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Headlines: 5/26/2017
Great Covers....
Lou Reed's "Sweet Jane," by The Cowboy Junkies.
Yes, I know. I'm wrong.
[CBD]
Wouah: A Slide-for-Life Will be Installed on the Eiffel Tower During the French Open
From June 5th to the 11th... Might be a one-time opportunity. Damn.
Fun Song by Weezer I Was Reminded of While Watching the Psych Episode "Romeo and Juliette and Juliette"
Although it's called "Dope Nose," it's not, apparently, about coke, though that is the suggestion. Apparently it's a reference to the singer's criticism of his fans for objecting to Weezer's poppy turn. He said something like "this dope knows" what fans want, and I guess "Dope Nose" is some kind of pun on that. Or at least that's what some random guy I never heard of wrote in a comment on Song Meanings.
ATTENTION HORDE!
Weirddave is Shipping up to Boston for the NCAA lacrosse final four this weekend, if any of you would like to meet one night for dinner or an impromptu mini-mo-me, or just to help me find my wooden leg, tweet me @weirddave0 or drop me an email, my nic at gee, mail!
[Weirddave]
Headlines: 5/25/2017
Montana Election Results Tallied by Decision Desk as They Come In, In an AoS Comment Post
I don't want to step on the ONT, but if you want to follow the race where a Citizen Activist had his Safe Space violated by someone using Hate Questions and shut down those Hate Questions with a Speech Bodyslam, check it out
Social-justice kumbaya version of Reddit closes after burning through $11M in funding "a community forum product that was heavily moderated so as to conform with social-justice norms." [dri]
Fox Reporter Alicia Acuna, Eyewitness to the Alleged "Attack" on Guardian Propagandist Ben Jacobs by GOP House Candidate Greg Gianforte Now Walking Back Her Story. He'll hopefully win the seat and as a bonus, the Left will have potentially wasted their money on pervert/tax cheat opponent Rob Quist's campaign. [J.J. Sefton]
Youth Issues Cry for Help from Manchester Arena "Officials from Britain’s National Health Service offered regret that — despite having one of the world’s best-known socialized health systems — the government was unable to help the youth before his untimely death." [CBD]
Headlines: 05/24/2017
Contrarian Take: Ignore the Nay-Sayers, Guy Ritchie's Arthurian Spin in "The Legend of the Sword" is a Great Film That Gets At Deep Questions of Theodicy
I haven't seen it, so I can't comment. I guess my only thought is that a lot of the pans I've seen complain that "This isn't the classic King Arthur story!" Well, I do like the classic sort of stories, but we have seen those. I can't reject a film for trying a new take.
Zack Snyder Removes Himself from "Justice League" Franchise Due to Suicide of Daughter
Usually you'd say one of these "I'm resigning to spend more time with my family" statements is a cover, but in this case, there's probably a lot of truth to it. On the other hand, there is also probably a bit of non-coincidence here as well, as Snyder's vision has been rejected critically and also commercially (yes, the movies made money, but not nearly as much as was hoped for), and Warner Brothers (I think) is putting Silver-Age-loving Geoff Johns in as quarterback to guide the DC cinematic universe away from the suicidal "dark and gritty" trajectory Snyder put it on and back to a more optimistic, heroic place
BTW, I thought Watchmen was an okay movie -- but Watchmen was supposed to be a counterpoint and deconstruction of the usual comic book story. You don't give the Watchman treatment to non-Watchmen characters. I just don't understand why DC's animation department, and its much beloved hits Batman, Superman, JLA, and Teen Titans -- weren't taken as an existing model for success.
Study: Yes, Republicans Are Tuning Out ESPN; In Some Measures, Republican Viewership Falls by 36%
Meh, no big deal. It's not as if Republicans (formerly) were the biggest consumers of sports entertainment or anything.
Roger Ailes quipped, "Fox News serves a niche audience -- 50% of the country." ESPN seems to hoping for a similar play. They'll also be serving a niche audience -- the 35% of liberals who are frequent sports watchers.
Katy Perry: We Should Love Everyone, Even the Terrorists, Except for the Deplorables on the Internet, "which is y'know, sometimes a great place but an absolute, y'know, underbelly mob-pit of horribleness"
I'm always interested to see where the Absolute Moral Imperative of Loving Everyone gets suddenly switched off when it's someone the People Who Love have Group Permission to Hate
Would she call the jihadism movement "an underbelly mob-pit of horribleness"? No, she would not. Murderers are to be loved; people who point out that there are murderers are to be despised and ostracized.
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