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Hillary didn’t lose because of Putin or Comey or misogynistic men, she lost because she ran an arrogant, insulting, elitist campaign. And if Democrats don’t wise up to that soon, they’ll lose the next one too By PIERS MORGAN FOR MAILONLINE It’s been going on for a few months now, and it follows a familiar theme: she gives defiant speeches or interviews to empathetic audiences in which she makes it very clear there are myriad reasons why she lost the US election – but absolutely none of them has anything to do with her. Tuesday, speaking at a ‘Women for Women’ event in New York, Hillary reached dizzying new heights of self-delusion as she tried to explain away the most humiliating loss in American political history. ‘I take absolute personal responsibility,’ she said, and then proceeded to do the complete opposite. Speaking Tuesday at a luncheon in New York, Hillary reached dizzying new heights of self-delusion as she tried to explain away her loss 1) It was the Russians’ fault. Vladimir Putin hates her, she insisted, because she said one of his Russian presidential elections was rigged, so he was determined to wreak revenge by rigging THIS election so she would lose. She categorised this as ‘unprecedented interference, including from a foreign power whose leader is not a member of my fan club.’ No matter that there remains no hard evidence proving Putin rigged anything, let alone that he did it with Trump’s help, which is another of Hillary’s wild, unsubstantiated claims. 2) It was FBI director James Comey’s fault. His decision to publicly re-open the investigation into her notorious emails a week before the election swung it Trump’s way. ‘I was on the way to winning,’ she whined. ‘Until a combination of Jim Comey’s letter and Russian Wikileaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off.’ Hmm, perhaps they were scared off by the fact that someone they already deeply distrusted after decades of dodgy behaviour set up a secret private email server while Secretary of State, a massive and inexcusable breach of protocol. And that she deleted 33,000 emails before investigators could see them. And that the server was linked to Anthony ‘I’ll show you my weiner’ Weiner, the predatory sex-mad husband of her right hand woman Huma Abedin and about as big a security risk imaginable. After claiming, ‘I take absolute personal responsibility,’ she proceeded to blame everyone and everything else  After claiming, ‘I take absolute personal responsibility,’ she proceeded to blame everyone and everything else 3) It was the media’s fault. Apparently, they never asked Trump the right questions in the TV debates. Specifically they failed to grill him about his plans to create jobs. This is a blatant lie: NBC’s Lester Holt’s first question to the candidates in the debate he moderated was about how they would create jobs. 4) And it was sexist men’s fault. Asked if misogyny had played a role in her defeat, she said: ‘Yes, I do think it played a role. It was very much a part of the landscape, politically, socially and economically.’ Really? Hillary lost because she’s a woman? She spent her entire campaign playing up the need to ‘break the glass ceiling’ by making her the first female president, as if somehow America is the only country that matters with regard to political gender equality. The political glass ceiling was first smashed decades ago, in 1960 when Sirimavo Bandaranaike became first female Prime Minister of Ceylon. And it’s carried on being smashed ever since. Indira Gandhi became first female Prime Minister of India in 1966; Golda Meir became first female Prime Minister of Israel in 1969; And in 1979, Margaret Thatcher became first female Prime Minister of Great Britain. Our current Prime Minister, Theresa May, is also a woman and she is very likely to win a landslide election victory in the UK’s general election on June 8. In 2005, Angela Merkel became first female Chancellor of Germany and is still in office today. Angela Merkel has Chancellor of Germany since 2005 +6 Theresa May is the second female Prime Minister - about to win again in a landslide. There are more than 20 female world leaders, yet Hillary claims SHE was thwarted by misogyny +6 Angela Merkel has Chancellor of Germany since 2005, and Theresa May is the second female Prime Minister - about to win again in a landslide. There are more than 20 female world leaders, yet Hillary claims SHE was thwarted by misogyny In fact, there are over 20 female world leaders currently in power. Yet apparently, Hillary was thwarted from becoming President by misogyny, in a country that is widely considered to be the most progressive in the world for women’s rights. And if her sexism claim is true, then why did 51% of white women in America vote for her male opponent? ‘We overcame an enormous barrage of negativity, of false equivalence, and so much else,’ Hillary continued. ‘As Nate Silver has concluded: if the election had been on October 27, I would be your president.’ Ah yes, Nate Silver – the polling genius who gave Trump a 2% chance of winning the Republican nomination and just a 35% chance of becoming president as Americans went to vote. ‘Remember,’ she said, eyes glinting with pride, ‘I did win more than 3 million votes more than my opponent.’ So what? The US election is not won by popular vote. It’s won, as she knows, by votes in the electoral college, and in that contest, Trump thumped her convincingly. Hillary’s ‘I won the popular vote’ claim is like the producer of Hangover saying his movie really won the Oscar for Best Film in 2010, and not The Hurt Locker, because more people watched it so the votes of the Academy’s members don’t count. The system is the system. After two crushing presidential race defeats , you might think Hillary would now retire gracefully. No chance. She's coming over as the worst kind of whiny brat loser who can’t bear the fact somebody else won the prize  After two crushing presidential race defeats , you might think Hillary would now retire gracefully. No chance. She's coming over as the worst kind of whiny brat loser who can’t bear the fact somebody else won the prize After two crushing presidential race defeats to Barack Obama and Donald Trump, you might think Hillary would now retire gracefully from public life. No chance. ‘I’m back to being an activist citizen, and part of the resistance,’ she roared to huge cheers. Hmmm. I’d say the very LAST thing democrats need right now is Hillary Clinton leading the charge to resist Donald Trump. This is the woman who led the charge to resist him all last year – and lost so humiliatingly she couldn’t even appear in public to face the music until the following day. Lest we forget, the ‘most qualified candidate in the history of the United States’ was beaten by a real estate tycoon who hosted a reality TV show. Now Hillary’s coming over as the worst kind of whiny brat loser who can’t bear the fact somebody else won the prize she assumed she was entitled to win. She still appears in complete denial about the real reason she lost, so let me help her with that because I can pinpoint the exact moment. It came during a mid-evening speech she made to a star-studded audience at a fund-raiser in New York on Friday, September 11, when she suddenly decided to abuse, denigrate and mock tens of millions of her fellow Americans. ‘You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables,’ Hillary sneered. ‘Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic – you name it.’ The well-heeled, affluent, liberal, metropolitan elite crowd at super-fancy Cipriani restaurant in Wall Street, where Barbra Streisand and Rufus Wainwright performed that same night, whooped and hollered. Hillary, basking in their applause, added: ‘He has lifted them up. Now some of these folks are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.’ It was a staggeringly arrogant and crass statement to make. Hillary was directly, unequivocally, accusing vast swathes of her fellow Americans of being racist, sexist, gay-and-Muslim haters. She tarred 20% of the entire voting nation with her poisonous bigotry brush. The woman who sneeringly told a room full of elites that half of Trump supporters were 'deplorables' is the worst person to have out front if Democrats want to unseat Trump in 2020. Trump heard those the concerns of Middle America , people she ignored  The woman who sneeringly told a room full of elites that half of Trump supporters were 'deplorables' is the worst person to have out front if Democrats want to unseat Trump in 2020. Trump heard those the concerns of Middle America , people she ignored As I wrote at the time, Trump seized on the gaffe like a ravenous hyena scavenging on a freshly slaughtered gazelle. ‘Wow, Hillary Clinton was SO INSULTING to my supporters,’ Trump tweeted, ‘millions of amazing, hard-working people.’ His running mate Mike Pence joined in the attack: ‘The people who support Donald Trump’s campaign are hard-working Americans,’ he said. ‘Let me just say from the bottom of my heart: Hillary, they are not a basket of anything, they are Americans and they deserve your respect.’ Yes, they did. I spent a lot of time with members of Hillary’s ‘basket of deplorables’ immediately after that speech, filming various documentaries in states like Florida and Texas. To a man and woman, they were incensed by what she’d said. To them, it confirmed their worst suspicions that Hillary was an elitist, out-of-touch, celebrity-worshipping snob who didn’t have clue about Americans living between the east and west coasts, and cared even less. And come November 8, that outrage manifested itself in spectacular style with those people voting for her opponent. So, Hillary can blame whomever she likes for her dismal failure. But the truth is she ran a dreadful, purposeless campaign from start to finish and ignored the very real fears and concerns of middle America. Trump heard those people, visited them regularly and made them believe in him. That’s why she lost. The fact she won’t go quietly, and with dignity, is perhaps unsurprising to anyone who’s followed her ruthless, self-interested, power-crazed Goldman Sachs funded career. But it’s a disaster for the Democrats if they want to stand any chance of beating Trump in 2020. The longer Hillary Clinton hangs around now, like a rotten egg, the worse the stench of failure will linger. She should put her party before her bruised ego and shut up.

