Thursday, November 30, 2006
UK-- What is it with this guy? He leaves his saintly wife of several years for a bimbo nurse, and makes all these pseudo-scientific pronouncements as if they have any validity. Today, maybe he felt irrelevant, so he told us all that "we have to leave the Earth for the species to survive."
Problem: the logistics simply aren't there. Scientists tell us that to even accomplish a successful-implementation of fusion, we'd all have to go Socialist.
You think it would be any different with a project that would literally dwarf the Moon Shot? Yes, I know, we wouldn't take everyone, like on Noah's Ark--he couldn't even fit the dinosaurs and trilobites on his ark. Hawkings comments should anger and alarm most free-thinking people. Instead of all of us taking our destinies in-hand, it no-no-no-no-no, we accept that concentrated-power will always prevail and that there's no use in fighting-it. What a fascist.
Now, all I can hear is him doing sex-talk with his Texas Instruments Speak & Spell voice. He's reminding me of Carl Sagan, another man who just stopped saying anything and became bitter. Hey buddy, I've read my Philip K. Dick! Did he have hope, even at the end of his troubled-life? Yes. Hawkings thinks he's a philosopher, when in-reality, he isn't. He's a theoretician and a number-cruncher, not Zoroaster.
Hawkings displays a complete loss-of-faith in humanity on his part (worse than I!), and it's becoming typical within the sciences. Most of them are cynical ass-lick geeks, just like the other academics who only care about fame and their puny legacies. They have to rely on privileged turds for their funding, so you get the of framing of the issue he did today. It wouldn't surprise me if he knew he had to frame it all this way, or he'd lose that funding.
He doesn't believe there is any chance we'll get it together, and that we must leave Earth to the oil-companies and the other corporations. It's actually very weird, an almost religious statement. What a pathetic acquiescence to power. What a turd. It would take a minimum of 7,000-10,000 to terraform Mars to be habitable like the Earth. The closest planets that might be habitable are light-years from us.
Is is fucking insane?! Yes. He needs nursie to bobble her boobies in his face--the kid feels unwanted. At least he never got the sickle cell. He's no Heraclitus (and neither was Heraclitus, from moment-to-moment). Man, gotta get me one of those old Speak & Spells. A page out of a Philip K. Dick Cheney story, no doubt.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
But Scaramella told the AP that he had been misquoted by the newspaper.
"He (Litvinenko) wanted to see me because he knew about smuggling of nuclear material, but as far as I know he was never involved in nuclear smuggling," he said.
The jets are being tested as this is being written. It just gets more bizarre and convoluted. It would surprise nobody if even corporate espionage was a factor here, as well. We may be living in a different world when the truth is finally known. This is likely to be inevitable regardless. Who is Mario Scaramella? Why does he call-himself a Professor? This man is no mcguffin.
If you ever wanted to break your fists on your boss's head, this is your movie! People expected zombies with Bruiser, which is pretty dumb, eh? It's a tale right out of Kafka, and could best be described as an 'inverted-horror' where you root-for the 'monster', a bit like Frankenstein. Yup, the Left has dominated horror in literature for nearly 200-years. The monster isn't really a monster at all, however, but a poor-schmuck (Henry Creedlow, played expertly by Jason Flemyng from Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels) who works at a corporate ad agency run by an out-of-control boss who was once a Yugoslavian dissident! The boss is played by that great Swedish actor, Peter Stormare (Fargo, and the cool VW ads--'pre-pimped!'), and he really understands that this is a fable.
Henry Creedlow also has a 'best friend' who is also his stockbroker. It's revealed later that he's also betraying Henry by embezzling funds from his portfolio. And Creedlow's 'boss' is also sleeping-with his monstrous-wife, who is so cold and cruel that...they all destroy his identity. He literally (but NOT literally, since this is an allegory/parable) loses his face, and thus, who he was. He literally wakes-up one morning, goes to his bathroom mirror, and notices he has no face. Naturally, he drops-out of his routine and has to hide this fact until he can fix-it.
