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02 July 2009 @ 12:39 pm
Torture, the media, and Guillermo del Toro  
* "A group called Velvet Revolution is targeting 12 Bush administration attorneys for disbarment for their role in justifying and providing legal cover for the torture of detainees."
* Good read: "Manly men have been running the world forever. But the Great Recession is changing all that, and it will alter the course of history."
* Another good read: NPR's refusal to use the work 'torture' and perceived impartiality in the media.
* Michael Scherer on the administration's continued selling of the stimulus.
* Every time I don't think reports on Scientology can surprise me anymore, I'm totally mistaken.
* Heh. Advice from the original self-help book, published in 1859.
* Next TV remake: Alien Nation?
* The coming decade belongs to Guillermo del Toro.

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Josephine: Red Snapperlovellama on July 2nd, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
Alien Nation? I love Alien Nation. I'm torn on the "reboot" of it...
PMMJ: Science!cheetahmaster on July 2nd, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, not sure what new they could really do with it, either. It already had the post-modern thing down back then. And it'd have to tread new ground we haven't already hit with BSG and The 4400 and others.
Josephine: Burn Noticelovellama on July 2nd, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
I never saw BSG or The 4400, so it'd all b new to me. ;D
PMMJ: Newscheetahmaster on July 2nd, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
Holy. Crap.
"Washington Post Publisher and Chief Executive Officer Katharine Weymouth said today she was cancelling plans for an exclusive "salon" at her home where, for as much as $250,000, the Post offered lobbyists and association executives off-the-record, nonconfrontational access to "those powerful few": Obama administration officials, members of Congress, and even the paper’s own reporters and editors."
PMMJ: Newscheetahmaster on July 2nd, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Holy. Crap.
squishydish: greatwallsquishydish on July 2nd, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Holy. Crap.
I am appalled. Katharine Graham (WaPo publisher's grandmother, who was the publisher during Watergate) must be rolling in her grave.
P Sunshine: plugp_sunshine on July 2nd, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
the torture article
I found this whole thing odd, because about a month or so ago they had the most profound interview about torture that I've ever heard, and they definitely didn't shy away from the word.
PMMJ: Newscheetahmaster on July 2nd, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
Re: the torture article
Which show was it on?
P Sunshinep_sunshine on July 2nd, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
Re: the torture article
I think it was All Things Considered. It was at 5:15 on a Thursday and I listened to it for the second time at 7:15 on my way to rehearsal. I'm going through their archives and I'll let you know if I find it.
P Sunshinep_sunshine on July 2nd, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Re: the torture article
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103383446 Here's a list of programs in the past year that have dealt with torture. Some use that "torture", some use "interrogation".

But Damn. This was the story I was thinking of, but rereading the transcripts, that article was right. They did use the word "interrogation" rather than "torture," and at one point distanced themselves further: "methods of questioning that some say amounted to torture."
But the transcripts are still worth a read - the interview was of an Air Force officer who tried to stop "interrogations" in Iraq when he was there in 2003.

I stand completely corrected.
squishydish: greatwallsquishydish on July 2nd, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
Re: the torture article
I missed that show, but I did hear the ombudsman trying to defend NPR's position this afternoon on "Talk of the Nation." I found her utterly unconvincing.
squishydishsquishydish on July 2nd, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
Now I'm much more interested in reading The Strain, because of what del Toro saw in the original Dracula:
“I was trying to re-create the spirit of Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ back in the time it was written,” Del Toro said. “And what I mean is it was a very procedural novel. It was an epistolary novel – it was all written in letters, documents and recordings. It utilized cutting-edge technology for the time with typewriters and voice recorders.
P Sunshinep_sunshine on July 2nd, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
I'm about halfway through The Strain, and I think it's brilliant. The vampires are actually pretty scary and what's better - they're not romanticized in any way.
Brian: Oldboyvwvortexer on July 2nd, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
For Your Amusement
Michael Bay finally makes an art movie.
squishydish: terminator tangosquishydish on July 2nd, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
Re: For Your Amusement
I'm not going to this movie, but at least I'm enjoying the commentary! That was a good review, but I also laughed and laughed at Movie Bob's vid-review at the Escapist, which I found at shamus young's site. Warning: lots of coarse expletives, definitely NSFW.
"That's what this movie is, folks, Michael Bay shoving his b**** in your face."
Itinerant hacker adventuress: forest heart closethewronghands on July 2nd, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
Icon love!
PMMJ: Newscheetahmaster on July 2nd, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
Hee, danke.

Once I saw it, I knew I couldn't resist.