anotheranon: (quizzical)
Watched a tv show that profiled the creation of Disney World's new project, Expedition Everest, a multi-million dollar "authentic" Nepalese village and mini-Everest, complete with Yeti. And, oh yeah - a roller coaster :P

In addition to whatever snarky comments I could make about Disney painstakingly reproducing the Himalayas in FL (so that Americans need never leave their own country to see the world), I was also... stunned? Disappointed? Awed, but not in a good way? at the expense and efforts being taken to replicate the terrain and architecture down to the last detail. I hope they're documenting everything, because it strikes me that in thousands of years, future generations will otherwise assume that Disney World was certainly, surely some sort of religious temple complex, because no culture would spend so much time, effort, and material goods on something as frivolous as entertainment.

Mark my words - future humans flying around in their spaceships will automatically assume that Mickey Mouse was some sort of god. Elvis too :P
anotheranon: (Default)
In lieu of a lengthy write up of Philly and the symposium, I offer a quick review of Revenge of the Sith, which D. and I saw after I got home Sunday.

spoilers abound )

In short, I enjoyed. It's not Citizen Kane but it's not supposed to be - good, fast, action-y fun!
anotheranon: (southpark)
You were owned. Completely. Utterly. And without mercy.

Quote from a commenter at Daily Kos re: British MP Galloway's eloquent smackdown of the Republicans who tried to accuse him of profitting from the Food for Oil Program.

Disclaimer: I am not familiar with the MP's politics or stances - for all I know he's as creepy as the guys he reamed. But what he had to say was soo beautiful to these ears who are so sick of Democrat milquetoast:

As a matter of fact, I have met Saddam Hussein exactly the same number of times as Donald Rumsfeld met him. The difference is Donald Rumsfeld met him to sell him guns and to give him maps the better to target those guns. I met him to try and bring about an end to sanctions, suffering and war, and on the second of the two occasions, I met him to try and persuade him to let Dr Hans Blix and the United Nations weapons inspectors back into the country - a rather better use of two meetings with Saddam Hussein than your own Secretary of State for Defence made of his.

I'd buy the guy a drink for just this little bit of snark, but read the whole thing. Or better yet, watch the good bits.
anotheranon: (quizzical)
Beautiful smackdown of an ignorant lout, sez I. What's with the obsession about virginity anyway?

Can't wait to see [ profile] misia's book on the subject.


Nov. 3rd, 2004 11:35 am
anotheranon: (lister)
Kerry CONCEDED??? What the fuck for? The votes haven't even been counted yet!

Beyond being disappointed that we've got four more years of Bush & Co (with a mandate, if a slight one. We've seen what he does with none :( ), but that Kerry gave in so easily.

I was so hopeful - "Kerry has 6 planefuls of lawyers on the tarmac ready to go for Nov. 2", I'd heard. I thought for sure he'd fight harder. Gore, to his credit, only gave in after a month and Supreme Court hearings. Kerry didn't even wait until the ink was dry on the ballots.

Fucker. Not only are we stuck with Bush now, but Kerry has dropped the ball for everyone who voted for him.

So, fellow Dems/liberals - what do we do now?
anotheranon: (lister)
I know I haven't posted anything overtly politically contemplative lately, but this is because I've not been paying as close attention. I've not been watching the debates, mostly because with all the rules involved, I question just how spontaneous the "debating" really is. Also, I think it's highly unlikely at this point that I'm going to change my mind about who to vote for :P (Don't worry - I still plan to watch the Jon Stewart reviews of the debates!)

I talked to my Mom last night, and that the discussion moved to politics is almost a given. Both she and my grandmother are on fire against Bush & Co., and my grandmother even fumed about moving to Canada (she won't, of course, but the fact that an 80+ year old woman who has happily lived in the same ~10 square miles for the past 30 years says something!). Both agree that the upcoming election is the most crucial of their lives, and as both of them have seen far, far more presidential elections than I have, I'm inclined to take them seriously.

They aren't the only ones, I suspect - the sheer number of books out about Bush and his administration are more than I've ever seen about a sitting president, or even a former/historical one. People are interested, people are concerned.

So what I wonder from my isolated liberal vantage point is - who the blazes is going to vote for this yo-yo in November's election? I see the polls, I hear all the stories about people who want to vote for a president they can "have a beer with" (WTF? I want a president who is terrifyingly brilliant and soul-burningly boring, so s/he has nothing better to do than run the country obnoxiously well), but I don't actually know these people.

I do know a couple of very mercenary types who will vote for Dubya under some percieved notion that they'll benefit from his tax cuts, but that's about it. Still, the overwhelming impression I get is that the Kerry election is not a slam dunk. Can someone offer me some insight here?
anotheranon: (Default)
Bob's Quick Guide to the Apostrophe, (You Idiots).

