Sunday Power Sunday Reads


No, not really on fire…don’t have no fire…no power that is…

It snowed a shitload on Friday and Saturday here in Banjoville. So much so that we have been without power since Friday morning. I am quickly writing this post Saturday evening, and making this an open thread. Please post updates and news and whatever else tickles your fancy.

Have a brilliant Sunday Sky Dancers!



Wednesday Reads: Get Rid of It


One thing about binge watching a TV show that is all about how to get away with murder, you begin to obsess about ways to rid yourself of a body. And when you also have a tree crew working at your house at 7am in the morning, after only getting a couple of hours sleep from your all day gluttony of murder and mayhem…watching a tree that is way larger than the size of a human…being shredded into little itty bitty pieces by one of those huge tree chippers…a Vermeer , well of course your mind takes it a step further.

I still cannot bring myself to keep up with the latest news, I don’t want to see the way tRump is working his way out of this…I am grateful that today is cartoon day.

The Establishment: 12/06/2017 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis

Cartoon by Adam Zyglis - The Establishment

Flynn Guilty Plea: 12/05/2017 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis

Cartoon by Adam Zyglis - Flynn Guilty Plea

Government Handout: 12/03/2017 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis

Cartoon by Adam Zyglis - Government Handout

Senate Tax Bill: 12/02/2017 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis

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12/06/2017 Cartoon by Charlie Daniel

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12/04/2017 Cartoon by Charlie Daniel

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12/06/2017 Cartoon by Nate Beeler

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12/05/2017 Cartoon by Nate Beeler

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Remember: Nate Beeler is a right leaning (cough) cartoonist.

12/03/2017 Cartoon by John Cole

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RNC Roy Moore Endorsement: 12/06/2017 Cartoon by J.D. Crowe

Cartoon by J.D. Crowe - RNC Roy Moore Endorsement

12/06/2017 Cartoon by Matt Wuerker

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12/05/2017 Cartoon by Matt Wuerker

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12/06/2017 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

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Nick Anderson cartoon: 12/05/2017 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

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Nick Anderson cartoon: 12/02/2017 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

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11/30/2017 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

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12/02/2017 Cartoon by Joe Heller

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Soylent Greenbacks: 12/06/2017 Cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - Soylent Greenbacks

HIDDEN IN BILL: 12/01/2017 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - HIDDEN IN BILL

12/06/2017 Cartoon by MStreeter

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This is an open thread…

Sunday Reads: Trying to disappear into the void…


After the Senate passed that monstrous #TaxScamBill , I needed to evaporate into myself…if that is even possible. From the moment I saw a tweet saying it was a done deal, I put away the phone. I have not turned on my laptop. I haven’t even watched the news channels. In fact, I was awake the last 24 hours watching old episodes of How to Get Away With Murder. (Seriously, if that is not evaporating into the void, I don’t know what else is.)

Today, it is 3:30…and I wake up to find out more shit has hit the fan. tRump has gone on a Twitter tirade, but even on MSNBC, the tone is strange. Like…it is never gonna happen. tRump is never going to go down. Honestly.  Will we ever learn?


I will just highlight a few tweets from today:



And then there is this:

Operative Offered Trump Campaign ‘Kremlin Connection’ Using N.R.A. Ties – The New York Times

I am going back to my Netflix feed.

This is an open thread.

Wednesday Reads: Good Morning From Hell

Good Morning…From Hell

It may be repetitive, sure…but fucking hell!

Sticking with sarcastic Tweets that have a lovely truthful bite about them:

tRump is non stop today:

I guest that explains this:

There is a desperation in the orange asshole’s tweets this morning. Something big must be about to happen…

Now, a few Cartoons:

Herstory repeats itself 😔 . . . #funkyfeminist #girlpower #femmeaintfrail #futureisfemale #fearofafemaleplanet #female #femaleempowerment #feminine #empowered #knowledge #feminist #feminism #empowerment #women #womensrights #equalrights #equality #love #loveyourself #beauty #positivity

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Sunday Reads: GoFCCYourself!

I’ve done it, have you?

