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Ok, so far the Strain is ridiculously good.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Strain_(TV_series)

It reminds me of the Walking dead (the first season, I stopped watching during the second because I was one more retardedly boring conversation about the state of Rick's marriage away from stabbing myself in the crotch), but with vampires! And at least some likable characters!

There's not that much good supernatural/urban fantasy TV out there at the moment, since the Lost Girl gone stupid - basically this and Grimm. So that was a good catch - thanks, Kita.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/07/22/anti-semitic-mob-vandalizes-and-loots-jewish-businesses-in-paris-suburb/

In the Paris suburb sometimes nicknamed “little Jerusalem” for its large community of Sephardic Jews, the rally descended into chaos when dozens of youths — some masked — set fire to bins and lit firecrackers and smoke bombs. Eighteen people were arrested after looters wrecked shops, including a kosher foodstore and a funeral home, as protesters shouted: “Fuck Israel!”.

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If I am being perfectly honest, about 96% of my impatience for the GotG premiere is about the fact that I can't wait to spend 24 hours making "And on this day we are are all Groot" crack.

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According to Loewenstern, he and his boyfriend’s combining of an Israeli flag with a rainbow flag – the symbol for gay rights – set off a hailstorm of insults from demonstrators.

Among other things, the shouts included “Jews back to Birkenau” and “Drop dead, you Zionazi whores,” said Loewenstern and other witnesses.

During a gathering outside the Boston Public Library on Thursday evening, police had to protect Valdary and student activist Daniel Mael from what Valdary called “hundreds of people shouting ‘Allah is great.’”


http://www.timesofisrael.com/jewish-students-extracted-from-boston-anti-israel-die-in

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116 million to 1 odds, that the Benefactor is the evil Grampa Argent.

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I just woke up to a ten minute voicemail of you sobbing about the X-Men. Stop getting drunk and watching Marvel movies.

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BUT WOLVERINE IS SO TORMENTED AND JUST WANTS TO BE LOVED

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Unless it's a hoax, the Malaysian downed plane apparently included dozens of top researchers coming back from an AIDS prevention/treatment conference.

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Apparently, and unsurprisingly, Sam Wilson is going to the next Captain America in the comicsverse. I strongly suspect that this is going to be mirrored in the movieverse, and they are going to skip the Bucky period and slot Wilson into the stars and stripes as soon as Evans steps out of the franchise.

Much as the case with the new Lady Thor, the entire thing strikes me as rather cheap and patronizing ratings-chase* but, basically, I am fine with it. Frankly, Bucky is far more interesting as Winter Soldier than as Captain. And he's been drastically underutilized as a character in the movies so far. Let him have his own story, instead of forcing him behind the shield. (And, tbh, they did stick Falcon with the most inane power. I mean you are going to spend all that money to produce the technological equivalent of fucking Warren Worthington? Awesome.)

The Thor thing just doesn't make a lot of sense except as a gimmick. It's not as if either the mythology or the Marvel's Asgard lacks for strong/interesting female characters. Why introduce an entirely new one, instead of giving Sif a bigger mic?

It's like sticking Wonder Woman into the Superman costume. Or declaring that Gambit is now the Black Panther. Why?

But then, I've always been skeptical of the decisions to pass the costume around. You have a character, you spent years, sometimes, decades building his identity - and then you stick him into somebody else's story. Bucky is not Captain. Miles is not Spiderman.

It would be different if the industry was willing to take the leap and start aging and killing off the originals. But nobody really believes that will ever happen, and when it does happen - that it will stick. So instead of inheriting the mantle, you just have periodic musical chairs. Eh.

I suppose it's the easiest way to expand the name recognition, but it'd seem a better long-term investment to hire good writers for the character as is. Bucky is a pretty good example that it can work. His stint as Cap was far from the best phase in his character-development. Same for Dick Grayson.

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I don't think I can adequately explain just how exhausting it is to be in academia whenever Israel is in the news.

http://freebeacon.com/culture/inside-brandeiss-anti-israel-listserv/

During one 2009 discussion about “Israel and our organs”—which focuses on a blood libel accusing Israelis of harvesting organs—politics Professor Donald Hindley refers to the “Reinharz’ shetl” and offers to send fellow listserv members a picture of his penis.

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A story (or a movie) about the missing scenes of Captain America I: dealing with the actual break-out and the fighting retreat of the 107th back to the Allied lines.

I mean, forget Xenophon. Modern 10,000 right here - stomping into the bloody ground anything and everybody between them and home.

Anabasis on crack, and now with 1943% more rayguns.

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