Ink Tank - Make words not war Julie Anderson

There are countless reasons to love JK Rowling. One is her peerless ability to destroy the increasingly fantastical Brexit fantasies peddled on Twitter.

Previously she stepped into the debate to shut down a Brexiteer who blamed Remainers for the failing EU negotiations. Now, she’s displayed that skill in fine style against Leaver luvvie and Conservative MEP, Daniel Hannan, by showcasing the glaring flaw in his shockingly bad and utterly unverifiable Brexit analogy.

Clearly unimpressed by Hannan’s ability to predict the future JK Rowling’s responded.

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Tintin and The Brexit Plan: Captain Haddock burning oars and warming his hands in a liferaft

What if we told you there’s this place on the interweb you can go to receive regular updates of the latest, most vicious anti-Brexit memes? Well there is, over at the Twitters, under the account @SoVeryBrexit, or Very Brexit Problems. You can also find the same dank political misery over at Facebook, if that’s your thing.

Here’s a proper, 22-piece family pack of the sick burn they deliver.




 

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Need more? Maybe check out our reactions to the November 2016 US Presidential election?

Weighing your options in Britain? Check out our podcast. Follow one Brit who escaped his homeland’s post-colonial decay and rigid class system for the Nordic, egalitarian winter misery of Finland. Sure, it’s on Apple Podcasts, too.

 

 




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Ink Tank - Make words not war Thomas Nybergh

It’d be nice to live on a non-ruined planet, in peace. If your line of thinking also includes a scientific worldview and questions on how to balance labor cost with wealth redistribution in a globalized world, you’re probably one of us forward thinking people. We want to stay informed.

Newsflash: powerful people want turn back the clock on social issues, ignore the limits of our natural resources and, at their worst, create closed, authoritarian oligarchies. In the Anglosphere, Brexit and that historically unstable clown in the White House make the news intolareble.

Apple podcasts on different devices

Apple devices come with the quite decent Podcasts app (or iTunes on Mac). You can find all our recommendations there.

Luckily, there’s an alternative to click-baity websites and videos: podcasts. Text and video require staring at a screen, but podcasts don’t even force you to sit to get both depth and breadth.

So, we’ve collected some of the best socially and politically significant podcasts. Try them out while doing chores, walking the dog, commuting or working out. This writer wants to personally recommend podcasts to dyslectics and fellow ADHD folks, or for anyone who might have trouble reading as much as they’d like.

The best way to listen is with a good app on your smartphone. Even the worst earbuds you have in a drawer somewhere works for spoken word. Our recommendations can be found in any good podcast app. And if you need tips on how to listen, we’ve left some at the end of this article.




Before we begin, a content warning. Some of our recommendations refer to themes such as sexual violence, religious cults and executions. Some are guaranteed to contain racist, sexist and other slurs.

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1. BBC Global News Podcast

Updated twice a day and once during weekends, British public service provides news from all over the planet. This newscast allows you, to an excent, escape the anglocentric newsscape. At the same time, it offers quick looks into the topics of the day in both the US and UK.
 

2. FT Politics

Some might consider Financial Times, their free-market stance and core readership as parts of the big problems. However, if you live on, or your heart belongs to one of those post-colonial islands in the north Atlantic Ocean, you’d be hard pressed to find a more articulate source for quick discussions that sum up current politics from different perspectives. The FT Politics show is that good.

 
 

 

3. Trumpcast

This is one the original shows that caught on to the then emerging shitshow of Trump’s presidential candidacy. Slate’s generally moderately left-of-center perspective allows for a multitude of guests to discuss topics crucial for understanding the deranged attempt at a long con, taking place in Washington DC.

 
 

 

4. Chapo Trap Hourse

Annoyed by centrist liberals? If so, meet Chapo Trap House. This rag-tag collective of the self-described US “dirtbag left”, berated Hillary Clinton’s self-importance and technocracy, long before it was cool. Their occasional coverage of the fringe left groups is equally sardonic and gonzoesque.

Vulgar? Hilarious? Male dominated? Sure. But these guys manage to roast pundit culture, be a bit out there at times, while remaining on-point and analytical. Fort the most part, they end up with the “radical” perspective that the Nordic welfare state shouldn’t be impossible in the Anglosphere.

If you hear people talk shit about Chapo, just look for their episodes on US healthcare reform or their interview with a dude fighting ISIS in Syria. This fun and valuable show is one of our favorites.

