Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Yelling at a Fool.

Fr. Gabriel,
Warrior-Priest : 
Is that for you... or Negan? 

Rosita Espinoza :
It's for him. 

Fr. Gabriel,
Warrior-Priest :
How will you do it? 

Rosita Espinoza :
I'll pull the trigger. 

Fr. Gabriel,
Warrior-Priest :
They'll kill you. 

Rosita Espinoza :
As long as he goes first. 

Why do you have to die? 

Rosita Espinoza :
Because he has to. 

Fr. Gabriel,
Warrior-Priest :
I agree. But... 
...Why do you? 
There's, uh... ...No need to lie to me if... 
this is our last conversation. 

Rosita Espinoza :

If Abraham was alive, we could fight. 
If Glenn was, Maggie's kid would have a Father. 
Michonne and Carl can fight. 
They have Rick. 
Aaron has Eric. 
Eugene Knows Things. 
Daryl's Strong. 

Fr. Gabriel,
Warrior-Priest :
What about Sasha? 
Look at me, Rosita. 
It shouldn't have been you. 
It shouldn't have been anyone. 
We'll win, but we need to wait for the right moment or create it... together. 
And you're a part of that together. 

Don't Do This. 
We Need You.

I didn't find any guns.  
In case you were wondering. 
I was out there all day and not a damn one. Not a real one. 
Thing is, I had a gun. I was gonna use it to kill Negan. 
I was ready to. 
And if I had done it, like I'd planned to, Negan would be dead right now. 
And, yeah, maybe I'd be dead, too, but who gives a damn? 
Eugene would still be here. 
Olivia would still be alive. 
Spencer would still be alive. 

And now they're gone, and I'm here because I was stupid enough to listen to you. 

Fr. Gabriel,
Warrior-Priest :
But you were. 
And you did. 

Rosita Espinoza :
You stand there telling people about their lives. 

Fr. Gabriel,
Warrior-Priest : 
Only if they come Here. 
Like you. Right now. 

Rosita Espinoza :
You don't know shit about shit. 

Fr. Gabriel,
Warrior-Priest : 
You're right. 
I don't. 
I said that you weren't supposed to die and that you shouldn't do the thing that you were planning to do because we needed you -- still do. 

Even a fool like me could see that. 

It's easier to be dead, 
and if it's my fault you're alive, well, 
I'm just gonna have to live with that. 

I decided to meddle. 

But I did something I thought was right, and I knew the stakes were very high. 
You can certainly blame me for the fact that you have a Life, but after that what are you going to do with it? 

How are you going to make what needs to happen happen? 
Anything is possible until your heart stops beating. 

Certainly more than yelling at a fool.


Sunday, 15 July 2018

You SAY You Want to Save The World, But You Don't Want it to CHANGE....

George Lucas on toxic fandom and The Phantom Menace 1999 - BBC Newsnight

This is what George Lucas had to say about racial stereotyping and toxic fandom in The Phantom Menace back in 1999.

You Say You Want a Revolution, Well...


We All Wanna Change The World. 


It’s not the job of the artist to give the audience what the audience wants.  

If the audience knew what they needed, then they wouldn’t be the audience.  

They would be the artists.  

It is the job of artists to give the audience what they need. "

- Alan Moore

Piss Off, Ghost!

Yes, the Devil is in your hands, and I will suck it out. 

Now, I will not cast this ghost out with a fever, for the new spirit inside me has shown me I have a new way to communicate. It is a gentle whisper. 

Get out of here, ghost. Get out of here, ghost. Get out. Get out of here, ghost. Get out of here, ghost. Get out of here, ghost. Get out of here, and don't you dare turn around and come back, for if you do, all the armies of my boot will kick you in the teeth, and you will be cast up and thrown in the dirt and thrust back to Perdition! 

And as long as I have teeth, I will bite you! And if I have no teeth, I will gum you! And as long as I have fists, I will bash you! 

Now, get out of here ghost! Get out of here, ghost!

Get out of here, ghost! Egh! YEOW! And it left!

Saturday, 14 July 2018

The Eater of Worlds

" All right, so here’s how the book opens: "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters." This is a hard narrative section to get a handle on because, in order to understand it properly, you have to actually look behind it. There are a lot of pieces of old stories in the Old Testament that flesh out the meaning of these lines. I can give you a quick overview of it. One of the ideas that lurks underneath these lines—although you can't tell, because it's in English. You have to look at the original language, and, of course, I don't speak the original language. I’ve had to use secondary sources, too bad for me. But the "without form and void," and the deep idea—you see, that's associated with this notion of endless, deep potential. For example, words that are used to represent "without form and void" are something like—I’m going to get this partly wrong—tohu wa-bohu. Another one is tehom. It’s important to know this, because those words are associated with an earlier Mesopotamian word, which is Tiamat. 

