Bad Hombres and Nasty Women

Last night was the last presidential debate of the season, hosted by Chris Wallace. No, not the late Biggie Smalls, but the mutant rodent from Fox News.

Not THAT mutant rodent.
This will hopefully be the last time Donald Trump participates in one of these things, but I’m trying not to be too optimistic. Every time something disgusting comes out about the guy, the media predict it’s the end for him. But no, his poll numbers might dip somewhat, but they’re not zero. It’s not a good idea to get complacent. I guess campaigning is all about unbridled optimism, though. Candidates are always introduced as “the next President of the United States,” and talk about their ideas as if they’re going to solve all the problems facing the country. The public likes confidence, even if it’s unwarranted. Maybe that’s why people will say Trump won the debate when he spent it threatening his opponent and babbling on about nothing. He’s still pulling out the standard lines and actions: “Nobody [blank] more than I do,” “We’re going to have so much of [blank],” black neighborhoods are hellholes, yelling “Wrong!” when Hillary Clinton talks, and the bizarre hand motions that probably indicate he’s imagining simultaneously jerking off Vladimir Putin and Julian Assange.

It seems to me that, when your signature phrases have basically become national laughing stocks, you should either try to stop using them or make a joke out of them. But maybe there are Trump fans who swoon like girls seeing the Beatles for the first time when he says, “Nobody has more respect for women than I do.” To me, it’s ridiculous. Not only is it demonstrably untrue, but it’s just not something to brag about. Does he think he deserves an award for treating women with basic human decency? Hey, it wouldn’t be the first award he took without earning it.

The vastly different views that politicians and voters take were pretty well exemplified by how Hillary implied Trump’s being endorsed by the NRA was a bad thing, while he said he was proud of it. Personally, I’m pretty anti-gun, but I also think the NRA has become more of a right-wing lobbying and intimidation group than a gun advocacy organization anyway. He’s obviously trying to curry favor with evangelical voters by claiming he’ll appoint Supreme Court Justices whose only goal is to overturn Roe v. Wade (because that’s based on a strict interpretation of the Constitution…somehow?). And apparently Trump supporters still think building a wall along the entire Mexican border is a practical idea. Also, Hillary is apparently “such a nasty woman” because she wants to strengthen Social Security and not cut benefits. Seriously? Was he even listening to what she was saying at the time?

Something else Trump and other Republicans apparently can’t stop mentioning is how Hillary and President Obama don’t use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” Who cares? I’m not saying the term isn’t accurate or shouldn’t be used, but what does it really accomplish? Does Trump think ISIS would have the same reaction to the words that the Knights Who Say Ni do to the word “it”?

His language in general is just bizarre. He said that Putin “outsmarted” Clinton, as if they’re Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd.

“Ain’t I a stinker?”
There was also something about ripping babies out, bad hombres, and women accusing him of sexual harassment in order to become famous.

I’ve heard that he actually keeps saying “big league” instead of “bigly,” but: 1) it sure SOUNDS like “bigly,” and 2) it’s not like the former makes much sense either.

Picture by Chris Piaschik
Maybe he also thought it was the other Chris Wallace moderating, and was mispronouncing “Biggie.” It’s all locker room talk to me.

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I Will Survive

It’s fascinating how many different scenarios people have come up with for the total collapse of society. I haven’t really done much research into the Preppers or Survivalists, those who stock up on provisions in their bomb shelters so they’ll be able to survive whatever may come.

“Hey, it works for squirrels, right?”
It’s kind of a fad these days to be “into survival,” as if that isn’t an instinct for practically every animal. Many people predicting that the end is coming soon do so for religious reasons, with the Great Tribulation and all that; but there are those who have proposed more secular apocalypses. We made it through the Cold War, but there are still plenty of nuclear weapons around, and people like Donald Trump who wonder why we aren’t using them. Isn’t it strange how Trump supporters seem to think the nation will be on the brink of collapse if he DOESN’T get elected?

Did you catch Ben Carson insisting morals don’t matter anymore because the country is a train going off a cliff? He’s not entirely clear on WHY he thinks the country is in such bad shape, but it apparently has something to do with regulations, rich people paying too much in taxes, and undocumented immigrants. Those things don’t sound all that apocalyptic to me.

