What I Think

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I think there is a very great need for society to find out the root causes of sexual harassment & predatory behavior, and develop possible effective treatment & rehabilitation strategies for the people who commit these acts.

But “right now” is not the time to focus on this. Now is the time to ensure that our workplaces (and the world in general) are safe environments for everyone, and that injustices are addressed. There is a tremendous amount of trauma that has been inflicted; this is a triage situation.

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Hollywood Nightmares

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In fireworks are released, all the explosive pyrotechnics of a dream. The inflammable desires, dampened by day under the cold water of consciousness, are ignited at night by the libertarian matches of sleep, and burst forth in showers of shimmering incandescence. These imaginary displays provide a temporary relief.
–Kenneth Anger

As I’ve written here before, I used to read the newsstand tabloids since I was a little kid. In fact, I read Kenneth Anger’s Hollywood Babylon & Hollywood Babylon II while I was still in grade school. To my young mind, what I was reading was bonafide horror stories. You couldn’t find a scarier horror story for my young mind than Jayne Mansfield’s decapitated head resting on the windshield of her totalled car.

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2 Real Man

sjgr.gifI don’t write a whole lot about current conspiracies anymore because I’m actually so creeped out that a bunch have recently been shown to have some credence to them.

When they were just a LARP, you know, it was kind of exciting to just hunker down and get super paranoid and clever. But even though we seem to be in  a period of unprecedented disclosure and confirmation on a lot of shit…you know, for every action there is a reaction.

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Observations, 11/6/17: Desensitization

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And so we have this shooting at a Sutherland Springs church—one of the worst church shootings in American history (also, we now have an active sub-category of mass shootings called “church shootings”). 27 dead. On the same day, and in the same state (Texas), as the Fort Hood shooting of 2009, in which 13 people died.

How long will the vast majority of the American public keep their attention on this tragedy—much less even remember it at all outside of listicles—a few weeks from now?

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Observations, 11/1/17

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And so the month ends as it begins—with another act of terrorism against innocent bystanders. Do I dare trace this thread? Beginning at Las Vegas, in the shadow of the great black pyramid of the Luxor, and ending by the footprints of the former Twin Towers.

I did a bit of a “travelogue” of that particular area of downtown Manhattan earlier this year—the same place where yesterday a man purposely ran his truck into a bike path, killing eight people. I had described the “Oculus,” a highly modern and cold white transportation hub that housed a high-end mall.

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“…Or Live Long Enough To Become The Villain”

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I happen to believe we get what we deserve.
—Kevin Spacey, when asked about the 2016 U.S. presidential race

I have written about the latest allegations regarding actor Kevin Spacey here and here…but I do have to comment briefly on the synchronicity between his filmography and his real life.

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The Ballad Of Sean Penn And El Chapo

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My head is swimming, labeling TracPhones (burners), one per contact, one per day, destroy, burn, buy, balancing levels of encryption, mirroring through Blackphones, anonymous e-mail addresses, unsent messages accessed in draft form.
–“Fast Times At Ridgemont High” star Sean Penn

At the beginning of his Rolling Stone interview with notorious fugitive drug kingpin “El Chapo,” Sean Penn positioned himself as somebody sounding a lot less like a “journalist” and a lot more like an espionage agent. This only added more gasoline to the conspiracy theory that he was actually a secret agent for the CIA.

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