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19 Tote, davon drei Kinder.
Und das war nicht irgendein Krankenhaus sondern eines von Ärzte ohne Grenzen. Und die hatten natürlich die Koordinaten mehrfach bei den Amis reingekippt, damit sowas nicht passiert. Was ja an sich schon alles über die US-Kriegsführung sagt, wenn man denen Koordinaten von Krankenhäusern schicken muss, weil die nicht von sich aus darauf kommen, keine zivilen Gebäude zu bombardieren.
Selbst nachdem amerikanische und afghanische Militärs in Kabul und in Washington über einen ersten Treffer informiert wurden, sei der Bombenangriff auf die Gebäude noch mehr als 30 Minuten lang weitergegangen, teilte die Organisation mit.
Das Kerngeschäft der Klägerin ist die Vermarktung von Werbung. Journalistische Inhalte sind das Vehikel, um die Aufmerksamkeit des Publikums für die werblichen Inhalte zu erreichen.Gut, das kommt jetzt nicht völlig überraschend. Aber schön, das mal schwarz auf weiß zu haben.
Courtney Demone is a trans woman currently undergoing hormone replacement therapy and, as such, is starting to grow breasts.
Given this opportunity, she has a found a brilliant way to #FreeTheNipple.
Demone is launching the hashtag #DoIHaveBoobsNow and will post topless images of herself on Facebook and Instagram, “until those networks decide that my breasts have developed enough to be sexualized and worthy of censorship”
Demone is exposing privilege and hypocrisy all at one.
The salt inherent in this is delicious and makes my heart soar.
It’s been repeatedly claimed that, at the end of MMFR, it’s the War Pups who pull the lever to lower the lift for Furiosa, allowing her to ascend as the (implied) new leader of the Citadel. And it makes for an appealing story: the youngest generation of a social class previously trained to make war and regard people as things, now expressing their preference for a leader who defies the rule of a patriarch and brings with her the healing power of a more egalitarian society.
But that’s not the whole story.
The War Pups, cute as they are, are not the leaders of this internal revolutionary action. The War Pups are not the first to push the lever that makes the lift descend.
Here’s the platform, with the lever in question, before the lift is lowered:
I’ve circled in red one of the treadmill workers, because he is important. This shot is VERY short, so it’s easy to miss, but this guy is moving. By his stance and movement it’s clear that he’s sneaking out from the treadmill, likely disobeying orders by leaving his post.
After this there are a few quick shots of everyone–Corpus on another platform, Max & Furiosa on the Gigahorse, the lift control guy–looking around, waiting to see what’s going to happen. When the camera jumps back to the lift platform, we see this:
The treadmill worker has now grasped the lever and begins to push it forward, before the Pups reach the lever. It’s very, VERY hard to tell at regular speed, but slow it down and you can see the worker begin to push the lever down. Go ahead and take a look, I’ll wait.
Then, the Pups reach the lever and begin assisting, but this guy is still pushing.
Who lets her up? The invisible Wretched.
I only noticed this on my seventh theater screening of the film, because it’s very, very hard to notice. But I think that speaks to the way in which the Wretched are almost entirely invisible to the audience throughout the film, even when they’re on screen.
I’m sure there’s a critical Marxist commentary to be made here about the underclass being invisible in any revolution, and I hope someone will take on that challenge. For now, though, I hope we can begin to acknowledge that while the Pups are an important part of Furiosa’s takeover, they were not the only, nor even the first, to act.
This is like the perfect image of revolution, though: a starving worker and a bunch of kids literally taking the lever of power out of the hands of a muscle-bound representative of the old order, who’s paralyzed by the sudden change in the balance of forces. (The Milking Mothers turning on the water is another literal oppressed-putting-their-hands-on-the-levers-of-power moment.)
Joe uses different methods to rule different sections of the Citadel population. The Wretched are ruled by coercion–they have nothing and must sell their labor, bodies or children to get anything. The Treadmill Guy clearly has nothing to lose here. Look at him–you can see his ribs. I think it’s implied that the treadmill workers are worked to death, maybe in exchange for some meager supplies for their families. They aren’t fed enough to keep them physically fit enough to work the treadmill indefinitely; they seem to be burned through and replaced from the Wretched below. This guy, like the Wretched who pounce on Joe’s body, doesn’t need much prodding to throw in his lot with the prospect of change. Anything must be better than the present conditions.
But one dude with a bit more courage than his co-workers is easily overpowered. That’s why the backup from the pups–the people who were supposed to be Joe’s future soldiers–is important. The War Boys are primarily ruled by ideology–convinced that this is not only the natural order of things, but that dying for Joe is a privilege and an honor. But the hold of ideology can be shaken when reality contradicts it strongly enough. We see this happen to Nux, and we see that some of the pups haven’t been completely indoctrinated into the cult of Joe. People’s ideas can change. In revolutionary moments, many people’s ideas change quite dramatically.
The last piece of this tableau is the hulking Brakeman. He’s easily the biggest and strongest person on the platform, probably armed, and the person who’s invested with official authority. He represents the thin layer of people around Joe who are tied to his rule by enough privilege/status to feel some investment in keeping him in power. I’d say this includes Joe’s sons, Organic, and the other Imperators.
One of the common characteristics of many real-life revolutionary moments is that this layer, often represented by the higher ranks of the armed forces, hesitates and is paralyzed, when they formerly seemed impossibly strong. The balance of power has shifted enough that these people are no longer sure they have the impunity they enjoyed under the old tyrant, so they’re not sure what to do, and therefore do nothing. This is exactly what’s happening to this guy, and to his comrade on the lift (who is armed but does nothing once Furiosa, the Wives, the Vuvalini and the Wretched surround him), and to Corpus.
The Brakeman and his compatriot could have refused to raise the lift or shot at our already pretty ragged group of protagonists on the ground. But they’re overwhelmed by a collective, mostly unarmed surge of people who have nothing to lose from trying out a new order. Which is exactly what happens in a real revolution.
It’s a brilliantly-composed scene.
Oh George why couldn’t you have made it just a little more obvious that that guy wasn’t already at the lever? Then I could have enjoyed this knowledge a lot sooner
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