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ACLU STATEMENT ON BREONNA TAYLOR GRAND JURY CHARGING DECISION

SEPTEMBER 23, 2020

NEW YORK — Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron today charged former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison with three counts of wanton endangerment of the first degree. Charges were not brought against the other two officers involved in the execution of the no-knock warrant that took Breonna Taylor’s life, and none of the officers were charged directly in her death.

The announcement comes more than six months after Taylor, a 26-year-old Black EMT and aspiring nurse, was shot to death in her own home by Louisville police officers executing a late-night, “no-knock” warrant.

Carl Takei, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project, issued the following statement:

“Today’s charging decision is the manifestation of what the millions of people who have taken to the streets to protest police violence already know: Modern policing and our criminal legal system are rotten to the core. This decision further highlights what was already obvious: To change these systems that routinely perpetuate egregious acts of violence against Black lives, elected officials must listen to the cries of those communities and make sweeping changes — including divestment from these broken institutions and reinvesting in non-police alternatives — so that Black people no longer fear being murdered in their own home.

“Today’s decision is not accountability and not close to justice. Justice would have been LMPD officers never shooting Breonna Taylor in the first place. The charges brought against Officer Hankison state that Hankison violated standard operating procedures when his “actions displayed an extreme indifference to the value of human life.” The choice to bring these charges alone and so late highlights the indifference to human life shown by everyone involved in Breonna Taylor’s murder.  That indifference was shown by the other officers who executed the no-knock warrant alongside Officer Hankison, Attorney General Cameron who took six months to bring these lesser charges, and the system that allows these injustices to happen regularly. Until the need for real systemic change is embraced by our leaders, that indifference and disregard for the lives of Black people will continue to be commonplace.

“We will continue to fight alongside the members of the Louisville community and the larger movement to shift power and resources away from the racist and unjust institution of policing that regularly  terrorizes our communities and the lives of those that we love.”

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The World Of Dune 101

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE WATCHING THE FILM

WTF is happening with Denis Villeneuve's 'Dune'? – Film Daily

For Science Fiction nerds, like me, this new Dune movie is one of the best things to come out of Hollywood since Iron Man, because it is one of the fundamental books of Modern Science Fiction literature, right up there with Heinlein, and Asimov. If you knew how much shit we all lost watching this trailer. My reaction was calling out all the character names as the appeared and then reciting the mantra at the end. I’ve read the first book in the series every year since I was a teenager. I’ve read the entire series, including all the prequels. I’ve also seen every one of Villeneuve’s movies, so yeah, I’m just a little “verklempt”!!

I came across a lot of trailer reaction videos from people who had never read any of the books, and didn’t know about the 1984, David Lynch movie. I liked the Lynch version of this film okay, but I hated the TV version, which just looked cheap to me, (but I know some of you may have seen that). So under the philosophy of you don’t know what you don’t know, I thought I’d shed some light on the imagery in the trailer, and provide a tiny bit of backstory on the world of Dune.

Frank Herbert’s ideas turned out to be prescient to today, and involved discussions of imperialism, resource exploitation, colonization, religious zealotry, and eugenics, (although, as a white guy, he still makes the classic mistake of equating “Jihad” with violent revolution). Dune is a massive Space Opera involving hundreds of characters, and political, and religious intrigue, and yes, it even influenced the creation of Star Wars, since it predates that. It helps to think of the movie as Star Wars, crossed with Game of Thrones, as filmed by Christopher Nolan.

I don’t want to give any spoilers, but to understand what’s happening in the trailer, (and possibly the movie) you need a tiny bit of backstory about the universe. The trailer looks like it gives the whole movie away, but the plot will involve much more than what was seen in the trailer, (if done correctly), and the movie will be in two parts to accommodate the size of the story, and this trailer only features images from part one.

The Book

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Dune was published in 1965 by Frank Herbert.

The story takes place ten thousand years in the future. Earth is long forgotten, as humanity has expanded into the universe. There are no other intelligent alien races, (although there are alien life forms). Computers and any intelligent machinery have been outlawed, because of a long ago war between humanity and AI, so human beings fulfill all the the functions once occupied by computers. The primary movers and shakers in that regard are the Mentats, the Bene Gesserit, and the Spacing Guild.

There are a also number of religious sects, with the primary one involving a fusion of Islamic and Catholic beliefs. There are a number of noble Houses, each assigned to their own home planet, and other special groups, on their own planets, all with their own separate agendas, all constantly jockeying for positions of power closer to the Emperor (named Corrino). There are many groups, but I’m only going to talk about the groups featured in the trailer. The books have all the political intrigue you could want, with all the depth and introspection you can expect from a Denis Villeneuve (Vil-noove) movie.

Dune 2020 Trailer | HiConsumption
Thufir Hawat, Duke Leto Atreides, Paul Atreides, Lady Jessica

Group Interests:

Since all computer, and computer related technology has been outlawed (See: The Butlerian Jihad), human beings have taken the place of this technology, often aided by the use of the spice, (called Melange) from the planet Arrakis. They have attained almost superhuman levels of cognition, allowing them to perform all the same functions computers once did.

Bene Gesserit:

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Often referred to as Witches, the BG are a sisterhood of warrior nuns, aided by the use of Melange. Although not all of them act as warriors, most of them have been trained by the sisterhood, since birth, to be proficient in physical combat, and the use of manipulation and poisons. They’re advisors to the Emperor and other Imperial Houses, and obey the edicts and decisions of their Reverend Mothers. Many of the wives of the Noble Houses are from the BG, or have received training from them. They can control people with their voices, have limited psychic abilities, and have, for centuries been manipulating different genetic bloodlines to produce a male Bene Gesserit (Benny- Jess-Erit).

Spacing Guild/Navigators:

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The Spacing Guild is one of the most powerful organizations in this universe. Aided by their use of Melange, they are the ones that make space travel not only possible, but safe. Without their ability to “fold” space, travel between star systems would not be possible, and there would be no trade or commerce. The large oblong ships seen in the trailer are ” the smaller sized dropships” capable of entering a planet’s atmosphere. The planet sized Highliners that they come from can only exist off-world. These ships are used to move goods, whole populations of peoples, and military troops. These massive ships are piloted by the humanoid shipminds, called Guild Navigators (not shown in the trailer). Navigators are beings so heavily mutated by their use of Melange that they can only exist in a sealed atmosphere of it, so it is in their best interests to make sure the flow of Melange from Arrakis remains a stable commodity.

