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02 July 2011 @ 01:48 am
True Blood, and the actually scary  
'I have proof, scientific, people are much dumber than they realise.'
– Nan Flanagan, True Blood, Season 4, episode 1

I think I have a new favourite line in popular culture ...

In hilarious actual news news, recently, Lord Monckton, Scottish peer and anti-science fruitloop, declared that highly respected Australian economist Ross Garnaut was a fascist and illustrated him with a swastika at a talk in the US.

Monckton is currently in Australia talking at a series of mining industry events in Western Australia. He has responded to criticisms over the Garnaut swipe by saying that the media is hypocritical:

'[Monckton] said one journalist had written in a column that climate change sceptics should be gassed.

' "None of you have gone around to her house and thrust microphones in her face and said don't you think you're being a bit unfair," Lord Monckton told reporters. (Source)'

Well, no, because it was in a comedy piece full of hyperbolic overstatement for parodic effect. Written by a journalist called Richard. Who is a man.

On the east coast, in Sydney, an anti-carbon tax rally was held today. In attendance were several hundred people, including one of the more public members of the Australian Fascism movement, who has public photographs of himself in full Nazi regalia.

You could not make this stuff up.
calanthe_fics on July 1st, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
I need glasses! The headaches have finally killed me. Glasses for reading I tell you!

I actually feel really, really old.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 1st, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC)
Daring, I have longed for glasses since Suzanne Collins had a pair when we were seven and looked INSTANTLY smarter, cuter and more sophisticated!

You will look like a sexy librarian/head of MI5 and Vivienne Westwood will stop you in the street to say 'Gorgeous face furniture, and what a feature they make of your divine eyes!'

I curse the genes that see me still reading without aid, though my optometrist promises me that I will need specs before too many more years pass if I keep up the editing and embroidery. I have hopes!

What did you go with? Classic, cat-eye, or hipster funk? Dare I hope for purple?
(Anonymous) on July 1st, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, metallic pink. By Voodoo. I tried about 30 pairs on in pink, red and purple, and in the end they were the best of the lot.

I will have to send you a photo, as I can't find a picture of the frames online.

The are rounded rectangular - which doesn't help a lot!!!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 1st, 2011 04:16 pm (UTC)
You were logged out by an evil and recalcitrant LJ! Which then decided to screen your comment. Who can explain it, who can tell you why?

Yes please, photo would be lovely! I need to send you one of my hair ...
Sarah: Nice Hair, Clever, Has Her Own Gun: Why Don't You Sparkle?thenotoriousso4 on July 1st, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
I don't know anything about the politics, but I so <3 True Blood.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 1st, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
True Blood is my pop culture fave. I love the gay marriage subtext, and frequently naked Alexander Skarsgard! And Pam and Nan make me so happy with their dialogue :-)
Sarah: Nice Hair, Clever, Has Her Own Gun: True Bloodthenotoriousso4 on July 1st, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
Alexander is my man. Oh my gosh, he is so, so very lovely.

Nan's a bit harsh for my taste, but I so have a girl-crush on Pam. Her wardrobe is out of this world. And I love her dry sense of humor. And Lafayette. I love his sass, and I'm so glad they didn't kill him off!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 1st, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
Best change from a canon storyline EVER! Lafayette was terrific in the books, and much, much better in the show.

I like Nan's absolute pragmatism, but I love Pam. And Alexander ... I am sure that he is actually quite clever and fun, but I confess, I just want to look at him.
Kristina Andersson: Can I Play? (by Dolimir)kriscat on July 1st, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
I love True Blood. :) I like Sookie much better as a character when I don't have to read every judgemental thing she thinks about the other characters... And casting Alexander Skarsgård as Eric was genius. :)

Ah, the Skarsgård family. Thank you Stellan, (Who was kind of hot himself in his prime) for Alexander, Gustaf and Bill.

Bill is the one to watch out for. http://www.google.com/search?q=bill+skarsg%C3%A5rd&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:sv-SE:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi&biw=1021&bih=574

He might be the best actor in the family. He's been in three major swedish films this year and he's good. Really good.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 2nd, 2011 12:51 pm (UTC)
That family should receive an award for services to cheekbones!