Global warming is also a significant concern, although it seems that many of the same people anticipating societal collapse don’t even believe in that. The regulations that Carson thinks are driving us off a cliff strike me as necessary to maintain the environment. The Wikipedia entry mentions that Mormons were among the first to begin stockpiling food for catastrophes, and it doesn’t appear that they’ve eased up all that much. Glenn Beck partnered with a company selling gold coins, his pitch being that economic collapse will make paper money worthless.

I’m not sure why people who fear this don’t seem to realize that the value of gold also relies on human belief. I mean, it’s pretty, and really malleable; but not a commodity that seems like it would be of much practical use in a post-apocalyptic society, except maybe if genetically modified magpies take over the world. Apparently the Glenn-Beck-alypse would end the concept of currency, but wouldn’t go far enough that we’d just switch to a barter system. And don’t the Left Behind books have the main characters planning to just hide out in a bunker during the Tribulation?

Another major player in marketing to such fears is Jim Bakker, whom you may remember as the televangelist who spent five years in prison for cooking the books and overselling stays in his luxury hotels, all but one of which didn’t even exist. I have to wonder what staying in a resort has to do with Jesus anyway, but never mind. He’s back on the air now, no longer preaching the prosperity gospel, but still eager to make a lot of money. He now sells enormous buckets of food, which you’re apparently supposed to eat after the world crumbles, and then use the empty buckets as furniture or toilets. That’s the impression I get from Vic Berger’s creative edits of his show, anyway. Speaking of parodies, what with Bob Dylan having won a Nobel Prize, isn’t the time ripe for someone to write new lyrics to “Buckets of Rain” about Bakker’s buckets?

Didn’t Jesus say that, when you see the abomination of desolation, you should flee to the mountains without bothering to take anything with you? He said to be prepared, but also to be humble and give to others. I’m not sure the smugness that some preppers seem to have really fit with this.

That can be interpreted a few different ways.
The Simpsons episode “Homer Goes to Prep School,” in which Homer becomes interested in doomsday prepping, addresses this, with Marge admonishing him for calling himself a Christian when he’s not willing to help others.

It turns out that society doesn’t crumble after all, as it’s not the last episode of the show or anything. Then again, in “Thank God It’s Doomsday,” the Rapture and Tribulation actually do happen, but Homer convinces God to reverse them. Not that I’d worry TOO much about what Jesus said regarding the world ending, since he seemed to think it would happen while some of the people he was talking to were still alive. Aside from that, I have to suspect surviving an apocalyptic event wouldn’t necessarily be that enjoyable. I guess you can read all the books you never had time for before, as long as your glasses don’t break and nobody has burned them for warmth. But really, even the least social person would get lonely after a while, and who wants to sit around in a cramped space eating creamed corn anyway?

And if there ARE other survivors, what if you have to fight them for resources, like in the movies? Wouldn’t it suck to survive an atomic blast, only to get shot by someone who wants your pork and beans? I’m just not sure it’s worth it.

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Friends in Grindylow Places

You might remember the Grindylows from their appearance in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, in which they lived in the lake at Hogwarts. They are an actual sort of creature from English folklore, being particularly associated with Yorkshire and Lancashire. They also appear in China Miéville’s The Scar, one of his Bas-Lag books, which makes them sadistic telepathic beings that live in water but are capable of surviving on land or in the air. In the original folklore, they serve as a warning for children not to get too close to ponds. They are said to live at the bottoms, and use their long, sinewy arms to drag down anyone who comes near. The creatures are sometimes described as having green skin, horns, and sharp green teeth. The Harry Potter version has tentacles like an octopus.

I’ve seen it said that they also sometimes dwell at the tops of trees, where they moan constantly. You can see some more artistic representations of Grindylows at this page. Accounts of Jenny Greenteeth are similar, although the name is thought to be related to the monster Grendel from Beowulf. This monster lives in a cave under a swamp, presumably rather than actually in the water. There’s little physical description of the guy. We know he’s basically man-shaped but hideous, with claws and possibly scales (that’s a question of translation).

