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Cartoon Network Cancels Toonami

Word on the street is, it hasn't been good for years. Anime News Network | Cartoon Network to Reportedly End Toonami Tonight
America's Cartoon Network has reportedly revealed at Georgia's Anime Weekend Atlanta convention this morning that it will end its Toonami programming block tonight after 11 years. The official announcement will be made during tonight's final run, with an "important message" during the 10:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET/PT timeslot. Naruto has been the only Japanese series in this Saturday evening block recently, but Toonami used to host a variety of Japanese-animated programs when it began as a weekday afternoon block in 1997. ... The Toonami Jetstream online streaming service will reportedly still continue, and Cartoon Network is working to import the Japanese-animated Demashitaa! Powerpuff Girls Z spinoff that is based on its own Powerpuff Girls series.

September 19, 2008

When the Lie Gets So Big

Presented with limited, musical comment: 14smiler01_250pw_q0.JPG (FRANK ZAPPA) PROJECT/OBJECT "LIES SO BIG" (Featuring Ike Willis and Napoleon Murphy Brock) Alternative version if you can't deal with the audio quality (not that this one's much better, but this is about the lyrics, man): When The Lie's So Big & Planet Of The Baritone Women - Frank Zappa in Barcelona, 1988 By the way, Frank Zappa was (alas) a dyed-in-the-wool libertarian capitalist, but he sure as hell knew what fascism looked like, even when it was wrapped in the fucking flag, praising Jesus and smiling it's head off.
They got lies so big
They don't make a noise
They tell them so well
Like a secret disease
that makes you go numb With a big old lie
And a flag and a pie
And a mom and a Bible
Most folks are just liable
To buy any lie
Any place, any time

Alan Moore interviewed by LA Times: "I find film in its modern form to be quite bullying"

alanmoore.pngvia | Coilhouse | Alan Moore: “I for one am sick of worms.”
A remarkably candid interview with the grand magus of comics writing, Alan Moore, went up today over at the LA Times, discussing, among other things, Moore’s utter contempt for various Hollywood film adaptations of his body of work. Now, I know a lot of folks are really excited to see the new Watchmen movie (based on Moore’s seminal graphic novel, illustrated by Dave Gibbons), and while I’m sorry to piss on the parade, I must admit I’m in completely agreement with Moore that the book (arguably his most influential work to date) is “inherently unfilmable.” I’m glad to see him speaking up. Quoting from the interview:
I find film in its modern form to be quite bullying… It spoon-feeds us, which has the effect of watering down our collective cultural imagination. It is as if we are freshly hatched birds looking up with our mouths open waiting for Hollywood to feed us more regurgitated worms. The Watchmen film sounds like more regurgitated worms. I for one am sick of worms. Can’t we get something else? Perhaps some takeout? Even Chinese worms would be a nice change.
Speaking of substance… I was lucky enough to acquire a copy of The Mindscape of Alan Moore a few months ago. The directorial debut of DeZ Vylenz, Mindscape is the only feature film production on which Moore has collaborated, and given personal permission to use his stories. I can’t begin to tell you what an enjoyable and fascinating documentary it is. It will be officially released on DVD on September 30th.

September 18, 2008

Fuck me with switchblades

Jesus Christ, anything but this... 1221795439529.jpg Switchblades | Mich. Democratic officials are fucking us with switchblades | Dude, Where's My Delegates?

Palin email hacker no longer Anonymous

via | knoxnews.com | State rep says son focus of Palin e-mail hacking rumors
NASHVILLE - State Rep. Mike Kernell said today that he was aware of Internet rumors about his son being the subject of speculation that he accessed the personal e-mail of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Asked whether he or his son, a student at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, had been contacted by authorities investigating the break-in of Palin's account, he responded: "Me, no." As far as his 20-year-old son, David, he said: "I can't say. That doesn't mean he has or hasn't (been contacted by investigators)." Kernell, D-Memphis, cited the father-son relationship.... The alleged hacker, using the e-mail address rubico10@yahoo.com, posted Wednesday to a forum on the website 4chan about how he used Yahoo! Mail's password-recovery tool to obtain the Alaska's governor password.
Sarah Palin's email account hacked by Anonymous

