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movie moles on Snowpiercer

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On the August 4 Old Mole, Iven Hale and I discuss Snowpiercer, currently playing in Portland at the not-for profit Hollywood theater, and available as video-on-demand for home viewing.

Loosely based on a French graphic novel of the same title, and co-written by Kelly Masterson and director Bong Joon-ho, Snowpiercer is the first (mostly) English-language film directed by South Korean Bong, whose earlier films include the 2006 monster movie The Host.

Happy Bastille Day

For the Old Mole Variety Hour, July 14, 2014. The fourteenth of July marks a key event of the French Revolution in 1789; and the French Revolution, in turn, is generally seen as a key turning point in the transition from feudalism to capitalism. The storming of the prison was both a symbol and an instance of people collectively claiming freedom.

More Orange


For the 23 June 2014 Old Mole Variety Hour, Iven Hale and I review season two of Orange is the New Black.

Alas, season two has the problems we noted in season one, and lacks some of the compensating virtues.

It continues downplaying the problem of sexual violence, for instance.

We agree with much of Yasmin Nair's season two review, "The Reign of Whitey is Never Over."

Medicare for All Oregon

This Memorial Day, we might pause to remember those who have died in Oregon for lack of health insurance. As Chris Lowe notes on the Health Care for All Oregon webpage, "A 2009 estimate by Physicians for a National Health Program- connected doctors was that there were about 560 such deaths in Oregon that year. The annual order of magnitude is probably the same today. In the next few years it may decline a bit due to OHP expansion and Cover Oregon coverage, but there will still be hundreds of such deaths per year."

sunlight is the best disinfectant (on Measure 26-156)


The Well-Read red has been reading the voter's pamphlet for Portland, and has done some additional reading about
Measure 26-156, which (in the words of the voters's pamphlet) "Amends Charter: Creates Water and Sewer District with Elected Board."

in the edufactory

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A briefer version of this appears on the February 3, 2013 Old Mole Variety Hour.
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