"The cinema was made for horror movies. No other kind of film offers that same mysterious anticipation as you head into a dark auditorium. No other makes such powerful use of sound and image. The cinema is where we come to share a collective dream and horror films are the most dreamlike of all, perhaps because they engage with our nightmares.
" And so Mark Gatiss
opens his three-part series, A History of Horror
. "One of the great virtues of this series is that it is thoroughly subjective. Gatiss does not feel any particular obligation to give us an A to Z of horror, but instead lingers lovingly over his own favourites,
" taking the viewer with him from the Golden Age of Hollywood horror through the American horror movies of the 1960s and 1970s. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jan 28, 2014 -
This weekend, TAL ran an episode
on the massacre at Dos Erres
. What they didn't mention was that this happened as part of the "Silent Holocaust
" -- a "systematic campaign of genocide against the Mayan people." An estimated 83% of the massacred people were indigenous Maya
. Throughout the period of the genocide, the USA continued to provide military support
to the Guatemalan government, mainly in the form of arms and equipment, despite knowing that the Guatemala military was responsible
for the killings. Horatio Castellanos Moya
, an exiled Honduran writer, wrote Senselessness
, his first book to be published in English, based on the testimonies taken by the Catholic Church's Recuperation of History project, which led to Bishop José Gerardi Conedera
releasing the Guatemala: Never Again!
report. Two days later, he was bludgeoned to death.
posted by Felicity Rilke
on May 28, 2012 -
He considered himself an artist, but his work, while popular
, showed little talent
. Later in life he took up working with precious metals
, and that would be the craft he’s remembered for, but earlier in his career he printed
his own engravings
, or his version
of the work of others
. Earlier this year at Brown University’s John Hay Library
, something very rare was discovered. One of Paul Revere’s prints depicting the Baptism of Christ
was found tucked in an old textbook. While not a particularly valuable work or great art, this rare print does tell us a bit about the man as an artist, and about his faith
. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan
on May 7, 2012 -
Srebrenica: Genocide Reconstructed
In July 1995 Srebrenica was shelled and occupied by the Army of Republic of Srpska,VRS, despite being declared a protected area by the United Nations. More than 7,000 people were killed, the victims of genocide. Recently a wealth of data has been found in the home of the fugitive Gen. Ratko Mladic, who is still assumed alive
by the Hague Chief Prosecutor in spite of his family petitioning for him to be declared dead
15 years on Srebrenica buries its dead
Amid a hurricane of killing, rape and 'ethnic cleansing', a movement striving in the opposite direction responded in the most powerful way they knew: with rock'n'roll. Fifteen years since War Child's Help LP, key figures reflect on the war – and music
. [more inside]
posted by adamvasco
on Jul 11, 2010 -
Due to “credible death and kidnapping threats”
, T-Pain has cancelled a concert in Guyana for Mashramani
, the festival that marks the anniversary of Guyana’s independence from Great Britain.
Last years, celebration was soured by a killing spree
perpetrated by a heavily armed gang led by man known as “Fine Man”. Because the 23 victims were mainly of East Indian descent, the massacre was a powder keg issue for the tiny South American nation. With a population of 44% East Indian and 30% African ancestries, Guyana tends to be socially and politically divided along ethnic identity lines. [more inside]
posted by Stu-Pendous
on Feb 24, 2009 -
40 years ago
tomorrow, more than 500 villagers were raped, tortured, and slaughtered
(disturbing images) by American soldiers in a hamlet nicknamed Pinkville. Four Hours in My Lai
tells the story. Part 1
. [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive
on Mar 15, 2008 -
Mountain Meadow Massacre
When I left Los Angeles, the 23rd ultimo, General Clarke, commanding the Department of California, directed me to bury the bones of the victims of that terrible massacre which took place on this ground in September, 1857. The fact of this massacre of (in my opinion) at least 120 men, women and children, who were on their way from the State of Arkansas to California, has long been well known. I have endeavored to learn the circumstances attending it, and have the honor to submit the following as the result of my inquiries on this point:
posted by Falconetti
on Feb 3, 2007 -
Super Columbine Massacre RPG!
