Archive for August, 2009
The following in red was a comment from a writer that signed him/her self “BT in NYC”, it was posted on Bob Herbert’s New York Times blog today, and it nicely sums up the reality behind all the noise (and smoke and mirrors) at most of the town hall meetings reported on around the U.S.
I suggest that you read Mr. Herbert’s blog, if only to be able to appreciate what this person had to say regarding it. Actually you would do well to hit up the New York Times daily to read his and Paul Krugman’s writings as they appear, this might help offset the quickly spreading turd footprint that’s left by those at the Faux (pronounced “Fox”) network.
The insurance companies are not merely “delighted at the way reform has been unfolding,” but have in fact steered the way that reform has been unfolding. The Town Hall disruptions are a smokescreen to attract the media, draw out crazies and ideologues, and otherwise create the impression that a significant portion of the American public opposes health care reform. Everyone covers the Town Halls and both interviews, tries to answer the crazies and ideologues. Meanwhile, the real action is unfolding elsewhere, and was set in stone months ago. The Senators who control health care reform — Grassley, Conrad, Baucus –are bought. The disruptions are to provide them with a fig leaf for votes that were never at issue. The purpose of the month long delay, as Grassley let slip yesterday, has been to give the disruptions a chance to happen. It’s all camouflage for the hard truth that our leaders in Congress are corporate tools.
The media has been totally hooked into this charade, and President Obama has been duped into believing that (1) good faith bargaining was going on and (2) public opinion matters. In fact, public opinion polls show that the public still favors a public option. This entire campaign by the insurance industry has been aimed at creating the illusion that such opinion has changed, to give certain Senators cover for a vote that has nothing to do what what the voters want.
As Wendell Potter, the Cigna exec turned whistleblower, wrote yesterday in an article, published on the CNN web site, the slogans and platitudes of the Town Halls and talking points of the Congressional opponents of reform were put together by public relations firms working for the insurance companies, for the precise purpose of drawing out extremists and other fringe elements. Everyone is out covering the resultant circus, and nobody realizes that the circus is a mere diversion.
The real story is in the Finance Committee; the deal was cut months ago; the public option will be killed and the rest of the bill gutted; and, readers, we have all been had.
Nothing more for me to add, good luck and good night…..
In case you missed it, a new (sorta) Sci-Fi film opened this last week here in Movieville, District 9 is an outstanding creation from Neill Blomkamp, a somewhat new feature film director who comes to us from the world of music videos. This film is one that at first glance you’d think might be just another “Independence Day” or “Alien Mine” kind of diversion, but be aware, D9 is no K9.
That first glance would be so wrong, not that there’s anything wrong with the former or anything right to emulate with the latter. And when I say “sorta” Sci-Fi, it’s meant to be in high praise because this one goes so much more deeply into the dissection of humanity (no pun intended here) than any of your basic ET/UFO/Dinosaur driven cinema.
The first standout differences you’ll notice are that, with absolutely no offense meant to Mr. Copley who plays an MNU (Multi National Unit, sort of the equivalent of the “Blackwater” group in South Africa) field operative named Wikus van der Merwe, there’s not one actor in this film that you’ve likely ever seen before on any screen, at least not in North America. Nor does it seem that there is any sort of limit to, even after all of these years of years of CGI and Green screen improvements, exactly how many times you can say “how the fuck did they do that” in one sitting.
And from the results of the screening I attended, you can also count on sitting through the whole thing, not one person in attendance got up during the nearly two hours, plus the time spent sitting and watching the credits roll by looking for even one recognizable name other than executive producer Peter Jackson’s.
Also count on a long line at the restroom when the last credits fade out. In that credit roll, the list of the visual effect crew alone runs almost 6 screens on my powerbook, people that certainly earned their can of cat food (inside joke that you’ll get when you see the film).
In an award winning way, the above mentioned Mr. Copley at first brings to the screen an early John Cleese, circa Fawlty towers. He manages to morph that comical performance persona into one that Henry Fonda would have been proud of.
Yeah, I suppose that it’s a long stretch to imagine a person being able to go through that range in one film, but then I’ve seen it and have no problem with thinking of him that way, just one very long and smooth transformation.
See it and make a comment with your own “How the fuck did they do that?” count, including that very bizarre eye effect (take another, closer look at that photo above).
Me? I’m waiting for that richly deserved envelope for Mr Copley.
How shalt I steal thy story ideas? Ah, let me count the plot lines.
Wait, a better idea, you count them yourself ….
Join in my new big contest with no reward!
Warning, some potential spoilers ahead!
As I watched “Ice Age, Dawn Of The Dinosaurs” this evening, I felt a deja-vu sort of warmth as if I was meeting old friends for the first time again, driven by the images and the music they used.
When the “family” goes into the land filled with Brontosaurus looking beasts?
Hey, it’s just like we’re back in Jurassic Park once again.
And Rudy, that big white something-saurus they tripped with vines?
It’s like watching the lumbering battle robots getting tipped over in Star Wars.
O.K. fans, it’s time to call out your own favorites that this film cartoon uh, let’s just say overly drawn out on screen adventure honors by cloning from movies gone by.
And believe me, there’s a ton of them to find.
Hey, I’m waiting here……….
Just wait for that spin-off of “Jaws“.
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