Thursday, March 26, 2020

Samantha Bee is the Cure for What Ails You


This is more helpful than anything we're getting out of Trump's bumblefuck regime:
“I’m in the woods right now, both metaphorically and literally,” said Samantha Bee on a socially distanced episode of Full Frontal. “As surreal as it seems, the coronavirus pandemic has changed how most of us live our lives.”
“With millions in isolation and hundreds of thousands infected now is the time to put aside our differences and come together,” she continued, showing a clip of spring breakers defying social distance measures in Florida, “Well, not come together like these idiots.”

Bee also addressed the pandemic’s devastating impact on the economy – restaurants alone could lose $225bn in the next three months (for scale, “that’s four and a half Michael Bloombergs,” said Bee).
“Unfortunately, if your job isn’t considered essential or if you’re one of the 70% of people who can’t work remotely, there’s a good chance you’re not working at all. And if you are working remotely, there’s a 50% chance you’ve accidentally shown your co-workers what you look like on the toilet. Even if you can go back to the office eventually … you really shouldn’t.”

The economic impact of coronavirus has created a catch-22, said Bee: if you do have a job, you could be forced to work in dangerous conditions. For example, last week Amazon discovered a coronavirus case in one of its New York warehouses, and “while they’re being generous enough to offer a whole extra $2 an hour for working during a plague”, Bee deadpanned, they offered paid time off only if workers tested positive.

“I don’t know if you’ve heard, but those tests are kind of hard to come by right now,” Bee said. “You have to be, like, 25% famous to get tested. It’s the new getting verified on Twitter.”
If Samantha Bee isn't already on your radar, you should find a way to engage with what she's doing. They should have made her the host of the Daily Show, and someone will have to find a more prominent platform for her to work with. She is vastly better than the majority of mediocre white men who still have shows on television.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

The Duke of York


There was a time when Prince Andrew might have been a decent human being but those days are long gone:
The Duke of York has hired Britain’s most respected extradition lawyer to fend off an FBI inquiry into his friendship with the convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, the Telegraph can reveal.
Prince Andrew is receiving legal advice from Clare Montgomery QC, the leading expert on extradition law, whose clients have included Augusto Pinochet, Chile’s former dictator and Nirav Modi, wanted for India’s biggest fraud. She has been described as “the most formidable member of the bar.”
Ms Montgomery is being briefed by Gary Bloxsome, a criminal defence solicitor who has defended British troops against war crime allegations and is understood to have been appointed directly by the Duke.
Of course, he could just admit what he did and receive his punishment but it would seem that's never going to happen. The public relations disaster that is Randy Andy's life right now couldn't come at a worse time for the Royal Family (except for all the other times). You have to wonder what is being done in order to firewall the Duke of York from his own relatives.

It's difficult to imagine how a person who defended Pinochet could still be practicing law, but there it is. This is an epic disaster.

Friday, March 6, 2020

The Kids in the Hall Are Back


This is somewhere around the seventh or eighth reunion of the Kids in the Hall, so don't call it a comeback:
Amazon Prime Video is making a new eight-episode continuation of the original 1989 sketch comedy series, and yes, all of the original Canadian cast members will return. Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson will be reprising some of their original fan-favorite characters as well as playing some brand new ones. 
The series will be executive produced by "Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video. 
"Even after 30 years, 'The Kids in the Hall' has retained its brilliance and originality," said Michaels. "We are happy to be bringing back all of the original 'Kids' for the new series." 
"We've been investing in Canada for several years and are excited to add to that momentum by making The Kids in the Hall the first Canadian Amazon Original series," said James Farrell, vice president of international originals for Amazon Studios.
Lorne Michaels is a bloodsucking vampire, and I would have to imagine, since I don't know anything about show business, that he's keeping 90% of the money from this and that's wrong. If this thing makes Amazon a lot of money, I guess I'll keep Prime but, really, the porch pirate thing is out of control.

Let's say, for example, I order the DVD set that has all the episodes of the classic series. Yeah, I'll rifle through those if it makes it to my door, but what's more likely is that someone is going to drive up in one of those vans with the blue letters on the side and they're going to toss a padded envelope with the wrong goddamned version of Trailer Park Boys in it onto the front porch and drive away. I hate that shit. What's up with the guy with the fake glasses? Isn't there a law against portraying disabled people in a negative way?

While my bad attitude takes over, up from the darkness, a lone figure, a guy in sweatpants and a jean jacket, is going to wave his flashlight around my front yard, grab the package, and give his buddy Jake the signal to start the car so they can beat it out of here. I'm not getting involved in any of that shit. Take it, take it and go, you probably need the laughs more than me, jean jacket guy.

As a matter of fact, to hell with all this. I'm still smarting from something that went wrong years ago and I'm not about to get invested in something that allows Lorne to buy another house in the Hamptons, wherever that is, man.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

A Reckoning for Timothy Hutton


Every horrible thing that has been done eventually comes back around and hits you in the face.

Hutton took off his clothes, got on top of her, Johnston said, and thrust himself inside her. She started to beg: “Please, don’t do this. I can’t do it. I can’t.” Johnston said Hutton told her that she would like it — and that his friend was going to watch. 
“It hurt like hell,” Johnston said. “I mean, it was very painful. God. Yeah, it was extremely painful. Horrible, horrible, absolutely horrible.” At one point, she said, Hutton went to get Vaseline as a lubricant. 
She said Hutton’s friend, who was standing next to the bed, put his erect penis into her mouth. 
“He got it in a couple of times,” Johnston said. “And I said, ‘You have to tell him that he can’t!’” Her mouth was full of train-track braces and rubber bands, she said. She started to cry. 
Johnston said Hutton told his friend, “‘She doesn’t like that,’ or whatever. Meanwhile, he finished raping me.” 
I don't know how any person could read that and not be horrified.

Yes, we do need to treat each and every one of these cases with a degree of skepticism but I don't think that leads us to a place where we should not believe women when they tell these stories. There should be a way to ensure that something like this can't keep happening.
One way to accomplish this would be for cops to actually make it so women can report being raped without being made to feel like criminals. If we're talking the entertainment industry, underage performers, and everything else, there should be a system that allows them to be protected and never exploited like this. So, separate from what happened here, we still need to make reforms and address the fact that women are often ignored or intimidated into silence.
In the years since that night, Johnston told BuzzFeed, that what happened “has colored every area of my life.”
Besides Hutton’s statement, his camp also released a statement from his defamation counsel, Tom Clare, who said he has sent BuzzFeed a legal retraction demand. He claimed that BuzzFeed, “facing serious financial struggles and pressure to attract readers, has shamefully disregarded the facts and allowed itself to be used by Ms. Johnston,” and also said the site “ignored hard evidence that Ms. Johnston lied about participating in extortion attempts and turned a blind eye to critical inconsistencies in Ms. Johnston’s story. 
“We will be sending BuzzFeed a legal retraction demand. If BuzzFeed wrongfully refuses to retract the article, Tim is prepared to take any and all necessary steps, including the filing of a defamation lawsuit, to clear his name and to hold BuzzFeed and Ms. Johnston accountable for their reckless and self-serving efforts to destroy Tim’s reputation and career.”

A spokesperson for BuzzFeed said the outlet stands by the piece: “BuzzFeed News’ reporting on the alleged rape of a 14 year-old girl by Timothy Hutton is based on interviews with the alleged victim, the account of a woman who was with her that evening, and five separate people who were told of the assault at the time. BuzzFeed News stands unequivocally by our reporting.”
God, what a mess. Now, what you need to watch for is for anyone else to come forward with a similar story. If a pattern emerges, what should be done?