Saturday, July 25, 2020

PAY ATTENTION, AMERICA... IT'S HAPPENING NOW


U.S. Navy veteran Chris David was so disturbed by the images of federal agents attacking unarmed protesters that he decided to visit the protests himself. But he soon became a victim of one of those brutal attacks. Here is an MSNBC interview with Mr David.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

AN ONGOING TALLY OF RECENT AMERICAN POLICE BRUTALITY

Thank you, Jesse Dollemore, for doing the legwork in cataloging so many of these ridiculous official abuses of power in a single, easy to reference video (with more forthcoming, sadly).


Friday, May 8, 2020

PLANET OF THE HUMANS ~ A REBUTTAL


Turns out the Michael Moore-produced documentary Planet of the Humans is deeply, seriously flawed... almost to the point where one wonders if the filmmakers involved were behaving in good or bad faith.

Seeing as, looking a couple blog posts down, you can see that I was originally pretty gung-ho about the flick--and there's no denying its effectiveness as polemic, particularly with people who, like me, aren't well versed in all the latest matters ecological--I figured I owed it anyone who might have watched it on my suggestion to post a level-headed, fact-based, good faith rebuttal. 

So here's one:


Here's another one, that gets even deeper into the technological and scientific issues:


By the way, while researching a number of rebuttal articles and videos, I also went back and re-watched Planet of the Humans, and I have to say, the second time around, I caught what felt to me like a number of anti-human, even eliminationist rhetorical tropes sneaking into the text, almost as if the filmmakers were angry at anyone working towards making less damaging forms of energy available to the masses because it pushes their preferred (but of course only implied) solution to the problem--an enforced end to global consumer culture, perhaps followed by some kind of mass, rapid depopulation effort--farther down the field. After all, the film begins with the following question: 
"Have you ever wondered what would happen if a single species took over an entire planet? Maybe they're cute. Maybe they're clever, but lack a certain, shall we say, self restraint? What if they go to far? What if they go way, way, way, way, way too far? How would they know when it's their time to go?"
No direct answer is ever given. After viewing the film in toto, however, the implications are obvious.

THE TRUMP REGIME'S ONGOING CRIME SPREE


Make no mistake about what happened with William Barr's Justice Department dropping charges against the self-confessed criminal conspirator Michael Flynn this week... this was two things. First, it was a de facto Presidential pardon, only without the potential damage to Trump's re-election bid that having him directly pardon Flynn would have likely sparked. Second, it was the most recent development in the New Fascist International(e)'s ongoing Russiagate conspiracy (acting as both cover for past related criminal activity and laying the groundwork for future criminal acts and cover-ups). Also, it's just plain fucking disgusting.


Here's some pretty good analysis of why this latest move by Barr's now hopelessly tainted DOJ is an example of its breathtaking dishonesty, its institutional hypocrisy (if everyone was given the same consideration as the DOJ intends on giving Flynn re: the "relevance" of his FBI questioning, America's jails and prisons would be empty), its flagrant abuse of power, and its abject mockery of the rule of law:


These are dark days for more reasons than a mere virus, folks. Shit is happening under cover of sickness that is absolutely disgusting, and far more damaging to the body politic than Covid-19 could ever hope to be.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

EXCELLENT DOCUMENTARY ON THE SPANISH FLU OF 1918


The Spanish Flu of 1918 was so much worse than what we're going through now, in so many different ways, that it's almost enough to make one ashamed of the extremes to which we're all going to avoid being exposed to Covid-19. Note that I say ALMOST! Because I fully understand why we're self-isolating and shutting down mass public events and all that... it's a necessary sacrifice to help (and I loathe to use these freshly coined neologisms, but) "flatten the curve", so that we spread out the number of people who ultimately come down with Covid-19 over a significant enough span of time that the hospitals will be able to give the best possible care to the maximum number of people who show up presenting with symptoms and needing placement in an Intensive Care Unit. But WOW, man, was that Spanish Flu ever one ugly son-of-a-bitch disease. We're talking a full-on medieval shit-show. So anyway... Enjoy the movie!

Friday, March 27, 2020

BOB DYLAN PRESENTS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACK "MURDER MOST FOUL"


Some learned friends of mine, bigger Dylan fans than I, are saying this is Dylan's epitaph for America. Not sure I'm feeling that, exactly... but it sure is something.

Friday, March 20, 2020

WATCH GUY MADDIN'S NEW FILM "THE GREEN FOG" FOR FREE ONLINE!

Here is the trailer for the latest offering from Canada's most unique and iconoclastic cinematic genius, offered up as a gift to the world in a time of global crisis.


You can watch the entire film for free on Vimeo, at this link. Witness for yourself why Maddin has earned a reputation as Canada's answer to David Lynch!