Friday, January 14, 2005

Friday before the 3 day weekend. Kickass.

I tried to watch Ju-on: The Grudge last night, but it really freaked me out. It's Japanese (I think they tried to do an American remake with Sarah Michelle Gellar), and it doesn't have a lot of blood and guts. It does, however, do a good job of conveying the horror that you feel when you see something which has no place in an ordered, rational universe. It's the kind of horror that you feel when you're not sure whether you're really seeing the impossible occurring or whether you're going mad and hallucinating (either option isn't especially good). The movie had me totally disoriented, not only because of the freaky things which happen in it, but also because of its disjointed narrative style.
As I said, I didn't make it all the way through, but I hope to finish it tonight. I just couldn't watch it right up until the time I went to bed or I knew I would have little Japanese ghost kids and living shadows plaguing my dreams all night.

And I would like to take a second to shout out mad props to the Reverend Martin Luther King. God bless that man not only for his dreams of equality, but for the way in which he went about seeing them fulfilled. Political revolution for civil rights through nonviolent means. That man was the closest thing to a saint that this country has probably ever produced, and in the end they killed him for it. Still, he accomplished a lot with the time that he had, and if I could go out fighting for a cause half as worthwhile, I would consider my life a success. America needs more people like him.

In the interest of trying to keep things interesting, I will disseminate one of my actual opinions which may or may not be controversial. People who insist upon living in areas which have been proven to be prone to natural disasters should not receive monetary assistance or relief from federal tax dollars. This means, if you keep rebuilding your house under a hill where there are mudslides, you do it at your own risk. This may not sound too controversial, but I also believe that my federal tax dollars shouldn't pay to rebuild California the next time there's an earthquake. There have been earthquakes there before, and experts say there will be more in the geologically near future, and next time they will be worse. I'm out, California. I don't want to rebuild your earthquake traps. I'm not saying you can't live out there, but I'm just saying I don't want to foot the bill for it. Same thing to you, Florida. You wanna live in a state that is bound to be devastated by hurricanes several times every decade- you're on your own.

Anyway, I know that some disasters will be unforseeable, and I'm ok with helping out when one of them is a surprise, but for the people who keep building where there are recurring, catastrophic problems- I wish you good luck and godspeed on your own.

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