Archive for Misc.
Over at the Great Orange Satan, Ken Bernstein (aka, teacherken) beats me to something I’ve been meaning to write about. He revisits a 2012 AlterNet post by mutual friend, Sara Robinson: Why Patriarchal Men Are Utterly Petrified of Birth Control — And Why We’ll Still Be Fighting About it 100 Years From Now:
Robinson suggests 500 years from now looking back, the three great achievements of the 20th Century are likely to be the invention of the integrated circuit (without which the internet does not exist), the Moon landing (which she thinks will carry the same impact as Magellan’s circumnavigation of the globe), and
the mass availability of nearly 100% effective contraception. Far from being a mere 500-year event, we may have to go back to the invention of the wheel or the discovery of fire to find something that’s so completely disruptive to the way humans have lived for the entire duration of our remembered history.
A professional futurist, Robinson explains why men are so threatened. Since the dawn of humanity, biology limited women’s options and roles in society. And men?
They got full economic and social control over our bodies, our labor, our affections, and our futures. They got to make the rules, name the gods we would worship, and dictate the terms we would live under. In most cultures, they had the right to sex on demand within the marriage, and also to break their marriage vows with impunity — a luxury that would get women banished or killed. As long as pregnancy remained the defining fact of our lives, they got to run the whole show. The world was their party, and they had a fabulous time.
I’m pretty sure it wasn’t Shad.
WordPress upgrades are like software upgrades to your smart phone, aren’t they?
Making Progress: News for a Change streams online Mondays from 6-7 p.m. as AshevilleFM awaits installation of its broadcast equipment. Local activist Barry Summers hosts. Barry is familiar to ScruHoo readers as commenter theOtherBarry.
Last night’s broadcast featured community activist Valerie Ho and Asheville City Councilman Cecil Bothwell. You can stream the show here.
In the digital age, why just complain about the media when you can be the media?
It’s “Free-Market Ideology Gone Mad” Friday here at ScruHoo, courtesy of Wikileaks:
Public Services International (PSI), a global trade union federating public service workers in 150 countries, has reported that TISA threatens to allow multinational corporations to permanently privatize vital public services such as healthcare and transportation in countries across the world.
“This agreement is all about making it easier for corporations to make profits and operate with impunity across borders,” said PSI General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli in response to the leak. “The aim of public services should not be to make profits for large multinational corporations. Ensuring that failed privatizations can never be reversed is free-market ideology gone mad.”
It’s not mad. No. It’s become a cult.
Today’s gun violence forecast. But first, the weather…
RJ Eskow. All he needs is a green screen. Maybe some little AR-15s forming a fast-moving front. Brought to you by Glock. When they say there’s a fast-moving “front” in this forecast, they mean it in the Remarque sense.
And this just in:
The majority do not have uniformly conservative or liberal views. Most do not see either party as a threat to the nation. And more believe their representatives in government should meet halfway to resolve contentious disputes rather than hold out for more of what they want.
And for the rest, it’s take no political prisoners.
It’s Friday Open Thread. What’s your take?
(Cross-posted with permission from chickflix.net)
Posted by Jill Boniske aka Arty Chick on May 31, 2014
Written, directed and starring Jon Favreau, Chef is the feel good foodie flick du jour. Favreau stars as Carl Casper, a formerly hot young chef who’s lost his mojo, but finds his way back by starting from scratch. It a fun movie with a lot of heart and a fabulous cast. Besides Favreau, it boasts Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, and a host of other top shelf talent. For audiences hungering for a change of pace from the special effects driven films out there, this is the ticket!
Chef Carl is a divorced, workaholic Dad who’s got a decent job at a decent restaurant, but his days of creative cuisine are behind him, until a famous food blogger plans a visit to the restaurant. Carl decides grab this opportunity to show what he still has in him and to cook him up something amazing, but the owner of the place (Dustin Hoffman) vetoes his plan and forces him to serve the critic (Oliver Platt) some dishes from the regular, safe menu. When the review comes back negative, Carl enlists his 10-year-old son Percy (Emjay Anthony) in using social media to register his displeasure, and not understanding that Twitter is not email he starts a flame war, which escalates even more when he confronts the critic and a video of his rant goes viral. His reputation ruined and jobless, Carl reluctantly accepts his ex-wife’s (Sofia Vergara) help and the next thing you know he’s in Miami with a food truck, serving up to-die-for Cuban sandwiches alongside his social media genius son and his buddy/sous chef (John Leguizamo) and finding his creative culinary spark all over again.
Besides being a wonderful foodie movie, and it really did make me hungry, Chef is a very sweet story of a father and son coming to understand one another, especially during the road trip portion of the film. All the actors are wonderful and the script though simple has some very touching and very funny moments. This would make a great date flick or family flick or chick outing, but be sure you know exactly where the good food trucks are for your post-movie chow down.