(Lady of the) Evening Links

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

(Thanks to Jacob  Sullum for #5 and Jesse Walker for #6)

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20 Responses to “(Lady of the) Evening Links”

  1. #1 |  Greg | 

    Around these parts we don’t like no fancy city folks coming in here with links and not using bullet points.

    Faulty radio bit is utterly ridiculous.

  2. #2 |  Chris in AL | 

    Okay, the crying actress article was kind of interesting but, honestly, I could not drum up a whole lot of sympathy. The actress being asked to do nude scenes or sex scenes cannot possibly take any of these women by surprise. Hell, it has been part of the plot of many movies. You are going to be asked. You can refuse. If you have to drink or whatever to be able to do it, then perhaps you should pass. Let someone else have the role.

    I think Kate Winslet has the right mindset here. http://www.wptv.com/dpp/entertainment/celebrity/Kate-Winslet-strips-on-screen-to-empower-women_12028625

  3. #3 |  crzyb0b | 

    Burmese pythons have done enormous damage in florida. If there was a way to personally hold python owners whose pets escape personally liable for the billions in damage they cause, then there would be no reason for the rule restricting them. But there isn’t, so to limit further damage and protect the rights of other property owners rules restricting pythons are unfortunately necessary.

    And no, arguments about “responsible” pet owners don’t cut it – the damage in florida is being done largely by snakes that escaped from damaged homes during hurricane Andrew.

  4. #4 |  Other Sean | 

    Do you think I’d be working in a place like this if I could afford a real snake?

  5. #5 |  Maggie McNeill | 

    #1 – Oops! I knew that somehow didn’t look right; thanks for pointing it out!

  6. #6 |  Stephen | 

    No link on the Shatner bullet.

  7. #7 |  Xenocles | 

    I feel uncomfortable with movie sex scenes for a couple of different reasons. First, there tend to be people around when I’m watching a movie, and I prefer to be alone when aroused (alone with the person arousing me, ideally). Second, I find in general that the plot of the movie makes me too familiar with the characters for it to feel right watching them in that intimate situation. Porn doesn’t do that – there’s no attempt at character development except as a prop, so it’s much easier to enjoy the performance.

  8. #8 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “I feel uncomfortable with movie sex scenes for a couple of different reasons.”

    They still have movie sex scenes? The secret squadron of tyrants who rate movies and are so eager to throw the NC17 kiss of death at any
    frontal nudity (still allowing decapitations and gore), combined with the rise of the over-produced comic book motion picture (Batman, Spiderman, Hobbits), seem to have made nudity in American films go the way of the dinosaur. Case in point:
    SHAFT (cheesy remake) without some titties is like French Fries with no ketchup.

  9. #9 |  Ted S. | 

    At least we know Yizmo Gizmo is gauche enough to put ketchup on his french fries. :-p

  10. #10 |  Bill | 

    I’m guessing the Shatner story is this one:

  11. #11 |  Maggie McNeill | 

    #6 Sorry about the vanishing link; it must’ve somehow been cut when I added the bullets. It’s fixed now, and #10 you guessed correctly.

  12. #12 |  celticdragonchick | 

    Do you think I’d be working in a place like this if I could afford a real snake?

    Blade Runner Quotes! Yay!

    Deckard: Have you felt yourself to be exploited in any way?
    Zhora: Like what?
    Deckard: Well… well, like to get this job. I mean, did… did you do, or… or were you asked to do anything lewd… or unsavory, or… or, otherwise repulsive to your… your person, huh?
    Zhora: [laughs] Are you for real?

  13. #13 |  celticdragonchick | 

    @yizmo gizmo

    Where on earth did you get the idea that The Hobbit was a comic book movie??

  14. #14 |  croaker | 

    @3 Do evacuation shelters take pets now? They didn’t during Andrew.

  15. #15 |  croaker | 

    Oh, BTW Maagie, fifteen yard penalty for pun.

  16. #16 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “Where on earth did you get the idea that The Hobbit was a comic book movie??”

    It’s been done so often, and is so commonly copied, I see it as overproduced, hackneyed wizards-and-goblins dreck. Sorry, I call that Comic Book stuff, although I respect Tolkien as a fantasy writer. I prefer adult drama, if it still exists.

  17. #17 |  celticdragonchick | 


    To each their own. I would take every copy of every Woody Allen movie and douse them with lighter fluid before throwing a thermite grenade on the pile. I guess I am not an adult drama person ( I do really like Humphrey Bogart film noir…).

    FWIW, The Lord of The Rings ranks second behind the Bible in surveys of people who say a book changed his or her life in an inspirational fashion. Of course, YMMV.

  18. #18 |  Personanongrata | 

    House burns down due to faulty radio; officials respond by banning beach bonfires.

    The Burgermeister Meisterburger has decreed that Scituate MA shall henceforth be known as Sombertown.

  19. #19 |  Herpetoculturist | 

    Hello, all. Longtime lurker and fan of Radley’s, first time commenter. About those pythons:

    Yes, they are certainly wrecking havoc on the Everglades but you know what else are? Cats, dogs, domestic pigs that escape or are turned loose from farms, and cattle that are allowed to graze freely unopposed. Not to mention the dozens of fish and plant species that all cause far more damage than pythons or boas. Some of which were deliberately released by either the state government or researchers conducting experiments to “see what would happen”. Most of these are not controlled in any way, certainly not by state or federal restrictions. So why go after pythons?

    The answer is because people are not afraid of any of these other animals, despite the detrimental effect that they have on Florida’s ecosystem (and ecosystems worldwide for that matter). People are afraid of snakes, however, many to the point where they become completely unreasonable whenever they encounter one or even the prospect of being near one. So when the Secretary of the Interior tells the citizenry that they are being overrun by giant, “dangerous” snakes many will panic to the point where they will allow any measure to be taken in order to regain a sense of perceived safety, even if that measure does nothing but put a subsection of that citizenry in a kind of legal perdition.

    The truth of the matter is that this ban of Burmese pythons (and several other species of snake) is nothing more than a lazy adhesive strip being applied to a gushing wound and being called a high profile success story. Fish and Wildlife agents occasionally make a high profile “bust” like this magician, whose snake had virtually zero chance of getting loose in the wild or maybe some well known breeder and they sell it to the press for all it’s worth, all while they go back to struggling with the real problems that are already out there.

    Just don’t expect any sympathy from these snake owners when all of your pit bulls are taken from you in the same manner.

    Oh yes and to say that responsible pet owners don’t cut it because the pythons were released by Hurricane Andrew? That’s a pretty terrible argument, if anything it can be said that banning the pythons won’t work because the damage is being done by snakes that escaped during Hurricane Andrew. In fact, I have seen that argument put forward quite often.

  20. #20 |  Xenocles | 

    @ YG-

    I’m just talking about the scenes where the actors are grinding under the covers or posed without showing anything other than maybe a flash of breast. I think they still have those in the R movies sometimes, not that I watch too many movies in general anymore.