Not addressed at anyone in particular and, yes, I realize I occasionally flub a "'" too! It's just that if I see another botched contraction or possessive in any document that was allegedly proofread (no, Microsoft Word's spellchecker does NOT replace a human editor), I'm going to fsking cry :P
anotheranon: (quizzical)
I've found myself driving on the Beltway far more often than usual lately. The traffic still sucks, the a/c in my car still doesn't work, but at least the roadside signage is amusing. A small sampling of what I've seen lately:

Heightened Security: Report Suspicious Activity: seen on the digital displays over the freeway on July 4 weekend. We see these time to time, even when the official alert level hasn't changed. I still haven't sorted out what "suspicious activity" on the Beltway would be - apart from knowing I should probably speed up if I see an unattended backpack with wires hanging out of it, I'm not sure what I should be looking for. Can I just report idiot drivers?

Go Torps!: Spelled out by strategically sticking Dixie cups in the gaps of a chain link fence on an overpass. It's a sure thing that it refers to the Terps, the local university football team, but really - how big of a fan can you be if you can't even get the spelling right? (And what kind of mascot is a turtle, anyway? I've always found bulldogs to be far more appropriate, though I give less than a rat's ass about college sports ;) )

Speed Limit Enforced by Aircraft: I still haven't sorted out just how they plan to stop someone speeding from the air. Do they have those nifty new cameras that can read your licence tags from 100s of feet in the air, at the wrong angle? Do the authorities simply land a 747 on anyone going over 65 MPH? The latter is startling enough that I don't speed....
anotheranon: (lister)
[ profile] tommdroid has linked to it, and [ profile] respect_otters doesn't know what to say, and I don't really either, but I just felt like I had to post something about the tortured Iraqi prisoners.

Maybe I'm still a Pollyanna at heart because I didn't really want to believe that any of our servicemen and women were capable of this, but then I found the pictures and looked (not safe for work, or small children, or anyone else, really). I fervently hope these are Photoshopped and while I sure as hell don't want to go back and look for telltale pixelation, I don't think they are :(

And yeah, I've read the references to the Stanford Prison Experiment and other apologia for the powerful exploiting that power, and I realize there's a valid argument to be made that the leadership is partly to blame....but I still have real problems realizing there are people in the world that not only delight in humiliating others, but feel the need to photograph it too. It's just one of those things that doesn't "square" with me, what can make an ordinary person do something like this and want to record it for posterity.

My guess, from my fairly naive position back here at the homefront: Wars are not pretty. In addition to the standard carnage, death, destruction, etc. there are going to be situations like this where the powerful exploit and abuse the weak because being in a warzone is a fucked up situation for even the best trained people. That's why I maintain that the decision to go to war should not be taken lightly, or with poor/false intelligence, or sold as something that it isn't (in this case, a cakewalk). To start this kind of shit you have to have a very fucking good reason.

I'm not sure what I'm trying to say here, except that I'm disgusted that this isn't a bigger story and I'm embarrassed for my species that the mercenaries involved probably won't see justice - they aren't technically under anybody's jurisdiction, so the military can't touch them.

That is all.
anotheranon: (lister)
Old news, but, hey, I'm just catching up. I cannot believe that Ass-croft wants to pursue this insane agenda!

Read the whole article - according to Ashcroft, porn "invades our homes persistently though the mail, phone, VCR, cable TV and the Internet," and has "strewn its victims from coast to coast." Funny, whenever I see even a smidgen of porn on any of these media, it demands that I pay money to see the really interesting stuff. IMHO, if porn really is invading our homes it's because we're paying for it. And - just a wild guess here - I think that means that, as a nation, we like porn!

A proposal: the government should simply tax the bejeezus out of porn (rather the way it does our other national vices, alcohol and tobacco) and use the proceeds to fund the war on terror - I think most people are far more concerned about terrorism than titties, and frankly if they're spending millions to have a bunch of guys sitting in their cubes viewing porn all day (what a job! :P And if porn is so damaging, are these guys getting psychological counseling for the horrors they are doing to their psyche? What about overtime, huh, huh? </rant>), they'll have to do something to get the money to pay for both!

I might also say the same about the war on (some) drugs - legalize and tax. Somehow, I think I'm preaching to the choir here though...
anotheranon: (crichton)
From my sister, who seems to have an odd talent for finding stuff like this: Jesus jumping Christ on a pogo stick, this is tacky!

In Orlando Florida, of course, and don't forget to check out the menu items, so cleverly named but looking like something off of the Applebee's kids menu....

I'm not even Christian and I find this offensive. Just so cheap and shallow, how can this place possibly show anything good or pure or heartfelt about anyone's faith?

Man, it's just depressing.

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