Tiamat was a dragon-like creature who represented the salt water. Tiamat had a husband named Apsu. Tiamat and Apsu were locked together in a kind of sexual embrace. I would say that's potential and order, or chaos and order. They were locked together, and it was that union of chaos and order that gave rise in the old Mesopotamian myth, the Enuma Elis, to being, to the old Gods first, and then, eventually, as creation progressed, to human beings themselves. 

There's this idea lurking underneath these initial lines that God is akin to that which confronts the unknown, carves it into pieces, and makes the world out of its pieces. The thing that it confronts is something like a predatory reptile, a dragon, or a serpent. I think part of the reason for that—and this is a very deep and ancient idea—is that…This is where it gets so complicated to do the translation. It’s partly how human beings created our world. We went out beyond the confines of our safe spaces—let's say our safe spaces defined by the tree or the fire—and we actively voyaged outward to the places that we were afraid of and didn't understand. We conquered and encountered things out there: animals, mammoths, snakes, and predators of all sorts. It was as a consequence of that active, brave engagement with the terrifying domain of what we did not understand that the world, in fact, was generated. That idea lurks deeply inside the opening lines of Genesis. 

It’s a profound idea, in my estimation. I think, also, that the way our brains are structured—and this is something that I’m going to try to develop more today—is the ancient circuits that our ancestors used to deal with the space beyond the home territory which they had already explored. Unknown territory is characterized by promise, because there are new things out there, but also by intense danger. We’re prey animals, especially millions of years ago when we were very young. We had to go out there and encounter things that were terribly dangerous. There was a kind of, let's say, paternal courage that went along with that. It was the spirit of paternal courage that enabled the conquering of the unknown, and there’s no difference between the conquering of the unknown and the creation of habitable order. 

The thing is that, as our cognitive faculties have developed to the point where we’re capable of very high levels of abstraction, the underlying biological architecture has remained the same. For example, when you’re having an argument about something fundamental with someone that you love, you’re trying to structure the world around you, jointly, to create a habitable space that you can both exist within. You’re using the abstracted version of the same circuits. You're using the same circuits that our archaic ancestors would have used when they would have went out into the unknown itself to encounter beasts, predators, and geographical unknowns. It's the same circuit. It's just that we do it abstractly now instead of concretely. But, of course, it has to be the same circuit, because evolution is a very conservative force. What else would it be? This is also why I think it’s so easy for us to demonize those people who are our enemies. Our enemies confront us with what we don't want to see, and, because of that, our first response is to use snake detection circuitry on them. That accounts for our almost immediate capacity to demonize. There’s a reason for that. It’s not a trivial thing. First of all, it's a very fast response. And second of all, it's a response that's worked for a very, very, very long time. 

Ancient representations of reality were sort of a weird meld of observable phenomena—things we would consider objective facts—and the projection of subjective truth. I’ll show you how the Mesopotamians viewed the world. They had a model of the world as a disc. If you go out in a field at night, what does the world look like? Well, it’s a disc. It’s got a dome on top of it. That was basically the Mesopotamian view of the world, and the view of the world of people who wrote the first stories in the Bible. There was water on top of the dome. Well, obviously. It rains, right? Where does the water come from? There’s water around the dome. The disc is made of land, and then underneath that there’s water. How do you know that? Well, drill. You’ll hit water; it’s under the earth. Otherwise, how would you hit the water? And then what’s under that? Fresh water. And then what’s under that? If you go to the edge of the disc, you hit the ocean. It’s salt water. So it’s a dome with water outside of it, and then it’s a disc that the dome sits on, and then underneath that there’s fresh water, and then underneath that there’s salt water. That was roughly the Mesopotamian world.

That’s a mix of observation and imagination, because that isn’t the world, but it is the way the world appears. It’s a perfectly believable cosmology. The sun rises and the sun sets on that dome. It’s not like the thing is bloody well spinning. Who would ever think that up? It’s obvious that the sun comes up and goes down, and then travels underneath the world and comes back up again. There's nothing more self-evident than that. That’s that strange intermingling of subjectively fantasy, right at the level of perception and actually observable phenomena. All of the cosmology that’s associated with the Biblical stories is exactly like that: it’s half psychology and half reality, although the psychological is real, as well.

The Knights of Amity

Mother of an Eaten Son : 
Chief Brody?