Mentats:

New photo of Chen Chang as Dr. Yeuh : dune

Mentats are the human computers of Dune. Their job is to advise, calculate odds, and basically do all the things that computers used to do. After the outlawing of “thinking” machines, humans still needed the calculating ability of machines, so they created special schools for the purpose of replacing them. Most of the Noble Houses have at least one Mentat on retainer. The Mentat for House Harkonnen is Piter De Vries (David Dastmalchian). The Mentat for House Atreides is Thufir Hawat (Stephen McKinley). Mentats are heavy users of Spice, which some drink in the form of a special potion, called the juice of Sapho.

Suk School: One of the characters briefly glimpsed in the trailer is Doctor Wellington Yueh, (Chen Chang) who comes from the premiere medical school, and is the physician for House Atreides. Suk School doctors are some of the most trusted doctors in the universe, as they are specially conditioned to abide by their medical oaths to do no harm, which is denoted by the diamond shaped marks on their foreheads. They are often entrusted to serve in many of the Noble Houses, including that of the Emperor.

The Plot

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Paul Atreides, (of House Atreides, which is situated on the water planet Caladan) goes to the planet of Arrakis, where he meets the desert nomads, (The Fremen) of the only planet in the known universe which produces Melange. Think of Melange as something like space LSD. It’s a potent drug that expands a person’s mind to the point where they can do computer like calculations, see into the future, navigate through outer space, and increase longevity. Everyone in the upper echelons of power uses Melange to some degree, putting it in their foods and beverages, breathing it in the form of a mist, or just living within it like air. One of the side effects is that it turns the eyes that blue color seen in the trailer.

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The rival of House Atreides is House Harkonnen, from the industrial planet Geidi Prime. Baron Harkonnen is an obese, manipulative, cruel man, with two nephews. Glossu “The Beast” Raban, (Dave Bautista) who is the governor of Dune and the Baron’s right hand, and Feyd Ruatha (not seen in the trailer). The Harkonens were tasked by the Emperor to colonize the planet Dune, and make sure that Spice production remains stable.

The Trailer

I’m going to try really hard not to give away any spoilers, though the book is 60 years old, and there’s, like, two movies about it. This is just a 101. If you want to go deeper than this, I’ll leave some resources for you to read at the end of this post.

Paul talks about his prophetic visions. While he is not someone who has necessarily been exposed to a lot of Melange, he does have Ben Gesserit training from his mother, who gave birth to a son, rather than the daughter she was ordered to have by her Order.

The next character we see is Chani (Chay-Nee) played by Zendaya, who is Paul’s love interest. Chani is the daughter of Liet Kynes.

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Paul is taken to a meeting with the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam, who is his mother’s superior in the Bene Gesserit Order. She gives him a test to determine if he is a human being with the ability to withstand pain, or an animal that will seek to avoid discomfort. He sticks his hand in a box, which will produce the worst pain ever experienced, and if he withdraws his hand, she will kill him with the poisoned needle she holds to his neck, called a Gom Jabbar.

Yes, this woman is powerful enough to waltz into the home of Duke Atreides, threaten to kill his only child, ( she could actually kill him if she wanted), and walk back out, with no repercussions.

Paul walks along the rocky beaches of Caladan as the Reverend Mother foretells his father’s future.

DUNE 2020 TRAILER dir. Denis Villeneuve

Paul is fighting with Gurney Halleck (Josh Brolin) using a Hotlzman Shield. All members of the Royal Houses are trained in this form of combat, and will not appear in public without one. Shield fighting techniques require mastery of the sword, since projectile and energy weapons don’t work against Shields, which were specifically developed to withstand such weapons.

Images of the Atriedes family arriving on Arrakis, the Duke Leto Atreides, played by Oscar Isaac, and the Lady Jessica, played by Rebecca Ferguson. The Lady Jessica is the only the concubine of the Duke. The two are not married, which has created some small amount of scandal among the other Houses.

Paul is warmly met by Duncan Idaho. Duncan has been trained by a special guild called the Swordmasters of Ginaz. He works for Duke Leto Atreides as his Scout and personal guard, and he has, along with Gurney, helped to train Paul in various fighting techniques.

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The leader of the tribal Fremen is named Stilgar, played by Javier Bardem. Their entire society is loosely based on the desert cultures of Northeast Africa and the Middle East. Stilgar is also the leader of a small tribe of Fremen called a seitch. Small tribal communities, along with the use of the black rubber suits you see everyone wearing on Arrakis, are how the Fremen survive in the deep desert. Everything in their culture involves the safe care of water. Each person in the tribe is allotted a specific amount of water based on their rank, their actual water amount, and sometimes their deeds as a warrior.

The next image, of crowds of dark clad soldiers are probably the Emperor’s Special Forces shock troops, called Saudauker (Sadu-car), which are highly trained, and specially condidtioned soldiers, often used to quell planetary rebellions. Its best to think of them as better trained Stormtroopers.

DUNE 2020 TRAILER dir. Denis Villeneuve

Images of Glossu Raban, and his uncle, Baron Vladmir Harkonnen, followed by a shot of Dr. Wellington Yueh, Jessica, and more Sardauker, in a battle with Duncan Idaho.

The scene of Gurney and Paul on the ship is the two of them looking at a Spice harvester being swallowed by one of the planet’s massive Sandworms. Sandworms are attracted to any rhythmic sound in the desert, so Spice Harvesters are always in danger from them, and are often shepherded by several ornithopters, the insect like flying machine that Paul and Gurney are riding in. Their job is to look for signs that a Sandworm is coming, and warn the Harvester, so it can be picked up and moved to safety.

More character shots, including one where Paul fights a young man of Stilgar’s tribe, named Jamis.

At the end of the trailer you see Paul pick up a handful of sand, (just as you saw him pick up a handful of water when he was on Caladan). Melange is so abundant on Arrakis that it is virtually inescapable. The tiny glittery spots you see in the sand is probably Melange.

