Survivalism – Combat Arms Blog http://combatarmsblog.com/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 14:10:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://combatarmsblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon.png Survivalism – Combat Arms Blog http://combatarmsblog.com/ 32 32 What the cast of Sabrina the Teenage Witch is doing today https://combatarmsblog.com/what-the-cast-of-sabrina-the-teenage-witch-is-doing-today/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 13:45:00 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/what-the-cast-of-sabrina-the-teenage-witch-is-doing-today/ The second of two aunts in ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch,’ Zelda Spellman was played by the actor Beth Broderick. This character was much more logical and assertive than her sister, acting as a level-headed, rational member of the family and someone who would often take charge. A main character for the first six seasons, his […]]]>

The second of two aunts in ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch,’ Zelda Spellman was played by the actor Beth Broderick. This character was much more logical and assertive than her sister, acting as a level-headed, rational member of the family and someone who would often take charge. A main character for the first six seasons, his character was largely absent for the seventh and final season.

A veteran television actor even before “Sabrina,” Broderick continued to appear on various shows. She appeared as a guest on two episodes of “Melissa & Joey” alongside Melissa Joan Hart and was part of the cast of “Lost” in its early seasons. Having moved to Austinshe’s involved in local movie projects and had roles in the 2021 series “Walker” and “Shrill,” with the actor also set to have a regular role in the upcoming “Love and Death.”

Like Caroline Rhea, Broderick appeared in “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” in Part 4 as an altered version of her “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” character. This time around, however, Zelda was an evil demon rather than the charming witch fans remembered. Enjoying the experience of returning to the world of magic, she recounted digital spy: “It was very emotional, too, because we really like the new cast, and we always wished them well. So it was really a great joy to be able to meet them and work with them.”

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Hawley opines on midterm disappointments as if he played no role in GOP setbacks https://combatarmsblog.com/hawley-opines-on-midterm-disappointments-as-if-he-played-no-role-in-gop-setbacks/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 18:00:00 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/hawley-opines-on-midterm-disappointments-as-if-he-played-no-role-in-gop-setbacks/ By the Editorial Board Republican Senator Josh Hawley, who has spent the past six years proudly encouraging Donald Trump’s far-right radicalism, now acknowledges that something is not working with this GOP formula. His recognition follows a dismal midterm performance in which Trump-backed candidates were rejected by voters across the country, with exit polls indicating political […]]]>

By the Editorial Board

Republican Senator Josh Hawley, who has spent the past six years proudly encouraging Donald Trump’s far-right radicalism, now acknowledges that something is not working with this GOP formula. His recognition follows a dismal midterm performance in which Trump-backed candidates were rejected by voters across the country, with exit polls indicating political violence and denial of democracy were among the main refusals of the voters. Hawley, the junior senator from Missouri, has been the child star of violence and denial of democracy with his pompous encouragement of Capitol insurgents and his based on fiction 2020 Election Results Senate Challenge.

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But rather than acknowledge how his own mistakes contributed to his party’s loss of voter confidence, Hawley is pointing the finger everywhere else. Our long-standing policy is not to give Missouri politicians – Democrats or Republicans – unrestricted access to our opinion pages unless they also agree to a meeting to answer our questions directly. We ask tough and uncomfortable questions, and Hawley joins the likes of St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones and Missouri Representatives Cori Bush and Ann Wagner in refusing to answer our questions. Nonetheless, we publish on Sunday’s Opinions page an article Hawley wrote for The Washington Post last week in which he blames Anonymous Republicans for the midterm results. We make this exception because Hawley’s essay requires answering and fact-checking. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to Washington Post restrictions, we cannot publish Hawley’s editorial on our website. It is available in the electronic Post-Dispatch edition or can be read by click here.)

Notably absent in the comments Hawley has made since the election — including his Washington Post op-ed — is any semblance of personal responsibility. It’s all about what others have done to spoil the GOP’s chances and no recognition of what party leadership has actually accomplished. Doesn’t he defend stricter restrictions on the right to abortion? He certainly did when Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell single-handedly manipulated successive Supreme Court confirmation votes to create the conservative majority that overthrew Roe v. Wade this year. And yet, Hawley was one of 10 Republicans who last week voted against McConnell as leader. Perhaps Hawley realizes that revoking abortion rights altogether was not what American voters wanted.

He told KCMO radio that he thinks there needs to be a leader who “actually gets what the voters want”. Everything Hawley stood for on January 6, 2021 was the exact opposite of what voters want. He’s the one who sent the snowball of election denial over the hill with his baseless challenge to Pennsylvania’s 2020 vote. He was the one who gave cheers to the crowd gathered outside the Capitol on January 6, shortly before they stormed the building, attacking police and chanting threats to hang Vice President Mike Pence. and hunt down House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

It was the very violence and denial of democracy that drove millions of voters to reject right-wing extremists at the polls on 8 November. But reading Hawley’s editorial version, it’s as if January 6 never happened: ready to learn all the wrong lessons from this cycle. Over the past week, we’ve heard that this election is about nothing more than the quality of candidates or the operations of participation. Bad. The problem is not primarily tactics; the problem is the substance,” he wrote.