A computer role playing game based on the Columbine massacre and the event leading up to it in which the player plays the part of the killers. Think it's in poor taste? A Columbine survivor paralyzed from the chest down disagrees
posted by juv3nal
on May 6, 2006 -
Take a trip with me to 1913.
To Calumet, Michigan
, in the Copper Country
I'll take you to a place called Italian Hall
Where the miners
are having their big Christmas Ball
This time of year, Woody Guthrie
's haunting ballad "1913 Massacre
" brings to mind one of the most tragic incidents in American labor history. At the midpoint of the bitter and violent miners' strike of 1913-14
, miners and their families gathered for a Christmas party given by their union. An unidentified "stupid person
" gave the shout of "fire
", causing a panicked rush to escape. Unable to get out the door, more than 70 people
, mostly children, were smothered to death. A forthcoming documentary (main link) explores the legacy of the event, using Guthrie's song as its starting point.
posted by Miko
on Dec 21, 2005 -
Matthew White's Historical Atlas of the 20th Century.
One of those amazing internet reference sites created by some guy (okay, Matthew White). Lots of fascinating, incredibly researched stuff: complete lists
of all manmade megadeaths in the 20th century, the 100 most important works of art
of the 20th century, maps
showing changes in the types of government by decade, comments on Wikipedia
, and much more. Also, some fun stuff, like what the US would look like
if every secessionist movement succeeded. Previously posted in 2001, but much updated and worth a second look
posted by blahblahblah
on Jun 2, 2005 -
, a relatively progressive southern city
, is not without it’s own skeletons.
“On Nov. 3, 1979, Klansmen and Nazis pulled rifles and pistols from the trunks of their cars and opened fire on a group of anti-Ku Klux Klan marchers in the Morningside Homes neighborhood of Greensboro, N.C. Five of the demonstrators were killed by the bullets and several others were injured. The victims had close ties with the local Communist Worker’s Party..”
The Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Project
, the first of it’s kind in the United States, using the concept of restorative justice
, “seeks to heal relations between opposing sides by uncovering all pertinent facts, distinguishing truth from lies, and allowing for acknowledgement, appropriate public mourning, forgiveness and healing.” ( a little more inside)
posted by lyam
on Dec 7, 2004 -
Russian TV broadcasts siege video: [BBC link: RealPlayer/RealAlternative/Windows MPC] SFW
Unknown provenance of footage, but clearly genuine. Terrorist uses 'Dead Man's Brake' switch on a bomb, also shots of Hoop Bombs'. Beware: NewsFilter
posted by dash_slot-
on Sep 7, 2004 -
This is why
Yasser Arafat's, and the Palestinian Authority(sic)'s days are severely numbered: the sham capture and release last year of the guy responsible for yesterday's massacre. My prediction: Israel will completely reoccupy the territories in the next three months to clean out the place.
posted by ParisParamus
on Mar 28, 2002 -
Columbine parents sue game makers
Claiming computer games partially at fault for Colombine killings, parents of victims have brought a law suit against game makers...will this be viewed as unprovable cause of the shootings or bring about a study of relationship between violence and games?
posted by Postroad
on Apr 25, 2001 -
Apparently exposure to violence in media caused the Columbine massacre.
There's a best-selling book, readily available in nearly every book store in the US, which includes descriptions of genocide, wars, deliberately-caused plagues, mass killing of children, cities being put to the sword, and which portrays those responsible for these crimes as heroes!
Clearly it establishes a culture of violence and should be suppressed. The success of this book (the best selling book of all time, which is regularly given to children!) makes clear that the publishing "industry will not effectively regulate itself, and that court intervention is necessary to keep violent [books] out of the hands of minors."
No question about it: there should be a class action suit against all publishers of the Bible.
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Apr 22, 2001 -