 
 

 

5. Big Time Dicks

If the above seems like a bit of a sausage fest so far, Big Time Dicks might be what you’re looking for. Regardless of your age or gender, we highly suggest that you tune in to this show, for your dose of women discussing American politics from their own perspective. Civil, reproductive and LGBTQ rights just scratch the surface.

This is the kind of quality you’d expect from the shows publisher, Jezebel, a renowned feminist online publication

 




 

6. Intercepted

Intercepted offers a clear, leftist lens to study both Anglo politics and the world at large. Intercepted is the online publication started by Glenn Greenwald of Snowden-leaks fame. They offer, also in podcast form, highly critical perspectives outside the hysteria of US liberals that has become more focused on Trump and Russia than many other atrocities taking place. The interviews here are stellar.

 
 

 

7. Wrongful Conviction

Ever wondered how bad the American criminal justice system really is? Like true crime podcasts?  Well now, here’s some sour candy for you. On Wrongful Conviction, The Innocence Project features some of the most absurd stories you’ll ever hear.

The Innocence Project is a non-profit that takes on awful cases of judicial miscarriage, people who’ve been locked up wrongfully convicted for years. While there’s the equally disturbing Amanda Knox case, can be blamed on an reckless Italian prosecutor, the Innocence Project focuses on the atrocity that is American justice. They’ve literally saved people from death row.

 
 

8. Another Round

What’s wrong with our selection so far? Well, most of our show selection take a rather white perspective. The melanin challenged among us living in the West, sometimes forget that the world, in reality, is far from color blind. We’ve picked Another Round, with its charismatic hosts, as an excellent way to get the gist of issues you might otherwise miss.

Podcasts that aren’t necessarily meant for you, still let you listen in on conversations you’d otherwise miss. Which in this case is chatter between people of color. Getting clued up while occupying absolutely no space in the discourse helps you be a good ally in tough times.

 
 

 

9. Conversations With People Who Hate Me

What would the world be without people you don’t agreed with? Paradise? That’s anyone’s guess, but in this reality, we must try to face and understand people who very much don’t agree with us. At all.

Turns out: Most people spewing vitriol on the inteweb are, well, just people. One brave netizen has taken up the task of having eye-opening, heartfelt conversations with people who have quite different values. Oh, and the interview subjects are the people who’ve sent the worst hate messages to the host.

 
 

 

10. Jezebel’s Dirtcast

Is celebrity gossip your thing? It seems to be for many people, and with Dirtcast, it doesn’t have to be a guilty pleasure. Jezebel, an online publication known for their feminist stance, shakes up the genre by providing a lot of smart and socially conscious commentary on celeb-related things.

Some particularly episodes grapple with the bloodthirsty cult of Scientology, R. Kelly’s ugly history of sexual violence, and how scenes involving violence and rape in well-known movies have been handled extremely irresponsibly by shithead maestros in classic cinema.

 

11. BBC’s From Our Own Correspondent

All of the above offer a variety of sweet, salty crunchy and delicious snacks. Healthy, organic artisanal snacks. But snacks nonetheless. It’s time to get to the vegetables. And From Our Own Correspondent puts the British taxpayer’s money to hard work.

In this long-running radio series (est. 1955), BBC’s international correspondents describe, in deep essay writing, phenomena around the world you might never hear of elsewhere. This is stuff that you cut our from your information diet at your own peril.

 




 

12. Rookie

The murderous, deranged and cynical character of the always relevant yuppie diss of American Psycho (both the novel and the movie), is 27 years old. You may not life live in a fancy Manhattan apartment in an age when “important” men still had secretaries. However, if you’re older than say, 25, you better get into a habit of understanding people younger than you, or you’ll find yourself on the wrong side of a generational divide, way sooner than you think.

’96-born Tavi Genvinson’s smart online magazine Rookie, nominally aimed at teenage girls, offers multitude of voices you don’t want to isolate yourself from. The podcast is as good as the rest. Again, about listening in on stuff that’s not necessarily meant for you? Well, it’s good for you.

 
 

13. Pod Save America / Pod Save The World / Pod Save The People

This combo recommendation is for a couple of shows with former Obama aides that manage to sum up and explain US politics, both foreign and domestic, with detail you generally don’t get elsewhere. While Obama’s presidency was a mixed bag, it’s clearly not because of a lack of competent people.

