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Votes: 6

 Damn them.

 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Jul 15, 2002
We haven't had phone or Internet service for the last two weeks because those bastards at Qwest are too busy figuring out how they and their pals at World-Com and Global-Crossing are going to stay out of jail. But I'm back now.

Anyway, you know how at the end of "Minority-Report", when the Pre-Cogs are all safe and sound, snuggled up with their quaint books (Proust and Emerson, I think) their ultra-natural all-wood (Can you have so much homey warmth that it becomes pornographic?) Thomas Kinkade cottage?


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Anyhoo, doesn't it just cement the connection between emotional retardation (and the inability to withstand normal human company and interaction such as we see in autism, SCA membership, or being a genetically fucked up oracular freak) and the Hobbit fantasy of living in a suburbanized little nest-home?

In his book Seattle: Past and Present, Roger Sale alludes to this in his discussion of the attitudes of pioneer Arthur Denny and the mythologized farewell speech of Chief Sealth. It is, ironically, those with excessive sensitivity to the human presence who are most environmentally insensitive:

    A bad city is not one that cuts down trees, builds buildings, and paves streets, but one that tries to forget that indeed a city is being built. The ecology of an urban area is as important and often as mysterious as the ecology of the wilderness in which the Indians moved and lived. Often people came west fleeing urban life and never realized that cities are even more essential here than farther east. They came to build a sweet little nest out there in the west so they could let the rest of the world go by. The result, we know, is often nests that are not sweet, suburbs and freeways, people neither going nor staying but twitching with restlessness, despoiling the land with a wantonness all the more destructive and saddening because unintended.
Environmentalism is not nature-worship, but awarness of the reality of your environment, and rejection of a fantasy world, whether it be flowerd, light-soaked cottages or a cul-de-sac with giant jeeps in the driveways and strip malls that run for fifty miles. Conservatives today cling to the hope that if we just built a few more freeways, another sub-division, and lay down one more oil pipeline, the fantasy will come true. It's weird how soft and child-like they are in their dreams.

Oppoisite of that was last night's Capitol Hill Block Party with Sleater-Kinney playing under a traffic light in a densely-populated neighborhood that is everything that the Pre-Raphaelite, nature-deifiying autistics fear.

I want to sink the Floating Bridge. Let them stay on their side of the lake.


You missed the point (5.00 / 1) (#1)
by First Incision on Mon Jul 15th, 2002 at 07:17:20 PM PST
The pre-cogs needed to be out in the woods so they would be as far from murders as possible. This allowed them to live their life in peace.

Similarly, geeks are not fit for human interaction, and should only be allowed communication through the filter of the computer's cool glass screen.
Do you suffer from late-night hacking? Ask your doctor about Protonix.

More than just seclusion... (5.00 / 2) (#2)
by elenchos on Mon Jul 15th, 2002 at 09:08:52 PM PST
That house was a wet dream. Every single surface was beautifully finished natural wood grain, every ray of light was as if from a beam of sunlight from behind a cloud. It was an obscenity of rusticity; one that made sense only in contrast to the brutal plastic and steel world that the rest of the movie was made of. Well, except for two other critical scenes: the big showdown in a 19th century mansion and the meeting with the wisewoman.

Pretty blunt symbolism. You know, the oracle's apartment in the projects in The Matrix was a little bit more unexpected.

I do, I do, I do
--Bikini Kill

You are mistaken (5.00 / 1) (#3)
by First Incision on Mon Jul 15th, 2002 at 09:52:42 PM PST
The pre-cogs existence working for the cops was the "wet dream." They were laying in water, and they were dreaming all the time.

Holed up in your gritty urban apartment, driving hover-taxis all night long, you are most likely unfamiliar with the beauties of rustic life.

Sunbeams do shine from behind clouds, unobscured by the smog of the cities. Country folk are at peace, free to read subversive books like the Bible and Ayn Rand without ridicule from leftivist city dwellers.

Maybe this glimpse of true rustic bliss can give you an idea of why country folk are so unwilling to give up their guns (and ability to protect their land from carpetbaggers like yourself).
Do you suffer from late-night hacking? Ask your doctor about Protonix.

maybe it's supposed to be (none / 0) (#6)
by nathan on Fri Jul 19th, 2002 at 08:12:32 AM PST
So over the top that, as in Brazil, you realise that the ending of the movie is less a realistic plot resolution than the final collapse of the protagonists into psychotic fugues.

Has anyone ever seen a functioning rural setting like that cottage? Pretty improbable, I'd say.

Li'l Sis: Yo, that's a real grey area. Even by my lax standards.

Have you moved to Seattle, elenchos? (nt) (none / 0) (#4)
by Captain Tenille on Tue Jul 16th, 2002 at 03:39:52 PM PST
/* You are not expected to understand this. */

Yep. (none / 0) (#5)
by elenchos on Tue Jul 16th, 2002 at 04:09:13 PM PST
Moved to Seattle and became a member of the "working class", as it is called. I had no idea the long vacations the common people were enjoying when they were "between jobs"! Quite a little secret, I must say. How can you call yourselves "labor" when you can spend months at a time doing nothing but sending out the odd resume and slouching through an interview here and there? Those who earn their own way (if you want to call that earning!) are the real leisure class, I have learned.

Perhaps I shall return to the aristocracy with this bit of news and raise an eyebrow or two.

Anyway, yes. In the U District, almost Ravenna.

I do, I do, I do
--Bikini Kill


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