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Slings-and-Arrows

 

Great Canadian TV show for grown-ups.  For some reason America can’t produce TV for adults, unless it’s loaded with violence, torture and crime.  Pretty much everything else here is neutered for 8th graders or else amped up with skin on HBO and Showtime until it’s more like soft-core porn.

I stumbled across Slings and Arrows on Amazon Prime, where it was the highest rated show probably on the site.  Mark McKinney, one of the Kids in the Hall, is a co-creator.  He also plays the inept, sniveling director of a Shakespearean theater company.

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The story is about a theater director, who’s at the edge of sanity, a bit like Hamlet, and who is visited by the ghost of his mentor throughout the series. Cast includes all sorts of interesting people, and the battle between commercialism and art plays out over the course of the four seasons of the show.

It actually wraps up neatly, rather than milking it.  Each season concerns a different production of a Shakespeare play, and the themes of the play cross over into the lives of the theater characters.

 

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FREE

This free online show on Spike TV is very educational for a number of catastrophic scenarios including earthquakes, high rise fires, home invasions, lost boats and this mall shooting scenario.  The Kenyan incident makes this pretty much must-see viewing.  It teaches how to stage an ambush and to improvise weapons and try and fight back.

The sheer amount of life-saving information contained in the series could help you survive an extreme circumstance.

Go to Surviving Disaster – Mall Shooting

 

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Jerry finally got his show about nothing, and that’s what Larry David told him, on it.  It’s reality enough tv, shot with little GoPro cams stuck to the windshield and minimal crew.

Each week Seinfeld takes famous friends of his out for coffee (often forgetting money), and he shoots the breeze with celebrities like Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, David Letterman, Ricky Gervais, Don Rickles and even Michael Richards made a rare, nervous, public appearance.

The webisodes are like a car wreck, because you can’t stop watching.  You never know what the hell they’re going to say next.  Mostly fluff, small talk and trying to be funny, but absolutely nothing is off-limits.  The depressed, bleak, absurdist views of the host shine through.  Seinfeld also has a caretaker/curator mentality for dinosaur comedians and producers, getting them on the record before they croak.

What I like about it is that there’s no character, and no script, and whatever happens is the show.  In the season opener with Chris Rock, for example, they get pulled over in a classic Ferrari for speeding, Seinfeld driving of course.  And Chris is truly nervous about being hauled out and beat on for being black in America.

Seinfeld himself is without guarded image protection, and he comes across as a bit spoiled and full of himself.  Most of the cars – a different one or two every show – are from his own personal car collection.  No effort is made to disguise that the guests are paid to be there, and Seinfeld’s the producer, which guests occasionally bring up.

It’s an exercise in minimalism, just highlighting these quirky personalities.

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Free to watch.

 

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Joe Giambrone

All Aboard the Bullshit Express

Like everything else corporate whoredom shits out, the very nature of the language is undermined and debauched daily.  Concepts that embody morality and sacrifice turn into game shows for self-aggrandizement.

Heroism is now unrecognizable, the mindless commands of a steroid enhanced actor replacing intelligence and moral fortitude.  A bag full of money features in the teaser for this reckless show to risk life and serious injury so that one can perform on TV under the fake banner of “The Hero.”

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Enough of this programming, this Pavlovian conditioning, has warped the social fabric of the nation.  Heroism is itself a marketing slogan for mercenary militarists, Hollywood snake oil salesmen and skeezy “reality” show producers.  And so it is dead in this nation.  The true heroes are labeled state enemies and criminals, sent to prison while the pig ignorant couch slugs gawk on at gibberish like “The Hero.”

Modern American heroes include Edward Snowden, who exposed NSA mass surveillance.  And William Binney, who exposed NSA mass surveillance.  And Adrienne Kinne, who exposed NSA mass surveillance.  And Mark Klein, who exposed NSA mass surveillance.  Is anyone noticing a pattern?

And Bradley Manning who exposed US war crimes, lies and deceptions of the US State Department, and is currently being tried in a military kangaroo court that won’t let him argue the actual reasons why he did what he did.  And Lieutenant Ehren Watada who refused to be deployed to Iraq on the grounds that it was a Crime Against the Peace, an illegal war of aggression, which he similarly was not allowed to say at his kangaroo court martial.

And Sibel Edmonds, the FBI translator who saw raw intelligence documenting massive US official complicit criminality and support for terrorists in Central Asia, but was fired from the FBI and gagged instead of rewarded and having her evidence used in prosecutions of wrongdoing.  And John Kiriakou who exposed CIA torture and was rewarded with jail time.  And Senator Bob Graham who would not let the 9/11 cover-up stand and has vehemently protested to this day the suppression of evidence of Saudi Arabian and other foreign government involvement in those attacks.

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There are heroes in America today.  But they aren’t the kind that Hollywood sells to children.  They most certainly are not the jackasses playing on the outsides of skyscrapers to make some cash in the service of selling commercial air time – glorified car and beer salesmen.  Such a bastardization and trivialization of the meaning of the word is an insult to every thinking person on this planet.  Dwayne, “The Rock,” should apologize to the world in shame.  That’s not heroism, Dwayne.  Not even close.