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Yes, I know there are more important things going on in the world, but hear me out. Miley Cyrus's performance at the VMA's didn't strike me as offensive so much as painful to watch. Cyrus probably has enough money to buy herself a giant animatronic bear every single day for the rest of her life, yet she still apparently felt compelled to do a cringeworthy PR stunt that seems like the ultimate amateurish knock-off of the kind of thing Madonna used to do so well. Am I saying "If a woman does this kind of thing it's bad"? No. If a woman does this kind of thing truly badly, it's bad. In the end it is kind of sad that she felt the need to objectify herself so flagrantly yet could not pull it off successfully; it had a hint of desperation. (There was also the questionable matter of the African-American female-bear-dancer booty-pounding, which has been discussed on the internet at great length.)

I had some fun researching this one. Did you know that there was a real Smokey Bear who lived at the National Zoo and received so many letters from children that he had his own ZIP code? Or that there was a Soviet adaptation of Winnie-the-Pooh called "Vinni Pukh"? You can tell a lot about a culture by its anthropomorphized bears.

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Originally posted to Comics on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 06:50 AM PDT.

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  •  Colbert is right to be afraid of bears. (8+ / 0-)

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 07:04:49 AM PDT

  •  Smoky the Bear (2+ / 0-)
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    Learned the Smoky the Bear song, as a child.

    Near Estes Park, CO. the last 4 years, there are more bears around than I have seen in 30 years.

    •  Of course he was a real bear! (6+ / 0-)

      Smokey was a bear cub rescued from a fire. The singed little guy became the mascot for the fire service and later the inspiration for the "Only you can prevent forest fires!" campaign featuring a cartoon Smokey.

      Anyone who leaves a campfire still smoking should be thrown to the nearest grizzly. If there's any smoke, even the tiniest wisp, from a fire when you STIR THE ASHES, it's not out yet! A puff of air, a floating ember....

      Millions of animals get killed in forest fires. Some fires we can't prevent--true "wildfires"--but those we start? Put them out! All the way out!

      Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

      by Sirenus on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 07:28:57 AM PDT

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    •  Smokey the bear was a lying a**hole (0+ / 0-)

      Growing up in the self-styled "Timber Capital of the World" (Roseburg, Oregon) with more sawmills, mosquito infested log ponds, soot and smoke in the air from the huge burners, logging trucks, loggers, mill hands and all that stuff: I remember Smokey telling us from comic books and posters how "Only YOU can prevent forest fires".

      I thought it was kind of odd that forest fires started up mostly after lightning storms, but ol' Smokey assured us that "3 out of 4 forest fires are caused by humans". What a load of crap that was!

      "You can't be too careful with fire!" and "Put that butt out, don't throw it out the window!" etc, etc, etc. Partly true, but scaring us into thinking we were all potential pyros? Not that we're not all used to the govt. lying to us...

      What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. King Henry, scene ii

      by TerryDarc on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 09:20:56 AM PDT

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      •  Most years, 60-80% of wild fires are human-caused. (1+ / 0-)
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        That's number of fires in the US, not area burned. The percentage is higher near urban areas, and much lower in the high country and wilderness areas. No "load of crap" here.

        Total area burned is usually higher for lightning fires, because they're (on average) more difficult to get to, and more likely to not be fought at all.

        -Jay-
        
        •  With global warming (2+ / 0-)
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          changing weather patterns, the balance might shift a bit but most fires will still be due to human carelessness.

          There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

          by Cali Scribe on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 12:51:39 PM PDT

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          •  Not even remotely true (0+ / 0-)

            We have had an awful fire season in Oregon. After a string of lightning storms passed over, a full string of forest fires followed. None caused by humans.

            If you want to count every field where kids are smoking as a fire (not sure where Smokey would fit in here), then perhaps 50% would be human caused. As far as forest fires are concerned, it's a load of crap.

            What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. King Henry, scene ii

            by TerryDarc on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 02:01:41 PM PDT

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  •  You're right about Miley's performance (17+ / 0-)

    I knew it wasn't the crude sexuality. I've seen lots of that and it's no big deal. It was the cringe factor. I didn't know why it bothered me so much but now I understand. I felt embarrassed for her. I had to stop watching because I couldn't stand seeing a talented woman perform such a bad, ill advised routine. It was not sexual. It was just bad.

    Thanks for helping me figure this out.

    •  I agree (1+ / 0-)
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      It wasn't so much what she did, but how she did it.  The how was soooo unbelievably bad it was super embarrassing.

      However, Miley is winning.

      It's over a week later and everyone is still talking about it, watching it, debating it, defending her, vilifying her, making it all about her.

      She couldn't have bought more publicity with a million dollars.

      I expect more of the same from the likes of Selena Gomez, and the rest of the "I wanna be a grown up" pop army in 4, 3, 2....

    •  Cringe inducing, exactly. (2+ / 0-)
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      Why did she do this song & dance routine? And why did everyone else go along with it? And why was her tongue out during it? Didn't it occur to anyone involved in planning/producing/practicing this skit think it was just tacky?

  •  If she's a dude, she's Mick Jagger (6+ / 0-)

    If she's got girl-parts, she's a horrible objectified slut.

    Aside from the teddy bears (which I grant were a bit over the top), she didn't do anything we weren't watching Mick do in the 60s (and he's still doing it, when he's freaking 70 years old).   You know...tongue stuff, grimaces, suggestive pelvic thrusts, clothing that showed off "bulges", etc.

    I'm really completely bored with double standards about sex.  You can dislike the performance on its own merits (lots of folks didn't like the Stones either) but I think it is completely lame that in 2013, anyone found this shocking.

    •  I thought the uses of the giant foam hand (2+ / 0-)
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      were actually rather clever.  shrug.  The choreography of her supporting dancers was meh.   I'm not a fan of Blurred Lines either for a variety of reasons, but then I dislike most country music singers and their work too so....

    •  Time to break out Madonna's hit book of 1989 (1+ / 0-)
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      SEX.

      "Wow. Is that a chicken in there?"

      And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

      by Pale Jenova on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 07:23:21 AM PDT

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    •  totally agreed (0+ / 0-)

      -You want to change the system, run for office.

      by Deep Texan on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 07:29:01 AM PDT

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    •  I didn't think it was shocking. (6+ / 0-)

      I thought it was sad, and kind of desperate.  She's not old enough to resort to being desperate and have it go over well.

      You can't keep a mighty tree alive (much less expect it to thrive) by only spritzing the fine leaves at its tippy-top. The fate of the whole tree depends on nurturing the grassroots. - Jim Hightower

      by PSzymeczek on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 07:51:50 AM PDT

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    •  Mick Jagger didn't make you cringe? /facepalm (0+ / 0-)

      Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
      I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
      —Spike Milligan

      by polecat on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 07:56:58 AM PDT

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    •  I'm with you. And Michael Jackson's (0+ / 0-)

      crotch-grabbing? Everybody said nuthin' about that.

      I like her fighting back on her critics lately: in effect she said that they're going on and on about a routine that I performed and forgot about. That they're obsessed with the damned thing.

      "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

      by Wildthumb on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 09:12:51 AM PDT

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      •  It was the first reason... (0+ / 0-)

        ... to loathe Michael Jackson long before all the other stuff came out about him.  The "Eeeewww...!" factor was over the top.

        Worse, he was imitated by just about everyone after that, and that's about the time I started changing channels or turning my TV off if I saw them.

        If singers and/or dancers don't have the talent to perform without cheap and sleazy crotch-grabbing, and/or breast thrusting in the case of women, they're not talented enough to be on stage.

        They need to change professions.

        I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

        by NonnyO on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 09:32:29 AM PDT

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        •  Michael Jackson's talent was over-the-top (1+ / 0-)
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          and highly original. He was one in a billion. He didn't "need" to crotch-grab, but it was just more "edgy" for him. I still like tons of his music. And he was a large part of the eighties.

          If someone is really good and they throw in a crotch-grab or two, I'm not going to get all upset about it.

          "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

          by Wildthumb on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 09:40:51 AM PDT

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          •  Oh, and another thing as a p.s. (0+ / 0-)

            Harken back to the punkers, who would do ANYTHING outre.

            Sid Vicious?

            Vomiting on audiences?

            A crotch-grab ain't nuthin'.

            "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

            by Wildthumb on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 09:42:42 AM PDT

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            •  Luckily... (2+ / 0-)
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              ... my rock and roll days were waaaaaay back before even The Beatles appeared on Ed Sullivan on 9 Feb 1964.  I was a senior in high school then and graduated a few months later.  Two and a half months before that, my family and I sat with grief-stricken faces while we watched re-run after rerun of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, then the killing of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby on live television, and the body of the president lying in state and the funeral and the cortege....  It's one of the most traumatic weeks of my life.

              Music was still good back then.  Rock and roll lyrics were understandable - often quite sappy, but understandable... and that's when rock and roll started being really innovative, but we didn't have screamers or raging electric guitars played at a volume that makes my left ear drum rattle painfully and were louder than screamers until a few years after that.  I stayed with music that had good lyrics I could understand, and music that was great to dance to (I still like musical theatre and movie musicals and did a small bit of acting, singing, dancing myself as a hobby in community and summer theatre when I was young).

              My eclectic media library contains practically everything except country & western, rap, punk, acid rock/violent lyrics or screaming guitars, & gospel.  Right - the list of music I don't like is shorter than the list of music I do like which ranges from classical to very old folk music from several countries, rock, Celtic music, musical theatre and movies, jazz, 30s, 40's (love big band music), 50s, 60s, some 70s, et cetera.

              I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

              by NonnyO on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 10:04:10 AM PDT

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              •  Our cat had kittens in March of '64. (2+ / 0-)
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                Naturally we named them Johnny, Paula, Georgina, Ringo, and Brianne (for Brian Epstein).

                Our father was renovating a bathroom at the time and the floor was torn up at one end, so she went into the opening and under the floor and gave birth at the far end, way out of reach.  We only knew she had them because she was suddenly slender.

                Our mother followed her around until she saw her disappear into the bathroom floor.  Mom got a flashlight and we took turns getting on our bellies and peering down along the path between the floor joists to the far end where we could make out a small squirming pile of gray and white fur.

                One day the kittens began to appear at the opening and we kids were grabbing them and carrying them triumphantly into our parent's bedroom.  The poor cat tried to carry them back to that safe place under the fllor, but how're you gonna keep 'em under the floor after they've seen ... well, the rest of the house?

                Ah, memories.

                My Beatle was, is, and forever shall be George.  Who's your Beatle?

                •  Paul. the "cute one". the melodymaster. (3+ / 0-)
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                  obvious, but there it is.

                  Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
                  Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

                  by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 12:47:58 PM PDT

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                  •  My wife is still nuts about McCartney. (3+ / 0-)
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                    We live in Southern California, but my wife's friend bought a gift ticket to a "Paulie" (remember A Hard Day's Night?)
                    concert in Portland, OR, and my wife flew up there. She certainly wouldn't do that for anybody.

                    I was in the Army in Panama in the sixties, and my buddy suggested we go to see AHDN at the base theater. I wanted to see what these guys were all about, so I went.
                    I was a confirmed Beatles nut thereafter, and even starting combing what little hair I had in the army in the B fashion.
                    (God, I wanted to be in the States among all the Beatles hysteria and be part of the whole youth movement then.)
                    Great memories.

                    "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

                    by Wildthumb on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 01:26:37 PM PDT

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                    •  i saw AHDN a a local theatre (2+ / 0-)
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                      where everyone screamed so loud we could hardly hear the music

                      I was 8 years old and more interested in the music than in the boys as boys, although even at 8 I knew Paul was the cute one

                      Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
                      Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

                      by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 08:20:58 PM PDT

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                      •  We saw it on an army base, so no screamers. Mostly (1+ / 0-)
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                        young army guys and a few families who lived on the base.

                        We thought all the screaming girls in the movie were highly amusing.

                        When I got back to California, KFWB imported a British dee jay called "Lord Tim" because the British Invasion was kicking into high gear. Those were great days, full of energy.  

                        "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

                        by Wildthumb on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 09:53:58 PM PDT

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                •  :-D Paul, the cute one... of course! (1+ / 0-)
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                  Just looking at Paul McCartney could make my knees weak for decades.  Oddly, now that he's old and has little jowls, he still doesn't look bad - aged, of course, more like an elder statesman..., but who doesn't look old and/or wrinkled at that stage of life without plastic surgery?  (Cher was born the same year as me and she's two months younger; she admits to having work done on her body, and damn, but she looks good.)

                  By the time I reached middle age (not too long after Paul did - he's four years older than me), my brain slowed down long enough to appreciate just how multi-talented he is between being a lyricist and being a musician and able to play multiple instruments.  He's also passionate about a few good causes.  Paul doesn't seem to have let fame go to his head (except when he married whatzherface who was such a bitch; I surmise Paul was lonely after Linda died in such a horrible way and was ripe for being taken advantage of); he's spoken about dropping off and picking up his youngest daughter at school "just like one of the mums."  He seems like a person one would like to sit and chat with over tea and biscuits.  In that sense, Paul has aged well.  He's genuinely a nice person from everything I've read about him and from all video interviews I've seen (he is even courteous to those who ask the same dumb questions everyone else has, and you just know that has to be SO boring).

                  George was cute, in a reserved standoffish way.  I think he was pretty shy.  He only wrote a few songs, but they're mostly good.  I think he was happiest when he could go off by himself and meditate.

                  John I didn't like that well, even from the first; I think Paul was always the brains behind their pairing for lyrics.  After they broke up and even after John was killed, one can still hear what is undeniably Paul's influence in the early work that is credited to both of them.  I think John let fame go to his head, and when he paired up with Yoko Ono, he (they) went off the deep end.

                  Ringo..., what can one say?  Not the brightest person, but he can keep a steady beat.

                  Still, lyrically, musically, artistically (and cover art for the albums), it took all four of them combined to influence lyricists, musicians, and artists from multiple genres for half a century already, and I've no doubt others will imitate them long after my generation is dead.  Their influence has not stopped, even 50+ years on - I'm not forgetting their early years when they were still learning their craft and playing at dives in Germany, for instance.  I have some CDs and DVDs from recordings of their early work when Pete Best was the drummer, Stuart Sutcliffe and Tony Sheridan played guitar at various times, and before they were The Beatles.  The raw talent is there, I can hear it..., and it didn't take more than a few years of hard work to perfect that raw talent into seasoned and talented artists who became living legends.

                  I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

                  by NonnyO on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 03:50:25 PM PDT

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  •  Seems to me so many young female (4+ / 0-)
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    stars who started out as kids in the business have to prove their womanhood with a performance like that.  Other than some of her over the top moves, like the foam finger and Thicke's crotch, I thought she was kind of high energy adorable, personally.  Just made me think of other young women who had one of those "must prove something" performances.

    The GOP will destroy anything they can't own.

    by AnnieR on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 07:17:57 AM PDT

    •  Selena Gomez presents herself (4+ / 0-)
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      as a much better role model. And rejecting Justin Bieber gives her 1000's of brownie points.

      And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

      by Pale Jenova on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 07:22:05 AM PDT

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    •  I know. it's really sad. (1+ / 0-)
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      "Hey, look at me!  I'm not a little kid anymore!  I've got tits and everything!  See?"

      Lots of young women do that, but it seems to me most of them do it as teens.  Maybe Ms. Cyrus didn't have that opportunity so she's going though a belated adolescent phase.

      From what I saw, and it wasn't much, she wasn't dancing all that well -- more like prancing and flailing about.  Presumably she can do better than that or else she wouldn't have gotten as far as she has.

      Sigh.  Why can't more Disney former child stars be like Annette Funicello?

  •  Un-bear-able: (7+ / 0-)

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 07:19:00 AM PDT

  •  Miley who™? n/t (9+ / 0-)

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 07:19:40 AM PDT

  •  I'd still rather hear the Miley histeria (6+ / 0-)

    than relive the year of Balloon Boy vs. Octomom. (Although, that would make a great comic book?)

    And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

    by Pale Jenova on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 07:20:43 AM PDT

  •  Not that it matters, but Ted was 2012 (1+ / 0-)
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    It was relatively amusing. Like a lot of MacFarlane's stuff, it tendered to waver from boring to hilarious.

  •  Too bad the outraged aren't asking (8+ / 0-)

    themselves what's wrong with our culture.  Why are sexy girls sluts and sexy boys are studs?  Why do hot women in bikinis and fuck-me shoes carry signs at sporting events?  Why Viagra but not birth control?  

    Why are Americans so conflicted about sexuality in general?  

    I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

    by I love OCD on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 07:25:48 AM PDT

  •  and then there's the Ted Cruz teddy bear (2+ / 0-)
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    sick!

  •  Excellent! (0+ / 0-)

    No need to justify it Jen, this one is both relevant and humorous cultural commentary. Great comic. I laughed quite heartily, and received some looks from around the office.

    I do love me some Björk though. I just can't help it.

    And that's some cool info you turned up with your research. I had no idea about Vinnie Pukh.

    "Nach dem Spiel ist vor dem Spiel." -Sepp Herberger

    by surfbird007 on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 07:27:27 AM PDT

    •  I own a copy of (2+ / 0-)
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      Винни-Пух и Все-Все-Все. Boris Zakhodyer did a good job with the heffalump, which became a slonopotam (elephant/hippopotamus). Not as good as Vladimir Nabokov's amazing translation of Alice in Wonderland into Russian, of course. Vinni-Pukh appeared on a Russian postage stamp.

      I have also read part of Winnie-Ille-Pu, the Latin translation, which was the only book in Latin ever to make the New York Times best-seller list. There are many other translations, of course.

      Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

      by Mokurai on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 08:50:54 AM PDT

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  •  Umm... (5+ / 0-)
    Cyrus probably has enough money to buy herself a giant animatronic bear every single day for the rest of her life, yet she still apparently felt compelled to do a cringeworthy PR stunt that pretty much screamed "OBJECTIFY ME NOW, PLEASE!"
    ...or she realized that, if she did whatever she did, people would still be talking about it weeks later, and she's probably gonna make enough $ off the impact of this one performance to make that TWO animatronic bears a day.

    Jeez- why is it that when grown men make money from near naked 20 year old girls, we call them savvy, if cynical- but if the 20 year old girl cuts out the middleman, we assume that they're acting out?

    There is HUGE $ in objectifying women- why shouldn't the women get some?

    Don't much care for her singing, or her dancing, or her fashion sense- but man, that woman can play people like a fiddle.

  •  The degradation of bears began in '85.... (1+ / 0-)
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    with this travesty:

    Make it stop

  •  The creation of the Teddy Bear (3+ / 0-)
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    The poster should have suggested the origins of the Teddy Bear.  From Wikipedia:

    The name originated from an incident on a bear hunting trip in Mississippi in November 1902, to which Roosevelt was invited by Mississippi Governor Andrew H. Longino. There were several other hunters competing, and most of them had already killed an animal. A suite of Roosevelt's attendants, led by Holt Collier,[4] cornered, clubbed, and tied an American Black Bear to a willow tree after a long exhausting chase with hounds. They called Roosevelt to the site and suggested that he should shoot it. He refused to shoot the bear himself, deeming this unsportsmanlike, but instructed that the bear be killed to put it out of its misery,[5][6] and it became the topic of a political cartoon by Clifford Berryman in The Washington Post on November 16, 1902.[7] While the initial cartoon of an adult black bear lassoed by a handler and a disgusted Roosevelt had symbolic overtones, later issues of that and other Berryman cartoons made the bear smaller and cuter.[8]

    Morris Michtom saw the drawing of Roosevelt and was inspired to create a new toy. He created a little stuffed bear cub and put it in his shop window with a sign that read "Teddy's bear," after sending a bear to Roosevelt and receiving permission to use his name. The toys were an immediate success and Michtom founded the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co.[

    [Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security] do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.

    by MoDem on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 07:40:27 AM PDT

  •  You forgot Internet hero, 'Pedo-Bear' (6+ / 0-)

    OMG WHATEVER YOU DO DON'T GOOGLE HIM IF YOU DON'T ALREADY KNOW ABOUT HIM!!

    "Communism is mandate by Christian based humanity of the Western culture. Vive la revolution!"

    by Fordmandalay on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 07:45:27 AM PDT

  •  We had copies of the Roosevelt Bear (2+ / 0-)
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    children's books when I was a child.  Link here for covers of the books by Seymour Eaton.  Eaton was known as the "father of the Teddy Bear."

    Ancora Impara--Michelangelo

    by aravir on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 07:53:08 AM PDT

  •  "Teddy Bear" got its name from Teddy Roosevelt (0+ / 0-)

    because he loved shooting bears. It was actually a reference to dead bears, stuffed bear trophies. So Teddy Bears have a somewhat sinister origin.

    To thine ownself be true

    by Agathena on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 08:36:45 AM PDT

  •  Just yesterday, my wife insisted I buy a tank top (2+ / 0-)
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    with a stylized representation of the California flag: I always liked this flag as an alternative to showing or wearing a jingoistic patriotic-seeming American flag.

    The real reason: it has a grizzly bear with a red star as symbols. Love dat flag. It screams out "CALIFORNIA!" That state whose natural history I adore.

    The REAL, real reason my wife insisted, I think: she had just bought a blouse we couldn't really afford these days, and she was feeling slightly guilty. (But we do both love bears.)

    (Historical note: the last grizzly in CA was shot in 1907, I believe. Sad as hell, of course. But black bears are so numerous now in our local foothills that there are continuous stories about them frolicking in backyard swimming pools. The drought and fires have made the situation worse. One became quite famous: his name is "Meatball.")

    "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

    by Wildthumb on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 08:47:32 AM PDT

    •  Another Historical note is (1+ / 0-)
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      that the state flag was spawned by the Bear Flag Rebellion. The current flag isn't much different and still refers to the California Republic.

    •  If you love the CA flag for its bear you should (1+ / 0-)
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      google images of pictures of the "New California Republic Flag Fallout New Vegas", which is a post-apocalyptic video game after a nuclear war on an alternate Earth. Why is it cool? Because the bear is a mutant bear with two freaking heads! If you thought bears are awesome imagine how awesome they'd be with two heads! And you'll like to know, the NCR are the good guys in the game.

      Radio Free Moscow -- A Blue Beacon in the Red State of Idaho -8.5219, -2.0592

      by brentbent on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 02:48:06 PM PDT

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  •  Great-Nephew likes to play "Naughty Bear" on Xbox (2+ / 0-)
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    Lots of bear on bear violence with sick weapons.

    This psychopath teddy bear is out for revenge and stuffed with evil intentions. Striking terror in the hearts of all bears, Naughty Bear let's you scare the stuffing out of your victims before you impale them on your machete. Filled with over the top cartoon violence, this one of a kind adventure game is built on an innovative AI foundation that makes this game hours of fun for gamers of all levels. Naughty Bear - a game about being naughty.
    Niece will have large psych bills soon.
  •  No one does it better than Marcie Odette (0+ / 0-)

    ... on SCTV.  Seen briefly at the start of the full clip, her art is showcased at 2:10

    Or watch the entire Dusty Towne Holiday Special below.

  •  Miley was not the only person involved... (0+ / 0-)

    I know very little about her but because of all the fuss (and of course SEX!) we had to watch.   I didn't find it titillating or shocking at all, just a bunch of drunk party antics.   My thought, though, when watching this very elaborate production was of all the talented set designers, choreographers, dancers, sound & lighting tech and film crew who came up with this childish drivel.    

    Miley acquiesced to the whole thing, but I doubt that she was the one who designed it -- so focus your ire on whoever imagined this thing.   When you are an actor, you act.   Miley was playing a character (and perhaps doing it quite well) but if you need to blame somebody you have to blame the minds that came up with it.   A whole bunch of people said "yah, let's do this thing, it will be great!'

    I would have to chalk this up as a wasted opportunity for Miley corporation, since nothing about the performance made me want to know more about this character.   I can't imagine that even at 15 I would have wanted to see more.   This is in comparison to Madonna who had catchy lyrics and was, um, interesting to watch despite not being the type of music that I generally like.

  •  Vinnie Pukh, btw, was most excellent. I found the (0+ / 0-)

    Disneyfied version too saccharine for me & my kids. Although the kids liked him

    Those who quote Santayana are condemned to repeat him. Me

    by Mark B on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 11:48:09 AM PDT

  •  Could have even gone back (2+ / 0-)
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    to the first Teddy bear, named after one of the last decent Republican Presidents, Teddy Roosevelt (won't say the last; Ike at least tried to warn folks about the MIC, and had high tax rates on the rich).

    Maybe it's like Daniel Radcliffe getting nekkid in "Equus" -- child stars have to do something to show that they're All Grown Up now and all that. Cyrus probably wanted to bury the Hannah Montana Era once and for all, plus prove that she's not Daddy's Little Girl any more. Could have done it a bit more tastefully, and got to wonder what her advisors were thinking (if they were thinking, at least), but I'm more concerned with people not working than with Cyrus' twerking.

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 12:49:07 PM PDT

  •  My wife remarked that watching Miley Cyrus being (1+ / 0-)
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    "sexy" was a lot like watching Elaine Benes "dance".  

    There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who fit into one of two mutually exclusive categories, and those who don't.

    by zhimbo on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 02:08:02 PM PDT

  •  happiest (0+ / 0-)

    I thought it was kind of odd teddy bear, It's one of the most traumatic weeks of my life. The poor cat tried to carry them back to that safe place under the floor, I think he was happiest when he could go off by himself and meditate.

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