Monday Roundup

For reasons that I hope I’ll explain one day, this week is going to be a bit crazy. So here are a few stories I’ve been sitting on, awaiting longer commentary:

A few weeks ago, Marvel comics unveiled an alternative Spiderwoman cover which was immediately decried as sexist because of her pose. I suspected that this criticism was largely coming from people who weren’t terribly familiar with the medium. And indeed, Maddox easily found a spiderman cover that was almost identical. As a general rule, if you ask a rhetorical question like, “Would they draw Spiderman like that?” you should probably do a little bit of research to make sure the answer isn’t “yep”. I don’t agree with everything Maddox says, but his point is well taken.

Another video you want to take in is Matt Ridley talking about global greening — the apparent rise in plants that has resulted from global warming. I disagree with parts of what he says, but toward the end he hits a very important point: Europeans are now planning to burn zillions of tons of trees under the belief that this is “green energy”. There’s a reason we stopped burning trees for fuel.

A few months ago, the town of Peoria launched a SWAT raid into the home of Jon Daniel. This incredibly dangerous man had … uh … created a parody Twitter account of Mayor Jim Ardis. During the raid, the cops found some pot on one of Daniel’s roommates. A judge has decided that the raid was lawful and they can proceed with the felony possession charges. I have no idea how the raid could be lawful when the prosecutor is not bringing charges because mocking someone on Twitter is not illegal. We have now gotten to the point where cops can raid your house based on something that isn’t a crime.

Obama has unveiled a plan to deal with drug-resistant bacteria, mainly by curtailing the massive overuse of antibiotics in farming and creating incentives for companies to develop new antibiotics. All things considered, this could be the biggest accomplishment of his administration. I mean, he’s not actively making things worse, so it’s got to be one of the top five things he’s done, at least on par with the Great Deckchair Rearranging of 2011.

Just a reminder if you need one: slavery did not make America rich.

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  1. Seattle Outcast

    All the haters on hot chicks in comic books can just STFU already. Nothing they say will ever have any effect, just like in video games.

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  2. Seattle Outcast

    The cover is still going forward. And this is what you get when you hire a porn artist to do a cover – a porn shot of Spiderwoman.

    And in 6 months it will all blow over, just like it has every time since the 70’s when this crap popped up the first time. It’s like they are on a timer – “shit, has it been five years already? time to go protest that comic book girls all look like porn stars again.”

    Hell, it’s been about twenty years, and they still stuff women in the fridge.

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  3. Xetrov

    So China made Obama look like a fool…again.

    The basic jist is this – all of you believers of curbing evil Co2 to save the planet from climate disruption/change/warming/whatever can give up your aspirations because the largest Co2 producing country on earth just told Obama to shut the fuck up.

    They want Western Countries to pay China (and other “developing” nations) for curbing greenhouse gases.

    Oh yeah, China also wants us to abolish intellectual property laws so that they can do whatever they want in regard to manufacturing (not like they don’t already do that).

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  4. Aussiesmurf

    I am very familiar with the ‘medium (I own around 3,000 comics) and I say this about the cover :

    1. The pose is ridiculous, unsexy and anatomically impossible.
    2. Of course Marvel should have known what to expect when they hired a soft-porn artist to do the cover. That doesn’t make the cover good.

    If you want a sexy, powerful woman in comics, have a look at Azzarello / Chiang’s Wonder Woman series that is just now coming to an end.…1729.7363.0.7673.….0…1ac.1.54.img..18.5.1584.5Y1hF0r7ykc#tbm=isch&q=chiang+wonder+woman

    And I am aware of ‘gamergate’ and the losers that been spending waaaay too much of their time harassing a couple of women because…..actually there is no ‘because’ apart from ‘having ladyparts’ there is no reason that justifies the ridiculous conduct of these boys.

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  5. Iconoclast

    The pose is ridiculous, unsexy and anatomically impossible.

    I think the point being widely missed by all concerned is that these superheroes are part spider, or at the very least, trying to act like a spider. But, for better or worse, they still have human limbs, so making them crouch like a spider results in supposedly “sexy” squatting poses with legs spread wide. Regardless, for me, the idea of copulating with a spider wannabe doesn’t really have much appeal…

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  6. Xetrov

    The long webbed armpit hair is what gets me. So sexy.

    Other than some impressively flexible neck muscles, that pose is definitely anatomically possible.

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  7. Hal_10000 *

    And I am aware of ‘gamergate’ and the losers that been spending waaaay too much of their time harassing a couple of women because…..actually there is no ‘because’ apart from ‘having ladyparts’ there is no reason that justifies the ridiculous conduct of these boys.

    Yeah, every time I read about it, I’m just thinking … what? WHAT?!

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  8. Xetrov

    Can we put this in the “no shit” category? –

    Tens of thousands of young families caught crossing the border illegally earlier this year subsequently failed to meet with federal immigration agents, as they were instructed, the Homeland Security Department has acknowledged privately.

    An official with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement revealed that about 70 percent of immigrant families the Obama administration had released into the U.S. never showed up weeks later for follow up appointments.

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  9. Biggie G

    I only have about 1500 comics and haven’t bought any in over 10 years, so I may not be an expert in current trends. However, I think that Marvel was just expecting to produce a product that people might want to purchase. They hired a well known artist to do something that they have been doing for 20 years. Are we now to expect the heckler’s veto every time we do something? Personally I find most superheroes to be anatomically impossible. Someone else may find it sexy. Should they not have the right to purchase it? If they didn’t think that it would sell, Marvel would not have produced it.

    What they didn’t expect was the wrath of the internet offense brigades. While in the past this may have got some crap from a few people, they didn’t expect it to be an Attack on All Women. To be honest, did that cover really deserve the amount of attention it got?

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