If Trump Talks, Walks, And Looks Like A Russian Puppet… | Crooks and Liars

I have come to believe the only way to really ensure any American culpable or complicit (remember it’s illegal to not report a felony — Mitch McConnell) in the Russia effort to elect Trump, is to turn public opinion against the conspirators and enablers so strongly there are pitchforks in the streets (metaphorically speaking, of course).

I am not sure, however, what tactic(s) can be used to flip the nut-bar 30% of people who are completely on the Trump-train.  I don’t mean we need to flip them to Democrats — actually I don’t want to flip many of them to Democrats (racists wouldn’t fit in).  I would like to see them at least find the classic patriotism that once held us together around a single common concept — being an American. This will be no easy task, as I have been hearing reports of polls showing increased approval of Putin by some Americans!

I think probably the best way to change minds is to take over media — pour money into left-wing radio shows and get them in markets that don’t have any media options other than Rush and his type.  Maybe we can convince Tom Steyer (or others) to buy out media outlets that pour out extreme conservative opinions all day — often in areas where that’s this only talk radio available — and add or change programming to be more centrist in its message.

I am not against Russia, perse’, just against tactics that make my vote less valuable.  My vote was already margin at best, but it feels even more margin — and this is what we need to make the 30% hard righters understand — that really, in the end they are throwing away thier freedom and right at self-governance by following Trump and ilk down the corruption rabbit hole.

via If Trump Talks, Walks, And Looks Like A Russian Puppet… | Crooks and Liars

It’s (not) All About Devin “The Dunce” Nunes

Ya know, nothing says “I’m a lap-dog for Donald Trump” like Devin Nunes is saying by beating a dead dossier conspiracy for the 15th time.

However, this time Nunes is taking a slightly different approach — while still interested in defending Trump’s “pristine” reputation — he is working to smear the FBI for acting as some deep state-esque partisan entity out to sabotage the Trump campaign (which is kinda funny, cuz Trump won)!

To do so, he’s trying to get a host people to testify publicly in front of Congress. However — he did not include the one person who he (and his followers) feel is at the heart of this matter — Christopher Steele.

However, according the to Washington Post, Peter Strzok is among those subpoenaed.  Strzok is the one who Nunes and others believe got the entire ball rolling.  And so what if he did, if there was something there to investigate — something truly illegal, potentially treasonous — I would think him a patriot for his desire to take down the Trump campaign.

He’s also concerned with the FBI using informants to get information from Trump campaign members — something Trey Gowdy even admitted was done in proper order.

So with all that — I don’t think Nunes is worried about really partisanship at all — I think he’s worried that eventually the flow of Russian money and the level of Russian social engineering (along with non-Russian dirty pool tactics — Koch Bros anyone) will be discovered and shutdown — which would totally result in a blue wave.  Consider this, it takes dirty games,  gerrymandering and gobs of money into bogus ‘fake news’ propaganda (money from within the US and from without — thanks to Citizen’s United) for them win by the barest of margins — if a big part of that is removed…no need to elaborate on that outcome.

We need to give up on the blaming Nunes and Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, or at least if we do we need to start including Pelosi and Schumer, and here’s why — they are all in bed with big money and none really represent the people of thier district.  They may THINK they do, by appeasing corporate interests in thier districts (creating a few Walmart jobs here and there), etc — but this only does harm in the long run by building a larger and larger ruling (influence) class — cuz let’s face it money is influence these days — to further erode the middle class’ political clout.

The only way to combat it is to go back to 1890-1930s Progressivism — a new workers movement that includes the business services industries — IT workers, people in offices working in Marketing, data analytics departments, etc.

We are made to think there two tiers of middle class (blue and white-collar).  This is not true — the middle class is a huge blend of professions and backgrounds — but the “Influence Class” is doing a great job of widening the gap between and pitting people who feel they are in one class or the other against each other.

To one element of middle class, people with college educations and work in offices in front of computers all day are ‘elitists’ and to many people who work in business settings view non-college educated farm workers or factory workers with, not disdain, but as ‘less than’ in an unexplainable way — this is by design — as it pervades all elements of media from movies, tv shows, books, etc.

But it’s the idea of that blue or white collar class thats viewed negatively from both sides — not the individual people, which shows we are all in it together and are no different really and until we can bring the entire middle class back together and aim our ire at the true engineer of our current predicament (as seen from either side) we are going to be stuck where we are — and it will only get worse.

So, rather than fight over conservative or liberal — let’s fight as workers against the “influence class” — the class that includes the Trumps AND(!!) the Clintons (and the Bushs, Romneys, Gores, Bidens).

Follow the money that’s being taken from you, either as tax or for the products you buy — and you’ll see where real rot is.

via Devin Nunes wants wide House probe of 42 Obama-era anti-Trump activists – Washington Times

Apocalyptic Politics

After considering it for a bit, I decided to expand this site to include political observations — and where I can I will tie them to post-apocalyptic media.  For example, if I were to talk about Trump/Kim Jung Un summit, I might talk about the movie Defcon 4 (look it up on your tube, it’s from 1985 — in the mean time, here’s the trailer).

