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Michael Atkinson writes Hollywood Is the Wrong Target:

It’s been a panties-in-a-bunch complaint since James Cagney first picked up a tommy gun, and it’s usually made by writers and pundits who know next to nothing about cinema or image culture. Adam Lanza might’ve owned and loaded his .223 Bushmaster semiautomatic and10mm Glock, the logic goes, but it was Quentin Tarantino and the designers of the video game Call of Duty that compelled him toward his morning’s work last December.
Michael Atkinson, film critic at Zero for Conduct
Michael Atkinson blogs at
Zero for Conduct

This is idiotic on its face, but not for the reasons you’ve been hearing. Yes, the scientific literature has demonstrated over and over again that consistent doses of violent media do increase aggressive behavior in children. But this conclusion is nearly impossible to separate from the quality and sensibility of all other types of media, economics, family structure, education, social support systems and so on. It’s likely that the proposition has it backward—media is and always has been a symptom, an expression, of our collective will, not its cause. A culture-wide phenomenon that entrances hundreds of millions of consumers isn’t a “seduction of the innocent,” as anti-comic-book zealot Fredric Wertham called it in 1954. It’s more of a collective lifestyle. [...]

I’m not concerned that ultra-violent films and video games exist; I’m concerned that, increasingly, that’s almost all there is. For several generations now, the homicidal reflexes that structure these media entertainments have become second-nature, and other narrative paradigms are being phased out. But the larger reality is that these reflexes are present everywhere in our pathology, in our global politics, our sports culture, our criminal justice system, our weapons policy, our right-wing TV cant, our ignorant myths of our own national history, even in our capitalism, which revels in the conquest over the hapless many by the moneyed few.


Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2011A brief, and brutal, history of the Chamber of Commerce:

Bill McKibben, Kossack, author, and co-founder of 350.org, a global campaign to fight climate change writes the definitive short history of the Chamber of Commerce.
From the outside, you'd think the U.S. Chamber of Commerce must know what it's doing. It's got a huge building right next to the White House. It spends more money on political campaigning than the Republican and Democratic National Committees combined. It spends more money on lobbying that the next five biggest lobbyists combined. And yet it has an unbroken record of error stretching back almost to its founding.
It starts with the New Deal. The Chamber "accused Roosevelt of attempting to 'Sovietize' America; the chamber adopted a resolution 'opposing the president's entire legislative package.'" Opposition to FDR continued, shockingly, through the Lend-Lease program, designed to supply the allies with critical material to fight the Germans, and which brought a tremendous boon to American manufacturing. But more, the Chamber opposed American involvement in the war, the war which "triggered the greatest boom in America's economic history."

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  •  734,747 registered users on dKos now. (22+ / 0-)

    Here are the 10 newest registered users on dKos.  Hope to see their comments and diaries here soon!  (If they're not spammers.)

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    And since our society is obsessed with numbers that end in a lot of zeros as milestones, here's a special shoutout to users:
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    We've added a whopping 3,861 more users in the last three days.  This is a continuation going back to May where we've been absolutely flooded with new users.  I'm pretty sure almost all of these new users are spammers or bots.  While the rate had been getting faster, it seems they suddenly started slowing down right when Hurricane Sandy hit.  It slowed down to under 1,000 new users in a 24-hour period, and we were back down to somewhat over 100 new users every 24 hours or so, until about January 30th, when it exploded again.  What are they planning?


    And for your Diary Rescue music pleasure, here's Justin Timberlake's latest incredible song "Mirrors".

  •  Two Deadenders: Still Crazy After All These Years (26+ / 0-)

    If you missed it yesterday, you can still recommend and comment in MB's excellent roundup of this past week's diaries on the environment - Green Diary Rescue: State Dept. concealed consultants' connections to pipeline builder.

  •  David Brooks, what say you, now? (14+ / 0-)

    :: crickets ::

    or a conditional mea culpa?




    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
    ~ Jerry Garcia

    by DeadHead on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 08:33:30 PM PDT

  •  Any recommendations on cheap... (10+ / 0-)

    ...dishwashers? Our old Maytag (10+ years) died today, and we're contemplating a smaller portable, maybe a Danby. Anyone have any experience with the brand?