The image of Henry's transformation is bizarre: just a smooth, white, fleshy mask with a mouth as his only means of expression, almost a routine out of Naked Lunch. It's a pretty subversive film, and it angers the right people. It has to be said that it looks great too, and Romero's rapid-editing is smooth and ever present. In time, he realizes that the only way he can regain himself is by killing his wife, his boss, and everyone else who has compromised his sense of self and dignity. Yes, it's a story where we root for the 'monster', only the real monsters are the so-called 'victims', his oppressors who have robbed him of identity by their daily-sleights and betrayals of this man. In this sense, the film advocates a kind of revolution of the mind, and ponders the whole concept of identity. For this reason, it's an existentialist film. This is why many so-called horror fans didn't like it--it's smarter than they are, which isn't hard in America.
Very little of this film is meant to be literal, however, it's a story that is very expressionist, allegorical, and therefore, psychological. If you ever had a bad marriage, and if you ever had a boss or co-workers you simply wished were run over by a train (a great scene realizes this fantasy!), this is YOUR film. We can beat our so-called superiors by outwitting them, the battlefield is a psychological one where the individual must assert themselves, or be conquered. This is the American workplace, it isn't pretty. Romero's films are always political in some way, and Bruiser is no exception. His usual subtext is anti-capitalist, which is somehow exotic to many North Americans, though not the rest of the world (especially Latin America, right now in 2006).
After all, America is capitalism. I have to say again that Flemyng is incredible in this film, and a performance that would have done Lon Chaney (not Jr.) proud. Also great is the performance of Tom Atkins (The Fog, Escape From New York, Two Evil Eyes, etc.) who plays the detective investigating all of Creedlow's crimes. He paints an accurate picture of the impotence of cops in an American society where money and power negate law and order. The rest of the cast is comprised of some of the finest Canadian actors, everyone is solid.
So why is it so hard for people to make films for adults? I understand that sometimes you just want to turn the brain off, and escape, that's fine. This is probably at the heart of why some don't like this film. It reminds them of how shitty their lives are! Granted, but how long are we going to run away from confronting our collective problems? Bruiser also challenges the individual to do something about it, which I applaud. Romero literally had to screen the movie in major cities with his own money! Why is a man in his sixties gutsier than all these young directors? Because he isn't a coward. Bruiser is scary because most of it is an accurate reflection of how sick our culture is. People sublimate their individuality to the demands of power and rarely even ponder why they do it. They accept the values of conquerors unconsciously, sleepwalking through life, and hurting people without much regard at all. All in the name of money and comfort. Suck on that, Roger Ebert.
The Lion's Gate DVD is pretty good (actually widescreen), with a commentary that excels. Too bad they didn't bankroll a bigger project with Romero after this one, as Romero's films have a great catalog value in the long-term. Lion's Gate is notorious for managing catalog poorly, however, so perhaps it's better they just distributed this as a DVD. At least they got it right with Eli Roth and Rob Zombie. The problem is, they never invented any new steps in the genre, as skilled as they are in their own ways. George Romero practically invented modern horror with Night of the Living Dead. Astonishingly, it took French (Canal) and Canadian (tax credits in Ontario) money to get a movie that critiques the American workplace made at all, a sad statement on our ability to look in the mirror.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Are they afraid that if any shred-of-truth was put alongside it, their 'line' would simply vanish as the obvious rubbish it is? Yes. This was the reason to gut the Fairness Doctrine of the FCC in 1987, ordered by Ronald Reagan and Roger Aisles. To their credit, the Democratic party of that time fought it twice. The last-time in 1993, when they attempted to make it law. Nonetheless, technology fills-the-gaps.The internet is going to continue to expose these things. You can arrest us, but it won't stop anything for long. Arresting bloggers is a clear act of desperation--it couldn't be any clearer. The jig is up. Your boy in the White House has given the game away, and the public has noticed--even the kids. You could have twenty Trilateral Commissions, and it wouldn't help. Yes, you'll be fighting for your scraps for an entire generation, the genie is out of the bottle. Adam Smith was right: the 'wealth of nations' rises and falls, with time. But the acceleration of this is thanks to George W. Bush and his incompetence. We can be thankful that empires end, but where will the next begin? Probably with China, and the world will have to wear them down too. To my source: keep your head down, and be safe. This isn't over yet.
Monday, November 27, 2006
LITVINENKO'S SUSHI BAR CONTACT CHANGES HIS STORY A TAD, WORLD PRESS MISSES IT, BUT LEARNS MORE ELSEWHERE...
Rome--Italian Professor Mario Scaramella is beginning to talk, but he just contradicted-himself. Originally, he mentioned that he felt-strongly that the Russian mafia were involved in the assassination of former FSB Colonel, Alexander Litvinenko.
