News Briefs 17-06-2009

Hrmm.

Thanks Greg.

Quote of the Day:

Every age has its massive moral blind spots.
We might not see them, but our children will.

Bono

  1. Re: Cheney almost wishing
    And Cheney can make wishes come true. As chief poodle for the military/industrial cartel, he can still create false flag mischief big time. He and Rumsfeld were the chief architects of the 911 drama. I regard Cheny as terrorist numero uno – the greatest irony of our times. This man should be in prison for the rest of his life.

    1. I regard those who regard
      I regard those who regard Cheney as the “terrorist numero uno” as loonie tunes.

      You’re welcome to your opinion, but there are programs and meds to help folks like you.

      Honestly, twoofers are such silly people 🙂

      Respects,
      Gwedd

      1. Please keep it civil
        IMO the head of CIA’s comment was taken out of context to sensationalize the interview.

        That said, the one thing I fail to understand is: if Mr. Cheney was so certain that the actions of the last Administration were so successful in keeping the American people safe, then why did he forbid the public display of his own house on Google maps? 😉

        And that’s all I will say about the issue.

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  2. Aztec Tomb
    [quote]Delicate excavation of Aztec tomb beneath RPJ’s bathroom in Mexico City. [/quote]

    Now y’all know why I flush so delicately 😉

    But, alas, my abode is faaaar away of the city’s downtown, were they find such cool archeological remains.

    This Google Map marks the are where my home is located. Zoom out and you’ll see just how far it is from the Centro Histórico

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    1. Historical sections of towns…
      RPJ,

      I used to live in the Historical Center of my town. I’m glad I moved out. I didn’t mind some of the restrictions in place, but others were based on pure wishfulness, vice actual research. They wanted everything to look “old timey” vice what actual images of the structures showed. Indeed, it was so bad that a couple folks on the committee which oversaw things started to demand that not only were wooden signs the only ones allowed (even though all-metal were certainly used, per photographic evidence) but colours were severely restricted, and, get this.. you had to have them hand-made, NO power tools were allowed to be used in their construction.

      Those folks were commonly referred to as the “Hysterical Society” vice the Historical Society, and with good reason. I’m all for preservation, I make most of my income through historical research, but some folks just refuse to let the facts get in the way of their meme.

      Sigh.

      Respects,
      Gwedd

      1. Good point
        I understand the wish for trying to preserve the “flavor” and traditions of a certain area with notable history. But that shouldn’t go to senseless extremes.

        Otherwise, they might as well hire actors dressed in costumes to live in those places 🙂

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  3. Captain America Return? C’mon!!!
    [Warning: The following comment is marked 8.5 in the Geeksteir scale. Reading it without proper protection may result in pimples and/or a serious diminishing in your sex appeal]

    This story is a perfect example of why I’m not a fan of Super-hero comics.

    To me, DC & Marvel treat their characters the same way TV networks treat soap operas: their goal is that they last indefinitely. And that’s the moment when they become a franchise and make me lose interest.

    These stories are decades-old. Eventually their niche audience lose interest with the characters, so they rely on the trick they learned in the 90s: kill the character.

    They did it with Superman, Batman, and the Cap. And they always bring the old characters back from the dead, once the sales figures climb back up.

    For my part, I prefer stories that have a definite beginning and end —Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Kingdom Come, etc. I don’t care about endless battles between men in tights; I want drama and pathos.

    That’s why I loved the movie Dark Knight so much; because it showed that a person like Bruce Wayne would have NO intention of being the Batman forever; and that’s the flaw with the character in the comic —wouldn’t you think that after 10 years or so, it would dawn on the Caped Crusader the grim realization that his crusade is pointless, and that Gotham would be better off without him??

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    1. Heroes Live Forever!
      This is a problem perhaps more evident in the superhero genre. The endeavor is a serial with the goal of longevity. The artist succeeds. So, the characters continue on while the artist enjoys eating. The quality of the plot eventually wanes.

      Things get worse as more people become involved. Corporate wants the story to live to make more money. The character becomes a “safe” bet. Others, fans or maybe inferior artists, take up the story. Ultimately, you end up with device after device, retelling after retelling.

      It is not just limited to comics, though. Witness Tarzan, Conan, Sherlock Holmes, Indiana Jones, and the crew of the Enterprise. King Arthur and Robin Hood (I knew the tights would tie-in somewhere!) may just be early examples.

      Our comics artists are just beginning to learn that immortality presents issues. Hopefully, they will learn to balance volume with quality and device with drama. At least long enough to keep our kids busy for a while.

      1. Respect for your creation
        I think the main problem is that the creative decisions are taken by a committee in companies like DC, MARVEL & Hollywood studios. Ultimately those suits see their characters are money-making property; they have no respect for the original vision of the artists who created them.

        If you’re going to kill a character, it should stay dead unless there’s a damn good reason why it’s return is needed in a plot —e.g. Gandalf in The Two Towers.

        Otherwise you’re just mocking your customers.

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