GM bigwig denies Global Warming

via | Think Progress Wonk Room | Revolting: GM Executive Bob Lutz Denies Global Warming, Trashes His Company’s Car»
General Motors vice chairman Bob Lutz, on the 100th anniversary of GM’s founding, appeared on Stephen Colbert’s show last night, and embarassed his company. Lutz, unfortunately for this aging industrial giant, is a Luddite, supporting the most extreme crackpot denials of the science of climate change and attacking the Volt — GM’s next-generation hybrid automobile that can run entirely on electricity for trips of 40 miles or less — as a weak, unattractive car. His extremism was barely matched by Colbert’s parodic statements:>
Colbert: Why not just call this the Chevy Gore? You don’t believe global warming is real, you’ve said so. Lutz: I accept that the planet is heated, but I, like many noted scientists, I don’t believe in the CO2 theory. Colbert: Exactly! I just think that people are leaving their toaster ovens open. [Or] it’s just sun-spot activity. Lutz: In the opinion of about 32,000 of the world’s leading scientists, yes.
Watch it:
Comedy Central | Colbert Report | Bob Lutz
Lutz’s “32,000 of the world’s leading scientists” nonsense is taken from press releases by the right-wing industry-funded Heartland Institute, amplified by right-wing blogs and radio shows. This is a zombie lie, which was begun in 1998 by the right-wing industry-funded Oregon Institute.
Bob Lutz and Starving Haitians | Global Warming is real, changing the planet |

September 17, 2008

Lethal Chinese baby milk

When will the Chinese authorities force their industries to stop poisoning us? Beeb | Bitter taste over China baby milk
At the centre of this current scandal is the Sanlu Group, a company based in the city of Shijiazhuang in Hebei province. It has been selling milk powder tainted with the toxic chemical melamine, used in industry to make such things as plastics. This chemical makes the milk powder appear to contain more protein than is actually the case. So far, three children have died and more than 6,000 have been taken ill after drinking the powdered milk. Nearly 160 have experienced acute kidney failure. All the children who became seriously ill drank milk made with powder produced by Sanlu, according to Chinese health minister Chen Zhu. But the scandal is not limited to just one company. In a development that will surely worry the government, inspectors have found melamine in milk powder produced by 22 companies - one out of every five suppliers.

Obama's race to lose

WaPo | OpEd | Michael Gerson | Obama's Panic
Seldom has there been a larger contrast between the style of a candidate and the strategy of his campaign. Barack Obama is cool, firm and permanently unruffled. It is precisely this quality of steadiness that has made him seem a credible prospective president with the thinnest of résumés. But Obama's campaign is rootless, reactive and panicky. At every stage since securing the nomination, it has seemed fearful of missteps and unsure of its own organizing principle. So it has invariably adopted the Democratic conventional wisdom of the moment. Obama's first major decision was his running mate. He could have reinforced a message of change and moderation with a Democratic governor who wins in a Republican state, or reached for history by selecting Hillary Clinton. But his choice came soon after Russia invaded Georgia, and the conventional wisdom demanded an old hand who knew his way around Tbilisi. When the Georgia crisis faded, Obama was left with a partisan, undisciplined, congressional liberal at his side. This has served to undermine Obama's message of change -- and has allowed Sarah Palin to pilfer a portion of that appeal.... Even worse for Obama, all these shifts to catch the prevailing winds confirm the most serious concerns about his political character....And now as a presidential candidate, Obama has run his campaign with all the constancy of a skittish sailboat on an erratic ocean. Here is a different strategy. Obama could attempt to "beat back the politics of fear, and doubt, and cynicism." He could try to build a coalition that "stretches through red states and blue states." He could reject "the politics where we tear each other down instead of lifting this country up."

Much love to newlyweds George Takei and Brad Altman

takei.jpgPerhaps the most interesting living TOS actor? And since Shatner's still breathing, that says a lot. via | Beeb | Star Trek's Takei marries partner
Former Star Trek actor George Takei has married his long-term partner in a Buddhist ceremony in Los Angeles. Takei, 71, who played Mr Sulu in the sci-fi series, married business manager Brad Altman, 54, in front of a number of his Star Trek co-stars. They included best man Walter Koenig, who played Chekhov, and matron-of-honour Nichelle Nichols - Uhura. The wedding - at Japanese American National Museum - came after California lifted a ban on same-sex marriage. The couple, who have been together for 21 years, wore matching white tuxedos in the ceremony.... Speaking before the ceremony, Takei said: "We have a relationship that's been stronger and longer-lived than some of our straight friends and yet we were not equal. "What this does is give us that dignity."

Old School Rap Break: "8th Wonder" by Sugarhill Gang

Sugarhill Gang-8Th Wonder