The Chief : 

[Mrs. Kintner slaps Brody and sobs]

Mother of an Eaten Son : 
I just found out - that a girl got killed here last week.
And you knew it! 
You knew there was a shark out there! 

You knew it was dangerous! 

But you let people go swimming anyway? 

You knew all those things! 

But still my boy is dead now. 

And there's nothing you can do about it. 

My boy is dead. 

I wanted you to know that.

[Mrs. Kintner walks away]

Call Me "Mayor" : 
I'm sorry, Martin. 
She's Wrong.

The Chief : 
No, she's not.

Hippies Get Eaten

The European Dragon Both Hordes and Guards

It Guards and Hordes Two Things

It Hordes Gold 


 It Guards Virgins


Do you not know I am a woman? when I think, I must speak. Sweet, say on.


Cause every once in a while, 
The Lion has to show The Jackals, 

Who He Is.

I Volunteer

Friday, 13 July 2018

Global (adj.) : "All The World"

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

Re-enter ORLANDO, with ADAM

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

St. Joan Alone

"Do not think you can frighten me by telling me that I am alone. 

France is alone; and God is alone; and what is my loneliness before the loneliness of my country and my God? 

I see now that the Loneliness of God is His Strength: what would He be if He listened to your jealous little counsels? 

Well, my loneliness shall be my strength too; it is better to be alone with God: His friendship will not fail me, nor His counsel, nor His love. 

In His Strength I Will Dare, and Dare, 
and Dare, Until I die. 

I will go out now to the Common People, and let the love in their eyes comfort me for the hate in yours."

sovereignty (n.)

mid-14c., "pre-eminence," from Anglo-French sovereynete, Old French souverainete, from soverain (see sovereign (adj.)). Meaning "authority, rule, supremacy of power or rank" is recorded from late 14c.; sense of "existence as an independent state" is from 1715

sovereign (adj.)

early 14c., "great, superior, supreme," from Old French soverain "highest, supreme, chief," from Vulgar Latin *superanus "chief, principal" (source also of Spanish soberano, Italian soprano), from Latin super "over" (from PIE root *uper "over"). Spelling influenced by folk-etymology association with reign. Milton spelled it sovran, as though from Italian sovrano. Of remedies or medicines, "potent in a high degree," from late 14c.

sovereign (n.)

late 13c., "superior, ruler, master," from Old French soverain "sovereign, lord, ruler," noun use of adjective meaning "highest, supreme, chief" (seesovereign (adj.)). Meaning "gold coin worth 22s 6d" first recorded late 15c.; value changed 1817 to 1 pound.

suzerain (n.)

"sovereign, ruler," 1807, from French suzerain (14c., Old French suserain), noun use of adjective meaning "sovereign but not supreme," from adverb sus "up, above," on analogy of soverain (see sovereign (adj.)). Old French sus is from Vulgar Latin susum, from Latin sursum "upward, above," contraction of subversum, from subvertere (see subvert).

suzerainty (n.)

late 15c., "supremacy," from Old French suserenete "office or jurisdiction of a suzerain," from suserain (see suzerain).

Odd-Man Hypothesis : Far-Off Men and The Eternal Father

By the 30th Century, Human Society was Highly Compartmentalised....

SpaceTech ROGIN : 
You know what'll happen when you cut that lock.

Teeth+Curls : 
There's no point in both of us being killed by the blast - 
Get into The Ark, man. 

SpaceTech ROGIN: 
You don't want trouble with the space technician's union, Doctor. 

Teeth+Curls : 

** THUMP **

SpaceTech ROGIN: 
That's My Job. 

The “Odd-Man Hypothesis” is a fictional hypothesis which states that unmarried men are better able to execute the best, most dispassionate decisions in crises—in this case, to disarm the nuclear weapon intended to prevent the escape of organisms from the laboratory in the event the auto-destruct sequence is initiated. In the novel, the Odd-Man explanation is a page in a RAND Corporation report of the results of test series wherein different people were to make command decisions in nuclear and biological wars and chemical crises.

Hall is briefed on the Hypothesis after his arrival at Wildfire. In the book, his copy of the briefing materials has the Hypothesis pages removed; in the film, he is criticized for failure to read the material ahead of time.

Dr. Hall is assumed to have the highest “command decision effectiveness index” among the Wildfire team; this is the reason why he is given a control key to the self-destruct mechanism. Hall initially derides this idea, saying he has no intention of committing suicide before he is told that it is his job to disarm the weapon, rather than to arm it: Stone then admits that the Odd-Man Hypothesis, while accurate (in the confines of the book), was essentially a false document used to justify handing over a nuclear weapon to private individuals and out of government control.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

King Ezekiel Feeds The Elderly

By all means, fair maiden.