zjhentohlauedy  asked:

your answers are always a pleasure to read. fun, witty and very informative! Also do you have any recommendation for lovecraft based movies?

Thanks so much–it’s really nice of you to say that. I’m glad you enjoy reading this stuff. :) I’ll start off, though, by saying you are drifting into dark waters, my friend–and not the fun, monster-y kind. These are full of adaptations whose plots are sometimes unrecognizable as Lovecraft stories, naked people doing things irrelevant to the plot (and that’d have HPL clutching his pearls, I’m sure), and loads of gratuitous gore. This is a notoriously frustrating subject….with a few great exceptions. I’ll try to highlight those and direct readers to additional resources they might explore. 

from In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

Note:  I’ve taken the opportunity to combine a couple of previous posts with the content written for this response, so this is lengthy. I just wanted to everything in one spot. Hope it’s useful to someone! 

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Treasure Planet

So…does anyone remember that really long post I made about Dreamworks’ 2010 film, How to Train Your Dragon, where I discussed all the amazing things about it? 

Well. Let’s pretend here for a minute that you do. 

Because today, I’m going to be doing much the same, only with Disney’s 2002 film Treasure Planet - a sci-fi sort of spin on the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, and one of my all-time favorite Disney classics. 

So I’m just going to plunge right in. 

For one thing, Disney had a strike of true inspiration when they decided to cast Tony Jay as narrator - when I heard Judge Claude Frollo’s voice in my earphones, I immediately sat up straight and gave the film every ounce of my attention. As the narration continued, expertly setting up a world without pausing to wring every ounce of imagination out of the setting, we catch our first glimpse of fifteen-year-old Jim Hawkins - in this version, portrayed as a law-breaking, adventure-seeking teenager, distancing himself from his tired, overworked single mother. 

Okay, firstly I cannot begin to appreciate Jim’s character design. I mean, just look at him. He’s defiant, he’s reckless, he’s got zero self-esteem, and it shows on his face. Just one look at him and you can tell. Disney seriously outdid themselves with the character design in this movie, and the protagonist is their most obvious example. 

But wait. That’s not all.

Because everyone else has a great design, too.

Like Sarah, Jim’s mother, who visibly struggles to run the inn by herself and reconnect with her teenage son. She looks at her child and there is disappointment, there is anger, there is that ‘you can be so much more than what you are’, and you can see it on her face. Because Disney is talented as hell, and it shows in every line of Sarah’s face. 

One night, after feeling he’s failed his mother yet again, Jim meets a mysterious, injured stranger by the name of Billy Bones who, with his dying breath, hands Jim a wrapped package and warns him to “beware the cyborg”. 

Only minutes later, the inn is attacked and invaded, leaving no choice for our heroes but to flee. The attackers set fire to the inn, burning it to the ground, and while Sarah mourns the loss of her toil, Jim unwraps Bones’ package - and discovers it’s a map, a holographic map leading straight to the fabled Treasure Planet.

Determined to make his mother proud and help her rebuild the inn, the teen immediately sets off on a voyage to seize the legendary treasure. 

The captain of the ship, a stern feline woman called Amelia, assigns Jim to work under the cook, Long John Silver - who happens to be a cyborg. 

Initially, Jim is suspicious and their relationship gets off to a rather rocky start. 

But the two develop a close bond, Silver providing Jim with the father figure he never really had. 

There’s just one little problem: they’re both still after the treasure. For completely different reasons. 

It’s a bit different from the original novel, but I feel in some ways it’s also better. But just in case the premise doesn’t convince you, here are some things to note… 

1. Character design - I cannot reiterate this enough. Their character design was wonderful. If you don’t believe me, check out the photo of this arachnid-ish alien-ish creature working as part of the crew - or, as Jim calls him, “spider psycho”. 

And Silver is a cyborg. You cannot beat that.

2. Jim’s father - In the classic, Jim Hawkins lost his father to old age and a failing heart, but in this rendering, his father was shown to be emotionally neglectful for years before finally abandoning his family, devastating his young son. 

In fact, this hurts Jim so much that he has a canon fear of abandonment. At one point in the film, he and Silver are shown taking off in a longboat, and Silver is the first to climb in. He exits through the hatch, releases the sails and shoots off, away from the ship, and never looks back, making Jim recall the morning his father left. But a minute later, we see that this was his imagination. Jim imagined Silver taking off without him. That’s deep as fuck for a kid’s movie. 

3. The backdrop - Okay, I gotta confess, I actually hated the “pirates in space” setup at first. I felt it was clumsy and childish, but now I’m really happy it is the way it is. Without it, Silver wouldn’t be half-cyborg, we wouldn’t get the beautiful shots we do, and we wouldn’t have gotten that fine arachnid ass up there under character design.

4. Silver’s Speech - If you haven’t seen this scene yet, just go to Youtube and look it up. I promise, this one moment is so worth the rest of the film. 

5. The music - John Rzeznik, frontman for the Goo-Goo Dolls, does the vocals for the two songs in the film - “I’m Still Here” and “Always Know Where You Are”. And they both play in the background. This isn’t a musical. People aren’t just bursting into song for no reason. This shit is real.

6. Solar surfing - Jim’s favorite hobby is reckless, dangerous and looks hella amazing. A thin sheet of metal is all that keeps him from plummeting straight down. Can you say ‘ultimate adrenaline rush’? 

7. Jim and Silver - I cannot say this enough, Jim and Silver have the most adorable relationship in the history of ever and if you don’t believe me, go watch the film.