Mel Brooks tells David Bianculli about the late Madeline Kahn:
I’m in tears thinking about Madeline. And what an incredibly gifted gift from god, Madeline Kahn. The funniest and most talented comedienne I think, including people like Carol Burnett who are great, you know, and Gilda Radner who was magnificent, but nobody — listen to me, David Bianculli — nobody could approach the magnificence and wonder of Madeline Kahn. She was really a great gift to us all. … I saw art [in her], not just funny. But I saw a person who was gifted with art. She’s the only one who actually could have worked in opera as an opera singer, as a coloratura. She was that talented or I think she could have worked as a longshoreman in New Jersey. I don’t think there’s anything that Madeline Kahn couldn’t do.”
GIF of Madeline Kahn in Young Frankenstein (1974) via trixiedelight:
Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist for The Doors, has died.
Here is an interview we did with him in 2006.
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For the first time ever, we have a complete picture of the planet Mercury. Scientists used thousands of images captured over a period of years to piece together this mesmerizing 360 degree view of the planet.
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— Army General Martin Dempsey, the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, criticized Russia for sending advanced missiles to Syria.
Rep. Justin Amash, in a broad-ranging recent interview with Reason.
Definitely an interesting read, covering everything from Amash’s views on Syria (his mother immigrated from Syria) to his thoughts on Ayn Rand’s ironically emotional appeal.
Amash is an interesting figure in Congress and definitely worth keeping an eye on for a number of reasons, including his young age, his political stances, and his willingness to tell constituents why he votes the way he does on every single bill on his Facebook page. While his libertarian political views may not be everyone’s cup of tea, we need more people like him in Congress.
Watching such heartbreaking lamentation pour out of Syria can really tear you up.
Thousands in Italy march in austerity protests
Reuters: Thousands participated in austerity protests in Rome on Saturday.
Italy is in the midst of its longest recession since 1970 and unemployment is close to record highs, with young people being hit particularly hard with a 38% jobless rate. Approval rates for the government have dropped from 43% to 34% in the last month.
Photo: Demonstrators applaud during the left-wing Italian metalworkers’ union FIOM rally in downtown Rome’s Piazza San Giovanni on Saturday. (Filippo Monteforte/AFP - Getty Images)
The last few years have left many in the European Union dubious of not only the hardships that austerity policies often visit on countries, but also of its practical efficacy, or lack thereof. This will be a paramount issue for the incoming coalition government in Italy.
This is no doubt a momentous day for Hollande, who had pledged to legalize same-sex marriage during his first year in office, and succeeded in doing so despite vociferous protests from swaths of his citizenry. No actual same-sex marriage figures to be conducted until the 29th, as French law states that a marriage license must be filed ten days prior to the ceremony.
I don’t know how to turn that into poetry."
— Clementine von Radics (via naustalgea)
Rob Borbidge, former Premier of Queensland, put his political career on the line in order to take a stand for gun control in Australia.
Meanwhile, American politicians bow under the pressure put on them by the NRA.
“Look, there are Australians alive today because we took that action. I mean, how much is a life worth?”
OH GOD HIS FACIAL EXPRESSION IN THE BOTTOM LEFT GIF
LIKE, WHO ARE YOU, MAGICAL AUSTRALIAN CREATURE?
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“Because in the end you are really alone, whatever you do.”— Marina Abramović (via lillac-lolita)