Pod Save The People is a later addition to the podcast network hosting the aforementioned two shows. With a focus on social justice issues, this show has featured plenty of good interviews, among them Edward Snowden.

 
 

Ready to listen?

There are free, ok podcasts apps on Android. Pocket Casts costs a couple of moneys, but it’s the best. It also perfect if you want to sync up your listening on both Android and iOS.

If you’re new to podcasts, we have one final recommendation: please listen with a good podcast app. You’ll thank us later. A good app will allow you to manage subscriptions, choose whether to download or stream episodes. Also, speed adjustments come in real handy if you want to cram in more listening.

Protip: if your data plan is limited or your commute involves poor cell coverage, set your app to download new shows overnight over your home Wi-Fi.

Good podcast apps allow you to add any show with RSS feeds. One such app is Apple Podcasts (iOS, free). You don’t need to know what RSS feeds are, because Apple also offers a library of podcasts, which other good podcast apps can search from too. Anyone who creates a podcast could (and should) add their show to Apple’s directory.

Other good apps include Overcast (iOS, free), Pocket Casts (iOS and arguably best app for Android), BeyondPod (Android, free) or Podcast and Radio Addict (Android, free).

Notice that some big, well knows streaming apps are missing from our recommendations. That’s because some of them suck, for podcast listening.  Some of them are also bad for podcast publishers in different ways. At Ink Tank we happen to care, because we like podcasts. We also produce our own show, Very Finnish Problems, which obviously is good.

Don’t miss out. Get started with podcasts today. You’re welcome to share your favorites in the comments section below.
 

 




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Ink Tank - Make words not war Thomas Nybergh

closeup of yellow lego bricks

Last weekend, Helsinki based writer and Ink Tank head honcho Joel Willans tweeted a picture of an 12-year-old’s ingenious minimalist masterpiece. The photo, which originates from Reddit, was shot in a mall in Massachusets. That is, according to the contributing redditor, itcamefromebeneath.

Other kids at the Lego stand created relatively intricate blocky abstractions of real-world objects. Riley took a different approach, putting a single yellow brick at display. In a feat of delightful least-effort imaginative success, the work is described as a worm. The internet went wild, and Joel’s tweet of the photo got a few clever replies among the 131k retweets and press coverage. Let’s have a look at some of the input.

 

 

 

1. First, Riley’s creation

 

2. The Fidget Spinner

 

3. The stolen classic masterpiece

 

 

4. Lego’s marketing was lazy minimalist before Riley made it cool

 

5. The half-baked weed joke

 

6. Accusations of plagiarism

 

What’s next? Well, for Joel, there’s always the next witty outburst on Twitter. For Riley, who knows. Let’s hope school doesn’t ruin any of that budding creativity.

 

Got more clever Lego art or reactions to Riley’s newfound career in the arts? Let us know int he comments section below.

 

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Ink Tank - Make words not war Ville Nummenpää

We’ve all had these moments, “what, did I say something wrong?”. It could have been something really innocent that is downright disgusting for someone else, but it also could have been something you didn´t say. A couple of pointers for your travels.

Things you should say:

1. Please. We are kind of like Klingons here. The Klingons don´t have a word for mercy, and us Finns don´t have the word “please” in that context. When you see a Finn demanding “beer” from the bartender, they’re most likely not being rude. They’re just doing it they only way they know how. We are learning, please be patient.

 

 

 

2. Good morning, thank you etc. in their language. Sure, you can say them in English, but take the effort to google a few key phrases in the language of the place you´re visiting. Not much of an effort, but makes the world of difference. Try it. And this goes for all the people everywhere, not just Finns.

 

Things you should never say:

 

3. Katso merta (look at the sea). Saying these two innocent words in Italy might get you a weird look from the locals. Or how would you feel, if you´d see a couple staring at the ocean, saying “dick shit”. (cazzo merda)

 

 

4. Hui! An involuntary reactionary word, used in a situation where, say a bird flies too close to your head. Perfectly usable in many countries, but bite your lip in Russia. There the word is very naughty, referring to man´s genitalia. Did someone laugh when you spilled some coffee in Russia? This should explain it.

