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By TheophileEscargot (Sun Apr 13, 2008 at 07:48:34 AM EST) Reading, Me, MLP (all tags)
Reading: "The Proof House". Me. Web.

What I'm Reading
Finished The Proof House, final volume in the Fencer trilogy by K.J. Parker. Better than the last volume: the battles and tactics were worked out much better here. The doom and dramatic irony come to a reasonable conclusion.

Overall though, having read them in reverse order, this seems like a bit of a dress researsal for the later Scavenger and Engineer trilogies, which cover the same ground only better.

If you haven't read Parker before, it's probably best to skip over this trilogy and go straight on to the later ones.

The funeral/interring went off fairly okay, with a bit of mucking around. People were a bit late due to traffic problems,. and there was some messing around afterwards, but no family feuds kicked off or anything.

Pics. Ugly aeroplanes.

"The Birds" without the birds.

"Historietas": sensational Mexican Comics. (MeFi)

Politics. Coins and conservatism.

The Left and child support.

Terrorphobia compares the terrorist scare to the communist scare. Suggests that even when the media and government stop promoting it, the self-sustaining panic will last for decades.

In fact, despite huge anxieties about it at the time, there seem to have been no instances in which domestic Communists engaged in anything that could be considered espionage after 1950. Moreover, at no time did any domestic Communist ever commit anything that could be considered violence in support of the cause-- this despite deep apprehensions at the time about that form of terrorism then dubbed "sabotage." And as all significant terrorist violence within the United States since 2001 has taken place on television-- most notably and persistently on Fox’s 24-- the same was true about domestic Communist violence during the Cold War. FBI informant Herbert Philbrick’s 1952 confessional, I Led Three Lives: Citizen, "Communist", Counterspy, at no point documents a single instance of Communist violence or planned violence. Nonetheless, violence became a central focus when his story was transmuted into a popular television series that ran from 1953 to 1957 (reportedly one of Lee Harvey Oswald’s favorites).

However, even though the domestic Communist "menace" had pretty much settled into well-deserved oblivion by the mid-1970s, surveys repeating the Stouffer questions at the time found that fully 30 percent of the public still considered domestic Communists a great or very great danger to the country. Those who found them to be of no danger had inched up only to about 10 percent.

Diet. Cuban economic crisis had health benefits.

UK nurseries provide too much fruit and veg, not enough calories and fat:

'Nurseries are applying the principles of adult healthy eating to the food they are supplying to young children,' said Sarah Almond, a consultant specialist paediatric dietician who has analysed the results of a trading standards study into nursery food.

'We expected the study to show nurseries were serving children food that was too high in calories, fat, saturated fat and salt, and low in vegetables and fruit. Instead, we found that the majority of nurseries had gone to the other extreme and appeared to be providing food that was too low in calories, fat and saturated fat and too high in fruit and vegetables.' This situation was putting children at the risk of developing nutritional deficiencies, she said.

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About Mexican historietas. by Tonatiuh (4.00 / 2) #1 Sun Apr 13, 2008 at 02:45:59 PM EST
I just read the book "Wrong about Japan" in which the author, a Pulitzer Prize winner author, tries to analyze Japan's culture through different lenses including manga and anime.

The funny thing is that while he is trying to find hidden meanings in anime, once he confronts one famous author with his ideas he is met with puzzlement.

"I wrote what I wrote because that is my job" - said an anime script writer - " I was asked to write a plot that would generate lots of tie-in products (toys, cards, books, you name it) so is what I did". So much for the inscrutability of Japanese culture.

So the morale of the history is that some people try to over analyze things and get embroiled in their own intellectual machinations, but reality tends to be much simpler (smut sells).

