Thursday, September 29, 2005

STUCK ON STUPID

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Quick, tell me the names of at least 10 dead people in this week's military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan or from the two hurricanes! Hahaha.

Meet Citizen Anonymous. These are the piles of dead bodies with no names. The media has become so allergic to reporting the names of the dead, it would be funny except we are told to "never forget" 9/11, whatever that was...oh, Bush's trifecta! How can one forget winning the lottery? We are so lucky.

The rising death toll from hurricanes is sinking in the news. As more and more bodies are found they aren't found in the news. The news is still reporting on that missing white girl in Aruba, that is certain. Someone was arrested over that!

Kapowie!

Our military which is in cahoots with Bush for hiding the deaths in their ranks is employing the same values here at home. Like with the many dead overseas, we are being "spared" this information because we want to make life easier for the victim's families who, even when homeless and scattered, shouldn't learn important news through the news. My. If someone dies in one's family, you certainly don't want any information, do you? At least, that is how these disconnected criminals think. Why alert anyone to the identifications of victims? Better to shut up.

Here is Lt. Gen. Honore on this subject:From Smirking Chimp:
Frustrated by questioning from the assembled press over efforts to help victims of the latest storm, Honore urged, "Let's not get stuck on the last storm. You're asking last-storm questions for people who are concerned about the future storm. Don't get stuck on stupid, reporters. We are moving forward. And don't confuse the people, please. You are part of the public message. So help us get the message straight. And if you don't understand, maybe you'll confuse it to the people. That's why we like follow-up questions. But right now, it's the convention center, and move on."

When another reporter asked for clarification and "a little bit more about why that's happening this time," Honore responded with, "You are stuck on stupid. I'm not going to answer that question. We are going to deal with Rita."
Hey, totalitarian military bozo, we are all stuck WITH stupid and you aren't stupid, you are an autocrat of the worst sort.

As I pointed out, the military rides to the rescue only to utterly destroy because they are trained to do one thing: destroy stuff. Period. Whatever they build it is to destroy which is why all military rulers are evil, all of them, in the past and forever into the future. The worst ones are spooks like Putin who runs things into the ground, being a spook. And people who worship the devil are even worse than that, like Hitler.

From Capitol Hill Blue:
“It’s like working in an insane asylum,” says one White House aide. “People walk around like they’re in a trance. We’re the dance band on the Titanic, playing out our last songs to people who know the ship is sinking and none of us are going to make it.”
Um, it has been since day one, an insane asylum. But before, the inmates who know they stole the election, thought no one would protest thanks to the bribes paid out in the form of tax cuts and goodies which are driving us in to unimaginable debts. Now they are trapped like rats. They are not in a good humor. Only briefly did demonstrators surround this insane asylum but they will be back, with a vengence, when we run out of heating oil and the price of gas goes up even more.

When Bush and the Pentagon co-conspiritors...remember, we hung German and Japanese Generals at the end of WWII!....managed to refuse to count civilian casualties, and they are dying like crazy every day over there!...everyone in power sighed with relief because good Americans behaved exactly like good Germans and Japanese. After bloggers besieged them over the dead soldiers being hidden from view, they all grudgingly allowed tiny bits of information out. But traditional "causalties" was turned into 'dead only" so we can only guess at the casualties. The death toll isn't trumpeted, either. Usually, the story headline is about, "Work on Constitution Ongoing in Iraq" and paragraph 24 has, "Five soldiers blown up today, names will be released later (sic)". When one person died in a tornado in Wisconsin, this didn't rate even slight mention in national news. The dead from Rita were discounted even as the hurricane was killing them. "No one dead!" yelled more than one headline. Ahem.

It was true, it wasn't one person dead, was it? It was a lot more.

Everyone knows that criminals try to hide their victims. In this case, the victims are in plain sight and we are still watching the criminals try to hide them. In this case, pointing in the opposite direction and telling us, looking at dead people is impolite.

