Friday, May 25, 2018

Professional Left Podcast #442

"Be excellent to each other."
-- Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

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dinthebeast said...

I hope your trip went well, and thank you again for the podcast. I played the last few minutes of it out loud to my best friend so she could hear the explanation of right wing information disease better than my own renderi9ng of it.

-Doug in Oakland

jim said...

The corollary:
Loss of norms is not meaningless.

"President Trump is merging his national security and trade goals in a blur of tactical improvisation that risks alienating U.S. allies and opening American businesses to costly retaliation, according to several Republican lawmakers, business executives and former U.S. officials. "

- David Lynch & Damian Paletta (WaPo)

Nice fat thesis hanging right over the plate: examining & parsing the corporate media formula "Experts/witnesses/gov't. fears there may be a risk of {terrible thing/s already happening} happening soon if conditions X. Y & Z persist."

Also, calling what's happening "tactical improvisation" is less Walter Cronkite than Soupy Sales at this point.

Neo Tuxedo said...

Once again, I turn to the moment when a very small* camel's surprisingly broad back was broken by a straw called Flight of the Navigator:

"I've been receiving letters from many of you, pleading for respite. Agreeing, with sobs and defeated expressions, that this has been a period of assault on our tolerance for the imperfect unparalleled in moviemaking history[...]. Pleading for a brief break from the shrieks of anguish I let out every time one of these spikes is driven into my critic's perception. And at last, finally, I agree. I can say no more for a while. There is apparently no bottoming-out of this trend toward imbecile filmmaking. Every week brings new and more loathsome product; and at last even I am unhorsed."

tl;dr "The old writer couldn't write anymore because he had reached the end of words, the end of what can be done with words. And then?"
-- William S. Burroughs, The Western Lands (New York: Viking, 1987)

Neo Tuxedo said...

* "Hey, Harlan, is it true they let you be in the Geo ads because you make the cars look bigger?"
"I'll punch your fucking heart out!"