:  Google have no chance.   

Anyway, thanks for listening.  Here's a great lesson from Tosin Abasi: one of the most innovative guitarists around today. Tosin Abasi Workshop Presented by Toontrack - Sweetwater Sound
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