eurydice by titian, the mythical bad girl, conservatives are pushing america towards becoming an idiocracy

Eurydice by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio b.1488/90 d.1576 ) 1538.

Eurydice is best known as one of Apollo’s daughters and of the legend of Eurydice and Orpheus. In one version of the legend Orpheus and Eurydice were married and one day while dancing ina meadow to the sounds of one of Orpheus’s beautiful songs she was distracted by a Satyr and bitten by a viper. In another version the Satyr is absent but she is still bitten by a venmous snake. In the mot elaborate legend the rustic god Aristaeus was consumed by lust for Eurydice. he attempted to seduce her, but his ugliness was so grotesque that she fled and in her hast stepped on a viper and was killed. In every version Orpheus is consumed by grief. he descend with his lyre into the Underworld where he and his lyre charmed Cerberus – the three-headed monster dog of Hades and gained passage where no one had before. Once past Cerberus he faced Hades the god of the Underworld and Persephone goddess of harvest and the Underworld. Orpheus charmed both gods of the Underworld with his music and the depth of his heart break. They agreed that Eurydice could return to the light of the upper world, but not to look back to see her before they reached the upper world. Or they would not allow Eurydice to return. He listened closely for her footfall behind him, but a shade makes no noise. The closer to the light he got, the more Orpheus began to believe that Hades had tricked him to get him out of the Underworld. Eurydice would still be nothing but a shade at this point. Just as he approached the light of the upper world Orpheus lost faith and turned around. Eurydice appeared to Orpheus for just a moment before she disappeared, whisked back down to the Underworld forever by Hades as a penalty for losing faith.

Finding good in bad girls

But what’s the allure of this mythical creature? There’s no specific definition – it’s a catch-all phrase which scoops up sulky teens and hard-faced ballbusters alike – but we all have a vision of what it means to be a bad girl. It goes something along the lines of Bettie Page in an Eighties power suit, teamed with Wonder Woman boots and wielding a bazooka – that is to say, a hybridised version of any given cliché of female independence. So far, so foggy.

The bad girl, and all her attendant archetypal baggage, has however become less of a personage and more a mental motif in the latterday power struggle between men and women. American psychiatrist Carole Lieberman has recently published a self-help book, entitled Bad Girls: Why Men Love Them & How Good Girls Can Learn Their Secrets, which argues that a bad girl mentality is something we could all use to our advantage – even if we’re undeniably good girls.

I tend to think that everyone male and female enjoys these stereotypes of women, and men for that matter. The stereotypes are both empowering, appealing, the objects of easy scorn, counter productive and just silly all at once. Individuals have tendencies toward certain personality types, but everyone is a mix of qualities. I’ve asked self described “bad” girls and boys what is it about them that makes them bad, what bad things do they do. The question is so fundamental that all of them have seemed taken aback. I’ve never gotten an answer that went much beyond -you know, stuff. This desire to project a bad girl/boy image generally doesn’t last long. Middle-age has a way of making such behavior or aspirations seem pretentious and tiresome.

On going agendas – Conservatives Are Pushing America Towards Becoming an Idiocracy

In the 2006 satirical science fiction comedy, Idiocracy, the protagonist Joe Bauers, “Mr. Average American”, is selected by the Pentagon for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakens 500 years in the future, to discover a society so incredibly dumbed-down that he’s easily the most intelligent person alive and their only hope for survival.

With the Republicans bullying their way through state and federal legislation, the movie has become prophetic to the point where the only thing that isn’t believable is that this devolution will take another 500 years. Idiocracy already has its living, fire-breathing poster child, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), the ranking Republican and former chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

[  ]…Even better is Barton’s explanation of how wind power could speed up climate change. “Wind is God’s way of balancing heat. Wind is the way you shift heat from areas where it’s hotter to areas where it’s cooler. Wouldn’t it be ironic if in the interest of global warming we mandated massive switches to energy, which is a finite resource, which slows the winds down, which causes the temperature to go up? Now, I’m not saying that’s going to happen, Mr. Chairman, but that is definitely something on the massive scale. I mean, it does make some sense. You stop something, you can’t transfer that heat, and the heat goes up. It’s just something to think about.” Yes, Joe, that sure is something to think about!

Yes its true The Invisible Friend in the Sky meant for the US to be covered for smoke stack from coal plants not wind turbines because the winds travel on highways. Block the highways for giant propellers and The Wind will fall asleep behind soft green hills and we’ll all slowly boil to death.

Wind power is tricky( land use, habitat destruction issues) and certainly should not be thought of as the end all of our national energy problems. Saying such in plain speech, unadorned with psuedo-science is not that difficult.

A slight majority of conservatives are probably a little embarrassed by the Joe Bartons and James Inhofes of conservatism. They don’t say anything for the same reason that the majority of Republicans, who are not particularly racist, will not purge conservatism of it’s eliminationists. A vote is a vote and a win is a win. If putting up with the anti-rationalism zealots and the xenophobes gets their candidate elected, oh well, politics is a blood sport and you do what you have to do to win. The two phenomenon together do constitute a kind of Faustian deal with the devil since the Bartons do try and pass legislation that is both unconstitutional and a waste of tax dollars.

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