Monday, February 25, 2013

Watch For Warning Signs

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Reading warning signs and obeying them is usually a wise decision. Or so we are led to believe.

Sometimes the information is so obvious as to render the warning humorous or even ridiculous.

Such as this one:

But sometimes the warning is a bit ambiguous.

Such as this one:
(Does this man don't read the sign itself, or don't read the information below?)

"The move from a structuralist account in which capital is understood to structure social relations in relatively homologous ways to a view of hegemony in which power relations are subject to repetition, convergence, and rearticulation brought the question of temporality into the thinking of structure, and marked a shift from a form of Althusserian theory that takes structural totalities as theoretical objects to one in which the insights into the contingent possibility of structure inaugurate a renewed conception of hegemony as bound up with the contingent sites and strategies of the rearticulation of power."

Do you know what that sentence, written by author/philosopher Judith Butler, is telling us?

Do I?

I'm working on it.

This warning sign is not very effective in its warning:

This warning sign is a bit more effective in its warning:

This warning sign is a lot more effective in its warning:



On this day, February 25 in 1938 (a year before I was born) the city of Miami, Florida got its first drive-in movie theater. The Miami drive-in charged admission of 35 cents per person, which was more than the average ticket price at an indoor theater, and soon had to trim the price to 25 cents per person.

America's very first drive-in had opened near Camden, New Jersey, five years earlier, on June 6, 1933, the brainchild of Richard Hollingshead, whose family owned an auto parts company.

Following World War II, the popularity of drive-in theaters increased as America's car culture grew. By the early 1950s, there were more than 800 drive-ins across the United States. Although they earned a reputation as "passion pits" for young couples seeking privacy, most drive-in customers were families (parents didn't have to hire babysitters or get dressed up and their children could wear pajamas and sleep in the car) and often featured playgrounds, concession stands and other attractions. Some drive-ins were super-sized, including Detroit's Bel Air Drive-In, built in 1950, which had room for more than 2,000 cars, and Baltimore's Bengies Drive-In, which opened in 1956, and claimed the biggest movie screen in the U.S.: 52 feet high by 100 feet wide.

At their peak in the late 1950s and early 1960s, there were some 4,000 drive-ins across America. But in later years drive-ins began a decline due to the rise of other entertainment options, including video recorders, multiplex theaters and cable television. Today, they number less than 400.



nanny state
a government perceived as authoritarian, interfering, or overprotective.

Nanny state is a term that conveys a view that a government or its policies are overprotective or interfering unduly with personal choice. The term "nanny state" likens government to the role that a nanny has in child rearing. It is defined by as "a government perceived as authoritarian, interfering, or overprotective" and has also come to be associated with socialist practices of having the government basically "baby" the populace by being in charge, in control of, and even financing all of its needs. Some governance claimed to represent a nanny state are those that emerge from application of public health, risk management of health and safety policies.

A good example of Big Government and nanny state criticism was the response to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's May 2012 proposal to restrict the sale of soft drinks in venues, restaurants and sidewalk carts to 16 ounces.

30 Examples of Why America Is No Longer a Free Country



Tea Leoni
 Born Feb 25, 1966
Age:   46 years old

Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni, better known by her stage name Téa Leoni, is an American actress. She has starred in a wide range of films including Jurassic Park III, The Family Man, Deep Impact, Fun with Dick and Jane, Flirting with Disaster, Spanglish, Bad Boys, Ghost Town and Tower Heist.

 Born Feb 25, 1937
Age:  75 years old

Bob Lloyd Schieffer is an American television journalist who has been with CBS News since 1969, serving 23 years as anchor on the Saturday edition of CBS Evening News from 1973 to 1996; chief Washington correspondent since 1982, moderator of the Sunday public affairs show Face the Nation since 1991, and, between March 2005 and August 31, 2006, interim weekday anchor of the CBS Evening News. As of 2011, he is one of the primary substitutes for Scott Pelley.

 Born Feb 25, 1935
Age:  77 years old

Sally Jessy Raphael (born Sally Lowenthal) is an American talk show host, known for her eponymous talk show program Sally, which she hosted for two decades, as well as for her oversized bright red eyeglasses which she always wears in public.

 Born Feb 25, 1913
Died   July 3, 1989

James Gilmore "Jim" Backus was an American radio, television, film, and voice actor. Among his most famous roles are the voice of nearsighted cartoon character Mr. Magoo, the rich Hubert Updike III on the radio version of The Alan Young Show, Joan Davis's character's husband (a domestic court judge) on TV's I Married Joan, James Dean's character's father in Rebel Without a Cause and Thurston Howell, III on the 1960s sitcom Gilligan's Island. He also starred in his own show of one season, The Jim Backus Show, also known as Hot off the Wire.


I don't want to live in a nanny state where people are telling me where I can go and what I can do.
--Rand Paul

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