Noam Chomsky on Swears and Wesley Snipes

When His Holiness the Dalai Lama was recently asked about The Academy Awards, he admitted that he’s not a big follower of Hollywood Motion Pictures. He prefers the BBC and CNN. For one thing movies hurt his eyes. Seems His Holiness ain’t the only one.

What’s a world class linguist? – A man who knows many things in other words

Noam Chomsky is MIT‘s world class linguist. He’s also a bit of a political observer/commentator with a  considerable knowledge of contemporary world history. Ask him about any presidential administration in the 20th century, for instance, and he’ll tell you a bunch of stuff you never knew before. It will be clear, detailed, logically presented, and very hard to argue with, even if you’re a William F Buckley jr.

Rogue male

English: Mug shot of Wesley Snipes.
English: Mug shot of Wesley Snipes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chomsky is a man who knows many things in other words. One thing he doesn’t know is who Wesley Snipes is. Now I don’t need to tell any of you that Mr. Snipes is a world class actor. He’s played everything from an avenging vampire in 3 Blade movies to a rogue transvestite with the late Patrick Swayze in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.

The Great Depression wasn’t as great as they say, and really more depressing

He also became a symbol of political resistance or something. That’s when he went to jail for refusing to pay his income taxes. Income Tax is a kind of a new development. Franklin Delano Roosevelt brought it in during the 30’s when the country was on the ropes and he wanted the rich to do their fair share in bailing the nation out. Charlie Chaplin and Shirley Temple couldn’t do everything by themselves. Naturally that wasn’t popular. Some, to this day, even maintain that it’s unconstitutional.

Know your rights!

There are many theories about that right up to and including the conspiracy stuff from people like Jordan Maxwell. He’s the guy who claims that everything is backed up by Maritime Admiralty Law. So you don’t have to pay your speeding tickets if the judge is sitting next to a flag with golden fringes on it, but only if your name on the ticket is spelled in all capitalized letters. However watch it if you do pay up, because then you’ve waived your constitutional rights & they’ve got you.

It’s just like pleading the 5th before a grand jury, and then answering some bullshit follow up question. You’ve just unintentionally waived you’re 5th Amendment rights against self incrimination by answering a question after pleading the 5th. Now you have to tell them everything or they can jail you indefinitely for refusing to answer. There’s even an old episode of the Rockford Files about it where the general principle is explained –  Jim Rockford gets in shit with the grand jury & even Beth Davenport can’t get him out of it! So, like Jim Rockford, you might have assumed you were safe because no one fully explained the game to you. Jim was no slouch when it came to getting off the hook or beating a process server – so it’s a slippery little game!

when things were rotten

Well Wesley started listening to some bunch that told him he didn’t need to give Uncle Sam any of his hard earned money. Then the IRS accused Mr. Snipes of holding out on them. The whole thing went to trial where Wes argued that there was no law compelling him to pay, & Irwin R Shyster brought up a lot of legal fine print. The upshot is that when Uncle Sam wants your money he’s gonna get it, and God help you if you’ve got other ideas about that! Wesley got several years in prison. He also became a kind of symbol of resistance and tax revolt – like the Boston Tea Partiers, and centuries earlier Robin Hood!

& if I didn’t have no sense, could I be rich like Rockefeller?

Mr. Chomsky was recently asked some questions by a mischievous interviewer – that happens from time to time. Like when Alex Jones had him on the show. After a reasonable interview Alex sucker punched him in the final moments by going completely apeshit and asking him to “say hello” to his “friend” David Rockefeller. Alex Jones is the best in the world at what he does, but there’s a lot of voltage traveling through that live wire, and sometimes the current overloads.

Tomorrow’s headlines today – unless some one screws up!

Then there was the time that Sacha Baron Cohen showed up as his alter ego Ali G and tried to bewilder Chomsky with inane questions – each one of which Chomsky patiently and good humorously answered. That’s unlike Andy Rooney who when confronted by Ali G went mildly berserk and asked the guy if he was retarded, basically. It  was the question “Do you ever screw up and print tomorrow’s news today?” that drove him over the edge. Andy then got over excited trying to explain the concept of news and linear time. Of course we knew that Andy was an old crank – albeit a witty & lovable one, so no harm done. Then again perhaps Ali G’s question was a little too close to the dark Illuminati truth lurking behind the facade of mundane reality. Remember Dewey Defeats Truman?” For years people weren’t sure whether they got the headline wrong, or the election – but Harry was one hell of a Pres!

swearing off with Noam Chomsky

Anyway this guy shows up to interview Prof Chomsky. He starts asking about swearing or something. Now the good professor is a linguist, so technically swearing is part of his specialty. He doesn’t seem to practice it personally, but that’s an academic for you – an expert with fucking book knowledge & no practical application! Noam’s been down this road before, so I guess his defenses went up. By the time the conversation got to Mr Snipes, Noam was all like “What’s a Leslie Snipes?”. I’d have said “fuck off” but that’s just me. The differences between bloggers and linguists is that though we may be lacking in the theoretical knowledge of language – we’re fucking whizzes when it comes to practical swearing (and vulgarity generally!).

the moral of the story

Now Prof Chomsky prob knows who Snipes is, & was ducking what he perceived was a trap. Part of me likes to think that he really doesn’t know. Part of me likes to think that, like the Dalai Lama, there are people out there who are not quite focused on the important things in life, like sports, entertainment, etc. Maybe they got distracted by religion, science, math, or something. So one of the things we can take away from this whole thing is that we don’t have to be celebrity obsessed, merely celebrity informed! Many of the celebrities could use a break from daily scrutiny! & also, for fuck’s sake pay your taxes. The alternative just ain’t worth it!


