“Once when I was super poor, I was trying to get the butcher behind the meat counter to give me exactly $2 worth of meat. He ended up wrapping up around $5 worth and just putting $2 on the ticket. I had to walk around the store for awhile so I didn't cry at the check out. There are compassion people in the world, and I love when they show their faces.”
Jan 26, 2013 at 03:38:19
“I don't have a problem with them making a profit off of it. It's a lot of work; why not? I do have a problem with people feeling the need to observe the LLC as philanthropists. You can feel okay about going to an event without canonizing those behind it.”
Jan 8, 2013 at 04:55:21
“Have you noticed that the finances you're posting a link to include expenditures but not revenues? That means you don't know how many donations were made to Burning Man, specifically to the Black Rock Arts Foundation, which they solicit funds for. They have included the grants they give through Black Rock Arts Foundation as an "expenditure". You also don't know how much money they make for official Burning Man merchandise, photographs, etc. I'm certain they take in more than the $19M they make in ticket sales. Now actually read the expenditures. $43,000 for costumes? What? Who is paid out of the $43,000 costume fund, exactly? $7M in payroll? Who does that go to, exactly? How many people do they employ? They sure aren't paying that to DPW crew. A million dollars for meals? For who? Nonprofits who support 100,000 families a year have a smaller meal budget than that. It's fine to support the work of the LLC, but don't be naive. This is a profit making venture.”
Lizasf on Jan 8, 2013 at 12:37:58
“Sure, they aren't non profit, BM is produced by Black Rock LLC. They only show how much they spent, not how much the LLC made, there is a planned transition to a non profit structure, but it will take a couple of more years.
once they transfer to a non profit they will have to state all of this. non profit records should be completely open. but then I do believe that the non profit will pay the LLC an annual lump sum that will be called "name rights usage" or "special consulting" that will serve as the money the 6 current board members will keep on making from BM.
Their 2011 total expenditures were $20.66 M this year's tickets sales (if sold out) would bring roughly $22 M. it is my opinion that the 6 Board members of the LLC are trying to get a last lump sum out of this project before it transitions to a non profit structure. on the other hand, it's a capitalist world, they built this project therefore they are fully entitled to make a profit out of it.”
“Here's what I don't understand: how is perpetually isolating individual groups of people for individualized attention away from the majority something that promotes equality and encourages advanced education? How is repeatedly reminding groups of people that you have lower expectations of them and anticipate their failure something that promotes success? How is it not racist? How does it *not* promote an environment where the entire school is repeatedly pointing to your academic inferiority, and even anticipating it? Totally insulting to the students. Totally insulting to girls that she can't even recognize or acknowledge her own sexism or racism through creation of a group with the intent to isolate students from each other. If you want to create a different world, you can't use the same model with the roles reversed -- because you're just creating the same thing!”
ImJustGuessinHere on Nov 14, 2012 at 09:50:16
“F anf F, and I almost want to print that out. Thank you!”
Sep 8, 2012 at 02:33:17
“I'm not anti-burning man at all, but don't adopt a delusional stance just because you enjoy the festival. Thousands of people flying, driving, and carting materials out into the middle of the desert DOES have an impact on the climate, just as 50,000 cars on a freeway going anywhere has an impact.”
Sep 8, 2012 at 02:27:01
“I've been before, enjoyed myself, thought the art was the most amazing I'd ever seen. The only part that's been an eyeroll to me is attempts to pass it off as an oasis free from capitalism when it's: 1.) Expensive. 2.) making a killing, and paying themselves quite well for it. Burning Man posts its financials, so you can see this for yourself. Honestly, I wouldn't even care about these two parts of the equation if people weren't so inclined to get holier than thou about it, insisting that it's some kind of "gift" to the community. The community makes it, the community pays for it, the community burns it. I'll be interested how they will turn this very for-profit organization into a nonprofit.”
“Unfortunately, shortly after Nixon was ejected from office, politicians discovered that instead of having morals and values and ideas, what they actually needed was solid marketing campaigns that would twist their self-serving agendas and factless platforms into something that vaguely resembles "ideals". For these reasons, instead of noticing that the United States is the only country in the industrialized world that doesn't have universal health care, we're told to see this lack of benefits as "pride". When we blow all our money on invading foreign countries to harvest their oil for our gas guzzling habit, we're told to perceive this as "spreading democracy" and "fighting terrorism". Those who long most strongly for a gone cowboy era call anyone who thinks differently, regardless of logic, statistics, or a messy idea known as "facts" cowards, liars, and people without pride. Others would call it complete ignorance of the Bill of Rights - but that document doesn't really exist here anyway”
“Really? How exactly do Republicans try to keep government out of our lives? What about being "pro-life" keeps the government out of my life? What about limiting access to birth control keeps the government out of my life? What about making it impossible for me to get a mammogram at Planned Parenthood represents keeping the government out of my life? I'd say the Republican agenda calls for the government sitting in my uterus, forcing me to sit in an SUV and driving me to the $8 an hour job, while they selectively invoke amendments while in the next breath tearing them down at their convenience.”
