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PHG Reviews

PHG Reviews

By David Bird in Blog on May 27, 2012

I haven't been doing a lot of reviews lately, but I have posted a couple on my tumblr account, Power Grace Honor. The first was for Courtney Crumrin Vol. 1: The Night Things - Special Edition and the second for World’s Finest #1. I hope to have one up for the Fable's trade, Cinderella: Fables Are Forever soon.Originally Pubished at: David Bird

Nemesis v. Archenemy

Nemesis v. Archenemy

By David Bird in Blog on May 22, 2012

I watched the first episode of the BBC's Sherlock series this week (actually I watched the first two, but the second isn't relevant to this post) and I was reminded of an article by Chuck Klosterman, The Importance of Being Hated. In it he contrasts a nemesis with an archenemy: RECOGNIZING YOUR NEMESIS •At some point in the past, this person was (arguably) your best friend. •You have punched this person in the face. •If invited, you would go to this person's wedding and give him a spice rack, but you would secretly hope that his marriage ends in a bitter, public divorce. •People who barely know both of you assume you are close friends; people who know both of you intimately suspect that you profoundly dislike each other. •If your archenemy tried to kill you, this person would attempt to stop him. RECOGNIZING YOUR ARCHENEMY •Every time you talk to this person, you lie. •If you meet someone who has the same first name as this person, you immediately like him less. •The satisfaction you feel from your own success pales in comparison to the despair you feel at this person's triumphs, even if those triumphs are completely unrelated to your life. •If this person slept with your girlfriend, she would never be attractive to you again. •Even if this person's girlfriend was a hateful bitch, you would sleep with her out of spite.Apparently you need both if you're going to be anything in this world. BTW, If you've never read any Klosterman, you're really missing out. Check him out now.Originally Pubished at: David Bird

Nemesis v. Archenemy

Nemesis v. Archenemy

By David Bird in Blog on May 22, 2012

I watched the first episode of the BBC's Sherlock series this week (actually I watched the first two, but the second isn't relevant to this post) and I was reminded of an article by Chuck Klosterman, The Importance of Being Hated. In it he contrasts a nemesis with an archenemy: RECOGNIZING YOUR NEMESIS •At some point in the past, this person was (arguably) your best friend. •You have punched this person in the face. •If invited, you would go to this person's wedding and give him a spice rack, but you would secretly hope that his marriage ends in a bitter, public divorce. •People who barely know both of you assume you are close friends; people who know both of you intimately suspect that you profoundly dislike each other. •If your archenemy tried to kill you, this person would attempt to stop him. RECOGNIZING YOUR ARCHENEMY •Every time you talk to this person, you lie. •If you meet someone who has the same first name as this person, you immediately like him less. •The satisfaction you feel from your own success pales in comparison to the despair you feel at this person's triumphs, even if those triumphs are completely unrelated to your life. •If this person slept with your girlfriend, she would never be attractive to you again. •Even if this person's girlfriend was a hateful bitch, you would sleep with her out of spite.Apparently you need both if you're going to be anything in this world. BTW, If you've never read any Klosterman, you're really missing out. Check him out now.Originally Pubished at: David Bird

Count Down To Official White Status

Count Down To Official White Status

By David Bird in Blog on May 18, 2012

It's official! The number of white births in America has fallen below fifty percent, with the Latino population continuing to make large gains in US demographics. As a Canadian, I have to ask, aren't Latinos white people too? America is the only country in world where Latin Americans are sectioned off into their own little 'racial' group instead of being considered another European ethnicity. Historically, there is some precedence. My father's family came from Ireland. Even though the Irish are a nation so pale that many risk bursting into flame whenever they go into direct sunlight, it is only in the last century that Americans included them amongst the white races. The problem was religion. The US has always been proud of its religious diversity, but the reality is that the diversity was one of Reformation churches. If you weren't Protestant, you weren't welcome. Now you might reply that it is silly to consider religion in determining race, but that's because of the success non-Protestants have had in gaining acceptance. It is silly to include religion in defining race now, it wasn't then. The definition of race has changed. Following the Irish, many others have found acceptance, particularly the 'Latin' and Meditarrean nations. The Italians, the Greeks. But not the Spanish. Maybe the proximity of Latin America weighs on the discussion, making Latinos an Other that is right here, rather than way over there in the 'Old Country'? I don't know, but I do know that when faced with the rise of 'non-white' groups in the past, America has reacted, not by embracing multi-culturalism, but by redefining what it means to be white. I predict it'll happen again. Yes, there are some Latinos that are black, there are even some that are Asian, but most are white. America will simply be recognizing something that every other nation already sees.Originally Pubished at: David Bird