I remember that movie scaring the hell out of me as a kid — but as an adult it’s so bad it’s good — and does have a something to say about our cultural anxiety at the item — with Reagan’s finger on the button.

Back to politics, I have always had a big interest in politics and have, from an early age, an activist — or try to be — mostly through my words (essays, rants, poems, etc).

For example:

NEWS IN THE ERA OF TRUMP

Trudging in a deepening swamp
it’s muddy surface like angry faces
all shouting — passionate and loud
raising a hot wind with crippling gusts
made of too many words, swirling
thick and moist, clouding thoughts
blurring vision, no shore in sight
must put up a fight, put up a fight

 

With that, I am going to start looking to expand my mission — even though that mission has only produced minimal output lately.  To be honest I am brushing up on my political education — reading the basics — like intro to political science text books.

I want to be informed and have a solid foundation of the processes of our government before I begin to make arguments about how it is working in practice.  I think if we can get back to the basics — not in the Tea Party “Founding Fathers” BS sense — but a clear understanding of how our Constitution is designed to create checks and balances (yeah right — that’s happening *snark*) and afforded or limited power to the various branches we can revitalize and strive for “a more perfect union”.

If we know how it’s supposed to work, which I am afraid most American’s don’t, we can education, protest, and petition our way to back to the balance this country truly needs.

 

 

 

The Associated Press on Twitter: “President Trump tweets he has accepted resignation of scandal-plagued EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. https://t.co/ljD9ZHNIDs”

It’s a good day for the environment, even if it’s temporary, Scott Pruitt has resigned!  Unfortunately she has to change pads and get back on the ice to battle the next administrator for another 15 minutes — wait — this isn’t hockey!  Man!?!

 

via The Associated Press on Twitter: “President Trump tweets he has accepted resignation of scandal-plagued EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. https://t.co/ljD9ZHNIDs”

How to Proceed

As I considered the scope of the blog, I decided to open the focus up to included other texts beyond film.  While I will still try to largely focus on films, I’d like to at least consider film and other media contemporary the films under examination.  For example, I can place The Day of Triffids along side Invasion of Body Snatchers in order to discuss the similarities in concepts of nature/plant based ‘enemy’ or threats in the 1950’s.

However, one of the first things I read in journal articles specifically about concepts of the apocalypse is an attempt to define, or limit the scope, of the term as it applies to the author’s project in that particular article.  This makes perfect sense — and I will need to do the same basic thing — however the idea of limiting or defining the concept of an (or THE) apocalypse is not an easy task.  It’s a task that deserves whole reams of academic and pop-culture writing, hours of documentaries/pod-casts, etc.

As such, I am going to go with the ‘simplest definition’ I can — and this is not drawn from a dictionary or some academic work anywhere — it’s just my own thoughts and it applies to, predominantly secular, Western cultural portrayals of the apocalypse.  The apocalypse is as follows:

  1. It is an end
    1. May be total — end of all life on Earth
    2. May be partial — with little life surviving
      1. If partial, results in a lasting regression which may result in a some sort of rebuilding, for example the book Earth Abides
  2. It is presumed to be global in nature
    1. Such that it doesn’t impact a single group, but impacts all (for example, in this definition The Holocaust was not an apocalypse, but rather a horrible genocide, whereas an asteroid hitting earth and wiping the dinosaurs would be considered an apocalypse — at least as far as the dinosaurs were concerned.

I am sure there could be a more succinct definition that doesn’t leave so many potential holes/areas of interpretation in my definition.  However, I wanted to keep idea more vague to allow for a larger set of possible depictions in different texts.

I hope to have an examination of two movies, both named “End of the World” posted in the week or two.

 

 

 

 

The End of All Things

Welcome to The End of All Things.

This blog will focus on concepts, depictions, and analysis of the apocalypse in film.  However, any analysis of the apocalypse in contemporary culture requires reference to other popular media such as documentary sources, fiction, non-fiction, static imagery, etc. Thus posts will not be exclusive to film even though that is primary mission of this project.

Posts will also be a mix of personal and academic reactions to the apocalypse in film.  I hope to brush off my literary criticism/film studies chops — which have collected dust since I completed my Master of Arts in English in 2009.  By doing so, posts will offer both academic and colloquial flavors.  In such a way, I hope, this site will be accessible to non-academic readers while offering academic analysis to support any claims or observations made.

My mission is to compile a list and watch as many movies about the apocalypse as possible — from the earliest example (Verden Undergang 1916) to contemporary examples — in doing so I hope to identify trends, concepts, meanings, and social functions these films may (have) play(ed) through out the decades.

I will try post at least once weekly as this blog progresses — and through my posts I hope to generate discussions in the comments on each post, even if those comments refute everything I write :).