Our Best and Brightest

This vid has been making the rounds, and is a response to the “Should We Teach Evolution in Schools” video. Note that it doesn’t ask, should we teach that the Sky Wizard made the earth in seven days. So.. yeah. (SIDENOTE: Do they still have the swimsuit competition? I remember that it was controversy, but I don’t remember the outcome.) 

Also! 

A group of people in Kentucky are going to prove you HERETICS that Noah’s Ark was REAL by rebuilding one according to the specs laid out in da bible. 

Zovath said the ark will have old-world details, like wooden pegs instead of nails, straight-sawed timbers and plenty of animals – some alive, some robotic like The Creation Museum’s dinosaurs.

Admit it. That actually sounds kind of awesome. 

Maker Faire

A Libyan man tries to remove a cannon from a part of a tank, belonging to forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, with plans to reuse it, in the western Libyan city of Misrata, on June 7, 2011. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) (via the Big Picture)

Every year various events that celebrate the ingenuity of tinkerers splash all over the blogoshpere, and we all compete to congratulate each other for our cleverness at correctly appreciating somebody’s steampunk insulated PBR Messenger bag. Which is nice. 

But literally turning the tools of the oppressor into the weapons of your liberation is some next level DIY shit.  View the whole series of pictures including pickup truck housed anti aircraft missile launchers at the link above.  

Post Racial Tea Party America

As affectionately as Taylor has brought “The Help” to the screen, and as gratifying as it is to watch Davis and Spencer bring Aibileen and Minny to palpable, fully rounded life, their narrative, like “The Blind Side” a few years ago, is structured largely around their white female benefactor. That this is the story we keep telling ourselves is all the more puzzling – if not galling – when viewers consider that, precisely at the time that “The Help” transpires, African Americans across Mississippi were registering to vote and agitating for political change. In other words, they were helping themselves. And, on screen at least, their story remains largely untold. (via)

Implicit in The Help and a number of other popular works that deal with the civil rights era is the notion that a white character is somehow crucial or even necessary to tell this particular tale of black liberation. What’s more, to imply that what the maids Aibileen and Minny are working against is simply a refusal on everyone’s part to believe that ”we’re all the same underneath” is to simplify the horrors of Jim Crow to a truly damaging degree. (via)

It’s like watching Parah Salin’s version of history. I thought hollywood had gotten this out of their system when they updated the WHITE SAVIOR movie a few years ago with My Pet Black Person, but I guess this is now becoming part of the creation myth of the civil rights movement. I mean, don’t you remember when those white people had hoses and dogs unleashed upon them?