But now, the London Times is reporting that he's saying 'he had no doubt that the Kremlin was behind the death of Mr Litvinenko.' It might be nothing, or it might mean a lot. Scaramella is insisting on his innocence in the affair, and is still under-suspicion. It gets worse:
...and La Repubblica yesterday published interviews that it conducted last year with Mr LitvinenkoEvgeny Limarev, another former Russian intelligence officer, in which both men claimed that Mr Scaramella used his status within the commission to run a shadowy parallel intelligence operation with right-wing aims.It seems possible that Mr. Litvinenko was well-aware of another-side of Professor Mario Scaramella, and wanted to pump him for information on Russian intelligence networks in Italy and elsewhere. There is a linchpin here somewhere that is typical of the modus operandi of all intel-operations, and it is ugly. It's possible a variety of interests feared information Mr. Litvinenko possessed--including Western ones. Bets are still on Vladimir Putin's regime and the FSB.
The other theories make some sense, but the hit seems very personal and not based on rational aims...yet. The London Telegraph has stated it would have been impossible for Litvinenko to drink polonium-210, as "the drink" would bubble and the heat would be too intense.' The notion that the ex-spy committed suicide to defame Putin isn't worthy of comment, and simply favors Putin.
Speculation about missing radioactive elements from Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union are also preposterous, as polonium-210 has a half-life of 138 days. He could certainly have become poisoned by it after this duration, so it is a wait-and-see. The fact that Litvinenko left a radioactive trail is disturbing, however, scientists assert that the element must be ingested or inhaled.
There is a strong-possibility that Litvinenko's clothing was dusted with the material and inhaled over the period of one day. Another possible motive has emerged: Litvinenko had passed-on a dossier to a Russian billionaire living in Israel, and it covered FSB infiltration-tactics (directed by Putin) into the Yukos energy company--the largest in the world. Russia is a major supplier of energy to the EU. Another twist:
The building near the Millennium Hotel [Ed.-site of a bar Litvinenko visited and contaminated] contains a business intelligence company, Titon International Ltd. — whose CEO was a former U.K. Special Services director, and Erinys UK Ltd., an international security and risk management company. Erinys confirmed that Litvinenko had visited the office "on a matter totally unrelated to issues now being investigated by the police," but declined to elaborate. (AP, 11/27/2006)It could be a constellation of interests are involved here at a time when oil and natural gas have reached dazzling heights in value. It could even be a corporate hit. An autopsy might commence this week. Curiouser and curiouser, further and further down the rabbit hole we go, Alice. People are forgetting another possibility: America was also involved.
This isn't as strange as it might sound, and (geo)politics makes for strange bedfellows. In 2004, American intelligence helped the FSB assassinate Chechen separatist leader Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev in Qatar. The State Department has been curiously supportive of the genocidal war in Chechnya since its inception in the late-1990s.
If it was rogue elements of FSB, Putin is still responsible, and in serious trouble from his own security agency. This, however, seems doubtful as he is a creature of the KGB, and has survived this long. I believe Vladimir knows exactly what he's doing.
A final question: why was Professor Scaramella allowed to exit Great Britain so easily?
Maybe MI6 has some questions to answer. The contention that the polonium-210 was purchased on the black market sounds dubious in the face of a 138 day half-life. You have to have state-clearance to obtain it in this form. What would the world reaction be if it came from an American or British reactor? Or what about an Israeli one?
ECUADOR--AP is reporting that Leftist economist Rafael Correa has won the Ecuadoran Presidential election in what appears to be yet another rejection of IMF policies by the people of a Latin American nation. Correa also includes-himself amongst the allies of Hugo Chavez, and so we can see that a nexus of Populist control of South America is emerging here. These are heady-days for the region, and will likely embolden progressive-tendencies in the United States and Mexico, lynchpins in pushing-back what has been decades of a corporate-advance on the poorest populations within the Western Hemisphere. Correa has called President George W. Bush 'dimwitted', like the majority of humanity.
I like this man already. Correa has a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Illinois. He flatly-refuses signing any free-trade agreements with Washington. I hope he defaults on all of those loans, the Rockefellers and the other financiers are rocks. They'll be OK, their interests aren't mine or the average American's. Also in his favor: he is not allowing any US military bases in Ecuador. He has similar leverage as Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, as Ecuador also has substantial oil-deposits. Thanks, George W. Bush, you're making that wave of Populist Socialism I always wanted happen faster than any of us would have dreamed possible! And those pesky exit polls--you'd think the rest of the entire world found them valid (except when a Bush runs-for-office, then the bets are off).
