Side note: If it looks like I have her near pools a lot, blame that, besides Georgina Spelvin and one other, one of the primary physical inspirations for Vladrushka was one Joan Severance, an exquisitely beautiful Texas model(also an actress, who you might recall in WISEGUY and RED SHOE DIARIES, among much else) who appeared in these photos here, among many others.
This, plus Georgina, plus Petra Verkaik, plus a leg tattoo on a woman I once knew, plus my strange fascination with the aesthetics of all things Soviet & Russian, plus the way a Serbian director I knew spoke English, created Vladrushka, pretty much. Joan Severance, 1990 c)1990 Playboy Enterprises
And an extra treat: Severance in the very first RED SHOE DIARIES, from 1993. It's not that good, but she is.
Obama is doing everything he can to dare his voters to not vote for him again, and it's abusive. "What are you going to do, vote against me?" you can almost hear him saying.
I want this bastard primaried so badly. But what do we have? Hillary, whose idea this new war is?
And what else can we do, except throw our vote away on some nonviable third party?
Obama can always depend on the fact that we actually have no party, but no matter how much a doorman for the GOP he is, we do not want to actually put the presidency directly in Republican hands again. But at the same time, in substance, what's the difference been?
The plant's operator—Tokyo Electric Power Co., or Tepco—considered using seawater from the nearby coast to cool one of its six reactors at least as early as last Saturday morning, the day after the quake struck. But it didn't do so until that evening, after the prime minister ordered it following an explosion at the facility. Tepco didn't begin using seawater at other reactors until Sunday.
Tepco was reluctant to use seawater because it worried about hurting its long-term investment in the complex, say people involved with the efforts. Seawater, which can render a nuclear reactor permanently inoperable, now is at the center of efforts to keep the plant under control.
Tepco "hesitated because it tried to protect its assets," said Akira Omoto, a former Tepco executive and a member of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission.
Tepco prevented a measure which might have arrested this horrible situation earlier. We don't know if it would have stopped the current slow-motion disaster, but we'll never know if it wouldn't, either. But because of a corporation's wish to protect its property, how many are dying now and will die in days, months, years to come? How much cumulative damage will be done to Japan, and eastern Russia, and Korea, and China alone, not to mention the effect of those rads being vomited in a steady stream into our atmosphere?
All because of a company's negligence, even leaving aside how we don't learn the lesson of not doing things we don't know how to fix when they go wrong. Things that, when they go wrong, go wrong all the way. Because of money. Because of profit.
The profit of the corporations, the legal fictions we have given the powers of God and the legal standing of human beings. But none of the same liability.
Indeed, the whole purpose of corporations is evasion of individual liability. But it seems you cannot have your cake and eat it too.
That has started to break down of late, with the Supreme Court's surprisingly intelligent decision(dissented by Thomas and Scalia, of course) against AT & T, declaring that the corporation did not have the same right to privacy as an individual does.There's a next logical step, though.
Because corporations murder. They destroy lives, property, and resources. Before this, there was BP and the Gulf. Oil companies, for decades. Union Carbide in Bhopal. R.J. Reynolds and others. All engaged in irresponsible behavior that cost the lives of millions. That's not even including corporations such as ITT, DeBeers, or United Fruit that actively killed people and overthrew nations and governments.
Some have paid fines. Occasionally executives have gone to jail. But mostly, the corporations remain and find new ways to commit the same crimes. And they usually don't really have to fix what they destroyed, or pay for it.
The paying is usually left to the victims.
Why should they have all the advantages of an individual with none of the responsibilities to the human race?
When the Wind Blows (1986) Complete + Barefoot Gen Hiroshima scene
A bit of a nuclear theme, as you might expect from me even under normal circumstances. I have to say, this is one of those times I wish I hadn't not only spent so much time studying the subject along with the Cold War itself, but also seeing enough of the lies told about radioactivity and such things in the past that I can't believe any reassurance I hear now.
Though get a grip, all you who are buying up iodine. Even if the radioactive steam had been injected into the upper atmosphere(it hasn't--it was at Chernobyl) it would still be too dilute by the time it got here to matter. If we're not threatened here in the northwest, you don't have much to worry about. Oh, and the iodine will only protect you--and not much--from uptake of radioactive iodine into the thyroid. That's only one way radiation can kill you.
