Dystopian fiction is hot right now, with countless books and movies featuring decadent oligarchs, brutal police states, ecological collapse, and ordinary citizens biting and clawing just to survive. For bestselling author Naomi Klein, all this gloom is a worrying sign....because Naomi Klein apparently has no idea whatsoever that the 1970s was probably the Golden Age of Dystopian fiction, Eco-collapse edition. Including, I might add, a lot of overconfident predictions about global warming that never actually happened. In fact, pretty much none of the things that were worried about then - overpopulation, choking pollution, the loss of every species less hardy than the cockroach, nuclear war, mass famine, running out of oil, running out of water, running out of air, and of course the obligatory dictatorships made up of the authors' least favorite American social groups - didn't actually happen, either. Shoot, even the Soviet Union fell down and went boom just as soon as Ronald Reagan kicked it in the groin. And so disaster will probably be averted here, too. Oh, maybe it won't. Maybe we really are doomed this time. But we've been doomed before; and it's surprising that Naomi Klein won't at least nod to the past confident assertions of disaster. Although it should not surprise me that anyone with as high an opinion of Margaret Atwood - a woman who was spectactularly wrong in predicting future history in The Handmaid's Tale - might be somewhat deficient in other aspects of this particular literary genre. On the other hand, Ms. Klein got me to post something here after two years! So, go her. Via Instapundit. Moe Lane
Help in scare quotes because… well, because it’s the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. Those guys* are as about as ‘helpful’ as is a sudden outbreak of cholera.
A progressive activist group that is strongly supportive of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is reaching out to Democratic leaders and activists in New Hampshire this weekend.
Progressive Change Campaign Committee organizer Don Weigel emailed New Hampshire Democrats inviting them to coffee in Portsmouth on Saturday and in Manchester on Sunday. State Democrats received two emails from Weigel – – one Saturday and one Sunday.
This is the weirdest thing: I thought that I had already done Eight Legged Freaks as a MotW. It’s a great flick, if you accept that it’s about giant mutated spiders and nothing else. No, seriously: watch the deleted scenes. They ruthlessly cut out the hero’s entire backstory and emotional motivation, in favor of a thirty second exposition dump made by another character. Why? Because it was getting in the way of all the giant mutated spiders.
This movie did not take itself seriously, but it did recognize what I was there for. I wanted giant mutated spiders. It gave me as much of that as it could. I was well-content.
And so adieu, Godzilla. Adieu.
Dear God but this thing is heavy.
This is the rather delayed Kickstarter project; and it is, indeed, huge. To the point where I might use it to press flowers. Gorgeous as all get-out, of course: those of you who were unfortunate enough not to Kickstart it can pick up a copy next week. For more and minus some goodies, but what the heck. This is your CoC campaign for the next year, seriously.
Look. These people?
Police in New York arrested a number of protesters on Thursday who were apparently part of a movement to disrupt the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in order to demonstrate against the failure to indict Darren Wilson for shooting and killing Michael Brown. At least seven people were detained, according to the New York Post, which had warned in its front page today about a “plot against Snoopy.” The seven people who were arrested were apparently part of a group of people who overturned a trash can and tried to “run toward the floats,” according to WPIX-TV. “But an hour later, there was no sign of turmoil along the parade route,” notes theNew York Daily News.
Don’t be these people. Not because they were ever likely to seriously disrupt the parade, mind you. No, you don’t want to be these people because they’re, well, dweebs.
[I had more, but why enable them?]
Half of you will hate it, half of you will love it – and half of you who hate it will be going to see it on the first night anyway, and half of you who love it will be wincing at That Scene (you’ll know it when you see it, trust me). Me? …I’m good, thanks.
So, this ad is a thing of beauty.
So much so, that the liberal group that unwittingly caused it to come into being had to retroactively change the rules to keep it from winning said group’s phony ‘get money out of politics’ contest. You would like to think that doing that would have shamed the progressives involved, but it’s unlikely that it did. What it did do, however, was professionally embarrass some folks among their peers; and that’s nothing to sneeze at, honestly.