I’m posting this because of two things on this list invented by devout Catholics which piss-off wingnuts to this day. Oh, I love the irony.
At this time, I am unaware of any transcript version of this video link.
The gist is that Bob “Moviebob” Chipman gives his two cents on whether its okay for a reviewer to bring their political/philosophical “baggage” to work or if film reviews should remain “pure.” The springboard that started this topic was the response to his review of Ender’s Game. But this covers such a wide variety of subjects in entertainment and can conceivably apply elsewhere in culture.
IMO, listening to this is worth anybody’s seven odd minutes.
The strange thing about celebrity scandals like the recent Paula Deen racism controversy is how inconsistent we are with our outrage. We forever remember Michael Richards for screaming racial slurs, and Charlie Sheen will always be a punchline, but the vast majority of the world has forgotten that …
Spoiler: In order, this list includes Jimmy Page, Vince Neil, Sean Penn, Charles Dickens, and Eric Clapton.
This is something I just said in the comments of another page.
I decided to repost it here as a new page.
First of all, leaks like Snowden are inevitable from a logistical standpoint. Just keeping a surveillance system like this barely chugging along requires too many people to have access. Maybe there are ways to make that happen less often, but its going to happen. This is the Achilles heel of “big brother.”
Second, we don’t know what the NSA is doing. Yes, Greenwald made baseless, sensationalist claims. Each sensationalist claim made by one member of the media or another lately had been debunked by pointing out the “source” was some politician who attended a briefing or something. Even if I assume politicians don’t lie, **snicker** that still means its at best a glorified layman’s secondhand account.
Third, assuming for the sake of argument that the NSA isn’t overstepping its bounds at all, what about the next guy in charge? How are we supposed to trust that the power of such a secretive surveillance system is not being abused nor ever will be?
And fourth, its been over a decade since the terrorist attacks that scared us into accepting such intrusive surveillance. There will always be more terrorism. As a species, we’re just too violent and too frequently fanatical. (otherwise pro-sports would be out of business) Are we to simply accept these old “emergency” powers as permanent? Or will we remember who we’re supposed to be as a nation and let go of the illusion of control? We simply can’t have it both ways.
TL:DR - I spelled out four basic problems I see inherent to any massive domestic surveillance system. And no sir, I ain’t in favor of keeping it.
Here is an article about how legitimate lawsuits are made to sound stupid and frivolous.
And another just like it from two years ago.
This is in the “humor” category because its cracked. But the topic is quite serious.
No, really. Read it all. Don’t quit halfway through.
At the end of Jurassic Park, Dr. Grant, his special lady friend, and those impossibly muddy kids are flanked in the entrance hall of the theme park by Velociraptors. It looks pretty grim until the T. rex lumbers in to bite the other dinosaurs to death and save the goddamn day despite being the central antagonist for the first half of the film.
I mention this scene because, aside from the living dinosaurs and the weird knot physics, there’s a fundamental truth in that moment: Sometimes if you surround yourself with enough terrible things, they will just cancel each other out. Fate, it seems, has a soft spot for the stupid and reckless. For proof, look no further than everyday life; some of the cultural habits and irritating trends that should, in all respects, spell doom for our species are miraculously saving lives instead. So rather than rolling our eyes when a fad like Crocs, or Sexy Vampire Stories, or Bro-Step music fight for attention in our collective conscious, let’s try to look on the bright side and determine how each of them might accidentally be protecting humanity from becoming the next fossil fuel.
Toward the end of Bush’s second term and all through Obama’s, America (and the world) has been in economic decline. People like to point to various statistics on growth, employment, and inflation, but ultimately, all those amount to nebulous ink blot tests, sending ever-changing (and sometimes conflicting) signals. More telling than any graph or testimony from the Fed are the economic indicators we see every day, which tell us that nothing has gotten any better for about five years.
I’m so tempted to spoil the ending for this one. … Screw it! I’ll quote the final sentence with almost no context. (hey, you’ll probably guess it anyway)
In any event, you’ll know that the economy’s actually getting better when everyday Americans start dumping on the poor again.
For the record, I didn’t make this. I’m just sharing. Not that I didn’t think you’d guess.
It seems that most of my pages are about things I found on Cracked.
Why stop when I’m on a roll?
Off the top of your head, how many of your friends can you think of make less than $11,000 a year? Maybe they work some mind-numbing part-time job, taking cover charges and stamping hands at a strip club. Or if you’re a bit older, how many families do you know of who have one person working, bringing in less than $23,000 to support a spouse and a couple of kids? There’s nothing wrong with either of those things … but those numbers are the poverty threshold in the U.S., and in my area of the country, it encompasses a fudging poopload of people (sorry, I’m trying to cut down on my cursing).
Poverty is a hot topic for politicians, but it seems like every time they open their mouths about the subject, stupid falls out. There’s a huge part of me that wants to grab them by their orphan skin lapels and scream reason into their preciously oblivious brains, but the logical side of me knows it won’t matter. There are some things they will just never understand. Things like …
America hasn’t declared war for over 70 years because, politically speaking, it’s actually easier to send a quarter million troops into a country than it is to declare war against it. Which is why it’s strange that someone at Fox News declares a new war every 11 seconds. They use that word so desperately and often that if you taught a child that “war” meant “HELP!” he would produce perfect Fox News copy every time you dropped him in a well. Here are some of the greatest military campaigns ever fought by this fair and balanced army.
Seanbaby is one of Cracked’s most unsafe for work columnists. But if you don’t mind that, he does a good job at spelling out how Fox News is hopelessly dependent on agitprop. Yeah, fish in a barrel, I know, I know.
As usual for any writing critical of Fox News, this has plenty of idiots in the comments talking about “liberal bias.” Its a perfectly fair complaint, since that is the only possible motive for poking fun at sensationalism in a media organization. /sarc