Awesome #WonderWoman @GalGadot One-Liners #3

#3 (Wonder Woman asks: What is a secretary? The response to this is: I go where he tells me to go, and I do what he tells me to do.)

Well, where I’m from that’s called slavery.

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Awesome #Wonder Woman @GalGadot One-Liners #2

#2 (When told: I can’t let you do this.)

What I do is not up to you.

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Awesome #WonderWoman @GalGadot One-Liners #1

#1 (In response to the question: Have you never met a man before, but what about your father?)

I had no father, I was brought to life by Zeus.

 

(Followed by the response: Well, that’s neat.)

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#WorldFuture2016 – A Tiny Critique @Bob_Richards

Do you ever have one of those moments where you read something and you’re immediate reaction is, WTF? Well, here’s my WTF moment for the day, where I can’t type as fast as my mind seems to be spitting out the words in response to the following tweet from the World Future Conference in Washington D.C.:

“To go to space to stay, it has to pay. There has to be an economic element.” – ‪@Bob_Richards ‪#WorldFuture2016

Now, if you’re a #World Future2016 keynote speaker, as @Bob_Richards is, WhyTF are you banging on about economics in relation to space exploration (namely the desire to populate the moon)? Economics is an outmoded concept for this planet, devised over a long period of time and currently culminating in late stage capitalism, in “developed” countries, where companies and governments are trying to keep it all together by kicking the can down the road in the hope that we don’t get to realise that economics, capitalism, the acquisition of money, etc., is all a load of BS.

So, people of the World Future Society, just how “futuristic” is your thinking when you can’t get past Cantillonian, Smithian (is that how you refer to Adam Smith?), Keynesian, blah blah…, economics?


What Brief Interviews with Hideous Men can tell us about rape culture

Original blog post by READ Research in English at Durham

READ Research in English at Durham

Group of women marching with banners labelled "women power" Toronto Slutwalk, by Anton Bielousov (Own work: Slutwalk (Toronto, ON)) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia CommonsA serial womaniser. A commitment-phobic boyfriend. A wife beater. David Foster Wallace’s 1999 book Brief Interviews with Hideous Men presents a provocative view of male misogyny and its effects on women. In this brief interview with READ, which expands upon his recent Postgraduate English article, Matthew Alexander suggests that Wallace’s work is an important text for our times, especially in the light of current debates about rape culture.

For the benefit of anyone who hasn’t read Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, can you give us a sense of what it is like?

51SrWRJAjUL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_Brief Interviews is a 1999 collection of 23 short stories, with 4 of the stories titled “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men” (across which there are 18 actual “interviews” in total). It’s a hotchpotch of styles, voices, and registers. The content varies massively from…

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(Still) Troubled by Mr. Robot_2.0 #MrRobot #HackingRobot

So, where to begin with this one? For those interested, there are previous posts that cover Mr. Robot Season One and such things as metaphors and references; White Rose; is any of it real?; and the end of consumer-debt society.

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Well, the trailer is out and things are set to get darker in the world of Mr. Robot, and Sam Esmail seems to have full control of his project, but the one thing that is still being wrestled with, and that has not fully been shaken off since first binge-watching season one, is: at what point will Mr. Robot and its anarchic sensibility be corrupted by the inner-workings of a “Hollywood” system that rarely engages with such subversive forms of fiction, or is there scope to consider that the eventual, and perhaps unintentional outcome of the show will be a nationwide, perhaps even part-global raising of the collective state of consciousness to such an extent that people will start to wake up to the fallacies (freedom (generally), autonomy, the capitalist model and “democracy” as fundamentally linked, and so on…) of contemporary life in, primarily, post-industrial cultures?

Or is there nothing more to it than that it’s just another form of contemporary media that keeps us glued, zombie-like, to our screens? Surely not…

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And a Very Rough Translation… #Tarnac 9, 10, 11…

Julien Coupat, alleged leader of the Tarnac group continued to sabotage TGV lines, testified Thursday at the trial of one of his former lawyers.

The lawyer was pursued by police for “public defamation” on the sidelines of Tarnac folder.

It was not yet the trial of Tarnac but the hearing held before the 17th chamber of the Paris court offered Julien Coupat its first judicial forum.

“Today the Tarnac Affair seems to be a court case concerning a sabotage but initially it was a political matter and police”, launched at the bar the witness, little round glasses, jeans and sweater collar rolled.
“Obsessions Michele Alliot-Marie”
“It’s been years of surveillance, secret service documents, the assumption that after the CPE (the first employment contract, ed) would have been a more radical splinter group that would move toward the establishment of a network pre- international terrorist. It was the obsessions of the Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie and the first case of the DCRI (domestic intelligence) recently created, “said he summarized.

“We are from the beginning against a machine and we defend as we can with the means at hand. This is not a defeat for us is simply that they are the strongest, “he ruled.

Julien Coupat was sent in corrections with seven other libertarian activists after the statement but the judge did not accept the qualification “terrorist” folder. The prosecution appealed.

His former lawyer Jérémie Assous appeared for “public defamation”, pursued by one of the investigators of the case, Bruno Mancheron.
At the origin of the complaint, a radio statement
The police captain in countering subsection (SDAT) has signed a key record of the case, which reflected a Julien Coupat surveillance operation and his ex-girlfriend Yildune Levy on 7 and 8 October 2008.

It is during this monitoring that the couple’s vehicle was found parked near a train line Paris-Est in the municipality of Dhuisy (Seine-et-Marne), where a few hours later were discovered traces of the sabotage of a catenary.

At the origin of the complaint is a statement of Jérémie Assous on Europe 1 on October 23, 2012. “Mr. Mancheron who is the author of f …,” he declared, before recovering ‘trial Proceedings of spinning and is accused of being a forger. “

“Mr. Assous knew that my customer was assisted witness status and was therefore charged with anything. My client has had enough of the brunt of the aggressive defense strategy Coupat of lawyers “, argued the police officer of the Board, Mr. Renaud Le Gunehec, which claimed one euro in compensation.


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