While on FB last night I came across the link below…it gives you a quick “how-to” on filing your support for Net Neutrality with the FCC:


If you believe in Net Neutrality, then go here and tell Ajit Pai and the FCC that “you support strong net neutrality by Title 2 oversight of ISPs”. (this is a URL created by John Oliver’s staff, because the new FCC request for public comment is designed to confuse you, so that you can’t give your comment).

When you get to this page, you must hit “Express” and then comment. Just cut & paste the comment above.

For further explanation, watch John Oliver:

If you cannot see the video, here is the direct link.

Here is a video about Net Neutrality, for the deaf:


Pass that information on…we have to stop these assholes.

The rest of today’s links are in dump format. My son is watching Fences, the film with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, for one of his classes in college. I sort of have gotten caught up in it and next thing I know, it is way late in the afternoon.


Seems fitting to follow that link with this little nugget:

Trump Now Claims Access Hollywood Tape Is Fake—Last Year He Apologized for It and Dismissed It as ‘Locker Room Talk’ | Alternet





STFU Susan – Balloon Juice

I honestly don’t know what got my blood pressure running higher, the aforementioned Nazi profile or this Susan Sarandon interview:

Still, I think while there was vast political error on both sides, the inability of Sarandon and her ilk to embrace the lesser of two evils permitted the greater of the two evils to rise. And yet I like Sarandon. It takes real courage to go against the mob. Her inconsistencies are a little wild, but in the age of social-media enforced conformity, I have never met anyone so uninterested in toeing the line.

Did she really say that Hillary was more dangerous than Trump?

“Not exactly, but I don’t mind that quote,” she says. “I did think she was very, very dangerous. We would still be fracking, we would be at war [if she was president]. It wouldn’t be much smoother. Look what happened under Obama that we didn’t notice.”

It’s been a year since the Trump election, and even having seen the daily parade of horrors brought on us by the malignant orange narcissist in the WH, this fucking dolt still is proud to think Clinton would have been worse.

Oh, and on that Nazi profile: The New York Times can go F*ck Itself With its “Cute and Cuddly Nazi” Profile – The Daily Banter

This is a textbook study in normalizing right wing extremism and the New York Times should be ashamed of itself for publishing such a sloppy wet kiss to American Nazis.

From Raw Story via Reuters: Rep. Conyers steps down from committee while lawmakers probe harassment claims

Congressman John Conyers is stepping down as ranking Democratic lawmaker of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, while lawmakers investigate allegations of sexual harassment against him, Conyers said in an emailed statement Sunday.

Conyers said that while he denies the claims, his continued presence during a congressional ethics review of the allegations was a distraction. “I cannot in good conscience allow these charges to undermine my colleagues in the Democratic Caucus, and my friends on both sides of the aisle in the Judiciary Committee,” Conyers said.

The House of Representatives Ethics Committee said last week it was investigating allegations of sexual harassment against the Democratic congressman from Michigan, who said his office had resolved a harassment case with a payment but no admission of guilt.

Finish this up with a few links on International News:

South Ossetia in three-way prisoner swap with Tbilisi | Georgia News | Al Jazeera

A Georgian man was on Sunday handed over to the Georgian government from breakaway region South Ossetia’s prison in a three-way deal that is expected to see Tbilisi release its prisoner from Abkhazia, Georgia’s second separatist region.

Giorgi Giunashvili, a resident of Georgia’s Disevi village in Gori region, was arrested in June last year for crossing the disputed border between South Ossetia and the rest of Georgia demarcated illegally by Russia after the 2008 war.

“Giorgi Giunashvili’s release is an important and positive step in the peace process,” said the office of Georgia’s state minister for reconciliation and civic equality, according to the local news agency, IPN.

The prisoner was handed over to Tbilisi on the disputed border near the village of Ergneti, according to RES, the South Ossetian news agency.

The agency said Giunashvili was imprisoned “on the charge of taking part in an act of sabotage and terrorism”.

Let’s see what comes of this…

He was pardoned by South Ossetia’s de facto leader Anatoly Bibilov and handed over to Tbilisi through the representative of Abkhazia.

