December 7th, 2012

Godzilla, default

Ah, progress:

In the 1980s there was a superpower war in Afghanistan waged with means that involved a great amount of firepower and lopsided death tolls against an insurgency motivated by extremist Islam that desired to turn the clock back to the way things were. There was a state within a state in Lebanon firing missiles at Israel, a Palestinian uprising aiming at getting the Israelis to respect their proclaimed promises to granting a Palestinian state. There were caudillos in South America aiming at progressive goals in theory, using dictatorial methods in reality. The PRI was in charge in Mexico.  The United States backed some dictators and watched others go down the toilet, being involved in proxy wars in the Horn of Africa. The People's Republic of China was led by a superficially reformist clique interested in reforms until they had to mean something and facing internal upheaval. Europe was forming new unified economic blocs and trying to buck both the United States and Russia with varying degrees of success.

In the 2010s there is a superpower war in Afghanistan waged with means that involve a great deal of firepower and lopsided death tolls against an insurgency motivated by extremist Islam that desires to turn the clock back to the way things once were. There is a state within a state in Lebanon firing missiles at Israel and Palestinians aiming at getting the Israelis to respect their proclaimed promises in granting a Palestinian state. There are caudillos in South America aiming at progressive goals in theory, with dictatorial methods in reality. The PRI is in charge in Mexico. The USA has backed some dictators and watched others go down the toilet, and is involved in proxy wars in the Horn of Africa. Europe has formed a new unified bloc and is trying to buck the United States and Russia with varying degrees of success. The PRC is now the world's economic workshop and makes most US flags that are sold in the United States.

Progress, ain't it grand?
soundkitteh

LoL. Legless Lego Legolas!

With just a week remaining before the official premiere of The Hobbit part 1, news and hints of the movie are flooding the global info-sphere like a horde of Orcs. Now that we know the movie will be stuffed with spectacular battles and elf-on-dwarf love (Kate from Lost playing an elvish warrior princess, WTF?), the latest addition to this awesome hype is Colbert's series of interviews with actors from The Hobbit, which has spanned the whole week: first Gandalf ("You! Shall!... Pass!"), then Bilbo himself ("Here's a Lego Legolas. A leg-less Lego Legolas."), and then monkey Caesar... er, I mean Gollum, etc etc etc. Also, where the Orodruin Hell did Colbert get the Sting from!?

The map at the beginning of this week's Colbert Report is hilarious btw:



"Hipster's Deep"? ROFL!

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