The Plastic Hippo

March 4, 2017

Lost in translation

Filed under: Media,Politics,Society — theplastichippo @ 3:15 am
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In a world of alternative facts and fake news being accepted as truth, it is little wonder that blatant plagiarism is ignored and rather than offering any effort at reasoned arguments, insults, rumour and downright lies have become the double-standard of political discourse.

How we all laughed when the current First Lady of the United States earnestly addressed the autocue screens with the uncannily similar words of the former First Lady of the United States and how none of it matters and we have now all forgotten about it. Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Keats, Auden and George Harrison were all happy to pay tribute to those who have gone before and accusations of intellectual theft from lesser authors are merely sordid complaints of narcissistic jealousy.

This week the current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, a person called Theresa May, decided to plagiarise a former Labour Prime Minister rather than a former Tory Prime Minister in what looks like a rather desperate attempt to seem in any way credible. (more…)

March 1, 2017

From Russia with Love

Filed under: Fiction,History,Media,Politics — theplastichippo @ 5:06 am
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And the 45th President of the United States of America is...

And the 45th President of the United States of America is…

It is a little known but irrefutable alternative fact that secret medical experiments attempting to reverse death developed during the Cold War in the then Soviet Union are continuing under the democratically elected government of the free, fair and completely trustworthy Russian Federation.

The research into preserving life after death started innocently enough during the civil war that followed the Russian revolution of October 1917. Various attempts to create harmony by re-assembling dead Bolsheviks mixed with dead White Guard counter-revolutionaries ended in failure as did an unsuccessful revival of the Romanov family in the hope of putting them on trial for crimes against humanity. One happy by product of the endeavour resulted in Lenin leaving behind an absolutely magnificent corpse. (more…)

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