Have one.

This enclosure was built for the purpose of common recreation and study.

I had it repurposed into a garden worthy of our splendor.

I dare say it's my favorite place in the entire Kingdom.

It pleases me that you've seen it with your own eyes before...choosing
to leave us so suddenly.

Geez, yeah, I...

I'm real sorry about this.

Um, it's just...

What good am I here?

Jerry... would you excuse us?

Sir Jerry :
[Inhales deeply]
If you need me, holler.

I keep in hollering range.


King Ezekiel I: 
If I hadn't happened upon you right now...

What's that saying?

Never bullshit a bullshitter.

Have I got that right?

The sweet-and-innocent act you've been doing -- it's quite clever.

Worked on me.

Blend in, get people to trust you, acquire what you need from them, and then you're gone, as if you were never there.

The guns you brought here in your pack -- they belong to Saviors.

The Great Mother :
What do you know about the Saviors?

King Ezekiel I:
More than I care to, unfortunately.

They nearly extinguished you.

But you did more than put up a fight, Carol -- 
You Won.

The Great Mother :
By ending up here?

King Ezekiel I:
That's funny to you?

The Great Mother :
You're a joke. This place is.

King Ezekiel I:
That's what you do with jokes -- you laugh.

The Great Mother :
Out there -- Out there, it's real.

I've been to places where I thought I wouldn't have to -- where I could just be.

You're selling these people a fairy tale.

King Ezekiel I:
Maybe they need the fairy tale.

Maybe the contradiction is the point.

The Great Mother :
And ruling over people and having your ass kissed by everyone's just a perk?

King Ezekiel I:
May I?

People want someone to follow.

It's human nature.

They want someone to make 'em feel safe.

And people who feel safe are less dangerous... more productive.

They see a dude with a tiger, shoot -- they start tellin' stories about finding it in the wild, wrestling it into submission, turning it into his pet.

They make The Guy Larger Than Life, a Hero.

And who am I to burst their bubble?

Next thing you know, they treat me like Royalty.

They wanted --

They needed someone to follow, s-so I-I acted the part.

I faked it till I made it.

I was a zookeeper.

Shiva -- she fell into one of the concrete moats in her exhibit.

It was empty, the vets were on their way, but her leg was ripped open.

She was gonna bleed out.

The sound she made...

She was in so much pain.

I knew the risk.

I had to try.

And I got my shirt up around her leg... saved her life.

After that, she never showed so much as a tooth in my direction.

Keeping a tiger isn't practical -- I know.

She eats as much as 10 people.

She could yank the chain out of my hand -- hell, she could yank my arm right off.

But she hasn't.

She won't.

I lost a lot, just like everybody else.

When it all started to end, I found myself back at the zoo.

Shiva was one of the last animals left.

She was trapped... hungry, alone.

Like me.

She was the last thing left in this world that I loved.

She protected me.

She got me here, made me larger than life.

And I made this place.

I used to act in community theater -- played a few Kings in my day...


...Arthur, Macbeth...

Martin Luther.


My Name really is Ezekiel, though.


That's 100% real.

Cards on the table.

Nothing up my sleeve.

I'd appreciate you keep this between us, though, 
for Them.

And, yeah, a little bit for me.

The Great Mother :
I don't care.

You do what you want.

I just want to go.

King Ezekiel I:
Go where?


The Great Mother :

King Ezekiel I:
I'm sorry.

The Great Mother :
For what?

King Ezekiel I:
For whatever bad you've been through.

There's so much of it out there now, you know?


Too much.

Out there, 
it feels like it's all bad, 
especially when you're alone.


The thing is, though...

...it's not all bad.

It can't be.

It isn't.

Life isn't.

Where there's Life, there's Hope, Heroism, Grace, and Love.

Where there's life, there's life.

I hope that's not what you're walking away from.

The Great Mother :
So what if I am?

King Ezekiel I:
Maybe you don't have to.

I made my own world here.

I found a way to deal with the bad by going a little overboard with all The Good.

I just... embraced the contradiction.

Maybe you could, too, in your own way.

Like, maybe you could go and...not go.

Yeah, I-I sound like a crazy person.

I get it.

You know, maybe I am.

But I think I can help... if you let me.

The Great Mother :
Why do you care?

King Ezekiel I:
'Cause it makes me feel good.

I'll get your stuff together, find somebody I trust to meet you at the gate, so you can go and -- and not go.