Well, aren't they all a bunch of dainty Miss Manners!

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Sunday, September 25, 2005

I HATE IT WHEN MAIN STREAMERS TALK ANIME

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

I grew up in more than one country, watching TV or movies in other languages. I remember my first anime, it was at this Asia Society community center. To keep us kids happy, they showed us some beautiful anime in Japanese.

Love at first sight.

I seriously fell in love just from that one day's experience. The thing that struck me hardest was the religious side of anime. In one scene, the monkey king argues with Buddha, as usual. He then laughs and jumps on his cloud and zips off. In the distance, he sees pillars that get closer and closer and suddenly he realizes they are Buddha's fingers as he closes his hand over the recalitrant monkey. Finally, I thought, someone who understands the cosmos I live in.

It set my feet on an important path, it is a cartoon that changed my religious life. It was magical.

And this is what makes anime so wonderful. The animators, over a fifty+ year time span have created a strong alternate universe, playing off of each other's works, delving into all sorts of snarly things, dark corners and estatic heights. There is a ton of dross anime that is awful but the gems created in the massive mix are astonishing, amazing and often heart breaking.

In NYC, I watched Japanese TV courtesy of Channel 68. I watched their news (and the German and Brit and French TV shows, too) and dramas and even cooking shows (Iron Chef was on that station early on). My children grew up watching tons of anime on Japanese TV shows. Not in English but in Japanese.

Here is the stupid article from the NYT:
A Japanese scientist agonizing over the terrible experiments he performed during World War II? You may not find him in a Japanese history text, but you will in the anime series "Tetsujin 28." The show, which makes its American debut on DVD on Tuesday, features three professors wracked by guilt over wartime research that produced, in the words of one of them, "things that should never have been brought into this world."

Jason Alnas, marketing manager at Geneon Entertainment, the American distributor of "Tetsujin," said: "An element of war guilt pervades the entire series. The professors all say, 'We had no choice.' " The story begins, however, with a professor who does make a choice: in the latter days of the war, when Dr. Kaneda is assigned to create the gigantic robot-soldier Tetsujin, he leaks the location of his lab to the Americans to ensure its destruction and his own death. But a decade later, the robot appears in Tokyo and encounters Dr. Kaneda's son, Shotaro, and his former apprentice, Dr. Shikishima. The boy detective Shotaro soon meets his father's rival, Dr. Furanken, who performed Frankenstein-like experiments on corpses, including that of his own son. Furanken outdoes Lady Macbeth and sees blood literally flowing from his hands."Tetsujin 28," based on the same manga as the mid-1960's series that Americans knew as "Gigantor," generated surprisingly little controversy when it was broadcast in Japan in 2004, perhaps because it juxtaposes the professors' hand-wringing with scenes of the firebombing of Tokyo. "I've seen a lot of anime, but I haven't seen any hints of war guilt before," Mr. Alnas said. "There have been lots of films in which the Japanese essentially say, 'Oh yes, we were in this war, we lost, we were victimized by it, but we rebuilt and have moved on.' 'Tetsujin 28' takes you where a lot of people don't want to go. People need to move on with their lives but not forget the past."
Give me a break. There are zillions of Japanese anime wherein the characters agonize about war guilt. You show me ONE American cartoon that shows Americans feeling guilty about...well, anything, especially war crimes...and I will laugh to death. It is about the most verboten topic in ANY American film much less, cartoon.

The few movies that did broach that hot topic were done by great directors who the Republicans hate and fear. Like Michael Moore. Pariahs.

The reason why I watch anime is precisely because it explores the interface between humanity, the gods and our deeds and Mother Nature. They dare explore the downside of living too long, living badly, exploitation of others, using violence to gain power, all these things, the bad side of technology, the responsibilities of being a god, all examined in a most critical way.

Anime characters die. Sometimes, quite brutally. I have seldom cried at an American cartoon.

