Another Comedy-free Zone

“Footage from the Queensland Parliament cannot be used for satire or ridicule under the terms and conditions of its use.”

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Christmas Communists

It’s a wonderful life, isn’t it? Probably not for those who look at the image below and see a room full of communists.

photo from film It's A Wonderful Life

This is from a 1947 U.S. government document about the film It’s a Wonderful Life:

“With regard to the picture ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’, [REDACTED] stated in substance that the film represented a rather obvious attempt to discredit bankers by casting Lionel Barrymore as a ‘scrooge-type’ so that he would be the most hated man in the picture. This, according to these sources, is a common trick used by Communists.

“In addition, [REDACTED] stated that, in his opinion, this picture deliberately maligned the upper class, attempting to show the people who had money were mean and despicable characters. [REDACTED] related that if he had made this picture portraying the banker, he would have shown this individual to have been following the rules as laid down by the State Bank Examiners in connection with making loans. Further, [REDACTED] stated that the scene wouldn’t have ‘suffered at all’ in portraying the banker as a man who was protecting funds put in his care by private individuals and adhering to the rules governing the loan of that money rather than portraying the part as it was shown. In summary, [REDACTED] stated that it was not necessary to make the banker such a mean character and ‘I would never have done it that way.’”

Perhaps the same officials, were they alive today, would rethink their view of bankers, once they paid attention to what bankers do, say, the ones at Wells Fargo.

Undergoing Podcast Privation?

image of flash drive holding episodes of podcast called Wooden OvercoatsMost people I know who listen to any podcasts have an embarrassment of riches available, and murmur about lacking time to listen to everything. Only occasionally will you run into someone eager for a suggestion to lend an ear to a new podcast. If you’re in the latter category, what about this one called “Wooden Overcoats“? Here’s a description from The Irish Times: “a comedy about a fictitious island in the English Channel in which two funeral homes, and their funeral directors, compete for popularity within their community. It is most often the first podcast I recommend to people: funny and strange and exquisitely written and performed: and importantly, entirely independent.”

(Worrisome) Quotation of the Day

From Michelle Obama:

“I have been at probably every powerful table that you can think of, I have worked at nonprofits, I have been at foundations, I have worked in corporations, served on corporate boards, I have been at G-summits, I have sat in at the U.N.: They are not that smart.”

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It is the Best of Times; It is the Worst of Times

graphic of data about child mortality

Quotation of the Day

photo from film JeannetteJohn Waters proposes his Top Ten Films of 2018 and adds some commentary.

A surprisingly scary, well-shot, pitch-black comedy about the day all parents in the United States decide to kill their own children. A laff riot!

Greek Tragedy Never Grows Old

Our words come back to haunt us. Ask Oedipus. You could also consult Shakespeare’s Macbeth. In a contemporary tragedy in which a person’s words have unforeseen consequences, see the case of Rep. Marcia Fudge, who wrote about her friend Lance Mason: “Lance accepts full responsibility for his actions and has assured me that something like this will never happen again.”

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