PS any swearing in today’s post was purely gratuitous, and just for the fuck of it!

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McConaughey on Oscar win: "I did not expect it"

Matt McConaughey not only won the big prize last night, but gave very gracious press speech.

Now here’s the New York Times take on Oscar Nite!

Finally Clevver TV has their Best & Worst moments.

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Wondertrash Oscar Report

Guess who made the ceremony! The coolest cat in the country of Canada! He makes Sinatra, Jagger, Richards, look like droopy-eyed, armless children”. If he were any cooler he’d be a GD warlock!  Then again he got tossed in a vat of shit and came out with a bouquet of roses – so maybe he is a  bit of a warlock.

Now here’s a little something I’m posting in his honour, penned by a fellow Canadian – I don’t need to tell you it’s Paul Anka, and sung by the only dude on the planet who knew how to sing it!

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Anne Hathaway makes one hell of a gif

Catwoman strikes again!

Anne Hathaway is so much more than an Oscar winning actress and Batman super villainess – she’s also lively and amusing raconteur! That’s good news for the Internet cause her enthusiastic story telling, complete with animated gestures – makes for some great gifs. Let’s have a look at something some one dreamed up inspired by a Chelsea Lately appearance that vaguely involves Daniel “James Bond” Craig in a peripheral way.

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Cate Blanchett’s Oscar Hopes Tangled Up In Woody Allen Allegations

You’ve probably heard that Woody Allen has some problems. His adopted daughter Dylan has accused him of sexually molesting her while she was still a child. This claim was originally made years ago but was brought up again by way of an open letter to the New York Times. It’s a very disturbing story. It also has some Oscar nominees wondering how the fallout is gonna effect them. Nominees like Cate Blanchett, who stars in Allen’s Blue Jasmine. That’s multi nominated and picked up some preliminary awards. So it was looking good heading into Oscar territory. Now it looks like Cate might be showing up wearing one of Shia Labouef’s paper bags!

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2013 Oscar Nominations Announcement


The 85th Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 24th, 2013 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and broadcast live on ABC.  See the full list of nominees below.

BEST PICTURE

  • Amour
  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Django Unchained
  • Les Miserables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty

BEST ACTOR

  • Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
  • Denzel Washington, “Flight”
  • Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”
  • Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”

BEST ACTRESS

  • Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour”
  • Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
  • Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”
  • Quvenzhane Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • Alan Arkin, “Argo”
  • Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
  • Robert De Niro, “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Amy Adams, “The Master”
  • Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
  • Sally Field, “Lincoln”
  • Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”
  • Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook”

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”
  • David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • Behn Zeitlin, “Beast of the Southern Wild”
  • Michael Haneke, “Amour”
  • Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • “Amour”
  • “Django Unchained”
  • “Flight”
  • “Moonrise Kingdom”
  • “Zero Dark Thirty”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • “Argo”
  • “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
  • “Life of Pi”
  • “Lincoln”
  • “Silver Linings Playbook”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

  • “Brave”
  • “Frankenweenie”
  • “ParaNorman”
  • “The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
  • “Wreck-It Ralph”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • “Amour”
  • “A Royal Affair”
  • “No”
  • “Kon-Tiki”
  • “War Witch”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • “Anna Karenina”
  • “Django Unchained”
  • “Life of Pi”
  • “Lincoln”
  • “Skyfall”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

  • “Anna Karenina”
  • “Les Miserables”
  • “Lincoln”
  • “Mirror Mirror”
  • “Snow White and the Huntsman”

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

  • “5 Broken Cameras”
  • “The Gatekeepers”
  • “How to Survive a Plague”
  • “The Invisible War”
  • “Searching for Sugar Man”

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

  • “Inocente”
  • “Kings Point”
  • “Mondays at Racine”
  • “Open Heart”
  • “Redemption”

BEST FILM EDITING

  • “Argo”
  • “Life of Pi
  • “Lincoln”
  • “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • “Zero Dark Thirty”

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

  • “Anna Karenina”
  • “Argo”
  • “Life of Pi”
  • “Lincoln”
  • “Skyfall”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

  • “Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice”
  • “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from “Ted”
  • “Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi”
  • “Skyfall” from “Skyfall”
  • “Suddenly” from “Les Miserables”

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

  • “Anna Karenina”
  • “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
  • “Les Miserables”
  • “Life of Pi”
  • “Lincoln”

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

  • “Adam and Dog”
  • “Fresh Guacamole”
  • “Head Over Heels”
  • “Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare’”
  • “Paperman”