I have wept so hard while watching anime, even thinking about it, brings tears of memory. Some of the most seemingly goofy looking shows often suddenly lurch into such territory. In "Chrono Crusades," when the two lead characters suddenly fall apart, become demonic, fight, then refind each other's souls and then very quietly, peacefully die in each other's arms, I could hardly stand it.
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Hinotori (the firebird) is a series I love. "Tensujin 28" is done by the same animators. They also did "Black Jack", a children's series about a doctor wearing a dramatic black cape. These animators like to speculate about the futility of humans creating robots and medical systems to make people in power live forever. They show in horrible detail, how this destroys the humanity and ability to love or live like a living being. They explore, in nightmare detail, the downside of modern systems. This is why I love this animating team so much. The agony of scientists who sell their souls to the Devil that is Death is heart breaking and infuriating. They obviously have given this topic a great deal of thought.

They attack the Buddhist clergy, the politicians, the corporate owners, all those who have status or control of things are put through astonishingly harsh examination and sometimes, the animators bring us to the very edge of total despair.

One of my favorite shows is about a young aristocratic girl forced to act like a boy by her warrior father during the Onin Wars. Her brutal father murders her mother in a rage. She swears she will destroy her own father. He hears of a Buddhist nun who can cure any disease, sick in bed himself, he sends for the lady. She arrives, looks at his daughter and is filled with despair. She promises to cure the warlord but tells him she has to go back to the shrine for the magic Pheonix feather. At the shrine, she is attacked by the daughter.

In a series of lovely scenes, the conversations and art are amazing as one realizes, the two women are the same person at two different time loops, crossing each other's paths. So she kills herself and to cover up the crime, becomes herself, for the aristocratic girl is trapped in a time loop and can't leave...except to meet herself, over and over again. Each time she plays out the 18 year cycle, she pleads with the Firebird to release her from life but the eternal bird cautions her that undoing the karmic mess she created will take many revolutions.

Talk about a hard lesson! Maybe, that is why I watch this show and lean forwards, scanning each image carefully.

Even using mecha to kill hostile aliens causes Japanese animators to explore human internal conflicts as in a recent show, "Soukyuu no Fafner". Early on, a lovely young, sick girl, sacrifices herself to save a boy she admires as well as her island community. The mutal death deaths of herself and the alien she kills had me crying, it was a toothgrinding episode, not cheerful or violent just to be violent, it shoved into our faces, the despair, harsh realities of fighting and the pain of dying, the pain of those who witnessed the deaths....a difficult subject for any artist, done gloriously, as a cartoon!

I could write a million words on Japanese anime that explores war, war crimes, death machines and how humans using them are corrupted or changed. The anime American children see on our TV stations has often filtered out the shows that do all this stuff. They just aren't popular here. We want our heroes to be all powerful and to win all the time and never die.

We are the crazy ones who refuse to see what crimes we commit even today, we are committing one crime after another, all in the name of Freedom. What a joke. What a farce.
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I HATE IT WHEN MAIN STREAMERS TALK ANIME

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

I grew up in more than one country, watching TV or movies in other languages. I remember my first anime, it was at this Asia Society community center. To keep us kids happy, they showed us some beautiful anime in Japanese.

Love at first sight.

I seriously fell in love just from that one day's experience. The thing that struck me hardest was the religious side of anime. In one scene, the monkey king argues with Buddha, as usual. He then laughs and jumps on his cloud and zips off. In the distance, he sees pillars that get closer and closer and suddenly he realizes they are Buddha's fingers as he closes his hand over the recalitrant monkey. Finally, I thought, someone who understands the cosmos I live in.

It set my feet on an important path, it is a cartoon that changed my religious life. It was magical.

And this is what makes anime so wonderful. The animators, over a fifty+ year time span have created a strong alternate universe, playing off of each other's works, delving into all sorts of snarly things, dark corners and estatic heights. There is a ton of dross anime that is awful but the gems created in the massive mix are astonishing, amazing and often heart breaking.