And yes, I vastly prefer Sookie not to be prating on constantly, though she is a bit ballsier in the books, which I do like. I think that she has turned more in that direction as the show has gone on, though. Bill and Eric are better in True Blood, too. Less moping!
ladyjanevaladyjaneva on July 2nd, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC)

I'd really really like for Bill to have more than just two facial expressions though, I do know that the actor has more!

And I admit I like the Sookie of the books better. Her tone of voice just sounds so bitching to my ears in the series - if she'd stand in front of me, adressing me in that tone, I'd give her a piece to chew on!

Love the title song to pieces :-D
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 2nd, 2011 03:26 pm (UTC)
I have to close my eyes, because I love the song but the visuals disturb me! And I think that Anna Paquin is a Canadian/Kiwi, so I give her a free pass on the accent ;-)
Nennenenne on July 1st, 2011 11:04 pm (UTC)
'I have proof, scientific, people are much dumber than they think they are.'

This goes well with a statement a friend of mine makes from time to time: "You can not underestimate people enough!". Sadly she is often right.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 2nd, 2011 12:52 pm (UTC)
I was nearly killed cycling home one night when I looked at a taxi and thought 'There is no way that you are going to be stupid enough to drive around the car stopped at the red turning arrow and into my well-lit bicycle ...'

Since then, my default position on drivers has been that they are all insane and homicidal. Oddly, it's not that far from my default position on politicians. The general public seem generally superior ...
Nennenenne on July 2nd, 2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
That sounds scary!

It is a good position to have though. The examiner(?) at my driving test gave me a final piece of advice before I got my drivers license, he said: "Always expect the other drivers to be really bad drivers and make sure you take responsibility for avoiding accidents." It is good advice I think.

Edited at 2011-07-02 12:59 pm (UTC)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 2nd, 2011 01:54 pm (UTC)
And exceptionally painful, alas.

Yes, I dramatically lowered my already snail-height expectations of Sydney drivers after that. Most of the time these days I avoid being hit by them by not cycling, since no amount of rational action on my part made the roads any safer here :-(
Nennenenne on July 2nd, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
That is really a pity. Cycling is such good exercise and a great way to get around in a city.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 2nd, 2011 02:00 pm (UTC)
I agree. Sydney is the first city to stop me cycling, but after three hospitalisations and 18 months of physiotherapy in total (now 22 as I needed more for the foot this year, a long time after shattering it), I accepted that I would have to be a pedestrian here, because I prefer to live.

Also, all my friends threatened to steal my bike ...
Nennenenne on July 2nd, 2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
I can see why they would say that! Good Heavens!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 2nd, 2011 02:24 pm (UTC)
It's only Sydney, most other Australian cities have motorists who are if not happy to share the road with cyclists, at least resigned to it. Here they seem to take it as a personal affront.

Things are slowly improving for cyclists, with more cyclepaths being built in the city, but I think I will stick to riding out in the bush now and then until there are complete separate cycleways.
libby_drew on July 2nd, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
I was just going to say... you could not make this stuff up.

But you beat me to it.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 2nd, 2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
Great minds!

And there was not a chin among the speakers at that conference, Libby! Not a one! I can;t even satirise these people as they have gone beyond the boundaries of rational comedy!
ladyjanevaladyjaneva on July 2nd, 2011 03:18 pm (UTC)
"who has public photographs of himself in full Nazi regalia."

That type of man I always suspect likes to wank while standing in front of his mirror, admiring his clothes.

I love how it's always those people who are either german and completely dumb* or foreign (and possibly dumb too) who think the Nazis were great. Because they know sooo much, oh yeah...

*a judge once told me that when he sentenced a young man who was 'proud of being a national socialist' just out of curiousity he asked the man when the Second World War had begun and ended. The young man didn't know.
...Since historical knowledge of something is not important when you're really, really into it and 'proud' of it...
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 2nd, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
My grandfather, who flew for the RAF throughout WWII, once looked at a group of British Fascists on the TV news. He sighed. He looked at me and said, "We fought for the right to keep this country free for everyone. I'm afraid that includes the evil morons." After a pause he added, 'Though I wouldn't mind banging their heads together ...'

Words to live by, I feel!

And yes, as lunatics all over the world have showns us, facts and history are far inferior to what you 'feel'. Nutters the lot of them!