DUNE 2020 TRAILER dir. Denis Villeneuve

The last image we see is Paul running across the desert being chased by a Sandworm. Yes, I know it looks like a giant sphincter, but hey! I didn’t design the darn thing. It is however impressively vast, and much like I imagined they look from the books.

Paul recites the Litany Against Fear, which is what he uses in his trial with the Gom Jabbar. Every Dune nerd knows this litany, and probably has it tattooed somewhere on their body…

“I must not fear.

Fear is the mind-killer.

Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.

I will face my fear.I will permit it to pass over me and through me.And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.

Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.

Only I will remain.”

I don’t think I need to tell you, that this has been one of the primary tenets of my life, and you might be surprised to know, this actually f*cking works to focus your thoughts, especially when any kind of anxiety.

Ephemera:

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Stillsuits – The black outfits you see everyone wearing in the desert scenes are suits worn only on Arrakis, and are meant to re-capture the body’s water, sweat, breath vapor, and even urine, to clean it, and recycle it into drinking water, to be reclaimed by the person. Living on Arrakis requires an acute knowledge of Water Discipline. Water is so scarce that many cultural activities surround it, and everyone’s lives revolve around procuring it, keeping it, and recycling it.

The Dune universe is so vast that there are entire planets devoted to a primary theme. Dune is a desert planet, Caladan is a water planet, much like Earth, and Geidi Prime is an industrial planet.

Sandworms

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Sandworms are animals similar in appearance to colossal terrestrial annelids and in other ways to the lamprey. They are cylindrical worm-like creatures with a fearsome array of crystalline teeth which are used primarily for rasping rocks and sand. During his first close encounter with a sandworm in Dune, Paul notes, “Its mouth was some eighty meters in diameter … crystal teeth with the curved shape of crysknives glinting around the rim … the bellows breath of cinnamon, subtle aldehydes … acids …”[4]A giant sandworm with its ring of teeth seeks to devour an ornithopter, in the Dune miniseries (2000)

Sandworms grow to hundreds of meters in length, with specimens observed over 400 metres (1,300 ft) long[12][13] and 40 metres (130 ft) in diameter, although Paul becomes a sandrider by summoning a worm that “appeared to be” around half a league (2,778 meters = 9121 ft) or more in length.[14] These gigantic worms burrow deep in the ground and travel swiftly; “most of the sand on Arrakis is credited to sandworm action”.[12]

Dune Magazine Cover Debuts the Reboot's Giant Sand Worm | CBR

Sandworms are described as “incredibly tough” by Liet-Kynes, who further notes that “high-voltage electrical shock applied separately to each ring segment” is the only known way to kill and preserve them; atomics are the only explosive powerful enough to kill an entire worm, with conventional explosives being unfeasible as “each ring segment has a life of its own”.[15] Water is poisonous to the worms,[12] but it is in too short supply on Arrakis to be of use against any but the smallest of them.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandworm_(Dune)#Description

Liet Kynes – in the books Liet Kynes is the father of Chani. He is also the Imperial planetary climatologist who has been working with the Fremen to create more water on Arrakis, and study the Sandworms. He is the liaison between the Emperor, whichever House currently resides on the planet, and the Fremen, and works as a kind of peacekeeper between the factions. In the movie, Liet Kynes is now a Black woman (although (I don’t think skin color much matters in a universe that’s ten thousand years away from Earth.) The new Liet Kynes is played by Sharon Duncan Brewster.

Liet Kynes : dune

The Score – The Score heard in the trailer is a slowed down version of Pink Floyd’s Eclipse, from The Dark Side of the Moon album.

BREONNA TAYLOR’S CASE IS FINALLY GOING TO BE PLACED IN FRONT OF A GRAND JURY

After almost 200 days since Breonna Taylor was murdered, her case will be presented to a grand jury by Attorney General Daniel Cameron. 

— WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

It means that it’s time to go harder than ever before for Breonna Taylor. 

1. GET OFF YOUR LAZY *** AND SIGN THISTHIS AND THISPETITION

2. DONATE TO BREONNA’S FAMILY IF YOU CAN

3. MAKE SOME CALLS DEMANDING JUSTICE! Numbers are included in THIS Twitter thread.

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It’s time to show everyone that WE CARE ABOUT BREONNA TAYLOR. We want JUSTICE FOR BREONNA TAYLOR. 

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Science Fiction Week! Wooo!!

So during a week in which one traumatizing horror after another came form the WH, this whole thing happened. Hey, timing is everything.

I’m really excited to present the first trailer for season three of Star Trek Discovery. It looks great! What’s really funny I think this is the first Black man I’ve seen on this show, (although I’m sure some of them played Klingons in the first season), and it appears, from this traier, that he and Michael are going to be getting up close and personal.

Earlier this week was Star Trek Day, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, and there were a number of online panels and interviews about each of the Star Trek shows. I skipped most of them, though. I liked Star Trek the Next Generation, and Deep Space Nine, just fine, but I only cursorily watched episodes of Voyager, and only the first episode of Enterprise, mostly because I wasn’t feeling any of the characters on those shows. In fact, I pretty much hated the cast of Voyager until Seven of Nine showed up.

I mostly skipped the Picard series, although I have heard its pretty good. Some day I’ll get around to finishing it, Currently playing ,is the animated Lower Decks, which I have yet to watch beyond its first episode. I couldn’t finish that episode because I didn’t like it very much, and it felt loud and frantic, but maybe I was just in the wrong mood for it that day.

But I’m glad I got in on the first season with Discovery, and not just because there’s a Black female lead, but because all the characters are really, really likable, and the show is doing some interesting things with plot and character. I love that it has openly gay couples on the show, and that the lead character is allowed to have love interests, because Black women don’t star in a lot of SciFi, or have love interests when they do.

This season is especially interesting because the series will add its first NB (that’s non-binary) character, played by an NB actor, and also its first transgender character, also played by a transgender actor. Their names are Blue Del Barrio, and Ian Alexander.

