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Recently I watched Sexy Beast for the zillionth time and got to thinking:

Creepy Rabbit People are effective tropes.

I won’t speculate as to what the Creepy Rabbit Man in Sexy Beast (seen above) represents, although I have my suspicions.

Donnie Darko brought Creepy Rabbit People into focus for a lot of people, and although I was largely indifferent to that film, I appreciated its contribution to the anthropomorphic rabbit trope.

David Lynch used Creepy Rabbit People in a 2002 film and later in Inland Empire.

This blog post celebrates some creepy rabbits of cinema.

Of equal interest is the Down the Rabbit Hole meme in movies and TV. Writes TV Tropes:

The symbolism involved is typically suggestive of the birth canal (i.e. the “womb of the earth” metaphor). Several of the genre’s defining works then continue to put their protagonists back underground on the fantasy side. The presence of so many long, narrow tunnels in what are usually coming of age stories may therefore leave you wondering if Freud Was Right.

Sexy Beast‘s effective end sequence features a nightmarish descent down a rabbit hole.

Rabbit-hole themes persist even in non-fiction. In the book The Men Who Stare at Goats, former Gitmo prisoner Jamal Al-Harith describes the strange horrors of indefinite detention, telling author Jon Ronson, “You don’t know how deep the rabbit hole goes, do you? But you know it is deep. You know it is deep.”

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I bleed red, white and blue.

My guts are star-spangled.

In fact, if you unfurled my small intestine to its full glory (22 feet), you’d see the colors for yourself. (Except that, after bubbling around in my innards, the colors take on a red, white and green hue — similar to the phenomenon experienced by Portland anarchists when they attempted a forced regurgitation of American flag colors in protest to a visit by George Bush the Elder).

So really, my guts bear the colors of the Italian flag.

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But WikiLeaks…

…I can’t make heads or tales of it. Espionage…Rape…Condoms…Honey trap?? Whiskey Tango Fuck???!

Others on the net seem to be drawing better conclusions.

In the aforeleaked post, the redoubtable Ricky Sprague examines the red-hott relationship between WikiLeaks’ Julian ASSange and Swedish sex laws:

In America, we respect women. That is part of our cultural heritage. When we say that something is “as American as apple pie,” who do you think baked that pie? Your mother. Who is your mother? She is a woman. Imagine if someone had sex with your mother, then she found out that that guy also had sex with another woman as well. Then imagine that he used a condom in one case, because she asked him to. Now imagine that the condom broke. Don’t you wish there was a law that said that he had to get an STD test, and if he didn’t he could face a fine of over $700 and two years in jail?

At Taki’s Magazine, Jim Goad sorts through the web of Swedish sex-crime semantics:

Somehow, what happened doesn’t quite sound like “rape” to me, at least as I’ve been led to understand the term in America.

Then again, I don’t live in Sweden. But after reading literally thousands of online forum comments about the case, many of them appearing to be from bona fide Swedes, I realize those blond bastards define rape as broadly as our fair galaxy. Everything is rape to them. Apparently there’s a running joke—“That’s rape in Sweden.” Did you spill your coffee? “That’s rape in Sweden.” Did you cough too loud during the board meeting? “That’s rape in Sweden.” What, you don’t understand the joke? “That’s rape in Sweden.”

Christopher Hitchens assesses Assange too:

…and, though I find it easy to picture Assange as a cult leader indulging himself with acolytes, the sex charges against him don’t appear to amount to rape and have a trumped-up feel to them. They also give him an excuse to recruit sympathy and stay out of sight instead of turning himself in.

Scott Adams breaks down the situation thusly:

I am always amused by the strange impact of unintended consequences. Julian Assange simply wanted to release some embarrassing information, have hot sex with a Swedish babe then have hot sex with an acquaintance of that same babe one day later. That’s just one example of why the Swedish language has 400 words that all mean “and your cute friend is next.”

But things didn’t turn out as Assange hoped. The unintended consequence of his actions is that he managed to make Sweden look like a country that’s governed by congenital idiots and populated with nothing but crazy sluts and lawyers. And don’t get me started about the quality of their condoms.

Greg Gutfeld has some pointed words for the Ass Angel:

Assange is guilty of being a creep, sure. But if being a dude who uses status to bed girls is against the law, then mankind should be under house arrest.

Mark my words: in two weeks, he’ll be doing tequila shots with Kate Moss in a helicopter made of cocaine.

Michael C. Moynihan writes:

…it seems likely that (Assange is) a victim of both an overzealous Swedish prosecutor and a culture that embraces an exceptionally broad definition of sexual assault. But this isn’t enough for the conspiracists and paranoiacs, who see Assange as the torchbearer for transparency, the world’s only hope for crippling American power. If American intelligence could dream up COINTELPRO, they could surely convince a pair of left-wing political activists to lure Assange into a “honey trap,” right?

Pravda, as expected, delivers some crimson nuggets. Writes Vadim Trukhachev:

Assange is an adventurous person, and he could be hiding sins of his own under the mask of a truth seeker. However, this is nothing more than a speculation.

In any case, an epic called “A Quest for Assange” has now become one of the most exciting events of political espionage. This man has done and promised too much.

And Vadim’s comrade, Sergey Balmasov, can barely contain his enthusiasm for America’s seemingly slipshod national security:

If Assange penetrated into the sanctuary of the US Department of Defense, it means that the Pentagon’s security system leaves much to be desired.

One may also assume that the it was the US administration that orchestrated the information leak to the media. It is not ruled out that the whole story is just a campaign to mislead the adversaries.

And finally, Radley Balko notes:

As senior Obama administration officials discuss prosecuting Julian Assange, and as Sen. Joe Lieberman suggests the New York Times should be investigated for espionage, the U.S. State Department puts out a press release celebrating World Press Freedom Day.

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