• 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' gets a new trailer

    I will pretty gladly always take a new Ghostbusters movie. I loved the original, I found Ghostbusters 2 to be ok and the reboot was wonderful. I do not understand the complaining.

    This looks like a ton of fun.

    Set in the universe of the first two Ivan Reitman films from the 1980s, "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" tells the story of Callie, a single mom struggling to survive in Chicago with her two kids, 12-year-old Phoebe and 15-year-old Trevor. When Callie receives news of her long-estranged father's passing – a father she never even knew – she and the kids pack up the Subaru and move to the small midwestern town of Summerville.

    As the family settles into their "inheritance," a rotting, worthless dirt farm, they soon discover that they have mysterious ties to a team of paranormal investigators called the Ghostbusters, the specter-catching team who saved New York City from supernatural destruction 35 years ago.

    Directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated director Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air," "Juno"), "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" stars Carrie Coon ("Gone Girl," "Avengers: Infinity Wars"), Finn Wolfhard ("It," "Stranger Things"), McKenna Grace ("Gifted," "I, Tonya"), Paul Rudd ("Ant-Man," "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy"), Sigourney Weaver ("Ghostbusters" "Avatar"), Bill Murray ("Ghostbusters," "Lost in Translation"), Dan Aykroyd ("Ghostbusters," "Driving Miss Daisy"), Ernie Hudson ("Ghostbusters," "Grace and Frankie"), Annie Potts ("Ghostbusters," "Toy Story 4"), and Logan Kim ("Home Movie: The Princess Bride").

    The screenplay is by Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan ("Monster House," "Poltergeist") and produced by Ivan Reitman ("Ghostbusters," "Up in the Air").

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife opens only in theaters in the US on November 11, in the UK on November 12, and in Australia on December 2.

  • Matt Gaetz future sister-in-law speaks out about the "literal pedophile"

    Roxanne Luckey, whose sister Ginger is planning to marry the alleged sex offender Matt Gaetz, expounds on her experiences with the very creepy-sounding US Congressperson from Florida.

    Daily Beast:

    "I saw the character and type of person he is, and when everything came out about him, I honestly, unfortunately, was not surprised," Luckey said in one video.

    "As someone who has personally experienced a ton of creepy old politician men hitting on me when I was underage, and experiencing sexual assault at that age by people of power, it's very disheartening and I have zero tolerance of people like [Gaetz]," said Roxanne, who in 2020 worked briefly as a White House intern. She added that she is "tired of them getting away with this type of stuff."

    After the videos were posted, Ginger Luckey hit back at her sister, telling The Daily Beast she had a history of "destructive behavior."

    Roxanne, who is 20 now, said she was sharing her experiences in part because of her interactions with powerful men and her belief that it is important to "hold people accountable to whatever extent we can."

  • Help us identify this awesome butterfly

    Can anyone identify this fairly large butterfly?

    In Southern California, my daughter and I each got a good look at Daughter of Mothra. I then grabbed a few snapshots and a bit of video. Each wing was about 5.5" tall and at tip-to-tip, and at its widest we estimate 7" across?

    We see lots of monarchs, but nothing like this guy.

    What say you?

    Here is some video of it flitting around.

    A true Happy Mutant and long-time friend of the site, KentKB, guesses it is a Swallowtail. A quick search on the internets shows that's a pretty darn good guess?

  • This beard-specific shampoo and conditioner makes a difference

    To my surprise, this beard-specific shampoo and conditioner leaves my beard feeling and smelling great.

    I am unapologetically a Gen Xer and have had a full goatee since I could grow one. There have been a few ridiculous times in life where I've shaved it, or grown a full beard. I have also been bald for as long as I can recall and have only used one soap for all my body washing: Dr. Bronner's Peppermint. Since my early 20s, I have prided myself on not having a shower full of notions and potions.

    I have been growing the goatee longer the last few years, I guess to reflect my advancing age and noticed the beard being more scratchy and annoying at length. Rather than cutting it back, I tried shampoo and conditioner.

    It never occurred to me to try shampoo or conditioner on my beard. I just always assumed it was meant to feel like a boar bristle brush.

    The beard is much less bristle-y and the lingering scent of the stuff is nice and lasts longer than Dr. Bronners.

    Probably any shampoo and conditioner would do the same thing, although as a decades-long bald person, I really have no idea.

