How Many Tanks Can We Take Back Before The Next Ferguson?

By: Tuesday August 26, 2014 4:52 pm

I recently suggested that we noodle on some methods to de-militarize the police. I wanted to figure out methods that would actually have people look at publicly available communities’ inventory of equipment and demand they get rid of unnecessary items and equipment that is not designed for a police force, but an occupying army.

 

Putting War Back in Children’s Culture

By: Friday August 16, 2013 5:45 am

Now that Darth Vader’s breathy techno-voice is a staple of our culture, it’s hard to remember how empty was the particular sector of space Star Wars blasted into. The very day the Paris Peace Accords were signed in 1973, Richard Nixon also signed a decree ending the draft. It was an admission of the obvious: war, American-style, had lost its hold on young minds. As an activity, it was now to be officially turned over to the poor and nonwhite.

Those in a position to produce movies, TV shows, comics, novels, or memoirs about Vietnam were convinced that Americans felt badly enough without such reminders. It was simpler to consider the war film and war toy casualties of Vietnam than to create cultural products with the wrong heroes, victims, and villains.

FDL Movie Night: Our 200th Night With “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians”

By: Monday December 24, 2012 5:00 pm

Two words: Pia Zadora! Yes Pia Zadora stars in this low budget holiday sci-fi movie, and that should tell you plenty. Granted it’s a young Pia Zadora, not super-star Pia, circa Lucky Lady, but still, any movie that stars Pia Zadora is gonna be high camp goofiness. And Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is no exception.

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