Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Three for Saturday

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* Yogi Bear as District 9. Almost makes me want to see it (not really).

In District 9, hundreds of aliens who have no interest in assimilating into human society are tossed in an internment camp. In Yogi, two (2) measly bears who want to be human are given a plot of federal land and forgotten. They receive no acknowledgement and are conferred no rights. Humanity cannot come to grips with a non-human sapience, so the bears are consigned to the woods. In this light, Ranger Smith’s blandness assumes a new depth. His omnipresent guilt saps him of all vitality. He is no park ranger; he is Yogi’s warden, complicit in a system he hates. The film’s utter failure at everything is a metaphor for humanity’s collective failure.

Experts say every year since the September 11 attacks, federal agencies have conducted random, covert tests of airport security.

A person briefed on the latest tests tells ABC News the failure rate approaches 70 percent at some major airports. Two weeks ago, TSA’s new director said every test gun, bomb part or knife got past screeners at some airports.

* And FAO Schwarz wins Christmas forever. Here’s me and my lady, with the caveat that my hastily constructed Muppet self looks like a fairly disreputable character…

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December 18, 2010 at 1:45 pm

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