Re: For ari.

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Ahem.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 06-26-10 8:09 PM
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You think ari reads his own blog, teo?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-26-10 8:10 PM
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1: Oh, whoops. I call in the excuse that I hand pretty much a really shitty day. So no one can judge me! Yay!


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 06-26-10 8:11 PM
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I hand pretty much a really shitty day.

See what I'm saying?


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 06-26-10 8:12 PM
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See what I'm saying?

Do you talk out loud while typing?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06-26-10 8:20 PM
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5: you don't? Boy is your life a shitty movie.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-26-10 8:21 PM
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I hope not, I'm watching the SyFy premiere of Dinocroc vs. Supergator right now.
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Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06-26-10 8:23 PM
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In preparation for England v Germany tomorrow.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06-26-10 8:25 PM
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You think ari reads his own blog, teo?

Probably not, actually, at least judging from the front page.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 06-26-10 8:26 PM
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Dinocroc vs. Supergator

After looking this up, I'm confused about how many independent times crocodile-like animals have evolved. Can it really have been more than twice? What's the deal with your crocodile fetish, nature?


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 06-26-10 8:36 PM
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7:Damn I can't believe I missed that. Maybe I'll catch it at midnight.

Party Down and Gravity are on hiatus. 10 fucking episodes.

This was no Hitchcock, but Zahn, Jovovich, and Olyphant get to stretch just a little, Twohy does better than the 2nd Riddick, and freaking Kaua'i!

Not really or who knows but looked great anyway.


Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 06-26-10 8:37 PM
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10: It all worked out. Bask in the glory of evolution's genius.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 06-26-10 8:38 PM
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I'm afraid to watch any giant gator movies for fear of tainting my memory of the brilliant Lake Placid with Bill Pullman or Bill Paxton. There was a sequel with the guy who played the blond Duke brother on The Dukes of Hazzard (original), but I didn't watch that either.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 06-26-10 8:42 PM
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the guy who played the blond Duke brother

John Schneider. I saw him play Curly in Oklahoma! when I was a kid.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 06-26-10 8:45 PM
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The best gator movie ever is Breathless.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-26-10 8:45 PM
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Crocodile gaiters.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06-26-10 8:46 PM
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Protip if your life is a shitty move: When the landscape behind you turns to bad CGI, run.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06-26-10 8:50 PM
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If the landscape turns into good CGI, look around for Jude Law and steal his wallet.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 06-26-10 8:53 PM
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If the landscape turns into fractals, put on some Steve Miller Band and groove out, tripper.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-26-10 8:54 PM
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I was actually quite taken with your post below this one, Stanley. So if it's all the same to you, I'd like to think of that one as having been dedicated to me. Also, I'm full to bursting with horrible Gulf Coast news; not even the Muppets can improve my outlook on the region.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 06-26-10 9:22 PM
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20: You've made me blush, ari.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 06-27-10 12:59 AM
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For ari some Kunstler

President Obama's speech to the nation a week ago was designed as a kind of blowout preventer for the legitimacy of the federal government. It did little to stop the hemorrhaging of confidence in political leadership. A nation foundering in a crippled vessel in the horse latitudes of collective purpose on a sea of red ink looks to its captain - who puffs a few platitudes into the tattered sails and retreats belowdecks to pace and stew. This is a society truly lost at sea, where even the friendly dolphins are turning belly-up and the dying seabirds stare accusingly under their cloaks of crude oil. The feeling grows that we can't do anything right. Will someone please turn off the TV?

In 2008, the voters turned to a lanky newcomer from Illinois to rescue itself from just the sort of technocrat jerkoffs who had run the nation into a ditch with their invocations of "mission accomplished" and "Good job, Brownie." Change was in the air. Alas, consistent with the apparent fact that history rhymes but doesn't repeat, Barack Obama proved to be the reincarnation of Millard Fillmore, not Abe Lincoln. Sometimes history works in free verse and this stanza was off by a few syllables.

Sorry. My dogs ate the kitten.


Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 06-27-10 4:03 PM
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First time I've ever heard anyone refer to the Bush administration as technocrats.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 06-27-10 4:09 PM
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But I agree with the rest.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 06-27-10 4:10 PM
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23:If you think there can't be bad or evil "technocrats" you need to read some Arendt or study 50-60s USSR. Often the most rapacious of looters keep meticulous records.

It is not a word I would use for Brownie but is exactly what I would call Chertoff, who looked precisely like a middling functionary of the 3rd Reich or NKVD.


Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 06-27-10 4:15 PM
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I believe technocrats by definition must have technical and managerial competence. Evil is an option.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 06-27-10 4:21 PM
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I doubt anyone here would argue that there can be no bad or evil technocrats, but the Bush administration was generally bad and evil in a different way. More of a kleptocracy.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 06-27-10 4:22 PM
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I believe technocrats by definition must have technical and managerial competence.

I'm not sure this is actually true. Technocrats necessarily think of themselves as competent, but that doesn't mean they necessarily are. Brownie still doesn't qualify, of course.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 06-27-10 4:25 PM
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Would you accept "a belief in the importance of technical and managerial competence"?


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 06-27-10 4:48 PM
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Yeah, I'll accept that.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 06-27-10 5:21 PM
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29: If only there were more than six people with both technical and managerial competence. Lacking the ideal case, my personal preference is to work for people with managerial but not technical competence. If prefer it when nobody understands what I do.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 06-27-10 5:26 PM
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