It takes four men to carry his severed head, suggesting an enormous size.

I can’t help thinking of him as green, but that’s probably just because of his name.

After Beowulf kills Grendel, his mother seeks revenge, and there’s no real physical description of her either.

I do like imagining Grendel as the monstrous equivalent of a nerdy guy living in his mom’s basement. Both fiends are the descendants of the Biblical Cain. There’s no consensus on where the name Grendel comes from, with many possibilities having been suggested. By the way, would the opposite of a Grindylow be a Frowndehigh?

Also appearing in the Bas-Lag books are the Vodyanoi from Slavic mythology, other water dwellers known for dragging humans into the depths. It’s not too surprising that people throughout the world were terrified of what might be lurking under the water, and it’s not like they were wrong that there’s a lot of scary stuff there. The most common description of the Vodyanoi appears to be that of old men with green beards and webbed hands, sometimes having scales and glowing red eyes as well.

Other versions of the myth make them more seal-like, or essentially mermen. They live in often surprisingly opulent palaces at the bottoms of lakes, and either drown humans or take them as slaves. They ride around on submerged logs, and ruin dams as they see them as ruining the natural flow of the water. As much as they hate most humans, they can enter into symbiotic relationships with fishermen and millers, providing fish or keeping the mills running in exchange for offerings.

Vodyanoi were known to often take Rusalki as wives, a Rusalka being a ghost nymph who haunts a lake but usually isn’t said to cause any specific harm to humans. Some, however, will do the typical Siren routine of luring men (and probably some women) to their deaths.

Picture by Tomasz Strzelczyk-Stachura
A human woman generally becomes a Rusalka if she dies in or near a lake or river, although some versions of the myth say that any woman who dies before being married or becomes pregnant out of wedlock might turn into one. They’re often described as having pale skin, long hair, no pupils, and large breasts.

I would imagine some of those traits vary from one Rusalka to another, but they still sound more attractive than their male counterparts.

Actually, this Vodyanoi looks kind of cute, but not necessarily in a way you’d want to marry.

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Mooks, Monkeys, and Mercs

My Blue Heaven – Rick Moranis was one of Beth’s first crushes, and she’s still a fan, but she hadn’t seen this before. I actually had, but I didn’t remember it all that well. It stars Steve Martin as an Italian mobster, and Moranis as an FBI agent who has to protect him so he can testify in court. Moranis’ role is pretty nerdy and obsessive-compulsive, as you might expect, but he has some bad-ass moments. Martin’s performance is over-the-top, but that works for this movie.

Twelve Monkeys – I understand they’re reworking this as a television show, but I still hadn’t seen the original movie. I’ve liked most of the Terry Gilliam films I’ve seen, although on this one he just directed and didn’t write. It has an interesting time travel scenario, in which a criminal played by Bruce Willis is sent back to the 1990s to discover the cause of a plague that wiped out much of humanity. At first he ends up in the wrong year, and is trapped in a mental institution where he meets Brad Pitt’s character, a fast-talking eco-terrorist whose father is a prominent biologist. When he escapes and arrives in 1996 as planned, he teams up with his former psychiatrist, originally by taking her as a hostage but eventually winning her over to his cause, to thwart a mysterious organization called the Army of the Twelve Monkeys. I’ve seen it proposed on the IMDB among other places that the name was inspired by The Magic of Oz, in which Kiki Aru transforms twelve monkeys into giant soldiers for an attempted invasion of the Emerald City. Due to poor planning, however, they’re stuck in the woods and unable to move; and the Wizard of Oz thwarts his scheme anyway.

I didn’t notice any other potential Oz references in the film, but it seems like a pretty big coincidence if that wasn’t intentional. The time travel we see here is basically closed-loop, but with a twist. People can’t change history, but they can observe it and bring back data. Even though the protagonist fails and is shot to death, which his younger self witnesses, hope remains that another time traveler can analyze the plague virus and come up with a cure back in the future.

