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I can’t breathe.  –  Derrick Scott

A Brave New World radio play narrated by Aldous Huxley himself?  With a Bernard Herrmann score?  Yes please!  The video was contributed by Anarras Ansible, and the links above it by Stephen Lemons, Conner Habib, Popehat, Mark Bennett, Mama Tush, Radley Balko, and Amy Alkon, in that order.

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How dare you!  –  Greta Thunberg

Here’s yet another unusual song cover to prove that “cultural appropriation” is awesome; it was provided by Radley Balko, and the links above it are from Franklin Harris, Rick Pettit, Kevin Wilson, Popehat (x2), The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, and Stephen Lemons, in that order.

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In Hollywood movies, robots are characters; they are often funny, charming, resourceful or even heroic.  So naturally, in the movie Robocop, the title character was heroic, resourceful, and, to a degree, even funny and charming.  Of course, in real life, robots have no personality; they are (as Isaac Asimov once observed) “high-speed morons” which will do anything they are instructed to do, no matter how stupid, destructive or violent, without the slightest delay due to judgment, instinct, empathy, ethical considerations, or other human factors.  From the standpoint of rulers, then, real “robocops” would be ideal; they would inflict whatever violence they were instructed to inflict, using whatever criteria they were programmed to use, without an iota of conscience or personal ethics.  They would “only follow orders” and faithfully “do their jobs” by carrying out the whims of the rulers, no matter how idiotic, abominable or mutually-contradictory, without a moment’s hesitation.  So perhaps it’s a matter of judicial wishful thinking that in this century, US courts have increasingly ruled that cops are so robotically stupid that they are absolutely devoid of human moral judgment, and therefore cannot be held responsible for even the most flagrant violations of law, ethics or even basic common decency unless they are specifically instructed that the exact act, described in the most precise detail, is wrongful:

Two businessmen who [were robbed by] Fresno police [of] more than $225,000…are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to close a legal loophole that shields [cops] from liability.  Under “qualified immunity” victims can only sue government officials for damages if they prove that their rights were violated and that those rights were “clearly established.”  So when the two men, Micah Jessop and Brittan Ashjian, filed a civil rights lawsuit against the [robbers], their case was dismissed.  “There was no clearly established law holding that officers violate the Fourth or Fourteenth Amendment when they steal property seized pursuant to a warrant,” the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled in September…Ashjian told the Fresno Bee last year…“if the police have a search warrant that’s valid, they could steal your things and you don’t have the ability to pursue it…I am about as pro cop as anybody, but what happened doesn’t make any sense”…
It’s really too bad that we can’t, through some super-scientific reprogramming of the brains of these supposed “heroes”, force them to limit their depradations to judges, politicians, and other “pro cop” douchebags.  Alas, some things exist only in science fiction.

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The government does not have the power to change the dictionary.  –  Justin Pearson

The best parody is very close to the truth; this video (from a dude we’ve seen before) is an excellent example.  The video was provided by Annie Sprinkle, and the links above it by Franklin Harris (“cosplay”), Dave Krueger (“imitation”), Nun Ya (“literal”), and Jesse Walker (everything else).

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Live forever.  –  Mr. Electrico

This video is no surprise, given that it’s one of my favorite songs and I’ve featured videos from the lovely Luna before.  The links above it were provided by Juvenile Bluster, Mark Bennett, Anarras Ansible, Jesse Walker, Boatfloating, and Jesse Walker again, in that order.

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I think I’ve drawn almost everyone in Hollywood.  –  Mort Drucker

This 1933 cartoon version of The Wizard of Oz only resembles its source material in that it features a little girl, her dog, a tornado, and an animated scarecrow and tin man.  It was provided by Jesse Walker, who also gave us “Heyerdahl”, “Drucker”, and “fireworks”.  The other links above the video were provided by Angela Keaton (“puritans”), Clarissa (“Blackman”), Kevin Wilson (“surprises”), and Brooke Magnanti (“Cthulhu”).

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I don’t have any money!  –  Jose Villalobos, to disguised cops

The great singer-songwriter Bill Withers died late last week at the age of 81; this seemed like the most appropriate of his songs with which to honor his passing.  The news and video came courtesy of Scott Greenfield; the links above it were provided by Kevin Wilson, Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Jesse Walker, Tim Cushing, Liz Brown again, and Mike Siegel, in that order.

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Right now we have a pinpointed risk…called New York City.  –  politician Gina Raimondo

In this very funny Godzilla fan film provided by Franklin Harris, one guy plays all the parts (in the same suit).  The links above it were contributed by Brooke Magnanti, Jesse Walker, Mistress Matisse, Stephen Lemons, Jesse Walker again, Mama Tush, and Thaddeus Russell, in that order.

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Somewhere in the darkness, the gambler he broke even.  –  Kenny Rogers

Country music legend Kenny Rogers died late last week after a long, successful career which started as a doo-wop singer in the late ’50s; this was his most famous song, but he was known for many which told the stories of hard-luck characters (such as “Lucille” and “The Coward of the County”), plus his duets with Dolly Parton.  The links above were provided by Dave Krueger, Brooke Magnanti, Zuri Davis, Mistress Matisse, Phoenix Calida, and Furrygirl, in that order.

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When Lucy Steigerwald tweeted this item about ICE still trying to deport people in the middle of a pandemic, she commented that she didn’t understand how they could sleep at night; I said that “Just doing my job” is even more insidiously evil than “I was only following orders”.  Mike Siegel then replied by calling attention to what Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski said about the interrogator character in the episode “Intersections in Real Time”, a man so harmless-looking he would’ve gone unnoticed in any ordinary office:

…You look at most of the guys who ran Treblinka, or Bergen-Belsen, and they’re largely ordinary looking guys, who could be accountants or repair men or car salesmen…most SF tends to…deal with the big bad guys, the…Darth Vaders and all the other major forces…but all too often the real damage is done not by the single Evil Leader, but by the ten million people who follow him, the bookkeepers who track the bodies and…make the trains run on time, who run the gulags, who build the new state empires that will be built with slave labor, any or all of whom could say, as many have, “I was just doing my job”…To the interrogator, he was simply doing his job, and…then he goes home to his wife and kids, and has dinner, and sits out on the porch trying to forget what he does because he thinks he has to do it…assuming he thinks about it at all…

Look around you, especially in an election season, and see the pure evil a lot of people spout, usually while imagining that the things they’re advocating – up to and including mob violence – are righteous.  And they’re all ordinary folks.  Some of the people I’ve crossed paths with as an activist don’t actually care about anyone’s rights; they’re just amoral Marxists who happened to fall into sex work at some point and have chosen to adopt it as an identity despite Marxist regimes’ long persecution of us.  The majority of cops, bureaucrats and other petty evildoers don’t see themselves as evil; they see themselves as just people doing a job.  And every one of them looks (and in public, acts) just like anyone else.  They shop in the same stores, watch TV, love their dogs, eat next to us in restaurants.

All the cops.

All the screws.

All the functionaries.

All the other quiet sociopaths.

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