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We got us some teevee news, some how-we-can-save-the-planet-for-free-with-SCIENCE! news, all kinds of feminism up in here (#RIPpatriarchy) ... plus bacon.


  • Our little sister site Happy Nice Time People talks about chicks in the teevee bidness:

    Looking at primetime broadcast television, a record percentage of creative jobs behind the camera went to women in the season ending in 2013. Congratulations, Ovarian Americans!

    But that record was just 28%. Boo, oppressive male oligarchy! [...]

    Does having a female show creator make a difference to the percentage of actresses vs. actors on a show? You bet your sweet feminine ass, it does. When ladies shape the shows, there’s close to parity with 47% of all characters being women, compared to 41% with male creators.

    You should go read the whole thing. It's depressing and inspiring at the same time. Plus, they owe us money so go click that.

  • Speaking of chicks:

    The much cited difficulties regarding putting Wonder Woman on film—Wonder Woman isn’t big enough, and neither are Gal Gadot’s breasts—aren’t chiefly about Wonder Woman, or comic books, or superheroes, or movies. They’re about politics. Superman owes a debt to science fiction, Batman to the hardboiled detective. Wonder Woman’s debt is to feminism. She’s the missing link in a chain of events that begins with the woman-suffrage campaigns of the nineteen-tens and ends with the troubled place of feminism a century later. [...]

    No one knows how Wonder Woman will fare onscreen: there’s hardly ever been a big-budget superhero movie starring a female superhero. But more of the mystery lies in the fact that Wonder Woman’s origins have been, for so long, so unknown. It isn’t only that Wonder Woman’s backstory is taken from feminist utopian fiction. It’s that, in creating Wonder Woman, William Moulton Marston was profoundly influenced by early-twentieth-century suffragists, feminists, and birth-control advocates and that, shockingly, Wonder Woman was inspired by Margaret Sanger, who, hidden from the world, was a member of Marston’s family.

  • Sorry, rest of California, looks like we're stuck with each other:

    A proposed ballot measure to carve California into six states failed to qualify for the November 2016 ballot Friday after election officials determined that backers did not collect enough valid signatures.

    The outcome is a blow to billionaire Tim Draper, the Silicon Valley venture capitalist who spent $5.2 million to put his “Six Californias” idea before voters. He had said the measure would bring government closer to the people and make it more responsive, but critics said the proposal hurt the state’s image and would be unworkable if approved.

    Not that blowhard billionaire Tim Draper is giving up yet. He's basically the Chris McDaniel of the Golden State(s).

    In a statement, Draper said he is convinced that the campaign turned in enough valid voter signatures to qualify his measure. He said the campaign will review signatures deemed invalid in several counties, noting that the campaign’s signature-gathering firm had projected that many more signatures would be valid than did election officials.

    We here in Not-Going-To-Be-Silicon-Valleyfornia wish you luck with that one, buddy.

  • If only we could do something about climate change. For free. Hey, check it out!

    In decades of public debate about global warming, one assumption has been accepted by virtually all factions: that tackling it would necessarily be costly. But a new report casts doubt on that idea, declaring that the necessary fixes could wind up being effectively free.

    But wait -- there's more.

    When the secondary benefits of greener policies — like lower fuel costs, fewer premature deaths from air pollution and reduced medical bills — are taken into account, the changes might wind up saving money, according to the findings of the group, the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.

    Save our planet and money too? Sounds like the obvious thing to do, doesn't it?

    While the commission found that the requisite steps may make economic sense, that does not mean they will be politically easy, the report says. For instance, the group will recommend that countries eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels, which cost about $600 billion a year but are vigorously defended by vested interests.

    It will urge nations to take a fresh look at the potential of renewable energy, whose costs are plummeting, and also recommend the adoption of initiatives to halt destruction of forests, use land more efficiently and limit wasteful urban sprawl, among many other steps.

    Oh well.

  • Eternally dimwitted doofus dingleberry derphead Bryan Fischer took a second out of his busy schedule of thinking about gay stuff, but in a totally heterosexual way, of course, wink wink whatever, Bryan, to think about bacon:

    "You want one single item of proof that America is a Christian nation and not a Jewish nation and not an Islamic nation?" he asked. "One single bit of proof is all you need: we freely allow restaurants and grocery stores to sell and to serve bacon. That can only happen in a Christian country."

    Oh yeah? Well, what about kosher turkey bacon, huh? Oh SNAP! Schmuck.

  • And finally and also relatedly, your word of the day, courtesy of Dan Savage (friend of Yr Wonkette): peniurethroballsackinal.

And that's today's news you can maybe use.

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