PS: "Las Chambeadoras" should most definitively not be translated as "the chambermaids" . Chambeador is Mexican slang for somebody that is a good worker, but applied to women in such a context it clearly should translate as "The hookers" (in reality is untranslatable, unless you tell me that in English chambermaid has double meaning similar to what I am describing ...).

hurrah! by Merekat (4.00 / 4) #2 Sun Apr 13, 2008 at 10:47:27 PM EST
When I was studying horror films for a course on gender and technology, while I regurgitated the approved line for assignments, there was a voice screaming in my head 'sometimes a slime-dripping monster is just a slime-dripping monster, dammit!'.

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Followup question: by Rogerborg (4.00 / 4) #4 Mon Apr 14, 2008 at 01:27:30 AM EST
Q: "But isn't Gundam Wing meant as an expression of the samurai warrior ethos?"

A: "No, it's just meant to sell toys."

Which tells you everything you need to know about both Japanese and Wapanese.

Metus amatores matrum compescit, non clementia.

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But would he necessarily be aware by nebbish (4.00 / 2) #8 Mon Apr 14, 2008 at 02:29:55 AM EST
Of the influence of his own culture, upbringing and subconscious on his work? I think the idea that an artist knows exactly what he is doing and where it comes from is false.

It's political correctness gone mad!

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We answered that by Rogerborg (4.00 / 2) #10 Mon Apr 14, 2008 at 06:37:51 AM EST
4 posts ago.

Metus amatores matrum compescit, non clementia.
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Oh well excuse me by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #12 Tue Apr 15, 2008 at 02:26:03 AM EST
For not being at the forefront of the interweb

It's political correctness gone mad!

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Communist scare by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Apr 14, 2008 at 12:40:39 AM EST
Remember that conservative Americans at the time would have considered beatniks, hippies and anti-Vietnam protestors to be communists, not to mention groups like the Black Panthers. And remember a lot of these groups DID want to overthrow the American government. Hence a "domestic communist" threat lasting into the 1970s.

It's political correctness gone mad!

IAWTP by lm (4.00 / 1) #6 Mon Apr 14, 2008 at 02:20:30 AM EST
Not to mention that a decent (but not inarguable) case can be made that  Oswald assassinated Kennedy `for the cause.'

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
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Dunno enough about the Kennedy assassination by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #7 Mon Apr 14, 2008 at 02:27:49 AM EST
Didn't aliens do it or something?

It's political correctness gone mad!

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Aliens may have been behind the plot by lm (4.00 / 2) #9 Mon Apr 14, 2008 at 04:09:02 AM EST
But I'm fairly certain that Oswald wasn't an alien.

The best theory I've heard with regard to motive is that Oswald, who was a member of the Communist Party USA and who most likely  watched the Walters interview with Castro which contained Castro's remarks that if the US didn't stop trying to assassinate him, he would send operatives to return the favor, decided to take matters into his own hand and return the favor.

One nice thing about this particular theory with regards to motive is that it plays nice with most other theories about the assassination. Whether someone supports the lone gunman theory or multiple sniper theory, the motive could very well be the same. Even if one likes the shadow government military/industrial complex conspiracy theory, they may have found Oswald, intent on furthering the cause of world-wide communism, a convenient pawn.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
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I suppose it depends on what Commie means by lm (4.00 / 2) #5 Mon Apr 14, 2008 at 02:07:49 AM EST
A fair argument can be made that the Symbionese Liberation Army was communist under a very broad definition of communism. Admittedly, communism was the core of their ideology, but IIRC collectivism and opposition to private property were both part of their beliefs.

There there is the Revolutionary Army that had some overlapping members with the SLA.

Ted Kaczynski also certainly had some very heavy Marxist influences. But to be fair, considering him part of the communist movement is a stretch.

That's what I can think of off the top of my head. I'm sure with some research I could find more. It may very well be that there was no violence associated with members of the official communist party, but there were certainly communists, or communist influenced groups, that committed violence in the US in the seventies.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
ugly planes by garlic (4.00 / 1) #11 Mon Apr 14, 2008 at 09:19:23 AM EST
This was terrible -- there are many more ugly planes, and most of the ones shown weren't ugly.

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