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The GOP Serenity Prayer: Kabul Version

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the horrific consequences of my greed and incompetent mistakes on others,
except where I can make political hay by blaming those consequences on Democrats trying to fix them,
and an electorate too ignorant to know the difference."

Families of Christchurch mosque shooting protest Hollywood film that makes it all about Jacinda

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/christchurch-mosque-attack-movie-jacinda-ardern-says-they-are-us-too-soon-too-raw-for-nz/NV3OMYIREPR2OET6YLYX6N7QL4/

https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/film/125426510/family-of-christchurch-mosque-attack-victim-writes-open-letter-to-hollywood-actress-rose-byrne-to-refuse-her-role

I'm a bit torn on this one. I think Jacinda Ardern's (and New Zealand in general's) response to the mosque shootings was exemplary and should be held up and celebrated.

But at the same time we've had enough white saviour complex movies and it is ultimately a story that should be primarily about the victims and their families.

Unbelievable was one of the best films I've seen in the last twenty years because it actually took the time to portray the impact of rape on the victim and didn't give any screen time at all to the perpetrator. It completely upended the standard narrative where at least half the screen time goes to a sexy, scenery-chewing villain. Part of what was so good about NZ's response to the mosque shooting was that the media embargo on the shooter's name and social media. The focus was kept on the pain, suffering and humanity of the victims instead of giving a wider platform to the creepy loser who did it.

It's ultimately down to the skill of the writers and actors but I have a terrible feeling this film is set up to be half-Rose Byrne looking compassionate in a scarf and firing off press releases from her desk and half-Tom Hiddleston packing an ominous black bag, adjusting his body cam, and typing out manifestos and two or three minutes focused on the real heroes of the day - the average people throwing themselves in front of bullets and chasing after a man with a AK-47 to protect each other.

So I don't know that they shouldn't make it, but I do think it's too soon and if they insist on doing a Jacinda-centric version they should wait until after there has been a victim-focused one.

Any thoughts?


If all the world's scientific resources could be marshalled again to cure a disease

which are the top three that you would cure?

It gives me hope that, properly motivated and funded, we got a Covid vaccine in less than a year. If we took all the money and time and brainpower we currently waste on weapons and pointless apps to monitor egg freshness and boner pills and hair loss treatments and focused it all on researching how to cure something, what would have the biggest impact?

Mine would be:

1. Alzheimers
2. Diabetes
3. Asthma/COPD

Alzheimers and diabetes because they are horrific ways to die and asthma because it's so widespread, kills young people and reduces quality of life so much for decades.

Posted by meadowlander | Thu May 6, 2021, 05:04 AM (6 replies)

And I have a new favorite "Dumbass Capitol Rioter Gets Busted" story...

"On or about January 22, 2021, Anna Morgan-Lloyd went to the Greene County Sheriff's Office ("GCSD" ) to obtain a firearms permit. While processing the application, a GCSD employee recognized Morgan-Lloyd as a person that posted on Facebook about the January 6th events at the US capitol... GCSD referred Morgan-Lloyd to the FBI"

https://extremism.gwu.edu/sites/g/files/zaxdzs2191/f/Dona%20Sue%20Bissey%20and%20Anna%20Morgan-Lloyd%20Statement%20of%20Facts.pdf

I think this just edges out the stupidity of the multiple people who went there wearing their court-ordered ankle bracelets.

Mental health care needs to be more accessible in the US.

Reading some of the posts from Q Anoners, I can't help thinking some of these people are having major depressive, anxiety, bipolar or schizophrenic episodes and needed someone to talk to and couldn't afford actual therapy.

It's not an excuse for anything that went down last week, but I think we do need to understand how so many people are such easy pickings for radicalisation.

Not that many people can afford $200 a week for decent quality mental health counseling or access to drugs, especially when access to that kind of care is tied to their employment.

But we can't afford to let free online conspiracy theory communities continue to pick up the slack.
Posted by meadowlander | Sat Jan 9, 2021, 05:33 PM (8 replies)

Biden should get his time back.

Total up how many minutes of his time he lost to interruptions and all four networks give him that time to answer the questions he was asked. They can take it out of the time allocated to the third debate so no one is out of pocket. Add on any time in the second debate that Trump steals.

The American public deserves to hear from its Presidential candidates and no one should be able to take that away.

Trump's getting even more free airtime about how he "dominated" the debate stage and that's even less time we get to hear about policy proposals or substantive discussion.

Useless US national Covid-19 response sees creative industries fleeing overseas.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/121494289/coronavirus-hollywood-looks-to-new-zealand-amid-us-covid19-crisis

"Segments of Hollywood are looking to move to New Zealand's near-Covid-free shores as the country's film industry stands to win big in coming months...

All signs were positive they could soon start again. International productions tended to hire about 90 per cent locally and there were already positive talks with the Government to allow the extra 10 per cent in, with proper safety procedures.

On top of that were a "large number" of productions now looking to come to New Zealand in the coming six months to a year, lured by New Zealand's low number of Covid-19 cases."

Once all of these productions are set up elsewhere, inertia will mean a lot of them will not return.

A lot of the tech sector is probably not far behind.

Why live like a hermit surrounded by an AR-15 toting death cult when you can spend two weeks in quarantine and then have a more or less normal life in Australia or New Zealand?

Countries that have dealt with this crisis better than the US are chomping at the bit to attract the best and the brightest.

Just in case any MAGAts are wondering why none of these industries ever seem to end up Mississippi and West Virginia... you and the incompetent legislators you keep electing are why.

Instead of more of Trump's bullshit, why not watch (and spread) this great video

from the New Zealand government:

https://www.allblacks.com/videos/new-zealanders-unite-against-covid-19/

With bonus Taika Waititi.

If I were a journalist in the public interest

instead of showing punch-ups in the grocery aisles, I would have nutritional experts on showing what a pile of food that can last a month would actually look like. I guarantee it's a lot less than what most Americans think it is.

It reminds me of those photo essays where people travel around the world and take pictures of what a family in each country lives on for a week. Inevitably in Peru it's like a ziploc bag's worth of dried beans and in Indianapolis it's the entire kitchen counter's worth of potato chips.

Something like that would be very relevant to calming public fears that they don't have enough and need 50kg bags of rice and a whole shopping bag's worth of chocolate bars.

Get an expert on public utilities to explain why the water isn't going to be turned off and you're not going to lose electricity or internet access.

The media has this po-faced attitude like "Look at all these idiots going berserk" but they're not making any effort to provide the information that will allay peoples' fears. I know that part of this is the government's job but the media doesn't depend on the government to do it.

How a functioning democracy would be managing this at a federal level

https://covid19.govt.nz/latest-updates/prime-minister-to-make-a-statement-to-the-nation-at-12-pm-today/

The Prime Minister of New Zealand just introduced a national alert system with four levels so that local authorities have clear direction on which activities need to be stopped at different times. Different cities and states can be at different levels depending on whether there is community transmission or not but everyone is speaking the same language and there are clear guidelines on how to implement the strategy at each level.

She addressed the nation and her key message was "We know how to rally. We know how to look after one another. Be strong, be kind, and unite against Covid-19."

I can't imagine trying to go through this with Donald Trump or Boris Johnson at the helm. This is toddler-level stuff that even GWB managed.
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