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I was a monster in the classic Dr. Who and the hero of two Bollywood action movies. The first time I ever went online, back in 1997, I had a vision. The Internet was going to bring humankind to a Golden Age, a new period of Enlightenment, the best of possible worlds. Instead, we got lolcats.
I was a monster in the classic Dr. Who and the hero of two Bollywood action movies. The first time I ever went online, back in 1997, I had a vision. The Internet was going to bring humankind to a Golden Age, a new period of Enlightenment, the best of possible worlds. Instead, we got lolcats.

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BECOME THE MEDIA: Make Trump Toast Again

In 2005 at a New York City Film Festival, I accidentally bumped into Michael Moore after a showing on 42nd Street of Sabina Guzzanti's Viva Zapatero, a film about her 'conflict' with Silvio Berlusconi who, like TROTUS, was determined to control everything the media (including comedy) in Italy had to say about him.

I had bought tickets to the festival and at the top of my list was Viva Zapatero, something I now think of as prescient (though unconsciously) because when TROTUS decided to run for POTUS (an acronym I will never use for TROTUS) I started to refer to him as the United State's version of Silvio Berlusconi (replete with dyed hair and tanning-bed skin). Because he is. Plain and simple. Just as corrupt. Just as slimy. Just as much of a bully.

Cut to the festival and Viva Zapatero, which is worth trying to get your hands on, Sabina's appearance on stage to talk about the film (in Italian), leaving the theatre with the friend who accompanied me, and walking East on 42nd Street late at night talking about it.

There was a man shuffling down the street ahead of us, moving more slowly than we were, and as we got closer, I recognized him, grabbed my friend's arm and practically screamed, "That's Michael Moore!" We walked faster and basically stalked him, she on his right, me on his left, and we walked several blocks on 42nd Street talking to him about the movie, politics in the United States (the slow road to Fascism) and what he was currently working on. He was as approachable, warm, friendly and engaged as a (famous) filmmaker could possibly be.

In answer to what he was working on, he said, "I'm going to the gym a lot, trying to stay healthy..." and disappeared down the subway and into the night all by himself. Michael Moore. The most important political/social documentarian in America. Hands down.

Behold, Michael Moore's Ten Point Action Plan to Thump Trump

1. Make a Daily Call to your Congressmen/Women and Senators
2. Make a Monthly Visit to the local office of your State Representative/Assemblyperson, and State Senator.
3. Create a Rapid Response Team in your own life
4. JOIN Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, Black Lives Matter, Democratic Socialists of America, and ERA Action
5. Remember that Women's Rights are Human Rights
...and The Women's March Will Never End
6. Take Over the Democratic Party
7. Help Form Blue Zones/Regions of Resistance
8. Run for Office
9. Become the Media
10. Join the Army of Comedy and never stop mocking TROTUS

Michael Moore in TrumpLand
http://michaelmoore.com/

Viva Zapatero:
http://variety.com/2005/film/markets-festivals/viva-zapatero-1200521579/

#MichaelMoore #ThumpTrump

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And in yet more amusing news for the day, apparently there is still one line in polite society that you can get in trouble for crossing. Milo Minderbinder Yiannoupolos' defense of pedophilia (how "inter-generational relationships" are often crucial to the development of young people, especially among gay men, and it just goes on from there into a sort of NAMBLA manifesto) has gotten him disinvited from CPAC and his book deal cancelled.

Twitter is currently a mass of people saying "I was fine with him before, but this is too much!," of people replying on the lines of "wait, you were fine with the doxxing of trans students, and the abuse campaigns against game developers, and all the racist and violent speech, but this you're not OK with?," and a lot of other people (myself included) just shaking our heads and saying "OK, apparently this is what it takes for people to notice that he is not a nice guy."

But let's not dwell on that! Let's instead enjoy a seasonally appropriate recipe from +John Scalzi​. Mmm, Schadenfreude Pie...

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2006/09/26/how-to-make-a-schadenfreude-pie/
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A tranquil scene spotted in a side street of the Gion district in Kyoto, Japan. Shot with Casio Exilim EX‑Z400. Edited in Lightroom 5.7.

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