“The convict’s handover is the expression of respect to Abkhazia’s President Raul Khajimba, who asked Anatoly Bibilov to pardon Giorgi Giunashvili so that later he is exchanged for Abkhaz citizen, who is imprisoned in Georgia,” said Murat Jioev, the representative of South Ossetia’s de facto leader in the post-conflict regulation issues.

He expressed his hope that Georgia and the international community will see the act as a proof that South Ossetia and Abkhazia seek good neighbourly relations with Tbilisi.

Cuba holds municipal elections on road to Castro era’s end via Reuters

Cuba took another step on Sunday toward the end of the Castro era, with millions of residents placing paper ballots in cardboard boxes for ward delegates to municipal assemblies.

The vote comes the day after the first anniversary of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro’s death and precedes another election early next year for provincial and national assembly deputies.

The new national assembly, where 50 percent of the deputies must be ward delegates elected on Sunday, is expected on Feb. 24 to select a new president to replace Raul Castro, Fidel’s 86-year-old younger brother, who has said he will step down after serving two five-year terms.

The Castro brothers have headed the government since the 1959 revolution.

Raul Castro will remain head of the Communist Party until 2021, the only legal party in Cuba.

Nearly 27,000 candidates are running for 12,515 ward positions in Sunday’s election, the only part of the electoral process that is contested publicly and with direct participation by ordinary Cubans.

And this last news, from Spain: Spaniards face ham shortage as Chinese market gets taste for jamón ibérico | World news | The Guardian

Having discovered the joys of French wine, caviar and truffles, China’s new rich are turning to a new gourmet delicacy to satisfy their demand for luxury goods from the west: Spain’s jamón ibérico, or Iberian ham. But demand is now threatening to outstrip supply, leaving Spaniards facing steep price rises in their most prized Christmas delicacy.

The recent lifting of import restrictions has allowed top-of-the-range ham to find its “rightful place in the market, alongside caviar and truffles”, René Lemée, the head of exports for the famous Cinco Jotas brand, told El País newspaper.

The Chinese, pork lovers par excellence, have now been seduced by jamón ibérico. The problem is that the best ham takes years to produce and, as demand outstrips supply, it is pushing up the price by as much as 10%. A 7.5kg leg sells at between €150 and €600 (£135-£540).

Spanish ham comes in many forms, but to be defined as jamón ibérico de bellota(acorn-fed Iberian ham), which is what the Chinese want, it must first come from Iberian blackfoot pigs, or from 50% crossbreeds. These pigs must then spend several months of the year roaming the dehesa, a pasture planted with oaks, feeding on grass and acorns. During the last few months before being slaughtered they must live exclusively on this diet.

Not only are there relatively small areas of dehesa – mostly in north-west and western Spain – but each pig needs about two hectares (five acres) to fulfil its needs. Once slaughtered, the animals’ legs are plunged into vats of salt and hung and dry-cured over a range of temperatures for a minimum of 36 months, with the best hams cured for about 48 months.

“It’s inevitable that the price in Spain is going to rise,” said Roberto Batres, the director of Shanghai de Delaiberia Gold, which exports ham, wine and olive oil to China. “The companies licenced to trade in China don’t have enough jamón de bellota to meet Chinese demand.”

Have a good evening, I’m going back to watch this movie.

This is an open thread.


Wednesday Reads: Thankful for this…


Our Lady of the Rectal Exam…bend over and say your prayers, these two fingers are miraculous!


I am grateful, and thankful… that in this world of despots and dictators, uh…tRump, I am able to go online and browse through Pinterest to find images from far and wide. ( Cliché I know.) As you can see, it has served me well, I mean…where else would I find so expressive an object as the one above?

Net Neutrality!

We are getting fucked! And it is not by some two fingered Madonna!

But seriously…this is not a joking matter. (I know I am going to hell for that one.)

The free world wide net is able to provide us with the power to find information at our fingertips.