 

5. Apuva/suut makiaksi/elämä on/a wink a wink…These are just a few examples of many catchphrases taken from Finnish comedy shows and commercials. When repeated enough times at a holiday resort, the locals catch on and start using them on other tourists. This is slightly charming, but oddly disturbing, especially if enough years have passed since the phrase´s expiration date. Also, don´t start chanting catchphrases anywhere ever. Please.

 

6. A bit of a stretch this one, but if you are a hardcore Charlton Heston-fan and visiting Greece, you might want to restrain yourself in public while enthusing about him. Heston means something like “shit on him” there. Just saying.

7. Talking about the country Nigeria in Finnish anywhere. Maybe a bit far-fetched too, but worth pointing out. The way we pronounce it, could sound like we were using a derogatory word about people of African descent.

 

 

8. This one doesn’t sound even remotely plausible, but is a true story nonetheless. A child was mimicking the siren of an emergency vehicle, “pii paa…”. A Greek person chuckled at this, and when an explanation was demanded (without using the word “please”), he explained that it sounds very similar to a word they use to describe fellatio. So…if you feel an urge to do an ambulance-impersonation in Greece, try to fight it.

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Ink Tank - Make words not war Ville Nummenpää

We’ve all had these moments, “what, did I say something wrong?”. It could have been something really innocent that is downright disgusting for someone else, but it also could have been something you didn´t say. A couple of pointers for your travels.

Things you should say:

1. Please. We are kind of like Klingons here. The Klingons don´t have a word for mercy, and us Finns don´t have the word “please” in that context. When you see a Finn demanding “beer” from the bartender, they’re most likely not being rude. They’re just doing it they only way they know how. We are learning, please be patient.

 

 

 

2. Good morning, thank you etc. in their language. Sure, you can say them in English, but take the effort to google a few key phrases in the language of the place you´re visiting. Not much of an effort, but makes the world of difference. Try it. And this goes for all the people everywhere, not just Finns.

 

Things you should never say:

 

3. Katso merta (look at the sea). Saying these two innocent words in Italy might get you a weird look from the locals. Or how would you feel, if you´d see a couple staring at the ocean, saying “dick shit”. (cazzo merda)

 

 

4. Hui! An involuntary reactionary word, used in a situation where, say a bird flies too close to your head. Perfectly usable in many countries, but bite your lip in Russia. There the word is very naughty, referring to man´s genitalia. Did someone laugh when you spilled some coffee in Russia? This should explain it.

 

5. Apuva/suut makiaksi/elämä on/a wink a wink…These are just a few examples of many catchphrases taken from Finnish comedy shows and commercials. When repeated enough times at a holiday resort, the locals catch on and start using them on other tourists. This is slightly charming, but oddly disturbing, especially if enough years have passed since the phrase´s expiration date. Also, don´t start chanting catchphrases anywhere ever. Please.

 

6. A bit of a stretch this one, but if you are a hardcore Charlton Heston-fan and visiting Greece, you might want to restrain yourself in public while enthusing about him. Heston means something like “shit on him” there. Just saying.

7. Talking about the country Nigeria in Finnish anywhere. Maybe a bit far-fetched too, but worth pointing out. The way we pronounce it, could sound like we were using a derogatory word about people of African descent.

 

 

8. This one doesn’t sound even remotely plausible, but is a true story nonetheless. A child was mimicking the siren of an emergency vehicle, “pii paa…”. A Greek person chuckled at this, and when an explanation was demanded (without using the word “please”), he explained that it sounds very similar to a word they use to describe fellatio. So…if you feel an urge to do an ambulance-impersonation in Greece, try to fight it.

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Nigel Farage is no stranger to playing loose and fast with the truth. Just recently, Mr. Farage held up a sign with what he claims is a quote from the EU article 50 in LBC’s radio studio.

The sign says

“The rights and obligations deriving from the Treaties would therefore extinguish.”

 

 

In fact, the sign quotes a European Parliamentary Research Services briefing, with a sentence Farage failed to quote in its entirety:

The rights and obligations deriving from the Treaties would therefore extinguish, at least to the extent agreed between the EU and the withdrawing state.

Article 50, the actual version, goes like this “the Union shall negotiate and conclude an agreement with that State, setting out the arrangements for its withdrawal”.

Nigel Farage may be a masterful con man on radio and TV, but he can’t lie on a sign held up in front of a camera without being called out by the internet. Read on for sixteen delicious tweets celebrating Farage’s own goal.

