Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Evening Thread

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The Most Amazing Movie Ever Made

I actually didn't love the Mad Max: Fury Road. It wasn't quite... I don't know, enjoyable? To me, anyway. But it was two solid hours of "holy crap I can't believe they actually made this movie." The narrative structure is inverted. Everything flows from the action, and there's almost no dialogue, but still the backstory is unveiled (slowly) and a world is created. I actually can't even comprehend what went into choreographing, filming, and editing what is mostly a 2 hour car chase, mostly without CGI. Someone dubbed it Steampunk Mario Kart. About right.

Afternoon Thread

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There Are Some Gay People Here

Can't expose their beautiful minds to such things.
One thing missing from TLC Network Party at Penn's Landing on May 30 will be the Duggars of “19 Kids and Counting.” With Josh Duggar's child molestation accusations, the party goes on without them, but still featuring Kate Gosselin and the Cake Boss.

When Worlds Collide

I suppose the good news is that foreign corporations might be able to sue to declare the Ex-Im bank in violation of TPP conditions.

Oopsy

I don't know a damn thing about Libya. Don't claim to. I do know that there was a moment a few years ago when suddenly it became The Good Cause. We had to intervene, because reasons, and because this time we would intervene and it would all go well. Even people who opposed the Iraq war put on their Very Serious Person hats and started lecturing us hippies about Just War and Humanitarian Reasons and Supporting The Rebels or whatever the hell. I can't even remember at this point. I mostly just rolled my eyes because there was nothing to be done except write a few contradictory blog posts and wait for the inevitable "oh, that didn't quite work out as planned."

And it didn't. Don't hear much about Libya from those people anymore. Call me when Humanitarian Reasons involves something more than Bomb Bomb.

So Scary

Not sure how the precious dears get through the day.
“The world is a very scary place right now, especially for people of means; they feel cornered and threatened,” said Tom Gaffney, the president of Gaffco Ballistics, which has installed a number of safe rooms around New York City. “When you have so much to lose, and you can afford to, you put a premium on your safety.”

Morning Thread

Stay safe, Texas.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Holiday Over

Neighbors had a not typical (for them) very noisy party. Not complaining, people are allowed to do such things. And they brought it inside early, so yay good neighbors.

Evening Thread

I guess tomorrow is a real work day. :(

Afternoon Thread

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Peons

I've never used Uber, but I do call normal cabs sometimes. Usually I just go to the corner and hail them when I need one, but I'll call them for a guest or if luggage is involved. And when I do, I make sure to be on the lookout for when they come because I know it's really inconsiderate to make them wait.

Every Clown Car Member Gets The Love From The NYT




Paragraph 8:
While supporters in Iowa noted that she had doubled her standing in state polls, it was a statistically insignificant change from 1 percent to 2 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released May 6. (That may seem piddling, but the same poll had Mr. Santorum, who won the Iowa caucuses in 2012, also at 2 percent, while 5 percent supported Mr. Bush.)

So There Was A Happy Ending Then

Back before a few hundred hippies opposed the Iraq war, a few dozen suggested that maybe going to war in Afghanistan wasn't necessarily such a great idea. Obviously after 9-11 you weren't going to get much traction by arguing we didn't have any right to kick somebody's ass, but the Very Serious People weren't going to even consider that there were better options. It's been 13+ years, and, well, how did it all work out then?
KABUL, Afghanistan — Facing a fierce Taliban offensive across a corridor of northern Afghanistan, the government in Kabul is turning to a strategy fraught with risk: forming local militias and beseeching old warlords for military assistance, according to Afghan and Western officials.

Pretty well, I guess.

Morning Thread

Lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Late Night

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America's Worst Humans

Chris Satullo.

Haters Gonna Hate

One thing which will never stop entertaining me is the suburbanites who spend their days on my local newspaper site trashtalking the urban hellhole. I think it's hilarious! I don't care if people are city mice, country mice, or suburban mice. People make choices based on their preferences and constraints, financial and otherwise, and good for them! I have some opinions about public policy related to such things, but that's not a knock on individual preferences and choices.

I don't know what motivates them, but I hope they never stop. It's always a source of merriment. It's a weird hobby, I admit, but we all need hobbies.