Like the real historical background behind that Virgen con el Nino above…

Translated by my son:

…it is worth mentioning the Romantic carving of the Virgin and Child on the right side of the main altarpiece. Recently restored, it shows a golden polychrome with very warm colors. Maria, with a fine crown, sits seated on a throne, with a very long face and hair hidden under the toque that falls on her shoulders. The neckline of her tunic, slightly triangular, is garnet with golden stencil. Under this tunic he wears another one of darker color, which in the part of the feet shows a succession of very flat folds, under which the typical pointy shoes associate. With one hand he shows himself in an attitude of blessing while with the other he holds the Child who appears seated in the center of the lap. He blesses with his right hand, while holding the Sacred Scriptures with the other hand. He wears a white robe with vertical and horizontal folds, and wears a royal crown. The physical characteristics of both figures are very similar, highlighting the rigidity and seriousness of their faces. This size can be dated at the beginning of the thirteenth century.


Also it must be pointed out, that this statue happens to be from the same town (Actually, I believe it is located in the same church…) that brought you this…monstrosity: Del ‘Ecce Homo’ de Borja a la Virgen Dolorosa de Galdakao. El Correo 

Video at the link…

Yeah, remember that funny thing we all laughed at, that was shared via the web?

Botched Jesus fresco becomes surprise success | CNN Travel


A combination of three documents provided by the Centre de Estudios Borjanos on August 22, 2012 shows the original version of the painting Ecce Homo (L) by 19th-century painter Elias Garcia Martinez, the deteriorated version (C) and the restored version by an elderly woman in Spain. An elderly woman’s catastrophic attempt to “restore” a century-old oil painting of Christ in a Spanish church has provoked popular uproar, and amusement. Titled “Ecce Homo” (Behold the Man), the original was no masterpiece, painted in two hours in 1910 by a certain Elias Garcia Martinez directly on a column in the church at Borja, northeastern Spain. The well-intentioned but ham-fisted amateur artist, in her 80s, took it upon herself to fill in the patches and paint over the original work, which depicted Christ crowned with thorns, his sorrowful gaze lifted to heaven.


Onward to the cartoons:


11/22/2017 Cartoon by John Cole

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11/22/2017 Cartoon by Charlie Daniel

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11/22/2017 Cartoon by Nate Beeler

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11/22/2017 Cartoon by Steve Kelley

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11/22/2017 Cartoon by Lisa Benson

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11/22/2017 Cartoon by Joe Heller

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11/14/2017 Cartoon by Joe Heller

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Clay Bennett editorial cartoon: 11/22/2017 Cartoon by Clay Bennett

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Clay Bennett editorial cartoon: 11/21/2017 Cartoon by Clay Bennett

Cartoon by Clay Bennett - Clay Bennett editorial cartoon

Changing of the Guard: 11/22/2017 Cartoon by Sage Stossel

Cartoon by Sage Stossel - Changing of the Guard

Roy Moore Undaunted: 11/11/2017 Cartoon by Sage Stossel

Cartoon by Sage Stossel - Roy Moore Undaunted

11/22/2017 Cartoon by Joel Pett

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11/17/2017 Cartoon by Joel Pett

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11/22/2017 Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies

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11/21/2017 Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies

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Thanking Filipino World War II Veterans: 11/22/2017 Cartoon by Angelo Lopez

Cartoon by Angelo Lopez - Thanking Filipino World War II Veterans

America and the Alt Right: 11/15/2017 Cartoon by Angelo Lopez

Cartoon by Angelo Lopez - America and the Alt Right

Hey, there should also be a no Italians or dogs sign too.

11/21/2017 Cartoon by Charlie Daniel

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Turkeys: 11/21/2017 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis

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11/21/2017 Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson

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11/21/2017 Cartoon by Matt Wuerker

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11/16/2017 Cartoon by Matt Wuerker

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Nick Anderson cartoon: 11/20/2017 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

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11/21/2017 Cartoon by Kevin Siers

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Impeachable: 11/21/2017 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

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11/21/2017 Cartoon by Phil Hands

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Gop Tax Plan: 11/20/2017 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - Gop Tax Plan

Al Franken Groping: 11/17/2017 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - Al Franken Groping



Tax Reform: 11/19/2017 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Tax Reform

That was a lot of cartoons there….I think this last one is the best of ’em.