Bad. The election was about the quality of the candidates (a phrase coined by McConnell). Candidates who ran as right-wing crazies were those whom voters specifically dismissed as the shoddy politicians they turned out to be. What planet does Hawley live on?

He continues, “For the past two years, the Republican establishment in Washington has capitulated on every issue, caving in to the Democrats on the Second Amendment and on the left’s radical climate agenda.”

The only “Second Amendment” measure approved by Congress was a bill designed to keep guns out of the hands of deranged individuals by offering incentives – not requirements but inducements – for states to pass firearms laws. red flag. Hawley apparently thinks Americans want more deranged people to shoot up schools, synagogues and malls with military-style weapons. He proposes to finance the hiring of 100,000 additional police officers for American cities. Why are they needed? Because the weapons he wants to put in the hands of more and more criminals and deranged people make the streets more and more dangerous. Voters do not want that.

As for the “radical climate agenda of the left”, we will give it recognition that Republicans are finally acknowledging that the wildfires raging in the western United States, more powerful hurricanes hitting the eastern United States States and deadly polar vortexes dumping sub-zero temperatures and snow across the central United States are all linked to global climate change. Tackling climate change is not left-wing radicalism; it is mainstream American survivalism.

Hawley wants to raise tariffs on goods from China, conveniently avoiding the fact that tariffs are not paid by foreign countries. They are paid for by US importers and passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices. By supporting tougher tariffs, Hawley is providing a first pump to higher inflation. No, that’s not what American voters want.

He talks about a good play on canceling foreign production in favor of American-made consumer goods while improving the wages of American workers. What he doesn’t dare to talk about are the astronomical prices American consumers would pay if this happened. Think inflation is bad now? Under the Hawley plan, add a few hundred percentage points to get an idea of ​​how serious the situation is.

Hawley, an elitist with degrees from Yale Law and Stanford, asserts himself as the spokesperson for “working Americans” as if he had ever earned a salary by digging a ditch or waving a hammer.

This man is an impostor and a chameleon. He pumps up the insurgents, then runs for his life as they overrun the Capitol. He pumps American workers with hands so soft they would blister at the mere thought of doing the kind of work that blue-collar workers and immigrants do every day.

The truth pursues Senator Hawley. So yes, run, Josh, run.

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Quentin Tarantino plans to direct an eight-part series next year https://combatarmsblog.com/quentin-tarantino-plans-to-direct-an-eight-part-series-next-year/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 04:40:27 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/quentin-tarantino-plans-to-direct-an-eight-part-series-next-year/ Considering the purely entertaining reads that are Quentin Tarantino’s first pair of books – his expansion of Once upon a time… in Hollywood and the release recently Cinema Speculation— we’re certainly okay with the director taking his time announcing his plans for his 10th and final movie. However, writing novels is not the only thing […]]]>

Considering the purely entertaining reads that are Quentin Tarantino’s first pair of books – his expansion of Once upon a time… in Hollywood and the release recently Cinema Speculation— we’re certainly okay with the director taking his time announcing his plans for his 10th and final movie. However, writing novels is not the only thing that keeps the filmmaker busy.

While on the last leg of his book tour for Cinema Speculation, at New York’s Times Square, The Town Hall, Tarantino has revealed he’s written an eight-part limited series he plans to shoot next year. While he was tight-lipped about sharing more details (even cheekily shouting a “f*ck y’all” to a spirited audience cheering for more information), he defiantly confirmed that this new project will be not count as his last film.

Along with mentioning that he wrote a play ahead of the making of his 2019 film that he hopes will get off the ground, the wide-ranging conversation with moderator Elvis Mitchell touched Brian De Palma, Taxi driver, Jackie Brown, and Pauline Kael. Tarantino regaled audiences with the story of the only time he spoke with Kael – after growing up vehemently disagreeing but respecting his critics, until they clicked Carrie, “one of the best reviews ever written” – when Mitchell connected the two by phone months before his death in 2001.

When asked what the future of cinema entails, Tarantino predicted that a major turning point will only become clearer in the next three or four years. While he was hopeful for the future of boutique theaters, he wondered if making a movie for Netflix really constituted a movie (which made Mitchell laugh, who has just launched his first film on the platform) and lamented the 30-day theatrical window before a movie was simply thrown on “television”.

As seemingly usual these days, he was also asked about his thoughts on Marvel. His love for comics is well documented, even considering directing a Luke Cage movie starring Laurence Fishburne decades ago. These days, while he would never dream of joining the Marvel machine, the only interesting property for him would be Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos, although he agreed with Mitchell that he had already done his version with Inglourious Basterds. With great pride, he also exclaimed how ahead of the curve he was in terms of the interconnected universe, noting the Vega Brothers and more.

