If you care about the environment and the life therein (including you) , contact your senators to oppose this unqualified cabinet pick.

Bill Moyers: Scott Pruitt Will Make America Great Again for Polluters

President Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency might put it on the endangered species list.

Bill Moyers takes on President Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has a track record of putting the business interests of the energy sector before the environmental and health interests of the public. He has spent his career fighting the rules and regulations of the agency he is now being nominated to lead. His expected confirmation threatens to make America great for polluters again.

lunalolita  asked:

are there any books similar to tsoa or even just books about ancient greece and mythology you would recommend?

yes!!! (sorry for the late response) I haven’t personally read any of these but I heard they’re pretty good. Also the descriptions are from Goodreads :)

  • The Last of the Wine by Mary Renault — Two young Athenians, Alexias and Lysis, compete in the palaestra, journey to the Olympic games, fight in the wars against Sparta, and study under Socrates. 
  • The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers — Campbell’s most impressive gift was his ability to take a contemporary situation, such as the murder & funeral of President John F. Kennedy, & help us understand its impact in the context of ancient mythology. 
  • The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons  — Brutally attacked by one god and unfairly cursed by another she faithfully served, Medusa has spent the last two thousand years living out her punishment on an enchanted isle in the Aegean Sea.
  • Helen of Sparta by Amalia Carosella — Long before she ran away with Paris to Troy, Helen of Sparta was haunted by nightmares of a burning city under siege. These dreams foretold impending war—a war that only Helen has the power to avert.

if anyone has any recs, please let us know!


PBS Bill Moyers interviews Pema Chödrön on Faith and Reason (one hour)

I’m going to get Kennedy’s tax cut out of the Senate Finance Committee, and we’re going to get this economy humming again. Then I’m going to pass Kennedy’s civil rights bill, which has been hung up too long in the Congress. And I’m going to pass it without changing a single comma or a word. After that we’ll pass legislation that allows everyone in this country to vote, with all the barriers down. And that’s not all. We’re going to get a law that says every boy and girl in this country, no matter how poor, or the color of their skin, or the region they come from, is going to be able to get all the education they can take by loan, scholarship, or grant, right from the federal government. And I aim to pass Harry Truman’s medical insurance bill that got nowhere before.
—  Lyndon B. Johnson, to aides Jack Valenti, Bill Moyers, and Cliff Carter, as they sat with him in his bedroom before he went to sleep at 4:00 AM on November 23, 1963 – just hours after being sworn in as President following John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

MBTI & Fiction writers (x)
Introverted intuition (Ni) in George Lucas’ (INFJ) Star Wars

“Ultimately, doesn’t it take, particularly in religion, a leap of faith? Kierkegaard’s leap of faith?

Yes, definitely. You’ll notice Luke uses that quite a bit through the films. Not to rely on his senses, not to rely on the computers, but to rely on faith. That is what ‘Use The Force’ is, a leap of faith.

That there are mysteries and powers larger than we are, and that you have to trust your feelings in order to access these things. (…)

I’m making intuitive decisions because I can see the picture in my head even though it’s foggy. And I know instantly whether this fits in there or doesn’t.”


Rest In Peace Lucille Désirée Ball // August 6, 1911 - April 26, 1989 

“I was driving to work on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles during rush hour. Naturally, I had the radio on for company. When the disc jockey announced that Lucy had died, I slowed down and immediately began to cry. After about a minute, I realized that I had stopped completely on a very busy highway. I immediately looked around and saw that every car around me in both directions was stopped, and all of the passengers were shedding tears. We all sort of looked at one another, shared the moment, took a deep breath, and began to drive again.” -The Lucy Book

“It may be that during business hours God and the angels only sit around watching six-part documentaries and Bill Moyers. But back in the “family quarters” I bet they switch to I Love Lucy. And that’s how I know there is laughter in heaven. Because a God who would have created her would never let her laughter be far from home.” - Diane Sawyer delivering Lucille Ball’s eulogy

I think Jon Stewart is the most astute political analyst working today. He has more moments of “Eureka” in a single broadcast than a month of editorials. Who else sets off laughter and light bulbs in your head at the same time? If I believed in reincarnation, I would believe Mark Twain alive and well.
—  Bill Moyers
How did I get over being poor? I got a job as a sports announcer and it led to everything else.
—  Ronald Reagan, as told to Bill Moyers on April 30, 1979.
A Nixon biographer explains how Trump compares
Veteran hands like Dan Rather, Bill Moyers, John Dean, and William Kristol have joined youngsters like Rachel Maddow in drawing parallels between Richard Nixon and Donald Trump. As the author of a new biography of Nixon, I get asked — a lot — how I plotted the book’s release to coincide with the surge in discussion, in the press and social media, of similarities between the disgraced 37th president of the United States and his latest successor, Donald Trump. Read more

And also honestly fuck the idea of remaking Fight Club with female leads. That story is about men and for men.

