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Riese: A Girl and her Wolf

Riese: A Girl and her Wolf

Riese and Fenrir
Riese and Fenrir

I recently ran across a new web-only action/adventure production called Riese. The eponymous main character, played by Christine Chatelain, is fleeing from a tyrannical regime in the steampunk kingdom of Elysia. I like the Mad Max look of the costumes and the Dr. Horrible like semi-pro abandon with which the series is being edited and shot. The general premise, good kingdom overtaken by evil cult; heir(ess) on the run… is as old as the stories of Theseus and Oedipus. The show has an appealing during/post apocalypse sense which puts one in mind of A Boy and His Dog, Mad Max, especially the third installment, Beyond Thunderdome, V for Vendetta, Children of Men, The Handmaid’s Tale and many others. However it is a nice place from which to explore good versus evil, individual versus society and such tropes. The heroine has at least one supernatural seeming ability: to keep her eyeliner and eyeshadow lipstick and foundation pristine and unsmeared despite being pursued through the woods while wearing goggles and bleeding from a side wound and then engaging in a rather clumsy knife fight with several Mad-Maxian attackers.

I am generally happy with people taking their vision directly to web rather than letting it be ground up and homogenized by the “entertainment” industry.

Whether it be “Star Trek Phase II”, Star Wars Revelations, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, lonelygirl15, or the semi-professional docu-humor of Michael Moore or Morgan Spurlock, such efforts can be good even if writing/acting/scripting/editing are not all that they could be because they are fun and true and come from the heart.

So bon chance to Riese. Here’s hoping it is not too horrible.

Copyright © 2009 Henry Edward Hardy

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3 November, 2009 Posted by | Christine Chatelain, independent production, internet, media, scanlyze, science fiction, steampunk, television, TV, video, web, wolf | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Barak Obama: This is the Day

I’ve been watching the coverage of Barak Obama’s Innauguration. I took notes as the pundits tonight on CBS said,

5:52 PM listening to the pundits on TV “a golden day for Barak Obama”
“Millions came to Washington… I’m glad I got to see it”
5:53 PM “The people were speaking to us and it would be prudent to listen to them”
5:54 PM “Washington can be a very corrupting place, I hope this signals a new era of honesty and authenticity”

Bob Schieffer said he had seen 12 Inaugurations and never seen one like this, “this was something special”.

Even the stolid Francis X. Clines of the New York Times was taken by the levity of the crowd:

‘Is there a problem in the nation? Hear ordinary Americans chant: “O-ba-ma!” One tedious, serpentine line outside the Mall, its restlessness surfacing, suddenly was prodded into happiness when teenagers broke into song: “We’re off to see Obama — the wonderful president of ours!”

Later in the article the ever-serious Cline’s joy starts to show through:

‘The Obama speech patterns became a separate source of celebration, the way John F. Kennedy imitators used to do “vi-gah” salutes. After the speech, a man happily walking a bridge back to Virginia as the best way home suddenly tried an Obama riff on his friends. “We must walk the bridge built by our ancestors! We will find it long and hard! And we will confront Exit 10 C — wherever it leads!” His friends laughed and shared the pleasure of having heard firsthand President Obama in his opening hour.’

But what brought tears to my eyes:

Actress Cicely Tyson, asked her reaction, bursting out with the words of the 118th Psalm: “This is the day which the LORD hath made: and we *will* rejoice and be glad in it.”

Communist folk singer Pete Seeger, 89 years old, belting out the words of “This Land is Your Land” on the steps of the Lincoln memorial with five hundred thousand people on the Mall singing along in such spontaneous, profound joy.

Pete Seeger Bruce Springsteen Obama Inauguration [Google Video]

Guardian Editorial, 20 January 2009: This week, the 89-year-old Seeger stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial singing Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land with Springsteen at the pre-inauguration concert. Seeger’s judgment on politics and music has not always been right, but he is a man of his times and he has been the troubadour of the American left for more than half a century. His return to the spotlight is another sign that things are changing for the better in America this week. In praise of … Pete Seeger

Rick Warren: “We know that today, Dr. King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting up in heaven.”

cf. Hebrews 12:1 (KJV): “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us…”

Aretha Franklin, whose fabulous hat looked like she was wearing a grey, diamond-studded clipper ship, testifying to all our hopes and dreams with her breathless rendition of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”.