“Honestly, I'm convinced that Showtime just ruins shows. Who knows what role the network plays with Homeland, but they certainly played a part in ruining Dexter and Weeds. Network-hate aside, I can't watch this show anymore unless i'm playing Words with Friends at the same time. Why would the writers make us listen to an agonizing recap between Dana and her nut-hut love muffin that simply recalled what we all witnessed in the previous two seasons? And didn't we cover crazy murderous son in Dexter? Why would Jessica be surprised at Dana running off, when she'd already attempted suicide and spent time in a hospital? At what point does the surprise wear thin? And am I the only one creeped out by the Svengali Saul-Carrie dynamic? "I did just what you said" might be the creepiest line in the entire series. Finally, I think Carrie's sex scene with the Brody look alike is another heavy-handed ploy: LOOK GUYS, She's STILL bipolar! All the time! Not just when we need it for a plot device! See how she's acting out sexually? We read the DSM-IV! Ugh. Not sure I'll make it to episode 5.”
womans voice on Oct 24, 2013 at 21:13:38
“"Carrie's sex scene with the Brody look alike..."
Seems like a cheap afternoon soap opera plot development to me.
The whole show may be running he risk of moving into soap opera territory.”
Oct 12, 2013 at 02:26:09
“It's very revealing to me that, in an article that details feeling shamed by the sex-positive feminist movement for not being sufficiently sexually open, most commentators have chosen to (drumroll please) shame her. I don't know where and when it became a feminist trump card to declare yourself "sex-positive" and follow by championing all things sexual while completely ignoring who is pulling what string and what exploitation is and who it harms. It seems a leftover nugget from the girl power fluff of the 90s, and results in things like the Suicide Girls, where hundreds of women are paid a pittance to have nude images owned by a large corporation pedaled endlessly, while being restricted from pursuing other modeling opportunities elsewhere, under the guise of joining a "community" and developing an alternate identity constructed to appease the male gaze. So many women were recruited with taglines appealing to their personal sense of empowerment, only to discover it was just another way to get naked and make a small circle of corporate sorts rich. The same holds true for some pro-porn feminists that conveniently forget the long history of drugging and raping women, often underage, that are the very foundation of the porn industry, starting with Deep Throat. This group tends to, with bullying language, cast any feminist that considers a different viewpoint prude, while neglecting to note their viewpoint considers exclusively western experiences, and ignores sex trafficking, kidnapping, and other international illegal actions that harm women everywhere.”
Devrie Paradowski on Oct 12, 2013 at 23:16:05
“I kind of identify with the author for reasons of my own, but I also found the sex-positive movement to strike me as one that tends to further create the idea of women as body parts. Vagina this, vagina that, clitoris this, clitoris that. Some of us have issues with sexuality based on a fear of separating our body parts from the whole of us. I AM a human, and I happen to have hair, eyes, a nose, feet, genitals, a belly button, fears, things that make me chuckle, things I'm proud of, Etc.
I also feel shunned our outcasted when I open up with other women about sex. When I say it has to be a unified experience: containing both a personal, warm connection and a physical connection, I find some women tell me I'm just doing it wrong. Something so personal and intimate as sex--I'm doing it all wrong. There's something inherently wrong with me when I can't enjoy sex based on the physical stuff alone. Forget about all the body image stuff that further fuels my not wanting someone to titillate me for the sake of titillation alone. I'm broken. I'm weird. I'm not doing it right.”
“it's almost like the more they say "psychopath" the less psycho he becomes. I just don't get why he's clamoring for approval from a therapist, or pursuing a woman who would take his well-concealed private life and suddenly make it very public. I don't get why the villains are both easy to find and uninteresting. Even thinking about it is making me very sleepy...”
“I don't believe the "hack into Vogel's laptop" storyline, and think Vogel has been working with her son from the start. If this is true, then twice in one season a doctor's laptop has been hacked, when doctors have to have advanced security in place before taking electronic notes. Bad plotting.”
jnamiyo on Aug 27, 2013 at 00:31:23
“I think its a bad plot also but so far that is the explanation. I wouldn't doubt if Saxon and Vogel are working together either.