American Intelligensia Panic-Response:
Sunday, November 26, 2006
For the jaded, you just won't like this, and that's too-bad. I really feel-sorry for you. On just a technical-level, Estevez did a great job here. The performances by William H. Macy as a manager of the Ambassador, or Lawrence Fishburn as a wizened head-chef are satisfying and drew me in. All the characters drew me in, and I never felt distracted by star-cameos. The performances are too-good for that to happen. Harry Belafonte's (a prominent-critic of the Bush administration) geriatric-rapport with Anthony Hopkins' Ambassador concierge is so warm and genuine, and adds to a tapestry of what is a compelling-swath of Americana. I valued these characters, and I cared about them. Like I said, this is Frank Capra territory, with all the Populist sentiment of the originals (without being derivative). There isn't any moment where I felt the film beat me over-the-head with any particular-message, it just made some very humble and quiet-observations about where America has been, and where it's at today. From the references to hanging-chads and Black Americans being-denied the right-to-vote in the 1968 primaries, or Lindsey Lohan's war-bride pondering why her government hasn't provided adequate reasons for the American-invasion of Vietnam (or Iraq now), this is about 1968 and 2006. The writer/director did his homework, and the film is as densely-packed with bits of that fateful year as it can be.
But there is more. Ashton Kutchner (groan, but he was funny!) provides some comic-relief and some cultural context with his hilarious drug-dealer, a freak who's holed-up in the Ambassador selling-dope. Yes, like Altman, a number of the subplots intersect with each other. You either like the style or you don't, and I'm with the former. Bobby isn't a perfect movie by-any-means, but it is a very entertaining and enlightening set of stories about average-Americans on a very bad-day in our history. What struck me was how much happened in such a short-time--it was as if the public was truly overwhelmed by the assassinations of JFK, and Dr. King, but after Bobby, we sank-into a daze that we only seem to be awakening-from now. The 1960s was peppered with political-assassinations of progressive leaders, and by the late-1960s so much had been invested in them that their deaths were almost a body-blow to American enthusiasm and a social-movement. We lost our inertia and our positivity. With the murder of RFK, there wasn't much hope left for many people. It seemed a watershed, and a shared-sense of destiny evaporated for a time. This was a tactical mistake-in-thinking. We all have to be leaders now.
But forgetting all that, it's just a very competent film from a guy I had written-off! Visually, it just looks beautiful, and there was an excruciating effort to capture the styles and the look of 1968. Even mannerisms and dialect fit very well with what I know of the period. Seeing two geeky Kennedy campaign volunteers drop acid (via the Kutchner character) for the first-time is a more-accurate depiction of the 1960s than most period-pieces of the era--the whole-point is that the 'normals' from the suburbs were turning-on and joining the counterculture and the anti-war movement, folks. That was the reason why there was such a violent-reaction from the beltway, there were massive cultural-changes emerging. Freaks and hippies were rare, even in 1968, just like 'dropouts' of any era. Bobby gets this right. But watch other movies on the 1960s, and it seems they were everywhere! It's untrue, the counterculture was widely-distributed and fragmentary.
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Saturday, November 25, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
'Happy talk, keep talking happy talk, talk about things you like to do. You got to have a dream, if you don't have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?'