    Beard Wash & Beard Conditioner Set w/Argan & Jojoba Oils – Softens & Strengthens – Natural Sandalwood Scent – Beard Shampoo w/Beard Oil (5oz) via Amazon

  • Lea Thompson wants to direct a 'Howard the Duck' reboot

    Famous for being horrible at the time, Howard the Duck is wonderful so-bad-its-wonderful fun.

    In an interview about the film's 30th anniversary, superstar actor and director Lea Thompson, who rocked out as Beverly, would love to direct a reboot.

    Hollywood Reporter:

    Thompson is adamant she was never ashamed of Howard the Duck. What's more, she has for some time wanted to be involved with another project featuring the character. In fact, Thompson even pitched her version of a new film, which she would have helmed, to Marvel.

    "Joe Quinones did some of the art for the pitch because he and Chip Zdarsky did the last run of Howard the Duck comic books," Thompson explains. "Chip and I worked together and came up with a really great pitch. Marvel liked the pitch, but they have different plans for the different characters. I still think I could do a really good job because I feel like I am the one who really understands the fans, both of the movie and the cartoon."

    And fans seem to agree with her on that notion. When Thompson tweeted on the afternoon of July 8, "I see #HowardTheDuck is trending #3. That's awesome. I love my duck #WhatIf I get to direct @Marvel reboot," the post received nearly 8,000 likes and a slew of hopeful comments.

  • A gut-wrenching 'Last Week Tonight' on housing discrimination

    The horribleness and destruction caused by the United States' long history of housing discrimination are so bafflingly awful that I cried several times watching this report by John Oliver.

    Locally, I have seen parks and art to honor neighborhoods that were destroyed by red-lining and emminent domaining. I am not sure how much that helps the folks who were moved out.

    It seems to me that the United States could tackle this problem directly, it would only help people and hurt no one. At a time when our economy is throwing more people onto the street than it is minting as new millionaires, I can not fathom what we are waiting for.

  • It is fun to watch this guy tell Tucker Carlson off

    I think the video makes it pretty clear that not one word from fly fishing guide Dan Bailey makes it to Carlson's reptilian brain. Tucker Carlson appears most concerned with avoiding embarrassment, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy watching it.

    Slate:

    Fox News host Tucker Carlson got a lot more than he bargained for when he walked into a store in Livingston, Montana to stock up on gear for a fly fishing trip. While in the store he was confronted by a local fly fishing guide, Dan Bailey, who apparently didn't want to miss the opportunity to give the Fox News host a piece of his mind. "Dude, you are the worst human being known to mankind," Bailey can be heard saying in the video. "I want you to know that." Carlson kept his voice down and only replied "I appreciate that." The video quickly went viral.

    The 22-second video starts when the confrontation had already started and it seems Bailey is talking to Carlson about something related to his stance on vaccines. It appears Carlson at one point asks him to keep in mind he is with his child. "I don't care, man," Bailey replies. He went on to say: "What you have done to this state, to the United States, to everyone else in this world. What you have done to families, what you have done to everybody else in this world. I don't care that your daughter is here. What you've done to people's families…" Carlson keeps whispering and replies: "Settle down, son." Bailey tells Carlson to not call him son, but the Fox News host walks away and that's where the video ends.

  • Cleveland's baseball team will be called the 'Guardians'

    Cleveland's baseball team has a new name, having finally abandoned imagery and their prior team name that offended native peoples for decades.

    MLB:

    "We are excited to usher in the next era of the deep history of baseball in Cleveland," team owner and chairman Paul Dolan said through the team's press release. "Cleveland has and always will be the most important part of our identity. Therefore, we wanted a name that strongly represents the pride, resiliency and loyalty of Clevelanders.

    "'Guardians' reflects those attributes that define us while drawing on the iconic Guardians of Traffic just outside the ballpark on the Hope Memorial Bridge. It brings to life the pride Clevelanders take in our city, and the way we fight together for all who choose to be part of the Cleveland baseball family. While 'Indians' will always be a part of our history, our new name will help unify our fans and city as we are all Cleveland Guardians."

    Progressive Field looms in the background when facing the 43-foot "Guardians of Traffic" that have stood tall for nearly 100 years on the Hope Memorial Bridge. These sculptures are meant to symbolize progress, a concept that's now trickling over to the city's baseball team.