I was not completely convinced from Vogel's reaction that she was surprised her son was alive. I think like you, that they are working together and have been for a long time.”
“1.) Hannah had to go with him, because the friend didn't know that she and Dexter were "on" again. Still, a simple phone call could have communicated that, and it still doesn't explain why someone on the lamb would wear a skin tight pink dress and not even a hat for identity concealment.
2.) Seriously. Why not a hotel even? And why did Deb let her stay there? Makes zero sense.
3.) That song has been playing at Vogel's house multiple times, and has been playing when she discovered the brain parts. Either she's always known the connection with her son, or maybe her and her son have been killing people together for awhile. It's never been made clear what happened to her husband. Which brings up the biggest plothole of all: Dexter investigates everyone. He even did a background check on Rita, which led him to discover her previous marriage. Yet he doesn't investigate a psychiatrist who makes the outrageous claim of being the mastermind of his brainmeats? LAME.
4.) This season has apparently been the Jamie as sex object season. This gives her a slight break from 24/7 nanny duties.”
Pantsy on Aug 27, 2013 at 11:45:04
“1. yeah exactly! and who's to say nobody was keeping an eye on dexter just because he told them not to?
2. if I were deb, not only would I not allow it, I certainly wouldn't eat or drink anything around her! geez!
3. agreed. he's been breaking a lot of the code rules lately. like only killing people who slip through the judicial cracks.
and I never thought about her husband! good call!
4. at least we haven't seen her on top of Quinn in a while. and seeing as she's batista's sister, she doesn't seem to get all the things that come with dating a cop.”
“Thanks! I think the mistake with the show has been introducing (bad) psychiatry into the plot. This first appeared with the therapist who inexplicably advised Deb to confess her romantic feelings for Dexter, after coaching her towards perceiving her obsession with him as that in the first place. Terrible therapist doing a terrible thing almost no credible psychologist would. Now Vogel, who has heard this song play repeatedly throughout the season but supposedly just now ties it to her son, who is the only character Dexter hasn't completed a background check on (despite her claims), and who despite having a doctorate is dumb enough to believe the world's lamest fire story. Seriously terrible plotting. Dexter is so out of character at this point, I'm kinda hoping everyone dies at the end.”
Allaboutopinions on Aug 27, 2013 at 03:26:14
“hahaha.. Everyone dies in the end.. i share your disappointment.. i do!!”
“I (was) determined to ride this series out to the bitter end, but last night's episode was so stunningly boring that I don't think I can make it. The only thing missing was a twenty minute segment of them sitting at a kitchen table, listening to NPR. Or maybe Dexter stopping to fax some documents. His segments with Hannah are nauseating. If I never hear the word "psychopath" again, I'll be good. I think they say it 56 times an episode since a shrink appeared to discredit seven seasons of plot. (for those hanging in there: drinking game!) He doesn't even kill anyone anymore, since he's too busy having serial killer dinners while his son vanishes for 23 hours a day. The random "spyware" reference made me feel like I was watching the Dexter version of Law and Order. Showtime, why do you have to beat every show to death? A terrible end to a great show.”
loraine84 on Sep 1, 2013 at 00:33:25
“And I am so sick of the PSYCHOPATH references too...BLAH
20 minutes of NPR, perfect!
And yeah whats up with Dexter on hiatus from "the table"?
loraine84 on Sep 1, 2013 at 00:26:41
“The best synopsis ever! I agree with every point!”
RespectKids EnjoyFuture on Aug 26, 2013 at 18:12:20
“The calm before the storm is what I keep thinking. And a storm is coming to Miami in the previews! I'm still really into Dexter, and am so curious how it will end.
That said, your review just made me laugh, and I do have to agree. You made some great points in a very humorous way!
Personally, I'm really looking forward to the final three, and will certainly miss this show.”
“I don't think I'm alone in saying: I'm sick of watching rich people with nothing to do. It was kinda cute ten years ago when it was 20 year-old Paris Hilton trying to find purpose, but 30 year old women living like teenagers with their parents is just sad -- I don't care what their religious background is. I think shows like Honey Boo Boo are popular for the same reason Roseanne was: because people can relate to it. A family with no money or higher education does more with their time than any of these people. Enough already.”
“I don't think anyone (especially Deen) believes they were dating, because anyone who has watched Teen Mom knows you don't have sex with Farrah twice, unless she has laryngitis, which (sadly) she never does. On the bright side, I think Farrah having a short lived porn career is far more believable than a master's degree or a culinary career. Maybe she saw "Top Chef" and thought the only qualification was yelling at people about risotto.”