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It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday – The Letter

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


Greetings, Village. It’s Day 293 of the Resistance and time for your final Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread.

I usually include a link to WhatTheFuckJustHappenedToday.com. I think after all this time you can find it for yourselves now.

As for what the fuck just happened on Monday, November 6th, something bad. Something unconscionable. Something evil. If every act of kindness is an act of #Resistance, then every act of cruelty helps the Republican agenda.

Unfortunately my MIL is still in the hospital in ICU and I have run out of time, energy and positive intent to meet all my obligations, so I am surrendering my Wednesday posting slot to whomever may wish to pick it up. If I may, I will support the community as best I can with recs and the occasional comment but for now that will likely be in thought and spirit rather than in text and pixels.

I haven’t come empty handed though. These are lyrics to a song I wrote in 1991, when I was one third of an all female rock band. Perhaps there will be something somewhere in it for you.

Cat and other memes will, of course, precede, and follow.

 

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday – Hall Pass

The Village News & Views November 1, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

Greetings, Village Meese. It’s Day 286 of the Resistance and time for another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread.

I’m afraid yours truly has hit the proverbial wall in terms of energy, and coherency. Family member is still in the hospital, back in ICU as of last night. So I beg your forgiveness for this extremely basic anchor post for your Wednesday #Resistance meet and discuss thread. Hopefully next week I will be able to offer something more interesting, but in the meantime, there are certainly enough developments to keep the conversation going – or give yourselves a free day to relax and exchange personal news and tidbits of interest.

You know I’m now and always #StillWithYou.

Day 285: Covfefe boy.

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday – You Might Be A Witch

The Village News & Views October 25, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

Greetings, Village Meese. It’s Day 279 of the Resistance and time for another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread.

In one week it will be November first, and we will be sadly out of the season of Halloween. I pondered what to use as my thought object for today’s post and decided I could not miss the chance to draw your attention to yet one other thing associated with Halloween. Sometimes considered a monster, predominantly characterized as evil, yet perhaps the single most enduring image and standard Halloween costume for little girls, older girls and women of all ages… no, not a princess.

You already know I am talking about the original Nasty Woman. The Witch.

I will not attempt to explore the archetype, idea and character of The Witch in any satisfying way, but merely to evoke her in your imagination, and let that magical process do most of the rest of the work.

After all, Imagination is the bedrock component of spellwork and witchcraft, along with secrecy, and intent.

Although witches have been slightly rehabilitated and a serious attempt has been made to reclaim The Witch in the name of feminine empowerment, after centuries of relentless effort on the part of those who present her as a monster, this image cannot be undone in a mere few decades. It is possible that it will not be undone until such time as women are no longer considered chiefly objects, servants, and of less worth than their male counterparts by none but a pathetic minority. However that time is not yet nigh.

Until women are seen by the majority of people as full human beings, The Witch will be a convenient image of ugliness, evil, the feminine become threatening, poisonous and castrating.

At the same time, for the same duration, however, The Witch will be the original figure of feminine Resistance. Independent, powerful, wise, and a channel for the forces of the natural world.

The Witch takes a pot for cooking and it becomes a cauldron for the mixing of remedies, and spells. The Witch takes a broom, the emblem of servitude, and with it, she flies.

So this Halloween season, take a moment of thought for The Witch. You might know one. You might be one. In fact, in the present climate it’s quite possible you may someday soon find that you need one.

And now for your regularly scheduled randomness.

WTFJH Yesterday – Day 278: Alert the daycare staff.

Rolereboot.org – In Solidarity With Witches: How Powerful Women Are Still Persecuted

Huffingtonpost.com – How ‘Nasty Woman’ Became A Viral Call For Solidarity

13 SIGNS YOU’RE A WITCH.

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday – White Zombies

The Village News & Views October 18, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

Greetings, Village Meese. It’s Day 271 of the Resistance and time for another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread.

I’ve already shared with you my love for vintage horror movies, especially at this time of year. Monsters such as Dracula and the Frankenstein monster are so iconic and can represent so many things from aspects of the human psyche to quirks of our culture.