But here are a couple of things that crossed my mind. The first is this famous scene of the devastation of Hiroshima from BAREFOOT GEN by Kenji Nazawa, and he was there; he was Gen, and this is what he saw. This is something no other work of animation could show you. And it's heartrending, be warned. Within one minute before you break down, guaranteed. (I am not normally an anime fan, as you may know. GEN is one of my huge exceptions) The camera stays with the victims, and normally in a cartoon that's a signal that person will be okay. It doesn't mean that here. Each death is given its full moment, each individual you've been led to know and care about is given that dignity, if you can call it that. No faceless victims here. But you wish, almost, they were.
If actually in the Oval Office, patriotism will keep him from ever getting things done.
I mean, it made Nixon start talking to the paintings--what would Gingrich do, once left alone in there, the very philosophic and historical center of the nation that makes such powerful forces rush forth from him?
Just think, as the history rushes to Gingrich's loins. He'll just be shaking there all day, coming and coming with no blood to his brain.
While Clinton managed to broker mideast peace on the phone while getting a blowjob, according to the Starr Report. Beat that.
But no, given he lacked, as the GOP would tell us, the extra trait of patriotism, of course he could split his attention.
Newt & Calista Gingrich: They're imagining new pleasure orifices to carve into you.
But not Newt.
Newt cares just a little too much.
Even a woman, even ten, even watching his wife have sex with, then slit the throats of, each as he finishes with them(not that I suggest it's impossible they already do this), would not be enough to contain him, as the problems of the US consumed him less than its hope, its majesty, its tits.
Newt would just writhe there on the rug, like a human test subject for Viagra, convulsing and ejaculating till dehydrated, and till there wasn't even blood anymore.
They seem to think they've only been nice in abiding within the law, and viscerally moral human conduct as civil representatives. How then do they act when they're not pretending, if this has been pretending till now?
Do these little men really feel that emboldened to go there? Then again, it's always the little men you have to watch in such things.
And Rachel: I said a few things last night on Twitter about you declaring Walker's opposition won last night. What did I say? That you should never declare victory UNTIL YOU'VE WON? Well.
Is that a big iron toe I see testing the water? Does it feel like an itch traveling up the leg?
What the GOP is doing in WI, MI, and so many other states is a legislative coup against the people of those states.
Today's politics is like Lord of the Flies. Mother and Father are long gone, there is no adult and no one to decide punishment. And the side that likes to break things are the ones with the weapons and will to do it. All the fat kids have sticks.
It cannot be possible that this is not illegal. But for some reason they no longer seem to think they should care. Imagine what Nixon could do now. Don't say he was liberal by comparison. He wasn't. These are his politics on top. Pure bully.
And the GOP's opposition brings lemonade to nuke fights until they realize the world has fallen out under them. And still they expect the Republicans to not then kick their fingers. Or stomp.
We're now living in the Simpsons. We're all done now, pretty soon. But it's been a long time since America was other than a trademark.
What does it look like when the stuff people stopped talking about because it sounded crazy sneaks into truth?
And where is Obama in all this? Where he was in Illinois, as anyone who lived there (me, for one) when he did knows: living in terror the Republicans will catch him on film standing for something.
Apart simply from his tactical use in keeping the GOP out of the White House: At this point Obama "fan" would have to be the word, not "supporter." Because, what with his lack of action here, forget Libya, and his restart of Gitmo, if one still can love him, it's more like a teen has posters.
The Vicious, Unfounded Accusations That James O'Keefe Rapes Hamsters
Rumors can be deadly things if you don't deny them proactively.
Here's an example. Some say James O'Keefe likes to behead hamsters after raping them. Some say he prefers to do so before. Others say he doesn't behead them at all. These are all awful things to say, as are the rumors he's a furry and his favored costume is that of a French poodle.
The very worst part is the nature of the alleged victims. Hamsters could never confirm nor deny James O'Keefe raped them, even if it was 12 in 1 night.They're hamsters. They can't talk. But people? Oh, they can.
And then there's the people who want to ruin Rupert Murdoch's 80th birthday party by saying he'll have bound underage prostitutes of both sexes as party favors. He does not seem to think this is important enough to deny. Nor does he deny when some say Sean Hannity gives him a Dirty Sanchez every fortnight. He just lets these things spread like wildfire.
