Australia in 2013. We have forgotten our origins and our good fortune, we are blind to our own selfishness. In place of memory we cling to a national myth of a generous, welcoming country, a land of new arrivals where everyone gets a fair go; a myth in which vanity fills the emptiness where the truth was forgotten.
-- Julian Burnside writes
on refugee policy and alienation in Australia [more inside]
posted by deadwax
on Sep 18, 2013 -
The complete soundtrack to the upcoming movie, The Hobbit, is available here.
"The score is composed by Howard Shore who also wrote all three films in The Lord of The Rings trilogy for director Peter Jackson. “I have looked forward to returning to the imaginative world of Middle-earth for quite a while,” says Shore of the score. “I read all of the books by Tolkien, including The Hobbit, when I was in my twenties, and his deep love of nature and all things green resonates deeply with me.”"
posted by h00py
on Nov 13, 2012 -
of rumors and frustration, it appears that Dwight Howard has been traded
to the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-team trade. Here
is Bill Simmons rapid reaction.
posted by Cloud King
on Aug 10, 2012 -
You Say You Want a Revolution
-- "Despite some bravado, I myself was a cautious person looking to break the shackles of bourgeois detachment. I felt real relief in seemingly giving my all. But at the same time, I was terrified. Such existential 'acting out' does not ordinarily lead to political good sense. The importance of demonstrating revolutionary credentials or moral purity gets in the way of clear thinking about how to strengthen the movement or take advantage of political opportunities." Howard Machtinger,
a founding member of the Weather Underground, provides a contemporary critique of his group's actions. [via]
posted by billysumday
on Feb 19, 2009 -