Deadpool – If there’s one thing we haven’t had enough of recently, it’s movies based on comic books, right? No, there’s definitely a glut, but that’s not to say many of them haven’t been enjoyable. Deadpool was co-created by Rob Liefeld, who’s pretty widely hated for his ridiculously-proportioned characters and obsession with nineties-style antiheroes. The character has remained popular, however, probably largely because he’s intentionally absurd and hence parodies such trends. He’s incredibly violent, cracks vulgar jokes at the most inappropriate times, acts like a total jerk to just about everyone, and constantly breaks the fourth wall. I understand he appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but while I haven’t seen that movie, I don’t think his role in that is entirely consistent with that in his own film. He was, however, played by the same actor, Ryan Reynolds. This is the same guy who played Green Lantern in in the flop from several years ago, used to be married to Black Widow (well, to Scarlett Johansson, anyway), and I believe was also name-checked by Deadpool in the comic before being cast in the role. Originally a mercenary, Wade Wilson gets cancer and subjects himself to an experimental treatment by a shifty organization. He ends up with the ability to heal quickly (much like Wolverine), but also a disfigured face. This is when he starts wearing the Deadpool outfit and hunting down the guy responsible for his mutation. The movie parodies many superhero conventions, but plays others pretty straight, with the character wisecracking about both. Even though he’s a rather nasty character, you can sympathize with him to a degree. As he himself points out, he’s a bad guy who kills worse guys. There’s a bit of an X-Men crossover in an appearance by Colossus, who’s cordial with Wade but seeks to rein in his murderous excesses. Colossus has a sidekick in Negasonic Teenage Warhead, who is an actual character in X-Men comics, but her powers and characterization are different. In one of the many fourth-wall-breaking moments, Deadpool jokes that the studio didn’t want to pay for any more X-Men. Overall, it’s a pretty fun ride.

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Weird Worlds of Words

Uprooted, by Naomi Novik – This is the first book I read by this author. I know she has a popular series of books set during the Napoleonic Wars but with dragons. Partially inspired by Slavic mythology, it’s the tale of a girl who becomes apprentice to a cranky old wizard known as the Dragon, and battles an evil forest that captures and corrupts people. It was pretty dark in spots, not just in a fantastic way, but also in such bits as the prince trying to rape Agnieszka. I also found the sexual tension between her and the Dragon rather disturbing; it reminded me of the main characters in the Paper Magician Trilogy, but I don’t think they had as much of an age difference. Fortunately, that wasn’t the main point of the story. Agnieszka’s development as a witch was interesting to follow, with the novel told from her perspective. I didn’t like it as much as many readers apparently did, but it was a pretty solid story, and I’d be interested in reading more by Novik.

House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski – I believe this book is considered post-modern, a seemingly paradoxical term that I have trouble wrapping my head around. I think it has something to do with the abundance of references and meta-references, and the non-linear structure of the narrative. Regardless, I really enjoyed it. It’s ostensibly the story of a couple who move into a house that turns out to be larger on the inside than the outside, and how the owner explores the shifting empty corridors that sometimes appear within it. The book is based around a film made about the house, which was apparently a cult classic viewed by many famous people. A mentally troubled tattoo artist called Johnny Truant receives the manuscript from a blind man in his best friend’s apartment building, and finds no evidence that such a film actually exists. Many of the references in it are also non-existent, none of the celebrities mentioned in it have heard of it, and Johnny’s search for the house proves fruitless. Then again, Johnny is himself a rather unreliable narrator. In his notes, he often goes off on tangents about his life, full of bar-hopping, drug use, and sexual escapades. The conceit that the book is the work of a few different authors, none of them totally in their right minds, is an interesting one, as is the use of non-standard textual layout and roundabout footnotes. In one chapter, not only do the footnotes keep looping back on each other, but they include several seemingly pointless lists of names. It’s often quite funny, almost a parody; yet there are plenty of genuinely disturbing parts as well.

New Crobuzon Series, by China Miéville – This series is made up of three books set in the world of Bas-Lag: Perdido Street Station, The Scar, and Iron Council.