This is an open thread. What new horrors will we face today?


Sunday Reads: Riot not Quiet

Good Afternoon

I don’t know about you all, but I need a break from the news.

So today, we will have links from stories about science and history and other sorts of shit.

Starting with the images for the post…this week, TCM and Bonhams is holding another auction, one of them is centered around old vintage movie posters: Bonhams : TCM Presents … Vintage Movie Posters featuring the Ira Resnick Collection

The poster auction starts tomorrow, so be sure to check out the wonderful eye candy at that site. All the images below are items available to bid at the link above.


Okay, now lets get to the links:


Since we are starting off with a connection to film, and Hollywood, we have to cover the recent deaths and hospitalizations of a few popular cultural icons…

Ann Wedgeworth Dies: ‘Sweet Dreams’ Actress Was 83 | Deadline

Ann Wedgeworth, a Tony Award-winning actress most widely known for roles on sitcoms Evening Shade and Three’s Company, died Thursday following a lengthy illness at a New York area nursing home, her family has announced. She was 83.

Wedgeworth, who won a National Society of Film Critics Award for her tough but poignant performance in 1985’s Sweet Dreams – she played the mother of Jessica Lange’s Patsy Cline – won the 1978 Tony Award for best featured actress in a play for Neil Simon’s Chapter Two.

Born in Abilene, Texas, Wedgeworth moved to New York City in the late 1950s and soon joined The Actors Studio. She debuted on Broadway in 1958’s Make a Million, and went on to take roles is such stage productions as Period of Adjustment and Blues for Mister Charlie. She appeared in A Lie of the Mind, Sam Shepard’s off-Broadway play, in 1985. Her costar in the production, Geraldine Page, had married Wedgeworth’s ex-husband, actor Rip Torn.

Wedgeworth’s other credits include Scarecrow, Bang the Drum Slowly, Thieves, Steel Magnolias, Hard Promises, Love and a .45, and 1977’s Handle with Care, for which she won her first National Society of Film Critics Award.

David Cassidy Hospitalized and in ‘Critical Condition’

Former Partridge Family star David Cassidy is reportedly clinging to the last moments of his life in a Florida hospital.

Per TMZ, Cassidy’s condition is currently listed as “critical” as he suffers from organ and kidney failure, and “unless he gets a liver transplant soon he could soon die.” He’s also been in and out of a consciousness from an induced coma since earlier this week, with his family and friends beginning to arrive at the hospital to pay their final respects. Earlier this year, the 66-year-old Cassidy revealed he’d been battling dementia for many years, which prompted him to stop performing live. “I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming,” he said at the time. “I want to focus on what I am, who I am, and how I’ve been without any distractions. I want to love. I want to enjoy life.”

Malcolm Young Dies: AC/DC Co-Founder And Soundtrack Specialist Was 64 | Deadline

The rock world mourned today as Malcolm Young, co-founder and guitarist for AC/DC and writer on a miles-long list of soundtracks for TV and film, died at age 64. He had been suffering from dementia and was no longer touring with the Australian hard rock band.

The band announced his death on its web site.

“Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young,” the statement read. “He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done.”

Young was the rhythm guitarist and co-writer on all of the band’s music, which became a TV and film soundtracks staple for its anthemic choruses. His music graced such TV shows as The Sopranos and ER, and also enhanced films like Iron Man and The Avengers.

Another statement from the band noted that he died surrounded by family.

“Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many,” the statement read. “From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans.”

Brother Angus Young said Malcolm’s legacy “will live on forever,” noting that he was stubborn, but “he stuck to his guns and he did and said exactly what he wanted.”


(Damn, I was going to stick with non-newsy items, but while grabbing those links above this popped up at me: Harvey Weinstein Drew Up List For Investigators To Target: Report | Deadline  The list was over 90 people btw…)

Connecting the Weinstein Effect to Film Criticism: How Does Film Criticism Climb Out From Underneath the Hollywood Scandals?

