Wednesday, January 12, 2022

A Movie Review!

Our SPARTA president has no time for TV viewing or sitting down in general, so it was somewhat shocking that she mentioned seeing this Netflix movie and suggesting that movie reviews during this LOOOONG covid time might be a good idea.

The movie she saw was "Don't Look Up."  In short, it's a satire/spoof/comedy/tragedy about scientists discovering a comet about to hit the Earth, and their attempts to warn authorities.  Many see it as an allegory about climate change, still others see it as a metaphor about covid.  Whatever the topic, it's a thinly disguised, very liberal interpretation of current affairs.

I enjoyed basking in a viewpoint that shared my own villains.  The movie was funny. but too close to the truth.  Throughout the movie, little snippets are shown of the other beings that share this planet: polar bears, bees, forests.  These are extremely touching and remind us of the real tragedy that we're about to face.  The final lines delivered around a family dining table might be our epitaph:  "We really did have everything, didn't we?"


But sit through the end credits.  Revenge is sweet, even 22,740 years later.

A better review can be found at DailyKos: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/1/11/2074128/--Don-t-look-up-Its-creators-say-it-s-a-satire-To-me-it-was-too-real-to-be-a-satire

(You'll have to copy and paste the link.  Their warnings about linking scare me a little.)

To be fair, there are loads of reviews panning this film.  Rotten Tomatoes scored it at 54%, audience scoring 78%.  Roger Ebert disliked it, even Huffington Post deemed it too heavy-handed. 

Satire is dead.  Real life is now beyond satire. 


Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Newsletter, January 1, 2022

 Go to "pages" on the sidebar and click on 2022 January newsletter.  No graphics are included, since transferring a pdf or word document to this platform is a trick that hasn't been mastered yet.



Monday, January 10, 2022

The Center for Media and Democracy

If you are looking for news of the hidden workings behind the headlines, check out the Center for Media and Democracy.  Many thanks to Joyce for passing along these articles:

About war against Science in the war against covid:

 https://www.exposedbycmd.org/2021/12/22/how-the-koch-network-hijacked-the-war-on-covid/

The war against public education:

https://dianeravitch.net/2022/01/03/who-demoralized-the-nations-teachers-readers-respond/

These folks are out of Madison and give a different perspective.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

They're Coming for Us

'Madness': Oklahoma bill would empower parents to remove books from school libraries


From Alternet.com Oklahoma Madness


First it was a required sanitized history of the United States, now they're widening the hit list.




 



January 10 Meeting Canceled

From our President:

Our SPARTA Executive Committee met today and made the decision that as much as we’ve enjoyed the three in-person meetings we were able to have in 2021, we must renew our efforts to stay safe and healthy in the New Year. We have made the difficult decision to cancel the meeting scheduled for Jan 10 at Park Ridge Family Restaurant. Several members have expressed concern and  our speaker has canceled because of COVID precautions! As far as we know now, we will plan to meet March 14 at our usual place and time! Stay safe, everyone, and here’s hoping for better times in 2022!

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Carl Sagan, 25 years ago

The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan, 1995, page 25-26.

"I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time--when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few; and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30-second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudo-science and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance."

Link to Carl Sagan on Johnny Carson




Desmond Tutu, Dead at 90