Mark Foley is a pedophile. Dennis Hastert and the GOP-leadership covered it up, and Arlen Specter is old, ugly and a loser. Mainstream feminism is still an impotent and divisive club for rich women. The GOP and Democratic leadership in Congress still support the war in Iraq, which will sink them, God-willing. The American dollar will soon be almost-worthless (too-late). Habeus Corpus (the right to know why you've been dragged-to-jail) is still gone, and we're still in deep-shit with a future that looks apocalyptic. Columbus did not discover America, it discovered him. There's always hope. The Korean War never ended. You suck. The human-race is a lethal-mutation. There is no God. The vent-worms at the bottom of the oceans will survive us, since our desire to return to being primordial-slime is so strong (we're not quitters). Fortunately, Republicans don't have to take any steps in this direction, they're already there. Ewige Blumenkraft! Prague is a seat of the occult. Let's fuck! 'Republican friend' is an oxymoron for twats. The Simpsons were hilarious for 5-years. Friedrich Nietzsche died of syphilis. In-laws usually suck. Have a nice day! We will fall. There is no justice. I collect stamps. Did you take-out the trash? Punk died in 1978. Are you 'metrosexual'? Yes? You must be young and stupid then. Heavy metal hair-bands will always suck. Gay men are better conversation than the hottest women who ever-lived in the entirety of human history. We suck. Canada is friendlier than America. Many gay men hate women. Over 50% of all American marriages fail in the first two-years. Finland has a higher suicide-rate than the United States, even proportionally. Kurt Vonnegut's last decent novel was Deadeye Dick. Most women are attracted to men who show 100% certainty at-all-times. Men have nipples--why?! Yu look good in that dress (madame Yu). No, you don't look fat (I'm lying to you now). You suck. Stanley Kubrick is still dead. Happiness is a transitory-sensation. The world is round. Uranium is not the heaviest-element. People are more-interesting when they don't talk, especially young women. Iraq is a disaster. Germans do indeed love David Hasselhof. There is no truth. Dutch Elm disease changed America's landscape. The carrier pigeon tasted good. The human-race is a dead-end proposition. Men are generally taller than women. Kurt Cobain is still dead. Children are cruel. Men are base. Nobody ever got-laid at a party by whipping-out a bag of pot in a room full of women.
LONDON--Astonishing all of us who know-better, London's Medical Examiner stated that the death (by a deadly-isotope called polonium-210) of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko by ingestion of the substance on November 1st was 'not an act of violence.' What could me more of a violation of a human-being than this? Well sure, this happens all the time in London sushi restaurants, and now traces of polonium-210 have been found at the establishment and the victim's residency. Details are sketchy right-now, which one would expect in a criminal investigation. There is an off-chance his killers did a black-bag job and put the contaminant in his home. Still want kids in a world like this? But, fortunately, London Police are investigating the situation as a 'suspicious poisoning'. Kremlin reactions are varied from 'it was accidental' [?!], to allegations of Putin's involvement being 'sheer nonsense.' But who was Litvinenko? MSNBC is reporting that:
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
--from John Carpenter's THEY LIVE
THE UNITED STATES AGAIN--Watch for Democrats like James Carville, Rahm Emanuel, 'ittle Chuckie Schumer, Hillary Clinton, and all the other DNC conservatives get kicked to the curb in the next-year. Wha? Yup. Americans don't want a rush to the center, they didn't vote that way in the elections. How do I know this? Look back at the campaign-ads, and you will see a clearly progressive-message. The pols at the DNC & DCCC (like Emanuel) know damn well the public wants some substantial-reforms, not just some half-measures that accomplish nothing. We want change now. If they don't deliver on serious oversight and investigations into GOP-wrongdoing, end the war in Iraq by the end of next-year, and rollback illegal-wiretapping and Bush administration tax-cuts for the wealthiest, they're done. This is the last-chance here, this is it. Either Democrats deliver on reforms, or we have a breakdown of this society, and it's not coming later, it's coming sooner this-time. There will be nowhere to run.
If the Democrats don't deliver some relief for the American worker, we can expect upheavals that could shatter their party. The GOP's time could well-be-up too, since they literally have nothing to offer voters in the economic realm, just a lot of race and gay-baiting, but nothing of substance. Most Americans know that the GOP is 100%-beholden to corporate-interests, and they want new laws that break these ties to both parties. Do both parties generally seem 'moderate'? Maybe compared to public-opinion, but that's relative, isn't it? There is an obvious disconnect in opinon. Look at the polls on various social-issues: does public-opinion look moderate now? The 'prevailing-wisdom' is a crock, and it just comes-off as another insult to the intelligence of even the most daft of individuals (like mainstream Democrats and Republicans). The 'prevailing-wisdom' is actually the extremist-side of the spectrum, but they can keep calling themselves 'middle-of-the-road', because that's where they're going to stay until they're no-longer holding public-office. Yes, even a good chunk of Democrats in Congress are basically Republicans in-disguise (and not very good ones either). Fortunately, there are now enough progressives in both houses to cause some trouble for these shills. Young people are aware of these ploys, and voted-accordingly.