Star Trek: Discovery adds first non-binary, transgender characters to  franchise
Blu Del Barrio/Ian Alexander

I’m really looking forward to this new season because at the end of the last season, Burnham and some of the crew got dropped almost a thousand years in the future, so the show doesn’t have to stay within canon any longer, and can do all new things, with new aliens species, and some new plots, I hope, and the trailer looks promising. One day I’m going to do an overview of the first two seasons because there was definitely a theme.

The rest of the cast that didn’t go into the future, will become the spinoff series, Strange New Worlds, with Anson Mount as Captain Pike, Spock, and Pike’s first officer, Number One. I’m looking forward to this one too, and not just because it stars Spock, but because Anson Mount is pretty dreamy, and I miss those old uniforms.

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Dune 2020

But the big news this week was the new trailer for Dune dropped and I am loving every bit of it. Unlike a lot of Dune fans, I’m no purist, but I really like Villaneuve, I’ve watched all of his movies, and this looks pretty faithful to the novel. Paul is very much how I imagined him from the book, but the most jarring looking characters were of course, Duncan Idaho played by Jason Momoa, and Lady Jessica, who looks very plain to me, but I can get past that. The only reason I bring up her looks is because I really liked the actress from the 1984 version. Its looks darker than the first film, and the clothing and colors are more, well drab, really, but I’m okay with that.

Dune was probably the first “real” Science Fiction book I ever read, and I just happened to read it, at the right point in my teenage development, that Paul’s journey resonated with me (and with a lot of other teens, it seems). Its one of my favorite books of all time, which I re-read (at least in part) every year. I’ve seen the first movie at least a dozen times. Only in the last ten years have I made any effort to read beyond the second book in the series written by Frank Herbert! I did read the Brian Herbert books because I liked the writing style, and the characters and plots were fun and interesting. I know some people hate those books, and will complain as loudly as possible that they suck, but like I said, I’m no purist, and I have, as a rule, never let other people’s dislikes determine what I’m going to enjoy.

Just like the rest of the internet, though, I have lost my shit and am totally geeking out about the trailer! Its funny how you sometimes don’t realize how much influence some piece of popular culture has had on you until you’re well into your adult years. I didn’t realize how much of my personal philosophy on living was crafted around some lessons from Dune, like the “Fear is the Mindkiller”, mantra, (which happened to dovetail neatly into my love for Spock), and is probably what’s behind my personal mantra of “Keep Moving Forward”.

Anywhoo, this is what excited me this week, even though my lower back decided it didn’t like me, and tried to kill me. Any Dune fans out there, let me know what you think in the comments, and for those of you not planning to read the books, and know nothing at all about this universe, which is to SciFi what LOTR is to Fantasy, (Dune is basically the Holy Grail of Space Opera, and there would probably not even be a Star Wars without its existence), tell me if I should do a 101 of the trailer. No spoilers, but a basic explanation of some of the characters and gadgets you’ll see in the movie. I’m not going to urge everyone to read the books,(and there are a lot of them), unless they are big SciFi fans though, because the worldbuilding in the books is really, really dense. So much so, that the books have been considered unfilmable. (I mean, you can read the books, but that won’t necessarily help with an understanding of this film.)

Starring the Landscape: Welcome to the Jungle

The Jungle is the symbolic opposite of the desert and the tundra. The Jungle environment is a stand in for confusion, the loss of civilization, wildness, overabundance, hardship, danger, fear, threat, and powerlessness. The colors associated with jungle environments in movies are greens, black, and red. The kind of horror stories that take place in the jungle often embody all these themes. In fact, many movies that take place in the jungle involve many elements of horror, even if they’re not actually horror movies.

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The jungle is the opposite of the desert/Arctic, in that it has an overabundance of life, and most of that life is indifferent to ours. So dropping human beings into such an environment automatically makes it horrific, with the jungle itself as an external threat. Jungle movies that contain both internal and external threats are kind of rare, because often just the backdrop of the jungle itself is enough of a threat to human life that it makes the movie horrifying.

In the 2017 movie Jungle, starring Daniel Radcliffe, there is no more threat needed than the act of simply attempting to survive while in the jungle, with no food, no tools, and no resources, or skills. The movie is based on the true story of Yossi, an Israeli traveler who gets stranded, alone, in the Amazon, after a series of misadventures with friends. After several days of trying to get food and make shelter, Yossi is rescued by one of his friends. The movie is filmed much like a horror movie, except the killer is the environment, as Yossi and his companions encounter one challenge after another, from sickness and wounds, to river rapids and hunger.

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In the 1972 movie, Aguirre the Wrath of God, directed by Werner Herzog, the horror comes not just from the environment, but also internal, as it comes from the weaknesses of other people. In 1560, a group of Conquistadors get lost in the Amazon, while searching for the fabled City of Gold, El Dorado. One by one, they succumb to the dangers of river rafting, sickness, hunger, angry natives, and their own perfidy, until their cruel leader is finally left alone to die in his  madness. The soldiers were not only ill prepared for the rigors of survival in the jungle, but were brought low by their own greed, selfishness, and cruelty.

Writers don’t really need to add more to make the environment more threatening to increase the horror,  but writers will occasionally drop in another external threat, such as in the most famous of these types of film, the 1987 Predator, in which Arnold Schwarzenegger, and a small, heavily armed, paramilitary rescue team, encounter a hostile alien in Central America, The alien possesses advanced weaponry and, one by one, stalks and kills them, until only Arnold’s character is left to outsmart it. The soldiers deal with multiple external threats that make watching the movie especially harrowing. They don’t just have to survive the dangers of the jungle, but the hostile insurgents they came to fight, and the alien, all while attempting to rescue a government official.

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Alien beings are not the only threats form Outside however. Sometimes the threats are humans, or animals. Since the beginning of cinema, the deep, dark jungles of Africa, and South America have been shown  to be the place where White explorers fear to tread, largely because of cannibals. The most recent one of these is Eli Roth’s 2013 Green Inferno, in which a cast of white plane crash survivors are set upon by a tribe of hungry natives.

https://www.peoplesworld.org/article/the-green-inferno-is-new-low-in-racist-film-making/

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The Green Inferno received negative reviews, not just for its gore, but for the tired racist concept of Indigenous people as inherently bloodthirsty and cannibalistic, predators lying in wait for white tourists, or travelers, to happen by, so they can torture and kill them. Among these films were a series of exploitation films, by Italian directors from the 80s, like 1980s Cannibal Holocaust, 1981s Eaten Alive, and Cannibal Ferox, that were devoted to the topic of white people being eaten by natives in jungle environments.