 
 

1. DocHackenbush

 
 

2. trevorphillips

 

 

 
 

3. marcpaters0n

 
 

4. Chris_H_OneLife

 
 

5. SamJSharpe

 
 

6. Mungo_5

 
 

7. Raphaelite_Girl

 
 

8. sauusages

 
 

9. NP_Lima

 

 

 
 

9. Soliferum

 
 

10. Chris_H_OneLife

 
 

11. Prague_Tony

 
 

12. engagebritain

 
 

13. FoldsFive

 

 

 
 

14. GosportKen

 
 

15. massiveboy90

 
 

16. madman2

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Ink Tank - Make words not war Thomas Nybergh

Nigel Farage is no stranger to playing loose and fast with the truth. Just recently, Mr. Farage held up a sign with what he claims is a quote from the EU article 50 in LBC’s radio studio.

The sign says

“The rights and obligations deriving from the Treaties would therefore extinguish.”

 

 

In fact, the sign quotes a European Parliamentary Research Services briefing, with a sentence Farage failed to quote in its entirety:

The rights and obligations deriving from the Treaties would therefore extinguish, at least to the extent agreed between the EU and the withdrawing state.

Article 50, the actual version, goes like this “the Union shall negotiate and conclude an agreement with that State, setting out the arrangements for its withdrawal”.

Nigel Farage may be a masterful con man on radio and TV, but he can’t lie on a sign held up in front of a camera without being called out by the internet. Read on for sixteen delicious tweets celebrating Farage’s own goal.

 
 

1. DocHackenbush

 
 

2. trevorphillips

 

 

 
 

3. marcpaters0n

 
 

4. Chris_H_OneLife

 
 

5. SamJSharpe

 
 

6. Mungo_5

 
 

7. Raphaelite_Girl

 
 

8. sauusages

 
 

9. NP_Lima

 

 

 
 

9. Soliferum

 
 

10. Chris_H_OneLife

 
 

11. Prague_Tony

 
 

12. engagebritain

 
 

13. FoldsFive

 

 

 
 

14. GosportKen

 
 

15. massiveboy90

 
 

16. madman2

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Theresa May is truly jumping the shark in her personal odyssey of awful policy. After the Tory leader’s awful election result, our resilient Downing Street dweller is taking whatever support she can get. And that’s DUP, an ultra-conservative, terror-sympathizing northern-Irish unionist party.

Let’s take a look at some of the awful things these people have said in recent years, just so you can be clear what type of government her billion pound bribe has bought the good people of the UK.

 

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“My view on the earth is that it’s a young earth. My view is [it was created in] 4000 BC.”

Edwin Poots, MLA for Lagan Valley, DUP

 

2.

“I would not want abortion to be as freely available here [Northern Ireland] as it is in England and don’t support the extension of the 1967 act”

The group’s leader and a First Minister of Northern Ireland Arlene Foster, speaking to the Guardian in 2016. 

 

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“It is really astounding that David Trimble should have had a man such as this giving him advice – and must surely cast grave doubts on his own political judgement.

I think these sorts of relationships are immoral, offensive and obnoxious.”

Ian Paisley Jr,  DUP, after hearing that the former First Minister for Ireland, had a gay aide.

 

5.

“There can be no viler act, apart from homosexuality and sodomy, than sexually abusing innocent children.”

– Iris Robinson, DUP

 

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     “I don’t care about Co2 emissions to be quite truthful because I don’t think it’s all that important”

– Sammy Wilson, DUP

 

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“She was in an] inappropriate state of undress….

..If someone wants to borrow my field and things become inappropriate, then I say, ‘Enough is enough’…

I felt Rihanna was in more of a state of undress than a bikini top…Everybody needs to be acquainted with God and to consider his son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and his death and Resurrection”

Alan Graham, a DUP alderman for North Down Borough Council, in 2011 after giving permission to Rihanna to film her video in his wheat field.

 

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Ink Tank - Make words not war Naomi Matthes

The general interests of 20-somethings seem somewhat universal. Depending on location, though, the expression of these preferences often vary.

Finland is a small country and has a challenging climate (unless you’re very much into skiing), so young people have gotten creative. From adventurous spots for lovemaking to becoming an internet sensation overnight, here are ideas how to spend your 20s the Finnish way.

 

 

 

 

 

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