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CuriousLurker  Oct 13, 2015 • 9:24:55am

*facepalm, headdesk*

I’m not surprised really. I mean people have freaked out over Orthodox Jews praying on planes and had flights delayed. Good thing Santa has his signature red suit. //

Y’know what worries me? The whole boy who cried wolf thing. One of these days some cop somewhere isn’t going to take it seriously because of all the false alarms, and you can be sure that’s the time it’ll be for real. Either that or first responders will be busy answering some fake call and something real will happen. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they’re watching us and waiting to do something exactly like that—send out a fake, and while PD & FD chase it down attack elsewhere.

Shiplord Kirel  Oct 13, 2015 • 1:58:13pm

Hipsters? Bomb ‘em anyway.

The War TARDIS  Oct 13, 2015 • 3:51:51pm

re: #2 Shiplord Kirel

I’m impressed. That is worse than what I was going to say.

Which would be the following.

To be fair, hipsters are pretty terrible.

Aye Pod  Oct 13, 2015 • 7:10:58pm

Seriously - we’re calling these faint wispy strands ‘beards’ now?

Dom  Oct 13, 2015 • 10:25:16pm

Oi look here. I’ve been assured I’m not a hipster, just a coincidentally beardy-veggie-poet-artist-naturalist. None of my friends are. In my defense I might cite various influences in my Jewish vegetarian upbringing, if that’ll wash. But I’ve felt some sympathy with hipsters and noted my similarities when a number of other middle-class arts promoters wrote a series of screeds making out they stand with the outpriced working classes. Turning trendy or nostalgic pubs and bars into poetry venues is not a godawful thing, necessarily - why shouldn’t suburbs have their little gems offer niche entertainment - but it sure isn’t the opposite of this hipster thing either. If hipsters are erstwhile wasters with artistic tastes, that’s better than wasters used to be. So isn’t the anti-hipster thing at least as much lazy and fashionable tripe?

Camacho DeezNuts 2016  Oct 14, 2015 • 5:59:36am
Amory Blaine  Oct 14, 2015 • 10:44:21pm

re: #5 Dom

I think it’s more tongue in cheek, I like to grow a full beard in the winter myself.

Dom  Oct 15, 2015 • 3:59:41pm

Sure, I tend to think it is tongue-in-cheek, like most prejudice. And this isn’t racism, or anything like as bad, but it does create insidious tensions where there is no need.

And for some it is real hate, you can ask around! People love scapegoats but hipsters are not fueling inequality in any meaningful way. So it is time for confronting the thing. I’m not angry - one of those things a bit hard to convey in a forum post if I don’t mention that.

A lot of people who pounce on the trend are particularly square and doing nothing much for a better world, and they ought to quit being smug. Nobody’s above criticism but I’ll take hipsters and other diverse tastes over blithe uniformity.

Incidentally, I looked more hippy than hipster/Islamic until a recent haircut, and going to watch Man Utd the following day an armed policeman did in fact step into my path just to test my reaction. (I was amused as it happens, and he was happy with that.)

Aye Pod  Oct 15, 2015 • 4:32:51pm

Here’s a story that would definitely end less cutely : ISIS Terrorists Mistaken for Bearded Hipsters

Aye Pod  Oct 15, 2015 • 4:38:11pm

re: #8 Dom

You know that Scroobius Pip? An acquaintance told me (in all seriousness) he’d seen the following video and thought it was really cool that a muslim fundamentalist would come up with such a hip rant :D

Thou Shalt Always Kill (Original Video) Higher Quality - dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip

Dom  Oct 15, 2015 • 5:55:26pm

lol. I knew him to talk to when he was starting out at the Poetry Cafe. Nice lad, and he’s done good.

Aye Pod  Oct 16, 2015 • 6:42:08pm

re: #11 Dom

I didn’t imagine for a moment that you literally knew him but that’s awesome :)

Dom  Oct 17, 2015 • 11:49:42am

I admit I do love a name drop, but it’s a very nice feeling when the artists, the misfits you’ve known, get a bit of success. He’s one of a few really talented poets from the London scene who only ever seem to do good. (Can’t say I am one of them!)

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