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The Ruins, which was released in 2008, follows much the same plot, at least on the surface, when a group of backpackers in the Amazon, are attacked by the Indigenous tribe of that area, after they stumble across a forbidden site. The cannibal narrative is overturned, however, as the natives aren’t simply out to kill tourists, but are keeping them trapped in the jungle, to save the rest of the world from the sentient carnivorous plants the travelers have become infected with.

There is always an element of racism involved in such movies, as the natives, often people of color, are  depicted as hostile, primitive, and cannibalistic, and  whatever religions they practice are also demonized. The local natives in such films are often shown to jabbering hysterically  in foreign languages, ignorant, uneducated, and not in charge of their own fates. The pagan religions they practice are associated with the jungle landscape, and represent the wild outer reaches of civilization, where human beings can survive, but not without the assistance of unknowable animal or eldritch gods, who  are depicted as greedy, bloodthirsty, and requiring ritual sacrifices of animals and people, or involving arcane and mysterious rites of appeasement, as in the 1987 film The Believers, where a man is terrorized and cursed by the members of a Santeria cult, after he stumbles across a plot to sacrifice his son to a pagan god, to prevent World War 3.

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In film after film, South and Central American religions like Voodoo and Santeria are  associated with cults, jungle tribes, primitivism, a lack of education, gullibility, zombies, and Satanism. In fact, the term Witch Doctor comes directly from such movies, differentiating itself from the European witch model, by combining  pagan religious rituals with medical and scientific experiments, as in the 1988 The Serpent and the Rainbow, supposedly based on the true story of Wade Davis, where a medical doctor, gets zombified by the local Witch Doctor, while researching the zombie myth. With rare exceptions, the only time Black people (or Indigenous peoples) appear in such films is when they’re the villains.

When attractive looking White people, (because let’s be honest, urban Black people are not traveling to the jungle for any reason, and we never star in these films as the victims), are not being eaten by humans in the jungle, they are being chased and eaten by the many dangerously large animals that live there. Every year since America’s environmental awakening in the 70s, Hollywood has  produced a host of movies nature’s revenge movies, involving people being chased by giant snakes (Anaconda 1997), giant bears (Grizzly 1976), giant crocodiles (Primeval 2007) or giant pigs, (Razorback 1984) as a punishment for their hubris in believing they could conquer such an environment, or for not paying proper respect to it.

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The premise of “Lost World” films is often based on revenge for the hubris of white colonizers, where there is some part of the world that is so unexplored, or uninhabitable, that it is still available for exploration and/or  exploitation by white men, which nature duly rebukes for their trouble. The latest movie featuring a lost world plot is the 2017 Kong: Skull Island, wherein a group of military specialists get stranded on an unknown jungle island during the Vietnam War. They encounter the titular ape, and get picked off, one by one, by a menagerie of dangerously massive animals like spiders, pterosaurs, and to make the setup complete,  horrific underground monsters.

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

But the most famous of these giant animal movies, upon which the new version is based,  is the 1933 King Kong, in which an intrepid group of explorers get stranded on a jungle island that’s been lost in time. They get hunted by everything from hostile tribesmen, to dinosaurs, to the actual ape himself. The Jurassic Park franchise of the mid-90s, is just a scientific way to upgrade the Lost World myth to the modern world, with humans being hunted through  dark jungles, by ancient creatures, while still addressing the same issues of economic exploitation. The dinosaurs are a scientific version of King King, (only without the elements of racism that mar the original  film.)

The jungle is where human beings go to kill or be killed. That’s its only purpose. There’s no compromising with it, anything can be imagined in such a place, and a person can only exist in there on its terms, which makes movies set in jungles the most exciting and terrifying adventures to have.

Well…I Watched It! Lovecraft Country Episode One – Sundown

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A couple of weeks ago saw the debut of the new HBO series, Lovecraft Country, based on the book of the same name by Matt Ruff. In the book, a young black man named Atticus goes on a road trip through the Jim Crow South, with his uncle, and childhood friend, to find his father, who has mysteriously gone missing up North. They stumble across racist cops, sundown towns, Lovecraftian monsters, and occultism, in their travels.

I watched the first two episodes of this series. Normally I would not have watched any show that’s based in the Jim Crow South because that’s just a particularly triggering time period, but the writers and producers are black, so I was willing to give it a chance. Its still a very nerve-wracking show, but in a kind of  good way, because its also surprisingly cathartic, entertaining, and not wholly based on Black pain and suffering. The characters are very likable, and there are other, more personal issues they deal with besides racism.

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I can honestly say I enjoyed this episode. I know that sounds weird, considering how I’ve complained about no longer being interested in shows that are based on black pain and suffering, in different eras, but this show, along with the Watchman series, was very entertaining. For one thing, the plot isn’t necessarily based in suffering. the Jim Crow era in which the story takes place is simply the backdrop, and the way the story is written, the racism of the white characters is just one of the primary obstacles that the protagonists have to navigate, occasionally in the form of harrowing car chases.

It doesn’t hurt that the three main characters, Atticus, the very fine looking lead character, his uncle George, played by the incredible Courtney B. Vance, and the gorgeous Leticia, Atticus childhood friend, played by Journee Smollet, who you may remember as Black Canary, from the Harley Quinn/Birds of Prey movie, released earlier this year, are all immensely likable, and reasonably smart.

Outside of the mystery itself, the series presents a lot of ideas about black people that don’t often get seen in popular culture, which are merely glimpses into the lives of regular black people, in the midst of horrific circumstances, because that too is as important to our representation, as seeing ourselves be heroic, hearing our own stories, or seeing ourselves existing as a culture in the future. We get loving black couples, black people who love books, clothes, and superheroes, ordinary disputes between family members and black people snatching  little moments of joy, even in the darkest times.

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The episode begins with Atticus on his way home from the Korean War. Its 1954, and that particular war (the one depicted in the MASH series) ended around 1953. He’s dreaming of a mashup of all the scifi he’s ever read, Cthulhu, John Carter of Mars, and an ass kicking  cameo from #42 himself, Jackie Robinson.