    Cleveland first announced last summer that it would begin having conversations with local community members and Native American groups about the possibility of a name change. The organization announced in December that it was beginning a search for its fifth name in franchise history — and first change since 1915

  • Impassioned union steward perfectly explains the Frito Lay strike

    Frito Lays workers are striking in protest of monstrous working conditions. Chief Union Steward Dan Negrete explains in no uncertain terms the awful and inhuman conditions he and his co-workers are subject to.

    NPR:

    Hundreds of Frito-Lay workers in Topeka, Kan., are in their third week of a strike, citing so-called "suicide shifts" and poor working conditions at the manufacturing and distribution plant at a time when the company's net revenue growth has exceeded all of its targets.

    Employees say sweltering 90-degree temperatures on the picket line are preferable to the 100-degree-plus heat that awaits them inside the manufacturing warehouse on any given summer day. They're demanding an end to mandatory overtime and 84-hour weeks that they argue leaves little room for a meaningful quality of life. They're also seeking raises that match cost-of-living increases.

    The company, which is owned by PepsiCo, disputes their claims, calling them "grossly exaggerated" and says a recent contract offer delivered earlier this month more than met the terms put forward by the workers' union, Local 218 of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union.

    Update:

    Appears the gentleman above is an actor, but the real Dan Negrete loved the bit.

  • Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey: "It's the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down"

    With her State last of 50 for COVID-19 vaccine acceptance, Republican Governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey, applies the simple logic that people who could get vaccinated and do not are letting the rest of us down.

    Evidently, current-era Republicans have rarely heard of a "social contract," the implicit agreement among members of society to cooperate for social benefits and the public good.

  • r/AskHistorians checks the veracity of Eminem lyrics

    One of the greatest things to come out of this series of tubes we call the internets is r/AskHistorians:

    r/AskHistorians:

    On his 2000 album "The Marshall Mathers LP", Eminem writes in "The Real Slim Shady" that a lot of imitators have popped up after his debut. Were there a lot of Eminem soundalikes or lookalikes that got attention from major record labels during that period of time? (1999-2000)

    The best I remember of Eminem is that he wanted the real 'Slim Shady' to 'please stand up.'

    A historian naturally was standing by the help out:

    hillsonghoods·14hModerator | 20th Century Pop Music | History of Psychology

    Thanks for linking that and alerting me to the question! To save a click, here's the text of what I wrote in response to that previous question:

    It's an odd song. Wikipedia suggests (and is usually right about this kind of thing) that 'The Real Slim Shady' was released in April 2000, barely a year after 'My Name Is', Eminem's breakthrough single (released in January 1999). In that time period, as far as I can tell, I don't think very many white rappers emerged, who one might describe as the 'fake Slim Shadys' that Eminem spends much of the song railing against.

    The closest would be Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit; 'Nookie', Limp Bizkit's breakthrough single, was released in June 1999. However, by 1999, Limp Bizkit had already received some airplay for singles off their 1997 album Three Dollar Bill, Y'All – in particular their cover of 'Faith' by George Michael – and they were seen as very much in the mould of an emerging 'nu-metal' genre, which usually featured a rap-metal hybrid based on the model of Rage Against The Machine and refined by Korn.

    Fred Durst in 1999 was all about a red cap rather than bleached blonde hair, but you can hear a certain resemblance between his voice and Eminem's; they're both white rappers with quick fire delivery and relatively high pitched, nasal voices (unlike, say, Vanilla Ice, who had a deeper voice and slower delivery). In Fred Durst's style I do detect a lot of white rappers as influences – there's a bit of the Beastie Boys in him (there's occasional group vocals to emphasise the end of a phrase, that group's hallmark) and there's a House of Pain/Cypress Hill vibe at times. Eminem's style is more consciously indebted to black rappers than Durst's is; one suspects Durst may well have not known about Dre in the first place. 1^

    The other white rapper who Eminem may be referring to is Jimmy Pop of the Bloodhound Gang, whose song 'The Bad Touch' was released in September 1999 (and the chorus of which Eminem references in 'The Real Slim Shady' – 'of course they gonna know what intercourse is by the time they hit fourth grade, they got the Discovery Channel, don't they?'). Like Limp Bizkit, the Bloodhound Gang had been prominent for a little while before 'The Bad Touch'; they had something of an alternative rock hit with 'Fire Water Burn' in 1996; while Jimmy Pop's voice as a rapper is deeper than Eminem's and characterised by a very deadpan style, there are similarities between their schticks; Jimmy Pop's lyrics brim with skewered pop culture references ('the drummer from Def Leppard's only got one arm' is chanted in one single) from an outsider perspective.