As for other potential sources of income during his future retirement, there is one not count on. He vehemently rejected the idea of ​​ever polishing the script for another project. Telling the story of being heavily pressured into making a pass on Samuel L. Jackson Tree remake, he proudly claimed that his writing was his “well water” and that he wouldn’t give that away.

While we await details on his next series, we at least expect it to contain more of his voice than previous television work on the likes of Emergency room and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Waiting, Cinema Speculation is now out and well worth a readbut a fair warning: you’ll also want to take the time to re-watch every movie mentioned in the book.

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Mom makes desperate plea to find missing son in Cleveland County https://combatarmsblog.com/mom-makes-desperate-plea-to-find-missing-son-in-cleveland-county/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 04:58:13 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/mom-makes-desperate-plea-to-find-missing-son-in-cleveland-county/ Eleven weeks after an Oklahoma City subway man disappeared from his Forest Park home, his mother continues the desperate search for her son. Jeremy Reagan’s truck was found abandoned at the Lexington Wildlife Preserve in August. News 9’s Sylvia Corkill reported Sunday night from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Last week an OBSI spokesperson […]]]>

Eleven weeks after an Oklahoma City subway man disappeared from his Forest Park home, his mother continues the desperate search for her son.

Jeremy Reagan’s truck was found abandoned at the Lexington Wildlife Preserve in August.

News 9’s Sylvia Corkill reported Sunday night from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

Last week an OBSI spokesperson told News 9 there were no new developments in the case, frustrating news for Jeremy’s family.

“They’ve had the case for ten weeks now, and I don’t feel like we’re any closer to finding my son than day one,” said Robin Halzle, Jeremy Reagan’s mother.

Since late August, Jeremy’s family has spent almost every weekend driving from out of state to the Lexington Wildlife Preserve, where his pickup truck was picked up in Cleveland County, a place where the survivalist was known to spend countless hours.

“It literally consumes me every moment. I’ve had a tough few days. I’ve done nothing but cry for days,” Halzle said.

Initial search efforts have diminished, now limited to those close to Jeremy.

“Everyone may have forgotten that he’s still missing, but not me. We haven’t. Everyone is moving on with their lives, and I can’t,” she said.

Jeremy’s mother’s despair grows with the seasons.

“Now it’s winter and it’s cold, but I’ll keep going until they don’t let me in,” she said.

With no sign of Jeremy recovered from these woods, his mother wonders if he’s still there.

“If my son walked away from his life, I still want to find him as long as I know he’s okay,” Halzle said.

“If my son died in these woods, I just want him to come home.”

If you have information about this case, contact OBSI.

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Memory Lane: Remember when Y2K almost ended the world? https://combatarmsblog.com/memory-lane-remember-when-y2k-almost-ended-the-world/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/memory-lane-remember-when-y2k-almost-ended-the-world/ In the 1990s, as the world rapidly digitized, the Y2K computer problem prompted governments around the world to spend billions updating computer systems to fix what was a timing problem. Share your Year 2000 memories with Sudbury.com We always joke that the current generation could not live without their smartphones and game consoles. However, just […]]]>

In the 1990s, as the world rapidly digitized, the Y2K computer problem prompted governments around the world to spend billions updating computer systems to fix what was a timing problem. Share your Year 2000 memories with Sudbury.com

We always joke that the current generation could not live without their smartphones and game consoles.

However, just 25 years ago, the whole world was faced with a completely different kind of fear: living without electricity to run the most basic necessities of life in the 20th century: lights, cookers, refrigerators and heaters. . This fear has spread to the financial sector and prevents people from accessing their money to pay for essentials such as food and medicine.

What was the cause of all this fear? A simple number name, Y2K. The advent of the new millennium.

In the early years of computing, early devices faced limited storage capacities due to the cost of each byte of data. As a result, the vast majority of these early computer programs were written with a shortened two-digit date code to express the year instead of using the full four digits.

For example, the year “1957” would be shortened to “57”, the first two digits assumed by the program being “19”. So what would happen when 1999 gave way to four completely different numbers in 2000? Would all of these systems think the year was now, in fact, 1900? This design flaw became known as the Y2K bug.

As that fateful year approached, governments around the world, business and industry leaders, and ordinary citizens worried about what was to come. Would the world descend into chaos? Fears ranged from power cuts and food shortages to the collapse of the banking system, to the most extreme belief that planes would fall from the sky, prison doors would open spontaneously and nuclear missiles would fire automatically on their targets.

In order to fight fears and win the war against the year 2000, armies of programmers have redirected all their programming efforts. They have been tasked in every sector of government across the world as well as every industry to review every computer program and manually adjust all date entries from two to four digits.

