Wednesday, 20 August 2008

'Feminist Columbia demonises men...'

'Anti-feminist lawyer Roy Den Hollander sued Columbia University Monday, accusing it of turning feminism into the school's religion - and teaching that men are "the primary cause for most, if not all, the world's ills."

Hollander says Columbia discriminates against men by teaching a doctrine that scapegoats men for all of history's troubles.

In a suit filed in Manhattan Federal Court, he complains that the Ivy League school in Morningside Heights uses federal money to fund a "religionist belief system called feminism." The class-action suit argues that Columbia's women's studies program demonizes men and exalts women to justify discrimination against men based on collective guilt.

The civil rights suit is the latest in a Hollander-led campaign attacking the alleged infringement of men's rights.'

Friday, 15 August 2008

'Disney's sexualisation of the young continues...'

'Disney has sparked outrage by producing High School Musical pants for young girls with the suggestive words 'Dive In' emblazoned across them.

The underwear, part of the hugely successful movie's range of merchandise, has also been criticised by the NSPCC.

The packs of knickers are on sale in Asda, where Sue Ralph unwittingly bought some for her seven-year-old granddaughter in the Broadstairs, Kent, store.

When she got home she was shocked to see the 'sexually suggestive' wording printed
on them.

Mrs Ralph, 57, a civil servant, said: 'I bought the packet of five multi-coloured knickers. Because they are in a packet, you can't see the writing "Dive In" on them.

'I was extremely shocked when I saw what was on them and I don't believe Disney or anyone else is so stupid not to realise the implications of the wording they chose.

'You let your children watch all these programmes, which are innocent and nice.

'But the merchandising that runs alongside them is the complete opposite. It's sexually suggestive, inappropriate and wholeheartedly wrong in some cases.'

'Tarantino's propaganda flick...'

'It is not so much Kill Bill as Kill Adolf. Quentin Tarantino, master of cinematic violence, is about to stir up a hornets’ nest in Germany with a war film that depicts Nazi soldiers having their brains bashed out with a baseball bat wielded by a vengeful American.

Even by the stomach-curdling standards of the US director – the maker of Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs – the new film is a veritable blood bath.

Filming starts in Berlin on October 13 and the controversial director is already in the German capital making his final casting decisions. The star role is to be played by Brad Pitt. His character, Lieutenant Aldo Raine, leads a group of American-Jewish soldiers who are dropped into Nazi-occupied Europe to wreak revenge on the Germans and destroy their morale.

The tone of the film, provisionally entitled Inglorious Bastards, is set early on by Lieutenant Raine in a pep talk to his men. According to a leaked version of the script, the officer says: “Every man under my command owes me one hundred Nazi scalps . . . and y’all will git me one hundred Nazi scalps, taken from the heads of one hundred dead Nazis, or die trying.”'

Saturday, 9 August 2008

New post...

... at BTB. Apologies for the protracted silence here. Things have been rather weird since returning from Liverpool; as the post below makes clear. Anybody who wants access to the site should please e-mail me at the usual address.

By the way, some highly interesting 'Maritime Signals' were in evidence during yesterday's Opening Ceremony. I haven't looked very deeply into this just yet; except what I have gleaned from reports in today's Times: 'Swaying nymphs from Buddhist mythology shared the Bird's Nest stadium with children armed with huge, oversized calligraphy brushes.' And what's this? 'Girls dressed as ladies from the Tang dynasty (618-907), an age of great openness, paraded across the stage in their stiff, embroidered dresses... An age renowned for it artistic depictions of female beauty.'

Strange timing, as well, for the latest border conflict in the Caucausus. (A most significant region for any number of regions.) Some rather partisan background here:

Friday, 8 August 2008

'Britney Spears to play lesbian killer...'

'The singer was apparently chosen by the Pulp Fiction director to play dancer Varla in a remake of the 1965 cult film Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

The movie sees three thrill-seeking strippers encountering a young couple in the desert.

Spears' character murders the boyfriend with her bare hands before taking the girlfriend hostage. The troubled singer will also have sex scenes with another girl before the drama ends in a blood-bath.

... A source said: "Quentin is convinced Britney will be brilliant. She's delighted. She thinks it could turn her career around.

"It is perfect Tarantino material. He wanted to get Britney first. She's playing the most important character."'


Also, more Britney-Disney-Madonna-Miley research at:

'Man arrested for threatening to assassinate Obama...'

'Raymond Hunter Geisel was arrested Wednesday for a death threat geared toward Sen. Barack Obama.

According to a Secret Service affidavit, Geisel, 22, was in a class for bail bondsmen when he "allegedly referred to Obama with a racial epithet and continued, 'If he gets elected, I'll assassinate him myself.' "

"Another person in the class quoted Geisel as saying that 'he hated George W. Bush and that he wanted to put a bullet in the president's head,' according to the Secret Service.

"Geisel denied in a written statement to a Secret Service agent that he ever made those threats, and the documents don't indicate that he ever took steps to carry out any assassination. He was charged only with threatening Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, but not for any threat against President Bush."

Geisel was interviewed on Saturday by agents of the US Secret Service's Miami field office and arrested a day later.

Geisel denied making threats against Obama or Bush but "did state, however, that if he wanted to kill Senator Obama he simply would shoot him with a sniper rifle, but then he claimed that he was just joking,"

While searching Geisel's car and house, officials found a machete, a loaded nine-millimeter handgun, a combat-style hatchet, knives, 40 rounds of 9mm armour-piercing handgun ammunition, two canisters of tear gas, and other items, according to the document.

However, officials did not determine if Geisel was preparing to make an assassination attempt.'