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    No Future for the GOP?

    Yeah, it's all a bit of a smokescreen, as the GOP tends to raise deficits faster than anyone.
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    No Future for the GOP?

    I joined during the pandemic, so I've never actually been on site at the place I work (and don't intend to, as I negotiated to be a fully remote worker when they hired me), but I don't think there's much diversity from what I've seen on Zoom. I live in Palo Alto, so you do see quite a lot of...
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    No Future for the GOP?

    I have a pretty modest job as a writer/editor for a middle-rank tech company. My wife is the high flier (and the reason we came over here/qualified for visas etc.)
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    No Future for the GOP?

    Thanks - I've popped back a few times over the past year, but not to post much. It was hearing about Mark Fisher that brought me back originally after a decade or so away. From mid-twenties precarity in London to early 40s relative comfort in Silicon Valley, Dissensus feels very different...
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    No Future for the GOP?

    These Madison Cawthorn leaks are pretty wild. The way Republicans go after their own when they step out of line is something to behold.
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    No Future for the GOP?

    Specifically, trying to interpret it only in the sense that it was understood/intended at the time of writing. Which as intellectual frameworks go is pretty fucking idiotic for one of the three bodies charged with guiding a country into the future.
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    No Future for the GOP?

    To be honest, I'm not quite sure how or why they've done it this way. The court-packing strategy has been in place for at least a decade and probably more, and each time they get a chance they put a conservative Catholic on the bench. Being lapsed in a family of deeply conservative Catholics, I...
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    No Future for the GOP?

    Not surprising. For some reason all five Republican appointees are Catholics (with Sotomayor the only Catholic Dem appointee) despite the country being only 20% Catholic (and that 20% being famously selective in which elements of doctrine they follow).
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    The Tarot

    I was tempted, but had to be satisfied with online scans/transcriptions. I think most of the stuff is out there, though some of it is only accessible through archive.org. I did buy myself a first edition of Crowley's 'The Soul of Osiris' when I finished my first draft, but it was a fair bit cheaper.
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    Never going back to the office

    California seems to have a lot more remote-friendly employers. After being self-employed for 12 years, when I was offered a job over here I asked to be fully remote and they only put up minimal resistance (getting them to agree to a three-day week was harder, but they also gave in on that too).
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    The Tarot

    I've been touting a Crowley/Parsons/Cameron/Anger novel around various literary agencies for the past six months. Only to modest interest, sadly.
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    The Tarot

    Have you got a physical copy of the essay collection? If so, you might be surprised at how fucking expensive it is to get hold of a second hand copy now. In decent nick, you're looking at somewhere between £400-1000.
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    the late night city aesthetic

    Just discovered this album, and totally agree. The other thing that stands out about it is its unashamed optimism, which feels even more poignant because of the dated quality you mention. All those good intentions, all so long ago. It will be alright is a constant refrain in one of the songs. I...
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    Whisky / Whiskey

    Lagavulin is my go-to - just the regular 16 year old bottling, though it's getting more expensive every year. I also like Highland Park (the supermarket bottle with no age statement is very drinkable). On the less abrasive side, Macallan is great. A couple of years ago my brother in law bought...
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    scritti politti

    They can play 'Oh Patti' by Scritti and 'Sailing' by Christopher Cross on a loop when the time comes for me to go to the Thanatorium.
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