Archive for September, 2008
Remember the guy who had all his jewellry stolen by a hooker at the RNC? (You should–it’s about two posts below this one). Well, this is the guy! And, boy, he doesn’t disappoint! As Sparky, who found the video, says “It took the schadenfreude to near toxic levels for me.” (Thanks, Sparky!)
Update: Bonus! (Thanks, Mike!)
You know me…I loathe crusading Creationists and those who might try and sneak their nonsense in under the radar, but the hounding of Professor Michael Reiss from his post as director of education at the Royal Society is pretty scandalous.
It seems to me that the press took his entirely reasonable argument that educators need to engage with children who believe in this stuff (rather than dismiss their beliefs out of hand) chopped out the context and full meaning of his remarks, and gave it to various hot-headed quote robots in the hope of creating some argy-bargy. They seem to have Richard Dawkins on speed dial, and he always picks up. Is he lonely? (And didn’t he learn anything from the Peter Kay nonsense?)
Now Reiss has resigned and the press, having done their bit to reduce another issue to the level of a boxing match, moves on. People like Dawkins should know better, though–it’s this kind of contemptuous fundamentalism that led to the idiocy of Creationism in the first place.
I think it’s a bad moment for atheists. We don’t come out of this one smelling good at all.
A 29 year old Republican got himself drugged and robbed by a prostitute during the RNC. Nothing unusual there, I hear you say. Republicans and prostitutes go together like gin and tonic. But, you see, what’s really delightful is the haul. Oh, my, the haul! It’s quite a list!
“The haul included a $30,000 watch, a $20,000 ring, a necklace valued at
$5,000, earrings priced at $4,000 and a Prada belt valued at $1,000,
Ah, me! The Republicans really do represent the man on the street, don’t they?
‘“It’s embarrassing to admit that I was a target of a crime. I was
drugged and had about $50,000 of personal items stolen, not the
inflated number that the media is reporting from an inaccurate police
report,” he said.’
So–not a hundred and twenty thousand! That’s a ridiculous inflated number! It was only fifty thousand dollars worth of things you wear around your wrist and neck!
Hurray! Hurray for every last aspect of this story!
This week on ‘I did not know that!…with Naomi Klein’, we have this little nugget about Ford. Apparently, Ford was very pleased with the Argentine Government’s brutal repression of its people, and it helped out where it could.
“It was in Argentina, however, that the involvement of Ford’s local subsidiary with the terror apparatus was most overt. The company supplied cars to the military, and the green Ford Falcon sedan was the vehicle used for thousands of kidnappings and disappearances. The Argentine psychologist and playwright Eduardo Pavlovsky described the car as “the symbolic expression of terror. A death-mobile.”
I did not know that!
(Excerpt from ‘The Shock Doctrine’ the book you can’t read at night because it makes you too angry to sleep.)
I don’t know why, but I just love this photograph of Jason Pierce. If it had a name, it might be “The disappointment of drugs.” No need to read the accompanying interview–all you need to know is right there in his eyes. (Via The AV Club)
Mister Ayoade goes all Jonathan Demme later in the year…
Like many of you (I imagine) I joined Second Life, flew around for a bit, got bored and then logged out forever. Unless I’m killing things and accumulating points of some sort, virtual worlds don’t hold much fascination for me. That said, I was pleased to hear that there is a Parochial House in Second Lifeland, which seems to be packed with details that fans will appreciate (I love that they’ve gone to the trouble to recreate Ted’s not-brilliant drawing of Len Brennan in the skirting boards, for example).
If you’re in the area, doing whatever the hell it is you do in Second Life, drop by !