You know, on-line politroll arguments here on Paizo.com have, without a doubt, widenend my horizons. I know, I know, everyone thinks that Doodlebug Anklebiter knows every commie website in existence but, honestly, I usually find them while googling whatever it is we're arguing about. If it wasn't for these debates I'd still be just reading Counterpunch and Workers Vanguard.
Which is a long way of saying: Paizo.com politrolls rock!
Anyway, Comrade Dwarf might've mentioned her before, or one of the other Aussies, but
Well, it's a done deal. My car, in a fit of jealous rage, refuses to let me take it to Boston to see The Punk Singer.
Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:
I used to live with this sexy roller derby chick, Ariel, and she had a friend from the team--I can't for the life of me remember her name--who tried to pick her up.
It's been bothering me on and off for the past six months, so I know it must be bothering all of you, too. Her name is Mel.
You hit on Natalie Portman? That takes balls. I salute you.
No, not really. I'm just making up stuff for (perhaps poor attempts at) comedic effect, or, to put it otherwise, telling stories out of school.
I made her a pizza once, when I worked at Bertucci's, though.
Anita just got kicked aside, my new pin-up is here
While looking up something entirely different (Trotsky's archive of book reviews, if you must know) I stumbled upon this extremely interesting website: Anti-Caste: On Caste, Women's Oppression, Communalism, and Class Struggle in South Asia from a Marxist Perspective
I didn't set any criteria, Comrade Dwarf, I just took the thread over.
Alas, I can't watch the link because I don't have a youtube account and the trailer may be "inappropriate for some viewers" which just intriguess me.
In addition to The Punk Singer I am hoping to go down to Boston on during Xmas week for a screening of my faves French musical, Les Parapluies de Cherbourg even though I'm pretty certain I still have it on dvd.
Catherine Deneuve: OHWFA!
After going back and revisiting your rather poetic post original, Citizen Wolf, I have decided that I probably misread its intent and the whole following exchange was unnecessary. My bad. I think, maybe, I just wanted to talk about something other than video games.
But I can't resist adding, as a former homeless dude (albeit not for long, thank god), I've never had any trouble seeing the people at the bottom and, yes, we deserve a lot more.
Vive le Galt!
I was just visited by a memory that is obviously anecdotal, but it bears mentioning.
So, back in 2000 or 2004 (I think 2000), I went over a friend's brother's house to smoke weed and watch the presidential candidates' debate. One of the dudes there worked for the Massachusetts welfare department and I was like, "Hey, I'm poor, can I get on welfare?" And he said something to the effect, "You would've a couple of years ago" (I'm presuming before Clinton ended it as we know it) "but not anymore; you'd have to be a woman with kids."
No one in my immediate family has ever received gov't assistance, so I couldn't say one way or the other, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if the "Jill only" thing was a result of neoliberal austerity that turned around and further reinforced the divide-and-conquer game the plutocrats love so much.
Just some idle speculation I'm throwing out there. Where's Irontruth when you need him?
Well, I'm sorry to hear that Terquem.
In other news, that 633,000 number was irking me because I was pretty sure that I've seen a stat for 1.6 million homeless children in the United States.
Clearly, those two don't jive together well, but if we then took the latter figure and applied it to Jack and Jill, we'd get a hell of a lot more homeless women (and men) and then the safety net looks even f!#%ing shiznittier.
I didn't say the safety net was a myth, I said it was "pretty f$#~ing shiznitty".
You'd have to look far and wide to find me having a conversation about the lack of women on the boards of Fortune 500 companies, but off the top of my head:
I don't think any children, male or female, serve on corporate boards, and I doubt that Forbes stat distinguishes between women on their own and women with families.
So, then we're left with the fact that the percentage of females on the board of directors equals the percentage of single homeless females which, to be honest, I can't see much significance in.
Yeah, yeah, I know, wikipedia ain't academically credible, but it's what I looked up:
Looks like we got the ancient Greeks, The Ramayana (5th-4th century BCE) and some Rabbi Nachman shiznit which I didn't bother to look through.
Not that I expect that wikipedia is exhaustive.
@Guy Humual - I'm not sure why you are so focused on Western literature. The damsel in distress is likely as old as human interaction, and to say it appears first in Greek myth is just plain silly.
You know, I kind of lost track of where this conversation went after Anita came up again, because, well, I don't really care about Ms. Sarkeesian other than the fact that she's hawt because she's a pretty uninteresting critic if you're not interested in video games. Needless to say, I didn't watch the video that you guys are talking about.
But, off the top of my head, I can't remember Gilgamesh rescuing any damsels (as opposed to that hawttie Enkidu--OHDFA!). I don't remember any Egyptian stories about damels getting rescued either. But that's only after thinking about it for [looks at clock] a minute.
Poverty IS the safety net.
