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30 March 2014
  From the Archives While I'm Busy Drawing: ALRAUNE Starring Brigitte Helm (1928, Silent)


Time to indulge a fairly regular passion of mine--German silent film. Here's a classic German science-horror film (courtesy of Youtube's Silent Film Democracy, whom I would suggest you subscribe to) from Michael Curtiz, starring the Golem's Paul Wegener and Metropolis' absolutely phenomenal(and criminally unknown) Brigitte Helm. Here's a brief bit of Wikipedia's description:

Alraune is a 1928 silent science fiction horror film directed by Henrik Galeen and starring Brigitte Helm in which a prostitute is artificially inseminated with the semen of a hanged man. The story is based upon the legend of Alraune and the powers of the mandrake root to impregnate women. In this version the symbiosis caused by the sexual union between the human and the root causes the girl to kill all men who fall in love with her.
It's actually a remake--the Hungarian 1918 original is considered lost. You may recall a chapter from Mark Millar & Phil Hester's SWAMP THING story arc "River Run," with an evil Abby Arcane homunculus; it's based on this. Here it is, all of it.

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05 March 2014
  Bill Nye Caused Ken Ham To Get Funding for His Goddamn Ark. Nice Going, Nye.


Nye, you stupid, naive, media-hungry tool.  Now Ham has a place he can undo anything you've spent your life trying to teach. Because of you. And it wouldn't have mattered if you won or lost. Just engaging him was enough to do the damage.

This is exactly why I said elsewhere Nye should not do this, nor should anyone engage with these people. They thrive on, and PROFIT from, attention, and plus, Nye consenting to debate Ham gave Ham legitimacy he shouldn't get. Nye got muddy, and the pig he wrestled with enjoyed it.

I get so sick of the Lisa Simpsons of this world, that think that if only they get their point across reasonably conservatives MUST change their minds. Reason has nothing to do with it and to use it on them misses the point and is a total waste. It's like trying to debate against horseflies.
 

This is also why I never post anything about Palin or Limbaugh, or for the most part, Fox News, anymore. To do so is to be their publicist. They don't care if you mock them--in fact, they like it because to them and their followers it proves them right. And it spreads their message and makes it part of a national conversation. 

Why give them that? Why debate them? Do you enjoy it?

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04 March 2014
  Putin's Sputtering, Paranoid Press Conference: A Few Thoughts



Okay, a few things.
(1) I wish I could say he's drunk. I'm left only with he's crazy. He sounds like a repurposed Fox viewer.

(2) Man, he REALLY MISSES having the US as an enemy. He really wants us back and it drives him crazy we haven't given a shit about Russia since 1992. I think a small part of this is that. He'd love us to take some kind of action--it fits into his strange attempt to become the leader of his hemisphere. He spends a bit of time in this trying to blame us for fomenting it. Forgetting, again, no, we have no reason to, we truly do not give a shit.

(3) Lies, lies lies. And here's the thing about the way he uses the term "fascist," which an actual Ukrainian explained to me: they use that the same way we might use the word "communist," or "terrorist." In other words, as a tag for any perceived enemy. This is, obviously, because of their experience of the Nazi invasion and massacres. It's particularly important to him to remind the Ukrainians of those memories(as Guiliani liked to remind NYers of 9/11 and for the same reason) because Ukraine and Belarus suffered first and worst in that. (Note: It's not working because Ukrainians also remember another country that murdered masses of them just before that)

(4) Putin seems unaware that any media is visible to Ukrainians, Russians, and indeed the world than official Russian propaganda. He tells a series of easily-disprovable lies, exactly the same way they did in the days of the USSR. I wonder if he knows or cares he sounds like Iraqi Pete. Probably not because he's not vulnerable as they are.

Keep in mind you are looking at a desperate man increasingly unpopular in his own country. Also keep in mind the measures Putin has taken in Russia recently are very much the sort of things a tyranny would before launching a war. (for one thing, it locks the RO Church in its support of him, helpful at such a time certainly) Desperate men do stupid and destructive things.
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