In NYC, I watched Japanese TV courtesy of Channel 68. I watched their news (and the German and Brit and French TV shows, too) and dramas and even cooking shows (Iron Chef was on that station early on). My children grew up watching tons of anime on Japanese TV shows. Not in English but in Japanese.

Here is the stupid article from the NYT:
A Japanese scientist agonizing over the terrible experiments he performed during World War II? You may not find him in a Japanese history text, but you will in the anime series "Tetsujin 28." The show, which makes its American debut on DVD on Tuesday, features three professors wracked by guilt over wartime research that produced, in the words of one of them, "things that should never have been brought into this world."

Jason Alnas, marketing manager at Geneon Entertainment, the American distributor of "Tetsujin," said: "An element of war guilt pervades the entire series. The professors all say, 'We had no choice.' " The story begins, however, with a professor who does make a choice: in the latter days of the war, when Dr. Kaneda is assigned to create the gigantic robot-soldier Tetsujin, he leaks the location of his lab to the Americans to ensure its destruction and his own death. But a decade later, the robot appears in Tokyo and encounters Dr. Kaneda's son, Shotaro, and his former apprentice, Dr. Shikishima. The boy detective Shotaro soon meets his father's rival, Dr. Furanken, who performed Frankenstein-like experiments on corpses, including that of his own son. Furanken outdoes Lady Macbeth and sees blood literally flowing from his hands."Tetsujin 28," based on the same manga as the mid-1960's series that Americans knew as "Gigantor," generated surprisingly little controversy when it was broadcast in Japan in 2004, perhaps because it juxtaposes the professors' hand-wringing with scenes of the firebombing of Tokyo. "I've seen a lot of anime, but I haven't seen any hints of war guilt before," Mr. Alnas said. "There have been lots of films in which the Japanese essentially say, 'Oh yes, we were in this war, we lost, we were victimized by it, but we rebuilt and have moved on.' 'Tetsujin 28' takes you where a lot of people don't want to go. People need to move on with their lives but not forget the past."
Give me a break. There are zillions of Japanese anime wherein the characters agonize about war guilt. You show me ONE American cartoon that shows Americans feeling guilty about...well, anything, especially war crimes...and I will laugh to death. It is about the most verboten topic in ANY American film much less, cartoon.

The few movies that did broach that hot topic were done by great directors who the Republicans hate and fear. Like Michael Moore. Pariahs.

The reason why I watch anime is precisely because it explores the interface between humanity, the gods and our deeds and Mother Nature. They dare explore the downside of living too long, living badly, exploitation of others, using violence to gain power, all these things, the bad side of technology, the responsibilities of being a god, all examined in a most critical way.

Anime characters die. Sometimes, quite brutally. I have seldom cried at an American cartoon.

I have wept so hard while watching anime, even thinking about it, brings tears of memory. Some of the most seemingly goofy looking shows often suddenly lurch into such territory. In "Chrono Crusades," when the two lead characters suddenly fall apart, become demonic, fight, then refind each other's souls and then very quietly, peacefully die in each other's arms, I could hardly stand it.
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Hinotori (the firebird) is a series I love. "Tensujin 28" is done by the same animators. They also did "Black Jack", a children's series about a doctor wearing a dramatic black cape. These animators like to speculate about the futility of humans creating robots and medical systems to make people in power live forever. They show in horrible detail, how this destroys the humanity and ability to love or live like a living being. They explore, in nightmare detail, the downside of modern systems. This is why I love this animating team so much. The agony of scientists who sell their souls to the Devil that is Death is heart breaking and infuriating. They obviously have given this topic a great deal of thought.

They attack the Buddhist clergy, the politicians, the corporate owners, all those who have status or control of things are put through astonishingly harsh examination and sometimes, the animators bring us to the very edge of total despair.