Miéville has described his work as “weird fiction,” and while that’s a rather vague description, it’s pretty appropriate. These books are fantasy with elements of politics and horror, set in a world containing both magic and Victorian steampunk technology, inhabited by many different types of creatures often based on mythology. Perdido Street Station sees the city of New Crobuzon dealing with an invasion by trans-dimensional moth-like creatures that feed on minds and secrete a substance that’s being sold as hallucinogenic drugs.

A scientist enlists the aid of a god-like spider in fighting off these animals. In The Scar, the crew of a ship is captured and forced to live in the floating pirate city of Armada. A complex plot involves a lot of manipulation and betrayal, the summoning of a giant sea creature, war with New Crobuzon and the ferocious grindylows, and a place where possibility overrides reality. Iron Council is a more political tale that deals with golems and a collectivist society on board a train. It’s a fascinating world to visit, but I do have to admit I sometimes lost track of the plots.

Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood, by Maria Tatar – The author, a professor and expert on children’s literature, here turns to the subject of how books affect child development. Tatar explores how storytelling and bedtime reading have changed over time, what attracts kids to books, and what lessons children can learn from reading or being read to. Examples range from old classic fairy tales to newer works like the Harry Potter and His Dark Materials series. There are significant sections analyzing Lewis Carroll’s Alice books, J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak, and The Wizard of Oz. Tatar does tend to mix together elements of the book and the MGM movie, but to be fair, kids growing up on both probably do as well.

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Ozma Seeks Council

As a ruler, Ozma of Oz doesn’t always seem to do much delegating of responsibility. We occasionally see her rushing into dangerous situations on her own, apparently without much thought of what would happen to Oz if she didn’t come back. In her own book, she takes most of the prominent members of her court with her, and there’s no indication that she left anyone in charge. In Glinda of Oz, she journeys to a corner of the Gillikin Country with Dorothy, who as a princess would presumably be her successor. This time, she does at least leave the Scarecrow as ruler of the Emerald City in her absence. Ozma does receive advice from her friends, but it appears very informal, without her having an official cabinet, or even a prime minister like her father did. Glinda is also the book that lists the members of her counsel, which Glinda assembles when Ozma is trapped on the Isle of the Skeezers. These counselors are the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, the Patchwork Girl, the Shaggy Man, Tik-Tok, Jack Pumpkinhead, Cap’n Bill, Professor Wogglebug, the Frogman, Uncle Henry, and the Wizard of Oz. We’re told that “Ozma loved them for their peculiarities and could trust every one of them,” apparently including the one who gave her to a wicked witch when she was a baby. This same group goes with Glinda to rescue Ozma and Dorothy, even though the Scarecrow is serving as temporary ruler and there’s no indication of his naming a replacement.

Also accompanying them are Betsy Bobbin, Trot, the Glass Cat, Button-Bright, Ojo, and the Cowardly Lion. I’m not sure why none of these additions were members of the council. For that matter, why Uncle Henry and not Aunt Em? It seems an oddly male-dominated group to advise a female ruler. Trying to recall other instances where Ozma calls a formal meeting of her advisors, I thought of Pirates, in which Ruggedo interrupts a meeting dedicated to “choosing a ruler for a new kingdom in the Gillikin Country.” I wonder if the inhabitants of the kingdom had a say in the matter. Ozma is said to be “surrounded by the celebrities and councillors of her court.” Specifically said to be present are Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tik-Tok, Scraps, the Cowardly Lion, and the Iffin. The Wizard and the Soldier with Green Whiskers are later revealed to be there as well, the latter hiding behind the throne; and an illustration adds the Hungry Tiger.

In Ice King, after the title character kidnaps Ozma, Glinda calls a council attended by Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Nick Chopper, Shaggy, the Lion and Tiger, Billina, the Sawhorse, the Wizard, Jack, Tik-Tok, the Wogglebug, Aunt Em, and Uncle Henry. I would imagine these meetings often just consist of whatever close friends of Ozma’s are present in the palace at the time. Ruth Plumly Thompson’s unfinished short story “Enchanted Tree” has the Scarecrow identify himself as Ozma’s Chief Counselor.

