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  • #16
    It's nothing new for me to get especially scared after watching a documentary on certain aspects of US politics. Specifically, the Republicans' antics. Nothing new then that I'm quivering in my boots after watching Total Recall: The Election Of Arnie (a BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Commission, France 3, SBS Australia, TV2 Denmark and YLE Teema co-production).

    It was very good. Extremely scary though. There was so much scary stuff, I wouldn't know where to begin so I'll just name Darrell Issa and Sean Walsh (and throw in Jeb's spokesman).

    The most frightening part was the graphic right at the end: "The first moves are being made in Washington to enable naturalised Americans, like Arnold, to run for President".

    Where the fuck would you move to if he was Pres? It's not like you could escape, unless you moved to another planet.

    I did like the narrator's comment: "He's managed to convince people he can *act* like a politician."

    And how the fuck can he manage to remember that at 15 he was actively rallying *against* the anti-semitism in Austria but can't remember a damn thing he did or said 30 years ago? It wouldn't be because nobody would have footage, recordings or evidence of what the hell he was doing at 15, would it? I was ready to scream if I heard him dismiss one more thing with "It was the 70s!".

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    • #17
      I wouldn't worry too much about President Arnie. I think that would take a constitutional amendment and those really aren't that easy to accomplish. Although that would open up the field for my Governor! If she hadn't been born in Canada she would rocket up the Democratic party elephant and give Hilary some competition!
      Its just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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      • #18
        Please - did you not see Demolition Man??? Arnie had his own Presidential library and everything! This movie made me realize what a soundtrack whore Sting is - a regular Phil Collins.

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        • #19
          There is actually quite a groundswell of support for an Arnold Amendment (foreign born citizens being eligible for presidency), speaheaded by Orrin Hatch and his cronies. Will it actually happen-- who knows?

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Res
            This movie made me realize what a soundtrack whore Sting is - a regular Phil Collins.

            I was trying to describe to someone the other day why I had a mini-grudge on Phil Collins and I couldn't remember. Thanks, Res.

            Peter Gabriel forEVAH!
            "But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.---Kanye

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            • #21
              I believe Phil Collins has signed a contract with Disney and become their employee.

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              • #22
                So he's a minion of Satan? Makes sense.
                "But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.---Kanye

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                • #23
                  I watched Roger & Me on DVD with Michael Moore's audio commentary and I got all *sniffly* because I was like SO understanding it all. Hee. Aww. Poor Flint! *sniff* Michael Moore echoed something that Mr. Is and I noted over the holidays: When we grew up in Flint -- in the '80s and early '90s -- those were the compartively GOOD days! For like five minutes I wanted to move home and open a business to employ all my old peeps! Heh.
                  Its just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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                  • #24
                    *sets up shop*

                    I watched Searching for Debra Winger tonight! It was pretty good but kind of all over the place. It started out at one place (how to balance an insane career and have a family ) and went some other place entirely (why does Hollywood hate signs of aging, why can't beautiful naturally aging women find a place in mainstream movies?) and that was sort of odd.

                    It did make me see actresses as more than just vapid skin and bones. Kind of. One thing I did notice is that whenever one actress greets another they lavish praise on each other in a if-I-validate-you-you'll-validate-me kind of way. Fascinating! On and on with the "you've never looked betters"! Nobody I know in real life does that unless it's, like, really true!

                    In other news, Melanie Griffith needs to STOP the plastic surgery now. OMG. Didn't she used to be attractive, at least to some people? Eeek! She's a horror!
                    Its just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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                    • #25
                      We watched one last night called Extreme Australia. A nature documentary, I suppose. It was made by the Discovery Channel so was weird watching this giant advert or showcase for your country from overseas. That also made it funny in parts, like the horrors of what's under the sea just waiting for the opportunity to kill you. The sea snake, more venomous than any land snake! White pointer sharks! Crocs! The box jelly fish will kill you within 3 minutes! The blue ringed octopus! Hee. The funny part was they didn't bother saying where you'd find them, making it sound like they were lurking 1 metre off every beach instead of mostly in the tropics. This far down the coast we only have the sharks and the blue ringed octopus. Nothing to sniff at, I suppose, especially when a couple of years ago an English tourist put the oh so pretty octopus in his pocket and got stung on the balls. He survived.

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                      • #26
                        Bwah.

                        I will admit to being scared to death of Australian wildlife due to our nature shows about them. I'm always quick to point out that all ten of the ten deadliest land snakes in the world live there, and that kangaroos have sharp, nasty claws that could easily disembowel someone. I still want to visit, though. I just plan to stick to the urban areas and stay the fuck out of the water.

                        <-- wimpy.

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                        • #27
                          I'd rather hang with any Australian wildlife than the dreaded Florida Palmetto bug.

                          A fuckin' roach that can fly at your head. Is there anything worse?
                          "But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.---Kanye

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                          • #28
                            Neo, if only we *didn't* have those. Well, not Palmetto bugs. that sounds a nice name, by the way. But damn big cockroaches with this armour plated shell that can also fly. Luckily only up in the tropics. Man, did I freak when I first saw one.

                            Roly, that's one thing that was weird. The fact they never mentioned the deadly snakes or spiders. Just the blobs in the water which, besides a shark, don't even mean to bump into you and kill you. Don't try and snuggle a koala either if it's having a shitty day.

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                            • #29
                              A koala can be dangerous too? I thought they were pet quality. That breaks my heart.

                              Please tell me emus are sweethearts.

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                              • #30
                                Well, I'm scared shitless of big birds but an emu isn't known to hurt people. Although they will kind of choose someone out of a crowd for no discernable reason and pick on them. I'm one step ahead by assuming that would be me. A Cassowary is another story. But then, I'm scared of chickens.

                                In doco news, Notorious - CHO is on this Friday night (SBS) for any Aussies who may be around. I guess that'd mean Lolliki.

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