Wherein I read things, laugh [or not], and pass them on to you…
• 1 is 2 Many:
Despite the significant progress made in reducing violence against women, there is still a long way to go. Young women still face the highest rates of dating violence and sexual assault. In the last year, one in 10 teens have reported being physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend. One in five young women have been sexually assaulted while they’re in college.
In response to these alarming statistics, Vice President Biden is focusing his longstanding commitment to reducing violence against women specifically on teens and young women ages 16-24. By targeting the importance of changing attitudes that lead to violence and educating the public on the realities of abuse, the Vice President is leading the way in an effort to stop violence against women before it begins.
Transcript via Feministing:
Hey Everybody Listen up, listen up guys, listen up. No one should ever hit a woman. Not their wife, not their girlfriend, not their date. No woman should have to fear violence. Especially not from someone they know and trust. But that’s the reality for too many women. We have to change it. It’s up to each of us because even 1 is too many. Violence against women hurts all of us. Growing up I was ashamed and afraid of my father when he abused my mom. The worst abuse of power is when a man raises his hand to hurt a woman. We all have to take responsibility. So if you see someone threatening a woman step up, speak out, and get help. Dating violence hurts all of us so step up and help out because 1 is too many. One is too many. One is too many. One is too many. End the violence because it’s wrong. Because one, one is too many.
[whitehouse.gov/23 Jun 2012]
• What exactly did David say to [REDACTED] in Prometheus?:
In the scene where David addresses the remaining Engineer, he talks in an unfamiliar language that we later learned was a combination of real languages. And now, that bit of conversation has been translated.
The Bioscopist notes that when David is learning the “building blocks” of language, a hologram appears to teach him Proto-Indo European Linguistics. The man in that hologram is Dr. Anil Biltoo of the University of London. The Bioscopist located Biltoo and acquired this translation:
Here’s the line that David speaks to the Engineer, and the consultant’s translation of it:
/ida hman?m a? kja nam?tuh zd?:taha/…/gh??vah-pjorn-?ttham sas da:t? kredah/
A serviceable translation into English is:
“This man is here because he does not want to die. He believes you can give him more life.”
[io9/MEREDITH WOERNER/21 june 2012]
Published on Apr 6, 2012 by CieonMovies
Savages 2012 Trailer – official Oliver Stone’s 2012 movie in HD – starring Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Blake Lively, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Demian Bichir, Emile Hirsch, Uma Thurman, and John Travolta – two Laguna Beach marijuana kingpins who encounter a world of trouble when their shared girlfriend.
Savages 2012 movie hits theaters on July 6, 2012.
Laguna Beach entrepreneurs Ben (Johnson), a peaceful and charitable Buddhist, and his closest friend Chon (Kitsch), a former Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary, run a lucrative, homegrown industry—raising some of the best marijuana ever developed. They also share a one-of-a-kind love with the extraordinary beauty Ophelia (Lively). When the merciless head of the Baha Cartel Elena (Hayek), and her brutal enforcer, Lado (Del Toro), underestimate the unbreakable bond among these three friends, Ben and Chon—with the reluctant, slippery assistance of a dirty DEA agent (Travolta)—wage a seemingly unwinnable war against the cartel. Savages movie trailer 2012 is presented in full HD 1080p high resolution.
• Awesome Books to Replace Your Favorite Cancelled TV Shows:
This ambitious genre mashup combined Wild West outlaws with spaceships, and spawned a huge fanbase. But despite getting a movie sequel, Joss Whedon’s beloved show is probably never coming back in any form other than comics and the occasional unofficial novel.
The book substitute: Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks. We recommend this book, the first novel in the Culture series, a lot — but it really fits here. Like Firefly, Consider Phlebas is about someone who’s on the losing side of a huge space war, in this case the war between the super-advanced Culture and the Idiran Empire. Our hero, Horza, opposes the Culture because he has philosophical disagreements with their utopian aims. And he winds up joining forces with a band of pirates and mercenaries on the good ship Clean Air Turbulence. This is the best methedone for Firefly withdrawal.
2. Stargate Universe:
Another ambitious space opera — this show attempted to take the long-running Stargate series in a grittier, less heroic direction. The crew of the Destiny are mostly just trying to stay alive and get home, even as they face the possibility that they’ve made a huge discovery that could change everything.
The book substitute: The Centauri Device by M. John Harrison. As Gareth L. Powell writes, “Harrison’s revisionist attempt to destroy the space opera genre spawned instead a renewed interest in grimy spaceports and down-and-out antiheroes, providing a key influence for the ‘New Space Opera’ of the 1980s and 1990s.”
[io9/CHARLIE JANE ANDERS/20 june 2012]
• Many people want to blame the parents of the kids on the bus. But we’re the ones to blame. We have created an atmosphere in which respected designer Karl Lagerfeld can say that award-winning songstress Adele is “too fat” and face zero consequences. We foster a fat-phobic society, with no tolerance, patience or compassion for the overweight.