“From every mountainside
Let Freedom Ring!”

See:
In Washington on Inauguration Day
Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead
Delicious Subversion
Reborn in the USA: America is great again
President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address by David Bergman

Copyright © 2009 Henry Edward Hardy

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21 January, 2009 Posted by | 2009, Aretha Franklin, Bob Schieffer, CBS, Innauguration, January 20, media, music, news, Obama, Pete Seeger, politics, Psalm 118, scanlyze, TV, USA | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BBC: More on Tal Afar Iraqi soldiers rape accusation

BBC quotes acting Tal Afar mayor Brig Gen. Nijm Abdullah with more information regarding the alleged rape and torture of a mother of 11 by Iraqi soldiers in northern Iraq:

Iraqi soldiers charged with rape

…Gen Abdullah said he had received a complaint from tribal leaders that a group of soldiers had entered the woman’s house “a few days ago” and raped her.

“One of the soldiers did not approve. His name is Mushtaq Taleb from Basra. He wanted to stop his comrades by threatening them with weapons because it is an immoral act, but the rape took place anyway,” Gen Abdullah added.

He said he had referred the troops to the judiciary for prosecution.

The woman is thought to be a 40-year-old married mother of 11 from Iraq’s Turkoman minority.

The defendants are identified as a lieutenant and three enlisted men.

If the BBC report is correct, then Mushtaq Taleb should be commended for trying to stop the rape and torture of this mother.

Copyright © 2007 Henry Edward Hardy

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22 February, 2007 Posted by | allegations, BBC, crime, human rights, Iraq, media, Mosul, mothers, news, Nijm Abdullah, peace, politics, radio, rape, repression, scanlyze, Tal Afar, television, torture, TV, war, war crimes | 1 Comment

Xinhua news agency: ‘Four Iraqi soldiers arrested for rape in N Iraq’

The second public accusation of rape by Iraqi soldiers this week was reported by the Chinese news agency Xinhua. According to Xinhua,

Four Iraqi soldiers arrested for rape in N Iraq
http://www.chinaview.cn 2007-02-22 21:55:06

MOSUL, Iraq, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) — Four Iraqi soldiers have been arrested for raping an ethnic Turkoman woman in the town of Tal Afar, some 400 km north of Baghdad, the second such allegations being leveled against Iraqi security personnel in a week, an official said on Thursday…

The 40-year-old woman first appeared on a Turkoman satellite channel on Wednesday evening and alleged that she was raped by the soldiers after Iraqi forces stormed her house in the town. The woman said they also videotaped the rape, then tortured her and threatened to rape her young daughters if she didn’t cooperate with them and provide them with information on terrorists.

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22 February, 2007 Posted by | China, crime, Iraq, media, Mosul, mothers, news, peace, politics, rape, repression, scanlyze, Tal Afar, television, torture, TV, war, war crimes, Xinhua | Leave a comment

BBC Report: ‘Sleaze alleged in CIA’

Interesting 9 minute video report from BBC regarding alleged financial and sexual corruption in the US intelligence agency:

Newsnight investigates alleged CIA sleaze

Launch report in stand-alone player

Duke Cunningham (wikipedia)
Cunningham, Randy Duke R-CA (namebase)
Kyle Foggo (wikipedia)
Foggo, Kyle (namebase)
Porter J. Goss (wikipedia)
Goss, Porter J., R-FL (namebase)
Brent Wilkes (wikipedia)
Wilkes, Brent R. (namebase)

Copyright © 2007 Henry Edward Hardy

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22 February, 2007 Posted by | allegations, America, appropriations, BBC, Brent Wilkes, Bush, Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, Congress, corruption, covert operations, DC, District of Columbia, House of Representatives, intelligence, investigation, investigations, journalism, Kyle Dusty Foggo, media, national security, news, peace, politics, Porter Goss, prostitution, Randy Cunningham, reporting, scanlyze, seduction, television, TV, USA, video, war, Washington, Watergate | 1 Comment