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2.24.2017

The Bourgeoisie Feminist

Continue to be really blown away by the new publication Current Affairs.  They have such original content!  They say things that are so true and that no one else seems to be saying--most recently the article "Bourgeois Feminist Bullshit: The Rebeccca Traister view of gender and the world..." by Yasmin Nair.

(My own objection to Traister's book All the Single Ladies are, well, more than a few.  I've written about them here.)

Nair, in her article, makes the awesome point that a bourgeoisie woman like Traister, for whom upper middle class goals are implicit (the housecleaner, the nanny), does not really identify with the choices faced by lower class women, particularly regarding marriage.  For example, Traister says that more women are choosing not to marry because they are able to provide for themselves; however a woman who can hardly take care herself--who works, God-forbid, as a career-barista--may choose to marry for economic reasons.

2.21.2017

Coldplay

After years of just being on the periphery of my conscious mind, I've been developing an admiration of this band, and more specifically Chris Martin, over the past few months.

I like that his music is mellow and relaxing yet not depressing.  Contrast this with Adele, Leonard Cohen, U2, Van Morrison--the list could go on and on--musicians who create great mellow music yet leave you needing to take anti-depressants after awhile.

It's interesting to see how Martin has evolved over the years as well.  Contrast this interview of him in 2007, when he's still in his 20s,


to this one, where he's about 39.  I like what one of the commenters on the 2nd interview said; maturity suits him.  I agree.  Maybe it suits everyone.  Something about listening to him at 27 saying things like "well I'm just going to try harder to please everyone" in reference to the New York Times'  scathing review of his band makes you just kind of wince internally.  He had so much to learn at that age that listening to him didn't provide much insight.

Vell anyway.  There you go.  I still do think that Yellow is one of his best songs, written when he was less than twenty years old!



2.17.2017

The Movies and Turkish Delight

Just saw The Founder yesterday, which told the origin story of McDonalds--a story that involved, surprise surprise, some sleazy business deals.  Was especially struck by one scene in which Ray Kroc, the ambitious sleazy business man who was responsible for McDonald's expansion, offers to buy McDonalds from its creators, Mac and Dick McDonald.

The scene takes place in a Catholic hospital, where Mac is recuperating from a diabetic collapse brought on by stress from Kroc and his deceitful behavior towards the two brothers.

In the scene, while requesting purchase the business from the brothers, Kroc stands against a wall with a crucifix directly to the left of him.  It's certainly a deliberate juxtaposition.

No where else in the movie do we see a crucifix.  (The two brothers, we perhaps are supposed to presume, given their name, are Irish Catholic, and though it's never stated in the movie, they are sons of Irish immigrants).

2.15.2017

Boogeymen and the MSM

I really liked President Trump's response to Bill O'Reilly (um, why the need to have an interview with the president on SuperBowl Sunday, btw?) regarding Putin being a killer (and therefore reasoning that Trump shouldn't like him).

Trump says: "There are a lot of killers.  We've got a lot of killers  What do you think -- our country's so innocent?"

A statement like this makes me continue to increase my trust in Trump--he truly seems like an outsider and isn't trying to sugar coat the US Government into something that it is not.  

For O'Rielly to then to go on to say "I don't know of any government leaders who are killers" reflects either the ramblings of a total idiot, or someone who knows much better but who wants to lull his listeners into a stupefied state of delusion.  The NYT did something similar the other day when it comically said that "American presidents who took military action have been driven by a desire to promote freedom and democracy."

And what does "killer" really mean?  That people have died as a result of presidential policy?  By this definition, every countries' president is a killer.

Certain powers that be have decided to single Putin out, however, and caricature his as the most up and coming boogeymen.

I'm still looking for evidence that he's the boogeyman.

I have found evidence, plenty of it, that the MSM wants to lull us into a childlike state of naïveté and delusion.

2.13.2017

Better Call Saul

I watched this show on Netflix for the second time last weekend, this time with a bit more focus.  It's so great.

Bob Odinkirk and Mike McKean really make the show.  Rhea Seahown is awesome as well.  Surprised that she isn't in more stuff!


Odenkirk and McKean are so funny that, even though I wouldn't classify the show exactly as a comedy, it has a strong undercurrent of humor.  Did you realize that Odenkirk wrote the Chris Farley van down by the river sketch?  The guy is a comic genius!

2.09.2017

Superbowl Halftime Shows

Sunday got me into SuperBowl mode and I'm trying not to think too much about the game itself right now. (Let's just say that now I can identify a little with the disappointment/despair that so many felt when Trump was elected president).

However the halftime show was right up there with the best, and it compelled me to go back and watch more from the past few years.  Lady Gaga was unusual in that it was just her.  So often the main show is accompanied by "mini shows"; such as Coldplay with Beyonce and Bruno Mars, Katy Perry with Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott.  I wonder why that is?   I guess that with Coldplay they included the others since he doesn't really dance, just sort of bounces, and these shows have become such spectacles that they need to include some really good dancing.  However Katy Perry--she's pretty huge.  Why then the need for Kravitz and Elliott?  What's the criteria for a star being able to stand on her own?

The shows have also become insanely polished and well produced over the past twenty or so years, honestly it kind of blows me away.  If you go back and look at the shows from the 80s you'd be stunned; it's basically people skipping and cartwheeling across the football field.

The time of day for the Superbowl and the location will determine whether or not it's light out and this can affect the mood of the show.  Coldplay and Michal Jackson were during the day.  Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Springsteen, Madonna--all at night.  Most of them are at night.

2.08.2017

Hell or High Water

Surprised to see this movie getting nominated for Best Picture; I'd heard about it over the summer with a somewhat tepid "yeah go see it" kind of a review.  After the nomination, combined with the endearing Jeff Bridges in the cast, I decided to head out to see it--in a second run theater where it is STILL playing after an early August release date!

The movie is filmed in New Mexico and the director, David Mackenzie, sets up a lot of scenic and well composed shots.  A very pretty movie--worth seeing just for the scenery.

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