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Anybody see BlacKkKlansman yet?

By Matthew Dessem

 Filmmaker, activist, and musician Boots Riley has some thoughts about Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman: He is not a fan. Riley, the writer/director behind Sorry to Bother You, tweeted out a fiery essay Friday cataloguing the ways Lee’s film departs from the true story it was based on (significantly, when it comes to Ron Stallworth; not very much, when it comes to Jesse Washington) and analyzing the political impact of the changes Lee and his co-screenwriters Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, and Kevin Willmott made to their version of Stallworth’s story:


The Root-Anne Branigin

Anyone laboring under the delusion that New York City is a progressive bastion need look no further than the city’s school system, which remains among the most segregated in the country.

In an effort to fight that trend, which has only gotten worse thanks to gentrification, rising income and wealth inequality throughout the city’s five boroughs, schools on the Upper West Side—one of the wealthiest and whitest sections of Manhattan—are looking to adopt a plan that would require all local middle schools to reserve a quarter of their seats for students who score below grade level on state English and math tests.

Vox Populi / Jeff Session wants a return to debtors’ prisons
« on: December 29, 2017, 09:06:18 am »
Mind you this kind of thing was supposed to have been abolished by the 14th Amendment.

The problem was places like Georgia not getting the memo.

...and now we have this:

further relevant quotes from Salon here:

Sessions' move, while little noticed in the mainstream press or by the public, has already proven unpopular.

“These monetary punishments do nothing to protect the community while placing an unfair and unjust burden on people of lesser means,” wrote American Bar Association president Hilarie Bass in a statement.

“This latest action must be viewed alongside other actions taken by the attorney general to turn back the clock on civil rights compliance across the country," said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Other actions she cited included "abandoning use of consent decrees as a vehicle for promoting constitutional policing practices, reversing positions in pending civil rights cases and bringing federal civil rights enforcement to a virtual grinding halt.”

The author of the Obama-era guidance on debtors' prisons, Lisa Foster, who served as director of the Office for Access to Justice at the DOJ, criticized Sessions’ move. “The idea that the Department of Justice doesn’t care about the United States Constitution in courts is so wrong, and really unfortunate. It is a message that should not be sent, and has practical implications,” she told the Law&Crime blog.

Vox Populi / Trump Calls Texas Shooting "A Mental Heath Problem"
« on: November 06, 2017, 07:34:51 am »
Say to say but we all say this BS coming. Before they identified the shooter on the News I knew he had to have been White once they stopped using the term "possible terrorist attack"

And its not going to be a Gun Control issue because it never is, is it? So we get this:

The sick part of this bit is that nobody (least of all the Republicans) are going to do anything about mental health issues either.

But at least that way he doesn't have to talk about Gun Control at all.

Vox Populi / Videogames as a part of the shadow economy.
« on: October 23, 2017, 07:28:55 am »
Long Kotaku article about how peeps in places like Venezuela are actually using Video Games to help make ends meet.

This reminds me of something Battle mentioned on here about China and World of Warcraft.

P.S.: I thought I couldn't think less of the Gaming Community than I already do.

Looks like I was wrong.

BuzzFeed News has just shared another potentially damning development in Jim DeRogatis’ ongoing coverage of R. Kelly’s questionable relationships with minors, including an alleged cult. Following last month’s exposé, in which multiple young women and their parents alleged that Kelly had and has been sexually and emotionally abusing his victims in his Chicago and Atlanta homes, the singer’s lawyer issued a terse statement categorically denying the investigative reports. Kelly’s attorney said they’d work “diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name,” but they’ll be back on the defensive now that BuzzFeed is exclusively reporting that one of his alleged victims has come forward to say that she not only had sex with him while she was underage, but he paid her to keep quiet about the encounters.

Apparently there is documentation of a NDA/settlement agreement that supports her story (Buzzfeed also found documentation of payments but not any recent ones-which might explain why this is happening to Kelly now.

To say this is really bad for R. Kelly is an understatement. No word on if the Chicago (?) DA is going to reopen the case against R. Kelly based on this(if that is even possible now).

If she had done this even a month and a half ago she could have really buried R. Kelly.

Vox Populi / America's Warrior Caste?
« on: August 02, 2017, 09:15:18 am »
By Amy Schafer

When the new White House chief of staff, then a Marine general, John Kelly received a knock on the door in November 2010, he became the highest-ranking military officer to lose a child in combat. In addition to his son Robert, killed by a landmine in Afghanistan in 2010, his other son is also an active-duty Marine. The Kellys’ legacy of service is not unusual among military families. This type of lineage has led to generations of flag officers, fathers and sons who reunite while deployed, and families who bear the loss of a war America has forgotten we are fighting.

The article writer stops short of suggesting that America reinstate the General Draft, but it's the logical conclusion to her argument. But I can see why she doesn't want to state it.

It's an unpopular opinion.

But would the American People have allowed the seemingly endless mid-east operations to go on if any random body's kid could get sent there on the regular?