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 08:42:50 PM PDT

  •  Deep Sky Videos/Ethan Siegel: The Globular Cluster (10+ / 0-)

    M15 is twelve billion years old, almost as old as the Universe (13.8 billion yr) itself!

    Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

    If you want to read more here is the Wikipedia page and Ethan Siegel blogged about Messier 15 here.

  •  Bill Maher... (18+ / 0-)

    has been on fire recently with his New Rules.  I've been backlogged with work and school, so it took me a week to get back on track transcribing them (as well as getting over UCLA losing to Minnesota, which led to us firing our head coach, which still has most of the national media clueless as to the reasons).  Though that did lead to me having two recommended diaries simultaneously on the rec list this morning.  Not that I care.  ;-)

    If you missed it, last week he talked about how a small conservative minority gets to dominate the political discussion in a wide range of areas.

    Now, a recent study found that politicians in both parties consistently thought that their constituents were much more conservative than they actually were.  And that's because there's a relatively small group of very shrill people devoted to — and succeeding at — convincing us that this is a much more conservative and religious nation than it is.  (audience applause)

    Americans, for example, don't hate socialism.  They just can't define it.  Even though it's kind of right in the name "Social Security".  Kinda right in the name.  Which even Tea Partiers do not want to cut.

    Same thing with Obamacare.  As an idea, it's unpopular.  But ask voters about the elements in it, they're all very popular.  It's like saying, "I hate pizza!  I love tomato sauce and melted cheese on dough, but pizza?  I hate that shit."

    Same with guns!  We found out this week that gun ownership is actually down in this country.  Way down.  And yet the NRA, with just four million members, has a stranglehold on the gun policies in a nation of 300 million.

    This misreading of where the public really is explains why at this moment, a cross-section of Republican politicians are at CPAC delivering a simple message to the right-wingers who keep losing them elections.  And that message is: "Whatever you do, don't change."  Among the featured speakers at CPAC this year include Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Rick Santorum, Wayne LaPierre, Donald Trump and Sarah Palin — a virtual Who's Who of What The Fuck.  (audience cheering and applause)

    Then this past Friday, he went after the Catholic Church for making up their own "New Rules" when they so chose to.
    You know, people think all the church's rules and traditions come right from Jesus.  But almost none of them do.  The Catholic Church has basically always done what we do here at Real Time.  It's a bunch of guys sitting around making up New Rules.  (audience applause)

    For example, New Rule: confession.  Jesus never said anything about confession.  Never even thought of it.  They pulled that out of their ass in the 12th century.  Just like they did with, New Rule: women can't be priests.  That's also not in the Bible.  Neither is celibacy for priests.  We didn't have that until the 4th century.  And even then, priests could still get married.  They just couldn't have sex — like regular marriage.

    Jesus also never said anything about a Pope, let alone that he should live in a palace and get carried around in a chair like Liz Taylor in Cleopatra.  Or papal infallibility, another rectum-derived edict that came in the year 1870.  It's an eternal truth that's 11 years younger than the escalator.

    I remember the New Rule they made up when I was a little Catholic boy.  OK, first we had, New Rule: no meat on Fridays.  And then one day — and I do mean one day — the Pope went, "Uh, this just in.

    Hold on, I'm getting something.  New Rule: meat OK on Fridays!"

    I mean, the whole thing is just so shamelessly made up as they go along.  Or how about this whopper?  New Rule: not only does God have a Son — who's really Him — but there's also a "Holy Ghost" in there, and they're all one person called the Trinity.  A Catholic monk named Tertullian made up the Holy Ghost in the 3rd century.  And after that, "It is true."

    •  actually the pundits said it was inevitable if (2+ / 0-)
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      Howland didn't win it all, and they've been saying it for a while. Pretty much the same pattern of Walt Hazzard and Jim Harrick who was lucky to win a championship although Karma caught up with him but also that Princeton loss probably sealed his fate. Frankly it goes back to not hiring Denny Crum. No worries, the next UCLA coach will probably be great - Bill Walton, Kareem or Bibby!

      I've been backlogged with work and school, so it took me a week to get back on track transcribing them (as well as getting over UCLA losing to Minnesota, which led to us firing our head coach, which still has most of the national media clueless as to the reasons).

      Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 Acedia is essentially a flight from the world that leads to not caring even that one does not care

      by annieli on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 08:54:12 PM PDT

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  •  Red Herring Alert (7+ / 0-)

    There was a family in the old west. They owned a way station where people could stop and refresh themselves.
    They would place the traveller at a table backed by a curtain. As he ate, they would bop him in the head, killing him, then, rob him and bury his pathetic ass in the desert.
    Guess what? There was no video at the time.
    Why are certain people evil? Because they are. And the only thing we can do is to try and restrict their access to mayhem.

    The Great Awakening Is Afire! Think outside the box.

    by franklyn on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 08:54:54 PM PDT

  •  Atkinson's article reminds me of this blog post (16+ / 0-)

    that I read that has an interesting anecdote from Roger Ebert.

    How mass killings should be covered

    Cory Doctorow describes the experience of film critic Roger Ebert who tells what happened to him in the immediate aftermath of the Columbine shooting.

        Let me tell you a story. The day after Columbine, I was interviewed for the Tom Brokaw news program. The reporter had been assigned a theory and was seeking sound bites to support it. “Wouldn’t you say,” she asked, “that killings like this are influenced by violent movies?” No, I said, I wouldn’t say that. “But what about ‘Basketball Diaries’?” she asked. “Doesn’t that have a scene of a boy walking into a school with a machine gun?” The obscure 1995 Leonardo Di Caprio movie did indeed have a brief fantasy scene of that nature, I said, but the movie failed at the box office (it grossed only $2.5 million), and it’s unlikely the Columbine killers saw it.

        The reporter looked disappointed, so I offered her my theory. “Events like this,” I said, “if they are influenced by anything, are influenced by news programs like your own. When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becomes a major media event. Cable news drops ordinary programming and goes around the clock with it. The story is assigned a logo and a theme song; these two kids were packaged as the Trench Coat Mafia. The message is clear to other disturbed kids around the country: If I shoot up my school, I can be famous. The TV will talk about nothing else but me. Experts will try to figure out what I was thinking. The kids and teachers at school will see they shouldn’t have messed with me. I’ll go out in a blaze of glory.”



        In short, I said, events like Columbine are influenced far less by violent movies than by CNN, the NBC Nightly News and all the other news media, who glorify the killers in the guise of “explaining” them. I commended the policy at the Sun-Times, where our editor said the paper would no longer feature school killings on Page 1. The reporter thanked me and turned off the camera. Of course the interview was never used. They found plenty of talking heads to condemn violent movies, and everybody was happy.

  •  Okiciyap Quilt Auction Diaries Series (9+ / 0-)

    Okiciyap logo

    These diaries are to promote the Okiciyap Quilt Auction which will directly benefit Okiciyap Food Pantry and Childrens Center.  Please visit, read & recommend them.  The Auction begins Weds, March 27th.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    DK Quilt Guild & Okiciyap Quilt Auction: Why this Quilt ~ leu2500

    Okiciyap Dkos Auction Quilt ~ BeadLady

    Of Quilts and History: The Okiciyap Quilt Auction ~ winifred3

    DK Quilt Guild: Okiciyap Quilt Auction~We Quilt For Others ~ Pam from Calif

    Feeding the Body, Feeding the Spirit: Okiciyap (We Help) ~ Aji

    Twelve is a community number ~ GreyHawk

    Helping the Helpers Who Helped the Helpers ~ Glen The Plumber

    DK Quilt Guild: The Okiciyap Quilt ~ BeadLady

    TIME FOR THE BIG SHOW!!!! ~ glorificus

    DK Quilt Guild: Quilting for a Good Cause ~ weck

    Tomorrow, Mon 3/25, OPOL will have his diary at Noon(Eastern) 9am(Pacific).

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 09:00:01 PM PDT

  •  Thanks to everyone that helped me last night. (12+ / 0-)

    I, now, know how to link a diary and am familiar with New Diarists.

    The Great Awakening Is Afire! Think outside the box.

    by franklyn on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 09:05:55 PM PDT

  •  Hollywood Gun Violence Isn't the Problem (15+ / 0-)

    I think it's actually the opposite: the total lack of violence shown in gun deaths on film. "Bang, you're dead!" and then the guy who's shot grunts once or twice and dies. So quiet... so peaceful. And it only takes a second or two to die.