    By and large the milieu Eminem is reacting to on 'The Real Slim Shady' is the Total Request Live era of MTV (perhaps the last point when MTV had much influence on American pop music). By this stage – 1998-1999 – MTV was in the process of transitioning more heavily to non-music programming, but Total Request Live was music focused, and teen-focused, playing the most requested songs of the day. Because of the competing demographics of music listeners in this era, TRL had a now quite odd-sounding mix of bubblegum pop directed at female teenagers – Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, the Backstreet Boys – and angrier fare directed at South Park-obsessed male teenagers, including Korn, Limp Bizkit and Eminem.

    The lyric in 'The Real Slim Shady' which mentions Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera and then in quick succession mentions Fred Durst and (Total Request Live host) Carson Daly is very obviously a reference to the popularity and influence of Total Request Live.

    It's probably fair to say that Eminem's pretty rapid success in 1999 after 'My Name Is' – that first major label album featuring 'My Name Is' debuted on the charts at #2, barely a month after that first single was released – might have meant there was more space in pop culture for a Fred Durst or Jimmy Pop, but I think it's a little unfair to say they were Eminem imitators. More shameless Eminem imitators were – outside of Eminem videos aimed at Total Request Live – fairly thin on the ground in the period between 'My Name Is' and 'The Real Slim Shady'; usually, unless they're already on the record company books, it takes a year or two for a major label record company to find and groom an act and then to promote a single to the extent that it gets notice; the time between 'My Name Is' and 'The Real Slim Shady' simply was not long enough for Eminem imitators to emerge.

    Instead, 'The Real Slim Shady' is best seen more as one big boast: 'I'm so successful, everyone is trying to imitate me!', and as yet another Eminem song focusing on authenticity. Eminem was well aware of his fairly weak claim to hip-hop authenticity, being a white guy who didn't grow up selling drugs in the Bronx, or whatever. Many of his moves – working with Dr. Dre, the meant-to-appear-semi-autobiographical 8 Mile movie, the gleefully rude/in-bad-taste lyrics – were trying very hard to establish authenticity (all the while writing lyrics with deliberately unreliable narrators, a centuries-old poetic device, and while prominently having this odd tripartite personality, where some tracks/albums were Marshall Mathers, some were Eminem and some were Slim Shady.) And saying he's the 'Real' Slim Shady is simply another way to establish his bona fide claim to his particular corner of hip hop.

    1^ (This is a reference to 'Forgot About Dre', a Dr Dre track largely written by Eminem and featuring a cameo by Eminem, which focuses on the mistake made by many: forgetting about former NWA member, solo artist and Snoop Dogg producer Dr Dre, who also happened to play a production role on several key Eminem tracks)

  • NFL declares vaccination a competitive advantage, unvaccinated teams that run into trouble are losers

    If your NFL team can not play due to unvaccinated players contracting COVID-19 and the league can't reschedule the game easily, YOU LOSE.

    The team that didn't get COVID-19 wins.

    CNN:

    If a National Football League game cannot be rescheduled and is canceled due to a Covid-19 outbreak among unvaccinated players, that team will have to forfeit and will be credited with a loss, the NFL said in a leaguewide memo obtained by CNN.

    The new rule makes being unvaccinated a competitive disadvantage this year, all part of the league's push to get players and staff inoculated ahead of the coming season. The NFL has said that any team that vaccinates 85% of its players and staff can relax their safety protocols and has applied looser rules to vaccinated players.
    "If a game cannot be rescheduled within the current 18-week schedule and is cancelled due to a Covid outbreak among non-vaccinated players on one of the competing teams, the club with the outbreak will forfeit the contest and will be deemed to have played 16 games for purposes of draft, waiver priority, etc. For the purposes of playoff seeding, the forfeiting team will be credited with a loss and the other team will be credited with a win," the NFL memo sent Thursday states.

  • The guy still trying to sell Trump's border wall

    So a guy who took money from Steve Bannon to build a border wall is still trying to hock the thing.

    The video suggests an extremely unreasonable Biden administration has, from the very top, said they aren't building any more walls but Gentleman is gonna keep on going because he believes in building expensive walls he was told not to build.

    Simply watching the video left me feeling that perhaps an Environmental Impact Report was skipped before this guy got to the building. The butterfly people and perhaps the government seem pretty sure the riverside wall was not a good idea.

    I am also unsurprised to hear that doing business with Steve Bannon and tangential associates ended in lawsuits.