With Hollywood scandals making headlines in waves, how do we overcome our collective paralysis?

Yesterday afternoon, the staff of Birth.Movies.Death released a statement addressing their lack of coverage of Hollywood’s ongoing sexual abuse scandals. “That this ongoing tsunami of revelations came on the heels of our own troubled history has weighed heavily on us here at BMD,” the statement read, admitting that “responsibility and humility collided, and to be frank, we froze.” This statement also came on the heels of a statement by entertainment site Tracking Board, which recently underwent staff-wide sensitivity training when certain members of their staff made offensive comments about the cycle. While the effects of these statements depends on the perspective of the person reading them – one site that said too little, one site that said too much – it does speak to how poorly prepared many entertainment sites are to handle the seriousness of the moment. It feels overwhelming.

This post is written by a white male Hollywood writer. I think it does take a look at things from one perspective I have not thought about, and actually said to to myself…who gives a shit, another white man’s point of view. But, it does point to some good things:

Since the collapse of Cinefamily, it seems like the entertainment industry has been dominated by stories about sexual harassment and abuse, and it’s easy to rationalize yourself into circles as a writer about your part in all of this. How can you talk about comic book movies and award season buzz when people are putting themselves on the line to protect others? Shouldn’t I, as a white man, keep my mouth shut and my ears open to help amplify the voices of women in the industry? Or is it my responsibility to speak out in the hope that I might reach people disinclined to listen to anyone who doesn’t look like them? Or am I trying to make myself the victim by even acknowledging this conflict? When faced with these layers of doubt, it certainly seems like the prudent course of action to keep one’s voice out of the mix.

(Worth noting: no writer has better tackled these twisting concerns than The Cut’s Rebecca Traister, who captured each side of the argument – the good intentions of men and the road to hell that they may ultimately pave – in a piece titled “We Are All Implicated in the Post-Weinstein Reckoning.”)

All of this was difficult enough when the accused (Weinstein, James Toback) loomed large as cartoonish villains in Hollywood. In the past week, though, the entertainment industry’s wave of sexual harassment issues has enveloped people known just as much for their advocacy as for their talent. First it was George Takei – an outspoken advocate for both LGBTQ and Asian/Asian-American representation in film and television – who was accused of sexually assaulting a male model in 1981. Just yesterday, Transparent star Trace Lysette corroborated previous claims of misconduct levied against Jeffrey Tambor with her own on-set experiences; meanwhile, former comedian and current Minnesota senator Al Franken faced accusations of his own by radio host Leeann Tweeden. Each of these men had made a name for themselves as performers, but in recent years they had also taken on a special significance as outspoken allies against underrepresentation in the media. They were advocates. Now they’re just part of the problem.

Take a look at the rest of the piece…as more revelations come forward, these twisted feelings become more griping.

Damn, I love Kevin Spacey’s acting… look at that, he is a fucking monster.

Roy Moore, that is a criminal act. Period. (Check this out: Roy Moore’s Systemic Danger to Our Democracy | History News Network)

Geez, we need Al Franken…what he did was during a script for a USO tour skit, right? It is not the same…right? Cough…Cough.

Fucking hell, Takei too?

Oh, and then Bill Clinton. ML…was consensual, but we already have been there and done that…

tRump=Grab Pussy

We all have admittedly said these things. Right?

Moving on, Jamie Rotante Essay on ‘Betty and Veronica: Vixens’ | The Mary Sue

We’ve been really excited about the upcoming Archie Comics ongoing title, Betty and Veronica: Vixens, in which Betty and Veronica are the leaders of the Vixens, the toughest motorcycle gang in Riverdale! In an exclusive essay for TMS, writer Jamie L. Rotante explains why this new comic is so important. Especially right now.

by Jamie Rotante

The premise of Betty & Veronica: Vixens is simple enough: the iconic duo hits the open road for wild adventures on their new toys as they lead an all-girl motorcycle gang. There’s leather, brass knuckles and an appropriate amount of ass-kicking. It’s what you’d get if you made the two BFFs the stars of a Russ Meyer film.