Locally, the three post-secondary institutions — Cambrian College, Collège Boréal and Laurentian University — have joined forces to tackle the Year 2000 problem by creating a “Year 2000 Readiness Project”. ‘computing of the year 2000’. The goal of the initiative was to ensure that building and facility operations, timers, lab equipment and computer systems could make the jump to the year 2000.

In November 1998, a national Angus Reid/CTV poll was conducted among 1,520 adults. Respondents were asked about their knowledge of the “year 2000 problem” and an overwhelming majority of Canadians (93%) were aware of it. However, only one in four respondents were “very familiar” with the issue and just over 50% were “somewhat” familiar with it.

When asked which sectors they were most worried about fixing, most Canadians chose “hospitals and other health care services,” followed by “banking and financial services” and “police and public safety” industries.

Here in Sudbury, a local pharmacy published a short article in the newspaper informing its customers, and citizens in general, that the health services sector was safe from the year 2000 bug. For example, they wrote at the time that the systems in place had already proven effective during the previous year’s ice storm in eastern Canada. Even so, they provided advice (just in case) which included keeping an accurate record of his medications and informing neighbors of any special medical needs. And, in a much more blunt statement aimed at survivors in the community, they reminded everyone that they only needed the amount of medication that was currently prescribed to them and that they should not ask for more for them. accumulate.

In early 2000 (yes, we survived the year 2000), CBC reported that the feds had spent about $2.5 billion on about 11,000 programmers to deal with the year 2000 bug. had even gone so far as to set up an emergency command center which operated 24 hours a day until the first days of January 2000 in case computer problems arose in closed businesses for the duration of the holidays.

Here in Sudbury, Mayor Jim Gordon was interviewed by the Sudbury Star and said he was confident the city had the year 2000 problem under control. Beginning in 1997, the Regional Municipality of Sudbury had plans in place to test each system to ensure that the Y2K bug was eradicated.

In early 1999, plans were put in place to protect Pioneer Manor’s power source by spending $335,000 on a backup power source. A failure of the area’s sewage systems was also an anticipated possibility and prompted local politicians to spend over $2 million to guard against its failure.

Even the discovery of potential Y2K issues within the Sudbury Regional Police’s communications system, though angering the chief at the time, was quickly eliminated at a cost of approximately $328,000 for taxpayers.

In the end, after nearly three years of work, at a total cost of $3.9 million, a sense of “mission accomplished” permeated Tom Davies Square and it was now a matter of waiting and seeing what which would happen on January 1st. .

The Y2K bug caused such fear in the minds of so many people that it created an entire industry for survivors (or “preppers,” as some were known). The bottled water industry was an early winner in the hoarding game, with sales rising exponentially as people hoarded supplies in hopes the entire power grid might go down. breakdown.

In an effort to streamline necessary items for survivors or (as hindsight has shown us) to more easily steal extra cash from those most obsessed with fears of total collapse, ” Year 2000 “survival kits” were offered in magazine ads and infomercials.

At home, we were not immune to the survivalist hysteria of the time. Two days before the New Year, many stores in the area were reporting strong sales on many survivalist staples: generators, lamps, heaters, food and fuel. Local newspapers even printed lists of essential items that their readers could cut out for their own preparations. These lists included the expected items such as: food, water and documents, but also items straight out of a “preparer’s manual”: propane stoves, can openers and waterproof matches.

As the new millennium approaches, books with such fantastic titles as “Year 2000: it is already too late” and “Time Bomb 2000: what the computer crisis of the year 2000 means for you!”, as well as the more benign (but no less interesting) titles, “Y2K For Women” and “The Y2K Survival Guide and Cookbook‘ sat side by side and even became bestsellers before being relegated to the dustbin of bargain books when the calendar hit January 1, 2000.

Many documentaries were produced before the year 2000 to feed some members of the public’s insatiable desire for both doomsday scenarios and survival advice. Leonard Nimoy (yes, Mr. Spock himself) hosted an instructional VHS called “Y2K Family Survival Guideto help families survive the expected “technological apocalypse.” This one hour video can even be viewed on YouTube for all your millennial nostalgia needs.

As the clocks ticked past midnight in each time zone, one after another, people around the world waited, some in fear, others in anticipation, but almost everyone was unsure. of what was about to happen.

In Ottawa, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and several of his close advisers gathered at 24 Sussex Drive in preparation for any eventuality. It was a scene that was mirrored by most governments around the world.

Ten thousand Canadian soldiers, under Operation Abacus (the name being chosen in recognition of the old arithmetic machine that everyone hoped they wouldn’t have to use after the system crashes caused by the year 2000), were on alert and ready to help respond to any emergency. However, in the absence of a clear threat, such as a flood or a snowstorm, and the possibility that the computer systems used by the Canadian Armed Forces would also be affected, soldiers had to be ready to react to anything.