When the bus he’s riding breaks down, he and the only other black passenger, rather than being allowed to hitch a ride with a local farmer, have to walk several miles to the next town. During their walk is when we get Atticus broad opinions on fantasy stories with racist characters, or written by racist writers, like Robert E. Howard, or Lovecraft himself. Genre fiction, whether movies, books, or TV,  has always been problematic for black people. Most of it was not written with us in mind, and what was, often had negative connotations.

When Atticus gets home, he finds the neighborhood is preparing to have a block party. This is something that really resonated with me, because I remember attending quite a few of these, during my childhood. My family is/was huge, so most of the block party consisted of me, my little brothers, and a seemingly vast number of cousins, uncles, and aunties! Anyway Atticus finds out from his uncle George that his father has gone missing but left a note saying he could be found in a place called Ardham. That’s right, not Arkham, but Ardham House. He, and George are joined by Leticia, a young woman that Atticus knew when they were children, because Letty was the only girl in his Science fiction book club, but who is now a traveling photographer.

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Uncle George offers to come along because he is the publisher of the Chicago based green book. His wife, Hippolyta, offers to come, but George says no, out of a sense of protection. He knows how dangerous it would be for her to do such a thing., considering that he once had both his knees broken, by some racists, while on a previous trip for his travel books.

The travel books, that George writes, (based on the real life Negro Motorist’s Green Book), aided  black people in navigating through the Jim Crow South, listing problem areas, like eating and sleeping places that were safe, but most especially, listed all the Sundown Towns, in both the North and South. At that time, these were all white towns, in which black people would be  either run out, or murdered, if they were found within the town limits, after sundown.

https://www.zinnedproject.org/materials/sundown-towns/

Welcome to the world’s only registry of sundown towns. A sundown town is not just a place where something racist happened. It is an entire community (or even county) that for decades was “all white” on purpose. “All white” is in quotes because some towns allowed one black family to remain when they drove out the rest. Also, institutionalized persons (in prisons, hospitals, colleges, etc.), live-in servants (in white households), and black or interracial children (in white households) do not violate the taboo.

“On purpose” does not require a formal ordinance. If, for example, if a black family tried to move in, encountered considerable hostility, and left, that would qualify the town as “sundown.” Note that some sundown towns kept out Chinese Americans, Jews, Mexican Americans, Native Americans, even Mormons.

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One of the most hair raising, but exhilarating, chase sequences occurs when George mistakenly takes them to a cafe that does not serve black people, and the local firefighters chase them out of town. They are saved by Letty’s well honed survival instincts, her ability to drive like a maniac, and a little bit of hoodoo, from a mysterious benefactor.

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This same benefactor comes to their aid at the end of the episode, after they get stopped in a sundown county by the local sheriff, who challenges them to get out of the county 8 minutes before sundown, but without speeding. This is very  probably the slowest, most nerve wracking car chase in television history, and does a spectacular job of showing how frustrating, and enraging it was to live during the Jim Crow era, in which those who held authority, (yes, the police, but regular citizens were encouraged to get in on the fun), could terrorize black people on a whim, or simply for their own pleasure.

They do follow the cops rules and manage to barely make it out of town, only to be stopped by the police in the neighboring county, who were lying in wait for them. This is an especially relevant point, because it speaks to the arbitrary nature of the rules. It ultimately doesn’t mean anything that Atticus and the others followed the rules. They’ll be killed anyway, because a group of people determined that they should, and no amount of rule following would’ve saved them. However, the three of them  are  inadvertently saved by monsters.

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*I want to point out some of the images used in the show, which is rich with detail. This particular image here was based off some famous photographs by Gordon Parks.

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And here is another, which can also seen in the episode:

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*There’s also a famous interview from James Baldwin, which is used in voiceover, before the trio’s second encounter with the police.

1965 debate between Baldwin and conservative author William F. Buckley.

*Hippolyta (George’s wife) is also the name of Wonder Woman’s mother, and George has a daughter named Diana.

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The cops take the three of them into the woods to execute them. This is an especially chilling scene when you think about how many black people might have been murdered in this fashion, who were never missed, or whose bodies were never discovered. In fact there are a host of activities that black people don’t do today, not just because we were discouraged from participating in everyday American life, but because, even today, we are still recovering from the trauma of the constant terrorizing and policing of our actions, which lasted some sixty to seventy years. Activities like road trips, camping, swimming, walking on the sidewalks, or just out enjoying nature, could (and did) get us murdered.

Until the seventies, many state parks were off limits to black people and earlier this Summer a young black man posted videos where he was threatened with lynching, by a white mob that assaulted him in a park. The bottom line is that many of the nature activities that white people took for granted, were enduring traumas for PoC, but especially black people. So when you hear us joking about not going into the woods, or never going hiking, keep this in mind, as one of the factors.

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“When I’m walking to work with park rangers or with other campers and hikers who treat me in some sort of way that make me feel unwelcome, that make me feel unsafe, that is startling,” Tariq said. “And that goes unchecked because there’s, there’s just no channel for us to be able to challenge that in such remote places.”

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As much as white people claim to be afraid of black people because…..crime, or something, I don’t think many of them have ever thought about what it must be like to live one’s life in constant fear of stepping on white people’s toes, at work, or the store, in a park, or just out of doors. Always having to watch what you say, how you look, dress, act, and carefully structure one’s facial expressions, lest you set one of them off, as if they were unexploded ordinance.

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The police take them into the woods to execute them, but before that can happen, they are all attacked by what viewers are calling Shuggoths, but what the characters in the show are calling vampires. They are covered with eyes, shun the light, and can move extremely fast, so they manage to take out the five or six cops rather easily. Letty and Atticus escape to an abandoned cabin, along with two of the cops, one of whom had their arm bitten off. After George joins them in the cabin, they make a plan to get more light from the cars parked at the edge of the woods. Atticus wants to go, but is prevented from doing so by the cops who 1) don’t trust him, and on top of that 2) aren’t very bright, because why would he leave his friends behind just to spite the police? The cops nominate Letty to run to the vehicles.

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Okay, I’m going to have to stop here for another aside. These are the same type of white men who will happily kill a black man for breathing too hard in a white woman’s direction but are perfectly happy to sacrificing a black woman to save their skins. In their minds, black women are not worth protecting. So even though they are armed and can take care of themselves, they insist that this black woman attempt to outrun the monsters, to save their skins. To calm everyone down, Letty does make a case that she is faster than Atticus, having run track as a girl, and off she goes.

And this is the way that people should be running in a Horror movie. Letty is seriously hauling ass! I wonder how many times Journee had to do that scene, because this is not a stunt double, and she is seriously working  out! There’s none of that glancing behind, or tripping and falling shit in your typical generic horror movie. This is also probably the reason black people don’t get to star in too many of them, because they would be boringly short films.

 

Letty makes it to the car, and heads back to the cabin, where the two cops are so busy concentrating on holding those two scary black men in check, that they don’t notice that one of them is turning into a one of the creatures that attacked them, but that’s not what’s interesting . What’s fascinating is  even though the cop next to him is turning into a nightmare that’s going to eat him, he is hesitant to shoot him, despite Attticus’ and George’s warnings, instead choosing to keep his weapon aimed at the two unarmed black men in front of him. See ,this is one of the reasons I don’t trust white people, (no, not even my white friends), with my safety. After decades of fear-mongering propaganda, the majority of them simply do not have good judgment when it comes to what’s actually dangerous, and what isn’t.

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The cop turns into a monster and eats the other cop, which is a nice conflation of the idea that there are other types of monsters in the world, but the human ones are the scariest. Letty arrives with the car just as the monster turns its attention to Atticus and George, but they still need to hold the monsters off until daylight, or fight them, and that’s when the mysterious benefactor arrives and calls them off using, what else…a dog whistle!

We next see the three travelers arriving at Ardham house, exhausted, and  covered in blood, where they are welcomed and expected by their happy blond host, and yes, I’m immediately suspicious.

So that’s my first impression of the show. I have,  since the posting of this review, watched a couple more episodes, and the show manages to keep that same energy for each episode, which is more like a connected anthology than a serialistic show. The second episode finishes out the first story arc at Ardham House, and the third focuses on Leticia buying a haunted house. Both episodes continue with the same wealth of detail, racist white men, and historical asides, including references to the Garden of Eden, and a chilling cameo from Emmet Till!

There are so many layers to this show, but its also just entertaining, even if you don’t get, or see, all the socio-historical references. The show is fun to watch, with a lot of exciting moments, because its well written, and  the characters and plot are compelling.

Moratorium on Evictions!

CDC Issues Sweeping Temporary Halt On Evictions Nationwide Amid Pandemic

The Trump administration is ordering a halt on evictions nationwide through December for people who have lost work during the pandemic and don’t have other good housing options.

The new eviction ban is being enacted through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The goal is to stem the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, which the agency says in its order “presents a historic threat to public health.”

It’s by far the most sweeping move yet by the administration to try to head off a looming wave of evictions of people who have lost their jobs or taken a major blow to their income because of the pandemic. Housing advocates and landlord groups both have been warning that millions of people could soon be put out of their homes through eviction if Congress does not do more to help renters and landlords and reinstate expanded unemployment benefits.

California OKs Extension Of COVID-19 Moratorium On Evictions

But this new ban, which doesn’t offer any way for landlords to recoup unpaid rent, is being met with a mixed response. First, many housing advocates are very happy to see it.

“My reaction is a feeling of tremendous relief,” says Diane Yentel, CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition. “It’s a pretty extraordinary and bold and unprecedented measure that the White House is taking that will save lives and prevent tens of millions of people from losing their homes in the middle of a pandemic.”

That said, she adds that a move like this from Congress or the White House is “long overdue.” And she says with no money behind it, it kicks the can down the road.

Under the rules of the order, renters have to sign a declaration saying they don’t make more than $99,000 a year — or twice that if filing a joint tax return — and that they have no other option if evicted other than homelessness or living with more people in close proximity.

Evictions for reasons other than nonpayment of rent will be allowed. The government says it will impose criminal penalties on landlords who violate the ban.

You need to declare this to your landlords, however ,as this is not being widely enough promoted!

The Trailers Are Out!

The DCEU just had this thing online in August, that was sort of like ComicCon, but only for DC and its properties, called the FanDome. Basically they showcased all their shows, movies, and trailers online, for a week. So here are the relevant trailers, and a couple of random trailers, and videos, I threw into the mix,  just because I liked them!

 

Enola Holmes

This is a new series on Netflix, based on the Enola Holmes Mystery books, which I have heard about, but never read. Enola is Sherlock and Mycroft’s little sister, and Since I like her brothers, and I like this actress, I’m looking forward to the first episode, which looks like lighthearted fun.

 

Zack Snyder’s Justice League

For the record, I cared not one whit for the Zack Snyder cut to be released, let alone that it even existed. I’m also not exactly a Zack Snyder fan, even though I’ve probably seen all his films. Its more that  Zack Snyder keeps directing movies that have actors in it that I like, and so I end up seeing his movies.

All that said, I actually am looking forward to this and will definitely watch this mini-series, which I understand will take place over four days. Frankly, that’s how it should’ve been approached in the first place, rather than a 2+ hour movie, that seemed to displease everyone.

 

The Suicide Squad

Now, I must state up front, that I am a fan of the first Suicide Squad, which is differentiated from this one by not having the word ‘The” in front. I know people hate that first movie, but I found a lot of things to like about it, (as well as hate), and it’s more likely that I was looking at that film through a very different lens, than the white fanboys who hated it, and one day I’m going to have to write about why that is.

Anywho, I am a big fan of James Gunn, whose career got canceled briefly, but who has since been reinstated, in his role as the  director of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, which I personally love. Those are two of my absolute favorite MCU films ,so I’m very much looking forward to his version of the Suicide Squad.

 

The Batman

This movie actually looks okay. Yeah, I was more than a little dubious about Robert Pattinson playing this role, but I never liked Ben Affleck, and I’ve since watched Pattinson in other roles, and I feel confident that he is gonna bring it as The Batman.

