Starting in with permanent mutes. Some people I want to like, but jeez, not so much.

uspol 

A vicious crackdown on these fucking racist insurrectionists would backfire, right?

Sigh. I just got used to rather than "open source" and now there's ?

Lock him up.

Maybe that will be my future use for this account. Just post Lock him up all the time.

It's time. Why isn't our former president in jail?

it is a show that is a product of its time so yknow, 70s morals shine through, but honestly i still really love columbo

here's some reasons why you may also enjoy it

  1. a fun inversion of the mystery formula. you see the crime at the start and you know exactly who did it and how. the excitement is not "whodunnit", but "howcatch'em".
  2. columbo is extremely working class, and is openly not the coolest and greatest guy. he is eccentric, and an absolute mess in many respects.
  3. and this is how he catches nearly every murderer. he gets them to write him off as a stupid bumbling fool who's too low-class to understand their cleverness. and then oh shit! he's understood all along!!!
  4. the murderers are often very rich and lofty to boot, so there's the delightful dynamic of class and wealth being brought into that too. columbo is an underdog who judo-throws people above his station into taking the consequences for crimes they thought their privilege would insulate them from. this is great. this is honestly one of my favourite tropes!!
  5. it means the little morality play that crime shows end up being are turned on their head as well. often it rankles the senses because the usual narrative is "the detective is an agent of social order and punishes those who did wrong, which can often line up with an axis of oppression". columbo is stories going the other way. it is the detective not as agent of oppression of society, but detective as agent of true justice where somebody can't buy their way out of a problem due to their massive privilege.
  6. columbo isn't a jackass. i just like this a lot. so often you have the quirky detective being a jackass, you know? columbo is not. he's outwardly friendly. and when the murderer is sympathetic, he sympathizes with them! heck, some of the stories even end with the murderers happy about being caught because what they wanted the most is somebody to sympathize with them, and columbo does that. he's never cruel to people he's questioning, and is happy to listen to all witnesses equally, even (especially!) those witnesses that come from marginalized groups, too. and a lot of the time, the thing that makes the privilege murderer snap? IS this kindness!!!
  7. the guest stars are just an absolute all-star parade of celebs of the day that you still probably know and that will still blow your mind that they show up there. every episode - really more like a tv movie - has a guest star and there are really big names in there! Leonard Nimoy for example! you want to see Leslie Nielsen being deadly serious instead of in the comedy roles you might know him from? columbo's got you! you want to have your mind slightly blown because Dick van Dyke is here playing someone who is a genuinely cruel person and a bit of a monster and wait you knew him until now as the funny chimneysweep in Merry Poppins and the fun guy in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? columbo's got you!!! you get to see actors you probably know in wildly different roles, really loving playing that different role and flexing their acting muscles! and i think that's pretty neat
  8. he's got a pretty cute dog too (i just enjoy how utterly gormless said dog appears in this screenshot)
Show thread

How will we know it's really Daft Punk quitting? 🤔

Installed fresh KDE neon on my old slow laptop alongside UbuntuDDE. Really loving the KDE suite.

uspol 

I'm ashamed to say it but I am so happy that fuckhead Rush Limbaugh is dead. Fuck off and die, asshole.

I did nothing this week. Well, mostly nothing. Driving up to Utah and back and then to Vegas and back the next week depleted me. Feeling ready for the weekend.

**'At least you're not a cat!' Congress video goes wrong**

"A US congressman made an unusual appearance when struggling with his video conferencing technology."

bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada

#news #bot

Also, don't forget to do a little #introductions post and feel free to make use of #️⃣ hashtags when searching for interesting people or things that interest you. 😺

Show thread

Seeking input or trashtalk.

I got a new-to-me Win10PC. 32 Gigs of RAM, W00t!

I'm going to dual boot linux and today I'm thinking KDE or Kubuntu. I'm used to Ubuntu (since the original Gnome days) and currently UbuntuDDE.

Based on the enthusiasm I see for KDE, I figure I might as well broaden my horizons beyond Ubuntu.

Thoughts?

Back in Vegas. This time with my significant other. For the weekend. Yay.

uspol 

I have a question. Why can't all the primaries be the same day? Why do federal elections have any differences between the states?

US Politices, external link 

Not sure what to make of this article in the Atlantic showing that most of the insurrectionists were not members of the violent groups.

theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/

Show older
Democracy Town

Welcome to democracy.town, a United States based Mastodon instance run by and for progressives.

All are welcome who follow our guidelines.