But it’s a lot more than that, too. It’s not just about motorcycles. It’s not just about a subversion of classic characters we’ve all come to know and love. Hell, it’s not even just about Betty and Veronica—there’s a larger story that spins out of it, one that extends past the comic page itself and bleeds into everyday life. It’s about women who have waited their turn for decades finally getting the chance to take charge. It’s about Betty, Veronica and a host of the other ladies of Archie Comics who have only ever been explored as passing characters. And it’s about these female characters coming together to rise above. It’s women helping women.

More at the link.

Video here on ice melt: How worried should we be about melting ice caps? – BBC News

The UN climate change conference in Bonn, designed to activate the Paris agreement about greenhouse gases in 2020 that President Trump pulled out of earlier this year, has come to an end.

BBC Science Editor David Shukman has looked into how worried we actually should be about melting polar caps.

You can blame a ‘medicane’ for this week’s deadly flooding in Greece. | Grist

You can blame a ‘medicane’ for this week’s deadly flooding in Greece.

Nope, a “medicane” is not a new type of health insurance. It’s a Mediterranean hurricane — such as the one currently developing in the Mediterranean Sea, where warming waters have produced a weather system with the characteristics of a subtropical cyclone.

Flash floods linked to moisture from the storm hit parts of Greece on Wednesday, killing 16 people and injuring dozens more. The storm is projected to skirt Sicily and head toward Greece this weekend, potentially inflicting more damage.

Medicanes are so uncommon that scientists have yet to establish a clear set of criteria for them. Weather systems like these are more typically found in the Caribbean, where warmer water temperatures feed tropical storms.

Now for some psychology science news:

A mom’s support helps a child learn to handle negative emotions, but what if mom is distressed? — ScienceDaily

When children become upset, showing negative emotions or behaviors, some parents become distressed, while others are able to talk their child through the difficult situation. Studies have shown that a mothers’ reaction — positive or negative — to her child’s negative emotions can predict whether her child develops the ability to effectively regulate his emotions and behavior. A new study explores potential predictors of mothers’ supportive or non-supportive behavior during emotional challenges.

A walk at the mall or the park? New study shows, for moms and daughters, a walk in the park is best — ScienceDaily

A family studies researchers believed that if the attention restoration theory, which describes how interaction with natural environments can reduce mental fatigue and restore attention, worked for individuals it might also work for families to help facilitate more positive family interactions and family cohesion. They tested their theory by looking at sets of moms and daughters who were asked to take a walk together in nature and a walk in a mall.

Hibernating ground squirrels provide clues to new stroke treatments: Multi-step screening process leads to molecule that may protect brain cells — ScienceDaily

In the fight against brain damage caused by stroke, researchers have turned to an unlikely source of inspiration: hibernating ground squirrels. While the animals’ brains experience dramatically reduced blood flow during hibernation, just like human patients after a certain type of stroke, the squirrels emerge from their extended naps suffering no ill effects. Now, scientists have identified a potential drug that could grant the same resilience to stroke patients.

And a bit of Archaeology news:

Archaeological research on social inequality — ScienceDaily

The origins of social inequality might lie in the remnants of ancient Eurasia’s agricultural societies, according to an article recently published in the major science journal Nature.

The article, “Greater post-Neolithic wealth disparities in Eurasia than in North America and Mesopotamia,” includes research from Anna Prentiss, a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Montana.

Prentiss and UM anthropology Professor Emeritus Tom Foor provided data from the archaeological sites at Bridge River, British Columbia, and Ozette, Washington.

As people became more agricultural and settled, the rich became richer as the ancient farmers who could afford oxen, cattle and other large animals increased their crop production. This provided significant opportunities for amassing and transmitting wealth, and the degree of household wealth-based inequality became much higher in Old World, Eurasian contexts, as measured by house size.

“High degrees of inequality did not contribute to long-term stability in ancient societies,” Prentiss said. “That is something that should concern us given the extraordinary high degree of inequality in our own society.”