In the end, Sudbury welcomed the year 2000 like all other communities around the world, saying goodbye to 1999 with hope for the new millennium. All fireworks and no “fire and brimstone”. Life went on as normally as the fearmongers and year 2000 survivalists turned out to be wrong.

After more than two decades, how did you feel before the year 2000? Have you been caught up in Y2K fever or Y2K scare? Or maybe you or someone you know was one of many people involved in fixing the problem.

Share your memories of the year 2000 with Memory Lane writer Jason Marcon by emailing him at proudconistondad@gmail.com or emailing the editor at editor@sudbury.com. We will share your memories in Part 2 on November 25.

Jason Marcon is a Greater Sudbury writer and history buff. He leads the Coniston Historical Group and the Sudbury Then and Now Facebook Page. Memory Lane is made possible by our Community Leaders Program.

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Guinness Book of Records man from Harrogate returns home with international hit show https://combatarmsblog.com/guinness-book-of-records-man-from-harrogate-returns-home-with-international-hit-show/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 03:23:40 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/guinness-book-of-records-man-from-harrogate-returns-home-with-international-hit-show/ Coming to the Harrogate Theater – Tim Casson’s Preppers: The Show struck a chord everywhere it went with its positive focus on how we prepare for, react during and recover from emergencies. At a time of crises around the world, Tim Casson’s Preppers: The Show struck a chord everywhere it went with its positive focus […]]]>
Coming to the Harrogate Theater – Tim Casson’s Preppers: The Show struck a chord everywhere it went with its positive focus on how we prepare for, react during and recover from emergencies.

At a time of crises around the world, Tim Casson’s Preppers: The Show struck a chord everywhere it went with its positive focus on how we prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies.

This Saturday, November 12, Tim and the Show arrives at the Harrogate Theater with its multimedia mix of recorded interviews with dance and live theatre.

“I had never brought my work to Harrogate before,” said Tim, who grew up in the town and went to Ripon Grammar School.

“It’s been everywhere else in the world this year except Harrogate.

“It’s nice to come home. It’s very exciting.”

Tim, 37, who went to the Brit School of Performing Arts, which launched the careers of singers such as Adele and Amy Winehouse, and earned an MA at London Contemporary Dance School, saw himself brought up in the Guinness World Records book for a dance piece. which he created in 2102.

Called 152, Tim has worked with 152 different choreographers and combined their moves into a 12-minute solo dance piece.

It’s still the highest number ever for a show of its kind in the world, even now.

“I try to do dance performances for people who have never seen dance performances,” Tim said.

“What interests me is finding new ways to tell stories.

“I’m known for doing happy, happy shows as a rule.

“It’s not a dark show about survival, it ends up being uplifting.”

Based on real interviews with members of the UK survival and prep community, intercut and combined with live performances, Preppers: The Show avoids the cliché.

Created and performed with Lucy Starkey and Mathew Winston, the hit production’s themes may ring with an era of Covid, economic shocks and war in Ukraine, but the idea hatched before the new era of permacrisis.

“We started the show before Covid in 2019,” Tim said.

“I had heard of survivalists, obviously, who some people think are just paranoid.

“The general opinion is that it will never happen, which is what people are worried about.

“But I remember seeing a psychologist on TV being asked ‘what do you think is going to happen’, saying ‘we’re probably due to a pandemic.

“No one agreed at the time.”

After conducting numerous interviews and research once he was sure, Tim came to a startling conclusion – the motivation behind survivalism is mostly positive.

“Planning ahead is normal for everyone, whether it’s insurance or a big grocery store.

“Sometimes people build a bunker, but it’s not always so extreme.

“Preparation is hopeful. Why would you prepare for the future if it wasn’t worth living?”

The new show, which features performers Emily Yong, Alice Shepperson, Tom O’Gorman and Sebastien Kapp and music by Paul Rogerson, is also more British than American, which makes a difference.

“I was interested in being British,” Tim said. “Unlike America, it is illegal to have guns.

“Preppers here are more likely to stock up on tea bags or books.”

Having done a lot and seen a lot, Tim Casson has come a long way since growing up in Harrogate where he started dancing at the age of 11.

But it’s good to be back.

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Fiction: “Liberation Day” by George Saunders https://combatarmsblog.com/fiction-liberation-day-by-george-saunders/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 14:23:00 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/fiction-liberation-day-by-george-saunders/ In his 2021 critical study “A Swim in a Pond in the Rain”, analyzing short stories by Tolstoy, Chekhov, Turgenev and Gogol, George Saunders observed that the great Russian authors “seemed to regard fiction not as something decorative but as a vital morality”. – ethical tool. The idea was one of many taken from Mr. […]]]>

In his 2021 critical study “A Swim in a Pond in the Rain”, analyzing short stories by Tolstoy, Chekhov, Turgenev and Gogol, George Saunders observed that the great Russian authors “seemed to regard fiction not as something decorative but as a vital morality”. – ethical tool. The idea was one of many taken from Mr. Saunders’ fictional seminars at Syracuse University, where he has taught since 1997, during which time he not only became the most influential short story writer in the country, but also his most appreciated writing teacher. These twin roles – artist and pedagogue – have become increasingly intertwined in recent collections, and in Mr Saunders’ latest book of stories, ‘Liberation Day’, he wields the ‘moral and ethical tool’ of fiction with more frankness and effectiveness than ever before. .