    You rarely hear any screaming, or begging for one's life, or see the victim shitting themselves, or crawling around a floor slick with their own blood, crying out for help, or their mothers, or whatever tragic, grotesque finale comes after having your body torn apart by fucking bullets.

    I honestly think if people, and kids especially, knew what murder actually looked like, they wouldn't be so cavalier about committing it.  But then again I've always been something of an optomist.

    When you put a sign up next to a freeway, people will read it until someone takes it down.

    by freewayblogger on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 09:10:08 PM PDT

    •  More Exceptions in Our Time Than Decades Ago. (4+ / 0-)

      There's nothing in mainstream cinema before around the 70's comparable to the Normandy Beach scene of Pvt. Ryan.

      But on the other hand, for the most part the whole time along, dead bodies almost always have nice flush pink complexions.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 09:29:55 PM PDT

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      •  that scene, just thinking of it brings back how it (3+ / 0-)
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        made me feel.

        The trouble was, watching that film, and that scene especially, was that while watching it - unlike usually, when one is watching something made up, not real - I was overly aware of the fact that what I was watching was likely quite like what the men who died that day experienced as they died...

        it was humbling, to feel it. Knowing it was not just a movie. But a virtual snapshot of the moment, now etched in my memory as though I had been there myself. It filled me with regret and sorrow that day, and still does when I recall it. Because of the utter waste of life on those beaches.


        "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization" -- me

        by Angie in WA State on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 10:59:25 PM PDT

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    •  not just movies (0+ / 0-)

      television, music, novels, video games.  

      the CSI effect.

    •  The director (and Silent Bob actor) Kevin (4+ / 0-)
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      Smith makes this argument.

      He says movie ratings are exactly backward. Gunshots and explosions that show no blood are G rated. They're unrealistic and give the impression that violence is sanitary and cool though. Onscreen violence that is graphic and shows how horrible, bloody guts spilling-out, gray-matter-splattered-from-the back-of-the-guy's-head while you hear the death rattle  may have to be edited so that MPAA will give it an R.

      Smith's opinion is that if we showed violence up close, personal, graphic and accurately, and only X rated movies were able to show the sanitized violence that we all see on CBS any night of the week, Americans would be less in love with their guns and far less quick to use them.

      I think he (and you ) make an excellent point.

      I've spent much of my career too close to serious (often bloody) injury and  death. There's nothing exciting or sexy about either.

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 11:17:55 PM PDT

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  •  Congratulations to the community. (12+ / 0-)

    We've gone two whole days without a single hidden comment.

    Either we're getting more civil, or people just don't give a shit anymore.

    Suggested liberal gun lovers' motto: "More liberal than the NRA on everything except guns."

    by Bob Johnson on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 09:13:59 PM PDT

  •  Are Large states under represented in the Senate? (7+ / 0-)


    NYT - : March 10, 2013

    From the least populated: Wyoming - people per Senator - 290,000 with aid per capita - $4,180

    To the most populated:

    California - people per Senator - 19,020,000 with aid per capita - 1,790

    Smaller States Find Outsize Clout Growing in Senate

    The Constitution has always given residents of states with small populations a lift, but the size and importance of the gap has grown markedly in recent decades, in ways the framers probably never anticipated. It affects the political dynamic of issues as varied as gun control, immigration and campaign finance.

    In response, lawmakers, lawyers and watchdog groups have begun pushing for change. A lawsuit to curb the small-state advantage in the Senate’s rules is moving through the courts. The Senate has already made modest changes to rules concerning the filibuster, which has particularly benefited senators from small states. And eight states and the District of Columbia have endorsed a proposal to reduce the chances that the small-state advantage in the Electoral College will allow a loser of the popular vote to win the presidency.

     Seems like the demographics have changed enough since the founders set the rules that isn't it about time the 2 Senator per state got at least looked at?

    ..a political scientist who holds the Mitch McConnell Chair in Leadership at the University of Louisville, similarly argued that urban areas already have enough power, as the home of most major government agencies, news media organizations, companies and universities. “A simple, direct democracy will centralize all power,” he wrote recently, “in urban areas to the detriment of the rest of the nation.”  - emphasis added

    So simple direct democracy is bad ..I guess? I'd like to hear more from experts on this. It doesn't sound bad to me

    •  "Mltch McConnell Chair in Leadership"? (3+ / 0-)

      That's rich!

