24 01

cnn.com
'La La Land' fails to make America great again
"La La Land's" succcess is troubling, because its candy-colored nostalgia masks a toxic complicity in the dark side of a longing for "simpler times," says Jeff Yang.
By Jeff Yang

“Because “La La Land” is at its heart all about longing for an era in which showy choreography and saturated color could elevate inconsequential first-world troubles into epic distraction. One where — other than John Legend — only white people matter enough to have dialogue, and where Ryan Gosling’s Sebastian can be unironically presented as saving jazz from black sellouts, like Legend’s character.”

Originally posted by animefoodissugoi

Yana’s twitter posts about Elizabeth (2017/01/24)

English translation:

It’s hard to make an effort and keep being the ‘lovely person someone wants you to be’. No one really wants to be stripped off of all their equipment and reveal their vulnerable part that remained at the end.


If someone told you to fight zombies - in underwear and with your set hair totally rumpled - in front of the person you love the most, it’d be totally devastating. That’s why back when I drew that scene, I kept in mind to draw her in a way that at least the readers would find cute. Considering the manga takes place in the Victorian era, the way Lizzie is dressed [in the Campania arc] can be compared to [modern women] wearing only their bra and underwear.


It’s such a trivial detail but since Ciel is smaller than Lizzie, she can’t button the jacket she borrowed from him. However, she keeps wearing it until the very end because the boy she’s in love with lent it to her. I think it’s typical of boys at his [Ciel’s] age to try to do something cool but be unable to really pull it off.


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slate.com
It’s Happening. Trump to Sign Temporary Immigration Ban Targeting Muslims, Blocking Refugees

If you thought, or perhaps just hoped, Donald Trump’s gnarled nastiness on the campaign trail would be softened by hushed reverence of the White House, five days into real life under Trump it’s pretty clear the scowl and the bark are here to stay. What’s worse is that at every crossroads of the campaign Trump opted to delve deeper into the political darkness of division and now he’s systematically enshrining our worst collective demons into law. Next up appears to be the Trump’s call to block many Muslim immigrants and refugees from entering the country.

From Reuters:

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign several executive orders on Wednesday restricting immigration from Syria and six other Middle Eastern or African countries, according to several congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter. In addition to Syria, Trump’s orders are expected to temporarily restrict access to the United States for most refugees. Another order will block visas from being issued to Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified. Trump’s restrictions on refugees are likely to include a multi-month ban on admissions from all countries until the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security can increase the intensity of the vetting process.

This is actually a scaled-back version of Trump’s original, somehow more noxious plan in which he called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” on the campaign trail in Dec. 2015.