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Deserving VS Undeserving Poor

Adora Myers

The following terms are drawn directly from Victorian Era British Law, but continue to be utilized here in the USA when addressing poverty in relation to society, politics, and resource options. If you are sensitive about stereotypes, Class Discrimination or Classism, the following descriptions may be hard to read; however, survival is dependent upon a clear understanding of reality, and this is what poverty survivors face today.

Deserving Poor

The Expectations: Words and phrases are commonly used to describe the ‘deserving’:

  • Connected: Has family or community support or socially acceptable human connections.
  • Entertaining: Fun. Makes people laugh. Useful at a social function or a party. Good source of entertainment.
  • Complimentary: Makes people ‘feel good.’
  • Polite: Makes people feel comfortable. Not scary. Does not swear or get angry.
  • Good Person: Has well behaved children. Lives a socially acceptable lifestyle

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It’s All About Luck

Source: It’s All About Luck

Book Review: Suicide Squad: The Silver Age by Robert Kanigher, with Howard Liss

Suicide Squad: The Silver Age (Suicide Squad Omnibus, #1)Suicide Squad: The Silver Age by Robert Kanigher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is some really nostalgic fun, particularly with the old fashioned renditions of the dinosaurs that pervade most of the stories, but after the first six issues, nothing at all ties them to the later iteration of the Squad, which seems to go from present day (at time of original publication–1959-1966) to World War II (a late story is clearly set there, since we see a Japanese naval crew). The artwork, which is all by Ross Andru apart from one story by Joe Kubert and one by John Buscema is stupendous. It gets annoyingly repetitive as the formula of one guy wanting to shoot the other guy gets carried through several sets of characters, but when you’re reading the stories months apart as originally published, it might have been a bit refreshing. Morgan and Mace are the first pair, but then we get the Wild One who wants to shoot the Sheriff. Toward the end we get a tryout of the G.I. Robot concept, although the robot itself is destroyed.

The first team consists of Rick Flag, Karin Davies/Grace (her surname is given only twice; the latter was used in the later stories), Dr. Evans, and his assistant Jess Bright. These characters are more interesting than the later G.I.s, but it’s a bit farfetched. Rick won’t make public his love for Karin because Jess and Dr. Evans both love her, and Flag fears it will interfere with team solidarity. Part of the problem is that after they encounter giant monsters (sometimes referred to as dinosaurs, but they often don’t look like any known species), they still seem to think that it’s impossible any more such creatures could have survived, which seems to be an attempt to build suspense that doesn’t really work since the reader even then had to be ahead of the story. Kanigher’s writing appears in all except the John Buscema-illustrated story that closes the volume. Early on, the multiple uses of the word “lovely,” especially to describe Karin, stick out as bad writing. This isn’t as bad in the second trilogy as it is in the first, though.

The next team we get is Skipper Allan and the Professor, the former looking a lot like Flag and the latter looking like a bald version of Evans, and they take us through several stories.

The third version of Suicide Squad we get is Vic Morgan and Andy Mace (initially called Barry). The former keeps his gun trained on the latter because the latter accidentally cause the death of Bill Morgan, Vic’s brother. They take us through several stories, and it gets all the more farfetched as we go along that Morgan would get to keep his .45 pointed at Mace the entire time on mission after mission without someone finding out it was more than Mace’s word against Morgan’s. Over the course of their adventures, they meet a baby pterosaur Mace imaginatively calls “Baby Dino,” and Morgan remains convinced through each subsequent story that Baby Dino is not their friend and should be killed. I didn’t like seeing so many dinosaurs getting killed every issue, and I’m not sure why dinosaur loving kids would go for that so much, especially since it often seemed overkill in the most literal sense. In the last of these stories we meet the even more imaginatively named Caveboy.

After that, none of the Suicide Squad members appear in more than one story. Kanigher seems to have liked Mace as a surname because there is a Dr. Mace in one of the Flag-era stories. Mac the Second is also the name of the G.I. Robot.

There is a Showcase Presents volume of The War that Time Forgot that includes many of these stories. Presumably the only ones reprinted here are those that actually use the term “Suicide Squad” or “Suicide Squadron,” since that volume reprints stories from nearly ever issue of Star Spangled War Stories back to #90. I’m particularly amused by the cover copy of #125, p. 289, “The ‘secret war’ that no one will admit is being fought!” I can’t help wondering if Jim Shooter read this issue. Both of these end volumes end with the story from #128, and as ’60s comics in low grade tend to be pricy and hard to come by, I’m not sure if the volume 1 on the cover has any meaning. All the golden age Doctor Fate stories were collected in one volume, but it was still called volume 1 even though there was nothing else from that period to collect.

