Report finds US sanctions on Venezuela are responsible for tens of thousands of deaths. This year will be much worse, authors say, if sanctions continue.
wall o' text about the movie 300 and fascism Show more
I was telling someone about this last night but it's fascinating how we got one of the formative texts of American neo-fascism because one nerd is so extremely dedicated to aesthetics of media he loves intensely, but he only has a surface-level understanding of it all. Zack Snyder made Dawn of the Dead into "wow cool zombie flick" and an *extremely* aesthetically-focused Watchmen movie that completely misinterpreted the angle of the ending, and between those two he made 300. The only original movie he's made was... an elaborate meditation on aesthetics and I guess trying to figure women out, whatever. The crux of why this is fascinating to me is that I don't think he actually has "politics" per se. He just REALLY LOVES media while not actually interpreting any of it. And now we have CHUDs running around fash rallies dressed up in Spartan cosplay *from the movie*. It's like how they're fixated on Templars and shit but we can trace it to a very specific point in the 2000s. It's wild.
To be clear, 300 is absolutely fascist media. It's just that, from what I can tell about Snyder and his movies, he basically did it inadvertently. He wanted to make Sin City and accidentally had a long enough series Leni Riefenstahl moments that produced *that*. Authoritarians have always fetishized the mythology around the Spartans, mind, it's just that this is the originator of a very specific set of modern aesthetics. Anyway, that's my big long galaxy brain media take for the day. I implore enthusiastic nerds to consider what they're contributing to with their labors of love, especially in our age of REFERENCE CULTURE as signifiers and nascent Nazism.
'The Black Feminists Who Saw the Alt-Right Threat Coming'
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Shell and all like the big raccoon he is.
a great way to celebrate easter is nailing this guy to a cross
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"Bottled water made by Whole Foods and Dr. Pepper have unsafe amounts of arsenic."
Whole Foods, owned by Amazon? Why am I not surprised...
I would be interesteed in your thoughts on something:
Why is unionizing in IT so difficult? What can we do to facilitate it?
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From Rez Facebook.
CS Lewis's spiritual successors include Ben Stein and Jordan Peterson
Ben Stein made a self-help book called How To Ruin Your Life that almost beat for beat mirrors Screwtape letters in the framing of "rules for life except we recommend doing bad things instead of good things"
Jordy P's 12 rules for life also reflects screwtape letters in the context of "common-sense obvious statements told as though they were really insightful" as packaging for monstrous reactionary bullshit
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Wikileaks aside, if we're talking about just Assange there's obvious legit criticism and any dude inhaling his farts hasn't been paying attention. He didn't properly protect his source and C. Manning never should have been brought b4 congress. Say what you will but having the infrastructure in place to protect whistle blowers is the only reason they're able to come forward in the first place and he failed.-
Saw a bald eagle yesterday. I wasn’t happy about that. Bald eagles steal fish from ospreys instead of hunting for themselves, and they’ll take eggs and hatchlings, too, if they can get away with it. They’re big, powerful, lazy thieves that get fat on the expropriated labor and lives of others. I feel like that’s a symbol for something.
This is horrific & not getting anywhere near the attention it deserves.
-For companies like Activision Blizzard, Ovia offers its services as a way to lower medical costs and increase productivity. -
"I want them to have a healthy baby because it's great for our business experience," Ezzard said. "Rather than having a baby who's in the neonatal ICU, where she's not able to focus much on work."