So tonight, as I am cursed with popcorn farts, I thought I would imortalize the words of my buddy Sullie. It appears that Sullie is a closeted comic book dood…I had no idea.
We went and saw SUPERMAN RETURNS tonight at the Cedar Creek Cinema. First and foremost, I believe that Cedar Creek has the best popcorn, even during the week. The kernals are light, and not chewy, even at a late show. Though it appears to me that they hire ten year olds, and are competing with China for sweatshop supremacy.
So I cannot get into the film at all. I was most struck by two images…the first being that Superman actually had soles on his red boots. For whatever reason I had no thought of the Man of Steel needing traction. The second image is the headline at the end of the movie, in the glass case. It just sort of knocked me back, that someone could say such a thing.
After the movie, Sullie dropped a little knowledge on me. He said, and it was reinforced by this movie, that the primary activity Luthor was taking part in was showing us all that NO ONE should have unlimited power like Superman. That it was in fact a metaphor for the times, that Luthor was the social critic — no matter how demented — showing us, that our “Gods” of culture be they political, celebrities or sports figures, those symbols and people are not to be left unquestioned.
Superman is one man. An unstoppable man, able to impose his will with no repercussions to himself, no forethought. We assume that he is for Truth, Justice and all of that stuff but ultimately we take it on faith that Superman is on our team.
In the movie Luthor talks about how Superman is not much for due process, Miranda rights, or showing up to testify those pesky things that this country is all about. I was shocked to think about Superman as that sort of metaphor.
It made me wonder, who stands for our rights today? Who are the activists? For example, we look at Mike Wallschlager, standing on the triangle…direct action. Showing us that he does not agree with the war. Putting his literal skin in the game, he was assaulted, Putting his rights in the game, he was arrested by the Wausau Police Department I think.
Who makes noise in this city for us? Who are our advocates? Look at the staff at The City Pages. An independently owned weekly newspaper. Look at the work of Pat Peckham, actually doing research. Writing an article about Scott Street Pub, when the owner was clearly resistant to the whole thing.
Whose rights are important here in the Midwest? Abner Cruz, and the organization Latinos Unidos, the do outreach to the Hispanic community. Look at Peter Yang and the cats from the Wausau Hmong Association. They provide everything from Health Care assistance to cultural assistance to their populations.
What about the Bridge Clinic? I have no idea who the director is now, but man…HEALTH CARE for the uninsured. How great is that?
On a personal note, this week I got rid of my Nalgene bottles. The Illustrious Bean finally made an argument that I cannot beat back with iconoclastic crap. It simply came down to the concept of Domain over the earth, and if I care my decision will reflect it. Sometimes it becomes so simple. I wanted to thank the two bottles for being there with me for so long, but I fear that our time was too long. I did not know it was so very wrong. I will now begin writing letters. I am passing along these links. They are two differant reasons why we should not use the Nalgene water bottle anymore. I hope that Gander Mountain, REI, and all the big camping places will hear our voices. And get rid of the Nalgine.
Editors Note: In the interest of balance I will post here a couple of responses from Nalgene, and for the moment leave things to you, the reader to decide. Apparently Nalgene does sell supplies to animal laboratories, so if you are opposed to any and all animal testing under any circumstances, then avoiding their products is certainly a reasonable response. Here is what Nalgene has to say about animal testing.
On the other hand, the issue of the safety of certain plastics being used as water or food containers seems a bit more confused. Apparently one study showed some increased risk from Lexan, but Nalgene says that the type of Lexan used in the (ah-hem) animal study, is not exactly the same as their bottles. Here is Nalgene’s take on that issue. I was unable to find any studies that replicated or refuted the first study.