Each story has been skillfully crafted into a moral parable touching on issues of loyalty, obedience, justice, sacrifice and kindness. In “The Bold Action Mom”, a mother is tormented by the question of how to respond – with just retribution or self-sacrificing forgiveness – after a tramp assaults her son. “A Thing at Work” ably illustrates Darwinist office survivalism, which only entails punishment for the least powerful employee in the company: the secretary accused of pocketing coffee pods. Sometimes the ethical dilemma is stated at the start, as in “Ghoul,” set in a hellish, tightly regulated theme park: “Rules are rules, friends are friends. But now rules and friends don’t bother me. impose different courses of action, and which should I choose?”

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Shelley Duvall performs after 20 years of absence in The Forest Hills https://combatarmsblog.com/shelley-duvall-performs-after-20-years-of-absence-in-the-forest-hills/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 22:41:15 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/shelley-duvall-performs-after-20-years-of-absence-in-the-forest-hills/ No one can ever forget the faces of fear Shelly Duvall referred to as Wendy, the terrorized wife of Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror masterpiece the brilliant. But after a string of stars starred in now-classic films throughout the 1980s and beyond, she all but disappeared from the spotlight. Now Duvall […]]]>

No one can ever forget the faces of fear Shelly Duvall referred to as Wendy, the terrorized wife of Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror masterpiece the brilliant. But after a string of stars starred in now-classic films throughout the 1980s and beyond, she all but disappeared from the spotlight.

Now Duvall is back after a 20-year hiatus, picking up low-budget indie horror flick as a place of emergence, with what The Hollywood Reporter described as a “cameo” appearance. At least it’s high-impact; as an NSFW trailer for The forest hills Below teases, her character’s first words are an urgently shouted plea to her adult son, Rico (Chiko Mendez), an introspective exhaustion that, incidentally, could also be moonlit as a wolf- were.

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“You are a fucking murderer, Rico! moans a distressed Duvall, leaving us to wonder how much the rest of the film might explore her seemingly unassuming role as an exasperated mother. If you spotted a pair of other familiar actor faces in the clip, your eyes aren’t deceiving you; both Terminator 2: Judgment Dayit is Edward Furlong and 1980s genre star Dee Wallace (who played Elliot’s mother in AND the extra-terrestrial as well as the female lead in a series of 1980s horror hits) are both key players in the film’s small cast.

Although Furlong and Wallace have remained active with roles in less high-profile projects in recent years, Duvall has been entirely absent from screen projects of any kind since her last film role, playing a detective in the film festival favorite from 2002. manna from heaven. “It was a lot of fun and I’m excited to be back,” Duvall shared with THR of his surprise return in The forest hillswritten and directed by Scott Goldberg (who previously worked in a series of horror shorts before producing and directing the docudrama Off the Grid: Survivalism and Frugality on Amazon Prime.)

The movie itself is about Rico (Chico Mendez), who is “tormented by nightmarish visions after sustaining a traumatic brain injury while camping in the Catskill woods.” synopsis tease. “Billy (Furlong) creates a horror reality for him by persuading Rico to follow his beliefs which plunge him deeper into despair.” Wallace plays a woman named Angela, and while the trailer doesn’t clearly define her relationship with Rico, it’s pretty clear that she shares the same core concerns about her life choices — and her sanity — that plague the character. by Duvall.

According to the trailer, The forest hills making its way to a 2023 release, though it doesn’t say if it’s in theaters or digital. Either way, it’ll be welcome fun to catch a trio of rarely seen genre stars unleashing together in a shamelessly bloody horror game.

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Lost’s Most Break-Worthy Moments https://combatarmsblog.com/losts-most-break-worthy-moments/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 17:00:00 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/losts-most-break-worthy-moments/ Of all the many mysteries the survivors of Flight 815 encounter on the island, one of the most enigmatic and bizarre is that of the Swan Station computer. According to Desmond Hume (Henry Ian Cusick) – who inherited his directive from Kelvin Inman (Clancy Brown) and is only too happy to pass it on to […]]]>

Of all the many mysteries the survivors of Flight 815 encounter on the island, one of the most enigmatic and bizarre is that of the Swan Station computer. According to Desmond Hume (Henry Ian Cusick) – who inherited his directive from Kelvin Inman (Clancy Brown) and is only too happy to pass it on to the survivors of the midsection – a number must be entered into the retrolicious computer of the Swan station. every 108 minutes. Failure to do so, he explains, will have devastating consequences. To keep operators focused on the task, the Swan Station is equipped with an old-fashioned countdown timer on the wall, and an alarm begins to sound when the counter reaches T-minus four minutes.

