Mar 11, 2013 aseth commented on The Myth of Female Autonomy.
That logo has an eerily fascist look to it.
Feb 27, 2013 aseth commented on Polar Bears Are Thriving in the Fox News Universe.
Here's the author Fox News is talking about in that clip, calling them out on air for the way they presented his argument. They pulled his segment from their online posting of the clip:…
Dec 18, 2012 aseth commented on Congrats, Guys! Suck It, Haters!.
Dan's point about six months is valid, but let me remind all of us that life is different for active duty soldiers, and some life decisions are a little more immediate. There's a reason a lot of our grandparents got hitched in the first months of WWII.
Nov 8, 2012 aseth commented on Krugman Hits This One Out of the Park.
I hope that "given the catastrophic failure of socialism" was written with some irony. It's a little off the mark:

There isn't one type of "Socialism," but lots of little socialisms. Soviet communism was one that, yes, failed, but lots of other brands are still alive across the world.
Oct 19, 2012 aseth commented on Will Ferrell's Swedish Old Milwaukee Beer Commercials.
@2 Old Milwaukee isn't really that much worse than the cheapest beers in Sweden (which all taste exactly the same.

Also, it should be noted, a "cheap" beer in Sweden still costs about 8-9 USD at any bar. You take what you get.

Den här är min båt!
Oct 1, 2012 aseth commented on The Death of a Great Marxist Historian.
Could be that Ferguson recognizes that which many of us do--that HobsbawM, regardless of his political leanings (leanings to which I am certainly more sympathetic than Ferguson), was simply a brilliant and engaging scholar. Between his passing and Judt's untimely death a few years back, the field has certainly lost some of its giants in recent times.
Aug 2, 2012 aseth commented on Which Madonna Cover Is the Best Madonna Cover?.
Rondelles - Like a prayer!
Jun 27, 2012 aseth commented on A Note on Superhero Movies.
@3 - Your example almost goes to prove Charles' premise. If there's something behind what he's pondering (and I'm not saying I think there is necessarily, though it's an interesting thought--especially given the roots of Superman, etc.), then it's possibly telling that a superhero would *first* appear in Sweden at the very time that social services and a more equitable distribution of wealth have been profoundly reduced as a result of the policies of the current centre-right government (elected in 2006). The so-called "Alliance" administration of Fredrick Reinfeldt and his financial minister Anders Borg have aggressively pursued a neo-liberal agenda that has radically altered the traditionally strong welfare state infrastructure that the Social Democrats started building in the 1930s (adding to reforms put in place by liberals at the start of the century).

But it's more than just economic policy, I think. Superhero mythology tends to value the individual in a way that seems out of step with post-war Northern and Western European culture generally. American superhero comics have been popular in Europe, of course, but to my knowledge they've never had a major cultural impact (ala something like the Simpsons). But Sweden in particular has seen a growing cult of individualism in recent years, somewhat in connection with the rise of Reinfeldt's "Nya Moderaterna" (The new moderates) political movement. It's the reason a character like Lisbeth Salander (who has super-heroic qualities) was seen in the country as so transgressive (a point missed by most American fans of the millennium series). So maybe there's something to what Charles is pontificating here, but it seems to me that it's probably far more nuanced than just people deprived of social services crazing a magical savior.

Then again, you know, Alabama.
Sep 29, 2011 aseth commented on Lunchtime Quickie: I Have a Dirty Mind.
Is that Ken Moody?
Sep 16, 2011 aseth commented on Bachmann Continues Her Brave Fight Against Vaccination.
What an idiot--not (just) because of what she's saying, but this tactic. She was never going to get the nomination. I just assumed she was running for VP, but if she keeps attacking the other republicans, they'll never be able to put her on the ticket.