[links] Link salad knows you’re gonna fly high, you’re never gonna die

Fuck Yeah SciFi/Fantasy WOCAuthor Scott Lynch responds to a critic of the character Zamira Drakasha, a black woman pirate in his fantasy book Red Seas Under Red Skies, the second novel of the Gentleman Bastard series. Plus Anne Bonny. Duh. (Via [info]rekre8.)

The Misty Mountains song from The Hobbit — This gets me every time, even in this European cover version from str8bvoices.

Notes After a Viewing of Red Dawn (2012)The Mumpsimus is interesting. Long but worth the read if you’re interested in either film criticism or politics.

‘Bird Buggy’ keeps noisy parrot quiet — and mobile — I for one welcome our new psittacine overlords. (Snurched from @jeremiahtolbert.)

Tennis star Novak buys up world’s supply of donkey cheese at £400 a pound for new restaurant chain — Because… I got nothing. Except that I want to try it. (Via [info]danjite.)

Cafe Ginza: 1941 — I continue to be fascinated by this image, both for haunting historical reasons (note the date, and probable fate of all the business owners and families on this street), and for the curious details, like the name of the doctor on the sign in the right edge of the frame. Even the movie posters on the wall of the cafe are interesting.

Apple Maps ‘is life-threatening’ to motorists lost in Australia heat — Hey, Apple. Your Maps app is the Newton of this generation. Give it up already. Enough with the corporate dick waving. Can we please have our damned Google Maps back on the iPhone?

On “Otherness” at Christmas — The Velveteen Rabbi writes about being Jewish at Christmas. Highly recommended reading for any Christian who somehow imagines they are part of an imperiled religion in modern America. I think there’s something profoundly valuable in the de-centering experience of recognizing that one’s own paradigm is not the only paradigm. But I recognize that it isn’t always easy or comfortable. And if it isn’t happening in a reciprocal way — where I recognize that my way isn’t the only way, but so does the other guy; specifically, so does the person with the privilege of being in the dominant / majority position — it can feel alienating and painful. Everyone else is having a great time and I’m outside the party — alienating and painful. That mainstream experience is “normal,” and I feel perennially “other” — alienating and painful.

Climate Change 101: Separate Fact from Fiction

Same-Sex Issue Pushes Justices Into Overdrive — I’m extremely dubious of the assumption that the narrow ideologues on the Court’s Right are going to place any emphasis at all on public opinion. They’ve proven time and again they’ll place the conservative political agenda above either the national interest or the Constitution. Scalia’s tortured reversal of a lifetime of his own legal reasoning in order to avoid supporting the Obama administration on the ACA ruling was just the latest example.

Likely Increase in Births Has Some Lawmakers Revisiting CutsThe latest Health and Human Services Commission projections being circulated among Texas lawmakers indicate that during the 2014-15 biennium, poor women will deliver an estimated 23,760 more babies than they would have, as a result of their reduced access to state-subsidized birth control. And it’s costing the state a lot of money in post-natal healthcare. Gee? Ya think? Obviously it requires a grasp of that nasty liberally-biased reality to understand the causal link between availability of birth control and birth rates.

Laura Ingraham Has the World’s Worst Imagination — Conservative commentator outraged at liberal-progressives doing with Obama exactly what she did with Bush. More of that justly famed conservative intellectual consistency in action.

?otD: By the way, which one’s Pink?


12/10/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bike ride
Weight: 216.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block dissolving traditional marriages and plastering OBAMA bumper stickers on SUVs: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

3 thoughts on “[links] Link salad knows you’re gonna fly high, you’re never gonna die

  1. Cora says:

    Now I vehemently hate the original Red Dawn – it has a firm place on the list of my top ten most hated films ever. Now I know that most 1980s US action films were propaganda, but I can enjoy some of them, e.g. the Chuck Norris Missing in Action series. But Red Dawn is propaganda of the worst sort, far closer to Jud Süß than Casablanca. I hated the protagonists so much that I cheered when they were killed.

    I’m quite surprised that Matt Cheney, whom I’ve always known as a thoughtful commentator on cultural subjects, has anything good to say about it at all. It’s hard to imagine that the new one is even worse or that they would remake that particular piece of cinematic horseshit at all. But then there’s always an audience for rightwing propaganda in the US.

    BTW, I find it interesting that Matt Cheney compares the original Red Dawn to The Day After, because that’s another 1980s film I can’t stand. What kills The Day After for me is that we spend half an hour or so watching people go about their daily lives and planning their weddings while news reports talk about the invasion of West Germany and that Würzburg and Wuppertal just go nuked and yet those people don’t give a damn. But then I’m suddenly supposed to care that Kansas City gets nuked even though the people we see dying couldn’t muster one bit of empathy for my own home country getting invaded and nuked. Again, I suspect no one in the production team thought that the film would ever be shown outside the US and that German viewers might be a tad angry to be asked to care about Kansas City, while Wuppertal and Würzburg provide background detail.

    Of course, propaganda films like xenophobic Red Dawn are mainly made for US audiences. For a while, the globalisation of the film industry made it more difficult for such blatantly xenophobic films to get made, because it was difficult to get people elsewhere to watch them and Hollywood increasingly makes its money outside the US. The original Red Dawn barely scraped past a ban for excessive violence and incitement to hatred in West Germany, which was the reason I watched it in the first place, because it was that notorious film that almost got banned. But of late, blatant patriotism and xenophobia are on the rise again in Hollywood movies. See Inglorious Bastards or now the new Red Dawn.

  2. alexis says:

    Here is a site with some of my favorite old photos:
    http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/empire/

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