With such a strict schedule to adhere to, it’s no surprise that there is ultimately a breakdown in the system, especially with the chronic disunity plaguing survivors. As John Locke learns in “One of Them” (Season 2, Episode 14), after time runs out, his tiles change from relatively neutral black and white number tiles to an ominous red and black, the numbers being replaced by cryptic hieroglyphs. Hieroglyphics are a recurring theme on the island and in the series. They can be found on Benjamin Linus’ Secret Door, in the Frozen Wheel Chamber, on the Temple Wall, and inside the Lighthouse, to name a few.

According to Damon Lindelof in the Bonus Season 4 “Lost” DVD features, the producers consulted an expert in Egyptian hieroglyphs to create these details for the series. In the bonus Season 3 DVD “Access: Granted”, the showrunners explained that the hieroglyphs of Swan Station were meant to translate to “Underworld”.

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America’s Favorite Marilyn Monroe Snapshot https://combatarmsblog.com/americas-favorite-marilyn-monroe-snapshot/ Fri, 21 Oct 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/americas-favorite-marilyn-monroe-snapshot/ Most films that are widely vilified upon release simply evaporate in their own disfavour. Yet Andrew Dominik’s recent Netflix film, Blondlingered in the public consciousness weeks after its release and the criticism that followed for one simple reason: Marilyn Monroe’s enduring star power. The film is based on Joyce Carol Oates’ 2000 novel, which promised […]]]>

Most films that are widely vilified upon release simply evaporate in their own disfavour. Yet Andrew Dominik’s recent Netflix film, Blondlingered in the public consciousness weeks after its release and the criticism that followed for one simple reason: Marilyn Monroe’s enduring star power.

The film is based on Joyce Carol Oates’ 2000 novel, which promised 20 years ago to reveal, through fiction, the real person behind the famous image. “I must tell you immediately that I would never have written a book about Marilyn Monroe”, Oates said in an interview promoting the novel at the time. “I got very interested in writing about an American girl who is Norma Jeane Baker who becomes a celebrity later in life… To me, she’s still Norma Jeane.” It wasn’t a new idea then, and it isn’t today. The idea that Norma Jeane is more important than Marilyn Monroe won’t fade, because both the premise of Blond and his criticism WELCOME do everything too disengage.

Since the first press release written in the studio in 1946, the search for the real Norma Jeane behind the supposedly artificial character of Marilyn Monroe has pushed endless stories. After studying the myths around Monroe for many years and analyzing them in my book The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe, I’ve seen how persistent and popular these tropes are. We keep talking about the Marilyn Monroe myth, but the Norma Jeane myth is its foundation, encouraging people to express open contempt for the “fake” Monroe by pretending to love the “real” Norma Jeane instead. . In fact, Marilyn Monroe was a real person recognized by our culture in every way except in our stories about her.

Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe in Blond (Netflix)

These stories, which insist that Monroe destroyed the real Norma Jeane, have been circulating for decades. For Elton John in “Candle in the Wind”, Monroe was really Norma Jeane: “Goodbye Norma Jean / From the young man in the 22nd row / Who sees you as something more than sexual / More than our Marilyn Monroe.” She was Norma Jeane to her early biographers, including Fred Lawrence Guiles, who published Norma Jean: The Life of Marilyn Monroe in 1969 (later correcting the spelling to “Jeane”, as it appears on her birth certificate). Norman Mailer closed Marilyn (which he called a “new biography”, because he romanticized at will) with the words “Goodbye, Norma Jean”, in 1973 – the same year Elton John sang them. The biography of Gloria Steinem in 1986, Marilyn: Norma Jeane, went in search of the real Norma Jeane; a decade later, photographer George Barris presented a book stating, “His greatest enemy was Marilyn Monroe. Her real self was little Norma Jeane.

The idea that Norma Jeane is both the real Monroe and someone different from Monroe is the myth of Marilyn Monroe. It’s a fundamentally misogynistic idea, blaming Monroe for the contempt with which she is treated. Dominik promoted his film by implying to a reporter that Monroe’s films aren’t worth watching, adding that Men prefer blondesin which Monroe delivers one of the greatest musicals ever filmed, is only about two”well dressed whores.” When Monroe left baseball legend Joe DiMaggio in 1954, a stranger handed her a letter with the word whore written in shit. Nothing has changed: people still shit on Marilyn Monroe.

No matter how oblivious it may be, reducing the wildly successful Monroe to “little Norma Jeane” has the undeniable effect of denying her power, keeping her infantilized, pathologized, and forever less than a whole self. Or too much of me, like when Mailer said Monroe “always lived with the full equivalent of two people inside her.” Either way, something is wrong with Monroe, rather than with society’s attitude towards her.