But think of the term 'middle-of-the-road'. Does it sound sexy? Would you have-sex with someone who was 'middle-of-the-road'? Would you hire a mechanic who was middle-of-the-road to fix your car? Would you go see a middle-of-the-road movie (don't answer)? Do the last six-years seem like a moderate course? Well, you would if you were ugly, stupid, perverted, and greedy like most politicos (and Americans). You think the GOP is alone in being corrupt, and that all-is-well now? You're daft. Nobody but a nut, a loser or a coward likes being lukewarm, it sucks. But, as the last six-years have proven, continuing a so-called 'centrist' position just means you're right-wing, with an agenda that will wreck this nation. Most of the same Democrats (John Kerry, Hillary Clinton) who voted-for the invasion of Iraq still cannot form a coherent-strategy because they also want to 'win' the war (whatever that means).
They're against protecting American jobs, the wages of workers and their ability to form unions and bargain with their employers, or even access to adequate medical-care--anything the public wants, they don't want for the public. Sounds radical and extremist, doesn't it? You would think they don't have any respect for democracy at all. Claiming a centrist-stance just means you're a liar who's using the phraseology of the demagogue. Middle-of-the-road? Not sexy. Nancy Pelosi is off to a great-start and they haven't even begun the next-session of Congress, so the same interests who back many DNC and GOP-hacks are attacking her. Howard Dean's approach is the future of the Democratic party, or there isn't one for it. Grassroots, or death.
PS: 'tt', fuck-you.
Lyshitski is constantly giving Biederman the worst advice you could give to someone imprisoned, and the plot takes a radical-turn in a confrontation between the judge's son and an Ayran Nations gang-leader that must be seen to be believed. The worm-turns for Biederman, the pathetic yuppie-fop who loves the 1990s pop-tune 'Shake That Body', and Lyshitski is in for quite a ride as his target becomes the 'big man' in the joint. It just gets funnier, and telling you any more would just ruin the ride for you, but you get a greater understanding of life in prison.
This was something I never expected, because...well, we all think we've seen-it-all with prison movies, but Let's Go to Prison goes further than all of them! From Biederman getting-punched everyday, to his being-sold to a Black inmate called 'Barry' (the always-great Chi McBride) for an ounce-of-pot and a carton-of -smokes, to their ongoing 'courting', it's hilarious. It also has an ending for the ages that I would personally love to see in real-life! If the movie says anything, it's that the criminal justice and corrections system is a joke on all of us, and it actually finds some hilarity in this fact. That's a tall order that it fills, no-problem. Flawed, but hilarious. Score.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
PS: It appears Mr. Altman died from complications related to cancer. What a man.
It's absurd, but the more-liberal-than-thou crowd need fodder to further their ambitions and agendas. Let Black Americans have-their-say on this, it isn't your place to judge this man you rich, lily-white assholes. His career should not be affected, but we aren't a tolerant nation in a lot of cases. He has my support in this incident, but as we all know, he attended the lynching of a Black man afterwards. This is fucking ridiculous when thousands of Iraqis are being murdered by the Bush administration and much of Congress right-now. Not 160-years-ago, now.
Yes indeed, I have used the word nigger in-anger myself, and it shocked and surprised me. I felt ashamed, but should one be ashamed forever about it? No. Do I hate Black Americans? No, I like them better than so-called White America--they've done little to hurt my life. It was wrong, but there it is, not a high-crime like lying about WMDs to get us into a phony war. How about trying to understand why people say such things? You know, an open-dialog? Oh, that would disempower those with a questionable agenda. Welcome to America, home of the pseudo-liberal (you're a joke). Meanwhile, the media gets-rich on your stupidity (like that's new). Want fries with that?
Sunday, November 19, 2006
It's Your Call, Man:
But it's easiest to look at the invasion as simple criminality, akin to the robbery of a gas station, only with an occupation that is as insane as the siege of a crime-scene. Imagine that the stick-up decide to stay at the gas station, based on a similarly irrational-logic. It's as if the robbers said to themselves, 'Hey, we got enough food, water and gas to escape eventually.' But the problem is the same: the jig-is-up, and we have you surrounded. Yes, Keystone Cops. It's just a strange irrationality for a cornered-thug to hold-up the inevitable. We'll see ample-proof of this assertion when the investigations begin. There will be the standard stalling, diversionary-statements and actions, projection-of-blame (already happening) that we saw during Watergate and Iran-Contra, and even with Clinton (though he had committed greater-crimes than getting-laid).