There is one type of movie monster that has undergone an extreme transformation from its early form, and has become an all-year-round phenomena in the current pop culture and media landscape: Zombies.

Television shows like The Walking Dead and its spin-off Fear the Walking Dead embody the newer kind of zombie, which has its inception in the George Romero film Night of the Living Dead. They are mindless walking corpses that hunger for the flesh of the living… brains are supposed to be especially tasty for them.

But the truth is, I have very little interest in modern type zombies. I’m certain they say something about modern culture and what we fear – that is true of all monster archetypes – but I have always been nostalgically fascinated by the classic Zombie, whose origins are not from some unknown plague, escaped government experiment or mysterious radioactive contamination from a space probe. The classic zombie is a creation of the bokor or magic practitioner for hire, or someone else with the skills to create them.

True zombies do not mass attack and eat people. They are merely slaves without will, doing whatever they are ordered to do. That might not seem as scary as hoards of ravenous flesh eating ghouls but it is a subtler, and in my view more chilling kind of horror. To become such a creature you would have been targeted, poisoned, and your soul stolen. Thus, you live on, a kind of twilight existence under the control of another, to work endlessly in fields or mills or doing whatever evil your master sends you to do, without choice. The ultimate labor force, the ultimate slave.

The film credited as being the first Zombie movie ever made is a special favorite of mine. It is definitely an acquired taste, that is my warning, but if you have an interest for something old, and odd, and in my view incredibly revealing about the backstory of a culture, you might keep your eyes open for it: White Zombie, released in 1932. It tends to show up on broadcast channels this time of year, though often late, late at night. as befits its cult status.

There is no pretense in this 1932 movie to racial equality, and stereotypes abound, but since we know that we are not, as some have asserted, a post-racial society even now, viewing with awareness may be educational.

In the older, true zombie films of which White Zombie is the progenitor, most of the victims of zombification are folk of color, native to the setting. Since the white film producers were making movies for a white audience, they are uniformly about the ‘unusual’ circumstances wherein white people either become victims of a voodoo curse, or in some other way encounter the phenomenon.

Walking Dead type zombies, ghouls, as George Romero preferred to identify them, can be any race but especially at first, most of the grotesquely made-up extras in most shots seem to be Caucasian. The poor hero of Night of the Walking Dead is a black man, and that in itself is an interesting choice worth exploring, but not here.

Here, we recognize that a certain percentage of our American population have taken the bokor’s poison voluntarily, losing their souls and surrendering their will to the direction of whomever can hold them enthralled, to ignore their own well being, and even to do evil acts.

Beaumont: Zombies!

Legendre: Yes. They are my servants. Did you think we could do it alone? In their lifetime they were my enemies. Ledot, the witch doctor. Once my master. Secrets I tortured out of him. Von Gelder, the swine. Swollen with riches. He fought against my spells until the last. In him I have a struggling type.

His Excellence, Richard. Once minister of the interior. Scarpia, Brigand Chief. Marcquis, Captain of Gendarmerie. And this—this is Chauvin. The high executioner—who almost executed me! I took them just as we will take this one.

Beaumont: But what if they regain their souls?

Legendre: They would tear me to pieces. But that, my friend, shall never be.

Quotes from the script, courtesy of PallorPublishing.com

And now for your regularly scheduled randomness.

WTFJH Yesterday – Day 270: Season of war.

Rantt – Trump’s HHS Just Declared That Life Begins At Conception — Here’s Why That’s Dangerous

Independent (UK) – Last night, I saw Hillary Clinton – every young woman I told was excited and every middle-aged man asked why I’d bother

 

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday – Still With Her

The Village News & Views September 13, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

Greetings, Village Meese. It’s Day 237 of the Resistance and time for another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread.

Books! Books are cool. Some books are good, some are bad, some are funny, some are silly, some are serious, some are boring.

I know about books! I worked for 10 years at a public library! First, I shelved them, then I checked them out to people, then I supervised the circulation desk of a branch library.

I was surrounded on all sides by books!

Before that, I read a lot of books. Book were my friends, educated me, kept me company when I was lonely (and I was lonely a lot), fed my imagination and gave me comfort.