This basic disdain for the very idea of ​​Marilyn Monroe turns into a number of unquestioned clichés about her. One, for example, is that she hated herself – as the tragic circumstances of her death supposedly prove. Little that Monroe actually said suggests that this is true. In many interviews, especially in the fullness of her fame, she spoke of self-respect, emphasizing her self-worth, asking people to take her seriously. Monroe’s drug addiction was self-destructive, yes, but it probably got out of control before she understood its dangers. Addiction doesn’t have to be a symptom of self-hatred: it can also provide an escape from the derision of others.

Another disparaging cliché presented in Blond, for which the film was widely criticized, is that Monroe has always been the passive object of outside forces. As Oates said in 2000, “I actually never wanted to write about Marilyn Monroe. It’s something that happened to me, like her life happened to Norma Jeane. But Marilyn Monroe’s life did not happen to Norma Jeane Norma Jeane is only significant because she created Marilyn Monroe. If Norma Jeane hadn’t turned into Monroe, we would never have heard of her. But we’re not talking about Monroe as the agent of her own transformation; instead we talk about her passively Become Marilyn—which is also the title of a recent French documentary, stage show, and countless headlines over the years, including a number of recent descriptions of Ana de Armas’ performance in Blond.

We still refuse to do Monroe the fundamental justice of attributing her own stardom to her. “She started out with less than any girl I ever knew,” the head of her first modeling agency once said, “but she worked the hardest… She wanted to learn, wanted to be someone, more than anyone I’ve ever seen before in my life.” Monroe wasn’t put on a treadmill; she pushed and pushed her way over it, then beat the competition. Nobody made him change his name either: a casting director suggested it, and Monroe, hungry for fame, accepted. “Monroe” was, in fact, her mother’s maiden name, and thus has considerably more claim to being Monroe’s “real” name than the shifting surnames of her precarious childhood.

She legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe shortly after starting her own production company: there’s no reason to consider her name change anything other than a triumph. affirmation of his identity. She is globally recognized as Marilyn Monroe 60 years after her death, but people still mourn the loss of Norma Jeane. Cary Grant said everyone wants to be Cary Grant, including him, but no one is saying Archie Leach is the real Cary Grant. No one sings “Goodbye, Frances Gumm”; everyone prefers Judy Garland. We also prefer Marilyn Monroe, but we categorically refuse to admit it.


There is another Marilyn Monroe, remembered by those who actually knew her – a woman of extraordinary determination, ambition, humor and dedication to her craft. Her addiction to pills was severe; his stage fright was real and disabling; each of his hits was met with mockery and gaslighting. She rose above it all, fighting back, pushing them away, showing them off, until one day she took too many pills that she was taking too recklessly on a regular basis. Dominik’s film speculates that she deliberately committed suicide, but this is by no means certain.

Norma Jeane Mortenson (later Marilyn Monroe) poses for a hair products advertisement in 1945
Photo by Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty

“Everyone knows her insecurities,” another biography of Monroe quoted her friend, photographer Sam Shaw, as saying, “but not everyone knows how fun she was, that she never complained ordinary things in life, that she never had a bad word to say about anyone, and that she had a wonderful off-the-cuff sense of humor. The truly rare tribute to Monroe would focus on her survivalism, her ambition and her spirit, the courage with which she fought her detractors. It would show Monroe studying literature at UCLA at night, her sustained readings in psychoanalysis and, above all, the seriousness with which she approached the game as a form It would describe his political commitments, his support for racial and sexual equality, his hatred for McCarthyism and his defiance of the House Un-American Activities Committee, his interest in the Kennedys’ progressive agenda (as opposed to to a desperate hope that they quit would kill their wives for her), and her dislike of Nixon, whom she compared to some of the “born cowards” who ran Hollywood. She disdained Mailer too, refusing to meet him; after reading his Hollywood novel The deer park, she reportedly said he was “too impressed with the power”, adding, “You can’t fool me on that.” This Monroe also exists in public records, but it is not the one circulating in our stories about her.

The great struggle of Monroe’s life was not her struggle with addiction, depression and loneliness, it was her struggle for respect, which our culture still denies her. “Some people have been mean,” she once said. “If I say I want to grow as an actress, they look at my figure. If I say I want to grow, learn my craft, they laugh. In a way, they don’t expect me be serious about my work. I’m more serious about it than anything else. ” Monroe wanted above all to progress and improve, but we do not let her change, because then it would be necessary to change her mind and admit that she was one of America’s great success stories, instead of one of his favorite tragic myths. In truth, Marilyn Monroe offers one of the purest examples of the old American promise of reinvention. And, on the evidence of stories such as Blond, we continue to evolve much less than it.

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