Human comforts

“Let me tell you something about hew-mans, nephew. They’re a wonderful, friendly people, as long as their bellies are full and their holosuites are working. But take away their creature comforts, deprive them of food, sleep, sonic showers, put their lives in jeopardy over an extended period of time… And those same friendly, intelligent, wonderful people, will become as nasty and as violent as the most bloodthirsty Klingon. You don’t believe me? Look at those faces, look at their eyes…” Quark to his nephew Nog, Star Trek: Deep Space 9

Quark and Nog

A plague of sequels and movie spin-offs

“Video games are an unusual medium in that they carry a heavy stigma among nongamers. Not everybody likes ballet, but most nonballet fans don’t accuse ballet of leading to violent crime and mental backwardness. Video games aren’t so lucky. There’s a sharp divide between gamers and nongamers, and the result is a market that, while large and devoted—last year video-game software and hardware brought in $27 billion—is also deeply stagnant. Its borders are sharply defined, and they’re not expanding. And even within that core market, the industry is deeply troubled. Fewer innovative games are being published, and gamers are getting bored. Games have become so expensive to create that companies won’t risk money on fresh ideas, and the result is a plague of sequels and movie spin-offs.” A Game For All Ages

It wouldn’t be the first time

Hey maids. Newsflash: Naomi Campbell hits people.”

To the Faith Community

“To the faith community: Mobilize in an ecumenical coalition that’s multiracial and capitalizes on the role of each group. Catholics have powers that the Pentecostals can only dream about. The Salvation Army understands working within resident communities. The black church can say things to black citizens that the rest of the city cannot, without being charged with racism. White congregations and ministers can speak to political leaders in a language and tone and directness and facility that’s not available to the powerless black community. The faith community must elevate itself to become an ‘impartial, non-partisan advocate for the poor—and independent voice of truth and conscience that speaks truth to power.’” Toronto Star reporter Royson James, outlining Rev. Eugene Rivers’ anti-violence address