So I’m down with books.

Nowadays, I read digital format. I love being able to carry 50 books around in a small tablet form. I used to carry thick paperbacks around everywhere but that was quite a while ago. Hardbacks rarely, since I’ve generally had to watch my spending. Also, they are arm and shoulder breakers.

Books can carry all kinds of information, and some of that information is very useful and helpful to the Resistance.

Today, let’s share our favorite Resistance related books!

And now for your regularly scheduled randomness.

WTFJH Yesterday – Day 236: Clandestine Efforts.

Wonkette – The 19 Books Hillary Clinton Should Write Next

Shakesville – Hello

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday – Boo

The Village News & Views September 6, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

Greetings, Village Meese. It’s Day 230 of the Resistance and time for another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread.

Nothing special today, mostly DACA with… oh… the banner?

Well, in case you hadn’t noticed, the stores are already putting out their seasonal candy and spooky merchandise even though it’s barely September. To tell you the truth, that’s okay with me. I love Halloween… Samhain… Dia de los Muertos… Whatever you choose. I’m not sure why October 31st became my favorite holiday, except perhaps that it wasn’t attached to so many conflicts some of the later in the year celebrations are heir to. Thanksgiving is problematic if you acknowledge that the arrival of the Pilgrims didn’t turn out so well ultimately for the Native Americans. Christmas has been a subject of contention for a number of reasons, not the least of which it has become a banner for the Right.

In any case, with a veritable living pumpkin inhabiting our nation’s highest office, the White House seems to have become a bit of a haunt.

And now for your regularly scheduled randomness.

WTFJH Yesterday – Day 229: Rescinded.

Irma…

 

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday – Harvey

The Village News & Views August 30, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

Greetings, Village Meese. It’s Day 223 of the Resistance and time for another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread.

Due to circumstances, today’s post is going to be a shell of its former self, but please enjoy your morning beverage, chat with your friends, discuss politics if it suits you, and keep the survivors of Hurricane Harvey in your thoughts.

WTFJH Yesterday – Day 222: Concealed.

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday – Omens

The Village News & Views August 23, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

Greetings, Village Meese. It’s Day 216 of the Resistance and time for another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread.

Banner photo courtesy NASA, though I don’t think it is from this week’s eclipse. But you get the idea. Banner caption should be, “Is this a hint or something?”

This week… I got nothing. So today’s theme is Pause and Re-Group.

However I reserve the right to throw some random stuff out here and… oh, but you’re used to that by now, right?

WTFJH Yesterday – Day 115: Principled Realism

Join the Battle for Net Neutrality – If you haven’t done this, we are going to run out of time to comment rather shortly.

DK: While Pres. Trump took to TV to talk about War, Rev. Barber II came to Topeka to talk about Hope

Music after the break – WARNING! NOT SAFE FOR WORK!

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday – Oh the Humanity

The Village News & Views August 16, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

Greetings, Village Meese. It’s Day 209 of the Resistance and time for another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread.

The banner picture is a crowd shot from the original (my favorite) 1967 movie The Producers. This is the crowd’s reaction during the first few minutes of Springtime for Hitler, before they start laughing. My mental caption for it is, White Men in Horror! If you haven’t seen the movie, I don’t know you.

Oh alright, I know you. You dear sweet innocent young thing!

Mel Brooks said in an interview in 2001, “If you stand on a soapbox and trade rhetoric with a dictator you never win…That’s what they do so well: they seduce people. But if you ridicule them, bring them down with laughter, they can’t win. You show how crazy they are.”

When our waking hours become so inundated with shock, and entirely appropriate horror, what can we do?

We’re already #Resisting with all our might. Are we really supposed to be able to laugh?

For now, it may be too soon. So don’t worry about laughing, yet. But we can acknowledge just how pathetically cartoonish the man occupying the White House is become.

Dangerous? Oh yes. But nevertheless, a nasty, evil, pathetic cartoon.

WTFJH Yesterday – Day 208: Retweet rampage.

TechCrunch.com – FCC adds 2 weeks to comment period for the proposal to eliminate net neutrality rules