One of my favorite shows is about a young aristocratic girl forced to act like a boy by her warrior father during the Onin Wars. Her brutal father murders her mother in a rage. She swears she will destroy her own father. He hears of a Buddhist nun who can cure any disease, sick in bed himself, he sends for the lady. She arrives, looks at his daughter and is filled with despair. She promises to cure the warlord but tells him she has to go back to the shrine for the magic Pheonix feather. At the shrine, she is attacked by the daughter.

In a series of lovely scenes, the conversations and art are amazing as one realizes, the two women are the same person at two different time loops, crossing each other's paths. So she kills herself and to cover up the crime, becomes herself, for the aristocratic girl is trapped in a time loop and can't leave...except to meet herself, over and over again. Each time she plays out the 18 year cycle, she pleads with the Firebird to release her from life but the eternal bird cautions her that undoing the karmic mess she created will take many revolutions.

Talk about a hard lesson! Maybe, that is why I watch this show and lean forwards, scanning each image carefully.

Even using mecha to kill hostile aliens causes Japanese animators to explore human internal conflicts as in a recent show, "Soukyuu no Fafner". Early on, a lovely young, sick girl, sacrifices herself to save a boy she admires as well as her island community. The mutal death deaths of herself and the alien she kills had me crying, it was a toothgrinding episode, not cheerful or violent just to be violent, it shoved into our faces, the despair, harsh realities of fighting and the pain of dying, the pain of those who witnessed the deaths....a difficult subject for any artist, done gloriously, as a cartoon!

I could write a million words on Japanese anime that explores war, war crimes, death machines and how humans using them are corrupted or changed. The anime American children see on our TV stations has often filtered out the shows that do all this stuff. They just aren't popular here. We want our heroes to be all powerful and to win all the time and never die.

We are the crazy ones who refuse to see what crimes we commit even today, we are committing one crime after another, all in the name of Freedom. What a joke. What a farce.
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Thursday, September 22, 2005

POTEMKIN SOBRIETY

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

We Bush watchers have known for years and years that he is still a drunk and we suspect he is abusing prescription drugs, too, like many of his enablers and co conspiritors, they have to be swilled or drugged to keep those little voices hidden deep inside, silent. As their crimes accumulate, the need to self medicate rises ever higher.

From the National Enquirer
Faced with the biggest crisis of his political life, President Bush has hit the bottle again, The National Enquirer can reveal.

Bush, who said he quit drinking the morning after his 40th birthday, has started boozing amid the Katrina catastrophe.

Family sources have told how the 59-year-old president was caught by First Lady Laura downing a shot of booze at their family ranch in Crawford, Texas, when he learned of the hurricane disaster.

His worried wife yelled at him: "Stop, George."

Following the shocking incident, disclosed here for the first time, Laura privately warned her husband against "falling off the wagon" and vowed to travel with him more often so that she can keep an eye on Dubya, the sources add.

"When the levees broke in New Orleans, it apparently made him reach for a shot," said one insider. "He poured himself a Texas-sized shot of straight whiskey and tossed it back. The First Lady was shocked and shouted: "Stop George!"

"Laura gave him an ultimatum before, 'It's Jim Beam or me.' She doesn't want to replay that nightmare — especially now when it's such tough going for her husband."

Bush is under the worst pressure of his two terms in office and his popularity is near an all-time low. The handling of the Katrina crisis and troop losses in Iraq have fueled public discontent and pushed Bush back to drink.

A Washington source said: "The sad fact is that he has been sneaking drinks for weeks now. Laura may have only just caught him — but the word is his drinking has been going on for a while in the capital. He's been in a pressure cooker for months.
This article is all lies, you know. Bush never stopped drinking. We have photo after photo, films of him actually drinking, acting drunk. HIs entire demeanor is that of a drunk. His frequent falls off of a bike is what happens when one is either drunk or having a hangover. HIs running over of people, stumbling, just recall, he was filmed carrying his dog off the plane, walked up to some children and dropped the dog on its head, knocking it out, in Texas. The children screamed in horror, his killer housewife, Laura rolled her eyes because he does this all the time and the obviously drunk Bush laughed as he saw his dog, inert, on the ground.

