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  • 2081

    03/17/2013 11:57:10 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 19 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2009 | Chandler Tuttle
    A short film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron, 2081 depicts a dystopian future in which, thanks to the 212th Amendment to the Constitution and the unceasing vigilance of the United States Handicapper General, everyone is "finally equal...." The strong wear weights, the beautiful wear masks and the intelligent wear earpieces that fire off loud noises to keep them from taking unfair advantage of their brains. It is a poetic tale of triumph and tragedy about a broken family, a brutal government, and an act of defiance that changes everything. Featuring an original score performed by the world-renowned Kronos Quartet...
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Who Served in the Military, and How it Changed Their Work

    01/31/2013 11:27:48 AM PST · by EveningStar · 44 replies
    io9 ^ | January 30, 2013 | Charlie Jane Anders
    So much of science fiction's core topics intersect with war, one way or the other. Rapid social change and technological innovation both get supercharged during wartime, and some of our greatest explorers are also warriors. So it's not surprising that many of science fiction's most well-known authors served in the military at some point — especially during the era when we had a compulsory draft. But how did serving in the military shape these writers' books? Here's a look at 15 of the authors who served in the armed forces, and how their work reflects that experience.
  • Harrison Bergeron

    07/17/2011 1:54:10 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | November 16, 1965 | Kurt Vonnegut
    The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren’t only equal before God and the law, they were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else; nobody was better looking than anybody else; nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General.
  • Japanese Scientists Create Elastic Water

    05/03/2010 8:29:25 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 38 replies · 1,559+ views
    Tom's Guide ^ | January 25, 2010 | Kevin Parrish
    Elastic Water could eventually replace plastic, or be used in an environmentally-safe plastic. Bernama, a part of the Malaysian National News Agency, reports that Japanese scientists have created “elastic water." Developed at the Tokyo University, the new material consists mostly of water--95-percent--with an added two grams of clay and organic material. The resulting substance resembles jelly, but is extremely elastic and transparent. The invention was originally revealed last week in the latest issue of the Nature scientific magazine. According to the article, the new material is quite safe for the environment and humans, and may be a “long-term” tool in...
  • 2081: Everyone Will Finally Be Equal

    06/28/2009 3:14:11 PM PDT · by Rodebrecht · 38 replies · 2,030+ views
    Finallyequal.com ^ | 6/28/09 | N/A
    This movie looks really good.
  • Harrison Bergeron

    11/25/2008 6:53:02 AM PST · by Fishface · 9 replies · 589+ views
    www.therightangler.com ^ | 1961 | Kurt Vonnegut
    THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren’t only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General. Some things about living still weren’t quite right, though. April, for instance, still drove people crazy by not being springtime. And it was in that clammy month...
  • Kurt Vonnegut Was Dead Before He Died

    04/15/2007 4:52:26 PM PDT · by SeafoodGumbo · 76 replies · 2,594+ views
    In These Times ^ | 08-06-04 | Kurt Vonnegut
    I Love You, Madame Librarian By Kurt Vonnegut August 6, 2004 I, like probably most of you, have seen Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11. Its title is a parody of the title of Ray Bradbury’s great science fiction novel, Fahrenheit 451. This temperature 451° Fahrenheit, is the combustion point, incidentally, of paper, of which books are composed. The hero of Bradbury’s novel is a municipal worker whose job is burning books. And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over...
  • ABC Radio - Kurt Vonnegut has died

    04/11/2007 8:22:26 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 160 replies · 5,223+ views
    4.11.07
    Kurt Konnegut has died
  • US author( Kurt Vonnegut)lauds suicide bombers

    11/19/2005 4:24:36 AM PST · by Leisler · 119 replies · 3,149+ views
    The Australian ^ | Nov 19, 2005 | David Nason
    ONE of the greatest living US writers has praised terrorists as "very brave people" and used drug culture slang to describe the "amazing high" suicide bombers must feel before blowing themselves up. Kurt Vonnegut, author of the 1969 anti-war classic Slaughterhouse Five, made the provocative remarks during an interview in New York for his new book, Man Without a Country, a collection of writings critical of US President George W. Bush. Vonnegut, 83, has been a strong opponent of Mr Bush and the US-led war in Iraq, but until now has stopped short of defending terrorism. But in discussing his...
  • Various Artists CD Out Soon to Benefit Moveon.org, Links to Artists Message Boards Included

    07/23/2004 6:34:44 PM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 25 replies · 1,152+ views
    R.E.M. web site ^ | July 23, 2004 | R.E.M. web site
    FUTURE SOUNDTRACK FOR AMERICA Barsuk Records is set to release a fundraising CD compilation, titled future soundtrack for america, a joint project with MoveOn.org and Music For America, on August 10th. The compilation will include R.E.M.'s "The Final Straw (MoveOn mix)." McSweeney's Publishing is also releasing a book with similar fundraising goals that will include a copy of the CD; the future dictionary of america features contributions from an astounding group of almost 200 writers, from Paul Auster to Michael Chabon to Jonathan Franzen to Joyce Carol Oates to Kurt Vonnegut to Wendy Wasserstein. One hundred percent of the proceeds...
  • Banned at Amazon: Waking the Dead

    07/03/2004 2:37:52 PM PDT · by mrustow · 12 replies · 485+ views
    A Different Drummer ^ | 4 July 2004 | Nicholas Stix
    (I first submitted the following movie review to Amazon.com on May 20. On May 26, I resubmitted it. At 926 words, it is well under the site’s 1000-word limit, and I “bleeped” all foul language with dashes. And yet, Amazon’s politburo killed the review without explanation.) Waking the Dead is perfectly mediocre: 50 percent wonderful, and 50 percent dreadful. It tells of a man’s reaction to the mid-1970s political murder of the love of his life, a love whom he cannot bid farewell. Set during the early 1980s, we see flashbacks to his love affair, as in the present, while...
  • Harrison Bergeron

    08/24/2003 7:10:07 PM PDT · by Col Sanders · 12 replies · 374+ views
    Somewhere on the web... ^ | 1961 | Kurt Vonnegut
    HARRISON BERGERON by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren't only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General. Some things about living still weren't quite right, though. April for instance, still drove people crazy by not being springtime. And...
  • US anti-war groups flex their muscle

    10/22/2002 12:34:18 AM PDT · by corsair · 2 replies · 298+ views
    The Guardian ^ | October 22, 2002 | Duncan Campbell
    US anti-war groups flex their muscle Duncan Campbell in Los Angeles Tuesday October 22, 2002 The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk Medea Benjamin has been close to both President Bush and his defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, over the past few weeks. So close, in fact, that she was arrested. Most memorably, Ms Benjamin was one of two women seen directly behind Mr Rumsfeld at last month's congressional hearings on Iraq holding an anti-war placard and later charged with "disruption of Congress". This Saturday, she will help lead what organisers hope will echo in scale the anti-war protests of the Vietnam era three decades...