Count Down To Official White Status

Count Down To Official White Status

By David Bird in Blog on May 18, 2012

It's official! The number of white births in America has fallen below fifty percent, with the Latino population continuing to make large gains in US demographics. As a Canadian, I have to ask, aren't Latinos white people too? America is the only country in world where Latin Americans are sectioned off into their own little 'racial' group instead of being considered another European ethnicity. Historically, there is some precedence. My father's family came from Ireland. Even though the Irish are a nation so pale that many risk bursting into flame whenever they go into direct sunlight, it is only in the last century that Americans included them amongst the white races. The problem was religion. The US has always been proud of its religious diversity, but the reality is that the diversity was one of Reformation churches. If you weren't Protestant, you weren't welcome. Now you might reply that it is silly to consider religion in determining race, but that's because of the success non-Protestants have had in gaining acceptance. It is silly to include religion in defining race now, it wasn't then. The definition of race has changed. Following the Irish, many others have found acceptance, particularly the 'Latin' and Meditarrean nations. The Italians, the Greeks. But not the Spanish. Maybe the proximity of Latin America weighs on the discussion, making Latinos an Other that is right here, rather than way over there in the 'Old Country'? I don't know, but I do know that when faced with the rise of 'non-white' groups in the past, America has reacted, not by embracing multi-culturalism, but by redefining what it means to be white. I predict it'll happen again. Yes, there are some Latinos that are black, there are even some that are Asian, but most are white. America will simply be recognizing something that every other nation already sees.Originally Pubished at: David Bird

Count Down To Official White Status

Count Down To Official White Status

By David Bird in Blog on May 18, 2012

It's official! The number of white births in America has fallen below fifty percent, with the Latino population continuing to make large gains in US demographics. As a Canadian, I have to ask, aren't Latinos white people too? America is the only country in world where Latin Americans are sectioned off into their own little 'racial' group instead of being considered another European ethnicity. Historically, there is some precedence. My father's family came from Ireland. Even though the Irish are a nation so pale that many risk bursting into flame whenever they go into direct sunlight, it is only in the last century that Americans included them amongst the white races. The problem was religion. The US has always been proud of its religious diversity, but the reality is that the diversity was one of Reformation churches. If you weren't Protestant, you weren't welcome. Now you might reply that it is silly to consider religion in determining race, but that's because of the success non-Protestants have had in gaining acceptance. It is silly to include religion in defining race now, it wasn't then. The definition of race has changed. Following the Irish, many others have found acceptance, particularly the 'Latin' and Meditarrean nations. The Italians, the Greeks. But not the Spanish. Maybe the proximity of Latin America weighs on the discussion, making Latinos an Other that is right here, rather than way over there in the 'Old Country'? I don't know, but I do know that when faced with the rise of 'non-white' groups in the past, America has reacted, not by embracing multi-culturalism, but by redefining what it means to be white. I predict it'll happen again. Yes, there are some Latinos that are black, there are even some that are Asian, but most are white. America will simply be recognizing something that every other nation already sees.Originally Pubished at: David Bird

Power Honor Grace

Power Honor Grace

By David Bird in Blog on May 1, 2012

I've a new Tumblr account, Power Honor Grace, which concentrates on female comics characters. Today I've posted a review of the new hardcover edition of Ted Naifeh's Courtney Crumrin: The Night Things, but there's lots to check out. Enjoy!Originally Pubished at: David Bird

Power Honor Grace

Power Honor Grace

By David Bird in Blog on May 1, 2012

I've a new Tumblr account, Power Honor Grace, which concentrates on female comics characters. Today I've posted a review of the new hardcover edition of Ted Naifeh's Courtney Crumrin: The Night Things, but there's lots to check out. Enjoy!Originally Pubished at: David Bird

Power Honor Grace

Power Honor Grace

By David Bird in Blog on May 1, 2012

I've a new Tumblr account, Power Honor Grace, which concentrates on female comics characters. Today I've posted a review of the new hardcover edition of Ted Naifeh's Courtney Crumrin: The Night Things, but there's lots to check out. Enjoy!Originally Pubished at: David Bird

Lying With Statistics: The Fat Wars

Lying With Statistics: The Fat Wars

By David Bird in Blog on March 28, 2012

Everyone seems to do it, even normal people. And by 'normal' I mean fat, overweight, the obese. Pick whatever term you like. A favourite tactic in the 'fat wars' is to attack fashion models as being too skinny. They're freaks! They're anorexic! Some people want laws passed. These cultural browbeatings always seem to target women and, while women complain about that in theory, in practice they are often at the forefront, smacking these skinny girls for all its worth.I came across an example recently at Salon.com. The article isn't new, but the site likes to draw attention to older pieces in its sidebar. Entitled "Naked models offer a body image reality check," it draws attention to another article, found in Plus Model magazine. There we are told that twenty years ago models weighed 8 percent less than the average woman. Now they weigh a whopping 23 percent less. The freaks! The author of the article, Mary Elizabeth Williams, does draw attention to the lack of sources for these statistics and to rising obesity rates, but on the whole seems to validate the point being made by Plus Model.But how exactly would rising obesity rates factor in? Over the past twenty years the average American woman's weight has gone from 140 pounds to 160 pounds. A pound a year. If models weighed 8 percent less than the average woman twenty years ago, then the average model weighed 128.8 pounds. If she weighs 23 percent less than the average woman today, she weights 123.2 pounds. That means models do weigh less now-assuming Plus Model's stats are true-but only 5.6 pounds less. Put that way its hardly something to get hysterical over. You'd think.Originally Pubished at: David Bird

