Okay, so let me get this straight. South Sudan voted overwhelmingly to break away from the racist, genocidal Khartoum government (whose numerous crimes against the south get incredibly short shrift here), but because it's still a poor, fucked up place after independence, George Clooney is a poopoohead? » 2/06/15 3:41pm 2/06/15 3:41pm

I find that scene incredibly frustrating, because it's a wonderful bit of backstory that casts those characters in a new light, but because they were so obsessed with hiding the reveal, they end up putting all the emotion of the story into the last 15 minutes of the film. To me it's a great example of how guarding the… » 12/29/14 1:08pm 12/29/14 1:08pm

"James Bond" isn't a man and isn't a code name. It's a set of implanted memories, scientifically designed in the early 1960s to make the most tough, ruthless, psychologically hardy secret agent possible. One after another, naive British volunteers have gone into the James Bond program, their old memories erased and… » 12/09/14 2:48pm 12/09/14 2:48pm

Blockades, collective punishment of civilians, mass starvation used as a strategy— all of these were pretty routine across Africa and Asia (the tactics used to suppress the Boxer rebellion were pretty horrific, for example.) What was shocking to people at the time about the North Sea blockade (or the Boer war, for… » 12/01/14 2:22pm 12/01/14 2:22pm

This is idiotic. Unprovoked police shootings of family dogs are a huge issue nationwide, as about ten seconds on the Internet are enough to show. Or type "police shoot dog" into Youtube if you want to be depressed all day. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2009/... » 11/11/14 1:19pm 11/11/14 1:19pm

I call bullshit on this story. If Stoker wasn't thinking of Vlad Tepes, why did he have him not only be a historical fighter against the Turks, but refer to being betrayed by his own Ottoman-sympathizing brother? "Woe was it that his own unworthy brother,when he had fallen, sold his people to the Turk and brought the… » 10/21/14 2:44pm 10/21/14 2:44pm