      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 10:01:07 PM PDT

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    •  Meh. (3+ / 0-)
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      That's why we have the House and my dear (?) Senator Feinstein was one of those who really didn't support fillibuster reform. It's not that we need to rewrite the Constitution. Look carefully at that tiny group of senators and tell me if we can't improve upon them. They're some if the most senior people in the senate and some of the more problematic, especially when it comes to protecting certain industries like finance and entertainment interests.  

      I'd trade Feinstein for Patty Murray and Boxer for Cantwell (my two former senators) any day.

      Heck, I still write to Murray and Cantwell and get responses. I've lived in CA over a year, written and called my senators at least a dozen times. I just got a reply from Feinstein last week to an email I sent her the day after Sandy Hook. First response ever -- three months later.

      Having lived in a rural state, I do worry that rural state issues will be lost/ignored if our entire system becomes direct democracy. We are still the United States of America. Each of those words means something in context. We are not simply a big lump called "America."  Anyone who has travelled this country realizes that we are all pretty much the same as individuals, and yet, we are distinct regions and states as evidenced in everything from the Louisiana legal  system to Alaska's permanent fund. I think that is a huge strength.

      We need to fix the senators, and the filibuster rules, not the Constitution.

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 11:49:42 PM PDT

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      •  100 years ago and your points work (3+ / 0-)
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        Fresno, Calif., is a city of a half-million people with a long list of problems, including 14 percent unemployment, the aftermath of a foreclosure crisis, homeless encampments that dot the sun-blasted landscape and worries about the safety of the surrounding county’s drinking water.

        A thousand miles away, a roughly comparable number of people inhabit the entire state of Wyoming. Like Fresno and its environs, Wyoming is rural, with an economy largely based on agriculture. It is also in much better shape than Fresno, with an unemployment rate around 5 percent.

        Even so, Wyoming receives far more assistance from the federal government than Fresno does. The half-million residents of Wyoming also have much more sway over federal policy than the half-million residents of Fresno. The vote people in Fresno remember best was taken in 2007, when an immigration overhaul bill that included a guest worker program failed in the Senate. Both agricultural businesses and leaders of Fresno’s large Hispanic population supported the bill, much as polls suggested a majority of Americans did.

        But the immigration bill died in the Senate after a 53-46 vote rejecting a bid to move the bill forward to final passage. Wyoming’s two senators were in the majority and California’s two senators on the losing side.

        Had the votes been allocated by population, the result would have been lopsided in the other direction, with 57 votes in favor and 43 against.

        Even 57 votes would not have been enough to overcome a filibuster, which requires 60. In the last few years, 41 senators representing as little as a third of the nation’s population have frequently blocked legislation, as the filibuster (or the threat of it) has become a routine part of Senate business.

        Beyond the filibuster, senators from Wyoming and other small states regularly oppose and often thwart programs popular in states with vastly bigger populations.

        The 38 million people who live in the nation’s 22 smallest states, including Wyoming, are represented by 44 senators. The 38 million residents of California are represented by two senators.
        In one of every 10 especially consequential votes in the Senate over the two decades ending in 2010, as chosen by Congressional Quarterly, the winning side would have lost had voting been allocated by population. And in 24 of the 27 such votes, the majority of the senators on the winning side were Republicans.
        David Mayhew, a political scientist at Yale, cautioned that the political benefit to Republicans is “quite small as well as quite stable,” adding that it is important not to lose sight of small blue states like Delaware, Hawaii, Rhode Island and Vermont. But he acknowledged that small states of both political stripes receive disproportionate federal benefits. Professor Lee, an author of “Sizing Up the Senate: The Unequal Consequences of Equal Representation,” argues that the partisan impact of the small-state advantage is larger. “There is a Republican tilt in the Senate,” she said.
        Today, there are too many people who are inadequately represented, and others who by proportion have much more much influence and collect more aid than is fair imo

        I don't write it/express it very well but the article does a good job spelling it out

        •  Without the Great Compromise and the (1+ / 0-)
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          Senate giving some power to smaller states, I don't think the United States could exist.
          A winner take all democracy like we have has certain weaknesses (de facto two party for instance).
          The way the Senate is represented gives voice to a large segment of the USA, that would otherwise be virtually completely ignored.
          With a winner take all system all a political party needs is 50%+1. But in order for a democracy to truly work large minorities need representation. The Senate achieves this.
          If you want to do away with the Senate we would have to dismiss our winner take all electoral system.

          Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.

          by FrankRose on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 08:23:13 AM PDT

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    •  Dual sovereignty only works if the (4+ / 0-)

      ...small states have power.

      Two senators per state give them power. It is a unique and critical element of American democracy.

      •  Agreed states with small populations must have.. (0+ / 0-)

        power.

        But how much difference in influence per person remains a democracy? That is the question I am unsure about.

        The 38 million people who live in the nation’s 22 smallest states, including Wyoming, are represented by 44 senators. The 38 million residents of California are represented by two senators.
        38 million people in 22  states are represented by 44 senators

        38 million people in large pop. state get 2

  •  FGCU (2+ / 0-)
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    Thanks for the fun, and hope to see some more Eagle dancing next weekend.

    Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

    by ActivistGuy on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 09:51:13 PM PDT

  •  Do you think they will get all nostalgic about the (3+ / 0-)
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    CSI's? Remember back in the good old days when they cared about corpses?

    guns are fun v. hey buddy, watch what you are doing -- which side are you on?

    by 88kathy on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 10:03:40 PM PDT

  •  What? (2+ / 0-)
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    But the larger reality is that these reflexes are present everywhere in our pathology, in our global politics, our sports culture, our criminal justice system, our weapons policy, our right-wing TV cant, our ignorant myths of our own national history, even in our capitalism, ...
    Well, true, but that is no justification for our media-ocracy to continue to present it endlessly!

    Recognize it.  Do something about it.  Change it.  And, hopefully, we, finally, can move on-- without any more justifications!

    "The war against Bradley Manning is a war against us all." Chris Hedges

    by dharmasyd on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 10:08:43 PM PDT

  •  The thing that cracks me up is the opinion (1+ / 0-)
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    that the film of today is different from the film of old, in that back in the day there was always a moral to the story.
    I defy anyone to find the moral in, "Psycho."
    If there was ever a film that should have unleashed violence, that was the one.

    The Great Awakening Is Afire! Think outside the box.

    by franklyn on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 10:17:35 PM PDT

  •  inevitable? (1+ / 0-)
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    Dr. Steven Miles, PHR, from 2009:

    Americans have kept the reality of torture far from consciousness. Although we are steeped in fictional torture, we are nearly insensate to the reality of torture.

    We are unfamiliar with its techniques, its effects on individuals and civil societies, and with how widely it is used. Fictional governmental torture is usually depicted as occurring in developing countries. We are only dimly aware of the United States' disastrous complicity with torturing regimes in El Salvador, [Fulgencio] Batista (Cuba), Cambodia, Chile, Iran, South Vietnam, Guatemala, Argentina, Israel or Egypt.

    [...]

    [Robert Jay] Lifton, psychiatrist, proposed that extreme stress, a dehumanized enemy, and encouragement to commit moral transgressions create atrocity-producing situations.

    He quotes a combat medic in Vietnam. “I delighted in the destruction and yet was a healer.” That medics words strikingly resemble a medic who described his feeling while beating prisoners during his service in Iraq: “You get a burning in your stomach, a rush, a feeling of hot lead running through your veins, and you get a sense of power. … Imagine wearing point-blank body armor, an M-16 and all the power in the world, and the authority of God. That power is very attractive.”

  •  Has anyone heard of this guy: Andrew Hounshell (5+ / 0-)

    He is apparently a magic bullet of a candidate, if what I'm reading is true.

    He used to be a Republican. Grew up admiring Ronald Reagan. Yeah.. But first, go read this letter he wrote about why he is running against current Speaker of the House, John Boehner for the OHIO-8 seat in 2014. As a Democrat

    Then go read this article A Steelworker's personal fight to beat John Boehner in 2014.

    Read that name and remember it when it comes time to set up some Orange to Blue fund raisers, please, kos?

    Andrew Hounshell


    "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization" -- me

    by Angie in WA State on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 10:48:41 PM PDT

  •  no nascar fans tonight ! (1+ / 0-)
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    my facebook page blew up after the race at Fontana, CA today !