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

  • “Asad”
  • “Buzkashi Boys”
  • “Curfew”
  • “Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)”
  • “Henry”

BEST SOUND EDITING

  • “Argo”
  • “Django Unchained”
  • “Life of Pi”
  • “Skyfall”
  • “Zero Dark Thirty”

BEST SOUND MIXING

  • “Argo”
  • “Les Miserables”
  • “Life of Pi”
  • “Lincoln”
  • “Skyfall”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

  • “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
  • “Life of Pi”
  • “Marvel’s The Avengers”
  • “Prometheus”
  • “Snow White and the Huntsman”
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    Joaquin Phoenix calls Oscars total utter bullshit

    Joaquin Phoenix is still the new Charlie Sheen

    According to Phillip Seymour Hoffman his co star Joaquin Phoenix is a life force. He is also a mighty voice of Wondertrash. That’s because Phoenix has been nominated, yet again, for an Academy Award and has been pretty vocal in his opinions about it.

    cosplayers without a cause

    Now Phoenix has been pretty vocal in his opinions period. That actor seems to have some doubts about the acting profession. He might even share Robert Mitchum‘s view that acting isn’t a suitable job for  an adult. Bob wasn’t alone in his sentiments. ‘We play dress up for a living, just like tardsJennifer Aniston said to Reigs Philbin during a daytime TV interview. Phoenix went farther than either with his mockumentary I’m Still Here (well worth watching!) which seemed to be mildly disparaging of an industry that claims creativity but treats actors like meat puppets. Once again “meat parade” was the phrase George C Scott coined to describe the event he was reluctant to participate in. Now with all that meaty dressing up and parading around these negative Nellies are making the Academy Awards sound like Comic Con or something – except that Comic Con has gained a surprising amount of credibility lately!

    hoopla out of proportion

    So that brings us to the latest occurrence of Joaquin Phoenix. As mentioned Phoenix just got Oscar nominated for his latest movie. Now in Hollywood everyone acts like the Academy Awards are the annual second coming or something. It’s about shiny chrome phallic looking statuettes, pretty dresses, great hair, fake smiles, credible silicone & incredible botox, mutual admiration, and all the other things we use to define what’s important in life – & don’t forget really eye catching shoes because that’s what separates the winners from those who only show or place!

    So now you know why they wish ’em – “Break a leg

    So the Awards can get blown way out of proportion – like Angelina Jolie almost divorced her leg last year after it made a fool of her at the Awards. She was eventually talked down to amputation, and then to the even less drastic option of a tattoo, placed on some other part of the body. So with some other body part getting the attention the leg should get the hint and realize it was way out of line. Of course unnamed sources close to the actress say that there were other issues between Jolie and The Leg, like when it got it’s own twitter account. Then there were the rumors that the Leg was cutting an independent deal with People Magazine of lucrative picture rights. Maybe she was only jealous after the leg got it’s own stalker. So with everything getting so blown out of proportion that’s where Joaquin Phoenix comes in, by trying to put all this hoopla into proportion.

    it’s always trick or treat in Halloween Hollywood

    So he naturally had some colorful things to say about the awards – like it’s retarded. Now that’s not what he said, I’m paraphrasing to give you the gist of it. What he said was that the Oscars are complete bullshit that pit people against each other. He also described them as a big stinky carrot. Well he didn’t say stinky, but he did call ’em a carrot. He then went on to say that they’re the worst tasting carrot that he ever tasted. I think what he’s trying to say is that Hollywood success has a slightly shitty flavour. It’s alright if you have a taste for it. It might be rough trying to acquire a taste for it though. Now his statements might sound a bit rough. Perhaps he just meant that they should change the Awards ceremony date so that it falls on Halloween? It would be even more incentive to dress up, but wardrobe malfunctions and fashion faus paxs would be less noticeable in a general trick or treat atmosphere. Let’s just say that Joaquin was slightly irritated.

    If you wanna heart more about what Joaquin had to say, then just watch the following brief video!

    Jolie and the Leg still not talking

    By the way for those waiting for some closure on the Jolie vs Leg story the two are still together, though Jolie say that the Leg is “dead to me!”. So then they’re estranged, rather than separated – like the relationship with her father Jon Voight. Jolie is also threatening to leave the Leg home this year – but that’s probably just an empty threat to keep the Leg in line. The Leg saga is a typical Hollywood story where some one forgets where they came from. Next thing you know the Leg will be doing it’s own good will missions for the UN. Now that might be an exaggeration but I could definitely see the damned thing endorsing a presidential candidate or pitching a reality TV pilot – possibly even releasing it’s own sex tape! So Jolie just wants to remind her leg to dance with the person that brought them to the party.

    PS. The subject of Oct 15th’s Wondertrash Comic Con’s brashly shameless Mandy Caruso has made the Daily Mail. Seems that her  Tumblr post – a strong & well written piece – on comic con creepiness has gone semi viral. now Ms Caruso has made the Daily Mail! hit the link to read the article Mandy @ the Mail.

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