Seems strange to me, but I'm not him. I guess he knows what he's doing.
America Will Get Worse Before...It Gets Even Worse.
Okay, here's how it is. Enough bullshit.
The Democrats are about to return to Wisconsin, and Walker will end up getting to break the unions. I fully expect Rachel Maddow to somehow spin this as a moral victory. I like her but tell me you can't see that coming. Why she doesn't add pom-poms to such moments I do not know.
Obama just offered even deeper budget cuts than the GOP, which they will certainly take. And then will turn around and call him a communist and take all the credit, which he will gladly default to them.
Here's how it is, everyone. They will keep winning, the GOP. The Democrats will keep letting them win, while pretending to us somehow they're putting up some kind of fight.
Things will get worse, keep getting worse. No one will stop it because no one with any power cares to. This is because the real three classes in this country are the business class, the political class, and everyone else. And the interests of the first two are the same, and that goes for both D and R.
If somehow they eliminated the need for voting, the third class might as well disappear for all they care.
Neither side is ours. The GOP does as it likes, and the Democrats hold us down for them, while tut-tutting the whole time. Such a shame, but gosh darn it, those nasty Republicans just won't play fair! But who else will you vote for?
And it's true. Who else? You could throw your vote away on a protest. And that accomplishes absolutely naught. Except maybe a moment of empty satisfaction. Because there IS no viable third alternative. And there will not be either.
Things will get worse, and they will not get better. We are trapped in a decaying corpse.
Have we really come to a point, with all the unpunished wreckers of the US, that we've decided the answer is to take a final shit on teachers? Is this the ancient sacrificial impulse as it looks in real life--let's destroy the weakest and all others will be cleansed?
I don't think I like much about this country anymore. Except that much of it's damn pretty.
...and that's when his eyes rolled all the way back in his head and the foam, the endless foam, poured from his mouth onto the carpet in a miasma of blood and something that might have been vomit had he eaten for the past three weeks.
"God?" he asked the light as it suddenly flared.
"There is no god," it said. "I'm just a hallucination."
And as the last neuron faded out, he felt happy in the knowledge there was none higher than he.
Oh boy! New Morgan Spurlock coming! The genius that figured out if you eat McDonald's every day you get fat has another innovative expose for us? Can't wait.
I can't even count how many people I've met who like to self-righteously quote his film as though this was news. I had a better solution: never walk into McDonald's. But I didn't need to make a movie. I just needed to know McDonald's tastes like crap & I knew that at the age of 8.
It's not that these two reptiles are running for president that appalls me so much as the filth in that title. Children should not be exposed to words like "Santorum" or "Gingrich."
The latter? You haven't heard of it? Well, I guess I have no choice but to explain.
"Gingrich." A suppurating skin condition caused by unprotected sex with open bullet wounds.
Now you know. Do NOT spread any links to this definition here about for people to come here and read it, and certainly don't start using the word with that definition. And don't even think about Googlebombing it till it's all over the place.
Such things can spread very, very fast, much like Gingrich itself. Don't. Just. Don't.
We have the domestic version, Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, willing to break his state in half to repay his Koch donors and use his state as the first kill in the Republican union hunt. His state is against him, the protests get bigger every day, and he thinks he's Reagan. He thinks this is his "moment." I'm sure he honestly tells himself most of the WI protesters are from out of state.
And then we have the clown version, celebrated crackhead Charlie Sheen, who believes making sure to only do crack off the set passes for responsible behavior, who unashamedly abuses women, who publicly hurls anti-semitic insults at his boss, who speaks of it all as his "bitchin' rock star life," and tells us he's tired of pretending he's not special. And who thinks the entire world can't see the deep mark of crack right there on his face, thick as Robert Downey Jr. in the interviews among the extras in the Natural Born Killers DVD.(go back and look at his face, then look at Sheen's. That was Downey at rock bottom)
Basically, destructive, delusional, selfish porky people who will do anything to achieve a purpose that everyone but they consider wrong. Qaddafi will kill you. Walker will fire you. And Sheen will sue you till there's a greasy spot. None care about the consequences of their actions to others, and in fact are quite happy to hurt others. All are in a state of delusion but in a position where it's almost impossible to stop them. And if everyone is against them? They will destroy everyone.
"Eternity with Beelzebub, and all his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me and this pencil." - E. Blackadder, 1791 Questionable
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