“The Conformist”: An unsettling political masterpiece returns http://www.salon.com/2014/08/28/the_conformist_an_unsettling_political_masterpiece_returns/ via @Salon
This article in Salon made me really want to see this movie. It is also nice to see a long form piece about a work when so many reviews are becoming shorter and shorter.
David Vitter: Cancer prevention, wildlife nonprofits are “bogus propaganda disguised as science” http://www.salon.com/2014/08/10/senator_vitter_cancer_prevention_wildlife_nonprofits_are_bogus_propaganda_disguised_as_science_partner/ via @Salon
Other than my title what more is there to say? The above article is about how Vitter is trying to destroy environmental regulations while he has a spot on the Environment and Public Works Committee.
Jill Abramson’s sad admission: “I don’t think the press, in general, did publish any stories that upset the Bush White House” http://www.salon.com/2014/07/30/jill_abramsons_sad_admission_i_don%e2%80%99t_think_the_press_in_general_did_publish_any_stories_that_upset_the_bush_white_house/ via @Salon
This is an interesting story about how the press failed the American public in the years of the Bush administration, specifically in the years after 911. Without a strong press, that speaks truth to power, democracy cannot function properly. Our press has been horrible in recent years. Thankfully there are still people like Matt Taibbi and Glenn Greenwald out there.
Comcast’s worst nightmare: How Tennessee could save America’s Internet http://www.salon.com/2014/07/18/comcasts_worst_nightmare_how_tennessee_could_save_americas_internet_partner/ via @Salon
Great article about how public utilities are serving customers better than the telecommunications companies. It shows both that public investments are sometimes better than private companies, and if big corporations lose they will abandon their free market principles faster than rats on a sinking ship.
A SWAT team blew a hole in my 2-year-old son http://www.salon.com/2014/06/24/a_swat_team_blew_a_hole_in_my_2_year_old_son/ via @Salon
I have talked quite a bit about how our police force is becoming militarized. A good deal of this is because of the military-industrial complex. Weapons from our endless wars are making their way home. The war on drugs, even though there have been improvements on some fronts, continues in its degrading absurdity. Although I find libertarian economic policies to be utopian and unrealistic, I do agree with them when it comes to personal freedom. This topic should be one place liberals and certain elements of the right should be able to reach an agreement on.
In other news my computer is still down which is making it hard for me to do more long form writing. Hopefully this will be a problem solved soon.
Don’t call him the Walt Disney of Japan: How animator Hayao Miyazaki became a cultural icon by doing everything Pixar doesn’t http://www.salon.com/2014/06/23/dont_call_him_the_walt_disney_of_japan_how_animator_hayao_miyazaki_became_a_cultural_icon_by_doing_everything_pixar_doesnt/ via @Salon
The above article is a really interesting one about the famous Japanese animator. His films can appear very strange to the Western eye. After traveling to and reading I have learned about how the Japanese are more comfortable with abstractions. Abstractions are part of their everyday language. Because of their complex social behavior they often speak in abstractions and convey certain nuances through how things are said and facial expressions.
I love Miyazaki’s beautiful and surreal movies. They are art and entertainment all in one. If you are looking to go someplace you have never been give his films a try.
The above article at Salon is about how the Koch brothers have played a role in preventing Ohio from moving forward with renewable energy for the next two years. They are a true threat to our democracy. How we can let these emotional mutants to play such a big role in running this country is beyond me. To paraphrase Klaus Kinski: I hope fire ants piss in their lying eyes!