“Medicare becomes an important symbol to show that [Canadians] are different from the Americans and that, in the United States, people are prepared to let other people die because they don’t want to pay for their medical care and in Canada, we’re different. We care more about each other.”—
- Dr. Michael Rachlis, one of Canada’s leading medical policy analysts and consultants
“In Plain English: The Affordable Care Act, including its individual mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance, is constitutional. There were not five votes to uphold it on the ground that Congress could use its power to regulate commerce between the states to require everyone to buy health insurance. However, five Justices agreed that the penalty that someone must pay if he refuses to buy insurance is a kind of tax that Congress can impose using its taxing power. That is all that matters. Because the mandate survives, the Court did not need to decide what other parts of the statute were constitutional, except for a provision that required states to comply with new eligibility requirements for Medicaid or risk losing their funding. On that question, the Court held that the provision is constitutional as long as states would only lose new funds if they didn’t comply with the new requirements, rather than all of their funding.”—
“When you are feeling down, you don’t like seeing other people be successful. In fact, you start hoping that your friends and families suffer though hard times. That way you don’t have to be put through the jealousy of seeing them succeed and be happier than you are. Then hating the world really starts to make sense, because you want the world the fail. The world failing while you stay stagnant is almost like succeeding. I guess what I’m getting to is, I think I understand what they guy who wrote the Book of Revelation was going through. He was just super emo.”—Me, just now, to myself
“If women are ever to achieve real equality as leaders, then we have to stop accepting male behavior and male choices as the default and the ideal. We must insist on changing social policies and bending career tracks to accommodate our choices, too. We have the power to do it if we decide to, and we have many men standing beside us.”—
I have to be honest. Not accepting male choices and male behavior as the default ideal is really, really hard. I’m not being sarcastic. I don’t know if this is true for other women (especially other women like me who work around and with a lot of men) but I tend to have an automatic view that feminine traits are something to roll your eyes at while male traits are the SERIOUS BUSINESS - even when I know better. I can’t think of a ton of examples right now. But I will admit that I really really like to wear fake nails and eyelashes and heels, but I cannot imagine myself entering a writer’s room wearing all those things at once, solely because I do not feel I could then expect to be taken seriously. Another thought: I realized in my first year of doing comedy that I actually really hate blue humor. This can be kind of isolating, because a lot of guys I know seem to be into it (though certainly not all). Sometimes, at open mics or even improv shows, it can start to feel a little like I’ve walked into a locker room. And sometimes it feels like the women who are willing to play along with this are being seen as having a better sense of humor and being more “relaxed” - like it’s hard to feel “cool” when you’re a girl going “um, maybe we could NOT talk about jizz for 5 full minutes, guys?” I also work in an office full of men and these guys make jokes about their dicks so much you’d think they were the first people to ever have had them. I dunno, this is just my personal experience. End rant. (via avcnyc)
Good rant. I really can relate. I agree with the statement that in practice, it is hard to change. And I think change comes from both genders, not just women. In improv world, I tend to gravitate toward people who are open and enjoy playing with their masculinity/femininity… female AND male. If you can play your opposite sex realistically, you are making strides toward this end goal.
In terms of wearing nails to writer’s meetings… when I first started improvising, I would have NEVER improvised in a dress. NEVER. But now I do it all the time. Because fuck you, I do what’s comfortable.
Also we need MORE TIME OFF! UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE! Both of these policies are female-oriented and benefit EVERYBODY. SO COME ON PEOPLE!
The New York Post published an interview with Adam Carolla on Sunday in which he said, among other things, “dudes are funnier than chicks,” and, regarding writing for television, “they make you hire a certain number of chicks, and they’re always the least funny on the writing staff.”
A terrific piece about ASSSSCAT, women in comedy, and just common sense.
“Probably the most ridiculous thing about True Blood besides everything about it is the idea that Jason Stackhouse would know all the lyrics to “Cherry Bomb” by heart trying to imagine explaining last night’s episode to someone who had never seen the show before. We jump in right where we last left off, and it’s a fucking nightmare. “OK, so, you see, the two vampires just killed the Vampire Prime Minister, I think, something like that, and now they have to kill someone with a silver UMBRELLA and fuck their own siblings in a The Wire Season 2 Frank Sabotka storage container and get new VAMPIRE PASSPORTS before the Vampire government stabs them with wooden stakes for vampire treason. Meanwhile, the naked dog/bird shapeshifter who owns a bar and grill with a pool table is being hunted by the werewolves for killing another werewolf because he wants to date a woman with a child that he met in a support group and it turns out werewolves are cannibals at funerals that is a thing and Lafayette has the dark Mexican magic but he is sad because he stabbed his own boyfriend while wearing his boyfriend’s own silk robe but now the body is gone probably to be turned into an Egyptian mummy and there used to be maenads whatever those are and Sookie is a fairy but we’re not talking about that right now for some reason and where are the Panther People now that you mention it but the most important thing is that this all comes back to THE WAR IN IRAQ.” Oh neat. Let’s keep watching this sounds great!”—
“Reading these profiles is above all a reminder of just this historical illiteracy that drives anti-choice activists. They are always talking about a time before, when they imagine that sexual repression worked to turn people into largely asexual beings who only had sex on very rare occasions, and otherwise didn’t particularly miss it. This time never actually existed. In the Victorian era they idealize, adultery, abortion, prostitution, pornography and even masturbatory aids for women were incredibly common. In the fifties era they imagine as chaste, the teen birthrate was more than twice what it is now, resulting in an avalanche of overly young marriages that created the divorce boom a couple decades later. A real examination of history shows that there never was a pre-sexual era that was then turned sexual by contraception or abortion. All it actually shows is there’s no way to turn sexual people non-sexual (and why you would want to will always be a mystery to me), but that you can accept the reality of sex, and work to make it safer and more enjoyable for ordinary people to do what they’re going to do whether you like it or not.”—http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/06/10/anti-contraception-voices-get-louder (via avcnyc)
This week on the program, Johnna Scrabis and Georgia Clark stop by the studio apartment. We talk about the relative attractiveness of Australians, literature, high school, the relative nature of bullying, and of course comedy. We find out about some influences of our guests. And things get real and Sean and Keith tell you more about their pasts. And Tom Wilson gives us episode 8 of “Victory”
Let’s say there is an improv group named Master Blaster and they decide to do a show called Inside the Thunderdome and for that show that create a new improv form that features stage combat that they call The Gibson.
Is it ok for you to do another impov show using stage combat? Yes, of course….
Protecting Your Intellectual Property: Improv Edition
I don’t know if you guys have been to OneMillionMoms.com, but on their website you can fill out info about the trash in the media, and they will probably start a petition or campaign or whatever to almost certainly get rid of that trash! I submitted, and I encourage everyone else to do the same!
If enough of us complain, maybe we can make a real difference!
I’m thinking like… one million of us maybe! Yeah! One million!
“John, I don’t think we pick who we room with here.”—Former Pa. House Speaker Bill DeWeese, a Democrat, to former Pa. House Speaker John Perzel, a Republican, inside a state prison. The legislative rivals became cellmates after both were convicted on corruption charges. DeWeese’s other option was his chief of staff who testified against him. (via officialssay)