Crowdfunding a second anthology of great UK sf magazine Holdfast


Laurel writes, "Holdfast is an award-winning free online speculative fiction magazine that celebrates all things fantastic. We are trying to raise enough money to pay our writers and artists for their valuable work and also print a beautiful paperback. After a successful campaign for anthology #1 and winning the British Fantasy Society award for best magazine 2015 - we're hoping to create an even bigger and better anthology this time." Read the rest

US State Department press corps grill Brexit Boris over his "lies" and "insults"


Boris Johnson, one of the leaders of the Brexit movement and a lifelong racist, xenophobic clown, is now the UK Foreign Secretary, which means that he gets to do press conferences with John Kerry in front of the US State Department press corps. Read the rest

UK Royal Society's #1 cybersecurity recommendation: don't backdoor crypto

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The Royal Society, once presided over by Isaac Newton, is one of Britain's most respected learned institutions: that's why it matters so much that the organisation's new report, "Progress and research in cybersecurity," begins by demanding that government "must commit to preserving the robustness of encryption, including end-to-end encryption, and promoting its widespread use. Encryption is a foundational security technology that is needed to build user trust, improve security standards and fully realise the benefits of digital systems." Read the rest

UK PM Theresa May nukes climate change department, appoints a climate denier as Climate Secretary


One of Theresa May's first act as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom was to shutter the Department for Energy and Climate Change, moving the climate change to a new entity called the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, with Andrea Leadsom -- who, as Energy Minister, celebrated her first day on the job in 2015 by asking the civil service "Is climate change real?" and giving the UK coal industry a role in answering the question -- as Environment Secretary. Read the rest

What UK Labour members need to do to preserve their right to vote for party leader


On Tuesday, Labour Party power-brokers waited until Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters had left a National Election Committee meeting to introduce a not-on-the-agenda motion that disenfranchised more than 200,000 new party members from voting in the upcoming leadership ballot. Read the rest

Afterbrexit: Chief xenophobe Boris Johnson now Foreign Secretary; Goldman-Sachs hires Barroso


Boris Johnson led the Brexit campaign with a lot of dog-whistles about dirty foreign muck stealing our jobs and clogging up our NHS, before being stabbed in the back by Michael Gove and bowing out of politics, until, today, he was made Foreign Secretary by Theresa May, the UK's new Pry Minister. Read the rest

Theresa May performs the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme


Copyfighting nerdcore rapper Dan Bull (previously) stayed up all night ringing in the new UK Prime Minister Theresa May by editing together this video in which she performs the theme from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Read the rest

UK Labour's dirty trick excludes 130,000 members from leadership vote


At a meeting of the UK National Election Committee on the upcoming Labour Party leadership race, Labour grandees waited for Corbyn and his supporters to leave the room, then put forward a motion -- not on the agenda -- to exclude recent Labour Party members from participating in the upcoming leadership vote, disenfranchising 130,000 new Party members, mainly Corbyn supporters. Read the rest

Evil Tory Theme Tune (David Cameron remix)


In which UK Prime Minister David Cameron's sad little swan song (also a ringtone!) is revealed to be a soft launch for a new menacing evil party themesong for the UK Conservatives, as befits their new leader. Read the rest

UK government rejects Brexit do-over petition with 4.1m signatures


Prior to the UK's EU membership referendum, a pro-Brexit activist named William Oliver Healey set up a petition on the Parliamentary petition site (which guarantees that the government will "respond" to any petition with more than 100,000 signatures) calling for the referendum to be re-run if the outcome was closer than 60%:40% or if voter turnout was less than 75%. Read the rest

Happy Chilcot Day (A Fairy Story)

Fantasy author Charlie "Oversight/Paradox" Fletcher says, "I wrote this as a Christmas story for my friends and family in 2010, seven years after the Iraq War began, eighteen months after the Chilcot Inquiry into it was announced. Six years further on Chilcot has finally reported. Because of that, and prompted by last week’s incredibly moving WW1/Battle of the Somme living memorial in the UK , it seems like a good time to share it again."

UK Tory leadership race: "a sort of X Factor for choosing the antichrist"


The Guardian's Frankie Boyle is on fire in his new column on the post-Brexit machinations in the UK Conservative Party, where the hardline, ultra-authoritarian elements of the party are splitting their time between knifing each other in the back and planning to eliminate the few remaining environmental, safety and finance regulations that have not been shredded since the first David Cameron government in 2010. Read the rest

UK Tories want 10-year prison sentences for watching TV the wrong way


Back in 2010, on the last day of the last Labour government, a whipped Parliament voted in the terrible Digital Economy Act, after a short, embarrassingly illiterate debate whose howlers demonstrated just how little the MPs understood about the law they were voting in (the whole process was later revealed to be a fix from day one). Read the rest

Brexit's other shoe drops: austerity, deregulation, climate nihilism


As Conservative grandees jostle each other in the looming contest to become Prime Minister of the UK, we're starting to learn more about their plans for governing UK without the constraint of the European Union's human rights, environmental and labour rules. Read the rest

After 7 years, UK's Iraq War inquiry releases 2.6M word report damning Tony Blair and the invasion


The Chilcot Report on the UK invasion of Iraq has finally been released, seven years after it was announced, and many years after its completion (it was delayed for years over the release of government documents and memos that were contained in its pages). Read the rest

UK cops routinely raided police databases to satisfy personal interest or make money on the side


Between 2011-2015, there were more than 800 individual UK police personnel who raided official databases to amuse themselves, out of idle curiosity, or for personal financial gain; and over 800 incidents in which information was inappropriately leaked outside of the police channels. Read the rest

UK Tories use Brexit as an excuse to slash corporate taxes to the lowest of any major economy

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Nearly 2 weeks ago, 17 million Britons (mostly poor) voted to leave the EU in what amounted to a plebiscite on austerity, finance capitalism, and the widening gap between the increasingly wealthy and the increasingly poor. In response, the Conservative government says it will tempt corporations to come to the UK by making the rich get even richer and the poor even poorer. Read the rest

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