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It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday Disjointed Gathering

The Village News & Views March 22, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

Howdy friendly Village people!

I wasn’t sure how long it would take for events to converge in such a way as to render me without a coherent theme or idea for my Wednesday blog posting here at Moose Pond, but it didn’t take that long. That day is here. It may return. We can only hope for the best.

Tonight I’m going to be doing something unexpected and fun, going to a concert. Duran Duran. I’ve seen them before, it was a number of years ago. I’ll let you know my thoughts afterwards if I have any. In the meantime, here’s a semi-random collection of Things I hope you may enjoy or at least not be too bored by.

He’s sinking faster than a drowning man
He’ll grab a hold of anyone he can
Gun in his pocket and a heart of ham
Uncle Sam…

He’s dying faster than a rabid dog
Infect us all now he’s losing blood
Nose for trouble and a soul of rock
Smokey’s man…

Don’t drag me down
I don’t wanna drown
Your going down
(Hay) NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

There’s not much flesh
Just skin and bone
Cheeks sunk deep
Eyes popping wide
Don’t put out a hand to help him
This drowning man will bite it right off
Right off , Right off , Right off..

He’s selling faster than a magazine
Infect us all with his TV screen
He’s selling faster than a magazine
Infect us all with his TV screen
He’s selling faster than a magazine
Infect us all with his TV screen
He’s selling faster than a magazine
Infect us all with his TV screen

Don’t drag me down
I don’t wanna drown
Your going down
(Hay) NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday Ides of March Edition

The Village News & Views March 15, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

Good morning fellow Village people!

It’s Day 55 of the Resistance and the election is far, far behind us. Perception is a weird thing, and in this new America it often feels like one day is a week and every week is a month. So much tension, so many assaults on our sensibilities, Muslim bans, destruction of health care, Russian collaboration… the list unfortunately goes on.

So I realize I should “be over it”. However, it seems I may not be. In fact, my mind wants to argue that there is some illogic to “being over it”, that something valuable and important may be lost if I just give in and get over it.

I haven’t.

March 15th is of course the Ides of March. I remember as a little girl demanding to know what Ides were and why Ceasar was supposed to fear them. Shakespeare has never been my particular thing but I always did love Marc Antony’s speech in Act 3, Scene 2, and have parodied it a time or two, however badly.

It appears I haven’t quite gotten that out of my system yet either.

Patient friends, I promise tweets and a cat meme or two at the end. Meanwhile…

Yo, Village – blank verse by momentarygrace

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday The Prisoner Resistance Primer

The Village News & Views March 8, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

In 1967 a television program aired called The Prisoner. Staring and in many ways the brainchild of actor Patrick McGoohan, who was directly off a 4 year stint on the espionage thriller Danger Man (seen in the US as Secret Agent), the show aired 17 episodes and became very possibly the literal prototype of the television cult classic.

Yes, there was a remake in 2009, but we are going to pretend that didn’t happen, because, well, it might as well not have.

There’s a massive amount of opinion and fan discussion both on the web and in published media about the original series and I will be shocked if very many Meeses are entirely unaware of it. It has been on my mind of late, for a number of reasons not the least of which was the name change that occurred in our original community over on the Daily K from the Village Under the Bus to simply, The Village. That renaming was an elegant effort on the part of one of our bedrock members to preserve the group in that location, however it struck me as both poetic and ironic that our fellowship should eventually end up with a name associate with one of the most extreme, and effective Resistors in all of fiction.

It was only a matter of time before I brought up the subject for consideration by my fellows and that is how we come to today’s post…

The Prisoner: A Resistance Primer

“If I could do it again, I would. As long as people feel something, that’s the great thing. It’s when they are walking around not thinking and not feeling, that’s tough. When you get a mob like that, you can turn them into the sort of gang that Hitler had.”

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday What Cats Can Teach Us About Resistance

The Village News & Views
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All 

Did you #BLACKOUTTRUMP last night? Since I’m writing this before the actual speech, I’m sure there will be a number of blogs and news stories about it by Wednesday morning, however I’m going to give you the fun of finding them yourself and talk about something else.

What Can Cats Teach Us About Resistance:

“Never try to outstubborn a cat.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

Not everyone loves cats. Since I respect everyone’s freedom to their own preferences, I suggest that if you aren’t a fan of the cat, when reading this diary, every time you see the word “cat”, you insert the name of your favorite animal.

It Takes A Village: VNV 2-22-17 Persist, Resist, & The Next Thing I Knew

The Village News & Views
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

With Love from the Land of the Absurd:

It’s all DoReMI’s fault. Tuesday’s post was a wonderful collection of political cartoons, including a very appropriate one from none other than Theodor Seuss Geisel, the one and only Dr. Seuss. I learned to read on Seuss books and always loved the good doctor’s gentle absurdity.

And lo and behold, as I pondered what to do for today’s Hump Day Free For All, my brain churned, coughed and sputtered and produced this. I offer it with love, with all props and respect to the Master, and with the blessing of Eris. And now…

It Takes A Village: VNV 2-15-17

In honor of Lysis’s orginal Hillary News & Views, welcome to

The Village New & Views
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

This Week In Music:

So, the Grammys… I have the patience of a toddler when it comes to awards shows so I’m not going to try and do anything comprehensive here, but I picked out some tweets that hit things I was interested in. Then there was that lady with the Make America Great Again dress. So that happened. Some other things did also…

There was a lot more, some great, some eh. Among the great, moving tribute to George Michael by Adele, and kick-ass tribute to Prince by Bruno Mars. You either saw them or you can find them. But post below what you thought was significant, that I left out.

And now, a brief jaunt into the land of rainbows and kittens, ’cause the real world is a little stressful right now. Except it isn’t, as you will see. Rather than a lovely escape, this fantasy Twitter account @IfHillaryHad started a little wistful, and has become some awesome satire.
(language warning: Alt-HRC does not mince words cusses like a sailor)

In An Alternate Paradise:

 

Thank you for your patience. Love and peace, Village! Enjoy your Wednesday gathering.

We are #StrongerTogether

We are #TheResistance and #WePersist

All are welcome!

News Follow-Ups

A follow-up to some prior essays of mine ........

In the past few years, I have dedicated several essays to the drive to bring to a theater near you: a feature-length film version of the 1965-1968 spy television series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – the first covered the difficulty in finding a producer and the second involved holding-on to a director.

Now, an update.

This coming August 14th is set to be the premiere of the new movie – directed by Guy Ritchie and featuring Hugh Grant as Alexander Waverly – the spy agency head.

It stars the British actor Henry Cavill as agent Napoleon Solo (originally portrayed by Robert Vaughn). (Charlie Pierce often refers to Hope Solo – the goalkeeper for the US Women’s World Cup team – as “Napoleon Solo’s granddaughter.”)

Cast as Illya Kuryakin is the American actor Armie Hammer – the great-grandson of the industrialist Armand Hammer.

Looking forward to mid-August so that middle-aged coots like myself can, once again … “Open Channel D”.

Odds & Ends: News/Humor

I post a weekly diary of historical notes, arts & science items, foreign news (often receiving little notice in the US) and whimsical pieces from the outside world that I often feature in “Cheers & Jeers”.

OK, you’ve been warned – here is this week’s tomfoolery material that I posted.