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What was Done

This film has been censored. We ask for people to share and copy it. Do not give in to political intimidation. Dial M for Murdo explains the background to the censorship of satire.

“General, the machine has locked us out. It’s sending random numbers to the silos.”

The above quote, as those of a certain age might remember, is from 1983’s WarGames, wherein a teenage hacker, played by a suspiciously old looking Matthew Broderick saves the world from nuclear annihilation after unwittingly starting a game of Global Thermonuclear War with a super computer that can set off nuclear missiles without human interference.

Last Friday evening cultural agitator and all round good cove, Bonnie Prince Bob, launched his latest satirical film, ‘Jeremy Bernard Corbyn: What Was Done’ at the dopey masses. Following the unparalleled success of his earlier venture ‘James Francis Murphy: Saviour of the Union’, expectations were high, if not a little tremulous by the fact that the budget for this production was approximately midway between diddly and squat.

In a report from the future, Bob as narrator, looks back on an imagined history, where the people used their democracy to remove the venal, nepotistic, Tories and installed part-time allotment botherer Jeremy Corbyn as Prime minister, who in turn created a nirvana of social justice, publicly owned utilities and free education for all.

The 30 minute long film played to a rapturous audience at Neu Reekie and was launched simultaneously on Bella Caledonia’s webpage.

By the following morning the YouTube page had amassed a couple of thousand views and praise for one of the most incisive pieces of satirical insight into British politics, was gathering pace. Despite a sensible reluctance to engage with the behemoth of social media, the intrepid Bob was persuaded to put together a Discontent page and launch the video on Facebook. In a ten hour period the video had over 11,000 plays and several positive comments. Then something happened…

The following morning Bob received word from FB that the image he had used wasn’t quite clear enough to see his face. ‘No problem’ quoth he, ‘here’s a clearer image.’ Facebook replied stating that the account was disabled immediately and a decision on its future would be made in the next 72 hours. Not Big Brotherish at all from the worlds favourite purveyor of prevarication.

How odd that a truly gigantic corporation, who have recently received justifiable flack for leaving online, a spree of vile videos of human beings doing unspeakably bad shit to their fallow sapiens, should act so hastily in disabling a video that pokes fun at the establishment, the monarchy and of course big business.

This morning, after an exhilarating mug of Java, I ventured on to Twitter to peruse whatever horrors had been carried out in the name of democracy as I slept the sleep of the innocent. Pondering how the views for ‘What Was Done’ were doing, I ventured on to Bella, clicked the video and was met with the all too familiar “This video is unavailable”. Intrigued I headed over to YouTube to see what was occurring. Hmm no evidence of the video there, in fact at the time, there was only a few of the young Bob’s videos in his archive, a revisit 30 seconds ago and all 34 videos appear to be missing from his Discontent account…

I decided to message the Prince-ling to determine WTF was happening, fearing our floppy fringed situationist might have foregone the acclaim for a decent nights kip from constant notifications, only to discover his Twitter account had mysteriously vanished.

A call was placed long distance from my current Northern abode to his urban pied-à-terre. Barely out of his scratcher, an air of befuddlement was in the young warriors voice. He could not get into his Twitter account, Twitter was rebuffing him with something about the ‘wrong password’…

At this point, I’ll just wrap an additional layer of bacofoil around my head and hazard a guess that the young gallant’s accounts have undergone a full Matthew Broderick hacking. Someone or various someone’s, I would imagine are pissed off at some Scottish oik, ripping the absolute piss out of their political party, their lineage, their old school tie, their political machinations, their predilections for paedophilia and their innate corruption.

As ancient Roman top bloke Cicero might have put it, before his head was lopped off and his tongue stabbed by Flavia’s hairpin, ‘Cui bono’, who benefits? Which party benefits from removing every trace of a satirical agitator’s finest rib tickling words and imagery?

As I type this, I’m chatting with a few friends, we see either an orchestrated attempt to silence a significant voice, or perhaps a bedroom dwelling lone wolf cub, sitting in Pepe embossed underpants.

Thankfully all of His Bobness’ work remains on various hard drives and will in time be put up across as much of social media as can be mustered. A wee reminder to the hackers, nothing drives the will to see something, quite as much as those films and songs that ‘they’ tried to ban.

In the interim, until such time as order is restored and a defiantly impossible password is re-secured here is ‘Jeremy Bernard Corby: What Was Done’. Enjoy and do share.

Oh and as Joshua the super computer in WarGames discovered the concept of futility and no-win scenarios after a string of draws playing tic-tac-toe, the only way to win is to not play. Fancy a game of chess?

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34 Comments

  • Alan Wicks 8 months ago

    I wish, hope and pray.

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  • Alan 8 months ago

    Shame but should we be surprised?
    It might be a good time to encourage all to up their security game. Promoting Indy and thinking you are not a target is naive.

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    • Alan 8 months ago

      Some basic suggestions for those who should be paranoid (everyone):

      Use long (12+), complex, random passwords and use a different one for each service.

      Use a password manager such as Keepass.