And lets finish up with some history!

Happy birthday, Statute of Marlborough! – Medieval manuscripts blog

Earlier this month, we celebrated the 800th anniversary of the Forest Charter, Magna Carta’s little sibling. It inspired a new Tree Charter, with accompanying events ranging from bike rides to pole launches. Today, we commemorate the Statute of Marlborough. At 750 years old, issued on 19 November 1267, it’s one of the the oldest pieces of legislation in England still in force today.

The Statute of Marlborough almost didn’t make it to this day. Only four of its twenty-nine sections are still in force. In 2014, the Law Commission made plans to scrap it altogether. The surviving sections are now known as the Distress Act and the Waste Act. The Distress Act states that anyone seeking reimbursement for damages must do so through the courts, while the Waste Act ensures that the tenants do not lay waste, sell or ruin their lands and other resources without special permission.

Medieval Manuscripts: Bread in the 15th-century –

The Bibliothèque nationale de France is a trove of hidden treasures, for, although researchers visit this unique library time and time again, its contents are seemingly endless. Manuscript Latin 9333 has a very special story. It apparently went missing in 1848 for unknown reasons, only to appear a hundred years later in 1948 for the first time in the hands of a researcher in the reading room. This researcher, none other than Otto Pächt, recognised its outstanding artistic worth and announced his find as a “rediscovery”. Another fifty years were to pass, however, before the particular appeal of this remarkable manuscript was once again remembered. Now, at last, a facsimile edition acknowledges the book’s true importance.

We now move on to the bakery where a woman next to the counter can be seen watching a young baker removing several large, round, white loaves from the oven (f. 61). The basket on the counter is already full and several more loaves lie on the table. Whereas the back door in the Italian image leads into a dark room, the German artist depicts it opening onto a magnificent landscape in the small inset with shapes of hills or perhaps mountains vaguely suggested in the distance, and a blue sky. One remarkable detail in this miniature is that, as we know, a bakery requires a chimney, hence the one on the roof.

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Early medieval loom discovered in northern Iraq –

A team of Frankfurt-based archaeologists has returned from the Iraqi-Kurdish province of Sulaymaniyah with new findings. The discovery of a loom from the 5th to 6th century AD in particular caused a stir.

The group of Near Eastern archaeology undergraduates and doctoral students headed by Prof. Dirk Wicke of the Institute of Archaeology at Goethe University were in Northern Iraq for a total of six weeks. It was the second excavation campaign undertaken by the Frankfurt archaeologist to the approximately three-hectare site of Gird-î Qalrakh on the Shahrizor plain, where ruins from the Sasanian and Neo-Assyrian period had previously been uncovered. The region is still largely unexplored and has only gradually opened up for archaeological research since the fall of Saddam Hussein.

The objective of the excavations on the top and slope sections of the settlement hill, some 26 meters high, was to provide as complete a sequence as possible for the region’s ceramic history. Understanding the progression in ceramics has long been a goal of research undertaken on the Shahrizor plain, a border plain of Mesopotamia with links to the ancient cultural regions of both Southern Iraq and Western Iran. These new insights will make it easier to categorise other archaeological finds chronologically. The excavation site is ideal for establishing the progression of ceramics, according to archaeology professor Dirk Wicke: “It is a small site but it features a relatively tall hill in which we have found a complete sequence of ceramic shards.

It seems likely that the hill was continuously inhabited from the early 3rd millennium BC through to the Islamic period.”

However, the archaeologists had not expected to find a Sasanian loom (ca. 4th-6th century AD), whose burnt remnants, and clay loom weights in particular, were found and documented in-situ. In addition to the charred remains, there were numerous seals, probably from rolls of fabric, which indicate

that large-scale textile production took place at the site. From the neo-Assyrian period (ca. 9th-7th century BC), by contrast, a solid, stone-built, terraced wall was discovered, which points to major construction work having taken place at the site. It is possible that the ancient settlement was refortified and continued to be used in the early 1st millennium BC.

So fascinating.

That is a lot to digest…so catch y’all in the comments below!

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