I’ve seen some proposals from Oz fans that Ozma might have more recently opened herself up to the idea of representative government. Kass Stone’s Zen Master has Hank Sasquatch, a former Mayor of Seattle, helping to set up a Parliament in Oz. In the follow-up, Martian Invasion, we see the Parliament in action. Its members are on vacation most of the time, however, so only a few are present: Hank himself, the Frogman, Foolish Owl and Wise Donkey, a Fairy Beaver named Chipped, and the obstructionist Prince Phil-Buster Ayn of Pauland. And in Robin Hess’s Toto and the Cats, when the cats call for representation on Ozma’s council, the Wizard objects, “But Ozma could not possibly expand her Council to include every kind of creature in the Land of Oz–cats, dogs, mice, flying monkeys, Hammerheads, Fiddlecumjigs [sic], spiders…” In the end, though, Ozma does allow the cats to appoint one of their number to her council, specifically the orator Honey Cat.

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What’s New, Pussy Grab?

Just when you think there aren’t any further depths to which Donald Trump can sink, he goes way beyond the bottom of the Marianas Trench. Granted, this time it wasn’t anything new, or for that matter anything that added much to what we already knew, but it combined it into a neat little package. A tape from 2005 has surfaced, featuring Trump talking to entertainment show host and close relative of two former presidents Billy Bush about how he can get away with sexual abuse because he’s famous. The even more disturbing thing is that he’s probably right. Several prominent Republicans have withdrawn support from his campaign, but I have to wonder what took them so long.

Trump himself and those who are determined to go down with the ship dismiss it as “locker room talk.”

I couldn’t really say how accurate that is, as it’s been years since I was in a locker room. In school, being there was so uncomfortable that I didn’t pay much attention to people’s conversations. I don’t doubt that it goes on sometimes, but I also can’t buy that that it’s just typical of men. It sounds suspiciously similar to when pedophiles claim everyone would have sex with children if they could get away with it, which they might honestly believe, but obviously isn’t true. And if entitled talk of sexual molestation actually is that commonplace, doesn’t that point to a larger societal problem that Trump and his supporters don’t seem to care about? It’s not even the perversion so much as the entitlement that’s the problem; you can have the desire to have sex with strangers without thinking it’s okay to act on it. I felt bad for Billy Bush at first, as I know I wouldn’t argue with a crazy guy who was closed in a van with me, but apparently he’s made a lot of inappropriate sexual comments even when Trump wasn’t around.

When the tape and other instances when Trump acted like the gross bigot he is were brought up at the debate, he just brushed them off and started talking about something irrelevant. But then, he did that no matter what the question was. There’s always some of that in debates, because the candidates want to stay on message, but Trump takes it to extremes. “So, Mr. Trump, were you admitting to sexual harassment?” “ISIS is bad!” Yeah, you have pretty much the same attitude as ISIS when it comes to women. He also whined about the debate being rigged against him, even though he ended up getting slightly more time than Hillary Clinton. Also, we just received confirmation that he’s okay with sexual assault, so maybe it SHOULD be rigged against him. Oh, and if he’s elected, he’ll throw his opponent in prison. So much for due process, or for that matter even coming up with a charge, I guess. Maybe he just doesn’t know how the legal process works, since he also apparently thought Hillary could change the tax codes all by herself if she’d been a good enough Senator. Or he knows better, but hopes his followers don’t.

I recently read an article about how much Trump loves conspiracy theories, including long-debunked ones about Bill and Hillary Clinton (because apparently they’re the same person). I’ve noticed that conspiracy theorists like to talk about very specific and usually fairly obscure people, insisting that they’re behind pretty much everything wrong with the world. I was wondering who these Sidney Blumenthal and Jonathan Gruber people were, but just because I don’t know about somebody doesn’t mean they’re not famous. But no, they’re apparently names that only right-wing conspiracy theorists are likely to recognize. “Benghazi” is another term along the same lines. Yes, it’s a real place where a real tragedy happened, but to conspiracy-minded conservatives that’s not what matters. Rather, it’s simply a pointer to some largely web of secrets and lies involving the Clintons. Actually, we all know now that the REAL leader of the secret world government is Kenneth Bone.

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