Posts by Rich Lock

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs, in reply to Russell Brown,

    A Facebook friend has other FB friends who are conservative Americans....an imaginary narrative that millions of people now live within

    It's a trip through the rabbit hole alright. I've seen one or two since the last debate where the response to Trump's 'she'd be in jail' bluster was all along the lines of 'hahaha, zing! Got her good! Never get tired of watching this!', etc.

    I personally find it really troubling that I can't bend my mind far enough to begin to understand how some people view the world. The mental effort that goes into ignoring anything, no matter how glaringly obvious, that runs counter to a certain pre-set internal narrative, and inflating anything that might conceivably support that narrative miles beyond it's actual worth, is really scary.

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs, in reply to BenWilson,

    I've certainly heard worse.

    There's a world of difference between an unrestrained 'I'd like to...', and 'Hey, this is what I actually do, because I can...'

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Folks are right, this is how a lot of men brag to each other in private.

    I have been a man amongst men for several decades, and I've heard my fair share of locker room blue talk. Trump's comments are several thousand kilometers over 'the line'.

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  • Up Front: Wonder Bi, in reply to BenWilson,

    I do have to wonder if we overthink that.

    PS if you happen to be looking for some reading matter on this, I recommend Barbara Ehrenreich's 'Blood Rites'. A pretty decent overview of why we might still be fascinated by all this stuff.

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  • Up Front: Wonder Bi, in reply to BenWilson,

    It's been this way since forever, though. I mean superheros pretty much ALL spend most of their time either bashing or getting bashed. Violence is not an offshoot, it's basically their whole purpose. Very often the whole purpose of their secret identity is just so they can get away with it.

    I do have to wonder if we overthink that. How closely correlated is the consumption of violent depiction with actual violence? The two would seem to be trending in opposite directions for like a hundred years. Probably the best you could say is that the exact form of the violence in depictions is often imitated.

    I spend far too much time thinking about this....

    But what I was specifically driving at was the difference between the 'A-Team' style violence of the cartoons of my childhood (hundreds of bullets flying around, explosions everywhere, cars flying through the air and crashing onto their roofs, yet every single time the bad guys get up shaking their heads groggily and mumbling 'I woulda got away with it too, if it hadn't been for you pesky meddling ex-special forces escaped convicts!'), and this, where Wonder Woman straight up slaughters a bunch of kids.

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Conde Nast would have pink-slipped Carter years ago (and shut the magazine down) if there wasn’t a market niche for people who want high society sleaze, celebrity puff pieces and grotesque crime but wouldn’t be caught dead buying a gossip rag in a convenience store. And yes, dear reader, I’m one of them.

    So you only read it for the articles...?

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  • Up Front: Wonder Bi, in reply to Emma Hart,

    the rules are definitely different for cable/Netflicks etc.

    Different for the animated versions, too, some of which are pretty good, and are also able to push the boundaries and corrupt the kiddies. My recollection of the 2009 film is that she was bi, but that it wasn't particularly a big deal.

    The violence in the animated versions is far more of a concern when it comes to a 'won't somebody think of the children' moment. The 2009 film has Ares going on a slaughter-bender against the Amazons, and there's another one that has an alternate reality Wonder Woman straight-up murdering a group of children.

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  • Up Front: Wonder Bi, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    what I really don't understand with this movie 'reboot' is why they have set it in World War One?
    The comic was originally created during, and set in, WW II.

    I wond....thought about this, too. I suspect it's because Nazis have been done
    to death (as it were) in recent superhero blockbusters, Capt America being the most obvious example.

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs, in reply to Alfie,

    Is this misogynistic, lying fraud really the best candidate the Republicans can come up with the fill the role of president?

    You saw the other candidates, though? Ben Carson, Ted Cruz....

    The Republicans have been brewing this self-inflicted crisis for a good few years. They reap as they have sown.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Getting Festive,

    Pitch Black played a live gig in London a couple of months ago. I'm not entirely sold on the new album, but their live show is excellent.

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