Indeed, it's safe-to-say we can call the invasion of Iraq the largest-mounting of a gas station stick-up job. The objective was to control Iraqi-oil--not to pump more out, but to slow the flow of oil towards increasing the international-pricing. Added to this fact were the security-justifications for the last-round of gouging at the pumps, with the specter of global warming as the backdrop. The illegal-invasion bears all the hallmarks of a primitive-criminality, and there's nothing that complicated about it, really. Kenneth Adelman's (an architect of the war) final quote in the Washpo article is stunning, because it betrays its subtext: 'Most troubling, he said, are his shattered ideals: "The whole philosophy of using American strength for good in the world, for a foreign policy that is really value-based instead of balanced-power-based, I don't think is disproven by Iraq. But it's certainly discredited." ' He's admitting (openly) that he just wants the ability to project American power, a rare-glimpse into the behind-the-scenes culture in Washington. Oddly, the author of the article (Peter Baker) doesn't note this, but deserves credit for giving us the quote. So, Adelman's lesson from Iraq is...well, nothing. He never believed in any lofty-goals, he lied. What a surprise, I know. And what a genius that Karl Rove was, illustrating that all the neocons could manage was seizing-power, just not governing. You got me: this is what they have-in-common with National Socialism and her sister, Bolshevism.
One-two-three Punch from the Washington Post:
Sharing the Love With Karl Rove, Former Ugly-Genius (But still ugly):
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Yes, the cloven 'Black Man', and a trip to the surface of another planet are not-present, which is fine. Do we really want to see Lovecraft's racism on-display, especially when he rejected-it at the end of his life? The answer is a resounding no, and it does no justice to Lovecraft or who he was when he died. People also tend-to-forget that in some areas, Lovecraft can get tedious, often going-on for too-long with descriptions of things, or he just meanders in some literary-twilight. Yes, you can actually improve-upon some of his work, I contend. Dennis Paoli and Stuart Gordon have achieved this feat, and where Lovecraft was bad at warm-characters, the writer(s) and director compensate. I truly love and care about the characters in this story, especially the mother and her child. The fears of this story are so primal and basic--everyone fears for a baby in a movie, it's true.
What excites me so-much about this short-film is how effectively it conveys many of Lovecraft's themes: the fear of losing-one's-mind, the fear of women, the fear of the unknown, the fear of a loss-of-control, the fear of mortality, and-then-some. Also very exciting is how well Gordon and screenwriter Dennis Paoli realize the Witch--I would say this is the best-depiction of what the Puritans, and Medieval Europeans thought witches were, and what they did. Usually, they try to steal babies to sacrifice to some dark-power. But Lovecraft's genius was taking physics-theory to explain witchcraft, and a witch's powers. This is unique for writers of his time.
To the uninitiated, H.P. Lovecraft's tomes seem to have appeared, fully-formed, but he was an avid-scholar of New England folklore and the literature of horror. Much of the rule-book he uses for the witch and her powers and actions are from the writings of Cotton Mather and other Puritanical leaders, thinkers and witch-hunters. It's likely he even consulted the witchfinder's-manual, 'Malleus Malificarum.' Lovecraft didn't believe in the supernatural as a reality, but he did accept the possibility that odd-phenomena did exist, and could be explained by science at some point. This would be known as 'supranormal', and that's the type of tale we have here.
So, while this tale and many-others written by him seem fantastical, some elements are not-entirely implausible based on his scientific-philosophies! 'Dreams in the Witch House' is not-unlike a rational-mind trying to grasp how a witch could be possible, scientifically. This little crumb-of-plausibility is a component of what makes the writings of H.P. Lovecraft so scary, and so contemporary. Even educated adults can entertain their reality, and this film captures this reality in every respect. People tend to forget that modern-science comes from alchemy, after-all! The story concerns Walter Gilman, a Physics-major, who has found a room at 300-year-old house in Providence. Yes, in the short-story, Walter already knows the reputation of the house, but I think it was wise for film to omit this. Walter represents we, the audience, and this is a story of curiosity, discovery, and tragedy. Walter notices that his theories on multiple-universes, and his mathematical-maps resemble the shape of a corner of his room. In time, he begins to have dreams of meeting a familiar--a rat with a human-face, perfectly in-keeping with the lore of witches! Eventually, it becomes clear from an older-tenant, and other dreams, that the witch is very-much alive within the house, and has found a way to live for centuries in another dimension. She wants Walter (us) to fetch her a child, the infant-son his neighbor.
