“The Conformist”: An unsettling political masterpiece returns

“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: The Life of a Douchebag

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. 

Press Failures After 911

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.  

Faster Than Comcast

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. 

Police Throw Flash Grenade in Crib

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. 

The Beautiful Strange World of Hayao Miyazaki

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. 

Koch Brothers Steal Ohio

http://www.salon.com/2014/06/18/how_the_koch_brothers_stole_ohio/

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!