10. Listicles destroy the narrative imagination and subtract the sublimity from your gaze.
9. The numerosities of nature never equal the numerosity of human fingers.
From the 1937 FBI memorandum on “Communist Infiltration of the Motion Picture Industry”:
“With regard to the picture ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’, [REDACTED] stated in substance that the film represented a rather obvious attempt to discredit bankers by casting Lionel Barrymore as a ‘scrooge-type’ so that he would be the most hated man in the picture. This, according to these sources, is a common trick used by Communists.
In addition, [REDACTED] stated that, in his opinion, this picture deliberately maligned the upper class, attempting to show the people who had money were mean and despicable characters.
The irony here is that a real Communist would never say that the problem is with the bad behavior of some bankers, as if the problem could be fixed with more regulation or better business ethics. To blame the individual bad actor is part of the capitalist ideology.
To his supporters, Snowden is a heroic whistleblower. To his critics, he is a “grandiose narcissist,” “a paranoid libertarian,” or perhaps Putin’s useful idiot. Despite Poitras’ best efforts, the movie confirms the views of his critics.
Transparency and the need for public debate are his battle-cry. But early in the film, he explains that his decision to begin leaking was motivated by his opposition to drone strikes. … [C]iting his opposition to a widely debated policy as his motivation for increasing transparency is, well, odd. But it’s also illustrative. Snowden’s leaks aren’t primarily aimed at returning transparency or triggering a public debate; they are about creating his preferred policy outcomes, outcomes that usually involve a weaker state.
I believe the general point applies to “journalist” Greenwald as well.
Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected independence.
With 31 out of the country’s 32 council areas having declared after Thursday’s vote, the ‘No’ side has an unassailable lead of 1,914,187 votes to 1,539,920.
The winning total needed was 1,852,828. Nationally, the margin of victory is about 55% to 45%.
Would have been interesting to have an important new country in Europe, but the Scots decided to play it safe.
Lauren Scott isn’t running a typical Republican campaign.
She is a transgender, renewable energy consultant running for Assembly District 30 in Washoe County, Nevada.
Her day job, sexual expression and the fact that she once worked on John Kerry’s presidential campaign don’t fit the traditional mold of the Republican orthodoxy. But that didn’t stop Gov. Brian Sandoval from endorsing her.
If Scott, 50, wins the general election against incumbent Democrat Michael Sprinkle, she will be the first openly transgender politician to hold office in the Legislature
While describing her struggles as a working mother, the usually politically correct first lady used the racial slur, gypped. Defenders of Romani point out that the abbreviation, “gyp,” is nothing more than a callous slur used by the culturally insensitive. Similar slurs to “gypped” include “Jewed down” or calling someone an “Indian giver.”
But it’s not entirely Michelle’s fault. It seems as though she borrowed the offensive colloquialism from her husband, President Barack Obama. In 2009, at a town hall meeting in Allentown, Penn., Obama said that he was seeking to regulate health insurance companies to make sure that people don’t get “gypped.”
We should, in fact, stop saying ‘gypped.’ But the outrage is obviously disingenuous. Most people don’t associate the word with Gypsies/Roma/Sinti. That is why the Daily Caller was happy to use the “offensive colloquialism” in their own articles in the past. I guess basic honesty is too much to expect from the right-wing outrage machine.
Check out these very special Father’s Day traditions from around the world:
Our neighbors to the north celebrate Father’s Day every year by gathering at their nearest cemetery to reenact the traditional Father’s Day Tale, with the mayor traditionally playing the role of the Father’s Day Skeleton and children playing his helpless victims.
The tragic shooting death in Seattle never became a mass shooting since the bad guy with a gun was stopped by a good guy with … pepper spray.
A lone gunman armed with a shotgun opened fire Thursday in a building at a small Seattle university, fatally wounding one person and injuring three others before a student subdued him with pepper spray as he tried to reload, Seattle police said.
Guns don’t kill people, people with guns kill people: