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Thor: Ragnarok

Finally saw Thor: Ragnarok. It’s as fun as they say; after the Civil War trainwreck the Thor franchise may be my favorite part of the MCU.

My two major criticisms are Banner using a racial slur as a punchline (super jarring in a movie about the consequences of empire and powerful white man-analogs imposing their will on marginalized people), and it’s weird that Asgardian Elite Forces ™ designed boob-plate armor.

On the positive side, the script explicitly acknowledges that Loki is a horrible being who has done (and will do) horrible things, despite Tom Hiddleston’s incredible charm. Cate Blanchett is a delight – imagine if Thor and Loki made a baby. Tessa Thompson is a wonderful addition to the franchise. In this movie, Thor has lots of plot but not much of a character arc compared to Valkyrie, Hulk, and Skurge. Thor has the best lines (well, most), but from a lit analysis point of view he’s working as an antagonist in other characters’ stories.

Links post for 2017-11-13 to 2017-11-19

  • Get America Covered – Medical bankruptcy is a very real danger in the U.S., and will continue to be until we come to the legal recognition that healthcare is a basic human right. Until then, making health insurance available to all and fighting to get everyone covered (actually covered, not “plans” that make corporations rich but don’t deliver when patients need them) is like vaccines for our financial health.
  • Why DNDL Is No Longer An “Athlete Code Brand” – A corporation doing right by the people it sponsors.
  • Better Off Ep. 046 – Food Stamps, Grants, Loans, and Behavioral Economics with Michael Lewis – The back half of the episode has a good look at why government infrastructure and administrative bureaucracy matters, and why Mike Pence’s absolute bungling of the Trump transition matters.

Links post for 2017-11-06 to 2017-11-12

“Justiceandliberty” – how does it sound?

i’m thinking about (just thinking, no commitment at this point) starting a Mastodon instance. Partly for kicks, partly to try to recruit friends and cool people on twitter.

A URL i’m considering is “justiceandliberty.[topleveldomain]” – to me this means social justice and civil liberties, but i’m worried it could be a dogwhistle for right-wing Pledge enthusiasts.

Feedback? Other URL suggestions?

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