Now this is a much younger Batman than we’re used to. I’d say year one or two, in his role as Gotham’s protector, and you can see that he is not as controlled in his manner, as we’ve seen the older Batmans, and that there is a little more hand to hand combat, rather than the reliance on gadgets, that a lot of the movies fall into. Hopefully, this movie will also focus on Batman being a detective, because that was the part of his role that made him interesting in the comic books, and  which hasn’t really been depicted onscreen yet.

 

The Stand 

You guys all know I’m a dedicated Stephen King fan despite some of my issues with some of his characters, but I will admit that I disliked the original mini-series of this book intensely, because the acting was so spotty, and it was trying just a little too hard to be faithful to the book, without actually being faithful to the book. But I’m kind of looking forward to this version. For one thing, it stars much better actors ,and it looks like its going to remain faithful to the spirit in which the book was written, and it happens to be timely.

Now, I don’t know how many of you want to sign on to see a pandemic destroy the Earth, considering what we’re all going through. I tried reading the book back in May, and just couldn’t get through it, and I also believe the money spent on this would have been better served filming The Talisman, but I’m gonna watch this in December, even though it ain’t got nan but two black people in it, and let you guys know what I think.

 

Thriller Haka

Taika Waititi continues to be comedy gold! I just love this man’s humor ,and of course the Thriller dance would be a Haka!

 

Raised by Wolves

Not sure what to think about this one, but I’m going to check it out because its SciFi, and based on my blog name, I am required by law to watch this, I think.

 

Tenet

I am definitely going to watch this, and then we’re going to talk about my love of Christopher Nolan films

 

Alone

I think this is an American remake of the French movie, The Night Eats The World, a zombie type movie, in which people act insane, but are not actually zombies, right? It stars that guy from Teen Wolf. There’s also a bunch of other movies out right now called Alone, but with 0009949443528

a different type of horror, so try not to get confused. This looks intriguing, but I’m not sure I want to binge on too many end of the world flicks right now, because I’m just not feeling it.

*Hopefully, my review of Lovecraft Country’s first episode, will be ready by this Friday!

Short, Sharp, and Simple: I’m Tired of White Fragility in Fandom — Stitch’s Media Mix

Please understand how funny it is to see someone (who I don’t know and who certainly does not know me considering how much they’re lying about me in that tweet alone) publicly admit that the reason they don’t like my work is because they have decided my goal is to make them feel bad to […]

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Ten Weirdest SCPs

Yeah, I’m still on this thing where I look through files about the SCP organization. That place is really a lot weirder than I ever thought it might be. Although there are at least a couple of these that are just joke SCPs, some of these I’m not too sure about.

Enjoy!!

 

SCP 8003 – Talking Penny

SCP-1015 Poor Man's Midas | Object Class: Safe | transfiguration ...

This one you’ll have to read for yourself as it defies description, and may not, in fact, exist at all.

http://www.scpwiki.com/scp-8003-j

 

SCP 512 – Umbrella

SCP-512 - The SCP Foundation Classic

This umbrella attracts lightning, when held directly above the head of its holder. It only attracts lightning when held directly overhead, and only during inclement weather, otherwise its just a regular umbrella.

 

SCP 799 – Carnivorous Blanket

SCP-799 Carnivorous Blanket | object class euclid | mimic ...

This object appears to be a typical woolen blanket, that occasionally transforms into a large predator, that lies in wait for someone to wrap themselves in it, and then consumes them.

 

SCP 789 – Haunted Toilet

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This is a butt ghost, which only consists of a face, that talks to people while they poop into the toilet. It will stop talking if you poop on it, and can only be gotten rid of by wiping your behind!

 

SCP 1057 – Invisible Shark 

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I think the above photo is a little misleading, since this is just a tank that holds a shark shaped space in it. The shark cannot be seen by the human eye, or measured by most instrumentation, but is capable of killing and eating anyone who gets inside the tank. As long as you don’t get int the tank with it, then you’re fine.

 

SCP 2852 – Cousin Johnny

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This is definitely one of the creepiest of the  cognito-hazards. Cousin Johnny is an alien entity that induces psychotic and cannibalistic behavior in the humans it comes into contact with at parties and weddings. The people it infects have no memory of interaction with the entity, which shows up at their special events masquerading as a previously unknown cousin named John, but after the event is over, the people are induced to brutalize one another in violent rituals.

 

SCP 1728 – Butter Man

Sadly, there are currently no photographs of Butter Man!

A man without a head, whose body exudes a buttery substance from his skin, making him exceptionally slippery, and difficult to contain in the facility.

 

SCP 2662 – Worship Him/F*ck Cthulhu!

SCP-2662 - Cthulhu ······ : Object Class: Keter ...

A man, voluntarily residing in a containment facility, who has strange tentacles growing from his back. People are compelled to form cults and worship him. Sometimes people from outside the containment facility attempt to break in and hold violent, or sexually ritualistic services in his name, which cause the anomaly a great deal of emotional distress.

 

SCP 123 – I Can’t Believe Its Not Butter

SCP-123-J Amazing Butter-like Substance! | Joke / Food SCP - YouTube

A tub of what appears to be butter, that apparently tastes like butter, but when consumers are informed that it is not, in fact, butter, they react in an incredulous or sometimes disgusted manner.

 

SCP 919 – Needy Mirror

NoExcusesHR: Mirrors Don't Lie

A mirror that compels a person to keep looking into it, making eye contact with their reflection. Should they break eye contact, their reflection will scream, and then burst into flames, until eye contact is returned.

 

SCP 1048 – Builder Bear

Exploring the SCP Foundation: SCP-1048 - Builder Bear - YouTube

This seems ot be a harmless sentient bear, that is friendly and affectionate, except it likes to dismember human bodies, craft them together into a replica of itself, that will  resurrect, and attempt to kill any humans nearby.

Hey, Remember How I Pester You All About Voting? Guess What! I’m Doing It Again! — Whatever

 

Oh, hello there! It’s the last day of August — I know, it only feels like a year since August first — and after this it’s two months and three days until Election Day here in the United States. Here’s what we know about that: * The president and the GOP would be very happy…

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Find out where early voting occurs in your state. I’m in Ohio. Early voting starts in Ohio on Oct. 6th, and lasts until Nov. 2nd!