Tag Archive | Disney

Non-COVID-19 linkspam (reproductive health, corruption, climate change, the scam of InfoWars)

So I’m reading this Scrooge McDuck comic, which was only written 30ish years ago, and some of the values dissonance is wild. “Wherever I go, there are blackguards who want to steal their fortune rather than work for it!” laments Scrooge, whose last three money-earning ventures involved cattle rustling on stolen land in Texas, homesteading on stolen land in Montana, and digging a gold mine on colonized land in South Africa.

…anyway, have a bunch of political links from the last couple months. Specific players and policies may have come and gone, but the overall themes are forever.

“Warren’s vision is deeply rooted in her policies solving the ills of society, whereas Sanders is calling for a social movement to upend the American political order as we know it. Then again, it’s hard to ignore that they back many of the same policies.

“During the Trump presidency, corruption has flourished in previously unthinkable ways, and at such a remarkable rate, that it’s almost impossible to keep it all straight—here’s what we know so far.

“Trump decided to skip a debate hosted by the network just before the Iowa caucuses in January 2016, and hold his own, competing event instead — a televised fundraiser for veterans. Shockingly enough, it turned out the event wasn’t quite on the level.” (He’s been ordered to pay back $2 million. Baby steps.)

“Their 2016 paper, “Wealth Inequality in the United States Since 1913,” distilled a century of data to answer one of modern capitalism’s murkiest mysteries: How rich are the rich in the world’s wealthiest nation? The answer—far richer than previously imagined—thrust the pair deep into the American debate over inequality.”

“America is one of the only developed countries in the world that pays people to donate blood, much of it sold abroad (70% of the world’s plasma is of US origin), and as commercial blood donations have soared, blood now accounts for 2% of the country’s exports — more than corn or soya.”

“The picture that emerges is of a system of staggering complexity, riddled with obstacles and cracks, that prioritizes babies over mothers, thwarts women at every turn, frustrates doctors and midwives, and incentivizes substandard care. It’s ‘the extreme example of a fragmented system that cares about women much more in the context of delivering a healthy baby than the mother’s health in and of itself.’

“I quit film school and moved nearly a thousand miles to Austin, Tex., fully invested in propagating his worldview. By the time I found myself seated next to [Alex] Jones speeding down the highway, I had seen enough of the inner workings of Infowars to know better.

“Veneto regional council, which is located on Venice’s Grand Canal, was flooded for the first time in its history on [November 12] — just after it rejected measures to combat climate change.”

Music recs: Alan Parsons Project, Aldo Nova, Anggun

I’m running out of time to fill up my library’s monthly music-borrowing quota…so naturally my soundtrack for this afternoon was “YouTube playlists of singers I already know I like.”

Alan Parsons Project — soft prog rock. Lots of sci-fi-inspired songs, lots of songs about emotions you don’t hear put to music often. (Alan Parsons Project playlist.)

Aldo Nova – eighties glam rock/metal. (Aldo Nova playlist.)

Since the ’90s he’s been singing his own songs less, and working more behind-the-scenes…on tracks including Bon Jovi’s “Blaze of Glory”, Celine Dion’s “A New Day Has Come”, and Clay Aiken’s “This Is The Night.”

Anggun – emotional, rich-voiced pop. (Anggun playlist.)

Indonesian-French, she sings in both those languages plus English. Sometimes she’ll do translations of her own lyrics; sometimes she’ll take the original tune and release it in another language with a new, unrelated set of lyrics.

She represented France (with a bilingual French/English song) in Eurovision 2012:

And she was in the end-credits version of Let It Go for the Indonesian dub of Frozen:

Monday Works Roundup, 2/12/18

But I’m A Cat Person
Falconry Glove (art | Miranda, Poe | worksafe)
Bunny Hoodies (art | Cybele, Bennett | worksafe)
Hardware Wives Meet Cute (comic | Constance, Sharon, Sparrow | G)

Leif & Thorn(/various)
Character vs. Inspiration: Rhódon (comic | Rhódon, Madoka, Rose Quartz | G)
Sword x Plant (sketches | Leif/Thorn | NSFW-ish)

Hellsing
Super Sailors Hellsing (art | Integra, baobhan sith | worksafe)

Moana
I Know Your Name (art | Moana, Te Ka | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Webcomic Woes 5 – Uncooperative weather (comic, G)
Purple polka dot background (free pattern, worksafe)

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Baby Imri survives his first meeting with vampire Stanczia, and signs himself up for a second.

Monday Works Roundup, 3/28

But I’m A Cat Person
Good With Kids (art | Josh, Maria, Dove, Lamb, Donkey, Cybele | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
These costumes are tacky, but… (prompt comic | Stanczia/Imri | mild NSFW)
This was supposed to be hot (prompt comic | Leif/Thorn | mild NSFW)
The cuddling got too intense (prompt comic | Birch/Annie | NSFW)

Phineas and Ferb
Candace Crush (art | Candace/Vanessa | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica(/various)
Floofy Teenage Goddess (sketch | MadoSaya | worksafe)
Variant Incubator Breeds (art | Luna, Diana, Ryo-Ohki, Chuchu, Mokona, Mickey, Pikachu, Keroberos, Patrick | worksafe)

Red Dwarf/Star Wars
Imperial Officer Rimmer (art | Rimmer, Vader | worksafe)

Steven Universe
One Eyed Pearl (art | Blue Pearl | worksafe)
Rose’s Other Pearl (art | Lion as Pink Pearl | worksafe)
La Petite Perle (art | Crystal Gem Pearl | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
It’s never a bad time for awkward middle-aged sexual tension, right?

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
The kids are okay, but Juniper is still in danger, and Thorn gets sidetracked while running to the rescue….

The woman who saved the space program, the woman who was the Nazis’ most wanted person, the woman who chartered a bank in 1903, and more

“Lamarr wanted to join the National Inventors Council, but was reportedly told by NIC member Charles F. Kettering and others that she could better help the war effort by using her celebrity status to sell War Bonds.” Instead of…coming up with the technology that Bluetooth and wi-fi are based on.

“The three women pictured in this incredible photograph from 1885 — Anandibai Joshi of India, Keiko Okami of Japan, and Sabat Islambouli of Syria — each became the first licensed female doctors in their respective countries.”

“Much of her work was top secret and she was a very private person – she actively avoided the press. Barely anyone knew about what she did for the space programme. It was only at her funeral did her colleagues begin to share her story. ‘Mary [Sherman Morgan] single-handedly saved America’s space programme,’ he said, ‘and nobody knows but a handful of old men.’

Maggie Walker: first woman of any race to charter a bank in the US. As the daughter of a former slave. In 1903.

Antoinette Perry: the actress and director after whom the Tony Awards are named. Started acting in 1905; got into directing in 1928.

Martha Gellhorn: “Women weren’t allowed to serve in combat in those days – that restriction wouldn’t be lifted until 50 years later, in 1994. So how did a female slip through the cracks and land on the beaches with the boys in uniform? Two reasons — she was a journalist, and she was a stowaway.”

Nancy Wake: the Gestapo’s most-wanted person, parachuting, recruiting, taking command of battles, killing an SS sentry with her bare hands, and generally earning that 5-million-franc price on her head.

“Preparing the animators’ vision for camera required the inking and painting of thousands of fragile, combustible cels with perfect refinement. During Snow White, it was not at all unusual to see the ‘girls’—as Walt paternalistically referred to them—thin and exhausted, collapsed on the lawn, in the ladies’ lounge, or even under their desks. ‘I’ll be so thankful when Snow White is finished and I can live like a human once again,’ Rae wrote after she recorded 85 hours in a week.