For example, the pushback GB Jr. got for Gulf War Part Deux was nothing compared to the outrage he'd of probably seen if there had actually been a general draft.

People generally speaking only give a damn when its their skin on the line. If there are less people affected there's
less general outrage.

The Ravens asked Ray Lewis for advice about taking on Kaepernick

This is the discussion he and Shannon Sharpe had about it.

There's something deeply perverse about Ray Lewis even being in the position to give counsel on C. Kapernick, IMO....

Hudlin TV / Young Justice Season 3 Announced!
« on: July 21, 2017, 11:55:01 am »
By Scott Collura  It was abruptly cancelled back in 2013, but the beloved animated series Young Justice has beat the odds and come back from the dead with a Season 3 now in the works. Called Young Justice: Outsiders, the continued adventures of the young DC heroes team will debut in 2018 exclusively on a new DC-focused digital service. And at Comic-Con today, new character designs were revealed for S3 and a new character was announced to be joining the team: a hero named Thirteen.

By Michelle Goldberg

On Wednesday morning, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats; Adm. Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency; acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe; and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Officially, the hearing was about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. But all the Democratic senators, and some of the Republican ones, used the opportunity to question the men under oath about whether Donald Trump had tried to quash the investigation into his administration’s Russia ties, as the Washington Post and others have reported.

To the senators’ mounting frustration, the intelligence officials repeatedly refused to answer their questions. Those refusals, however, tell us a lot. It appears they couldn’t defend Trump without committing perjury. Nor could they tell the truth without dramatically undermining Trump’s administration. So, in a series of increasingly contentious exchanges, they simply defied the lawmakers tasked with overseeing their agencies.

The Article makes the reasonable assumption that if Trump were innocent of obstruction they would have said so. But they aren't willing to lie on the stand for him either.

So Congress got this instead.

I wonder if there are going to be Contempt of Hearing repercussions for the Intel Heads from this.

Dudes were under oath.

by Julia Alexander

Netflix announced today that it was working on 10-episode prequel series, called The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, which takes place many years before the events of the original film. Brian Froud, the original film’s conceptual designer, will partner with Netflix and the new showrunner to ensure the series has the same spirit as the movie.

Of all the sequels, prequels, revamps and what not that get done this legit shocks me the most.

That they aren't gonna go CGI with this shocks me even more (unless the trailer is throwing me off and they are going CGI).

Dark Crystal was probably Jim Henson's most unique projects...even the people who love everything the man did are kinda iffy on it.

This is a callback to the good/bad old days of High Fantasy on the screen: as a fantasy you were almost always in a "take the bad with the good" mindset when watching things like this, Excalibur, Labyrinth, Neverending Story, the Ralph Bashki(?) Lord of The Rings animated film.

You could say that Star Wars movies was the first screen High Fantasy project since Wizard of Oz that worked from beginning to end but those movies (if we wanna be technical) pretend to be Science Fiction films (that have space wizards in it). 

The second would be Princess Bride (if you ask me, anyways).

Other Comics / Marvel: Artists don't sell comics anymore!
« on: May 15, 2017, 07:37:11 am »

There are fewer artists that impact sales than there are writers, Alonso said, and they’re harder to promote.  “It’s harder to pop artists these days,” he said.  “There is no apparatus out there.  There is no Wizard Magazine out there that told you who the hot top 10 were.  We don’t have that anymore.  We can hype our artists all we want, but I don’t know if we know how many artists, besides maybe McNiven and Coipel, absolutely move the needle on anything to be drawn.

You can imagine how artists in the industry took this news. My favorite quote:

But there’s another way to look at it, as noted by Image Founder Erik Larsen on Twitter:

Now that the plan has proven successful–now you bitch about it? You made that bed, Marvel, sleep in it! @ChrisSamnee

— Erik Larsen (@ErikJLarsen) March 31, 2017

.@ImageComics @ChrisSamnee Marvel has been telling retailers that “artists don’t matter” ever since the @ImageComics gang left.

— Erik Larsen (@ErikJLarsen) March 31, 2017

He's not wrong. Marvel clearly and blatantly stopped pushing artists after the Image Mass Exodus choosing to push writers instead. That worked OK for awhile.

Then Kirkman and Walking Dead happened. Comics Writers now know they don't need the big two if they can get a TV or movie deal for their Indy work.

Hickman left. Mark Millar left (probably in a private jet) Brian K. Vaughn left. Rick Remender left.

So now after pushing writers has kind of backfired. Management is blaming Artists.

Because Management will never blame itself for anything ever.

Latest Flicks / Powers Boothe, Dead at 68
« on: May 15, 2017, 06:32:34 am »
By Matthew Dessem

Powers Boothe, the character actor known for his delightfully villainous performances in shows ranging from Deadwood all the way to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., has died at the age of 68, according to the Hollywood Reporter. He died in his sleep of natural causes on Sunday morning, his representatives told the paper. The news was first broken by his friend, actor Beau Bridges:

I've been a fan of this guy since the beginning. He's up there with Jack Palance as one of the all time
great screen heavies.


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