There is a sense of dread, sorrow and inevitability in Walter's situation that echoes the victims of witches in lore. It is a situation without-much-hope, the only exit being death or insanity, so very Lovecraftian. Anchor Bay/IDT have done a perfect DVD, no-complaints here. The transfer is perfect, the audio is perfect, and the extras are incredibly-generous and substantial for the most die-hard-fan of Stuart Gordon. Richard Band's score is wonderful, and makes this story all-the-more timeless in its sorrow, grimness and evocation of mystery. It has been 12-years since Band has done a score for Gordon with his excellent score for Castle Freak (1994), I cannot sing his praises enough. It has been too-long, and thank-God it finally happened. The entire Masters of Horror series promises to be superb, a great-day for true fans of horror. Gordon and his collaborators are now filming his version of Poe's 'The Black Cat' with Jeffrey Combs (Reanimator)!
Thursday, November 16, 2006
equality received a trampling in the headlong rush.'
-Senator Robert Byd, February 2006
WASHINGTON--This is actually a great day in America, but Speaker Pelosi has an enormous job before her, and some trust to regain. First: Iraq, and a general withdrawl-of-troops, but high-on-the-list is a complete removal of the Patriot Act and the Military Commissions Act, they must be repealed for a real new-day in America. Will she join all those who stood-against the Patriot Act, like Russell Feingold, Dennis Kucinich, Jim Jeffords, Robert Byrd, Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, Tom Harkin of Iowa, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Carl Levin of Michigan, Patty Murray of Washington and Ron Wyden of Oregon. All of these folks need your support, write them, keep encouraging-them. Why? Because all of us can now be arrested and held indefinitely without-trial! This should be enough. Consider this: the Bush adminstration had the Patriot Act ready-for-passage less than one-week after the attacks, which is troubling. Did they have it 'on-the-shelf', waiting? Investigations might reveal this as a fact.
The majority of the Senate that voted-for a renewal of the Patriot Act were Republicans, and even Nancy Pelosi voted to renew the bill in early-March of this-year. But the ten who voted-against renewal on March 2nd were cultivated by Senator Russ Feingold, who was alone in his vote against the Patriot Act in the first-run after the attacks of September 11th, 2001. Now that we no-longer have such a climate, it's time to return to earth. America doesn't need an Enabling Act like the one given to Adolf Hitler. In voting-for the Patriot Act, certain Democrats might have made the same gamble that Hugenberg and von Papen made--that they could give the Bush administration unlimited power, but be able to 'tame them' later-on. This could be why the Patriot Act passed just 45-days after 9/11, with little debate whatsoever. The same can be said about the war in Iraq, virtually nobody in Congress debated the logic of the invasion. Is it Weimar time? We'll see.
Be a Real Patriot (Person):
The Original Irritant (Patriot Act), and the Idiots who Voted For It:
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
1. Pathological Compilation--Godflesh, Coil, Carcass, Terminal Cheesecake, Napalm Death, Stretch Heads, & Silverfish. Grind and shoegazer bliss, circa 1989.
2. Jamie Liddell--Multiply (best soul music in ages)
3. Captain Beefheart--Lick My Decals Off Baby (perhaps the best of the 69-70 era Magic Band!)
4. MAIN-Hz (Robert Hampson of Loop, great experimental guitar-sound, kinda ambient)
5. Knut-Alter (superb electronic remixes of riff-metal by Mick Harris, Justin Broadrick, kk Null, dalek, dither, spectre, francisco lopez, entayso, asmus tietchens, etc.)
6.Yusef Lateef-Part of the Search (1971 LP, great jazz flute improv)
7. GOD-Anatomy of Addiction (1994, noise-metal with woodwinds! Kevin Martin at his best)
8. Ornette Coleman--Skies of America (1971, Ornette's orchestral compositions are incredible and frightening!)
9. Throbbing Gristle--24 Box (Nearly every live-show TG ever did, it's pretty stunning)
10. 13th Floor Elevators--The Psychedlic Sounds of...
11. PiL-2nd Edition/Metal Box (perhaps the best rock album ever)
12. Head of David--Dustbowl (1986-88 post-punk with a touch of metal. Could do without the solos, though, we hadn't gotten over that stage yet...)
13. Lee Scratch Perry-Return of the Superape (dub, say-no-more)