Children of the Sun, Prometheus, Hell on Wheels, Luther, and Little Enough Words! [I read stuff]

Wherein I read things, laugh [or not], and pass them on to you…

“Little enough words” – yep, he said that, on video no less. Ignorant, sure, but also very, very stupid. Way to go, asshat!

But on a better note, so many pretties to look at!


Billy Thorpe ~ Children of the Sun ~h/t: Harry!

Uploaded by exactimages on Mar 3, 2011

I’m not sure who made this animation, but I put the music to it. This is a short animated film about an unknown virus that has destroyed almost the entire human population. Oblivious to the true nature of the disease, the only remaining survivors escape to the sea. In great ships, they set off in search of uninhabited land. So begins the exodus, led by one man …
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Children of the Sun, which peaked in the top 40 of the Billboard Pop Album chart in 1979, was released by Billy Thorpe. While researching more on Billy and this song, I was shocked to find out he passed away on February 28th, 2007. He was only age 60 and had a massive heart attack. His song will live on in my heart forever as one of the most amazing space operas ever done. I couldn’t find anything about artists that played with him on this album. Rest in Peace always Billy.

A Collection of Prometheus pics come out, including detailed interior shots:


[io9/cinemablend/14 Apr 2012]

Hell on Wheels Earns Rosie Award Noms; Colm Meaney Comedy to Premiere at Tribeca Festival: Hell on Wheels has nabbed five nominations for this year’s Rosie Awards, honoring excellence in Alberta film and TV, and Colm Meaney can soon be seen in a new Terry George comedy. Read on for more Hell on Wheels news.
Hell on Wheels

Duncan Ollerenshaw [Hell on Wheels, Nomadic Pictures]

Gerald Auger [Hell On Wheels, Nomadic Pictures]

Bridget Durnford [Hell on Wheels, Nomadic Pictures]

Wendy Partridge [Hell On Wheels, Nomadic Pictures]

‘Luther’ Creator Neil Cross on White Writers and Black Characters: Luther creator Neil Cross, in an interview in which he confirmed that the four-episode third season would be the end of the character’s run on television, also had some interesting things to say about white writers trying to create characters who are specifically intended to be black (the casting for Luther proceeded on a race-neutral basis, as I reported last year):

It was cast as a character, purely and simply, which is one of the aspects that attracted Idris to the role. I have no knowledge or expertise or right to try to tackle in some way the experience of being a black man in modern Britain. It would have been an act of tremendous arrogance for me to try to write – and you have to try to imagine the quote marks around the words – a black character because I don’t know what a black character is and we would have ended up with a slightly embarrassed, ignorant, middle-class, white writer’s idea of a black character, which would have been an embarrassment for everybody concerned. I suspect that there’s a dearth of decent roles for black actors because most writers are white and they try to write their idea of black and it’s an embarrassment.

[thinkprogress/Alyssa Rosenberg/13 Apr 2012]

VA GOP Speaker to woman: “I guess I’m not speaking in little enough words for you to understand”:

Anna Scholl, executive director of ProgressVA, approached Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell (a Republican) yesterday, asking him to detail the inaccuracies he claimed existed in the organization’s report on ALEC.

ALEC, formerly led by Speaker Howell, ghost-writes conservative legislation for state legislatures, and has gotten into some hot water of late, being dumped by the Gates Foundation and Coke, among others.

Scholl attested to the accuracy of the report, pointing out that all of the information included was publicly available for fact-checking.
[Americablog/Jon Green/13 Apr 2012]

Komen Foundation Funding Planned Parenthood Again: I don’t know that there will BE a Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure for much longer, but let the record show that they have been forced into a complete reversal on their high-profile effort to defund Planned Parenthood. This exposed the right-wing tendency inside the foundation’s leadership, appalling much of their membership. It led to the resignations of several high-level staffers. And now, the foundation has been brought to heel.

Grants from the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure are flowing to Planned Parenthood, as the women’s health organizations seek to rebuild their relationship after the controversy in February over the breast cancer charity’s unsuccessful attempt to defund Planned Parenthood.

[firedoglake/David Dayen/13 Apr 2012]

Tennessee Senate Approves Bill To Warn Students That Hand-Holding Is A ‘Gateway Sexual Activity’: Like any state legislature dealing with 8 percent unemployment and thousands of its residents facing disenfranchisement, the Tennessee Senate is targeting the menace of underage hand-holding.
Last week, the Senate passed SB 3310, a bill to update the state’s abstinence-based sex education curriculum to define holding hands and kissing as “gateway sexual activities.” Just one senator voted against the legislation; 28 voted in favor.
Since the bill specifically bans teachers from “demonstrating gateway sexual activity”, educators would be prohibited from even demonstrating what hand-holding is. Breaking these laws could result in a lawsuit, as Hunter from Daily Kos notes [thinkprogress/Scott Keyes/13 Apr 2012]

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