The men of GLoP return to sprinkle the internets with more observations and barbs from the world of politics and culture. This week: the wanderings of Edward Snowden, World War Z, the Supreme Court, an unusual Alaskan summer, the Jewish Man of Steel, and Mad Men, the hit show that nobody watches.

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  1. Profile photo of Benjamin Glaser Inactive

    Yeah!

    • #1
    • June 26, 2013 at 2:23 am
  2. Profile photo of doc molloy Inactive

    In India there is a river The Brahmaputra and John said what sounded like the Bramaputin relationship is over.. A river doesn’t run though it. It’s dry gulch.. and the gap is widening.

    • #2
    • June 26, 2013 at 5:07 am
  3. Profile photo of Guruforhire Member

    Here I thought it was we were still mining nerdy white guy culture, we are whipping comic books for all its worth, so moving on to adjacent segments with cult classic horror films.

    just more stuff nerdy white guys like.

    Making stuff way to hard.

    • #3
    • June 26, 2013 at 5:42 am
  4. Profile photo of ParisParamus Member

    Has anyone else considered that Snowden is a kind of walking YouTube Video (or another parolee?) created to distract from things far worse?

    • #4
    • June 26, 2013 at 9:49 am
  5. Profile photo of bourbonsoaked Inactive

    Part of the reason Zombies are popular is that we’ve taken other monsters and made them vegetarian romance figures, like in Twilight. Zombies are still frightening and uncontrollable. 

    • #5
    • June 26, 2013 at 10:14 am
  6. Profile photo of Umbra Fractus Coolidge
    bourbonsoaked: Part of the reason Zombies are popular is that we’ve taken other monsters and made them vegetarian romance figures, like in Twilight. Zombies are still frightening and uncontrollable. · 37 minutes ago

    Agreed. What the culture really needs is for someone to make a vampire movie that contains no sex whatsoever. Show the culture what blood drinking parasites would really be like.

    • #6
    • June 26, 2013 at 10:54 am
  7. Profile photo of ParisParamus Member

    Malign as an adjective? Is that the same as malevolent? When did that become proper English?

    • #7
    • June 27, 2013 at 4:05 am
  8. Profile photo of Benjamin Glaser Inactive

    I’m glad someone else noticed that. I was unsure of what was meant. 

    • #8
    • June 27, 2013 at 7:39 am
  9. Profile photo of Hartmann von Aue Member

    Rob, Rob, Rob- Lunesta transforms users into glowing green moth people. I thought everyone knew that.

    • #9
    • June 27, 2013 at 8:07 am
  10. Profile photo of Songwriter Member

    I appreciate that the guys pointed out how few people actually watch “Mad Men.” I devoured the first two seasons. And somewhere in Season or 4, I began to want all the characters to meet a horrible death. I took that as a sign to stop watching.

    • #10
    • June 28, 2013 at 6:40 am
  11. Profile photo of Daniel Halbach Inactive

    After hearing John mention his sister at the end of the podcast, I read his tribute to Rachel on the Commentary website.

    http://www.commentarymagazine.com/article/my-sister-rachel

    “Now I will have to learn how to breathe ordinary air.” A sincerely poetic expression of love and loss.

    • #11
    • June 28, 2013 at 7:53 am
  12. Profile photo of ctlaw Thatcher

    WWZ SPOILER ALERT

    I agree with JPod that it is unclear whether this was the most pro-Israel or most anti-semitic big budget modern film.

    It was, however, the most incoherent.

    Early on there was a statement to the effect that airline travel was the perfect delivery system. Perhaps for something with a five day incubation period, not five second. For an intellectual lightweight like Pitt or Paul Krugman/Thomas Friedman, such mindless repetition of cliches has become common.

    How did some random guy locked in a cell at a Korean base (and was in North Korea when things broke out) know Israel was still online, when the UN did not?

    If Israel was the only civilized country still online, why were planes lining up to evacuate it? Who were they evacuating? Why couldn’t a decent airline pay for product placement? Belarus Air?

    How do the zombies get from Jerusalem to Ben Gurion in minutes?

    Why weren’t the Israeli helicopters patrolling the outside of the wall? How were they letting people in while the zombies were massed outside?

    Why are the IAF and USN flying French helicopters?

    Couldn’t Pitt just have broken a leg?

    • #12
    • June 29, 2013 at 8:06 am
  13. Profile photo of Despair Troll Inactive

    What? I loved Howard the Duck. Pugnacious little guy — how could you not???

    • #13
    • June 29, 2013 at 8:35 am
  14. Profile photo of Owl of Minerva Member

    I’m reasonably certain that none of you read these comments, but I’ll leave this here anyway.

    Paul Cantor does a great reading on zombies in pop culture. I saw him at a talk, and he gave a slightly altered version of this.

    • #14
    • June 29, 2013 at 10:52 am
  15. Profile photo of Snirtler Member
    ParisParamus: Malign as an adjective? Is that the same as malevolent? When did that become proper English? · June 26, 2013 at 4:05pm

    Edited on June 26, 2013 at 9:24pm

    From the OED. Yes, an adjective. Yes, malevolent, evil, baleful.

    Earliest citation is 1350, Middle English.

    So feawe stondeþ styf To fytte aȝenis senne Maligne

    (So few stand stiff to fight against sin malign?)

    • #15
    • September 29, 2013 at 10:00 am