It’s true that Secret Origins #14, which appears in the first trade volume of the 1987 series does connect all these versions of the Suicide Squad, but it’s quite tenuous here beyond the name.

This volume is printed somewhat larger than comics of the time, which were about an eighth of an inch wider than today, and with much smaller margins than were the norm at the time, which enhances the experience slightly.

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Corporatism is Capitalism, You Morons

The Hobbesian

What makes the An-cap and Paulbot crowd so laughably pathetic is not the fact that they are economically illiterate buffoons, but the fact that they think that they are not.  Apparently reading some Rothbard and a view articles from the von Mises institute makes you a fucking economist in these circles.  They will try to lecture people on why they should throw away their money investing in gold and Bitcoin, or why Central Banks are evil, all the while displaying their ignorance in such matters.

This laughable cluelessness is no more apparent than in the common argument I hear that America is somehow “Corporatist” and not Capitalist.  I constantly hear comparisons between “true capitalism” and “corporatism” and how in a “true free market” we would not see the powerful corporations that seem to exist in our present economy.  They try to say that corporations as legal entities are the product…

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Indiewire Best Films of the 1990s

Of the 737 films from the 1990s I’ve rated, the following got 10s from me:

Army of Darkness
Babe: Pig in the City (they gave honorable mention)
Beckett Directs Beckett: Endgame by Samuel Beckett
Being John Malkovich (on their list)
Black Ice (short)
The Bride with White Hair
Close-Up (on their list)
Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams
Falstaff (film of Salieri opera–probably overrated this)
Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (they gave honorable mention)
Faust (Svankmajer)
Fight Club (they gave honorable mention)
Forgotten Silver
Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life (short)
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (this might not hold up so well, either)
Green Snake
Heavenly Creatures (they gave honorable mention)
In the Mouth of Madness
The Living (short)
Lunatics: a Love Story
Meanderin’ (short)
The Michael Nyman Songbook (concert video)
Naked Lunch
Oedipus Rex (Julie Taymor film of Stravinsky opera)
Open Your Eyes
The Player (they gave honorable mention.)
Playing by Heart
The Quest for _____ (short–I made this, and it was never finished, so it’s not fair)
The Red Violin
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
The Runestone
Rushmore (on their list)
The Second Civil War
Short Cuts (They gave honorable mention.)
Simon the Magician
Smoke Signals
Spring and Chaos
Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould
Top of the Food Chain
La traviata (Richard Eyre filmed opera)
Twelve Monkeys
Twin Falls Idaho
Under the Rainbow (Carl James)
The Wizard of the Emerald City (Pavel Arsenov)
Wisconsin Death Trip

My ratings for other films on their list:

After Life 9
All About My Mother 9
Before Sunrise 9
The Big Lebowski 9
Crumb 8
Daughters of the Dust 8
Dazed and Confused 7
Eyes Wide Shut 8
Fargo 9
Goodfellas 8
Groundhog Day 7
Jurassic Park 7
Magnolia 9
The Matrix 7
Miller’s Crossing 8
My Own Private Idaho 9
Point Break 8
Pulp Fiction 8
Reservoir Dogs 7
Schindler’s List 8
The Silence of the Lambs 8
Speed 6
The Thin Red Line 9
Trainspotting 8
Toy Story 2 9
Unforgiven 8
Wild at Heart 8

I haven’t seen the others. In most cases, I guess we’re just quibbling over overrated or underrated.

10 of the Best Epic Poems Everyone Should Read — Interesting Literature

Are these the best epic poems? Epic poetry has been a part of literature from the beginning, as the following selection of ten of the greatest epic poems demonstrate. Spanning nearly four millennia, each of these classic works of epic poetry tell us something about the human condition, the struggle to overcome the dark forces […]

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Seven of the Best Epic Poems by Female Poets

Interesting Literature

The best epics by women

The IliadThe OdysseyParadise Lost – these are some of the titles that immediately spring to mind when we think of epic poetry. But this ignores the contributions made to epic poetry by women writers over the millennia. Here are seven of the best classic epic poems written by women.

Enheduanna, The Descent of Inanna. This is not just the oldest female epic; it’s the oldest work of poetry written by any named poet, male or female. Enheduanna was a Sumerian high priestess who lived in the 23rd century BC – that’s around 1,500 years before Homer. Enheduanna lived in the city of Ur (in modern-day Iraq), and was a priestess of the Sumerian moon god Nanna. This poem describes the goddess Inanna’s descent into the underworld – Inanna being the daughter of Nanna, and the Sumerian goddess of love…

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