Homelessness is the sharp rocks Jack goes homeless, Jill gets wellfare
Or 4 times more likely to die violently.
9 times more likely to be incarcerated.
I'm not sure what dying violently or being incarcerated has to do with sharp rocks and glass ceilings, but
"The most convincing statistics I know can be found in James Wright's small book, Address Unknown, The Homeless in America. According to Wright, out of every 1,000 homeless people in America, 100 or so are adults with children, another 100 are the children themselves, and the rest will be single adults. Out of that total, 150 will be single women, and 650 will be single men. Break that down into percentages. Out of all single homeless adults, 80% are men; out of all homeless adults, 70% are single men; out of all homeless people -adults or children -fully 65% are single men."
Going by the commonly cited 633,000 homeless people that gives us somewhere in the neighborhood of 100,000 homeless single women.
Pretty f!%+ing shiznitty safety net.
I want to somehow punish Ms. Collins for naming the land Panem and then pretending, at the end of the series, that the connection to Bread and Circuses was some kind of surprisising reveal.
Otoh, the books were written for children and maybe I'm just being a snob,
Smash Panem Through Workers Revolution!
("Peeta Mallark" is a much worse name than "Katniss Everdeen.")
After watching Bertolucci's 1900, Donald is my go-to guy for depicting evil fascist bastards.
Malcolm is awesome, too, of course, but I don't know what he would've brought to the Games that Donnie didn't.
Incidentally, if Catching Fire is any good, I imagine it is the first good movie of the series.
Nevertheless, Vive le Katniss!
Smash Panem Through Workers Revolution!
I read Catching Fire and Mockingjay after I watched The Hunger Games and my enjoyment was only improved by picturing Coriolanus Snow as Donald Sutherland.
I'm working my way through one about the European revolutions in 1848 (parallels with the Arab Spring are thicker than a tropical shrubbery)
Ain't that the truth.
So, about my hawt Scandinavian girlfriend...
Even weirder, in retrospect, is I had to sit through her graduation ceremony at BU before she ditched me and went to med school in LA (the whole relationship was all kindsa Good Will Hunting to keep the 90s date movie thing going) and the commencement speaker was Henry F%+#ing Kissinger and, I shiznit you not, he spoke about Red China.
Books wise, I was disappointed to flip through all my Dostoyevsky novels, some of which I've had since high school, and 2/3rd of them were translated by Constance Garnett.
[Tries to make Madame Sissyl jealous]
I had a hawt blonde Scandinavian girlfriend once, but she was of Danish descent and had the -sen ending. We saw Saving Private Ryan on our first date and Life Is Beautiful the night we first consummated our relationship which, in retrospect, was kinda weird.
I can't see Dicey's link, alas.
Oh yeah, like Madame Sissyl, she didn't like communists, either.
The DVD wasn't broken into episodes, but it felt like three.
And, you're right, all it really did was make me want to re-read the books, but I resisted.
I don't text, either. OHWFA! is an elite membership organization (only two members, myself and Comrade Mean DM, and one sympathizer, Mr. Shifty) devoted to contemplation of the female form. We have a sister (brother?) organization, OHDFA! if you're interested, or you can also join OHWFA!
You can read more about it here.
Btw, I only got off a measly chapter of "The Death of Ivan Ilych" on the clock today. [Grumbles and curses]
[Looks up Mira Furlan]
Huh, so the Frenchwoman is really Croatian?
It was the Sci-Fi (SyFy?) television miniseries with Danny Glover and Isabella Rossellini (OHWFA!).
To be honest, it wasn't terrible on a bunch of standards (the gebbeth, I thought, was pretty cool) but it took way too many liberties with the plot for a devoted Le Guinian like me to stomach without complaint. I believe I read somewhere that when asked about it, Ursula, like Alan Moore, said she just took the money and ran. (I don't recall her name even being listed in the credits, but I could be wrong.)
Perhaps Shawn Ashmore is a fine actor, I couldn't say, but he made a terrible Ged, imho. Finally, I didn't like what they did with Tenar and the other ladies (I don't think they once called her Arha).
Sugar Candy Mountain is going fine except for the fact that I haven't been able to do any reading. I think they're on to me. :(
I love Donovan and I've got his GH cd on my MP3 for work. (Yes, I have many of his albums, too, but I don't have the gadget that converts records to MP3s.) Maybe I'll make a big long Donovan post on the WPZO after I get finished with this Annika Norlin chick (who's hawt, btw).
EDIT: [Watches Those Dancing Days and causes computer to short out due to excessive drooling]
I was trying to find the scene from You Only Live Twice in which the Japanese girls were going ga-ga over Sean's sweater and the quip about empty nests, but I couldn't find it.
I did once have a young woman, in the throes of passion, call me her teddy bear, which, years later, is giving me goblin-sized erections.
Be back in a bit...