To quote Chuck Palahniuk: “I’d seen a Bill Moyer television program about how street gangs were really young men raised without fathers, just trying to help one another become men. At the same time, the bookstores were filled full of books like The Joy Luck Club and The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and How to Make an American Quilt. These were all novels that presented a social model for women to be together. To sit together and tell their stories. To share their lives. But there was no novel that presented a new social model for men to share their lives.”

And also, “In Berkeley, a radio interviewer asked me: ‘having written this book, what can you tell us about the status of the American woman in the world today?”

He left it at that, because the book tells nothing about the status of American women, because it’s NOT ABOUT THEM. These girls begging for female remakes need to accept the fact that they are not the target audience for every piece of media, and that you can enjoy something even if the main characters are not of your same sex.

There’s a virus infecting our politics and right now it’s flourishing with a scarlet heat. It feeds on fear, paranoia and bigotry. All that was required for it to spread was a timely opportunity — and an opportunist with no scruples.
—  Bill Moyers
What happens to me when I learn something new, and it happens every day, is that I just feel a little more at home in this universe, a little more comfortable in the nest. I’m afraid that just about the time I begin to feel really at home, it’ll be over.

Bill Moyers, talking to Isaac Asimov in 1988 about the transformation of learning in the then-new digital age. 

Watch the whole interview, in two parts, below. It’s really fantastic. Not only does Asimov basically predict YouTube, social networks, and online education in part 2, in part 1 he discusses how writing down his ideas, in the form of stories, ensures that his mind will live on after his body has ceased to function. Isn’t that what we’re all doing, here, in some way? 

Unpopular Fandom Opinion #3 Trillion

Would it be maybe possible - just MAYBE - to have Star Wars love without feeling obligated to regularly backhand its creator?  To continuously woe over how “if only” Lucas wasn’t such a dictator/moron/incompetent/etc… Star Wars/Hayden’s acting/the prequels/[insert beloved aspect here], would be soooooo much better?  Would it ever be possible to, perhaps, concede that Star Wars’ success is actually not totally in spite of said creator, but rather in large part because of him?  Really starting to feel alone in this department.

(Sidebar: I think Hayden’s acting was excellent and spot-on for the Anakin character, FWIW.  Did Hayden feel creatively restrained?  Maybe.  But even he has admitted Lucas was right to hold him back in certain aspects of Anakin’s personality in AOTC, realizing that ROTS was where those traits ought to be let loose.  And frankly, when you sign on to a movie like SW - that should come with the awareness that you are ultimately a cog in a much larger wheel, that it’s not ultimately about you, that it’s about contributing to someone else’s creation.)

There’s a difference between saying you have issues with his execution of the story - and personally insulting the man.  Personally, I think Star Wars and Lucas are creatively brilliant.  If he’d only created ONE movie that inspired such widespread, lingering devotion and passion, you might chalk it up to a fluke - but SIX movies?  (Or even just three, if that’s your preference?)  That’s not someone just BS-ing his way through everything, who just “happened” to get lucky.  Sit down and watch his excellent interviews with Bill Moyers about Joseph Campbell and mythic structure - the guy knows his storytelling, whatever you think of his ability to execute said story.  I’m sure someone has posted these interviews on YouTube.  In fact I’m tempted to look them up myself.

No movie or director is perfect, including SW and GL, but there’s a difference between admitting something/someone isn’t perfect - and forever blowing up said imperfections to tar them as complete garbage.  (I personally find the Battle of Hoth, and some Endor parts of ROTJ, kind of a snoozefest and have been known to fast forward through them more than once.  Ditto the Obi/Jango fight in AOTC, which I use as my bathroom/snack break.  Does that mean I think those films, or their director, are complete and utter shite?  OF COURSE NOT.  The good far outweighs the bad.)

I see this stuff calling him dictator, dumbass - seriously?  God help any of US who have the fortune to successfully sell a brilliant/popular story - we’ll have no shortage of other people telling us how we have no right to touch our own creation.

I love Tumblr - at least, I love all the artwork and creativity I see as a result of perusing it.  But if I can’t get it without getting splattered by bashing every day, I don’t know that it’s worth it.  I’ve had to move on from a number of places because of the nastiness directed at Lucas/the prequels/Hayden etc., and it would really, really stink to have to do it yet again.  Seriously, TPM was SEVENTEEN YEARS ago - over half my life.  When are we going to move past this bullshit?

Yes, I’ve harped on about this before.  And will continue to, FYI.