Lying With Statistics: The Fat Wars

Lying With Statistics: The Fat Wars

By David Bird in Blog on March 28, 2012

Everyone seems to do it, even normal people. And by 'normal' I mean fat, overweight, the obese. Pick whatever term you like. A favourite tactic in the 'fat wars' is to attack fashion models as being too skinny. They're freaks! They're anorexic! Some people want laws passed. These cultural browbeatings always seem to target women and, while women complain about that in theory, in practice they are often at the forefront, smacking these skinny girls for all its worth.I came across an example recently at Salon.com. The article isn't new, but the site likes to draw attention to older pieces in its sidebar. Entitled "Naked models offer a body image reality check," it draws attention to another article, found in Plus Model magazine. There we are told that twenty years ago models weighed 8 percent less than the average woman. Now they weigh a whopping 23 percent less. The freaks! The author of the article, Mary Elizabeth Williams, does draw attention to the lack of sources for these statistics and to rising obesity rates, but on the whole seems to validate the point being made by Plus Model.But how exactly would rising obesity rates factor in? Over the past twenty years the average American woman's weight has gone from 140 pounds to 160 pounds. A pound a year. If models weighed 8 percent less than the average woman twenty years ago, then the average model weighed 128.8 pounds. If she weighs 23 percent less than the average woman today, she weights 123.2 pounds. That means models do weigh less now-assuming Plus Model's stats are true-but only 5.6 pounds less. Put that way its hardly something to get hysterical over. You'd think.Originally Pubished at: David Bird

Lying With Statistics: The Fat Wars

Lying With Statistics: The Fat Wars

By David Bird in Blog on March 28, 2012

Everyone seems to do it, even normal people. And by 'normal' I mean fat, overweight, the obese. Pick whatever term you like. A favourite tactic in the 'fat wars' is to attack fashion models as being too skinny. They're freaks! They're anorexic! Some people want laws passed. These cultural browbeatings always seem to target women and, while women complain about that in theory, in practice they are often at the forefront, smacking these skinny girls for all its worth.I came across an example recently at Salon.com. The article isn't new, but the site likes to draw attention to older pieces in its sidebar. Entitled "Naked models offer a body image reality check," it draws attention to another article, found in Plus Model magazine. There we are told that twenty years ago models weighed 8 percent less than the average woman. Now they weigh a whopping 23 percent less. The freaks! The author of the article, Mary Elizabeth Williams, does draw attention to the lack of sources for these statistics and to rising obesity rates, but on the whole seems to validate the point being made by Plus Model.But how exactly would rising obesity rates factor in? Over the past twenty years the average American woman's weight has gone from 140 pounds to 160 pounds. A pound a year. If models weighed 8 percent less than the average woman twenty years ago, then the average model weighed 128.8 pounds. If she weighs 23 percent less than the average woman today, she weights 123.2 pounds. That means models do weigh less now-assuming Plus Model's stats are true-but only 5.6 pounds less. Put that way its hardly something to get hysterical over. You'd think.Originally Pubished at: David Bird


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Before Watchmen

Before Watchmen

By David Bird in Blog on March 22, 2012

has surprised some.

The Victims

The Victims

By David Bird in Blog on March 20, 2012

Robert Bales is not a victim. These are the victims, nine of them children:The dead:Mohamed Dawood son of AbdullahKhudaydad son of Mohamed JumaNazar MohamedPayendoRobeenaShatarina daughter of Sultan MohamedZahra daughter of Abdul HamidNazia daughter of Dost MohamedMasooma daughter of Mohamed WazirFarida daughter of Mohamed WazirPalwasha daughter of Mohamed WazirNabia daughter of Mohamed WazirEsmatullah daughter of Mohamed WazirFaizullah son of Mohamed WazirEssa Mohamed son of Mohamed HussainAkhtar Mohamed son of Murrad AliThe wounded:Haji Mohamed Naim son of Haji SakhawatMohamed Sediq son of Mohamed NaimParweenRafiullahZardanaZulhejaOriginally Pubished at: David Bird

The Victims

The Victims

By David Bird in Blog on March 20, 2012

Robert Bales is not a victim. These are the victims, nine of them children:The dead:Mohamed Dawood son of AbdullahKhudaydad son of Mohamed JumaNazar MohamedPayendoRobeenaShatarina daughter of Sultan MohamedZahra daughter of Abdul HamidNazia daughter of Dost MohamedMasooma daughter of Mohamed WazirFarida daughter of Mohamed WazirPalwasha daughter of Mohamed WazirNabia daughter of Mohamed WazirEsmatullah daughter of Mohamed WazirFaizullah son of Mohamed WazirEssa Mohamed son of Mohamed HussainAkhtar Mohamed son of Murrad AliThe wounded:Haji Mohamed Naim son of Haji SakhawatMohamed Sediq son of Mohamed NaimParweenRafiullahZardanaZulhejaOriginally Pubished at: David Bird

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