We'll see if I'm on to something or if it's just more bullshit.

What do you say?

The Spirit of The Wilderness :
You're sure this is what you want, right?

The Great Mother :
I am.

The Spirit of The Wilderness :
It's up to you.

It should have always been up to you.

The Great Mother :



[Horse whinnies]


Got it.

[Sighs] Stay there.

It's good we're here.


How's that?

The Great Mother :
10 more minutes, and I might start to regret all the times I tried to shoot and stab you.

The Spirit of The Wilderness :
I think you're my favorite person I ever knocked out.

Definitely top two or three.


The Spirit of The Wilderness :
Take care of yourself.

The Spirit of The Wilderness :
I will.

The Great Mother :
Do you promise?

The Spirit of The Wilderness :
Always watching, always ready, remember?

The Great Mother :
I do.

The Spirit of The Wilderness :


The Great Mother :
Thank you.


[Lock clanking]


[Gate creaking]


[Gate closes]


[Walker growls]



[Growling stops, walker thuds]


[Knock on door]

[Shiva growls]

King Ezekiel I:
You really got to try one of these.

The Kingdom is to The East

King Richard,
The Lionheart :
You didn't have to come. 

Man of The Wilderness : 
We have to try, even if it's a long shot, even if it's dangerous. 

King Richard,
The Lionheart :
Tire tracks pointed East... we go East. 

Man of The Wilderness : 
Saviors' compound that you and the group-- that you went to, that was West. 
Seems like she went East.


You were right.

I knew it when you said it.

I wish it didn't have to end, not this way. It was never my intention to hurt you, but it's how it has to be. 

We have so much here-- people, food, medicine, walls, everything we need to live. 

But what we have other people want, too, and that will never change. 

If we survive this threat and it's not over, another one will be back to take its place, to take what we have. 

I love you all here. I do. 

And I'd have to kill for you. And I can't. I won't. 

Rick sent me away and I wasn't ever gonna come back, but everything happened and I wound up staying. 

But I can't anymore. 

I can't love anyone because I can't kill for anyone.

So I'm going, like I always should have. 

Don't come after me, please.

The Judge

"Perhaps it's time I wrote about Fathers and Sons, in memory of my boy, my precious Hamnet."


That's him. 


What's wrong with that? 

There’s a fatherly aspect, so here’s what God as a Father is like. 

• You can enter into a covenant with it, so you can make a bargain with it. 

Now, you think about that. Money is like that, because money is a bargain you make with the future. We structured our world so that you can negotiate with the future. I don’t think that we would have got to the point where we could do that without having this idea to begin with. 

You can act as if The Future’s a reality; there’s a spirit of tradition that enables you to act as if the future is something that can be bargained with. 

That’s why you make sacrifices. The sacrifices were acted out for a very long period of time, and now they’re psychological. We know that you can sacrifice something valuable in the present and expect that you’re negotiating with something that’s representing the transcendent future. That’s an amazing human discovery. No other creature can do that, to act as if The Future is real, to know that you can bargain with reality itself and that you can do it successfully. It’s unbelievable. 

• It responds to sacrifice. 

• It answers prayers. 

[ I’m not saying that any of this is true, by the way. I’m just saying what the cloud of ideas represents. ] 

• It punishes and rewards. 

• It judges and forgives. 

• It’s not Nature. 

One of the things weird about the Judeo-Christian tradition is that God and nature are not the same thing at all. Whatever God is, partially manifest in this logos, is something that stands outside of nature. I think that’s something like consciousness as abstracted from the natural world. 

• It built Eden for mankind and then banished us for disobedience. 

• It’s too powerful to be touched. 

• It granted free will. 

• Distance from it is hell. 

• Distance from it is death.

• It reveals itself in dogma and in mystical experience, and 

• It is The Law. 

That’s sort of like the fatherly aspect.

"Everyone Wants Atticus Finch Until There's a Dead Hooker in The Bathtub."

The Son-like aspect : 

• It speaks chaos into order. 

•It slays dragons and feeds people with the remains. 

• It finds Gold. 

• It rescues virgins. 

• It is the body and blood of Christ. 

• It is a tragic victim, scapegoat, and eternally triumphant redeemer simultaneously. 

• It cares for the outcast. 

• It dies and is reborn. 

• It is The King of Kings and hero of heroes. 

•It’s not the state, but is both the fulfilment and critic of the state. 

• It dwells in the perfect house. It is aiming at paradise or heaven. 

• It can rescue from hell. 

• It cares for the outcast. 

• It is the foundation and the cornerstone that was rejected. 

• It is the spirit of the law.