Hillary Clinton @HillaryClinton post #2

Hillary Clinton versus the GOP – some pre-pre-nomination (pre-pre because she hasn’t yet officially said that she will run for the Democrat nomination) thoughts on what this might look like. And although this is a tad premature, there are some interesting noises across the Internet that suggest that she will run (if that stands as any kind of metaphor-type-thing).

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There are the supporters: Ready for Hillary #READY

And there are the detractors: Karl Rove #JUSTPLAINNASTY (changed from #NASTY because of the dodgy things that hash tag throws up (but beware, because this one might be just as dodgy – but we have to have a hash tag here, so…))

A fascinating question to consider is that at this stage, is there anything that the GOP can do (apart from accusing Hillary of being brain-damaged) to halt a nominated Hillary Rodham Clinton (if such a thing occurs)? From this side of the Atlantic, any GOP contenders seem lightweight and/or ineffective – this stands in contrast with the upcoming election in the UK where ALL the candidates are lightweight AND ineffective, sadly.

Hillary Clinton @HillaryClinton

Hillary Clinton: The Power of Women. Aired by the BBC on March 25th 2015 with the following question: Twenty years on from Hillary Clinton’s ground-breaking speech, has anything really changed? Now, I don’t remember the speech, and watching the programme was the first time of hearing it. Apparently, it was censored in China, where the conference she spoke at was held, at the time it went out.

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One of Clinton’s tag lines that really stands out from the speech is, ‘Women’s rights are human rights, and human rights are women’s rights.’ There are also lots of stats thrown around to indicate this or that, but the one that made the biggest impression was a statistic about the annual turnover of the sex traffic industry being greater than that of McDonalds, Apple, and Google combined.

If that is true, it is worth taking a moment to consider the above question.

Cinderella #cinderella

After trying (unsuccessfully) to read an article in The New York Times titled something like, ‘How Women are Taking Over the Movies,’ I’m reminded of the distinctions that occur on a daily basis w/r/t gender issues. Forgive the haziness of the title because I was trying to read the article over the shoulder of a fellow passenger on the flight from Austin, TX, to Atlanta, GA, and rather impolitely the guy wouldn’t hold the paper still long enough for me to get a good look at it.


Anyway, the picture used by The NY Times to accompany the article, and to signify this new domination by women in Hollywood was the one for Disney’s 2015 remake of Cinderella. The movie has taken big bucks in its opening weekend, apparently, and I’m sitting thinking: at what point will the general public recognise the way that from a very young age boys and girls are driven into ‘liking’ certain ‘gender appropriate’ things? There’s not much choice here.

I mean, Cinderella, and the merchandise spin-offs are fuelling the line that all little girls want to be princesses – in much the same way as they’ve been doing for a good number of decades. And in the last couple of days I’ve been witness to this tired old system of classifying kids and adults: Dick’s Sporting Goods sells certain gear to and for women, and sells certain stuff to and for men (and never the twain shall meet); The Book People sell books in sections that are either ‘clearly for girls’ or ‘clearly for boys’ – there’s no ambiguity about it.

It just strikes me as dull, that’s all.

The End Of… another collection of personal musings whilst conducting research of the #davidfosterwallace archive at the Harry Ransom Center, UT, Austin, TX (Day Fourteen)

Austin Bergstrom Airport – Atlanta – Manchester. The end of this year’s musings. Thanks to all those who have commented, liked, and engaged with the series.

#rodeoaustin – another collection of personal musings whilst conducting research of the #davidfosterwallace archive at the Harry Ransom Center, UT, Austin, TX (Day Thirteen Entry Two)


And then there’s the part of me that just can’t leave it at face value and has to go and add something that needn’t be added. As a person who lives on a plant-based diet, and who sees the wilful disregard and/or exploitation and/or consumption of animals as being a ‘fault’ of many a human being, there’s a strange feeling associated with going to the rodeo and enjoying the spectacle of it, whilst wondering just how much does that steer like having it’s neck and legs roped before being pinned to the ground, or does the bull/horse/sheep like having people strapped to its back. I just kept thinking: what would PETA make of all this?

#rodeoaustin – another collection of personal musings whilst conducting research of the #davidfosterwallace archive at the Harry Ransom Center, UT, Austin, TX (Day Thirteen)


The rodeo. What a very alien thing to see when you’re from the UK. In equal measure it is also quite exciting, and done in a way that I imagine can only be done by Americans. I’m led to believe that the cowboys we all think we know from TV and movies are largely a fallacy (but happy to be corrected by those in the know). What I saw today was an exhibition of great skill, and the thing that stood out in my mind was a comment from the announcer that the Austin Rodeo is a not-for-profit organization, with great emphasis on education and creating opportunities for youngsters. The whole event seemed to be populated by people who were doing what they were doing just because they love it, and that’s quite a nice thing to see.

Veronica Roth’s #insurgent – another collection of personal musings whilst conducting research of the #davidfosterwallace archive at the Harry Ransom Center, UT, Austin, TX (Day Twelve)

So, I went along to the iPic at The Domain, Austin, to watch Insurgent. It really is a very good film and there won’t be any spoilers here because it’s just come out and that wouldn’t be fair.


The comment I have here is about the hope that is apparent in the film, and apparent in quite a few examples of popular culture right now (no time to mention them as it’s late and I’m kind of tired). The hope stems from an idea that we (as a human species) have amongst us a certain number of individuals who are able to transcend the kind of thought that has for centuries immersed us in fighting, killing, and squandering the gift of life. It’s a refreshing change to hear such rhetoric, and perhaps it marks a stage of our lives where such change can be actualized. If nothing else, it’s an interesting concept.


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