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It would seem that google books has gotten smarter about some of the ways to get around the page limitations. Well, I want to read this entire book so I guess I'm just going to have to go from computer to computer, searching for these phrases until I've found everything I want...And then get the actual book through interlibrary lone next semester.

The fear of brainwashing was also the source of several films. An underlying assumption of many of these war films is that American soldiers were weak 34

addresses the problem of Communist indoctrination (which was quickly labeled brainwashing), a topic which captured the fantasy of the American people 79

The legacy of the Korean War has left the viewer with images of brainwashing and mind control, rather than on the scars inflicted by the war itself 45

despite its many flaws and limited accuracy, the film did provide a strong introduction to the experience that has been identified as "brainwashing" 57

in a whole series of "brainwashing" films. "Korea came along too soon after the real big one," Robert MItchum says 11

addresses the question of how one is to resist extreme mental punishment, and the refined techniques of brainwashing developed by the enemy 92

2012

Nov. 23rd, 2009 07:16 am
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Here is a review of 2012.

SPOILER ALERT THE WORLD ENDS

So you start off in an Indian copper mine filled with African-American physicists because, really, what the hell else are you going to find in an Indian copper mine?

Well, I'll tell you what: neutrinos. MUTANT neutrinos. Yes, you read that right: inorganic particles are capable of being mutated, because of Mayans. And do you know what they're doing? They're MELTING THE EARTH FROM THE INSIDE OUT. That means the crust is liquefying, or--wait, no, that would be logical, considering that everything is melting. Actually, it's just moving around. A lot. Whatever, the point in these parts is: WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE.

So, the African-American physicist runs back to Washington and says WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE and for some reason, the politicians agree with the scientists, and act immediately to avert total destruction by outsourcing the plot to China.

Cut to LA, where we have a divorced guy picking up his kids for a camping trip to Yellowstone (he gets there and back REALLY FAST, by the way). Obligatory introduction of his ex-wife (Amanda Peet, who doesn't shoot anyone, so I'm not even sure what she's doing in this movie) and her boyfriend, who you KNOW is going to die because there can only be one man per woman.

I don't even remember what happens after that, until Los Angeles randomly falls apart... MASSIVE SCENERY DESTRUCTION PORN!!!!

Then they flew (?) back to Yellowstone to get a REALLY IMPORTANT MAP (which has one word: "China"). Meanwhile, the supervolcano there blows up, and that's cool. That was when I de-suspended my belief. You can't outrun a pyroclastic flow. We're talking about something that would wipe out the United States, not something that can be escaped from in a plane with propellers.

Then they go to Las Vegas, where they team up with an obnoxious Russian, his sexy pilot, his two kids, and his girlfriend (plus her fake boobs and her little dog, too!). Um, they run out of fuel sometime over the the crispified "state of fwee," by which I think they meant Hawaii. Then suddenly they land on Tibet, but not without killing the sexy pilot. D:

Oh, and meanwhile the Washington Monument has crushed the president of the United States. Whatever--and I mean, really, whatever: by that point, I didn't even care enough to laugh at the fact they smashed the president with a gigantic stone penis.

Then came one of the other awesomes: the PLA helicopters airlifting elephants and giraffes across the Tibetan plateau. Yes, please.

Sure enough, they kill off the surplus man, and then they don't kill the dog off, but they kill off the girlfriend with fake boobs and the obnoxious Russian (no, his Heroic Sacrifice did not redeem him in my eyes). Um, stuff may or may not happen (though I suspect not, on the whole), blah blah blah, the Queen of England has fat corgis (?), blah blah blah. Then they flood Tibet.

No, really. They. Flood. Tibet.

I thought that was awesome.

The movie should have ended there.

But it went on for another twenty to thirty minutes, during which there was suspense and drama and yadda etcetera on the high seas--AHAHA IT'S TIBET, TIBET IS WET, TIBET IS HIGH, GET IT HAHAHA--just in case you DIDN'T get it, let's go smash into Mount Everest. Mount Everest is HIGH and it's now UNDER WATER. ARE YOU NOT AFFECTED EMOTIONALLY!!1

No.

The movie ends with the decision of rich white people (mysteriously, the only survivors except for the one Tibetan dude, who doesn't have a leg to stand on) to colonize South Africa. You'd think they'd have other things to consider, viz. the world melting.
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Why should Caesar get to stomp around like a giant, while the rest of us try not to get smushed under his big feet? What's so great about Caesar? Hm? Brutus is just as cute as Caesar. Brutus is just as smart as Caesar. People totally like Brutus just as much as they like Caesar. And when did it become okay for one person to be the boss of everybody, huh? Because that's not what Rome is about. We should totally just STAB! CAESAR!

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Aug. 18th, 2006 01:39 am
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me: I want to see Snakes on a Plane.
Joe: Huh? what's it about?
me: Snakes. On a plane.
Joe: ?!?!?!
Mom: You are not going to see Snakes on a Plane.
me: Why not?
Mater: YOU'RE GOING TO GET ON THREE, FIVE, FOURTEEN AIRPLANES NEXT WEEK.
me: *wonders vaguely how two jets = fourteen jets*
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Why did Belle go back to her house when she found her father? Why didn't she go back to the castle? More to the point, why didn't the Beast ask Belle to bring him back? He could have had it both ways. And that wound Gaston gave to the Beast was so not mortal. At least, not so immediately mortal. If he's a prince, where's the king? And the queen? Why didn't Gaston just roll the beast off the tower when he had the chance? Mrs. Potts has about twelve kids, and they're all, like, six, and she's sixty. Why didn't Gaston bring a gun to the castle? Why is the dog of such an obviously rich person so mutty? Gaston is too stupid, btw, to realize that Belle sort-of liked the beast and to whip up the town into such a stir. And if it took the mob about ten minutes to get to the castle, why did it take Maurice so long? The townspeople make it very clear that they don't think there is a beast in the castle, but it's obviously very close the castle. So what, exactly, is this beast the prince of? Why am I giving this so much thought?

My friend says:

1: There's a horrible father-killing bacterium that inhabits the castle.
2: He was drunk.
3: Yes it was, beasts carry all major arteries near the surface.
4: There's no king because of the father-killing bacterium, and no Queen because they were on tour.
5: Beasts have a sudden, inexplicable increase in friction when wounded.
6: Cloning.
7: The gun he was shown with was a blunderbuss (with the flared muzzle), sort of a rpimative shotgun that doesn't fire solid slugs but rather light scattershot. Not terrible effective against a beast.
8: They thought to combine all the purebreds into one.
9: He's actually the town news reporter. Hysterical, stupid, photogenic, yes?
10: The mob used taxis, they control the union.
11: They assumed he was a typical Englishman.
12: He's the Prince of Ethiopia, on vacation. If you're not nice to him, he'll sic rasta dudes on you.
13: Some things are just that important.

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