  •  Hollywood is the wrong target (0+ / 0-)

    With absolutely no regard for whether Atkinson is 100% correct, 100% wrong, or somewhere in-between, this headline seems an awful lot like oil companies swearing on a stack of bibles that global warming doesn't exist.

    Given the money involved, Democrats have no credibility when it comes to the propriety of Hollywood activity.

    (Would you like some SOPA with your sandwich, miss?  Perhaps I can sprinkle some DMCA on top for added punch)

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 03:03:52 AM PDT

  •  We watch the same movies and play the same (0+ / 0-)

    games in Canada as you do in America, yet something is different in terms of gun violence. Dare I say part of the problem is the culture of fear and paranoia being fostered by your Corporate owned politics? There are no simple, one slogan answers, but fear and paranoia sell and Corporate America is thriving on this principle, aided effectively by your "news" media. Not trying to offend, just relaying a personal observation which admittedly could be totally wrong.

    I might add that under Stephen Harper the same propagandists are trying to make in-roads here. And sadly they seem to be gaining ground. The cultural mosaic as opposed to the melting pot is one of our most entrenched values and hopefully will prevent the Corporatists from prevailing.

    I also acknowledge that the American experience is far different than ours in terms of warfare and the whole "Superpower" mentality. I honestly believe that factor alone accounts for a great deal of societal problems that we have never had to deal with. I'm just trying to be understanding because on the face of it we have so much in common. I refuse to judge my American neighbors with an air of moral superiority and smugness that many of my fellow countrymen do because of these factors.

  •  Whether or not games & media are the root (0+ / 0-)

    or a symptom, it does propagate and reinforce the problem so you won't find them in our home.

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 05:18:22 AM PDT

  •  And this is precisely why... (0+ / 0-)

    ... I so very, very rarely go to the movies:

    I’m not concerned that ultra-violent films and video games exist; I’m concerned that, increasingly, that’s almost all there is. For several generations now, the homicidal reflexes that structure these media entertainments have become second-nature, and other narrative paradigms are being phased out.
    If that's all the producers and studios are going to make, they'd go broke if they had audiences like me.

    They don't make many movies nowadays without special effects, explosions, car chases, gunfights or knife fights or some such time wasters with stunning computer-animated stop-action frames - or so the previews indicate ~ just based on the previews, I wouldn't dream of actually spending money at those movies.  They could save a lot of money with a sentence or two saying something was blown up or exploded and move the story along much easier with dialogue, not special effects.

    So..., I have a nice small media library of worthwhile films I watch sometimes, or catch something worthwhile on Hulu.  Other than that, if the studios or producers can't make something worth seeing..., fuck 'em.  They won't miss my pennies or dollars or whatever....

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 05:18:22 AM PDT

  •  One of the biggest problems w/Democratic Party.... (0+ / 0-)

    A large portion of the the Democratic party's establishment -- particularly our elected officials -- are Senators & Congress(wo)men who, forty years ago, would have been moderate/conservative Republicans.  

    Rather than associate themselves with the Louie Gohmerts, Newt Gingriches, Pat Robertsons etc. (I could go on for hours) these conservative and moderate Republicans have joined the Democratic Party.  These politicians have, most noticeably, moved congressional Democrats to the right. Today, congressional Dems. have evolved (devolved?) to the point that Dwight Eisenhower, Nelson Rockefeller, and Richard Nixon would be considered mainstream conservative Democrats if they were in elected politics today. Dwight Eisenhower could not possibly run successfully in a GOP primary in most solidly red districts.

    I see this phenomena particularly in Vermont where I live.  Vermont was one of the most Republican states in the U.S. in the 1960s/70s (Richard Nixon (three times), Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush had no trouble carrying Vermont by large margins).  However, as the national GOP has adopted batshit crazy positions, many Republicans have moved to the big-tent of the Democratic party.

    When folks ask where all the "moderate" or "reality-based" Republicans have gone, I know where to look.  Just consider Max Baucus, Mark Pryor, Mary Landrieu, Joe Manchin . . . . The example abound.

    sláinte,
    cl
    -- Religion is like sodomy: both can be harmless when practiced between consenting adults but neither should be imposed upon children.

    by Caoimhin Laochdha on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 08:27:48 AM PDT

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