Hahahaha. Like on 9/11, no? Funny as hell.

After the pretzel incident, he was so drunk still, his eyes sagged sideways and he had this goofy grin on his face as he literally stumbled to the helicopter. This is why he is on vacation all the time.

Drunk.

This is why he and his drunk crew laughed at the 9/11 warnings. Hahaha. Pass some more Bud, buddy.

The entire press corps can tell if someone is drunk. I can tell. You can bet, they sitll have two brain cells to rub together, they could see. They drink with him.

Ahem.

Yeah, American media. Bush is so hated after "winning" another election, the sewage of his life now flows freely. Remember Ford? He was touted as this sober man replacing Nixon who was a sober drunken sot we learned from the Oval Office tapes, well, all the stumbling, accidently junk around Ford was him drinking.

Duh, I say.

This is what is wrong with Kansas. They want to pretend to be sober while drinking like fiends. Like the GOP serial killer, they want to be sexually confined while secretly ritualistically murdering people in a satanic way. The GOP wants to balance the budget by blowing it up.

They are not sober NOR sane.

The photoeditor of the gossip paper that showed photos of Jenna laying on the ground, drunk, was the very first victim of the anthrax killer. Just this week, the stupidest man on earth, Dan Rather-not, was given a lifetime award for working for the real rulers and that idiot whined about how mean the Bushes are.

Well, duh to hell, you drunken sot. I hope you enjoy your stay there. Dan Rather knows/knew a great deal and covered it all up, he worked for Bush, he lied for Bush, he covered up for Bush and he took a dive for Bush, running what had to be the most moronic story about Bush's desertion during time of war, allowing that creep to spin it as "poor bubble boy is being attacked."

Rats.

Well, anyway, don't expect the NYT to rat on Bush. They would cheerfully go to prison to not rat on Bush or Rove. The fools.

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Thursday, September 15, 2005

GIVING BLOGGERS GOOGLEY EYES

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

This might be actually useful, you know. When I test Google out periodically, about 1/10th of what I write, at best ever shows up no matter what combination of words I use. Tons of stuff stays hidden despite the specificity or general use of key words. This is frustrating because often, I find people linking to my blog only via Google!

It is nice to know this information and I have struck up a conversation more than once thanks to finding people abroad. So this news will be nice, if done right: From Mac World:
Google Inc. has added to its menu of search alternatives the option to search through the ever-popular online journals called Web logs, or blogs.

The new search service, which went live on Wednesday, is in test, or beta, form, and can be accessed through a variety of Web addresses, including Google blogsearch and Blogger Search.com.

“Google is a strong believer in the self-publishing phenomenon represented by blogging, and we hope Blog Search will help our users to explore the blogging universe more effectively, and perhaps inspire many to join the revolution themselves,” a frequently-asked-questions (FAQ) page on the new service reads.

The new service doesn’t limit its searches to Google’s own Blogger service, and the index is continually updated and includes blogs written in English and other languages, including French, Italian, German, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese, according to the FAQ.

Users can do basic searches entering keywords or they can do advanced searches in which they can specify certain parameters, such as searching within a specific blog or only blogs written in a particular language or authored by a specific person, according to the FAQ.

The Mountain View, Calif., company’s new blog search also gives users the option of subscribing via syndication feeds, such as RSS (Really Simple Syndication) or Atom, to search results. This means that if someone searches for “Hurricane Katrina,” Google’s blog search lets him add a feed in his news aggregator of choice, such as Bloglines, and be alerted whenever Google’s blog search indexes blog postings that match the query term “Hurricane Katrina.”


I will be trying out this service. It better work better than the present system (a system that stinks, by the way).

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