      Use two-factor authenication whenever it is available.

      Stop using Google and other communications and search services provided by big service providers.

      Use Protonmail (also supports a secure VPN) for encrypted e-mail.

      Use DuckDuckGo or Ixquick for search.

      Use Signal for encrypted messaging/calling/video-calling.

      Use full disk encryption such as VeraCrypt.

      Keep offline backups of everything you value.

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    • Alan 8 months ago

      As it happens Micah Lee’s guide to using Signal in The Intercept today: Cybersecurity for the People: How to Keep Your Chats Truly Private With Signal.

      Reply
  • Dek 8 months ago

    This is absolutely brilliant

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  • Graeme Purves 8 months ago

    Well done Bella for keeping this available!

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  • Rob Ross 8 months ago

    Ace

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  • gordon ross 8 months ago

    They will not be able to ban it or hack it if thousands of us save it and repost it on fb, twitter, and anywhere else we can instead of just posting a link. Unfortunately i don’t even know how to save it. Any help, anyone?

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  • Mary White 8 months ago

    Gordon Ross, try copying the link. Then you should be able to add to homescreen, bookmark, etc.

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  • Wilma Watts 8 months ago

    Great film, so many pertinent facts – as well as the satire. Sharing where I can.

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  • Carmel Townsend 8 months ago

    First class satire. Envious of the people who have the gifts to put this video together. I was glued to my screen from start to finish.

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  • Carmel 8 months ago

    First class satire. Envious of the people who have the gifts to put this video together. I was glued to my screen from start to finish.

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  • Jennifer Galloway 8 months ago

    My only issue, we’re Scots, not scotch. Scotch is a label for a product – ie a drink or eggs. The rest, is PURE GENIUS. I love Bob.

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    • bobdobbs 8 months ago

      think that might have been deliberate 😉

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  • James Mills 8 months ago

    Perhaps that ‘strong and stable ‘ leaderene saw this as an attempt to sabotage her dream of a ‘strong and stable red white and blue ‘ Brexit and thought ‘Now is not the time ‘ for these rabble-rousing separatists to be upsetting the attempted Tory coup so had it removed for the sake of the country .

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  • douglas clark 8 months ago

    Published it on my Facebook channel. This is just ridiculous!

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  • Josephine Williams 8 months ago

    It is absolutely brilliant, hopefully it will be available on June 9th for the world to see

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  • Bill 8 months ago

    I can put the video on my website if you can send me a copy.

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  • Rachel DuBois 8 months ago

    What an amazing piece and makes me so grateful to be able to call Scotland my home. #Resistance at its best. I’m posting on FB and sharing as much as possible.

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  • Rich Brand 8 months ago

    Very basic question: did this clear copyright before use?

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    • Bella Caledonia Editor 8 months ago

      Er, yes

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  • Mike Dillon 8 months ago

    Excellent film. I made a small contribution to the production of this and got a credit. This must get out there.

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  • Darren Ferguson 8 months ago

    Have uploaded a 1080p copy to Torrent, magnet link is

    magnet:?xt=urn:btih:bmeqmbrsryaa4pud5vurtmm6tde62wqo&dn=Jeremy%20Bernard%20Corbyn%20%27What%20Was%20Done%27%20_HQ%20Official.mp4&xl=1055416269&fc=1

    If you want me to pull it just say, but the more it is in ‘virtual’ space, the less they can censor us.

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    • DialMforMurdo 8 months ago

      Excellent, which Torrent site?

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  • SleepingDog 8 months ago

    Very fine. I wonder if any of the corporate-government-securocrat satire-detection-and-classification algorithms have been released? At the moment, it seems up to the creators to try and push the limits until a response is felt (and silencing by technical means seems to be preferred to identifiable censorship presumably to avoid criticism, drawing attention to the work, and the prospect of being held accountable for decisions in court).

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  • Louis 8 months ago

    Hi there, great work, keep it up.

    Is there any chance you could display the music score, as I would like to download some of those songs.

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  • Krytonsbeast 8 months ago

    Pepe embossed underpants?
    Mmm

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  • John Q. Concerned 8 months ago

    Worrying

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  • Richard Easson 7 months ago

    Well done Bonnie Prince Bob, hope it comes true like your previous forecast.
    Should you need a few seconds more which I appear to be the only person who clocked it, I got up at about 4.30am to see how the referendum had gone since it had seemed we were remaining
    To find out it had gone the other way.
    The panel were still round the table blathering and one of them was Nigel Farage. He started extolling British democracy and said something like “let’s face it no shots were fired, no one was killed”. And nobody picked up on it. Check it out if you can, I am sure I heard it right.

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  • rob gray 7 months ago

    Best 33 mins ive spent watching political satire
    Brilliant

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  • rob gray 7 months ago

    best political satire ive ever watched
    Brilliant 33 mins

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  • Steve 7 months ago

    I’ve tried about 20 times to download this video (using Video Download Helper plugin for firefox) and it’s impossible. There is a conspiracy afoot! Can someone post another torrent link or .rar file? The torrent above is dead.

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