"In the midst of an ever accelerating technological revolution, science fiction has emerged as the literature best able to articulate the relentless pace of social change. And as that technological revolution has spread outward from the western world, so the symbols and archetypes of science fiction have become a shared language for understanding the new world we are entering.”
Regal Entertainment CEO Amy Miles says that her chain currently discourages cell phone use “but if we had a movie that appealed to a younger demographic, we could test some of these concepts.” For example, she says that the chain talked about being more flexible about cell phone use at some screens that showed 21 Jump Street. “You’re trying to figure out if there’s something you can offer in the theater that I would not find appealing but my 18 year old son” might.
This is a movie industry press release that says to me - ‘PIRATE THE FUCK OUT OF ME!” Good luck with that.
"Last week, Chris Roberson, a novelist and publisher who has worked on several comics titles for DC and Vertigo, including his own co-creationiZombie, announced via Twitter that due to ethical concerns, he was no longer comfortable working for DC Comics. The remarks, following in the wake of several other comics-related controversies (Before Watchmen and general disappointment over the handling of Jack Kirby’s legacy, among numerous other things) very quickly spread throughout the comics internet, and very shortly led to DC terminating Roberson’s contract. Roberson’s public statements, and the sometimes fiery arguments that it has provoked, seemed in some way to indicate a possible paradigm shift, and we were very pleased when he agreed to speak to us about what happened, his relationship with DC, and the ethics of the comics industry.”
"Omer Petti is a 95-year-old USAF veteran with artificial knees and a heart condition. Madge Woodward, his partner, has an artificial hip. They recently flew home to Detroit from San Diego, and were humiliated and robbed at the San Diego airport TSA checkpoint. The metal in their bodies set off the TSA magnetometer, and Petti was instructed to put his $300 in cash in a bin. Then he was further detained when a swab detected the nitroglycerin residue from his heart pills. He and Woodward were subjected to humiliating patdowns, and then discovered that their $300 had gone missing. When Petti asked where his money had gone, the TSA agent required he and Woodward to remove their shoes again and empty out their pockets, and asked if they were "refusing his request" when they objected. The TSA manager checked the security footage, but reported that it was "too blurry" to see what had happened to the money. The two elderly people were loaded into their wheelchairs and taken to their plane at full tilt, barely making it. They never got their money back."
"Kennedy-Macfoy’s solicitor, Shamik Dutta, of Bhatt Murphy solicitors, voiced concerns at his client’s allegations, saying: "The question many people are bound to ask is why an off-duty firefighter, wearing a pinstriped suit and offering assistance to the police, should have been dragged from his car, shot with a Taser, locked up for many hours and then prosecuted for an offence he did not commit by the very officers he was trying to help."
This episode was Made In Germany With American Parts. Rev. Bucky Argyle, who lives in Germany, unexpectedly sent us this completed show (in both X-rated and PG versions!), leaving a couple of instrumental breaks for credits, which were added in Cleveland as best we could from his rough list of tracks. His source material ranges from 1981 SubGenius tapes with Dr. G. Gordon Gordon to mysterious brand-new tracks snagged from YouTube videos, with a little of everything in between, like oddball songs, devival preaching, and kook clips. A true Media Barrage in the spirit of the early Pleistocene pre-Hour of Slack church tapes. Some of it is Olde SubGenius “best-of” while other audio treasures are completely new to the rest of us. The rant by (?) at the end is a must-hear.