Archive for October 15th, 2007

Hatred

Three news items from the last couple of weeks that really drive home just how much Republicans and the Bush administration hate immigrants:

1) Indiscriminate raids and arrests of legal immigrants for… being Latino?

2) Injecting deportees with psychotropic drugs against their will, apparently to make them passive and docile.

3) Tricking immigrants into attempting to register to vote when they’re not eligible, thus permanently disqualifying them from American citizenship.

Just absolutely horrible and despicable. This is not about keeping or kicking people out who don’t have a legal right to be here, this is about abusing, dehumanizing, and sabotaging the hated Other, even when they’re not doing anything wrong. This is not about hatred of illegal immigrants, this is about hatred of all immigrants, all foreigners.

The gap between this country’s stated ideals and actual behavior is simply heartbreaking. We could be the greatest country on earth, but we seem hell-bent on becoming the worst.

3 comments October 15th, 2007 at 10:26pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Immigration,Racism,Republicans

Ooo.

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NASA

Thanks again, Cassini.

Saturn’s pale, icy moon Dione is offset by the gold and blue hues of the planet in this image taken Oct. 11, 2005. The horizontal stripes near the bottom of the image are Saturn’s rings. Cassini was nearly in the same plane as the rings when the image was taken, making them look thin and masking their awesome scale. Dione, like most of the other icy Saturnian satellites, looks no different in natural color than in monochrome images. Spectral filters created this color view, which approximates how the image would appear to the human eye.

2005, eh? Well, it’s new to me…

2 comments October 15th, 2007 at 09:22pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Science

You Got Your Yoga In My Zombies! You Got Your Zombies In My Yoga!

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Tyler Hicks/New York Times

I like things that are weird. I like things that are cool. But most of all, I like things that are weird and cool:

Have you ever wished you could do downward dog with a decomposing body? Well, City Room hasn’t (doing the crow with an intact body is still an insurmountable challenge), but this combination apparently has been a niche fantasy with some population of New Yorkers.

About 75 people showed up in Williamsburg’s East River State Park for an (online) open casting call for the filming of a yoga zombie video on Sunday. “The zombie blogs were only mildly interested in it, it was the yoga blogs,” said Jason Wishnow, the director of the video.

“The R.S.V.P. responses from the yoga blogs were like: ‘I love yoga and I love zombie movies. I’ve been waiting for this!’ It was the chocolate and the peanut butter thing for all these people.”

While the crew had a make-up artist on set, many of the yoga practitioners showed up in their zombie get-ups, ready to go. Mr. Wishnow was impressed by his extras, saying: “Everyone took zombiedom very seriously. There was a lot of groaning and discomfort of their decomposing bodies as they would attempt yoga maneuvers.”

Awesome. You wouldn’t think there’d be a lot of overlap between the yoga crowd and the zombie crowd, but I know better.

October 15th, 2007 at 06:17pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Weirdness

And Yet Still More Salk Institute Photoblogging

Some people say “bleak” like it’s a bad thing…

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October 15th, 2007 at 11:34am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

Monday Media Blogging – Laser Babies Edition

Yes, you heard me: Laser babies. This is brilliant stuff, really.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5dPMtuZsCw
Laser baby vs. dog, Round 1.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRqMzSJMi64
Laser baby vs. dog, Round 2.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPvpbjVJ1VM
Laser babies vs. evil clone.

(h/t Oliver Willis, via Paddy)

1 comment October 15th, 2007 at 07:16am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging


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