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5+1 Sentences On The Walking Dead s3e2 Sick

Here’s your five sentence introduction to psychoanalysis in the age of atheism: “Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.”  Funny how it’s the&#133 Read the rest

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5+1 Sentences On The Walking Dead s3e1 Seed

 
 
I only get 5 sentences, so better make them count:  according to this show, post apocalypse, when things devolve into a hunter/gatherer society, the men naturally become hunters and the women… at some point wish they were dead.  I guess gathering must really suck, or else the women don’t have much faith in their hunters.  This is&#133 Read the rest

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Looper Is Not Inception, So Why Does The Trailer Make It Look Like It Is?

Looper Is Not Inception, So Why Does The Trailer Make It Look Like It Is?

A lot of the criticism of movie trailers (“why do they put the whole plot in it?”  “The actual movie was totally different!” etc) comes from a misunderstanding of the purpose of trailers.
The trailer is designed to do exactly what a political ad does.
No spoilers: the plot of Looper is really about a boy, and the relationship&#133 Read the rest

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Who Are The Bad Guys In Homeland?

 
There are no bad guys and good guys in “intelligent” TV dramas like Homeland, or so they say.  But.
 
Exhibit A:
Midway in the show, the 16 yo daughter, Dana, and her classmates are attending a Quaker meeting at her prep school:  a person stands, says whatever he wants about anything, and everyone else sits silently and&#133 Read the rest

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Here’s What’s Wrong With Everyone’s Understanding Of Dexter

Here’s What’s Wrong With Everyone’s Understanding Of Dexter

http://youtu.be/-S4Cn7xeiUY
 
What do we have here, a serial killer trying to pass himself off as normal?
A hallucination of your father admonishing you for your mistakes is a pretty standard literary metaphor for the superego, and if that’s true you should probably sit down: this superego, like your superego, doesn’t criticize him for doing something wrong, like killing, &#133 Read the rest

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Samsung vs. Apple = Red vs. Blue, Guess Who Wins

Samsung vs. Apple = Red vs. Blue, Guess Who Wins


This is a simple ad, which is also why it is being displayed in…. newspapers.  It plays off  Apple’s Genius theme, but it is, literally, a straightforward comparison between two objects (obviously skewed towards the Galaxy S III.)
This is the kind of ad that you would never see for a political candidate except in&#133 Read the rest

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Flight attendant loses cool on NYC plane

An American Eagle flight was grounded on the runway in NYC (during a heat wave) for five hours.  People started to complain.  Jose Serrano, flight attendant for American Eagle, yells back at the passengers.

“If you have the balls to try [and get off the plane], now’s your chance.”  Etc.

(No one tried.)
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Is Merida gay?


The Atlantic discusses:

[Merida]  goes to extreme lengths to avoid having to marry one of the three noblemen that her parents have chosen for her… watching Brave’s tomboyish heroine shoot arrows, fight like one of the boys, and squirm when her mother puts her in girly clothes, a thought might pop into the head

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Brave– the feminist Hunger Games?


Plot: little princess Merida doesn’t want to marry any of the suitors, she wants to ride horses, shoot arrows, be free.  Mom sternly disapproves.  “Sit up straight.”  An evil bear tries to kill everyone.
Brave appeared to be the feminist Hunger Games– this would be a movie about a girl with a bow that was&#133 Read the rest

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Taliban to ban polio vaccines for their own kids unless US stops drone attacks

 
Taliban commander:

“Almost every resident of North Waziristan has become a mental patient because of the drone strikes, which are worse than polio. On one hand, the U.S. spends millions of dollars to eliminate polio, while on the other hand it kills hundreds…”

Three ways to play:
1. This is a story for Americans: “the Taliban are&#133 Read the rest

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Disney Likes Satan

Disney Likes Satan

If you get to Prometheus early, say, 40 minutes early, you get to see commercials for upcomng TV shows.
Synopsis: sexy New Yorkers argue and fornicate in a demonic apartment building run by a demonic couple.  666.  Get it?  Cue religious protesting groups.
In the trailer I saw, there was an interview with Vanessa Williams:

It’s one part Rosemary’s

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Champagne Facials Are More Erotic Than Real Facials


Nightclub photographer Kirill posts pics of women… see above.
Obviously, if it’s your daughter in a champagne vs. real facial,  you’re going to hope it’s 11% ABV not .5 BAL.  The point here isn’t which is “worse” but their erotic significance.
“They aren’t explicit.  It leaves something to the imagination.”  But what, exactly?  Her. &#133 Read the rest

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China Tries The Baudrillard Experiment

China spends $1B to build a clone of Hallstatt, Germany, as a kind of theme park.
Which means China just got to 1990, welcome to post modernism.   The construction of a fake world orients the people to “this is fake,” which solicits its own cognitive response: therefore everything else is real.  The problem is “everything else” is&#133 Read the rest

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Why Athens Burns: Waiting For The Germans To Put It Out


I found a story in The Economist about how experiments in psychology may be flawed because of their overreliance on white college students, usually Americans; and it described an experiment repeated in different cultures, finding very different results.
Thing is, I already knew that psychology experiments are catastrophically flawed to the point of&#133 Read the rest

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CODEBREAKING: Gay Dads in JCPenney, Just In Time For Father’s Day

This is the new Father’s Day ad for JCPenney, tag line “First Pals” and the captions read, “What makes Dad so cool? He’s the swim coach, tent maker, best friend, bike fixer, hug giver— all rolled up into one. Or two.”
I’ll point out that all of those except bike fixer are euphemistically homosexual/pedophilic, but I will refrain from&#133 Read the rest

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You must escape your context

It’s easy to criticize the theories and interpretations of a society long gone– not because we know more, but because our context is radically different.  Regardless of what you think you know, the “language” of our culture makes previous cultures’ understandings just sound… stupid.
Every paradigm is informed by its contemporary society, even if they seem unrelated.  The go-to&#133 Read the rest

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How have prescription opioids increased?

NYC hydrocodone

“America uses 99% of the Vicodin in the world.”  Yes, but the question is how.
Vicodin= hydrocodone
From 2000 to 2010:

number of prescriptions increased from 88M to 139M: 60% increase
aggregate production by weight (kg) increased from 21k to 50k: 140% increase
survey of lifetime use: 6M users to 24M

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Time’s Breastfeeding Mom Has Interesting Ideas


A reader sent me this (in reference to the post on Time’s breast feeding issue).
She’s pro-gay marriage, so I was wrong about that, but:

Okay, here is where I may lose everyone:
I think polygamy and polyandry should be legal. I have thought this for years, and people mistakenly assumed I was referring

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A brief thought about Fifty Shades Of Grey

It’s easy to criticize it, I mean really, really easy– but it’s touched a whole lot of women so it’s better to try and understand what it means.
What do you do when having the power and freedom to do anything you want also means you have no guarantees, no protections?
Right off, the book captures precisely the ambivalence&#133 Read the rest

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Inmate brags about how great it is to be in prison

I found this video hilarious, but I know a lot of people will disagree.
If you unclench your jaw for a second, you could ask, “so what?” He’s still in prison. We tell ourselves and each other that we object to the hoarding of food, certainly the weed, and the cell phone, but the part that enrages is simply&#133 Read the rest

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